24 March 2010

A tribute to Couchsurfing.org

It's time to look back on our trip (apart from also looking forward...) and time to write this post that has been in my head for a while now.
By now our regular readers should have heard of Couchsurfing. To cite their website: "CouchSurfing is a worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit".
And that's exactly what it was for us. Our trip would never have been the same without this wonderful project. Instead of staying in hostels and meeting the same beer-drinking travellers all over the world, we had the chance to meet locals, make friends and experience diverse lifestyles.

Without Couchsurfing, we would never have:
- learned that one can live without a fridge
- learned that one can live without a shower
- experienced the way people in St Petersburg and Moscow go to work every day
- had a bonfire and barbeque while watching the sunset at midnight
- experienced the limitless and unconditional hospitality of Russians
- seen a futuristic electronic housekey in South Korea
- seen Kuala Lumpurs nice sides
- participated in a Capoeira class in Arizona
- cohabited with a little dog with a dress in New Orleans
- walked into the most interesting buildings in downtown Chicago
- had a great time during the snowstorm in Washington
- stayed in a luxurious apartment in Rio
- made friends all around the world that we would like to see again.

Now many of you will ask: but is this SAFE? Well, we stayed with more than 30 people all over the world and yes, it was safe. Of course we didn't connect with everybody in the same way and some people are weird, but we never felt unsafe and all experiences were good and worth remembering.
Now that we are on our way back to a more "normal" life (but what is normal, anyway?) we are looking forward to giving back all this hospitality to other people travelling like we did.

For those who don't know how it works and are curious to know, go to www.couchsurfing.org

1 comment:

  1. Nice tribute Eva! I will for sure try to couchsurf a bit during my trip!! And thank you for your new recommendation for me at CS, hopefully this will help in finding people to stay with.

    Glad to soon have you back in Europe, although not yet in Geneva. Enjoy coming back 'home', all that lovely Portuguese food, being with Miguel's family, putting down your backpacks for a while and being pampered in Portugal.

    Nuno is in Lisbon at the moment as he has his PhD defence tomorrow afternoon. I am regretfully not there as the flight tickets are outrageously expensive, plus he needed this week by himself to concentrate on preparing his presentation. So keep your fingers crossed from tomorrow 2.30 pm that he will come out of there a Dr :D

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