bluewaav, your story reminds me of that time i had to spend the night at Agra fort station in India - the train was 12 hours late and i slept on the dusty station floor with cockroaches running around, waking up the next day to the sound and sight of the Indians brushing their teeth along the track and queing up to take showers in the toilet... I did just the same and went for a hot cup of chai from the chai-wallah and a pakoda. That was pretty unforgettable
Just returned and I have to say that a homestay on Pitcairn was definately the most interesting ever! Well, there aren't any other options over there basically, and I hope it stays that way
Staying over night in a hotel lobby in Hanoi was maybe not interesting, but a challenge in a way.
I had arrived earlier in the day and spent a couple of hours waiting at Hanoi airport for some friends to arrive.
Luckily, I met a nice guy who was also waiting for the flight from Bangkok so it wasn't too bad, especially because the flyight was delayed by a few hours. Finally, almost in the middle of the night the plane landed but my friends weren't on it. After checking on the internet it turned they had missed the plane and would be arriving early the next morning.
Meanwhile around midnight, I decided to tag along with the guy I'd been waiting and his girlfriend who had arrived and we drove to their hotel. When we got there it was 2 am, raining cats and dogs and everyone was super tired. The couple was really nice though and offered I could crash on their floor for a few hours before heading back to the airport.
But this plan did not work out because the hotel staff said that it was not possible and I had to get a room on my own. The cheapest was $ 50 dollars (the couple had paid $ 20 on the internet!) and when I declined they told me to go somewhere else (remember: 2 am, rainstorm outside, by myself on the first night in Vietnam). Still can't believe how rude they were...
Anyway, somehow I decided not to give in and camp in their lobby. I planted myself on two armchairs and stayed there for the rest of the night. At first they told me to leave, but I just ignored them and stayed . Tired, but happy I left at 7 in the morning and went back to the airport...
In 2003 I was traveling with my x through Europe on a tight budget. We stayed in cheap places and made our own food most of the time so we could afford to splurge once in a while on a nice dinner or other more expensive things to do. On our way to Salzberg, Austria our train just stopped in the middle of nowhere! Then it started again, but at a pace that was slower than I could have walked. Eventually we arrived at the outskirts of town and were kicked off the train and herded onto a bus that took us to the main train station. It was 1:30 in the morning, everything was closed, and since we thought we were to arrive around 2 in the afternoon we never made any reservation for the night. So we ended up just going right over to the big fancy euro-tel hotel where the lady at the desk told us what happened, that there was an old WWII bomb that was under the tracks that exploded! Anyway, this one night ended up costing over 3 times as much as we planned to spend, but it was so plush compared to the places we had been staying that I hardly got any sleep at all. I used the bath tub to do all the laundry, cranked up the air-conditioner, listened to the radio and watched tv all at the same time, LOL. The next morning we both stuffed our faces at the breakfast buffet and even though we were now broke at least we were clean and well fed.
Well i once visited Swiss and found it to be a great and clean Place !