You’d wander around the town wearing yourself down with the trials — like those listed above — and then walk through the big green doors for the Kashgar Old Town Youth Hostel and immediately feel at ease.
Topped with a dollop of smetana and a smathering of dill, this traditional borscht soup recipe was brought to you by the 3 Russian ladies at the 8th Floor Hostel in Tomsk — all 3 of which slaved away for hours in the kitchen to give us foreigners a taste of the real deal.
Locals smoked, ate, and drank raki like it was going out of business. There was a slight fog only cleared by the cool wet air that blew in at every open of the front door. The sounds of Turkish tongues clacked quickly in excited chatter. And there we were — the awkward foreigners trying hard to be at ease as we knew...
If you're a lucky traveler heading over to Central Asia -- Kyrgyzstan in particular -- you might want to read this review of a hostel in Bishkek. Rodem House has several options for travelers in a clean environment and good location.
When wanting to get closer to Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Hostelworld put us in touch with Cheers Hostel. After evaluating the hostel, we have to admit that Cheers is a friendly and memorable hostel that we'd love to stay at again and again.
We told Hostelworld that we wanted to head south of Istanbul to Canakkale so we could explore both Troy and Gallipoli. Hostelworld matched up our plans and set us up with a stay at the Anzac Hotel, right in the downtown of Canakkale.
I get emails all the time from people asking me where to stay in Sydney, so I think today's post is going to kick off a new regular feature called "Sydney Sleeps". First up: a review of the Cambridge Hotel in Surry Hills -- a mix between young and old in a very convenient location.