Monday, October 11, 2010
I've been meaning to tell you this for over a year.......
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.