The Other Side of Couch Surfing
For 7 months we have been surfing Couches around the world. It has been amazing and we've met tons of awesome people. But we have always been the one surfing the couch. We have never hosted anyone.
Until this month.
Mid-May marked the 8th month anniversary since the beginning of our journey. And this whole month we've been staying in Chiang Mai, Thailand. We rented a nice serviced apartment called "The Grand Napat" and finally changed our Couch Surfing status to "Couch Available".
We have hosted people from Argentina, Canada, Wales and several from England.
I thought the experience would be different as a host. But in reality, it wasn't all that different. It was just as fun as surfing someone else's couch.
There were two couples from the UK that stayed with us for a few nights. After their stay they found some longer-term accommodation in Chiang Mai. But we still got together many times to hang out.
We went for pizza (several times... like every time... James and Stacey are obsessed with pizza), we had races in the pool, we watched sweet movies, we hung out with my friend Ploy from here in town, we played with tigers... and Paul and Alwen even helped doctor William up! (He should have already blogged about "being doctored up", but I won't steal this thunder).
It has been a fantastic month in Chiang Mai. And the whole time I've been working on web projects to fund the rest of our journey (and pay taxes...)
BTW - I should clarify the ambiguity in the last paragraph. I'm not funding William. He's still running on funding "from other sources". It sounds shady because it is. Just kidding... kind of. No really, I'm kidding... ;)
And in just a week and a half we'll be in Rome! And my sister and her husband will be there! And so will my good friend Alison from college! I can't wait! Europe will be so AWESOME!... and so stinking EXPENSIVE!
Side note: Since I've been working feverishly at web projects, I haven't been able to push out the Vietnam Special video series. I can't promise I'll be able to release it this week, but know that it is on it's way soon!