I knew about Couchsurfing three years ago, it appeared in a magazine and I researched to learn more about this new way of meeting people and different cultures at the same time.
I fell in love with this method, so I tried to experienced it here in Argentina but I was not so sure to be a guest, so I contacted people from Tandil (which was my first solo trip) to hang out with me and take me to visit the city. I met a wonderful couple that in that time were expecting their first child, and I also met two friends who took me to know the city in a very funny way.
After that amazing experience, I knew that I had to move forward to the next step, so I wanted to become a guest.
When I knew that I was going to travel to Bath I decided that I wanted to experience Couchsurfing there so I contacted Anu, a finnish girl who was living there, and the accepted my request. I spent 3 amazing days at her house in Bath, she was so lovely and a really open minded person with such interesting thoughts about life that I felt really happy to have had this first experience with her, who then came to my place to stay for 2 days.
But again, after that great experience I wanted to follow the next step: become a host.
Last week I received my first Couchsurfing request to be a host and I accepted it, so on Friday Holly arrived home full of expectations about the city. Buenos Aires is really beautiful so I wanted to show her the different parts of it that are more traditional and that explains better why we are who we are. I think that I did a good job, but she's the one who must rate me, so I'm not going to say anything else.
The thing is that with Couchsurfing you have this unique opportunity to meet people from all over the world in your own place, you don't have to travel so far to host a canadian, a russian or an indian person. They can come to you and show you a little bit of their cultures while you show yours.
The best part of this is that your flat isn't a hostel, so you must share some time with your guest and your guest must spend some time with you. You have to meet each other, share things, talk about your cultures, your thoughts about life, because that's the richest part of this method of accomodation. It's not just a place to stay, is a way of living in which all of you can win something that is better than money, you win experience, you win life.