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Dinks in a Hostel

Before anything else, I'd like to say a great big THANK YOU to all the fabulous bloggers who stopped by to wish me a happy birthday (it's about time, right?) 
Oh, and another tremendous THANK YOU to everyone who has sent me a guest blogger post. If you're still interested, just email a post (old ones are fine!) and some info about yourself and your blog to I'll post it here with a link to your site. Okay, on to today's post!

Now that the cake and ice cream overdose has worn off, (we walked a bunch on my birthday and I even exercised, so it's not as bad as it sounds!) it's time to buckle down and plan the details of our upcoming cruise. When you think about it, eleven nights is not really that much time for a vacation, so we've decided to stay 3 additional nights in New York when we get off the ship.

Problem? I can't believe how expensive New York hotels are! I'm a $65/nt kinda gal. For $150/nt, we may not even get our own bathroom! So, why not just accept sharing a bathroom? In fact, why not embrace the New Yorker, bathroom-sharing lifestyle entirely by staying in a hostel?

The one I have my eyes on is The Fresh Hotel and Hostel. It doesn't look that bad, right? Really, that's a pretty good price for a place that has one and a half stars! Just ignore the feces on the floor review. I'm confident it was just a fluke. When I was in Girl Scouts, I stayed in a hostel in San Francisco and I remember it seeming alright. Oddly, I don't have any recollection of ever seeing a bathroom there, but I'm sure The Fresh Hotel and Hostel will be even better!

When I showed the hostel to Sexy Nerd, he was quick to point out that we are DINKS (thank you for the fancy term, Oprah), so staying in a hostel is going cheaper than we need to. Come on, Sexy Nerd, didn't you see the photos? They have ping pong! You love playing ping pong! And, out of all the hostels I've looked at, I've only read one review where singing Kumbaya was referenced.

When you think about it, are camping and staying in a hostel really that different? Come on, Sexy Nerd! Where is your sense of adventure?

Don't you love when you look back at an old photo and think "What was in my hand?" I'd like to think that it was the remainder of a delicious cookie.


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