Sam Bowker: The Grand Tour Diary (2005 - 2006)

This is the archived journal of a 2005-2006 'Grand Tour' around the Eastern Mediterranean and along East Africa, written by Sam Bowker, whilst in search of his PhD topic.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Italy - Freestyle Hostel, Rome

Dedicated to Sarah and Hayley

BROOKE AND JULES FROM NAPLES - DON'T GO TO THIS HOSTEL!!! And you both owe me beer in Melbourne some time. Write to me!

The Freestyle Hostel, the place I stayed at the night before seeing Anna, was the single greatest cesspit of the Grand Tour. It was a dungeon with spraypainted murals and needles in the street outside. No signage either. The kitchen was a modified corridor, the dorms had bedbugs (though I was very fortunately spared the extensive attacks suffered by some blokes from the other dorm). The bathroom was one tiny mouldy cubicle shared with up to thirty people, and no exhaust fan. The free internet didn,t consistently work, and the included breakfast and dinner was very basic. But hey, it was cheap.

On the positive note, the best thing about this place was undeniably the company. The staff were friendly (but inexperienced - the Norwegian bloke only started that morning and arrived in Rome two days earlier. He did have a great ambition to ride back to Norway on a Vespa!). Meeting two girls from Kansas (Sarah and Hayley) was great. We stayed up for what became a four-hour conversation about everything from food, working dreams, experiences working for mental health rehabilitation, travel, all kinds of stuff.

That,s ll I needed to say here - hope you see this in time Brooke and Jules!


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