We went to Berlin with Julie, our newest favorite travel friend, the evening of the 23rd after she got off work. We got to Berlin after midnight and had to navigate the subway system to find our hostel, which was deep in the heart of east Berlin. When the hostel gave up the key to the penthouse my thoughts were, Yeah!, but when I turned that key and opened it up to a room full of 32 snoring twenty somethings, I suddenly felt VERY old. Luckily at the time I was too tired to care.
As I never went to summer camp, I have not yet gotten used to these sleeping situations. The bunk bed situation has gotten a bit easier, but I still find myself sleeping on top of my passport and wrapping the laptop bag around my arm when there are no lockers to safely stow them in. Even though I try to be as quite as possible, I am still awakened at the crack of dawn to multiple alarm clocks going off and their owners ignoring them, even though I can not. The bathrooms are also all a bit scary and I am thankful that I brought my college dorm flip-flops. I rush to the showers in the morning to try to avoid the stampede of half-naked women before the check-out/breakfast rush. Oh well, I guess this is all part of the travelling on a budget. But believe me, when I can stop hunting through my bag, for my toothbrush, in the morning, in the total darkness, trying to be as quite as a mouse, I will be MUCH happier. LOL