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This summer, I packed my bags and moved from Lexington, Virginia to Cologne, Germany for an internship. It was only a short stay in Cologne (two months) but I was incredibly nervous about making friends. After my second week in the city, I came across couchsurfing meetups on the website and they singlehandedly made my average stay into a fantastic one. I met so many people-students, travellers, other interns, etc. who I made dozens of memories with-from exploring flea markets to salsa dancing, cooking indonesian food to hiking along the rhine, scoping out falafal stalls to attending local concerts. It’s been a busy-and unforgettable- two months (I head back to the states on Saturday). Thanks for creating a community for those of us who need one.
I am a new member to the Couchsurfing community and decided to take a chance during my travels through the USA.
Upon arriving in Orlando I organised to meet my host Percy Riva. He works at the airport, so it made it easy to meet him first, in a public place to assess my gut instinct. Upon meeting Percy I was welcomed with a hug, keys to his apartment and directions. It was a brief meeting as he had to get back to work, but I felt very safe and my instincts told me this would work out fine.
When I arrived at his stunning 25th floor apartment overlooking downtown Orlando, I was blown away. There was a mattress set up for me on the floor and it was clean and modern.
I realized then that not only was I taking a chance in trusting Percy with my safety, but he was taking the chance to trust me with his home. During my stay we had some great conversations. I would have liked to have spent more time hanging out, I’m sure I’ll see him again when he decides to visit in Melbourne!
My experience didn’t end with Percy though. I had advertised on the Orlando message board that I was attending Universal Studios the next day and wanted a companion. That’s when I met Annelies Goosens, we instantly became friends and when buying tickets at the front gate the man working there asked us if we were sisters. We replied we had just met through Couchsurfing and lo and behold this gentleman, Octavius Perrington, was a member of Couchsurfing too!
Every single one of these people was kind, open, courteous, friendly and lovers of travel.
We were brought together through Couchsurfing, but stayed friends through sharing experiences together.
I hope the rest of my trip through the United States - and soon Peru - will be just as positive!
~ Submitted by Hana
I got this reference today from lovely korean girls who stayed over at my place in Brugge. Especially the last sentence is so crucial for the idea of Couchsurfing. Making people love your city more because you were in it!
Heejae Jung has written the following reference about you on your profile:
"Sarah is unbelievable. she knows so well about east Asia even better than
me and my friends. and even me and my friends were late, she and her
husband were waiting for us and had dinner with us. She guided us for about
3 hours(!) and she was so perfect guide! She knows everything of Brugge and
she told us a lot of stories especially historical things about Brugge. It
was so fun and made us friendly to Brugge. she is very interesting and
funny. I’m sure that everyone would have good time with her. Because of
her, we love Brugge more :) thank you for everything we had in Brugge,
THIS^should be, as hosts, our GOAL! A happy guest is a good advertisement for the city you love! If you tell about your city with PASSION, that HAS to be transferred to your guests.
They come as strangers, but leave as friends. THAT is the true essence of Couchsurfing for me.
In August 2011 I went to a community in the middle of Amazon where some people work with social capital and open source software. I was touched by them and the people that I met there. They were free even if they didn’t have money for the next month and I was the oposite, with money but feeling in a cage. Something was wrong with my path and my choices.
After 7 months I quit my job, sold and gave the rest of stuff that I had and start organizing and going to events in Brazil that have made difference for me. In 6 months not so much money left, when an opportunity to go to MIT appeared, the first place that I thought in asking for help was Couchsurfing, I thought “in 2011 I offered my apartment when I was travelling on vacations, so I’m sure I can find someone with a good heart as mine”. I posted that I needed a place to stay for 3 months in Boston and a lovely couple answered.
Rich and Rose were the most incredible family that I could ever met. They didn’t only host me in a nice bedroom, but opened their life as they were my family and received participants from the event that I was organizing (almost 20 people from 15 different countries).
During the same period in Brazil I offered my apartment to a friend that opened for friends, it has been an interesting experience.
I had to say good-bye to the best couch ever and soon I’ll travel to Africa and/or through USA and find many other awesome Couchsurfers. Who knows?
A visit to Nagarprakar, Pakistan for one Couchsurfer resulted in a 1,000km road trip. The group of surfers saw the Thar Desert, Naukot Fort, Mithi, Nagarparkar, Kasbo village, the highlights of desert life, the ancient Jain Temple and returned to Karachi in 60 hours.
~ By sntscrimes