Leak in the roof = Time to move on

Traveling will always bring out the good, the bad, and the ugly. I always find it quite humorous when “stuff” happens abroad.

You know it is time to move to another hostel where there is a huge leak in the roof.

It was a Monday morning in Santiago, Chile.

I had a restless night as:

  1. There was a person that loves to snore next to me.
  2. The room was freezing cold because the hostel does not believe in heat.
  3. I drank five cups of tea the night before to keep myself warm.
  4. By the way, I am highly sensitive to caffeine.
  5. I slept on a bed that was next to a bunk bed. The bunk bed did not have a proper ladder, so therefore, my bed became the trampoline for this fellow traveler.

I decided to wake up around seven in the morning as the chorus of snores was a deafening alarm clock.  Although I would have thought nine bodies in the dorm room would keep me warm, I decided to take my chances with the cold.

As I started to stretch and others slowly started to wake up, I heard someone taking a shower upstairs. Normal right?

Then suddenly a downpour of water came down from the ceiling and soaked the top bunk of the bunk bed next to me. Perhaps the punishment for the traveler snoring was the rain, but I think any sort of awakening like this is unfair for anyone.  Luckily, the traveler stood up before the downpour.

We raced to tell the man at the front desk what had happened.  He came storming in with a small pot. Perhaps, it was not the right choice.  I decided that I should help, but I could not stop staring at the flooding waters from the roof.  My expression was inmoveable.  It was similar to the expression people would have when staring at the accident on the side of the road.  You do not want to look, but curiosity kills you.

Eventually another man came storming in with a large trash bucket to save the day.

The man at the front desk was perplexed. He could not understand why the roof would leak. He then went upstairs to investigate.  After about five minutes, he came back to our room with an explanation.

Supposedly the lady that was taking a shower upstairs had long hair.  There was a clog in the bathroom because of her long hair.  He mentioned that this has happened before and that people should really cut their hair.  All the travelers in my dorm room then gave him the same perplexed look he had given us before.

Well, the night before, the British couple and I decided that we would try to leave a day early. We were not 100% sure, but after this instance, we thought, maybe this could be a sign.  Time to move on…

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About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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4 Responses to Leak in the roof = Time to move on

  1. Shu says:

    Hello,
    How come you did not read about the hostel in advance? What is up with the snoring and sharing a room? How come it is so cold over there? I guess you should of known that going in the summer is not the best time to go to South America,

    • Jan says:

      We did read the hostel in advance, but sometimes you can not prepare for these kind of things. That is the life of a hostel where you share rooms with other individuals. And, yes it is winter time. Great time to come to avoid the tourists!

  2. Kaleigh says:

    I really like what you post here, very refreshing and smart.

  3. atm says:

    i can relate to #5, that’s what happened to me in london…

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