The thing about travel which appeals the most is surely the experiences you have. They are more than the place, they are more than the food and they are more than the people. When I was staying in the awesome Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem, I found out they have a really cool “Backpacker Travel Stories” night! This is something every hostel should do!
So in I went and met up with some other travellers and we all shared our stories from around the world. I gave the table a choice of either:
1. My story how I could afford Antarctica on a backpacking budget or
2. The night I fed hyenas mouth to mouth in Ethiopia
and they chose to hear the hyena feeding Harar story. In the Abraham Hostel I met Yoni, who hosted the backpacker tales night and has travelled a lot too. Yoni also did the Tiger Leaping Gorge hike like myself and ended up getting lost along the way and he shared his tale. Another guy spoke about backpacking in Pakistan, and an English guy made it to some remote island off the coast of Madagascar (I think) on the worst transport possible. Just for telling the story you get a free drink. We all had a shot of Arak and it was a great night. The next morning we had to be up for sunrise at Masada.
The reason for this Thirsty Thursday tonight is not just because I loved Abraham Hostel and that this post is overdue, but I’m meeting up with Yoni again tomorrow, in Hong Kong!!
The irony of it all is that I met Yoni in Israel in his place of work, and he is meeting me in my old place of work – Delaney’s Irish Pub!
Cheers and thirsty Thursdays to you all!