I used to live in the dorms at my university in Vienna, Austria. I was there with my two brothers. In the summer, they’d kick us out and we’d have to move into a small apartment with a kitchenette. There was one toilet per floor, for 3 or 4 apartments. To shower, we had to go to the public swimming pool. The laundromat wasn’t in the building. It sounds crazy, but at the time, we came from nothing in India, so for us, it was all new.
My brothers and I used to work at that university cafeteria for extra money. When Fridays came along, we forgot about school and work and had fun. Most times, we couldn’t even afford the trip via tramway to a bar 7 km away, so we walked. We walked back as well, but we were together.