Conversations with not-so-friendly fellow travelers.

For every really nice person we meet, there is one of these:

Ext. Taganga Hostel — Pool area. Day

Two girls are speaking in a foreign language. They finish speaking.

Avri — Hey, are you by any chance Danish? I thought I recognized the sound of it.

Girl — Yes.

Avri — That’s cool. My grandfather was Danish so I grew up listening to it.

Girl forces half a grin and walks off.

Int. Coco Bamboo Hostel Reception. Night.

A couple is standing at the entrance of the hostel. Pola already spoke to the guy at breakfast so she introduces herself to her:

Pola — Hi, I’m Pola.

Girl — Oh, hi.

Pola — I was talking to (guy) this morning and he was telling me all about your travels.

Girl — Oh.

Awkward silence. Guy breaks it.

Guy — We found a cheap flight so we are leaving tomorrow night.

Pola — Wow, you guys move fast! (Note: they had just arrived the previous morning) So are you still going to the national park tomorrow?

(Note: we were planning on inviting them to join us)

Girl — Yeah, we are but I’m sorry, we’re just really busy now.

Pola — Ok, good talking to you.

Ext. Hostel Hang-Out Area. Night.

A couple sits next to our table in the hostel hang-out area. He is writing something that looks like homework. She is playing solitaire on her tablet.

Avri — Oh, is that Spanish? Are you studying Spanish?

Guy — Yeah.

Avri — That’s cool. I’m going to start tomorrow.

Guy — Good luck.

The guy goes back to his homework, the girl looks at Avri.

Avri — Are you not studying with him?

Girl — No, I am, but he is in a more advanced class.

Avri — Ah, I know the feeling. My girlfriend (signals to me) is from Mexico so… Where are you from?

Girl — UK. Manchester.

Avri — I’ve been to Manchester! I traveled around the UK a couple of years ago.

Girl — Oh.

Girl goes back to playing solitaire. Guy puts headphones on and plays with his phone.

At this rate, I expect to be writing a follow-up to this post pretty soon…