Being a global nomad and not having a home means you’re constantly changing your style of accommodation. You’re also willing to take whatever accommodation comes about. How about a free night sleeping in a farmer’s barn in Tasmania then? Yes please, I’ll take it! We’re going back to April 2010 for this story…the night I slept in a farmer’s barn in Tasmania.
Now bear in mind it was winter time (and Tassie gets cold), it was in the middle of nowhere and I was getting up at 6am every day to go broccoli harvesting. Even having a bed was a Godsend to be honest, as I often just slept in a car or my tent. Camping cost $5 per week, sleeping in my car was free but a lot colder. When farmer Joe Cook threw up the option of a FREE night in his barn I was well up for it!
OK so this sounds like I was going to end up sleeping with sheep, pigs, cows and possibly wakening up with horse shit on my pillow/haystack. In fact this was the best night sleep I had in months – honestly. This was actually a converted barn. So I drove to this house on the edge of Longford, got to park my car there, walked past two dogs and the “barn” turned out to be a shed that had a hot shower, electric and I even had wireless internet (I used a Telstra adapter for this – something I needed to keep my travel blog up to date in Tasmania).
I shared a room in there with fellow traveller and worker Pierre Renard (from France) and Jeff the tractor driver. I used the internet to write a travel blog at the time and then went fast to sleep in the mystic rural wilderness charm of Tasmania. I was up early for work, left the farmer’s barn behind and ended my stint on broccoli farming a few days later after 3 months endless broccoli work (I ended up on cauliflowers next).
These sort of rare and random travel moments are memories I will always savour. I have slept in many different places (must have had a night’s sleep in over 2,000 different beds in my lifetime), but this is one of the most cherished and random. More posts on “The Night I…”