St. Christophers Hostel

Recently I stayed in the St. Christophers Hostel in Brugge (Bruges). Now for you backpackers out there visiting Belgium, I highly recommend this hostel. It had its pros and cons as I will outline, but overall it was a good stay.

I stayed in a ‘private’ and the room layout wasn’t fancy, but the room was much larger than your average hostel and very clean. The showers were good and spacious, a bit drafty, but not bad….the hot water stayed on!!!… that’s the important thing. The staff wasn’t overly friendly….BUT….they were very helpful in providing maps and locations of sights to see. The bar was pretty decent and had a good atmosphere. It was nice to have a drink seconds before heading off to bed. The Charlie Rockets hostel just down the street had a much cooler bar…..but hey, it’s a hostel bar. The price was AMAZING and extremely affordable, even if I didn’t have the off-season discount. Security and safety was good. I never once worried about leaving my bags or belongings. Laundry facilities were good and there was a nice chill-out area to read & relax. The major downside was location. It was a good 10-15 minute walk outside of the city center where all the fun bars/restaurants are. In normal weather conditions I wouldn’t complain, but when it’s very cold out….the walk can be rough.

M.A.V.B.L.O.G. Score- 7.5 out of 10. It’s a hostel. It gets the job done. No, it wasn’t the best hostel I’ve ever stayed in but I’d certainly go back again. And for you readers who are traveling, it’s clean, it’s cheap and the dorm rooms are quiet so you can actually sleep. I recommend it.

Have a great day. Be good to yourself. Be good to others. That is all.

God: My 18 year old self

Here’s a bit of my own personal philosophy in a very fun way. It’s in the God section because well, finding God is a personal journey of self-discovery, whether you think it or not, in your limited or unlimited belief system.

I find that this is a pretty fun and simple exercise to help you step out of the box and be a bit objective about yourself. When I’m in a situation where I find myself acting strange or unlike my ‘normal’ self and set of behaviors or I’m just plain bored, I like to step back and say, ‘What would my 18 year old self say? What would my 18 year old self do? Would he be pissed at me or proud of me?’. Now when I was 18 I was relaxed and I wasn’t too worried. The most important thing to me was having fun, laughing and being level inside (peaceful- a state of bliss), playing guitar, hanging out with friends, making a short film, scoring some beer and drinking, smoking some pot, going for a run, practicing martial arts with friends, goofing off, having a chanting session with bongos with friends, going for a walk in the woods, playing soccer, hanging out with my girlfriend, going to a movie…those were my main concerns. I was a pretty happy go lucky, fun guy. Your typical high school teenager I guess you could say.

So I found myself, not too long ago, standing in the kitchen of a friends apartment, with my girlfriend at the time, sitting on a chair, my friend standing at the stove and his wife sitting at the table. There was a 30 pack of beer sitting in the corner. I don’t remember exactly but I think we were talking about tea, soup & politics and we couldn’t decide what to eat for dinner. I just started laughing. My friends said, ‘What?’. And I said to them, ‘Man would our 18 year old selves be pissed off at us.’ Again, the response was, ‘What!?!’. Then I said to my friend, ‘Look. We’re standing around here with two really hot girls that are attracted to us. There’s a 30 pack of beer sitting in the corner. There’s food in the house. There’s music on the stereo. We’re not drinking. We’re just standing around bickering about life and we can’t decide what to eat. Our 18 year old selves would be thrilled to have beer, so they’d be drinking. They’d be thrilled to have girlfriends, so they’d either be hooking up with them, trying to hook up with them or goofing off with them. Our 18 year old selves wouldn’t really care where or what we ate, so they’d just make some mac n cheese or pasta and be super excited about it!’. My friend looked at me, laughed, and agreed. Thus, I started to frequently look at situations with how my 18 year old self would react.

It’s a really simple exercise and I think it can possibly help you. Now I don’t know how you were or who you were at 18. Perhaps you’re a lot of fun to be around now at age 57 and you’re mellow and centered. Maybe you were a dick head at age 18 or mean piece of crap. I don’t know. So if 18 doesn’t work for you. Use an age that you’re happy with. At the very least it’ll take away some boredom and you’ll have a laugh. I hope you’ve enjoyed this M.A.V.B.L.O.G. and I hope it leads to improving your life in some way. Oh yeah, here’s a picture of actress Seregon O’Dassey who I worked with on my film ‘Kung Fu and Titties’. Why say that totally random thing? Why not? And it is my blog. Plus, it’s a really cool picture. Enjoy.

As always. Be good to yourself. Be good to your family & friends. Be respectful to all those you encounter- humans, animals and plants alike. And have fun!!