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Sleeping on the street in St. Petersburg

by web-administrator (July, 2004)


(Contributed by ?) "July 2004 - We'd planned to sleep in the basement of an apartment block we'd found earlier but then missed the last metro train. Rather than pay for a cab, we opted to just sleep on Nevsky Prospect at the bottom of a flight of stairs to a basement-level shop. It was noisy with people smashing bottles and yelling, police busting people and demanding bribes, raining, cold, rats, people yelling at us every now and then when we were seen - not sure how it could be worse. Don't do it! Go to a bar for godsake!" Added 08 Aug 04

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Sleeping on the street outside a bank

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by jhp) "August 2003 - I paid a long visit to Scotland 2003 and happened to visit the Isle of Skye too, were I drove to the beautiful village of Portree. I got there on a bus, nothing special, you just have to cross a bridge if you don't like swimming 1 mile. Arriving in Portree i found it a clean an nice village with the nice little bars in the harbor-area ;) But then our busdriver informed me of him not being able to fix his broken buscrapsomethinginthemotororwhatever and right after that my wallet informed me of being close to empty, so i had to spend my night there. With 2 pounds in my pocket and bars closing at 10 pm I got myself a strongbow and ventured out to search for a place to sleep. Then, a flash of light come from the heavens and, my jesus be praised, there stood a bank in front of me! And a nice one, too. Since it was a warm night and the police was patrolling nearby i fell asleep and really got 7h of sleep! Noone disturbed me, noone stole my things and i didn't even catch a cold! Only downside: The next day I found my money, wich decided to hide faaaar down in my rucksack, under some used..uhm...clothes.. I spent the next night in a nice cottage and could continue my journey." Added 16 March 2005

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Sleeping on a bench on the Champs Elyse

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by Jason) "I recently cycled from London to Paris. I arrived in Paris at 1:00am on the third day, tired hungry and completely lost (my first time there). I didn't have the energy to try and find a hotel so settled for a bench on the Champes Eleyse which, after about 3:00am, proved to be fairly quite and apart from being disturbed by the occasional prostitute plying for trade had a well earned sleep. Later that same morning, about 7:00am I cycled over to the Eiffel Tower where I found two Danish girls who, I assume, had also arrived in Paris late as they were still both asleep inside a telephone kiosk much to the disgust of a French street cleaner."

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Sleeping in a doorway

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(contributed by Rob Wilhite) "I was in Innsbruck over the summer just making a stop. I decided to go out that night and still did not have a place to stay. Anyway, I had a great time that night and decided that best place for me to stay would be the old town. So I curled up in the doorway of one of the flats in the old town and slept all night. I woke up that morning and the people were very nice who lived there. They gave me breakfast and then I headed on."

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Sleeping in a garden outside the train station

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by Barry K, Ireland) "Visited Cote d'Azur for Monaco Grand Prix a few years ago - Eze is up the coast, and slept first night in the muck of the garden of its train station - good night's kip it ust be said, and a nice swim in the Med next morning refreshes nicely. Second night, slept on the flat roof of a residential house on the seafront - many were doing this. Excellent quality sleep. Nice cafe opens early across the road. (May 1991) "

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Sleeping at a kids theater

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by Dave Relf) "The combo of ferry and bus is a hard one. I opted for the night bus to the ferry so I could be in Ireland for the morning. The ferry didn't leave till 2 and took 4 hours. I was lucky to find a kids theater where others were squatting. 2 hours of sleep out of 8 possible."

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Sleeping on Olive Net Rolls

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by Heli from Finland) "In 1999 I was hiking on Crete and late one evening I arrived in a very small village in the mountains. There were no rooms for rent, but the old lady in the only kafenion said that I could sleep on the olive net rolls in the verandah of a magazine overstreet. I had cought a cold and the late-october night was chilly up there in the mountains, so I drank several cups of hot coffee and some raki to get courage to go out again. The nets (that are used when picking olives from under the trees) were in two big 10-feet long rolls, and when I was laying in my sleepingbag between the rolls, I was like in a warm, soft and safe nest. It was one of the most comfortable places Ive ever sleeped in!"

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On a bench by the sea

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by ?) "In February 1992, I was hitchhiking from Liverpool to Paris. Got as far as the ferry terminal at Calais, but could not find a lift. As the French police are not keen on people sleeping at the Calais ferry terminal, I took the last ferry back to Dover, only to find that the English police aren't keen on you sleeping there, either. By this time it was after 10, all the BB's were full and there were no trains out. What I ended up doing was sitting in a pub nursing a coke until they threw me out, then I found some open sided booths next to the sea with wooden benches in. As it was February, I nearly froze solid, but this would be a whole lot more attractive in the summer.

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Sleeping on the streets in Barcelona

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by ?) "I spent the night on the streets of Barcelona in April '99. We arrived after midnight from Nantes and could not find a hotel or hostel anywhere for under 150. The safest area of the city is on Passeig Gracia between the Diagonal and Pg. Gracia Metro stops. The streets are spotless and safe. It was fun and a great alternative to spending your life's fortune!"

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Sleeping outside the Barcelona Sants Train Station

by web-administrator (August, 2003)


(Contributed by David H) "August 2003 - I, along with numerous others, were kicked out of Barcelona Sants Station. We had been trying to purchase tickets but although the queues were never very long, it took an age for the staff to actually issue the damn things. This means that if you are left holding a numbered ticket and the station is about to close, you have to come back in the morning about 5am where they restart the queue were they left off!!!! I was astounded at this practice but the Spanish students around me took it in their stride. We were chucked outside where about 100 potential passengers camped for the night huddled against the station's main doors. It was summer so warm but I had my bag with me and was on my lonesome, not good. Also, the main taxi rank runs parallel to the entrance so every hour or so some spiteful driver would drive down it and blow his horn for 30 seconds, sods! I couldn't find a hotel/hostel/pension either. Never arrive in Barcelona in the summer without a confirmed booking for your bed!!! You do not want to have to sleep on the concourse of Barcelona Sants Station!" Added 14 MAY 04

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Outside the train station

by web-administrator (June, 2004)


(Contributed by Christof and Simon) "June 2004 - We slept one night IN FRONT OF the barcelona train station of Sants. The train station is closed at night, and therefore we slept outside with some other hikers we met there. It was quite noisy, a lot of people past, but no agressive persons, it was just fun. We saw batman, an old guy with a tuxedo, and as protection he had a garbage bag wrapped around him. He walked three hours in front of us, without stopping. We took pictures. Hey guys, can you believe it? WE REALLY SAW BATMAN!!!! That's the reason why we forget that we couldn't sleep, why we didn't had seats, why there weren't showers. We had just a lot of fun!!!

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Locked out of the hostel

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by Mark C. Meyer) "I was locked out of my youth hostel at 3:00 A.M. I found an uncomfortable wooden bench. At around 4:30 it began to rain heavily--not a fun night"

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Sleeping outside the train station

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by Cassie) "A couple of years ago, me and a friend caught the ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland and went to Amsterdam. Unfortunately, we hadn't booked a hotel and couldn't find ANYWHERE to stay. In the end, we ended up sleeping in the square outside the main station, which was very scary - lots of weird people hanging around and trying to steal your rucksacks. We ended up lying on top of our rucksacks - very uncomfortable. At 5am the station opened, so we nipped in to try and get some more sleep. However, security was unbelievable - not only could we not sleep, they wouldn't even let us sit down! If you sat on the floor of the station, the guards would bang the floor close to your legs and scream 'STAND UP!!' at you. Horrible. The only good place to sleep in my opinion was the ferry from Holland back to Harwich. Nice comfy carpets and no one trying to wake you up - I slept for the whole 8-hour journey home."

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Sleeping on the street

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by MQ) "On Valentines Day 1998 a few of us went to Amsterdam on a last minute coach deal from England. After having a great night's sleep on the over night coach on the way there thanks to the large amounts of Amsterdam's finest I smoked en route I arrived in the Dam and went straight to the nearest "coffee" shop... By the time we'd realized what time it was, all the hotels had been booked up for the night and the best place we could find to sleep was the a jetty on one of the canals. All night at the top of the bank people were openly smoking crack and offering us some every now and then! Not the best place to sleep.... "

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Sleeping in the central plaza in Oaxaca

by web-administrator (January, 2009)


(Contributed by Michelle Martinez) "May 1999 - We spent about eight hours in the central plaza in Oaxaca Mexico in front of a government building, because our bus didn't leave until midnight. Two sides of the square have restaurants, and one side has a church. It was the fourth side which was a government building. It was uncomfortable because we were sleeping on concrete, but no one bothered us or tried to steal our luggage. The climate is nice and there was music in the background."

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