About a month ago, I stumbled upon a website called Couchsurfing is social networking website that provides opportunities for members to explore and create meaningful connections with the people and places they encounter.

Personally, I’m very happy to see that this concept has been acknowledged, appreciated and accepted by a huge online community. Living overseas has been a great experience for me and I’m eager to share the experience with others. I am always willing to give my couch to a friend or an acquaintance if they’re traveling nearby, so why not take it a step further by joining CS?

But let me be clear, CS isn’t about using someone for their couch, it’s about the experience of meeting different people, enjoying one anothers company, sharing knowledge and finding common ground.

So with that said, let the CouchSurfing begin!


Donato learns how to use straws as chopsticks.

Donato learns how to roll his own cigarette.

An Italian CouchSurfer from Puglia contacted me July 29th via Couchsurfing to see if he could stay in Monza for a couple of days while he completes a paramedic course. This was the very first Couch Request I ever received so I was nervous, yet keen to say, “SURE!” after reading HANDFULS of positive reviews left by others in the Couchsurfing community.

After accepting the request, I may or may not have had second guessed myself… but I’m happy to report that I had a POSITIVE experience as a CS Host to Donato.

He arrived at Monza Station on August 4th and after spending some time with Donato, it was clear that he enjoys using CS experience as a way to connect with others. He is full of life, very charismatic and is able to communicate with others regardless of any communication barrier (yes, we spoke Ital-lish for the majority of his stay until one of us gave into the others language haha). Overall, I can honestly say that I was lucky to have had Donato as my first “official” CouchSurfer. He made this experience very enjoyable; future CouchSurfers can thank him for confirming my trust in the CS Vision & Mission.

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