There should literally be a law against people who snore being allowed to sleep in communal sleeping arrangements. They should a) pay for their own room or b) not come.
Do you feel no guilt? Or have no shame? Surely you realise you have ruined the sanity of about 20 other people, along with their following day.
I write this as I attempt sleep amongst a cacophony of French oldies. Baritone, tenors, sopranos…they are all present.
At least when they are your parents you can roll them over and say “shut the fuck up” but unfortunately I don’t have an extensive French vocabulary up my sleeve.
To you in my room tonight. You will see me in the morning, I’ll be the one that spat in your coffee.
And to all the others… you know who you are. Stay out of refuges, bunkhouses, hostels and huts. Let the quiet sleepers have some rest for once.
And to all you innocent sleepers who don’t make a peep…invest in earplugs before you fastpack, they are worth their weight in gold!
Written by Rosie in the middle of the night
The Grande Randonné 5 is one of Europe’s premier long distance hiking routes. The full 12 week route runs from the Netherlands, through the French Alps, ending in Nice on the Cote d’Azur. We have chosen the common route of joining the trail at Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) and heading south.
Stage 1 runs from Thonon Les Bains on Lac Leman, and ends in Les Houches in the Chamonix valley.
Distance: 138km over 5 days
Difficulty: Welcome to the Alps…
Accommodation is in ‘Refuges‘ or ‘Gîtes d’étape‘. Some are wonderful, others (such as Refuge de Moëde Anterne) can be pretty horrible, particularlly if they service another trail such as the famous Tour de Mont Blanc and is packed with +60s.
We ended up trying to sleep on the cold tiles of the kitchen. An exhausting night.