To Lay Me Down – Unusual places I’ve slept…

I’ve had my fair share of ‘rough’ sleeps on the road. Below is a list of my most memorable (by no means most comfortable!)

  • Great Wall, Beijing, China – I have to start with the Great Wall. One of most magical nights I’ve had. I had only a stale wagon wheel with me and crashed down on the ancient stones surrounded by Mosquito’s, but it was all worth it!

  • Amritsar to Goa, India – I went from Amiritsa to Goa in one long, sweaty, tiring voyage. Which meant overnighting in a bus, followed by Delhi train station floor, followed by two nights on a train, followed by the train station floor in Goa before finally collapsing in Goa once I found a bed. Good times!

  • Rawalpindi, Pakistan – Although this was an actual bed I stayed in, it is by far the worst room I have ever (tried) to sleep in! After walking around for 2 hours at 3am I eventually agreed on this place. Very soiled, beg bugged sheets and a toilet that hadn’t been flushed in a while… Add to that the lovely Islamabad weather and we have a memorable nights sleep! I left shortly after waking…

  • Mt. Nemrut, Turkey - Not far behind the great wall for most memorable kip is sleeping on top of Mt. Nemrut. I managed to bypass being caught, and with the stars shinning and my music playing it was a truly magical place to be!

  • Mt. Sinai, Egypt was also a pretty nice place to kip… That is until I woke up! Upon laying my head down on the uneven rocks perched on the side of the mountain I eventually got a few hours before waking up and being surround by many (mostly German) tourists! Dusk had been amazing, just me, my camera and the sunset… Sunrise was quite a shock… I could only laugh to myself and feel slightly annoying that I’d camped out to get a good spot only to find it taken by a family with snotty nosed children… C’est la vie!

  • Venice, Italy – Most people visit Venice for a romantic getaway… Lovely fluffed pillows, bedsheets scattered with rose petals.. Maybe even some after dinner mints! My experience in Venice was slightly different… I was in the middle of a mad dash between Istanbul and Lisbon and had a night to wait before my next train. Being the tight ass that I am I thought it unreasonable to pay for a bed, so I planted my sleeping bag outside the train station, and amidst a few stares managed to get quite a good nights sleep!

  • Labe, Guinea – Arriving at midnight after 15 long, dusty on the road to Labe, Guinea the last thing I wanted to hear was that we had to stay put till morning. Er, no thanks! I wanted to find a hotel but given the hour and the fact that I had no idea where I was I instead decided to get out my sleeping bag and crash on the hard dusty ground. All was fine until a mad cow starting trampling around… For a while I was quite nervous that I was going to be run over!. Thankfully my tiredness overcame my nerves and before I knew it I was waking to the sound of the new day beginning

    So, what are the most memorable/unmemorable  places you you’ve slept! Please share them with us! :)

    Mosquito’s and hunger seemed insignificant when recognising the location!
    Sunset on Mt. Sinai – Worth the early morning wake up call!

    Nothing Like the trains in India – Perhaps halfway through my epic cross country journey…

    My neighbours for the night on Mt. Nemrut

    Despite my tramp like existence in Venice I still had a great time!

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4 Responses to “To Lay Me Down – Unusual places I’ve slept…”

  1. James richards
    November 1, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    An interesting read…I once woke up in a travellodge with a hangover…other then that my sleeping areas have been pretty uneventful!

  2. November 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    Sam,
    Not sure I’ve got as many bizarre sleeping places as yourself but I think to the tops are;
    - A drainage channel under a road in Southern Spain whilst hitchhiking to Morocco, as our last lift had unceremoniously dumped is the middle of rural nowhere
    - On the vents of a shopping malls air conditioning unit in Edinburgh- who would have thought Scotland in April would be so cold!!
    - The floor of Budapest train station where I was awoken in the middle of the night by a friendly hobo who wished to spoon to stay warm!

  3. November 2, 2011 at 2:28 am #

    Hey Alex, they are some great ones! Although I’d quite happily avoid being spooned by a Hungarian hobo! lol Surprised you got away with the air conditioning unit. Thought the powers that be would be onto you! Thanks for sharing. Hope alls well mate!

  4. November 2, 2011 at 2:30 am #

    Have you not woke up in any ditches in stow yet sir? If not, next time I’m back I’ll make sure you do!

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