London was the first stop of my trip and I had decided that I wanted to stay in a hostel.
Hostels are a great way to meet new people from all around the world and get the local lay of the land from people who have just explored it themselves.
I knew it wasn’t going to be 5 star living and I had completely prepared myself for a shared living environment.
What I hadn’t prepared myself for though, was the stench of dirty, sweaty socks – which was exactly what I was confronted by as soon as I opened the door to my 14-bed female dorm room at Clink78.
Clink78 is located on Kings Cross Road, about a 10-minute walk to the Kings Cross Station (which is very convenient). At one point the building was a courthouse, hence the name “Clink”.
It sounded like the perfect blend of culture and clowning.
Since this is the first hostel I’d ever stayed in, I thought maybe I was being a little precious.
No one else in the morgue style bedding seemed to be bothered by how dirty it was.
Here’s a visual just so ya’ll don’t jump to conclusions about how much of a princess I may or may not be.
I want to tell you that I lasted the entire 4-night intended stay, that it made me grow as a person, and that I’m grateful for the experience.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you any of that.
With two simple words, I was out.
After the hostel ordeal (because that’s exactly what it was, an ordeal), actual tears almost left my actual eyes when I checked into an actual hotel.
NEVER take a non-communal bathroom for granted, EVER.
At the very least, I can say the stay was educational.
I’ve learnt that extensive research is a MUST when it comes to hostels, that you shouldn’t trust the first reviews you read (especially if they’re listed on the hostel’s website), and that showers shoes are a non-negotiable.
Despite all of the above, there is definitely hope.
I’ve been told by other backpackers that hostels across Europe, in general, are much nicer than those in England.
Soooo, fingers crossed I make it home without any communicable diseases.
Seriously though, I’m going to be briefly reviewing all of the hostels, hotels, Airbnbs and any other paid living spaces I end up in – so as always , watch this space.