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A blog about our couchsurfing hosting experience and meeting people from all over the world in our.. living room. It's a little like traveling without moving and you're invited.

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  • Blast from the Past: 5 Swedish Hits
    on Jul 20, 2010 in Uncategorized
    The summer madness is catching up with us. Our couchsurfing schedule has been more than hectic and here we are, behind on documenting our experiences. I didn't get the chance to finish reading and writing about Sweden and Malmo and we already welcome...
  • Of Swedish Tables and Three Weird Letters
    on Jul 13, 2010 in Uncategorized
    As I am writing this, Thess is probably on a train to Malmö from Copenhagen, where she arrived on a plane from Skopje via Zagreb. We had the pleasure to host her twice over the past week - her first two days in Skopje and then (after a weekend i...
  • Pippi, Midsummer and a Whole Lot of Ice
    on Jul 10, 2010 in Uncategorized
    Some twenty years ago, one of my third grade (or second, can't be too sure) mandatory reading was Pippi Longstocking [...]...
  • Cake + Beer + Lemon
    on Jul 8, 2010 in Uncategorized
    During her afternoon in Shutka, Abi wandered into a local sweets shop and saw a big pitcher of icy cold chocolate-colored liquid, that she initially thought was Ice Coffee. When she asked the person that worked there if it is indeed coffee, he said "...
  • A Gypsy Lover in Heaven
    on Jul 5, 2010 in Uncategorized
    9:15 am on a Sunday morning. I am staring at the sleepy and hostile face of the guy working at the information desk at the Skopje train station, who, for the 3rd time tells me "5 more minutes, it is coming, I told you." I overdo it really;  the...
  • The non-Holland Netherlands
    on Jul 1, 2010 in Uncategorized
    I may owe some people an apology. There's probably not many of them, but still. The thing is, I distinctly remember using the word Holland for the country with Amsterdam as its capital. But in reading stuff after Stephanie and Sarah left, I ran into...
  • Snails, Islands and Timber-Frame Houses
    on Jun 28, 2010 in Uncategorized
    Guess what? Our couch finally did move a little:) Well not our couch per se, but we did. These past 5 days we've been at our 100yr old house in the mountains just up from Bitola, in the village called Magarevo which is just at the edge of one of Mace...
  • French/Syrian + Dutch/Brazilian = (Football+ Beer ) ^ 4
    on Jun 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
    Right in the middle of last week, a very refreshing multicultural wind blew through our house, temporarily alleviating the heat horror that was Skopje. While we were melting at temperatures dangerously approaching 40C and tried limiting our need to s...
  • Buskerfest, Beers and Bocce
    on Jun 13, 2010 in Uncategorized
    On their second day in Skopje, Elena and Maja successfully navigated the complicated public transport system towards Matka alone (which makes me go into another nail-biting frenzy when I think about the possibility that they get lost somewhere along...
  • First Ex-Yugoslav Guests
    on Jun 11, 2010 in Uncategorized
    Yes, in almost a year of hosting couchsurfers, and close to 30 guests from over 12 countries, this week and for the first time ever we hosted guests from another ex Yugoslav republic. You'd think we'd get more of them - after all, we're all in the ne...
  • An Eggplant and 3 Mangoes
    on Jun 7, 2010 in Uncategorized
    You know, Tal was not our first Israeli CS guest. As a matter of fact, when we first discovered CS (almost 2 years ago), we were originally thinking of traveling to Tel Aviv - I think it was around the time that Israel abolished visas for us Macedoni...
  • Photos from a White City, Full of Color
    on Jun 3, 2010 in Uncategorized
    The home city of our guest Tal, Tel Aviv, is 101 years old and its name literally means "hill of spring" (Aviv or Abib = spring, in Hebrew). Tel Aviv is the first all-Jewish city in modern history, first founded by some 60 families as a Jewish neighb...
  • 2 Macedonians and 1 Israeli at a Turkish Kurd's concert...
    on Jun 2, 2010 in Uncategorized
    Yes, it's been a while, but we were CS-less for 2 weeks! During this time, we traveled a bit ourselves (not too far, just to our house in the mountains and for a weekend visiting old friends and colleagues in Thessaloniki). While in Thessaloniki, I m...