Kicking back at the Jugendherberge

Morning Cup of Tea
Photo by kretyen

I am sitting in a youth hostel in Hannover, Germany. (That’s a “jugendherberge” to you speakers of German.)

I slept here, last night, between starchy sheets, in our private room with a private bathroom. We have a table and four chairs and individual closets for our things. The room – and the whole place – is squeaky clean. The door locks. The furnishings are simple but so nicely made that the underside of the bunkbed above me is finished. Not even the edges of the sheets above me can disturb the order.

Nobody is allowed to sleep in that bed due to my whole structural integrity phobia, but I told Quinland she could sit on it to read if no one was underneath.

We got a free breakfast this morning: cereal with milk, crispy-fresh rolls with meat and cheese (and jam or nutella, if we wanted… and I definitely wanted). David had rye bread with fish and onions and some sort of herb spread. (I wouldn’t eat that even if it weren’t breakfast, but he liked it.) There was what can only be described as a “Tea Bar,” with at least thirty different types of teas. This made up for the fact that there was no hot chocolate, a German youth hostel standard.

While we were eating breakfast, a bunny hopped outside the window right in front us… the window with the view of the river.

I am having one of my worn-out days today, so while David and Quinland are out with our friends Mitch and Maude, I am staying close to my bed. But I have been down to the laundry room a few times to do laundry, and I have wi-fi available for the computer. If I wanted to play pool or ping-pong instead of putting my leg up, I might be able to find someone to play with me. I don’t want to, though… I am happy to just sit and try to catch up on blog posts and relax.

I had a Very Grumpy Day yesterday, and the starkness of white walls and blond wood and the lovely feeling of accomplishing things is soothing. I think this day will be as good for my soul as it is for my body.

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for understanding friends and family, and for clean clothing.
  • I’m lighter! thanks to the peacefulness of this hostel. Some hostels are swarming with school groups or screaming kids, but this one is nice. I needed nice. It might help me to be nicer.

2 thoughts on “Kicking back at the Jugendherberge

  1. Lori, thank you so much for the wonderful blogs you are doing. I feel as though I am sitting with you somewhere and you are sharing what’s happening with and for you and David and Quinland rather than sitting at a computer thousands of miles away. I’m glad today is one of those days that are a real gift from God to you. Serenity is a wonderful thing.
    Love and hugs,
    Mom T.


    1. Hooray! We are so glad you are reading. We are basically doing nothing but relaxing (and homework) here in Croatia. It is sooo nice. I am trying to get caught up on posting and checking comments; hopefully I will get something up every day for the next couple of weeks.

      Big hugs to you!


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