Interesting ‘items’ discovered in and around travel accomodation
Sometimes I’ve been surprised to find a toilet seat on a toilet in Africa.
Sometimes it’s been hot water in the depths of South America.
Once or twice the surprise was a sign not to flush toilet paper, silly me thought you could do that everywhere.
Other times it’s been sheer wonder at the size of the bed and bathroom for just little ol’ me (the very few times I’ve shelled out for a hotel)
I’ve been amazed by a hot water bottle brought to my room from the hostel restaurant in Bolivia.
Don’t even get me started on how surprised I am by the internet in some places I’ve travelled to!
Do you get the picture? I’ve travelled to some pretty remote places where everyday luxuries don’t exist. As part of this month’s travel link up I’ve stretched the topic a bit to discuss the interesting ‘items/wildlife’ in and around my accomodation, which usually ends up being a tent, volunteer unit, cabin or hostel.
Interesting Item in room: Baby Baboon in my bed, Volunteering in Namibia
Attempting to sleep without rolling on a baby baboon in nappies that is clinging to you is not an easy task – imagine if I’d squashed her! What a bad baboon babysitter I’d have been! I did wake up wondering what the heck was next to me at times throughout the night though!
Interesting Item outside room: Sloth in the trees, Monteverde, Costa Rica (monkey on roof, Puyo, Ecuador comes close 2nd)
In a little town in Costa Rica called Monteverde lives a sloth missing a claw. This sloth climbs across powerlines to get from one tree to the next and the goodies that the trees hold.
Interesting item causing noise near room: Howler Monkeys, Pampas Jungle, Bolivia
Waking up to a load toad-like groan echoing throughout the jungle can give you a bit of a fright. Is it the alligator under the cabin on stilts? Is an animal dying nearby? Is something attacking? No, no, it’s just the ruddy howler monkeys making themselves known across the river!
Interesting item that makes the room: Cave Hotel, Cappadocia, Turkey
Staying in a basic, yet cosy cave hotel in Cappadocia was a pretty cool experience. Waking up to a balcony looking out at hot air balloons dotting up and down between the caves and mountains was incredible.
Interesting item that is so far yet so close: Stars in the sky, sleeping outside in Spitzkoppe, Namibia
Everyone in their life should have the chance to sleep under the stars at some point. Spitzkoppe in Namibia was a stunning place to experience the stars. So remote. So beautiful. So peaceful.
FYI no spiders or scorpions were discovered during this experience.
Interesting item that I’m glad I didn’t notice: Snake by the tent, Botswana
‘That looks like a snake trail,’ I think to myself as I walk to the tent to get an early night during my time in Botswana, can’t be a snake trail though, or it must be long gone… right? Then there is people joking around with frightful noises outside keeping me awake, gez… but sure enough, the next day someone had photographic proof of a brown snake outside my tent… awesome.
(Sorry I didn’t take a copy of the photographic proof to share with you)
Interesting item made from something different: Room made of salt in a salt hotel, Bolivia
Where else would you expect to stay in a salt hotel than near the Salt Flats of Bolivia right? Apologises for lack of decent photos, it was torrential rain and a bit dark…
Interesting item that replaces a human device: Warthogs, Namibia
A lodge near where I volunteered in Namibia was home to a couple of lawnmowers, but not your typical lawnmower or sheep that eats the grass. These ones get down on their knees and mow away at the grass: warthogs.
Those are my interesting ‘items’ found in and around my accomodation from time to time. I don’t generally stay in hotels often, although when I have, I’m in awe of a giant bed and mini shampoos!
These guys are SO much better than hotel minis!
Haha, yer well a bit more out of the box aye!
I love that these are mostly animal related!
I’d be quite surprised to find a baby baboon or warthog in my hotel!! But also it would be the best day ever 😛
Yer didn’t quite realise until I wrote it that it was mainly animal related!
Ooooooh monkey on the roof sounds intense. I’ve had possum on the roof in NZ – both cabin and tents – and that was ridiculous enough for me. Also, I love those lil warthog knees XD
Monkey on the tin roof was just one of those times that we said ‘ahh she’s out again’, warthog mowers were pretty cute too!
I’ve also stayed in the salt hotel in Bolivia, so cool and also kind of mind blowing!
Pretty unusual right?!
A baboon in the room and howler monkeys outside are indeed interesting finds 🙂 #TravelLinkUp
I love the idea of a cave hotel in Cappadocia!
You totally win for most random items. How do they even make a hotel out of salt? The views from the cave hotel would keep me at my window all day long.
No idea how they made the salt hotel! Yer cave hotel was wicked, but going up in the hot air balloon was even better!
warthogs are the cutest! We had a green mamba snake hanging off the light on the terrace of our thatched cottage in the Kwa Zulu Natal. I am never, never, going on safari again…
Eeeek green mamba! We had a yellow snake (think it was a bad one) in the bathroom where I volunteered in Namibia, but luckily never in my room (that I know of)!