About 2 years ago I was meeting up with my friend Robert in Leuven, Belgium to catch up with a friend and also to ‘waste’ some time before meeting up with my mother in Copenhagen a few days later. He asked me before I arrived if I would care to couch surf with this guy in Cologne for our trip to Germany and I said ‘sure’. Him being in university and me living in New York, we were both low on cash so it seemed like a good idea.
We arrived to this guys house to surprisingly find ourselves with a private room with two beds inside. After some general chit chat (where do you live and do, etc) we set out to this restaurant where I had horse meat and had a few pints. The guy then took us to this unknown, only locals would know, place in the middle of this park where a club had popped up only for the winter, it was great. We all came home late that night fairly happy and needing some food in our belly. Our host thought it best to make a chocolate cake, I did not protest.
After staying two nights there I continued on my own to Hamburg where I found a host on my own and I guess the rest is history…
I never had the opportunity to give back until this week and am so happy to be able to host some travelers.
Tavor, Israeli, arrived on Wednesday. Yesterday we woke up early to go off on a 6 hour hike from Tung Chung to Tai O. The trail followed the coast line with the mountains above, it was amazing! Along the way we stopped to have lunch where I presented frozen strawberries, which tasted like sorbet, and he surprised me with a sandwich he made. We were sitting on these rocks across from these 3 Chinese guys. We all sat down at the same time and prepared our lunch and I just thought it was quite interesting that here we all sat in this one point coming from different places but our paths had crossed today (chime the drums)
As we were out hiking, Anthony arrived at my apt from Guyana. I left the key with security in my building so that he would not have to wait for us to get into the apt. It was quite odd having to ring my own doorbell. Once home and inside and we had a couple of beers and went grocery shopping where Tavor and Anthony went on to make me a traditional dinner from their home…it was quite nice.
The guys leave in 4 days to go in different directions and then I am hosting a couple from Belgium and two mainland Chinese girls for the New Year.
As I mentioned a few weeks back, school is out and therefore I will be blogging less words into this area as I do not have a computer at home..apologies.
I cam to school today during the downtime at my job where I am currently tutoring Hong Kong locals, and some mainlanders, on English. It has been going well so far but is bit of a mixed bag. Some of them just like to conversate while others want some more structure. As I have not taught before in my past it has become a bit of an eye opener of my limits and has pushed me to try harder. It is just a job but I actually get some satisfaction out of it. Knowing that the students who are with me are actually learning makes me quite happy.
Some things that I have learned about the Chinese…
They learn quickly and they doubt their skills way too much!