The experiences you get when couchsurfing are great, experiences you would never come across just staying ina hostel or hotel. We've made so many great friends, been hosted by so many open minded fantastic people, had the worlds most interesting conversations and each and every one of our hosts have made such an impact to our experience!
We've certainly had some crazy times, from bungee jumping, to English guys teaching us how to play tennis. From cooking classes to yoga classes. From ice skating to drinking in a hundred or so pubs. From having the best conversations to deep emotional times, with people you just met a day or two ago! We've been to a 4th of July party, a Toga party, a party in a cinema, a party where most guys ended up naked :S We've been to poker nights, tea houses and well, more pubs! We get the local perspective,we meet the local friend groups, we hang out in the local bars where the tourists are far away.
We've been given such hospitality along the way, and we have couchsurfing to thank. It has opened our minds and made us so trusting of the world. We are so excited to go home and open up our couches for travlers coming out to Melbourne, and can't wait to show the hospitality that everyone has shown to us :)
SO to the following people, i just wanted to say a HUGE thank you :)
Ginie, Brighton. Alan & Mark, Bath. Chris, Leeds. Zac & Tina, London. Alejadro, Toulouse. Patricia, Montpellier. Matt, Lyon. Gonzalo, Paris. Sam + filip, Brugge. Didier, Gent. Martina, Brussels. John, Amsterdam. Lennart, Den haag. Carlos, Barcelona. Mario, Valencia. Eric, Granada. Christian, Venice. Phil, Belfast Natalie, Belfast Julien, Cork
Zoe and her girls, Dublin Nuno, Glasgow Angie, Edinburgh
Melanie + Lorenz, Augsburg Andrew, Augsburg Taskin and Sabirye, Istanbul
Nasko, Plovdiv Bobi + Deyana, Sofia Bobi + Ivan, Ruse Tudor, Brasov
Lisa, Oradea Geza, Budapest Pettka, Bratislava Lucasz, Krakow
Bartek, Warsaw Philipp, Vienna Bernie, Innsbruck Pius + Andrea, zurich
We walked into everyone of the above peoples life with our big silly blue backpacks and each of them have taken us into their home with open arms. With some hosts it felt like, that when we were leaving, it was like saying goodbye to an old friend we'd known for years. It was so lovely to have such a personal touch to our trip :)