Everything is big in Texas
Trip Start Aug 26, 2005
125Trip End May 26, 2008
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I went into the lounge room to wait and found comfort on the chair
We were all pretty furious at the endless rules in this place - no alcohol, no smoking, no loud noise, no sleeping between 11am and 3pm, no kitchen access before 8am and after 9pm, no TV after 10, no fun, and the list goes on.
After being kicked out of the TV room, we had to resort to playing monopoly and going to bed, but not turning the lights on after 10pm. I fumbled round in the dark trying to find my toothbrush in my crowded 14 bed dorm. Ahhhh, the joys of the USA.
I'd like to take a little time here to apologize about the negativity I'm spreading of the USA. I certainly don't intend to be so negative. I have met some amazing and generous people in this country and have had some great times and unforgettable experiences and one day, I might even write about the positives, but for now, I'm finding this stuff more interesting to write about, and judging from the feedback I'm getting from my loyal followers, you guys all agree with me and seem to be enjoying this stuff
Freaks: I've mentioned it before, but the rule doesn't fail - every hostel in the USA has a freak or two staying, or living there. This is probably the most freak filled hostel so far. This one is a classic. It started with this 30 year old American guy. He had crazy grey and black streaked hair. He looked completely on edge and came straight up and told us that he travels across the USA, going to clinics and Universities volunteering for medical trials. He gets paid to test new drugs out and, well let me tell ya, the results aren't good. This guy was messed up beyond belief. He didn't sleep, he ran to the bathroom every 10 minutes, he spoke to himself and had the occasional outburst. I was a little freaked out just being in the same room as him. He lasted two days in the hostel and then disappeared, much to everyone’s relief. But don’t worry, there was another one to take his spot. A coincidence maybe, that this 50 something wide eyed leather jacket wearing nutcase was also a product of a university medical disaster. He told us he had worked in the science departments of various Universities through the USA, and somewhere along the way, he had been infected by an unknown illness, the product of stray university students
The upside of Austin is The Austin University which is the biggest UNI in the USA. With 50,000 students and taking up a good few neighborhoods, it never seems to end. I wandered around with an Aussie guy called Mike from Cockatoo (outside of Melbourne) We were allowed into the gym to check it out and wow…Its huge. Easily the biggest gym I’ve ever seen. They had 10 racquetball courts, a rock climbing wall, 8 basketball courts that doubled as volleyball. They had table tennis and a humongous weights room with all kinds of funky town new machines that I’d never seen before. There was a 1/4 mile circular running track - indoors. And we didn’t even have time to see the pool, but I can only imagine. Posing as students, we made it into the library and used the free internet to send a few emails home.