in a 0-star bathroom[alternative
title: from fluffy robe ease to black eyed peas
We celebrated our 1-year wedding anniversary
in Zagreb, Croatia (don't worry; Croatia will be covered in our
next update). We had a gorgeous suite at the Regent Esplanade
overlooking the plaza. Compared to the places we’d been
staying over the past 10 months I felt like we had died and gone
to a pimped-out version of heaven.
room at the Regent Esplanade in Zagreb, Croatia
It’s amazing; donning a fluffy white
robe has a dramatic psychological affect on a long-term budget
traveler’s psyche. We giggled with delight at having a clean
(gorgeous) bathroom, lounged in front of the television, and reveled
in eating the little chocolates left with turn-down service. It
was the life… just not really ours (not for long anyway).
A few blissful days later we packed up and jumped on the train
to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. On a last-minute whim I
grabbed the remaining bar of spa-quality, nicely packaged bath
soap and stashed it in our toiletry case.
Maybe we’d gotten soft from our stay
at the hotel or maybe our brains were boiled from the overstuffed,
no-window, no-circulation, 4-hour train ride, or what turned out
to be an much longer "just a short walk" lugging our
bags from the train station to the hostel (which was pretty difficult
to find), but when we finally checked in, we were... hmm... "underwhelmed"
would be a polite way to say it.
room at the hostel in Ljubljana
The local college dormitory is converted to
a hostel in the summertime. In general we are not picky, but we
went from a king size bed to bunk beds, and original local Croatian
art to posters of Avril Lavigne, the Black Eyed Peas and Nelly
(not that we have anything against at least the last two of those
three). I visited the shared bathroom in the hall and waited for
a young man that had been in there way too long for my taste and
discovered that he didn’t leave me any toilet paper. Oh
bother. Grumpy, I returned to our room, grabbed our toiletry bag,
and headed for the shower. Last night's comfy hotel room with
heated floors and a Jacuzzi tub seemed a world away now, but I
smiled, remembering that little piece of heaven I’d swiped
just hours before. In the tiny bathroom stall, I looked at the
gleaming bar of soap sitting perilously on the edge of the tiny
unclean shelf and laughed to myself. Welcome back to budget traveling!