Today marked the beginning of my 8-day Scotland adventure. It truly is my adventure to Scotland; I’ve booked all of my tours, hostels, and travel (bus, train, and plane). However, this trip begins from Stockholm. To ensure I make my plane tomorrow morning I decided it would be wise to stay in a hostel in Stockholm tonight. After doing research, I decided I would stay at Interhostel. The reviews were great, the amenities seemed perfect for a college student who would inevitably have work to finish for an online class, conveniently located close to both shopping and the central bus and train station, while also being the cheapest hostel in the city! This was the first time I would be staying in a hostel, so I decided to capture pictures of the experience. I didn’t know what to expect, so I made sure I looked up directions on Google maps and also marked the route on my map of Stockholm.
Having been to Stockholm about a week ago, I knew where the main walking street (Drottningatan) was located. My hostel was on Kammarkagatan so locating the street sign was my first objective. Since my first day in Sweden, I’ve learned that the Swedes prefer to put the street signs on the sides of buildings.
After successfully locating the street sign, I traveled down a side street where I trudged through a few inches of a snow-slush mix. Fortunately, I knew the hostel wasn’t far from the end of the street, otherwise I might have missed the sign. I guess it’s a smart idea not to advertise the hostel’s location too much so people don’t both travelers…unfortunately, you don’t want the travelers to miss the sign either!
And finally, I needed to successfully enter my room. The room was about what I expected. However the shared kitchen, common areas, and bathrooms were nicer than I envisioned. This evening, the hostel has come alive with travelers from all over the world. I’ve met students from Spain and I’m rooming with two girls from France. It’s a really neat experience!
This is only the first of four hostels I will be staying in throughout my journey through Scotland. I hope the other’s as nice as this; I’ll try to keep you posted!