Hostelling International is aptly named for the diverse residents it attracts. The stairwells are decorated with a vast array of flags from all over the world. Downstairs on the first floor the common rooms provide guests with entertainment, Internet access and a corner for music. Although the piano is a little out of tune it is positioned in such a way that people feel welcome to bring life to its keys.
Last night I heard someone playing a guitar and singing for his group of friends. I took my laptop over with some sheet music and asked if I could join and play the piano. We ended up playing music for hours; throughout the night more and more people joined in singing various harmonies and improvising other melodic parts. I love how even when people do not know the lyrics or the melody they still participate by clapping their hands, nodding their heads or tapping their feet. Music is an international language everyone understands it.