Can you find love in a hostel? Two and a half years ago I ended up in Riga, Latvia as I was killing time before heading to Ukraine to teach English. I chatted briefly in passing with a couple of Australian guys in the hostel bedroom, but I think they were too preoccupied with the flirty Finnish girls to really pay attention. Hey, no worries, I was just making small talk and didn’t even remember who it was.
I was traveling with an Irish guy and an Aussie guy that I hung out with in Tallinn, so I met them down in the common room to chat about dinner plans. To save our depleting funds, we went to one of my favorite places in Riga, Pelmeni XL. In spreading the hostel love vibe, I invited everyone that was in the common room before we left to join, and it just so turns out that Patrick was in the mix.
The night turned into a massively fun one. We picked up some drinks on the way back to the hostel and grabbed a crowd to partake in some chilled drinking games (I kicked ass). Patrick was playing music off of his iPod (Mariah Carey and the Beatles) and we started talking more and more.
Everyone went out to a pub that night, but it unfortunately ended up being short-lived when another guy from the hostel got really wasted and passed out outside on the sidewalk and proceeded to vomit all over himself. Luckily he was with a cool group and we all helped to carry him back (some more than others). I thought I was about to vomit from the smell, so Pat and I took it upon ourselves to slack off and chat even more.
Even when we all went to McDonald’s for a 2am feed, Pat and I were still together just talking and talking. It was good to feel a connection with someone, but it got really late, so we decided to head to bed. (Sorry, guys, no excitement here.)
We walked up the stairs and down the hall to the 10-bed dorm room — yes, it happened to be the same room. I think we both were a little shocked to discover that we were not only going to be sleeping in the same part of the hostel, but also in the beds that were right next to each other. That was the beginning of what has now been a 2.5 year relationship and the reason for my migration to Australia.
Oh, and he was definitely one of the guys that was talking to the Finnish girls when we originally met.