July 18, 2009

Couchsurfing and Food

I hosted a couchsurfer for the first time last night. Couchsurfing is a way to travel the world through the eyes (and couches) of the locals. Here's their misson from their site:

"CouchSurfing seeks to internationally network people and places, create educational exchanges, raise collective consciousness, spread tolerance, and facilitate cultural understanding." As a community we strive to do our individual and collective parts to make the world a better place, and we believe that the surfing of couches is a means to accomplish this goal. CouchSurfing isn't about the furniture- it's not just about finding free accommodations around the world- it's about participating in creating a better world. We strive to make a better world by opening our homes, our hearts, and our lives. We open our minds and welcome the knowledge that cultural exchange makes available. We create deep and meaningful connections that cross oceans, continents and cultures. CouchSurfing wants to change not only the way we travel, but how we relate to the world!

I was nervous but my person was great and he was only here for 12 hours so that made it easier. We ended up talking for most of the night about travel, politics, languages, college, and current events. It was an easy way to ease into hosting.

Last night I also tried to recreate the bruschetta type mix that my neighbor and friend from college, Jeremy, and I made last week. We used what we had and made a mix of cucumbers, fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper, and a bit of balsamic dressing. Put that on toast and MMmmm. Cooking is always more fun when you have someone to do it with. Came out pretty well:

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