Postponed Daily Prompt becomes 500th post!

Because yesterday I was so very happy to have Janna here, I postponed to today the Daily Post prompt… and my WordPress Dashboards tells me this is my 500th post! With over 2000 comments on the blog! Thanks to all of you! πŸ˜€ Now let me tackle today’s subject, what’s the longest time I’ve been without sleep.

Well, first of all, I’m a sloth. Or better, a marmot. I do sleep a lot and get VERY nervous when I don’t have enough sleep. I’m not a night person, but sometimes traveling to other time zones keeps me awake for over 24hours – which is one of the things that kills me about long distance travel: can’t I just wish myself there and be there in a second? “Beam me up, Scott,” please!

Ahem, well, for the sake of this post I will not relate these obvious “all-nighters” (is it night anyway? Not in the new time zone, it isn’t, so I guess it doesn’t count, does it?) and stick to an all-European trip (involving England, the island one hour apart from the continent) that kept me up for 23 hours.

I was much younger then, we’re talking July 1996. My friend Renee from Michigan had summer classes in Perugia. The previous February I had met the American band Tyketto on their German tour through my friendsΒ  Ina and Suzi. And Tyketto were back, for an English tour. Renee loved them too. So she came to Rome and we flew to Dusseldorf and spent the night at Suzi’s who wasn’t coming.

four gals and a car

Wake up call was at 5AM, as Ina would DRIVE us to England. There we went, four gals from four different countries (Ina the German, Renee the American, Mariska the Dutch and yours truly who, as you well know, owns an Italian passport to her great dismay) through four European countries (Germany, Belgium, France and England) to check two shows by and American band (of four guys, just the keep the number in). Talk about crazy.

We put the car on the train for the half-hour crossing of the Channel Tunnel and reached the British customs, where they wondered what an American girl was doing with three European gals. Ina kept driving up to Nottingham, where the band was playing. There I was, in the town of Robin Hood, and had no time to visit, sigh. We found the pub, attended the show, and found some guy who would let us sleep at his place for free.

Except HE hadn’t woken up at 5AM like us, so after the show he took us at some friend’s of his! My face really showed how tired I was, so eventually he took pity. I hit the bed (shared with Renee) at 4AM. I don’t know how I managed to sleep “only” 5 hours. Then we visited Leichester and off to Dudley for another show. And you know what? They didn’t have money for a hotel, so after the show we headed back for Germany, yep, in the middle of the night.

I fell asleep in the car, woke up around 5AM (again), we were lost in the English countryside and I took the wheel until we reached the motorway, where Ina had a coffee and went back to the driver’s seat. I fell asleep again in the tunnel and woke up in Belgium… talk about lack of sleep on a two-day trip!

Still, sometimes I miss those crazy trips… we had a lot of fun, although I don’t think I’d do it again! πŸ˜‰



  1. Viv

     /  10/03/2011

    Hahaha, sounds like what I do for work!
    I need my sleep but when I do a trip, I get much less of it than I need, especially as I can’t sleep in cars or coaches.
    Leicester is not my favourite town but I lived in Nottingham twice and it’s a shame you couldn’t see more of it.
    Congrats on the 500th post.


    • I have learned to sleep on trains, coaches and planes (although I sometimes need some Valerian on long distance trips), but nothing is as good as my own bed! πŸ˜‰


  2. 500 posts!!
    You must really, truly, passionately love to write! It’ll take me five years to make those many posts. CONGRATULATIONS!
    I don’t know about all those places you visited on your trip back then – but it sounded like fun:)



    • oh, yeah, I’m totally compulsive! And I just got rewarded with my first review (of SKYBAND)! And it’s five stars! Ain’t it cool? So happy I put the story on Lulu instead of keeping it in my drawers… and graphic novels aren’t an easy sell either! πŸ˜‰


  3. Congratulations again πŸ™‚ I’ll request you guidance when I make up my mind on self-publishing the Evolution of a Caricaturist (have thought of it…but then dropped it – I guess I don’t have enough courage.)

    Best wishes for SKYBAND.



    • Be bold! Dare! πŸ˜€
      With Lulu it’s sooo easy!
      The Artist with Two Artbooks and a Graphic Novel on Lulu


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