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Any Dream can become True.
It all started in the Dreamtime, when a young Hungarian fellow was working in one of the first hostels in Budapest. One day he decided to go backpacking, especially after all those guests who planted their own travel bugs in his head. Opening a hostel was just a dream this time. A dream of a hostel where there are not just beds within bare walls, but more like a home, where he can greet his guests as his friends and these friends can make more friends among each other. He wasn't looking for a name either, he only knew that one day he will open up a hostel. During his journey he met a fellow backpacker who described backpackers as Aboriginals doing their Walkabout: You wander around and challenge yourself until you find your goals in life. He liked the idea, especially as he had so many friends from Down Under. So after his walkabout around Europe he decided to settle back home in Budapest and established the Aboriginal Hostel. A place where backpackers can become friends, let their hair down and put their feet up.
Many moons later the Aboriginal hostel is still running and providing the warm friendly, and comfortable setting that makes backpacking something special. After all, home is a place where you're always happy to stay.
"If you build it, they will come"
—Field of Dreams
HISTORY OF THE HOSTEL
In 1990, Cal Zukowski, a Canadian artist, came to Cesky Krumlov on his way to study art in Berlin. After only a few hours of setting foot on the cobblestones, he decided to ditch Berlin, and set up his easel here, in a town that many describe as "the Europe we had in mind when we thought of Europe." Four hours south of Prague, built in a valley and set off by a bend in the Vltava, Cesky Krumlov's castle and tower literally grow from a clifftop, lording over this town of spires, ceramic-tiled rooftops, crooked alleyways, and cobblestone streets. Swallows return every summer from the south to make their nests in the crumbled facades of ancient houses. It's a town that revels in its age, reveals itself slowly.
The Basics: Who, What, When, Where …and Why
Pick a map. Any map. Okay, make it a map of the United States. Find the West Coast, and press your little finger into the black dot called "San Francisco." Now trace your finger north along the jagged edge of the coast as it goes up, up, up to the very tip of California. That's us.
The Redwood National Park Hostel • Photo Credit: Cheri M. Larsh