Anyone familiar with backpacking knows that the “character” of hostels is determined largely by the “characters” who stay there.
Backpackers are by definition a transient group; thus the “character” of a hostel changes constantly. Nonetheless, it is always interesting (and that’s putting it mildly).
Starting below, we will introduce you (randomly) to two of the characters currently in residence. This might give you an idea of the tone and tenor of a hostels daily life:
AINE and ANGEL:
We have chosen two attractive young “ladies” as an example of the hostels Zeitgeist.
AINE (pronounced AWN-ye) hails from County Sligo in the west of Ireland. ANGEL (ironically named, as you will see if you meet her) is a Kiwi from the North Island. Both have come to Toronto with Working/Holiday Visas.
Why did we choose these two?
To begin with they have both been here for some weeks and virtually everyone in residence knows this pair. The two are often seen together on our patio or in our common room “holding court” as it were (i.e. they are the centre of attention).
These attractive young “ladies” are, at the same time, pleasant but boisterous (again, putting it mildly). They are both capable and interesting and can do many things – but nothing quietly.
So when you visit hostels in Toronto (particularly our hostel) you will be able to ascertain very quickly the movers and shakers in residence. Aine and Angel you will likely hear before you see them!