Monday, October 11, 2010

I've been meaning to tell you this for over a year.......

There is actually a hostel at the airport in Stockholm that is built into a 747 Jumbo Jet.  I kid you not.

In 2009, after spending time together in northern Sweden, Sara was flying back to Macedonia and Charlie and I were heading back to Maine so we were looking for someplace to stay the night before our flights.  Stockholm hotels were out of our price range which is why we had been spending our time up north reindeer country.  But, Sara, being young and wise in the way of youth hostels, found us the Jumbo Hostel at the Arlanda Airport.

After returning our rental car, we walked across the street to what looked like a gigantic plane parked in a field.  It was, actually, a gigantic plane parked in a field.  A series of metal airport-like steps led up to the entrance where we were immediately told to take off our shoes.  I'm not sure why, but I am a rule-follower so the shoes came off.

The rooms were off a narrow corridor and were small but we fit.  There was a double size bunk on the bottom in our room and a little crow's nest upper bunk that little Sara could squeeze into.  Our suitcases went under the bottom bunk and there was room for one of us to stand up at a time--just not room enough for that one person to actually turn around.

It was great fun and cheap and very convenient to the airport.  A bus stopped right across the street to take us to the terminal.

The Jumbo Hostel is even listed as #1 on a website devoted to the World's Weirdest Hotels.

The Jumbo Jet was different and weird, but according to this website there is a hotel in Idaho inside a giant wooden dog.  I think that might be my next trip.

5 comments:

Sara Ray said...

Don't forget to mention that they served us breakfast on airline trays!

Jayne said...

LOL... now THAT sounds like a neat experience!

Sharon said...

Welcome back -- so glad you are continuing to be an advocate for children and their families -- and glad for your wisdom and experience.

Hope to get in perhaps one more hike this fall --- my landscaping/gardening took over two full seasons this year, but I enjoyed several trips to and around Red Lodge, Montana...and a trek up the West Fork of Rock Creek -- unfortunately without a camera...

Morning's Minion said...

I'm glad you are back sharing stories!

Kathiesbirds said...

This is amazing! And if you want to take that trip to Idaho just let me know, I might go with you since it is my favorite place on earth.