Saturday, August 17, 2013

Prison Camp

Oh My God.  What Was I thinking? This was the first thought as the very nice car rental driver pulled up in front of the Hostel Celica complex.  He was trying to find a way in.

Eventually, he just dropped us at the gate as the bar was down.

Welcome to Hostel Celica, former prison.  Somehow, in my mind I had imagined they'd fix the place up a bit for the tourists.  I had read this was decorated by several artists and each cell had been done differently.  I even booked us a cell room for two nights.  This was not how I had envisioned it.

Try to find the third bed..... Look up yep that's it!  Guess who sleeps up top?There is art on the wall. It is a panel of ceramic tiles of some people walking.  On the up side there is lots of atmosphere and plenty of people around. There is also some very interesting art outside the building.  

Imagine our surprise when we arrived. The shoe rack is a little inconvenient for shorter people.

Do these guys share our rooms?
Absolutely beautiful but.... Note Frank the mouse on the left.

We arrived here after an interesting but long day hiking through caves; 500steps and 170 metres below ground.  It was totally amazing but you weren't allowed to take pictures so no pictorial for you! Then we couldn't find the car rental place to drop the car because the address we had doesn't exist and they don't number the buildings.  We did eventually find it after asking at a few different businesses.  It had been a stressful hour or so, but the car guy drove us to the hostel. What a relief!  At least, until we arrived.  We didn't have to talk.  We were all thinking the same thing.

The hostel itself is great, once you get past the cramped dorm style living.  We missed the Hookah night but managed to get in on the All-you-can-eat dinner.

Before you all send out the guard, you should know that the city is beautiful.  It reminds me of Prague, and for good reason.  The architects who designed it based it on Prague.  We wandered around today.

Holly and Heather focused on shopping and Kenna walked around giving directions to people who were lost.  We  all enjoyed our mid day sit by the River, a stroll round the castle and we were going to have ice cream but the it was almost  dinner and as it was all you can eat BBQ, we didn't  want to miss that.  

Bottom line: Another interesting day for the records.


Anonymous said...

Enjoying your blog and pictures, Holly. M & D

Tom said...

Had to laugh at H+H shopping, Kenna giving directions to lost people.

Beautiful city. Crazy accommodations.