Overnight trains 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 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 surprised they even let me on an overbooked train.
Because there was literally no available seats anywhere.
Oh wait, yes there was.
THE DREADED SEATS.
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 only folded out 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 managed only a few minutes of sleep at a time.
But anytime there was a strong curve in the railroad track I’d almost fall from the “seats”.
Also whenever someone walked down the hallway I’d wake up.
At the first 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.
After a few hours of trying to sleep I gave in to the realization that it was not happening on this night.
No Sleep Till… Florence.
When I finally made it to Venice I was blown away by what I saw and it gave me a 2nd wind.
I even had the energy to explore the whole city and I cancelled my hostel reservation.
I actually boarded another train that evening to go 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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