Monday, June 26, 2006

In the shit

So, you need some background.

A couple of months ago, when reading the Travel section of the Guardian, I read about someone couchsurfing during their stay in Barcelona. If you're travelling and need a place to crash, you can contact willing hosts at the CouchSurfing website. We already have someone coming to stay with us in August for three days -- a vet student from the US who's arriving before her dorm's ready. He was kinda ok with that, though I told him, didn't really ask.

I love the concept: you can meet other people from different places, show them around your fair city (or not, you can be involved in as little or as much with the people as you'd like to be). Mostly, I like it cos it's cheap and travel is very expensive. I like the philosophy behind it, as well: learning from others, sharing. It's very socialist, which I don't think is a bad thing.

I don't think Boy is so down with it. I was looking for a place for us to stay during our French trip (particularly when we visit the Alps). He was happy at the thought of spending his holiday on someone's futon. I think he sees a holiday as a time for indulgence, and I can get what he's thinking. I, personally, think of it as a time to see as much as I can. So I don't want to spend money on accomodation. Well, it's like this: I'd rather spend nothing or everything on accomodation. There's nothing worse than a motel: the beds are all hard, never enough pillows, the bathrooms are usually very ratty. So I'd rather be in a very nice place, or someone's spare room. We share not the same philosophy.

So, how am I in the shit? Well, some guy was saying that he was going to come to Scotland for a visit, but coming in to Glasgow at midnight, would there be any place for him to stay? Offhandedly, I told him I was in Edinburgh and, if he was welcome to make the drive, he could stay. It's something you say! Now this guy's contacted me, saying thanks for the offer and he'll be at my house at 3 am on the 17th. Boy is going to kill me!

How do I get out of this one?


Anonymous Amah said...

I like the concept about staying for free but what does the host get out of it--except interaction and providing a free room? Your Pops probably would react like Matt. Fess up right away, get it over with. Is there any assurance that these aren't wanna-be continental-hopping Jack-the-Rippers?

Cousin Kena (Glady's younger daughter, was at Z's wedding) was in Savannah since Friday with baby problems (baby has encephalitis--brain inflammation). She's on bed rest till birth--4 to 6 weeks from now. Her doctor is out of the country so Macon Hospital sent her to Savannah, it's "sister" hospital. Didn't know until late yesterday. She's been released back to the Macon hospital. Will be going to visit her this weekend.

Monday, 26 June 2006 at 22:54:00 BST  
Blogger Zandra Towns said...

Chuckle, chuckle. yeah Ma is right fess up and keep a weapon near you at all times. I would be very paranoid at the prospect of having a complete stranger in my home for days on in. I do beleive that is the American in me speaking. I've been watching a lot of "crime stories " with my patient because he likes them but they are making me very aware of the duplicity of the human animal. So, be safe, eh?

Tuesday, 27 June 2006 at 03:34:00 BST  
Anonymous Blakely said...

I don't know what to do about the Boy -- even if he were keen on the idea of unknown houseguests arriving at all hours, I can see how he'd be peeved at not being told...maybe present it as something that took you by surprise as well? He'll still be mad that you issued the invite without thinking...but at least you can reassure him that it was cluelessness, not thoughtlessness that resulted in a stranger showing up in the middle of the night.

I totally dig the idea of hosting people, though...I'll have to check that out. Unfortunately, the place is always such a mess, I'd be ashamed to invite anyone. Maybe I should clean up!

And congrats on the job, btw. That really rocks!

Tuesday, 27 June 2006 at 18:50:00 BST  
Blogger Autumn said...

I've gotten out of it and Boy didn't have to commit a murder for me to do so.

Apparently, it's not something you say.

Wednesday, 28 June 2006 at 17:47:00 BST  
Anonymous Diana said...

Woot woot! I've been immortalized in a blog, I feel so noteworthy. I am that vet student, who is coming to Edinburgh in August, because I bought my plane ticket before I knew when the dorms would be ready. Couchsurfing is such a great idea, and I've met some friends from it already in my hometown. I think it's a great way to meet people and make friends- it really takes away the isolation sometimes experienced when traveling alone. (P.S. Autumn rocks, I can't wait to meet her!)

Saturday, 1 July 2006 at 22:08:00 BST  

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