It’s February, which means it’s cold and snowy and I’m getting cabin fever.  I’ve been thinking about my hostel days and chuckling as I remember the crazy things that happened, here are a few things I learned while working at the hostel.

  1. Apparently McDonald’s looks better if its on the walls and NOT in your tummy at 2am.  Thankfully I wasn’t the person who had to clean that mess up!
  2. I can survive with 1 pillow.  Before the hostel I HAD to have 4 pillows on my bad at all times. Now it just feels wrong.
  3. Don’t buy expensive food/drink unless you’re consuming it that day. Otherwise it may be enjoyed by your co-workers or other travelers.
  4. Resist giving dumb answers for dumb questions like “What time do they turn off the falls?” or “How much does it cost to see the fireworks?” Believe me, if the city could find a way to charge people to watch fireworks it would have been done a long time ago!
  5. Never take drunk people out on group activities as they’re most likely to wander off and blame you in the morning for ditching them!
  6. Be happy with your life when the really hot guy comes down to the desk at 8am in an ity bity towel and dripping wet to ask for coffee.  That was a good morning!
  7. If you’re taking a bunch of backpackers to the bar, you will end up being a kindergarten teacher by the time the bar closes.
  8. Having the same cab driver when you do group outings is HEAVEN! They don’t screw you on the route and if you always go to the bar or the hostel, all you have to say is home and you’ll get to your destination! Plus you may score a free cab ride on your birthday 😉
  9. Going to the same bar all the time has huge perks. Including free drinks, way better service and yummy off menu food :D- Thanks Mush!!
  10. If you live at the hostel and the ditzy local girl doesn’t show up for work, you’re working her shift! That part sucked, especially after 3hrs of sleep!
  11. When you go to bed at night, lock your door! Otherwise annoying drunk people will try and drag you out of bed to join their party.
  12. Although it’s not professional, it’s still funny to stand outside the bathroom with a bunch of people when you know 2 drunks are having sex. I mean come on! We were all in the very next room, you two went to the bathroom and ended up ripping the towel bar off the wall! Did you honestly think the 6 people on the other side of the wall weren’t going to laugh when you walked out? You had nowhere to go, you had to walk past us to get to your room! But for the record, it wasn’t my idea to take a photo of you two slinky out…

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14 Responses

  1. spunkygirlmonologues

    Oh it was good times! I once took a group to the Casino and we all got kicked out because half of them were drunk! We did score a FREE cab ride back to the hostel, courtesy of the Casino. But still!! haha

  2. Elke

    No idea how I found your blog, I think I click to many links at random.
    But this is brilliant 🙂 welcome to the feedreader 🙂

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  4. Nomadic Chick

    Haha! Oh yes, every hot guy should be handed an itty bitty towel. The ugly ones, a regular one. Drunk hostel sex is so comical. Been there, saw that.

  5. Eric

    That’s good stuff. Now I have to go hunt through your blog for more good reads and try to find where this hostel was. 🙂

  6. Corbin

    Haha, you nailed it. I worked at a hostel for a while too. Insane how much fun it was. Dumb answers for dumb questions was a passion of ours.

    • spunkygirlmonologues

      I had a guy ask me what time the falls closed. I looked at him and said he was in luck, as they were currently running 24hrs/day that week. The fact that I didn’t laugh was a miracle.

  7. laurenquinn

    Man, glad you took one for the team, cause I don’t think I could put up with all that!

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