The coziest Hostel in Wroclaw : Grampa’s Hostel

There’s a lot of things I love about my short visit to Wroclaw, Poland, and the hostel I stayed at surely contribute a lot. The name’s Grampa’s Hostel    (And here’s their website)

Let me tell you one thing I love the most about this place : How it feels so cozy and homey.

I guess, hostels are expected to give the homey feeling : it’s a place where backpackers come and go and interact. Socializing. Where people with the same passion (travelling) could meet and then built everlasting relationship. Where the travel stories begin and cross-country friendships bloom.

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A night at Wombats Hostel Berlin

Wombats! My first hostel experience, and in Europe. It is a chain-hostel, with a lot of locations, so it is more or less more reliable. They should have experience catering the need of variety of guests!

Wombats city hostel Berlin is located less than 5 minutes to the closest U-bahn station, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Once we are out, we just need to turn left (not u-turn, just 90 degree turn), cross the street, and while we cross the street we will spot the hostel already. It’s next to a cafe – that will be our breakfast spot if we choose to pay 3.9 Euro to dine in.

The breakfast! I think it's worth it

Well, reading reviews, I know that Wombats is really are an ideal hostel – but an ideal hostel is not really suited to me, it seems. A place to meet new people, hang out and get to know other dynamic, young traveler sounds good, but I am not suited to how they hang out – pub and alcohol. Once we check in, we will be given a voucher of a free drink to use at their rooftop bar. We need to get our own towel, blanket and cover, and don’t forget to strip it off our bed and put it in it’s place near the elevator.

The room was nice and spacious – there are windows, too – although it serves more as a ventilation and not a transparent outside world watcher.

We instantly go up to the rooftop bar- and find it empty, despite how it’s already 10 PM. At what time actually bar/pub start to fill? I am not complaining, I am just asking because I am not accustomed to the culture.  And because my friend can’t drink alcohol, I accompany her and use our free drink voucher on juice.

We get free wifi on the lobby, but not on the room. A lot of people in the lobby is playing with their own gadgets. The lobby also have a lot of vending machine and the area have a lot of restaurants to choose from. After we checked out the next day, they let us use their baggage lounge. The breakfast at the cafe next door is filling! Recommended!

All in all, Wombats should be a very satisfying experience. The staff are as friendly as a German can seem to be, the room is good and the breakfast are great and cheap! The location is good, near the station, and not in a shady neighborhood If you search for a company or new friends and comfortable with bar, I think you will be happy!

With love,

Yanni

Euro(esca)pe

Who hasn’t dream of spending their Christmas in Europe and entering the world of that perfect postcard Christmas picture? I want it for sure! So on Christmas 2015 I give myself Christmas present by going to Europe and make a point to try to do and see as much as possible, filling the 20 days with 10 country and 20 cities, something I kind of regret doing as I can’t really soak the atmosphere, but it’s still awesome anyway!

Christmas at Europe. A dim light casting a soft light to a wall of brick, horse cradle inching it’s way over cobble stone, while snow are falling softly, blanketing everything in sight into a world of white. Family are rounding the table inside the small houses, devouring traditional Christmas meal.

Who hasn’t dream of spending their Christmas in Europe and entering the world of that perfect postcard Christmas picture? Anyone who has been reading Christmas stories growing up must want it, or they are just bitter disillusioned people. No, but joking aside, that’s how I imagine spending Christmas in Europe would feel like.

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The closest I get to my imagination

And that’s exactly what I have done : Spending my Christmas holiday in Europe!

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How to Leap Through

Ever wonder what it will feel like to leave the nest of comfortableness that is your area behind your computer and books, and start feeling the stories told on your own, not via the words writers have carefully chosen?

 

Leaping through the window doesn’t sound like the best idea around, metaphorically or literally. Writers are told they need to have experiences in the world in readers’ place, so people can feel through their work. Why let the world have their way with you when you can get the sensations, the feelings, of being in the world through the safety net of the book? Did the real thing worth it?

Later or sooner, we will find ourselves out in the world, sometimes without we even know. So while we have the time and options, why not choose to be out there by our own willingness? While others are contemplating, I – a not so ordinary girl that lives on the internet like everybody else in my generation – am making steps to go out of the window into the real world.

How to, though? Leaping isn’t easy, right?

One thing that I learned from leaping is :

  1. Let that happen

I mean, not building a fence around the idea of “I want to go a place far far away!”If you want to go somewhere, let it happen. There are abundance of options to take you where you exactly want to be. And reasons to. Sit behind your computer, type on your browser, and search on the website that’s being a verbs nowadays about the prices, the saving plan you must make and follow, the places, how to get there, if it’s possible to get there for free, apply your stalking skills to see the friends that can make your dream possible – and so on. Once you start in motion, you might be thrown out of your window before you even have chance to blink. Fancy imagining yourself in Santorini next week?

2. Make the list

Just make it for now. Who know that Santa read your wishlist without you sending it out to him!

3. Prepare, prepare

Prepare for the unexpected. Sometimes, you miss an opportunity just because you are not prepared for your own luckiness. After praying so hard, isn’t it silly to sit expecting it won’t happen? So take your time and make your passport, built your savings. People who laugh at you would be surprised when they find themselves in the position of people who laugh at Noah’s ark

4. Dream, but don’t leave reality

If one day you are to go to somewhere… not in your list, then go ahead and take it! It wouldn’t be just a waste of money, I assure you. Maybe you can get a taste of an entirely different genre, and would be pleased because you don’t expect so much! In fact, one of my most memorable journey is to a place I won’t really take effort to go to.

How was that? Still not convinced? Then, for now perhaps open your eyes and sit through, I will try to convey the “world” that I have seen, through this blog, to you.

Remember though, that you reading even half of this article are proof enough you have the intention! Go through!

trivial question : did pigeonhole used to be holes to store pigeons?