National Geographic : 1956 Apr
the windows of home in the eyes of the often damp wayfarers.* When the walkers begin to arrive at a hos tel in the late afternoon or evening, each must produce his membership card and sign the register. Any member is likely to be chosen by the warden to sweep or serve as mess orderly. In all the hostels I visited after suppertime I saw a quiet, domestic scene: the girls sewing, knitting, or writing post cards; the boys reading or poring over their maps. Nearly every girl brought in her pack a neat cotton frock or a blouse and skirt into which she had changed before supper. * See "Europe Via the Hostel Route," by Joseph Nettis, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, July, 1955.