Overnight trains just don’t seem to be my forte.
I’ve attempted to use them 3 different times.
It has only worked out for me once and that’s probably because I had a local book the train for me.
The other 2 times did not work in my favor, this is one of those times.
Munich, Germany to Venice, Italy.
7 hour overnight train.
No problem, right?
I can’t recall why I thought I’d be enjoying a sleeper cab in first class, but that’s not at all what happened.
The entire train was second class, reservations only, and completely booked full.
I’m honestly surprised they let me on an overbooked train because there was literally no available seats anywhere.
Oh wait, yes there was.
THE DREADED SEATS.
That is to say that if the tiny little seats that were in one of the hallways were actually capable of holding a persons ass.
These tiny seats could fold down from the wall and luckily for me there were 3 of them about 11″ apart from each other.
So if I sat on the middle one I could pull one of them down and slightly rest my arm and head on it.
Then with my foot I could pull down the 3rd one to rest my feet on that.
However, the seats were only a few inches from the wall.
I basically had to lay sideways to get most of my body onto them.
Comfort was impossible and sleep was becoming less and less a reality.
I think I was able to manage a few minutes at a time.
But anytime there was a strong curve in the railroad track I’d almost fall from the “seats”.
In addition to that whenever someone walked down the hallway I’d wake up.
Unfortunately as the morning sun started to rise and people headed to work the train was making stops again.
At the 1st stop some early rising English speakers boarded the train.
I could hear them down the hallway talking about how the whole train was full.
Eventually they made it down to my section of the train.
Upon seeing me one of the girls said “Oh my God, there’s actually people sleeping in the hallway!”
I just continued pretending to sleep.
A few hours of trying to catch sleep and I just gave in to the realization that proper sleep was not happening on this night.
When I finally made it to my destination I was quite blown away by what I saw and I think it actually gave me a 2nd wind.
I even somehow had the energy to explore the whole city.
I eventually cancelled my hostel reservation, and boarded another train that evening to make it to Florence before nightfall.
On that night Sleep was Glorious.
Sleep was Divine!!!
Have you ever been on a overbooked train with nowhere to sit or sleep?
Let me hear your train horror stories in the comments.
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