The Island Hostel
23.06.2006 - 24.11.2006
[i]24 June 07
The bird sounded like a loud rattler, keeping a constant rhythm outside in the trees. Inside, the snores were soft and as predictable and constant as the far away waves. The flowered curtain was drawn, hung on a wire that held other flowered curtains. Pressed board stood 7 ft. above each set, creating little rooms this gym-now-dorm. We had the best "room": two beds instead of four, two metal creaky gym lockers and a tall set of windows, covered by metal grating, that looked out on the trees and the morning pink clouds. The bed itself was comfortable, ignoring the springs that were pushing out like ribs on a starved horse, of course.
The special part? It was in the far corner where others didn't pass.
The Island Hostel: A cheap sleep in Prague: 600 Kc ($27 USD) for two with a continental breakfast, blanket and sheets (clean). *
It is an old gymnasium with 2 dormitories of 50 beds each on an island between Lesser Town (Mala Strana) and Old Town (Starometska), in the center of Prague. It is flanked by the Vlatava River where people canoe, paddle and peddle boats during the hot days. The shade made by beautiful forest-like trees is actually cool, and at a premium: people vie for spots on the benches.
Inside, I felt the heat warming this huge room already, and wanted to shower. But, how to do that without creaking across the length of the wooden floor was beyond me. Oh, well. People in my dreams last night were forever coming and going. I'd simply be in someone else's dream.
Early morning shower: water choices - cold or colder.
- About Hostels in General:
They are good places to be if interested in meeting other travelers from around the world. Some provide a fully-equipped kitchen for travelers to prepare food, others are buffet style. They are in the center of a city, and on the outskirts. Some provide tours: of the city center, historical sites, etc. Many offer private rooms as well as small and large dorms. When traveling, I have gotten into the habit of looking up hostel options for at least the first night of our visit. If we are going to a popular place during peak season I make a reservation via Internet.