Cold showers, freezing rooms..... I don't know why I do it and do so much of it. Then again there are converted palazzos like this one in Catania, Sicily. This one is a crummy hostel but the owners were really nice. We've stayed in more expensive converted palazzos in Sicily. In China most cheap rooms have something leaking in them but then again we've found some really decent newer hostels. Our accommodations on the road run the gamut, from decent to downright awful. We're still undeterred and will keep on traveling.