Salt Lake City
Trip Start May 08, 2006
48Trip End May 06, 2007
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The reality is somewhat less idealistic. The whole town is another overblown, pointlessly oversized area of roads and buildings which, with a bit more careful planning could have been compressed into a few small blocks leaving more space to admire the beautiful mountain ranges surrounding it.
When Amtrak pulled into the station at around 11 I got a taxi to take me to the hostel located in a small bungalow that probably hadn't been cleaned in around 3 months. Some random guy let me into the front door into a lounge area with another guy sitting on a computer in the corner and a couple of people lying around watching TV. No-one seemed prepared to tell me how much it was, where I would be staying, or if indeed it was even a hostel. I thought for a while it was just a group of people who let travellers into their house for a laugh from time to time.
I eventually inquired as to where I would be staying and they assigned me a bunk with dirty sheets in a room that smelt so pungently of BO you could almost see the green haze that was undoubtedly present.
In their defence, the owner was a pretty helpful and friendly person and she let me store my bag there all day. And the Internet was free.
After about 10 minutes trying to indoctrinate me into the faith she finally released the collar and let me go on my merry way, skipping through the gates and clapping my feet together in the air as I tasted my freedom.