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What are the youth hostels like in the U.S and Canada? Are H and I likely to be murdered or eaten by rats, or are they actually very decent, like the hostels in Europe?

(Yes, we are going to be invading your countries. Apologies in advance.)
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Date: 2002-11-10 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancingrain.livejournal.com
I recommend the ultra-specialized fandom hostel. If you come to Boston, you're welcome to stay with me :).

I've no firsthand information about US hostels, but Canadian hostels (at least in Montreal) are all right. Noisy, though, and with quite a line sometimes for the shower. But fine enough on cleanliness etc.

Date: 2002-11-10 08:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynicalpenguins.livejournal.com
It really all depends on where you're going. There are only a few states where youth hostels are safe (Utah, other relatively uninhabited states) but in major tourist spots it's prolly a good idea to carry some form of defense, or shell out the extra money for lodgings.
Optimism is over-rated.

Crappy states

Date: 2002-11-10 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
What would be of interest to see here at all? I'd much prefer to be living back in London again.

If you're going to be anywhere near NJ then I could probably put you up, depending on when you'll be here (Patrick and I currently have a friend of ours renting our spare room. His mother kicked him out. He's leaving in April before the wedding.).

My place is only about 2 hours from New York and only 15 minutes away from Philadelphia. Philly is a great place with a lot of sights to see!

-- Rimmsky

Re: Crappy states

Date: 2002-11-11 07:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cynicalpenguins.livejournal.com
Do what Rimmsky says. There's nothing to see outside of the east coast. Unless you like trees and cows.

Oh yea!

Date: 2002-11-12 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I certainly would like to meet up! Though I've never gone to NY on my own before. Maybe I could convince Patrick to come too, even thought he hates NY!

--Rimmsky

Date: 2002-11-13 01:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paris-of-priam.livejournal.com
The ones in Vancouver Canada are pretty good. There are some in the States where it's mainly homeless people who live there, so yes you might end up getting skinned and made into an area rug by Hanibal Lecter if you stayed at a hostel in New York of Los Angeles. But the ones in Vancouver are pretty nice, and they require a credit card deposit in advance to get in (which is why they tend to be nicer, and populated only by international travelers).

I recommend the Jerico Beach hostle, especially in the summer. Also, [livejournal.com profile] rugbygirl stayed at a histle downtown when she was in Vancouver last spring, but I don't remember what it was called. (You could ask her if you're curious.) She had a private room, that rented for $20 a night, but I wasn't THAT keen on it. It smelled kind of musty, and she didn't have her own bathroom.

Alternatively, there are some colleges at UBC (where I am) that rent out rooms in the summer. Also, the student residences rent out rooms during the summer. My cousin and her daughter stayed in one this summer while they were here, but it was EXPENSIVE (about $100 a night), but that was because it wasn't a 'room,' but rather a one bedroom apartment, with a bedroom, living room, bathroom, kitchen and balcony. Still, it was pretty nice, and it could actually sleep about sex people.

Anyhoo...you could look at the http://www.ubc.ca website, and look up student residences, and rentals. Also see if you can find 'St. John's college' and 'St. Andrew's college' on that site. I had another friend stay here during the summer, in a room in St. Andrews, which was $40 a night. Hope this info is useful. :)

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Date: 2002-11-16 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paris-of-priam.livejournal.com
That's basically why I have a lot of international people on my friends list too. :)

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