Cockroaches, eeeek!!!

Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
Trip End Jan 30, 2008

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I arrived at Rethymnon Youth Hostel and lucky there was plenty of room. I was greeted by Ivan, one of the guys who run the place, a Yugoslavian guy, so friendly and sweet and treats everyone as special and a new friend! It was so refreshing to encounter a really nice person again.   I can't say this was my favorite hostel though. The bathrooms are downstairs, and outside!  I spent the day wandering around the harbor and along the beach. I grabbed some lunch and ate on the beach , went for a couple of quick swims, and read. I brought the book "Chicken Soup for the Travelers Soul", which I absolutely hate, someone dies in every story and I'm laying their crying my eyes out on the beach. Not exactly how you want to spend your day eh!!  I went to bed early since I had practically no sleep before.  When I woke up , there was a giant cockroach next to my bag on the floor. There was one guy in the 8 bed room, but I didn't want to wake him up over a bug! So I stayed quiet, went back to sleep for a while, and then got Ivan to come in and get it!  He explained that they do all they can to prevent bug there, spray and everything, but with the windows open they crawl in that way. 
I explored the Venetian Fortress, but didn't get much out of it because like at most ruins, there is nothing posted to tell you about what you are looking at , the only info given usually is regarding the restoration process. Boring.  It did provide great views of the sea and the city below. This  fortress was built and rebuilt more than once, but I believe it was mostly used in the 16th century as defense against pirates, including Barbosa. So the only stuff I know about pirates is from Pirates of the Caribbean, and Disney movies aren't exactly perfect portrayals of history.  Over the centuries Crete has had many invaders and conquerers, making a very complicated history which I can't even attempt to summarize for you because I hardly understand it myself!
I met 2 Aussie girls that were in my room, Alana and Mel and they were traveling for a few days with their friend Carla and her boyfriend Jay. Alana and Mel had met in the UK while they were working there and have come to Crete to work for a few months.  Carla is returning to Oz soon and has invited me to join her family for Christmas as I will be in Sydney and don't have set plans yet. So far that is my 4th invite from Aussie's to stay with them for Christmas!  We all went to dinner at a tiny restaurant next door and my plate only cost 4 Euro where as I've been paying 10-12 for the same thing to sit at a sea side restaurant, so I'm obviously paying for the view, but it's been worth it!  The girls and I sat up and had some wine at the hostel bar. I love hostels that have bars because everything is sooo much cheaper. I payed 1.70 for a little jug of wine that would normally cost about 5-6!  It was still early when they went back to the room and I felt like going out and was determined to find a little Irish pub I had seen earlier in the day.  I walked around for about 10 minutes, couldn't find it and there wasn't enough people out so I didn't feel safe enough so I went back to the room.  The girls were still up and they relayed the excitement I had just missed.  Apparently another cockroach came racing out from Mels bed over to Alana's and up the side along the mattress!! She flicked it off and smashed it and had to clean up the guts! So glad I missed all the action.  Alana and I stayed up for another hour and I got her up to date about the entire last season of Grey's Anatomy! They are a season behind in England.
They are going to be in Thailand around the same time I am, so I might try to meet up with them for a day or so.
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Erica Abt on

If you do not wantto breathe SECOND-HAND SMOKE and you clothes, hair and skin stink like cigarettes ... DO NOT STAY HERE.
There is no smoke free common area indoors, the worst is the kitchen that doubles as TV room and reception where the manager and his 'buddies" smoke incessantly. Non smokers who object are disrespected, ridiculed, laughed at and bullied into leaving.
Otherwise the facilities are clean, if somewhat cramped and the manager is a clownishly friendly guy.
The bathrooms are TWO STORIES DOWN plus 30 meters away from the dorm in the open backyard ...

Kristin on

Erica- This is my personal blog, your comments/travel advise would be more appropriate in a hostel review such as on, or Travellers planning to visit the area would find that information very helpful when deciding where to stay.
P.s. I don't know how long you have been in Greece, but you will soon find out that smoking is EVERYWHERE. I couldn't breathe for weeks. Even in internet cafes..little hotel lobbies..just everywhere..unfortunatly it's still apart of the cultural norm.

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