Due to the arrival of visiting relatives, I had to move out of the place I’ve been staying for the last week or so. I was planning on staying at the local hostel, but neglected to make a reservation. I sort of figured, “Who the heck goes to Malmö in January?” and assumed getting a bed would be no problem. Whoops. No room at the inn tonight. I made a reservation for tomorrow, but was left stranded for this evening. Faced with a choice between ~90 euro for a fancy-ish hotel room, or ~10 euro to hang out in an all-night internet cafe, I made my selection. It’s actually one of those gaming cafe places, and it’s surprisingly busy at 5 am. I am vastly under-utilizing a serious gaming PC for light web surfing and lighter dozing.
However, Europe has absolutely nothing on Japan when it comes to all-night internet places for people with no place to sleep, where they even have a name for such people, the 90s-sounding “cyber-homeless”: