he who practices hospitality entertains god himself

This weekend I had the extreme pleasure of hosting 2 CouchSurfers- Heather and Sherry. They are from Canada and are teaching English here in Korea, but they live several hours outside of Seoul. We spent less than 24 hours together but it sure was a joy to meet them and I am already making plans to visit them in Busan.
CouchSurfing, if you're not familiar with it, is a hospitality network. It's a way for people to travel affordably by staying with other CouchSurfers instead of in hotels and hostels. I might add that the benefits are more than just monetary. Staying with other people allows you to feel more connected. Meeting new people will always open your eyes to new things. And it's such a gift to be both on the giving and receiving side of hospitality. It's called "community" right? Such a beautiful thing!

We three girls shared some delightful conversation. We ate a very yummy American-style breakfast (I had peach pancakes!) and then we did some much needed clothes shopping. Good times!

I'm hosting again in 2 weeks and I am so excited! I also plan on CouchSurfing my way through most of Australia this summer. I'm so glad that I'm able to make hospitality part of my life no matter where I am. Check out the website!


When friends are at your hearthside met,
sweet courtesy has done its most
if you have made each guest forget
that he himself is not the host.
--Thomas Bailey Aldrich--

Let me live in my house by the side of the road, Where the race of men go by; They are good, they are bad; they are weak, they are strong, Wise, foolish,--so am I; Then why should I sit in the scorner's seat, Or hurl the cynic's ban? Let me live in my house by the side of the road, And be a friend to man.
--Sam Walter Foss "House by the Side of the Road"--


The Domestic Intellectual said...

I think Couchsurfing is a great idea and much like how I have traveled for years. I am on the website, and have had a few people stay with me, but I have not made use of the services yet. Had a woman from France stay with me for almost a week and she offered me a place to stay if I ever visit France, so I am thinking about it:-)

BTW, Andrew Sisson is heading to Australia at the end of the month and my roommate is currently in New Zealand for a few weeks and then taking 5 more in Laos. If you can afford it, now is the time to travel!

Anonymous said...

WHAT? You are going to the land down under? When did that arise? I wasn't in the loop about this one! I thought you would be home in June, just when are you planning to return? I hope you have a blast, but upon your return you must plan to give me a few hours of your time to catch up! It would be quite cool to run into Andrew in Australia when you actually live just miles apart (or used to)! Well, you have fun little girl! We'll leave a light on for you! Love and kisses, Sue