Everyone loves a good ghost story even if they know it’ll give them nightmares later – and I’m no exception. There’s something thrilling about listening to someone else’s tales of eerie moans and white apparitions in the company of friends, knowing these aren’t happening to you.
However, the fear factor takes on an entirely different, more spine-chilling dimension when you’re in a strange and ancient land, and the ghost is literally sharing your hotel room.
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GHOSTS IN THE CORRIDORS
IN BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Ghost encounters are especially plentiful in Europe where every other building is at least 300 years old and countless people have lived, died – and even been murdered – within their walls.
Perhaps banging doors and footsteps on the second floor are as much a part of their lives as cable television and the internet. Some Asian visitors however, still prefer to stay away from anything other-worldly. I certainly do.
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IN INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA
Many years ago, I checked into a small hotel in Innsbruck, Austria which had all its walls painted black. The somber atmosphere should have foretold of eerie occurrences but I naively chalked this up to a taste for the avant-garde and a penchant for dark colors. In the middle of the night, however, the radio began blaring at full blast.
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However, again, in the middle of the night, I awoke with a jolt, feeling incredibly hot and suffocated. I automatically assumed it was the air conditioning and called the front desk to complain.
I thought it odd that he hadn’t even bothered to check the room’s cooling system, but soon forgot about this. I stayed on for a few more days, walking around Venice and making the rounds of my favorite shops.
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Major tourist destinations like London, Edinburgh, and St. Andrews all feature very popular ghost tours – and while many of these tours are purely for fun, some are not for the faint-hearted.
I once joined an Edinburgh ghost tour that took in many locations with gory and violent pasts. It terminated in a local cemetery well-known for apparitions, and I had to leave midway because of a terribly uneasy feeling. Apparently, not a few participants experience this, and some even start shaking all over.
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While many hotels worldwide might consider a ghostly resident as a public relations nightmare, quite a number of UK hotels seem to revel in the notoriety and even employ their ghosts as an effective marketing tool.
I had a similar experience at a 16th century hotel in the Cotswolds, an area of ancient origins that almost certainly has a ghost story haunting every neighborhood. My suite – which was fashioned out of several rooms in the attic — was large, bright and decorated in pastel colored chintz.
Of course, at daybreak I checked out.
I’m from Asia after all, and if I were to encounter the supernatural, I’d much prefer them to be from where I hail.
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