One of my teachers has introduced me to an amazing worldwide travel company called Couch Surfing. This site allows you to stay at a stranger’s home while travelling, free of charge. The objective of the organization is to allow travelers to not only visit a country, but make friends with someone who KNOWS the country.
The branch of the organization where I live hosts meetings every now and then, and last Sunday I attended my first hang out. I met several people, and although I was by far the youngest one there, I had a lot of fun and was able to talk to many people and get to know them. There were a few locals from my country at the hangouts, some diaspora from Syria, international residents who’ve been here forever, as well as several tourists just passing through the country.
I met a polish man who’s spent the last 10 years of his life travelling all over. We talked for a large part of the night until I had to go home (had school to go to the next day). I find his life style to be very intriguing, and I’ll be sure to discuss it in a different post sometime. I’ve been waiting a couple of days for him to find me on the CS website.