A Quick Funny!

7 04 2013

A few years back, when my parents were still Youth Hostelling, they stayed at Arnside Hostel. My Mum was despatched off to a women’s dormitory and the warden gave my Dad instructions to his dormitory. My Dad went up to the floor he’d said but noticed that all the rooms seemed to be full of women. Coming from an age where ladies and gentlemen didn’t mix overnight unless they were married (unlike bunkhouses nowadays where you can be sharing a room with a stranger of either sex), he hurriedly averted his eyes and rushed back downstairs.

“They’re all women up there!” he exclaimed to the warden in a shocked and horrified voice.

The warden turned to his mate and said,

“I wonder how old you have to be to get like that?”

A quick shot of my Dad in his younger, male-model days! 😉
Dad with goggles

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7 responses

9 04 2013
McEff

On my last visit to a hostel, which was about 15 years ago, I was shocked to learn that you no longer have to perform a task in the morning before you depart. I don’t know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Cheers, Alen

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9 04 2013
mountaincoward

I couldn’t see any harm in it – it only took quarter of an hour or so and saved on cleaning costs, thereby keeping the cost of an overnight stay down. I personally also thought it encouraged better types of hosteller – I think the ones which hostel now are just wanting a cheap hotel and treat the place accordingly 😦

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9 04 2013
McEff

Exactly.

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9 04 2013
bob

Couldn’t agree more Carol and the folk using them now seem to be slightly different in attitude as well. They usually prefer their own space, even in the common room. Before, if you were on you’re own you could always count on finding someone else to talk to with a common interest or maybe go up a hill with. From the occasional tales I’ve heard from older Youth Hostellers I’ve met who still use them some of that communal camaraderie has disappeared. But maybe that’s just them because they are no longer considered worth talking too. Its a tough life when your hair turns grey :0)

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9 04 2013
mountaincoward

That is definitely so about them not socialising the same – they’re definitely a different breed now. I think the advent of TVs in common rooms will definitely make that worse. At one time, I spent most of an evening discussing routes of mountains I’d done and they’d done but I hadn’t and lots of useful exchanges of info took place. Plus, of course, you’d chat about lots of other stuff too – very social.

I’ve met up with a few folks in hostels in the past and ended up doing a hill with them the next day.

It definitely is tough getting older and seeing things you once enjoyed change!

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7 04 2013
bob

Just shows you how long it is since I’ve been in a hostel in the UK Carol. I didn’t know they’d changed although I was vaguely aware of something called ‘Family rooms..’ Bought a life membership 35 years ago then never went back. Discovered bothies and club huts instead soon after I’d paid.

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8 04 2013
mountaincoward

I used to like youth hostels back in the supposedly bad old days where you did a ‘duty’ in the morning, everyone washed up after themselves and generally kept the place tidy. That certainly kept the prices down as they didn’t have to hire cleaners – now they do! But now I think they’ve totally lost the plot and are moving away from cheap, warm and fairly comfy accommodation to expensive hotel/B&B type accommodation. To me, if you want a hotel or B&B, that’s where you go, not a hostel. The hostellers have totally changed along with the YHA’s philosophy.

I prefer a bothy nowadays.

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