It has been a few months since I stayed in a hostel, and I actually love staying in them because you meet so many great people. Much easier than living in private rooms.
In my first minute of entering the hostel, I immediately meet two Chinese girls who are on vacation, and the one is volunteering in the hostel, basically for fun. We all chat about the area, ours travels and those types of things. The one girl has only been speaking English for only one month, and I am amazed. She speaks it better than most. I also spend some time helping her, and I am wondering if my Canadian English actually helped. lol. Eh!
Later in the day, I meet another Canadian, Joel from Winnipeg. He is also a true Canadian. Very nice, chatty, and just an all around cool dude. This is his first time ever traveling outside of North America and so far, I can tell he is loving it.
That night I also meet a Dutch girl, Marlou, who is traveling for 2 months while on a work break. She is traveling alone for a short bit, then her boyfriend will join her. Pretty cool break from work!
Just before dinner, an American, Adam arrives. He is well traveled and has been all over, which is great. I get to hear some cool stories from Central America.
The four of us head out for dinner, and this is where our great conversations start, and continue in through the evening.
What a great view that night! Sunset and Marlou doing a Dutch pose?
I think I should start staying in hostels again, just to meet more amazing people like this.
The next day we have a few more arrivals in the hostel. One is a girl from Belgium, Isabel, who is pretty funny. Her and I enjoy the same type of traveling. We both prefer to be with locals and away from tourist. She has some really cool travel stories, one even about living in a jungle with a Thai family. Something I hope to do one day.
For dinner, Isabel, Marlou and I go for street food. So damn good. This is my favorite way of eating.
After Marlou and I play Jenga. I won, but if you ask her, she did, which might be more correct.
That evening Joel and the Chinese girls cook dinner, for everyone to try. I wish I took a picture, it was really good and after I washed the dishes.
Joel and I representing true Canadians!
Joel, Two Chinese girls, Vincent the hostel manager, and Isabel. Sorry, I did not have a picture, so I stole this from Joel’s FB.
During the day I got my Visa to Cambodia. This means I can book my bus to Cambodia and this is another story for my next post.
That night I say goodbye to everyone, as I am getting up at 6 am to catch my bus at 7 am.
I can’t explain how awesome it is meeting all of these people. This is something everyone should experience, it is life changing meeting people from all over in one location. You gain respect for other countries and realize borders are only for the government, not for people. Borders mean nothing! People are amazing no matter where they are from, what their beliefs are, or what they look like. Inside is all that counts!
Until we meet again!