Archive for July, 2009

Please Hurry Back Robyn!

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Robyn has left the hostel for a month’s vacation in her native Quebec. The hostel seems strange without her beaming smile and great sense of humor.

She has long been a breath of fresh air and is already sorely missed.

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A RANDOM SAMPLING OF HOSTEL LIFE

Friday, July 31st, 2009

The pics below are a random sampling of the hostels’ routine and were all taken in a single day.

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SANDRA, our Manager, organizing rooms for a very large contingent of young German’s who arrived en masse.

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Olivier, an Aeronautical engineer from France, paid us a visit before heading off to cycle the African continent from Cairo to Capetown.

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A Family Affair: Celso, a native of Equador, now living in London has embarked on a World Tour with his wife and son. They plan to be traveling for a year and will visit his native Equador, much of South America, the Galapagos, Easter Island, New Zealand and Australia before making their way to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana asnd Zambia.

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Craig – all the way from Auckland for two week holiday. a long way to travel for such a brief visit. Here he is enjoying a pint at our “local”, the “Fox”.

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Laura (rt. with Canadiana  T-Shirt)  with Francine. She spent a little more than 2 years in Canada and also attended the University of Toronto.

A Multi-Cultural “Family”

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Canada has been a multi-cultural nation (officially) since 1967.  And it is generally accepted (according to the U.N.) that Toronto is the most ethnically diverse city on the planet.

There are a lot of cities with ethnic enclaves but on close examination they have nothing that compares with Toronto’s cultural diversity.

You can turn on the television and obtain weekly programming in Urdu; Bantu; Swahili; Khmer; Polish; German; Vietnamese; Korean; Farsi etc., etc.  The Chinese and French communities even have their own networks.

The melange of cultures is also reflected in the makeup of our hostel staff. Our employees can converse with you in English (of course)  and also in French; Spanish; Portuguese; Chinese; Japanese; Hindi; German; Dutch and Afrikaans.

That merely reflects the diversity of the city itself.

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A random photo of some the hostel’s staff (on duty at the time) shows Canadian; Welsh; British; French; German and Indian staffers.

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Part of he hostel “family” out at our “local” for wings and beer. This photo also includes Portuguese; Japanese; Arabic, French and Afikaans speaking employees!

Pedagogue

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Nevan Bridge is a Pedagogue from New Zealand. He works a lot with young children.

Before you confuse the word – meaning “educator” – with a similar word describing something far less salubrious let me tell you a bit about Nevan.

He hails from Napier, New New Zealand – a community on the east coast of the country’s North Island famous for its abundant sunshine.

He is principal of an primary school and oversees the education of over four hundred young minds. A pretty amazing piece of trivia is that he has been a school principal since the tender age of 26!

They call places like ours “Youth Hostels” but that is antiquated description left over from the 1960′s. We get all sorts of professionals of all ages as guests.

We get Doctors, Lawyers and even the occasional Indian Chief.  And good number of Pedagogues too!

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So Long Doughy

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Steve Kelly (a.k.a. “Doughy”) has been a fixture at our Toronto Hostel for over two years.

Doughy, a gourmet chef, was working in a high-end, fine dining establishment in Toronto’s  entertainment district.

He was a very well-known and very popular character in the area and could be seen regularly at our backpackers “local”, the Fox and Fiddle.

Doughy felt it was time to move on and has headed home to the Emerald Isles. A lot of people were sad to see him leave – especially the management of the Fox as he was easily their very best customer.

Most of Doughy’s friends showed up at the Fox for a big party a few days before he left. The management donated free pool for the entire night and bought him the most delicious cheesecake with the inscription “Jog On” as Doughy was constantly telling people.

So he’s gone back to Dublin with plans to work and travel to Barcelona possibly.

I very much doubt that we have seen the last of Doughy here.  He has made too many friends here and I’m sure he will miss them as much as they miss him.

You know where we are Doughy! You are welcome back anytime!

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The Legendary “Doughy” with his farewell cheesecake “Jog On”.

Lourens (from South Africa) and Haley (a local lady) bidding Doughy Adieu!

Ray ( l. ) a fellow Dubliner, hoisting a pint at the party.

Francine and Artur – part of the German contingent at Doughy’s party.

Ray and Doughy – old drinking partners separating.

Pearcey and Haley.

Ray and Lourens.

Taking advantage of free pool.

Artur and Yannick.

Doughy and Vera.

Yannick and Diana

Diana, Masahito and Yannick,

Haley and Ray.

Goodbye Nicolai!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Nicolai is a young, personable man from Germany.  He was in Canada on a working/holiday visa and was employed right here at the hostel.

It is a cliche that “Germans are severe and have no sense of humor”. It really isn’t true. Especially with Nick.  He was always ready to laugh and usually had a ready smile.

He hit it off with Sarah (a.k.a. “The Sweet One”) a Toronto girl and full time hostel employee. Off work the pair were inseparable.

All good things must come to a (temporary) end. Nick has returned to Germany to prepare for Uni in Switzerland.

Sarah has tentative plans to return to France where she used to live and work in order to be closer to Nick. She reckons she can live within easy commuting distance for both of them because a working visa to Switzerland is not likely to be granted.

So we’ve lost Nick but it seems that we just might lose sweet Sarah as well.  (Oh, to be young and in love!)
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A Hostel Birthday Tradition

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

There is a hostel tradition at our backpackers inn that staff a members birthday is celebrated as a staff event.

Usually a cake and some kind of food is put out on our patio (weather permitting). We celebrated Michel’s birthday at a local restaurant.

How did he rate the full treatment , you ask? Well Michel is a banker who is also Assistant Manager on weekends at the hostel. Thus, as a senior staff member and long time hostel employee, he rates the full treatment.

His dinner was held at the Rivoli on Queen Street,  just two blocks from our hostel’s front door.

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Happy Birthday drinks after the meal. (Michel on the right/rear with mustache.)

Life’s Adventures

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Sometimes we get exceptionally interesting guests in our Hostel in Toronto.

Bill Fischer of Ohio, U.S.A. is one of them.

In his life Bill has been a New York State Trooper – an honest law enforcement officer who exposed misdeeds within his own ranks.

He was a Vietnam era Marine Rifleman. And he is now a Forensic Investigator working on behalf of Defense Attorneys.

Bil is an example of a man who seems to have lived life to the fullest. And it continues to this day.

For example, he recently completed an epic Alaska to Tierra del Fuego cycling trip – virtually the entire length of the Western Hemisphere!

Younger backpackers should take note of the manner in which Bill has approached living. He is an example of how life can and should be a grand adventure.

And for younger travelers, that adventure is just beginning!

As Mark Twain once famously noted:

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the things you did.

So cast off the bowlines; Sail away from safe harbor; Catch the Tradewinds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover!”

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Bill at the Golden Gate Bridge. Alaska thousands of kilometers behind but still a long way to go for this cyclist/adventurer. Last stop on this epic journey – the tip of South America! (By the way, he made it!)

Irish Invasion

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

This summer has seen so many backpackers from the Emerald Isles. Just a few of whom are featured below.

L to R: Claire, Sian from Northern Ireland; Aisling and Joyce from Eire.

Sian and Claire. Traveling companions and fellow Pharmacists from Northern Ireland.the both gave up their careers (temporarily) to travel to Oz on a working/holiday. Both looking forward to a year of adventure.

A. J. a Dubliner and Master Carpenter, just rambling for an extended vacation.

Claire a pharmacist heading for a year Downunder.

Paul who is in Toronto working as a Rickshaw Runner

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Joyce – a “Westie” from Co. Gallway.

Micheal – another “Westie” from Gallway.

Dr. Lorena and the sick kids

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Lorena is a young paediatric surgeon from Madrid who stayed with us in the summer of 2009. The latest in a steady stream of young doctors passing through the Canadiana, Lorena was drawn across the Atlantic by the chance to complete part of her residency at a place she liked to call the Disneyland of hospitals.

Toronto’s ‘sick kids’ hospital is a world renowned paediatric facility. One look at the inside of the place and you’ll see that Lorena’s description is right on the button, it really does feel more like a theme park than a hospital.

Undergoing surgery can be a nerve racking experience, especially for a child. Those of us who have experienced this know that meeting your surgeon beforehand can be reasuring and it’s hard to imagine anyone with a more comforting demeanor than Doctor Lorena.


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