A chronicle of Alison and Ron's trip around the world in 2009-2010.

"Not all those who wander are lost"
- Tolkien

Monday, December 15, 2008


Ron and I recently joined the site couchsurfing.com so we could host guests for awhile before the trip and see if staying with people was a viable option.

We are both home-bodies and only averagely social so at first the thought of opening our home up was a little worrisome. It's already stressful working more then full-time and planning this trip. Also, we live in an open loft space so there are no doors and not a lot of privacy. But then if we wouldn't open our doors, why should we expect someone to welcome us later when we were on the other side?

I've browsed a lot of places, and people offer their couches up when they themselves don't have very much in the way of comforts. Isn't it weird that the more you have, the less you are willing to share? There are people with 5 bedroom homes and actual guest rooms out there that wouldn't dream of doing this. It's silly when you think about it. So all of you with couches and guest rooms, consider joining and spreading the love! Or if not you can just wait until Ron and I are back in the US, jobless and homeless, and need a place to crash for a night or two or twelve. We'll be good house guests, I promise! I can provide you with computer support and Ron will cook up some mean BBQ. It'll be a blast.


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