After arriving at the Central Railway Station and contemplating the Palace of Culture I headed towards the hostel. When I arrived at the reception I was greeted by Ola, a very nice girl who became even nicer when, after explaining me where to find some interesting places in the city, she told me that in an hour I could go to the community hall and try FOR FREE some zapiekankas (a typical Polish dish similar to pizza but made with bread, which I will explain in more detail in the section “Polish food”).
And without even thinking about it, as I have done all the times in my life that I have heard the words “food” and “free” together, I accepted her proposal. I am a very simple guy.
I went to my room to leave my luggage and, after resting for one hour, I attended for the first time the daily event, which I would be responsible to prepare together with the girl of reception during all my stay in the hostel.
The first day was just as international as all that were to come: there was an American boy, a couple from the Netherlands and three German girls. We chatted, we had some beers and we tried the famous zapiekankas. After an hour and a half some of them went outside to continue with the party, but I was too tired from the trip and went straight to sleep.
After my first day I got used to the life in the hostel. In the morning I had breakfast with everyone and then I used to go sightseeing. Then, I ate out every day (Poland is very cheap so you can afford to do this on a daily basis) and I would come back in the afternoon to have a coffee (the coffee machine is also FREE -my favorite word- so I used it a lot) and start to prepare the event. After meeting everyone who had arrived to the hostel we usually went out to have a drink and to continue enjoying life.
I also organised the Saturday Pub Crawl. For those who do not know what it is, it consists in gathering everyone who wants to go out that night (it is not mandatory 😊) and take them to party. I led it and, as I am a person so responsible and committed to his work, I never came back home before 4 in the morning. So on Sunday the day started directly with the afternoon’s coffee.
And I can’t say much more about the hostel. I could say that not only Ola, but all the girls in the reception are very nice, I could say that the décor is lovely, that the lemonade we have in the common hall is very tasty… but you will have to find out these things by yourselves!