Toulouse

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France

Toulouse is a city in southwest France. It is one of the most alternative French cities. It started in 1939 with an influx of Spanish republicans who'd lost the Civil War and fled through the Pyrenees, and continued in the 1960s with an influx from Algeria. Their tradition continues with the city's students, squatters, and artistic movements.

  • Tactikollectif is a co-working association on events like festivals, etc. that has its origin in the Northern quarters of Toulouse.
  • Les Motivées is an association that is very active on the political and social scene in Toulouse, and that organises or takes part in many free events, strikes, concerts, etc. throughout the year.
  • La Grainerie, rue St Jean (5 km east of town on brownfield site just beyond A61). Hosts various collectives of artists every year, has a special interest in circus.
  • COUAC: Collectif d'Urgence Acteurs Culturels defends the local associative and alternative cultural world, whereas the Toulouse Réseau Unitaire Citoyen aims at stirring local, social and political debates.
  • Toulouse Self-Organized Social Center.

Transport

Find info on hitchhiking at Hitchwiki.

Black Riding: The metro has a system of barriers at the entrance. It's easy to jump over them, but in some of the bigger stations or termini, there is human guard dogs at work to make sure you don't. However it is good to know that tickets are valid during 1 hour after the first punch. That means the trash bins are full of valid tickets ;) Find the Timetables here.

The bike rental scheme is run by Town Hall. First you need to register with ID and credit card at velo.toulouse.fr. A one-day ticket is 1.20€ and a 7 day pass is 5€, longer hires are available. You have unlimited journeys, for no extra charge for the first 30 mins, then the meter starts ticking.

Companies

Accommodation

Find info on hosp ex at Couchwiki.

Toulouse has an unfortunate lack of cheap hostels, so if your not hospitalty excahnge then it can be an expensive night. There is nice roof to sleep on near the main train station. Walk along the street that runs in front of the station in the same direction as the traffic for 150 metres, before you come to an intersection and a bridge over the canal. On the corner to your left there is a roof which comes quite low, almost to head height. Its easy to hop on here when pedestrians are few, and then get further up on to the main roof. Totally out of view from the street, and with some nice soft gravel and even a bit of shelter. Not the quiestest spot but it beats 40 euros.

Alternatively, try sleeping in the train station. It officially closes at 1am, that's when the guards kick all the homeless out. After saying that she had a train ticket for the morning, the guards showed mercy on Kimmietaylor28 and let her sleep in a very warm room at the back. The station opens again at 4am, but those three hours of free sleeping were useful.

Update, Wed 18/03/2015: At least today, the train station closed at midnight and opened at 5:30. You can sleep there if youre a woman or if you have a train ticket, if not, tough luck. There is a nice and relaxed, albeit a bit run down place at place arnaud bernard though, were you can spend the night with a beer or two until the station opens again.

  • The city has a 1 euro public shower, which can be found at 13, rue du Professeur-Pujos.
  • Mix'Art Myrys is one of the oldest and most active squat of artists within the city. Not for dropping by.
  • L'Usine, 6 Impasse Marcel Paul, off Bvd Marcel Paul, Tournefeuille. Another residence for artists and collectives. Dont jsut drop by.

Meet fellow travellers on hospitality exchange networks: Trustroots, BeWelcome


Food

Find info on dumpster diving at Trashwiki.
  • Every weekday morning, the Boulevard de Strasbourg hosts the city's most affordable vegetable and fruit market.
  • Supermarkets - 'Lidl' and 'Leader Price.'


Internet connectivity

Hackerspaces around Toulouse.

If you don't have a smartphone or this kinda STUFF and still need to access internet, go to the Médiathèque José Cabanis, a very big building very near to Train and Metro Station Marengo. There, just ask at the info desk and they will give you a card with which you can access internet on the computers there for 1,5 hour, for free! You'll just have to wait 15 minutes for the card to become valid, but as there are so much things to read (loads of international press!), you won't get bored at all! (and there is air-conditioning :)) Open everyday except monday.

Busking

  • La Sainte Dynamo, 6 rue Amélie (Metro Jean Jaurès.). Wed-Sun 6 pm - 4 am. Bar & club located in a former sex club and a great place to see live bands and other performances - ça bouge!


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