Evening May 29th: Hostel Chats

When I got back to my hostel I crashed into the middle bed of the 3-story bunk and slept for two hours. After that, I couldn’t go back to sleep. I tossed and turned, climbed in and out of the bunk multiple times, and tried listening to meditations absolutely nothing was working.

I also realized that it was incredibly hot in our room….in Edinburgh.

I didn’t think there was anyone else in the dark room and until I heard a voice from underneath my bunk say,

“It’s so hot in here. Do you mind if I open the window?”

“Please do,” I replied.

Our six-person mixed dorm has one window and I was so disoriented I didn’t even think to open it.

The window opener and I started talking as he laid in his bunk and I laid in mine. He was American, from the South, in the military, and on a short vacation from the Middle East. For those who were surprised, yes, we’re still there. He also had a name.

“I’m Gabe,” he said as he reached his hand up to my bunk to greet me and I leaned over the metal barrier to shake it.

“I’m Leah.”

We kept talking like that for hours. Laying in our beds in the dark discussing our currents walks of life and what we hoped for the future. Both of us in our twenties, still trying to figure out what we really want and who we are. But we both agreed completely that having a boss you love and respect and a job that makes a difference was a goal. I believe we are starting to figure out, that is more than a privilege.

At one point, another roommate named Sammie, came in our room and the three of us started talking about different travel destinations. She was headed to Dublin next.

Since Ireland is one of my favorite places, I rattled off a list of things for her to do, which mainly included places to have amazing breakfast.

At some point I finally fell asleep.

When I woke up in the morning, Gabe was gone. Since it was dark in our room and he was in the bunk under mine, I never saw his face. He could be standing in line at the grocery store tomorrow and I would not realize it’s him.

Gabe, good luck with transitioning out of the military. I hope you find what you’re looking for.