Saturday 05292010

Our plans/intentions: We are going to meet at the train station of Bielefeld-Hauptbahnhof at 1530 and are going to go to Weeze airport by train and shuttle bus. At 2105 we are going to take a Ryan Air flight to London-Stanstedt. We are going to arrive there at 2115 and are going to take a shuttle bus to Victoria Coach Station at 2230 where we are going to arrive at 2359. We are going to use our prepaid Oyster cards and take the next Underground to Bayswater tube station. Finally, we are going to walk to our hotel at Inverness Terrace near Hyde Park. We are going to check in into the hotel and move into our 24-bed- mixed sex dormitory bunk bed room without ensuite facilities. We are going to have shared bathrooms and shower rooms on each hotel floor. The property of these places should be alright. The hotel is going to be simple but worth the price of 8.49 British pounds per bed per night.

Our report: On Saturday, May 29, we met at the train station of Bielefeld at 15.30. We took the train and the shuttle bus to Weeze airport at 15.59. At 20.05 we arrived there and took a Ryan Air flight to London-Stanstedt at 21.05. At 22.30 we took a National Express bus from Stanstedt coach point to Victoria Coach Station. We could take the last subway to Bayswater via Circle Line Westbound from Victoria underground station at around midnight for free and walked down Inverness Place to Inverness Terrace near corner Bayswater Road and arrived at the "Hyde Park Hostel" at about 00.45 p.m. We checked in into one 8 bed room for women in the basement and one ten bed room for men.We were quite shocked about the facilities. They were quite dirty and ugly. The restrooms were also a challenge for everyone of us. The showers were the next problem, because they were far away from our bedrooms and not easy to find. We had to share them with everyone, which was a bit difficult. Because of the problems, we wanted to change our hostel and at the same night we tried to get our money back. We had lots of discussions with the receptionist, but we did not succeed. We liked that two of us got a double room for free and that all of us got better linen. At last we accepted that we had to stay there and to make the best out of it. The price was quite outstanding anyways. To find the showers, we used nail polish to mark the right way, so it was not a problem anymore to find the way. This was very funny. From Sunday evening onwards no one complained anymore. In fact we had a lot of fun.