They say you don't know what you've got till it's gone, and if you want to really know what you've got in a warm, comfy bed that's all yours, then a good way to do it is to sleep outside like a homeless person. And one hotel Sweden is offering people that very opportunity. Yay! Because I mean in Sweden it's probably very exotic to sleep like a homeless person. Me? Nah. I live in Brooklyn. I see homeless people all of the time. Just yesterday, I spent 15 minutes on the subway trying to wake up a sleeping (or unconscious) homeless person -- I never did figure out which -- whose cart was flying all over the place and into people. And, yes, I did report his condition to the authorities, because I was worried he was sick. But back to this hotel.
Apparently, you can pay $15 to sleep like a homeless person in the hotel in Gothenburg. There are ten "homeless" rooms, including a sleeeping bag outside, a dirty mattress under a bridge, and the floor of a vacant paper mill.
Hmmmm. I think I'd go with the mattress under the bridge. Get the full-on authentic hobo experience, you know? Floor of a paper mill sounds wussy. Damn, you might as well be at the Chateau Marmont.
Anyway, the hotel says it's actually sold 1000 "homeless rooms" since they started them in November. That's only a few months ago. THAT many people want to know what it's like to be homeless?? Or maybe these people are just really cheap and don't realize you can, you know, just be homeless for free? Confuzzled.
Apparently people do like to sleep like a homeless person because it makes them appreciate the little things -- like a bed, a roof, and a job. Call me cray, but I actually appreciate these things without sleeping outside. SWEAR to you, I do.
The homeless room project is also a way to try and bring attention to the homeless problem in Sweden, but the local government doesn't like it.
Anyway, if I'm out in the cold for 10 minutes I'm supergrateful to have a warm place to go, so the homeless rooms aren't for me. But I can see how they might really be an eye-opener for some folks.
Would you ever sleep outside like a homeless person?
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