Why do you write scripts? Well, I still don’t write scripts because I don’t know how to write them haha! I have always liked to write. I like to tell…
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MAR MARTINEZ, CUENCA, SPAIN

HUMANS OF
CATS

Humans of Cats is a collection of portraits and stories of the people who have been and continue being part of our history: the workers of our hostels, the guests who have stayed with us, and the inhabitants of the city who share our values, vision, and world mission.

MAR MARTINEZ, CUENCA, SPAIN

Why do you write scripts? Well, I still don’t write scripts because I don’t know how to write them haha! I have always liked to write. I like to tell…

ELLA JAZZ, MADRID, SPAIN

What do you like about the process of creating collages? I’ve been doing it since I was a girl, I really like the idea of creating something to express something,…

MELO, BILBAO, SPAIN

What’s your inspiration to get the beard? It’s because of the Nordic Vikings. I always liked the appearance of a man with a beard and since I started playing as…

MARIANNA, LONDON, UK

What’s your favorite country to travel to and why? My favorite so far has probably been India because it was just such a different experience and everyone there was just…

WILLIAM, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

What is your take on European cities? I find that in Europe sometimes there is a lot to see, but there is not a lot to do where as in…

WIOLETA, ZAMBROW, POLAND

Tell us how about your friend Prachi and your recent India trip Prachi is the cutest and the most homemaking welcoming person who just opens her heart and soul to…

PAOLO, SWITZERLAND

I’ve worked in a school of kitesurfing for many years during summer. And during the winter I worked in a resort in the north of Italy 2 hours from Venezia…

ANISH KANOONGO, MUMBAI, INDIA

Which person inspired you the most in life? There are several people who have inspired me, not because of what they have achieved or what they have become, but because…

RICARDO GUIMAREIS, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Why did you decide to visit Madrid? It’s a place that is very welcoming and Cats Hostel it is too, it’s interesting to participate with people who are also getting…

JAY COHEN, NEW YORK, USA

What’s your goal in life? Living life and experiencing it, my goal is to start a business and become an entrepreneur, to help change the world. Heal the world with…

LAUTARO M. COMETTO, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

What has been your experience traveling for the past several months? Being more in the present. You’re not worried about tomorrow or depressed because of the past. Maybe right now…

TYRA MARTIN, PORTLAND, OREGON, USA

What do you love about Portland? I love the city, the environment, the people, the philosophy… It keeps the weird the combination of nature and city. In my free time,…

ROBERTO PALOMARES, MONTERREY, MEXICO

Magic is a form of connecting with people I think by astonishment. How did your interest in magic develop? I´ve always liked magic as a kid at birthday parties. I…

PRISCILA PALOMARES, MONTERREY, MEXICO

Tell us about your new book Ecografías I am a writer and a feminist, and I always write about gender-related topics. I write about women and this is a book…

ROYDEN COOPER, WASHINGTON DC, USA

What do you want to experience when you stay at a hostel? This is a great question I would break this into multiple components: When you arrive, you are exhausted…

FREDDY AGUILER, SAN FRANCISCO, USA

What’s your idea of personal style? I believe that you should freestyle, that you shouldn’t follow a certain trend but be very intuitive. I feel like that. I have an…

M’KABEYA, PARIS, FRANCE

Why do you love painting? When you look at a painting you look at the history of the painter and the country. You learn a lot of things afterward. There…

OMER KARAKUS, SALZBURG, AUSTRIA

What is it like working for Famous Hostels? It’s exciting. It’s a project of two months right now and it’s cool. I am meeting so many people from around the…

NOEMI MORIARTY, NAPOLI, ITALY

I have a degree in biology and in molecular biology and genetics. Biology is the study of the entire life so that you can study every organism, everything that is…

RUMER MORIARTY, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA

What is it like traveling solo for your first time? I’ve learned a lot and I stepped out of my comfort zone, what I wanted to do! I really have…

GUESSAB KHALID, CASABLANCA, MOROCO

I am a dance teacher and personal trainer and a choreographer. I travel around the world for work and festivals. When I was young, I started dancing in the streets,…

BILAL LOUZARI, CADIZ, SPAIN

What do you like to do in life? What I love to do in life are things that come from the heart!   [ Note: You know what they say,…

JASON HILL, SEATTLE, USA

My biggest passion in life is pleasure and I feel that the purpose of life is to enjoy. I’m a hedonist in the modern term of it, but also in…

DASHA PARKER, MIAMI, USA

I’m a fashion and lifestyle photographer based in Miami. We came here with my friend and my sister for a touristic trip. It’s actually my second time here. I really…

SHEHAB ELREFAI, CAIRO, EGYPT

What is your occupation? The most summarized answer that I can give you is: “a soul living in a human body”. The longer version would be what is written on…

EMI, NYC, USA

What do you love most about music? I love the energy that it gives you. The rhythm and the groove that your body gets when you listen to it and…

LU TOLSTOVA, MOSCOW, RUSSIA

What places in Madrid do you go to get inspired? The first place that I went to was Malasaña and I fell in love with that place but after living…

DENIZ, NüRNBERG, GERMANY

Why do you love skateboarding and Tattoos? I don’t know why I love tattoos, I think I just love art. It depends on the artist. Some I like more, some…

JASHA POWER, AUSTRALIA

Why did you get your postal code on your leg? It was my first tattoo! I was doing a trip and I went to see my best mate and I…

CODY, CANADA

Is weed legal now in your country? The cannabis culture has been very big in Canada for a very long time and the thing is that the government was starting…

ROB PIX, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

I’m a professional DJ. I started when I was 15 years old in high school and I’ve been a dj for 15 years now! I play house music. I’ve played…

ANGELA LAN, SIDNEY, AUSTRALIA

I’m currently backpacking across Europe, starting Portugal and then Spain, Italy, Romania because my boyfriend is from there! After that I’m gonna across to the States! Last year I was…

VERITY ANDREWS, NEW ZEALAND

I actually did live in Argentina, not like my friend Molly 😉 When I was there I was teaching English in a school that would go from 5 to 13…

MOLLY ROSS, NEW ZEALAND

So I went on the Port Wine Tour and they told me to say a fun fact about us, so I told them I lived in Argentina… Besides that, I…

ELENA STANLEY, NEW ZEALAND

So I’m half from Welsh and half Croatian, but in Croatian I can only say beer “PIVO” ¯\_🤓_/¯ And unlike my friends, I have a good amount of body mass…

MARCO DI PEDE, ROMA, ITALY

What do you love most about working at Cats Hostel? I love knowing so many people every day there are like fifty sixty people that you meet for the first…

MELISSA D´LIMA, LONDON, ENGLAND

Who is your biggest inspiration? One DJ that is called Wndrlst and he is from Rotterdam and basically his way of rising to fame has inspired me in my own…

OLIVIA LEE, LONDON, ENGLAND

What advise would you give to your younger self? Love myself more and be more open and be kinder to myself because when I was younger, I struggled with just…

KILIAN HASELBERGER BAVARIA, GERMANY

After I graduated from high-school I’ve started a carpenter job in Germany and after a while, I started living in Malaga, as a carpenter as well!! As you can imagine,…

VIKTORIA WRINKLER, AUSTRIA

Once I graduated from high school, I didn’t have a clue what to do with my life, and when I was in the shower, I’ve decided to go to a…

PETRA KISHERCZEGH, LONDON, UK

The hostel vibe it’s friendlier and it’s cheaper than hotels and if you’re traveling alone usually it’s better. I travel alone most of the times so be in a hostel…

NUNO SILVA, PORTO, PORTUGAL

If a guest asks you a very nice place to eat, what do you suggest? Hard Rock Café, because when you are there, it looks like you having dinner or…

MARNI SHORE, PHILADELPHIA PENNSYLVANIA, USA

I’m currently living in Boston. There is a really awesome sushi place, close by the port! Salmon rolls and spicy pieces are my favorites! Once I’m back, I’ll start working…

ANA ANTUNES, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

What do you do in life? I’m living in Faro (Algarve) for about a year now, I’m a tourism student and well, coming to Portugal make me really happy because…

RASMUS THOMSEN, DENMARK

I’m a musician and also an extreme sports guys! (just kidding I organize cool events videogames related, not as cool, but cool enough)!  If you could be a character of…

ESTELLE LENOIR, LYON, FRANCE

I’m kind of a baker, I mix together all kind of different things and boom! Something comes out! Ok, I’m a chemist, I work in the cosmetic industry. I’m loving…

PILI MAIRENA, CADIZ, SPAIN

How did you start working as the assistant of Diego Riviera grandson? I went to Mexico to travel around and I met a girl who is the daughter of Pedro…

MAIGAN MARZYIE, WASHINGTON D.C., USA

My name is Sam I am originally from Afghanistan but now I am living in states near DC. I love Madrid lots of cool people and Cats hostel is amazing. …

WILLI, STUTTGART, GERMANY

Tell us about your arm tattoo I got my tattoos from all the cities I have been and liked! And if don’t like the city, I don’t get the tattoo.…

DEEN JAGHORI, VIRGINIA, USA

Why do you enjoy working at the Autobody shop? I am from Afghanistan, but I live in Virginia and I work at M&K Auto Repair in Sterling Virginia. I enjoy…

MICHAEL VEGA, NEW YORK CITY, USA

What is it like traveling solo as a gay guy? I’ve been traveling for about 6 weeks now and I have had a blast exploring Europe going to different hostels…

CLARA GARCIA MORALES, SPAIN

What is your favorite bar to go to in Madrid? My favorite bar is La Taberna Pompeyana which is in the neighborhood of Huertas. Every time you go, just before…

DYLAN BERGERSEN, SAN FRANCISCO, USA

I work at Stanford University in the United States and I’ve worked on Aguila Fuente on a Visigoth necropolis, so I’ve been excavating human remains from the 6th and 7th…

SAMUEL, SEGOVIA, SPAIN

Why do you like dogs? I don’t know why I like dogs, I have one because my partner insisted on having a dog. At the beginning, I didn’t want to…

ALEJANDRO, COLOMBIA

Why do you like taking photographs in the streets? I like doing street photography, especially with a medium format camera, because I get to explore the historical character of a…

SALLY AND FRIEND, ESPAÑA Y COLOMBIA

Where do you like to go dancing in Madrid? I like dancing at Kapital it’s located in Atocha and it has a lot of floors and they play all types…

JEROEN, HOLLAND

What is it like being a photojournalist in Holland? Being a photojournalist is really chaotic sometimes because you never know when something will happen. Some days can be really quiet,…

BEN KASINU, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

What is it like being an app designer? Being an app developer is more than a 9 to 5 job. It’s a passion, you can travel the world and still…

LENKA ZAKOVA, BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

What are you most proud of? Probably how active I live my life and how I manage to travel, to do all my hobbies, and meet up with my friends.…

JEFFREY HOUSTON, TENNESSEE, USA

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Anything outdoors: hiking, canoeing, kayaking, running… all of that!  Some of my favorite times are when I am doing a hike…

MIRANDA SANCHEZ, ALBUQUERQUE, USA

I live in the United States in New Mexico I go to university there. My family is from Chihuahua Mexico, but currently, I have been living in Granada Spain. What…

MICHAEL LIU, NEW YORK, USA

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be? I would choose Bill Clinton mostly because I really like his story; how he grew up…

RICHSON LIM, NEW YORK, USA

If you could have dinner with anybody dead or alive who would it be? It would definitely be Bob Marley, just because his music and his life´s work really touched…

NATALIE BOCCANFUSO, SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

The thing I am most proud of is how much I have changed since I have left high school and my ability to love my family and everyone around me.…

Diogo Pinto da Costa, Porto, Portugal

Favorite part of the city? Gaia, in the other side of the river. It´s where I live and its quieter than Porto downtown! The best place there is Jardim do…

Mikhael D’Indy, Sydney, Australia

I just finished my studies in Australia in physiotherapy and now I’m traveling, trying something different for a while. It’s my first time in Porto actually, I’ve been here for…

Sean Fitzjohn, London, UK

 If you could create an app, what would it be? Hmm, wow… I’ve always wanted an app that would have the ability for musicians to travel around the world and…

Barbora Vazacova, Pisek, Czech Republic

If money wasn’t a problem what would you do? I’ll be selfish for the first one: I would travel all over the world, all the places!!! The first place would…

Marta Schiavone, Desio, Italy

I’m here to start my Camino de Santiago!!! I’ve been traveling through America, and Europe. To me, the best experience that I have was in France while I lived there,…

Joshua Rogowski, Melbourne, Australia

We (me and my girlfriend) are doing 3 months backpacking, so we’ve been through Spain already, then Porto, Lisbon, and Lagos!!! Since we are together, we always travel together! Relatively…

João Moitas, Torres Novas, Portugal

I was doing my degree in tourism in Coimbra, and in the last year of the degree, we need to choose a Hostel or Hotel to do an internship. So,…

Javiera Verdugo, Santiago, Chile

I’m 25 years old and I’m an events producer/manager in Santiago DE Chile, where I live now. I’m originally from Constitución, where a big tsunami happened in 2010. It was…

Emily Dick, Pittsburgh, USA

After a business degree and a sales job that I hated, I decided to be a flight attendant! With that job you get amazing perks, I was able to fly…

Daan Bakker, Rotterdam, Netherlands

I’m just finishing my studies and went to Sevilla and I’m trying to feel the life there, try to find a home, find a job. I’m looking for something in…

FEDERICO GONZALEZ, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Who is your favorite photographer and why? I am here doing some photography jobs and traveling a bit. My favorite photographer? It’s difficult, I like some photojournalists from the Group…

LAURA FITZ, IOWA, USA

What bring you the most joy in life? Travelling and learning new things! I think it is really important to embrace life and adapt to new cultures and learn new…

LUCAS WARNER, SANTA FE, MEXICO

I was studying abroad, and photography just helped me to be more conscious of what is around me and just what would other people want to see if they didn´t…

ROBERTO GARCIA, PONTEFERRADA, SPAIN

What are you passionate about? I am very passionate about Arts and Music because the thing that brings me more peace and more emotion is when I see a painting…

AGNESE RENNA, LECCE, ITALY

Why do you want to be a polyglot? It’s an interesting question for me because I have been working on it for three to four years, I always loved languages…

JACOB RAAGAARD, ODDER, DENMARK

Why did you buy a van and move to Hawaii? Actually, it’s really spontaneous why I went there. I decided it two weeks before going and bought a one-way ticket…

CAROLINA LOAIZA, SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

What do you like to do with your free time? I really enjoy reading comics, I started at a young age. I first started with Japanese comics like Anime and…

ANA KARINA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO

How do you see yourself in the future? I see myself with a family probably traveling around with my husband and I don’t know, working but not in a specific…

URBANO MARQUES, PORTO, PORTUGAL

I’m studying Law, I chose this it because sometimes justice lacks for those who have fewer possessions and I can’t ignore this injustice to the people. So, I seek to help those in need who can’t…

SIERRA BROWN, COLORADO, USA

I’ve been in Spain for the past 2 weeks and now I’ve been in Portugal for 2 weeks and after that I’m heading to Amsterdam where I’m really keen to go to…

PAULA ESTACAMO, BARCELONA, SPAIN

I studied Arts and education and I’m doing the PHD for a year, it takes me 3/4 years. I have a project of emigrant kids and teenagers in other European…

MARYANE FAGUNDES, MINAS GERAIS, BRAZIL

What’s your biggest concern about traveling? My biggest travel problem is my dad, he can’t sleep at night when I’m away. No pressure though! My passion is to travel and…

JON GIL, VITORIA-GASTEIZ SPAIN

I am 27 years old, I studied Modern Languages and Management in Bilbao, and now I am unemployed and on holidays! I degreed on Modern Languages because Iʼve always loved…

IGANTZI, VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN

Hi, Iʼm from Spain and Iʼm 27! I enjoy traveling with friends mostly! Iʼm doing it with them for like 4/5 year. For Central Europe, Czech Republic, Poland, Budapest… And…

CATHERINE RAFFERTY, DUBLIN, IRELAND

I am a music teacher for secondary school. I play some instruments like piano, ukelele… I worked at a bank, and then I went to college and I had a degreed on music and took my…

DANIEL TRAUSCH, OHIO, USA

If you received a check for 5,000 Euros at this moment what would you do? I would buy myself a new car and give some of the money to an…

STEPHIANE TRAUSCH, OHIO, USA

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why? If I could have one superpower it would to be to fly wherever I wanted to go. I…

JENNIFFER TRAUSCH, OHIO, USA

Hi am Jennifer I am from the US I live in a small state called Ohio a very small town. Who is your current crush? My current crush is a…

ANDREW TRAUSCH, NEVADA, USA

What is it like to be a pastor? I am from Reno Nevada and I moved a little over a year ago to be a pastor at a church out…

ALESSANDRO, MILAN, ITALY

What do you enjoy doing with your free time? I like to play basketball and listen to a lot of music. I listen to music since a long time and…

ALOHA ROSE LIMA, LOS ANGELES, USA

What does it mean to be an artist? I think an artist is someone who makes art, obviously, but I have been painting and working and practicing different forms of…

MANUEL RONDA, SANTIAGO, CHILE

Why do you like traveling by bike? Travelling on a bicycle is a lifestyle. It’s the way you get to know the places, the time you give yourself and the…

VALENTIN BUCHNER, LEIDEN, NETHERLANDS

After I finished high school, I went one year to Brazil to work on a social project as a volunteer, then I worked a lot with children and a lot…

JULIANA OLIVEIRA, BRAZIL

I had to be alone to resolve all of my problems and to come into contact with different kinds of people, and all of that before traveling gave me fear,…

ARON ARNASON, ICELAND

Why is Berlin your favorite city? I always thought that Germans were rude people… but they’re some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. If you go there and meet…

SAKEN, KAZAKHSTAN

Why do you think music is important for people? Music brings the peace, all the passion, or if you have a bad day, it can make you happier or if…

FERNANDA URETA, GUADALAJARA, MEXICO

Which city do you like the most here in Europe? I think I have many. Well, not many, but two favorites are Prague and Valencia. I don’t know, I think…

CORY GEORGE, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA

If you could choose any place in the world to work, where would it be? I would love to work in Canada because I was born there and it’s a…

ABBY FARMER, CANADA

What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is Stand By Me because my friend Ariana and I, we both watched it when we were kids and we both wanted…

ADAOBI UGONABO, USA

What was your favorite experience in France? I really enjoyed staying in a place called Laverie and it was really close to this river that was called La Seine so…

LORENZA SCARINCI, ITALY

What’s your favorite place to spend the summer? Any place close to the beach and hot weather. Maybe because I grew up by the beach, so I have a lot…

SEBASTIAN JOSE WOOD NAVAJAS, CHILE

Who’s your favorite techno DJ? Carl Cox is a good one yeah. But I would say other that maybe is not that famous but have this style of music that…

ANGELA CERDA, SAN DIEGO, USA

I appreciate art and I think it’s a beautiful form of expression. Fortunately, I’m gifted with finding my own art, but I love when you see a work just to…

MONICA, HOUSTON, USA

What’s your favorite movie? My favorite movie is “Call me by your name”. I think that, first of all, the story itself is a love story. It doesn’t matter who…

DALINA, ROMANIA

What is your favorite thing to do in life? Traveling, I think. Traveling is the thing I like most to do. Because I like connecting with people and making new…

GIL EDMONTON, CANADA

How is your favorite musician? The list is so long I have so many bands and artists who I love so much, but I am from the generation that really…

FELIX MAYER, AUSTRIA

What is your life’s philosophy? My philosophy of life is doing what you want and be happy all the time. I don’t know when you are in a bad mood,…

CLARA MUELLER, CLEVELAND OHIO, USA

What’s your life philosophy? I think for a long time it was “Never close a door”, because you might want to go through it at some point. So, it was…

ARTUR BIGAJ, POLAND

What is your goal while traveling? Basically, following freedom and the possibility of being more myself because in my country we’re very right-wing and very catholic and very churchy and…

VERONICA LUPPI, ARGENTINA

It’s been 6 years since I first left my country and moved to New Zeland and I have lived there for most of that time! It started as a work…

VITOR CORREIA, PORTO, PORTUGAL

I am studying computer engineering here in Porto, I graded to the 3rd year successfully. Also, I am studying network development sponsored by Cisco. I love my course because since…

RUBEN SOARES, PORTO, PORTUGAL

I’m the youngest worker of Cats Porto Hostel, and I’m very proud of that! I was an intern at first, and at the end of my internship my managers talked…

RAQUEL RODRIGUES, PORTO, PORTUGAL

Iʼve first studied design for 3 years, but that was never what I wanted to do in life. So after I finished that first degree I went to Spain, Madrid,…

PEDRO VAZ, VILA NOVA DE GAIA, PORTUGAL

Iʼm a recent graduate in biology! That’s my biggest passion in life, the second is photography! I love to go out with my camera, in my free time, and just…

LEONARDO BARBOSA, PORTO, PORTUGAL

Tell us about your Erasmus experience in Budapest I had an incredible experience, first and the most meaningful one, was undoubtedly meeting different people from different parts of Europe and…

KARIM, ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT

Hi, my name is Karim, I’m 22 years old, I study science engineering and computer. If I could create an app, well I donʼt know exactly but something related to…

JOÃO GUIMARÃES, PORTO, PORTUGAL

At the moment I work at Hotel Teatro and Iʼm also a music producer. Oh, and Iʼm also studying Sound and Image in college, which is what I really love…

JOANA BRAGA, PORTO, PORTUGAL

Hi, my name is Joana and I am a fashion designer! I usually don’t go out at night a lot, but this year I started to go out more, and one night I…

JACK RILEY, BOSTON, USA

Hi my name is Jack and I’m 23 years old, I just graduated from marketing, hopefully, I won’t be Schmidt from New Girl. While studying for my undergrad I got…

HELENE TAUCHER, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

I quit my job in Vienna and started traveling. I went to Lisbon before Porto, cause I have a friend there, and I stayed for one week and I enjoyed a lot, Lisbon is…

FLÁVIA SOUSA, PORTO, PORTUGAL

I graduate in graphic design, in ESAD one of the best schools of design in all Europe! Iʼve chose this area because I wanted to use my creativity and be able…

VINICIUS GOMO, RIO DE JANEIRO BRASIL

How is the violence in Brazil? The violence is similar to a civil war. The middle class will leave nothing for the lower class. It’s kind of like slavery and…

JULIAN ANDRES HERNANDEZ, COLOMBIA

Who is your favorite architect? My favorite architect is Tadao Ando, because he is an architect that was never doing it as a career. All of his achievements was for…

MADISON DREVER, OTTAWA, CANADA

Tell me about your latest travel adventure I’ve spent the last week in Spain and I’ve been in Europe for about a month and a half in total. I’ve been…

MAXIMILIAN MANTICOF, NEW YORK, USA

Tell us about a travel anecdote I was moving across the country to San Diego after college and we were traveling on a budget, so we needed an Airbnb in…

LOTTIE, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

What is your dream for your life? To pursue a career in acting. I love the actual job itself and it gives you the opportunity to spread whatever message you…

JOHANNES SPITZ, GERMANY

What is your passion in life? My passion in life is spending time with the people I love. And collect good memories, good times, and to work to feel good…yeah,…

KAYLA HALL, GEORGIA, USA

I am living in New York. I actually went to high school with Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York. He graduated about 5 or 6 years before…

AMANDA, NEWARK, DELAWARE, USA

What’s your favorite TV series? My favorite Tv series is Friends. I think its really good because everyone can relate to it, they have the stupid person and the smart…

PHILIPP, AUSTRIA

What’s your favorite city and why? We are traveling through Europe now with interrail and we have been in Copenhagen. I think our stay there was nice because the way…

JULIAN, MIAMI, USA

Tell me about your first tattoo and why you got it? The reason I got my tattoos is that I feel passionate about the arts, I think we can picture…

NICOLLE, COLOMBIA

Which person inspires you the most and why? I think it would be my mom. Because she has overcome tons of things that many other people would handle very differently.…

RACHEL PEEBLES, SEATTLE, USA

What’s your experience with partners and sexuality? My experience has kind of been all over the board, I do consider myself straight because I generally gravitate towards men, but I…

Cristina Moreira Gondomar, Portugal

Hi, I’m Cristina and I’m fanatic for Bakery! My mum used to do cakes every weekend when I was a child, and I started by asking her how she bakes the cakes…

ANA SOUSA, PORTO, PORTUGAL

My name is Ana and I’m a fashion designer, but now I’m trying to be a freelancer businesswoman. I have my own fashion brand, a fashion design studio and a…

MARIA FLORENCIA, ARGENTINA

My name is Florencia, I am from Argentina. I came here because I was studying in Italy and I took the chance to reunite with some friends that we haven’t…

ZIPORA ABRAHAM, COLORADO, USA

What city has surprised you the most from your experience experiences and why? I would have to say London. We’ve been traveling for just about a month now and we’re…

PETER VERAS, BOLIVIA

The traveling is refueling, you’re traveling to get out of your routine and to replenish your creative juices because they do run out. A way to do that is to…

SAM WOOD

What brings you to Madrid? The reason why I’m out here is to just get away from the hustle and bustle of life back home where I live is a…

MARGUERITE DELAHAYE, FRANCE

Share with us a summer story So, we were at Ostuni in the south of Italy and we wanted to go to the beach but there were no buses on…

ANA BERNABELLA, ARGENTINA

My name is Bernabella, I’m from Argentina. I am 25 years old. When I was 18, I moved from Junín, a province in Argentina, to Cordoba and I studied there…

AGUSTINA BERAYA, ARGENTINA

Why did you decide to travel? Basically, I am here, and I have had many years of traveling freely. I was overwhelmed by life and the daily problems depending on…

TRINIDAD, CHILE

My name is Trinidad and I am from Chile. This is my first time in Europe and I have been traveling already like three weeks. And it’s been amazing, and…

JAVIER SOTO, CHILE

I am here in Madrid to meet my four years and a half ex-girlfriend. It was like kinda coincidence, but not coincidence. She told me she wanted to come and…

CHASE CAZDIZU, USA

My name is Chase, I am 31 years old. I’ve lived in Costa Rica most of my life, but I was born in the US. I became super passionate with…

HALO ABRAHAM, COLORADO, USA

Tell me how filmmaking and traveling go hand in hand? Oh man, well filmmaking and traveling obviously go hand in hand because you can do filmmaking anywhere, which is partly…

ALYNNE STORMOWSKI, BRAZIL

My name is Alynne I am from Sao Paulo, Brazil. I like travelling for the new experiences it’s not something that I do a lot, but all the trips have…

JOAN PAULO A GOMES, BRAZIL

What is your most unforgettable travel experience? I think here in Madrid for me it’s going to be an unforgettable experience because it’s the first time I come to Europe…

RACHEL MONRO

What was your worst travel experience? Ok, so one it was probably on a night bus in Vietnam. I’d been on other buses in Vietnam and It had been fine.…

BRENDA OLIVEIRA CARDOSO, FRANCE

What city on planet earth is the most fascinating to you? I think it’s Lisbon, I love to see the mood and the place. And my friends are from Portugal.…

OLIV, ENGLAND

Where would you like to visit? I really wanna visit South America. I think it would be pretty amazing, the natural beauty as well. Sounds like an interesting part of…

AUGUSTO PERALTA, ARGENTINA

Well Madrid was my first stop for my trip and was my first volunteer stuff I did short time like 2 month the night here is incredible, the people, the…

MIGUEL ANGEL SOTO, COLOMBIA

What part of the world is the most fascinating for you? There are many countries that I know, I have been to 15, but I would said Russia. It was…

JUAN CARLOS GUERRERA, COLOMBIA

What is your favorite place on earth? I really like Mollitos, that is in Colombia. It’s a half-virgin beach and it’s very very pretty. It’s almost never busy it’s a…

CARLOS, MEXICO

Why do you like about travelling? It’s a unique experience when you can meet a lot of people from different countries, cultures. It is very satisfying experience for myself. I haven’t…

JACK, NEW ZEALAND

What places in the world caught your attention? London and Spain I’d have to say surprised me. The buildings here are nothing like back home and there’s more culture than…

OMAR, NEW ZEALAND

What place surprised you while travelling? Spain! Uh I just came here but I like the buildings and the lifestyle I guess. I’ve been just walking around, I haven’t really…

BRENT, NEW ZEALAND

What city in Europe surprised you? I’m going to have to go with Krakow. Just the party scene was really insane. I have never experienced anything like Krakow before. We…

MICHAEL, AUSTRALIA

What is your funniest hostel experience? So we were in Copenhagen just staying in a hostel and one of our mates got really drunk one night, and me and Brent…

ZOYA OSBORNE, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

I don’t have a life philosophy, but I want to try everything once. I want to go everywhere, just do things I have never done. Going out of my comfort…

SOFIA, VILA NOVA DE GAIA, PORTUGAL

I work at Cats Porto Hostel in the housekeeping department. In the words of my best friend, I am annoying, persistent, organized, extroverted, with personality. Well, that’s completely true. I…

DALI, PORTO, PORTUGAL

My name is Luis Sousa, but I preferred to be called by Dali (which is my favorite artist and my inspiration, thatʼs why I have a mustache like him)  Do you have a “To…

LUIGI, AÇORES, PORTUGAL

My name is Luis Silveira but please, call me Luigi! I work at Cats Hostel Porto. My dream destination is United States of America. I have this really crazy connection to the USA.…

KALEN HORN, LONDON, UK

I work at the bar in Cats Hostel Porto. One of the things that I really like in this city is the pastries!!! We have pastries in London, but they…

JOSÉ ANTONIO REY, MADRID, SPAIN

My name is Pepe and I’m the manager of the bar in Cats Porto Hostel. I live my life very relaxed, I like to live without too much stress.   Stress is just bad for health, and…

ALEXA SOUZA, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Hello, I’m Alexa, I am 27 years old and I live in Porto right now. Before Porto I was in Ireland, and before that, Brazil. I left Brazil because I…

KATHERINE GAO KGAOMAN, MINNESOTA, USA

What are you grateful for? I feel grateful that my family moved to America from China. I was younger, and I didn’t know anyone, I didn’t know the language, and…

DANIEL CORSO, USA

What is the most enjoyable experience you’ve had? I’ve had a really fun day in Iceland with a bunch of random people I met. So, we rented a car and…

SHREY JAISWAL, KOLKATA, INDIA

Hi, my name is Shrey and Iʼm 28. Iʼm a software developer and I worked at IBM for a year, but after that, I studied and after that, I quit…

ERNANI, ARGENTINA

I am here with Gabriel, we came with our band that is called Jamani. We are a trio back home, but we are here as a duo. Our plan is…

GABRIEL, ARGENTINA

I am touring with my band here. We are a duo we’re looking for dates to play. We never came to play so we are going around finding ways to…

FIORELLA VERGARA, LIMA, PERU

I enjoy travelling because I learn new cultures and new places and I enjoy enjoying the point of view of the people from different cultures and places. “I really like…

ALEX, BRASIL

It’s my second time in Madrid. I come to Europe to meet people and make good connections in relation to art. I am travelling one more year doing a tour…

ESTEFANIA TORRES, MEXICO

I am from the state of Guerrero a state in the coastal zone. The most recognized monument from there is the Door of Acapulco I don’t know if you have…

PHI, GERMANY

I am from Germany so I am looking for a new place to live because I am tired, I have been living there all my life. I just came from…

MAT RESTREPO, USA

I love working at the hostel! I work with the ladies in the office and they are very friendly, it’s always fun. The environment the hostel itself is great. A…

INES, MADRID, SPAIN

I’m 25 years old. I work in Cats Hostel here in Porto, I am manager of reception. The staff is one of the things I most value in a hostel.…

ISABEL HANEWICZ, TAMPA FLORIDA, USA

A funny hostel story I did a hostel in Dublin which is kind of like a bed and breakfast, it was really weird I got there five minutes before closing…

PARKER ANDERSON, ILLINOIS, USA

I’ve only been travelling for a week so I am sure there are a lot of crazier things to come. I enjoy staying at a hostel because I get to…

FRANK GARCIA, MEXICO

Spain has always called my attention for the cultural heritage that they left us in Mexico. I want to know the history of Europe and the Arab conquest and the…

HECTOR, MEXICO

The center of Madrid is very similar to the center of Mexico City, the heritage it’s similar. Back in Mexico I am a DJ and for this trip I heard…

RAFAEL, BRAZIL

I came to Barcelona for Primavera Sound and now I am here in Madrid. But before, I was traveling around the world. I’ve been traveling in South America for 8…

LAURA HINDE, GERMANY

I’ve been traveling around Europe for two months. I just graduated from University and before I start working I wanted to do something nice. I’m studying International Law and Business…

MARY BRYAN, MISSISSIPPI UNITED STATES

My friend and I just finished our grad school program, so we wanted to go on a trip. I got my master’s in teaching and I’ve been teaching science for…

SARA BROOKS, MISSISSIPPI, UNITED STATES

My friend and I just graduated from our programs and I just got my doctorate in audiology, so we decided we needed a little break and friend of ours lives…

ASAFE KERVEN, BRASIL

I came for the Champions League final and I decided to stay a little bit. I found Cats Hostel through a friend who was here, and he said it was…

TIM BRÜNING, GERMANY

I’m actually in Madrid for the Champions final. I went to the stadium but didn’t get in. I didn’t have a ticket, but I thought to come here with my…

PATRICIA, ENTRE RIOS, ARGENTINA

The trip started with Spain, we will go to Italy, France, Amsterdam, the UK, and Ireland so we are going to do a complete trip. Our goal is to get…

MARIANELA DELALOYE, ARGENTINA

I love knowing other cultures, it opens your mind a lot. I feel that we use a certain percentage of our brains and when we travel, we expand our minds…

GEORGINA, CONCORDIA, ARGENTINA

I’m a psychologist. Traveling for me as a psychologist it’s important, to see situations with a lot of mental aperture. Traveling and getting to know different cultures really opens your…

OBINNA NWOSU, WASHINGTON DC, USA

I did a brief tour around Europe, I came to Spain because I’m studying Spanish, so I wanted to experience a little bit of Spain before I came back home.…

MICHAEL LABIB, ATLANDA, USA

I’m studying abroad in Paris and I’m making my way there, I came a bit early. I’m doing health innovations, biotech and the business side of it. I started in…

CHLOE, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

I just finished the Camino de Santiago and it was really nice and chill and I was excited to go and relax. Then I came to chaos Madrid city, so…

BEN, ENGLAND

I come from London, England. It’s been a while that I’ve had sort of a break getaway. I sort of just look online to see interesting places so I can…

RAEGAN MCKENZ, SOUTH CAROLINA, USA

I came here to inspire myself with the culture of Spain. What stands out for me is definitely the architecture and the streets of Spain and how the people interact…

SYDNEY POWELL, ARKANSAS, USA

I’m currently studying journalism and business I really like meeting people and knowing peoples stories so that’s why I choose journalism. People fascinate me I guess that’s what kind of…

PARIS WELKER, FLORIDA

We are just backpacking with two friends and Madrid was just one of the stops on the trip. My friend Sydney has always wanted to come to Madrid so an…

JUSTIN LANG, CHICAGO, USA

I am a digital nomad so I travel full time. I use the drone to film cool landscape shots, beaches, mountains, anything cinematic, and my company is Savage Media Group…

KAJSA BERGLUND, SWEDEN

I heard about Cats because we were on a train from Barcelona to Madrid and we were just googling hostels. We love cats so were like “yeah let’s just stay…

VENDELA LINDEROTH, SWEDEN

I love travelling because you can see so many other cultures and for this trip, we have only been to Europe taking the train around and it’s so nice just…

YARON TOPP, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

I was looking on a website for the best hostels in Madrid and this came up for being the best, so it was a very easy choice. I am leaving…

ELIZABETH CUEVAS, MEXICO

I usually travel alone because my friends cannot join me and so I have met a lot of people from different backgrounds and nationalities. In fact, even one who is…

YVONE HAIDNER, MEXICO

I like the city, the people, the buildings and the parks. I enjoyed seeing Plaza Mayor and visiting the parks. There are also good shopping centers in Sol. I enjoy…

HEATHER, MONTANA USA

I’m headed to do the Camino tomorrow and I don’t have too much planned. I have my bus ticket and yeah I’m getting started, so I am figuring out some…

CHRISTIAN COSTELLO, IRELAND

I’ve lived here for three years and I went back home last August for six months and I came back in February. I moved to Spain because of my ex-girlfriend.…

KLOD ROMMEL, ALBANIAN

My friend and I both said that we weren’t ever going to drink again cause we haven’t stopped drinking for three or four weeks in a row. It’s been partying,…

ILLY GOFAMN, RUSSIA

I am originally from Russia but I live in the states, in North Carolina. My friends go to Europe every year, and Madrid is our destination this year. We are…

LUCAS ERNANI, BRASIL

I’m from Rio and it’s my first trip to Europe. Madrid it’s a really nice city. The people and the parks are really great. The difference I see between Spain…

DANIEL CLARKE, IRELAND

I come from Ireland where the weather is rainy with gray skies so Madrid is amazing. I came on Friday for a long weekend. I explored the city, went to…

ANGELO, MÉXICO

I’m from Mexico City and I’m traveling around Europe already for a couple of months. I stayed first at a hotel in the countryside of Andalucía. I volunteer in exchange…

MIKE, WASHINGTON DC

I am actually in Spain it’s my first ever trip outside of the United States. A big group of about 50 friends and I, came out to Granada a friend’s…

RAUL TORRES, NY, USA

I’m from Brooklyn New York. I was in a 3-week vacation and I missed my flight from Paris back home, so instead of paying $2000, I bought a bunch of…

JASON REYES, COSTA RICA

I come from Costa Rica, this is my second time in Spain I’ve been to Barcelona in the past and I’ve been in Madrid for a day. I’m planning on…

DAVIDE, AUSTRALIA

I’m here to go to Primavera Sound in Barcelona. Its cheap from Australia to get to Madrid first, so I am hanging here, seeing a friend, relaxing. I leave tomorrow…

ALEX, NORTH CAROLINA, USA

I am doing a study abroad program taking Spanish classes. Last night we are about to go out for a bit and I hear a very loud obnoxious voice coming…

FRANCISCA DÍAZ, SANTIAGO, CHILE

I’ve been traveling more or less a month around Europe. I came here because I decided to take vacations with a friend. I lost my job and I lost my…

SYDNEY ROSA, ANGOLA

I’m nationally Angolan although I’ve been living in Rio De Janeiro. Now I am here in Portugal studying to become a personal athletic instructor of boxing. What I like about…

NINA MARQUES, BRAZIL

I’m 30 years old and since I am a child I’ve known that I wanted to travel the world. The world is big but also small. it’s important for everyone…

ANTHEA SANCHEZ, SALAMANCA, SPAIN

I never like staying too long in one fixed space and in the past 5 years I have been living in Ibiza and Mallorca but I still have been dealing…

CAROLINA VICENTE SORAES, BRAZIL

What I love most about traveling is meeting new people from different countries and different cultures. What I enjoy about staying at Cats Hostels is that actually everything is really…

FABIO, MEXICO

I came to Cats because my brother in law recommended it to me and honestly, I am very happy here because I feel at home. I really don’t want to…

SANTIAGO GÓMEZ, COLOMBIA

My name is Santiago Gómez, I’m from Medellin Colombia. It’s the second time that I am in Madrid, traveling once more its street and bars. We enjoy drinking beer in…

LAURA MORALES, COLOMBIA

I’m from Medellin Colombia, it’s my first time in Madrid and I love it. It’s a wonderful city, enchanting, full of color, great, its people are wonderful. The hostel was…

NICOLAS, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I came here to see the football match final de Los Libertadores and I spend a week here. I like traveling because I like to…

ABDULLAH, IRAK

I left my country four months ago and I’m living in France now. I like traveling because I meet new people and you live different experiences. This time I came…

RYAN TINI, PHILADELPHIA, UNITED STATES

I have just been wanting to travel to Europe since haven’t been out here yet. I’ve done some traveling in Central and South America. I looked online, saw this hostel…

COCO, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

I am traveling with my best friend and I am pretty much exploring a bit of Europe and visiting family. I am only overseas for five weeks I think and…

MELVINA, AUSTRALIA

I am traveling Europe with Coco who is my best friend, and I’ve been traveling 6 months prior to this with another friend of mine. I just enjoy traveling because…

TADNY MC AULIFFE, IRELAND

My story is that I came to Madrid for the weekend to get drunk, it is my sisters’ birthday. It’s my first time in a hostel and I will probably…

VANIA SANTOS, PORTO, PORTUGAL

I am studying in Prague International Relations so as you can see my area is traveling. Some time ago I already wanted to travel, and I am traveling alone now…

MAURICIO BELLO, VILLAVICENCIO, COLOMBIA

I’m visiting for the first time in Europe and I really like this trip. It’s a great experience because I came alone and my destination is Barcelona where I’m going…

EUNJEONG, SOUTH KOREA

I’m 23 years old and I’m a student but now I am taking time off from university. The first year I made money in my country in South Korea to…

MATTHEA ROEMER, UNITED STATES

I have been in Madrid for the last week for a conference on HIV, I’m traveling from Kigali, Rwanda. The things I’ve enjoyed most about Madrid are definitely the food,…

CAMILA SILVA, COLOMBIA

I am a filmmaker and I always wanted to do a film and I love French films, so when I was little I said that I wouldn’t go to Europe…

FRANCISCO MENDOÇA, PORTUGAL

Normally during my travels, I always stay at a hostel and I usually have my backpack always with me, as well as my production equipment to make music, my laptop…

CONSTANZA AND JAVIERA, CHILE

Constanza: It’s been a day in Madrid and it’s the first time that we leave the continent and the few hours we have been here, it has been incredible. Javiera:…

JACQUELIN, MEXICO

Suddenly the opportunity arrived thanks to a friend who told me: “Hey Jacque how do you see October: Madrid, France, Belgium, and Italy?” And I said: “You are crazy! I’m…

JONES MEDEROS, BRAZIL

I just decided to get out of my country and travel as much as I can. So, I took all the money I could and I calculated the expenses. It’s…
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