Last week the SayHI team Brazil visited Hostel 7 Goiânia, in the capital of the state Goiás. Just a few hours from Brasilia you will find this inviting and spacious hostel, where we are sure you will have a good time! The hostel is super social, and it even has a pool, something we were happy about as the climate in Goiás is very HOT right now!
The hostel has a central location, in Setor Bueno. It has the same owners as Hostel 7 in Brasilia, where we usually have base, and is runned by the energetic manager Rafael Assis. The hostel receives many volunteers from the program “Woodpecker”, which is a program where you can sign up to work at hostels all over the world for free and receive a bed and breakfast in return. This makes the environment at the hostel very fun, as many of the staff are from all over Brazil.
Goiânia is a city with around 1,3 million people, a few hours from the capital Brasilia. It is an important economic hub, but the city is not the typical tourist city. It has some museums and parks, but you will not find a lot of “touristy stuff” to do. In return Goiânia has a great nightlife which everyone is talking about! Some of the hostel guests come here to attend events which Goiânia has a lot of. Every time we talked about going to Goiânia all we heard was all the nice places we could go out. We also agree with this statement, because we had a great time.
You don’t necessarily have to go far to find an event! Every Wednesday Hostel 7 has an event called “Tudo Quarta-Feira”, which we were lucky to attend. This event is based on gathering people, new businesses and the local community to have a good time. It is a bit different every Wednesday, but it is always music and drinks. Small business-owners can come and sell and promote their products, this can be tattoo-artists, local brewers, clothes brands or musicians. This week a new local brand “Don’t loose your mind” was selling their products. Along with hosting the event “Tudo Quarta-Feira”, the hostel rent out the outdoor common-area for events. This can be private events but also parties or other events open for the guests and other people.
After spending a great night out, this homely hostel is perfect to return to. It has a relaxing vibe with many facilities. There are several big common areas both outdoor and indoor, with lounges and a barbeque area, in addition to a pool. The common area around the pool is also really cool, and the walls around it is covered of art made by local people. The design of the hostel is really thought through. What first catches your attention when entering Hostel 7 is that the reception is a CAR- more specifically a combi. This is Hostel 7’s special brand, and you can see it throughout the hostel. Pictures of combis, mini combis on tables as well as one combi by the pool. So cool!
Continuing on this, we are always looking for sustainability at all the hostels we visit. Hostel 7 is no exception, and the hostel passed our critical sustainability eyes as they have several initiatives. Both in the reception and upstairs the couches are made from used pallets, in addition a cable roller has been used to make a poolside table. The hostel has a small library and book-swapping area, and the bookshelves are made from reused materials. On the balcony outside the library, last year’s Say HI participants Kaja and Michael made an herbal garden. We were happy to see that this garden is still in use, and both staff and guests uses the herbs when cooking.
Something we thought this hostel have tackled really well is the recycling. Recycling is a challenge in Brazil and only a small amount of the waste is recycled. The governmental programs are often not sufficient, and even though people are told to separate the waste in two; organic and recyclables, they know that everything will most likely go to the same place when collected by the waste-trucks. One way to solve this is to make a contract directly with a cooperative, which is a recycling organization. This is what Hostel 7 Goiânia has done, and they have a contract with the organization Coop PREC who is collecting the recyclables.
After spending a week at this great place we wanted to thank the staff for treating us so well. On Friday the manager made a typical Brazilian barbeque by the pool, and we made Norwegian waffles as dessert. Because yes, we did finally manage to bring a proper Norwegian waffle iron all the way to Brazil! It was so worth it, because the waffles turned out great. The Brazilians got to add Dolce de Leite on them and everyone could agree on that this was a very successful lunch.
We had a blast at Hostel7 Goiânia. It is nice to experience such a lively and social hostel, where the staff, guests and managers all are eager to hang out with you. We have eaten so much good food, seen what the nightlife has to offer and most importantly (after swimming in the awesome pool) seen some new and inspiring sustainability initiatives which we will bring along with us.
Written by: Hanna Jacobsen and Eirin Heddeland
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