Just the other day I went for a bike ride for the first time in 13 years. Even back then I only have ridden the bike once on Magnetic Island in Qld Australia. When I tell people that I don’t really know how to ride a bike, people here in Europe just look at me blank in the face, then assumed I was just joking.
“Oh come on you never forget how to ride a bike” they say.
This is true. I did get on a bike and ride for 7 km, about near crying all the way. First lesson to anyone who get back on the bike after a long time, learn how to “BREAK” !!!
Anyway stacking a bike going down hill at 0.5km ph is not so bad, but stacking the bike with the bike on top of your left leg and then falling on top of the bike and knowing I have gained a few Kg is embarrassing and freaking painful. Luckily I only did that once.
Traveling make you try more things then if you were to stay in your own back yard. And not knowing the language is a challenge coming from someone who does not shut up. But I have learn how to think more before I speak or hand gestures here in Italy
Valentine’s day I went ice skating, and yes it has been years since the last time I did that to. Happy to say I only fallen down twice 🙂
I have been in Ballaria , near Rimini for over two weeks now and the place we are staying is on the second floor of a large three level house Italian style with a lift.
A three course meal is served every lunch and dinner. After every meal we have a small shot of espresso. I tell you what, Italian do know how to make a mean espresso.
I will miss this place, Matia and his families. I especially love the food conversations starting with… what is in this meal? Then his mum would run to the kitchen come back with a plant or a specific meat or ingredients and say it in Italian and I repeat the name in Italian and then I would say the name again in English.
Matia’s father is a civil engineer who also take care of a medium size hotel 10 mt away facing the East side of the beach. I remember his name only because the hotel is called “Marcus”
The room we stayed in is comfortable with a balcony and our own private bathroom Just like the hotel. They use the house for accommodation when the hotel is full in summer.
As for Matia’s mum… well she is the one taking care of her boys, shopping cooking and really is the back bone of this family. I really appreciate and respect how she keep her family together. All her cooking is amazing and most of the time is better then the restaurants we go to around here. The only exception is a wood fired pizza cooked at the Italian restaurant. You can expect to pay between 5 to 9.50 Euro for a good pizza around here. I was about to pass out when I saw that a bottle of 1.5 lt water at the supper market start at only .15 cents and a bottle of whiskey you can purchase for around 6 Euro.
The cost of me staying here? Zero. Of course we would help out with food and alcohol that we drank but overall with my living cost in Australia hitting $1500 pw just to survive the bills what I spend now is nothing.
So dear friends…. go on help a friend who is in need of a couch or floor or bed you just never know what karma gives you back in return.
My only advice to any new Couch surfing host, is to set the ground rule from the beginning. Have signs and instruction on toilet walls, and fridge. Especially when water is scares show them how to save water. Have a second fridge for them so that there is no confusion about who’s food it is and if you are happy to share then do so. Don’t forget it is your home and they will respect that if you are firm from the beginning. It is perfectly ok to ask them to help clean the house or water the garden but please have a list ready otherwise this can get confusing for people. Most couch surfers do want to help but instructions must be clear and precise.
It does cost a little bit to host people but the friendship that come from it is worth the investment.. wouldn’t you agree?
My experience with my Couch surfers had been mostly amazing.. I have learned a lot about myself/others and I have shared a lot about myself as well.
Whom ever had the chance to stay with our family get treated like family. No matter your background. I hope to have a home again one day soon after my travel to enjoy my experience hosting again, now with a even better view on life.
So for now Take care my dear friends and new family members.
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Hotel Marcus website: http://www.hotelmarcus.net/home.html So if you come down this way come and say hello to my new family and tell them that you know me or of me 🙂 I’m sure they will take care of you just as well. The rooms rat start at 34 Euro per person including breakfast, enjoy.