A free flat in Villach
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I arrived in Villach (pronounced fee-lack)just across the Austrian border around 5:30 in the evening, just as it was starting to get dark. I called Stefan, who was to be my couch surfing host as soon as I figured out how to use the phone. All I got was his voice mail. I left a message saying I would call him back at 7:00 PM.
If you don't know about “Couch Surfing” its a web site that connects travelers with people willing to let them sleep on their couch (or spare bed or whatever). Here is Stefan's profile.
I e-mailed him and he agreed to let me stay.
I put my suitcase in a locker at the train station and proceeded to have a look around Villach on foot.
I called Stefan again at 7:PM and this time he answered. He said he was at a seminar for his work, and wouldn't be available until 9:PM, “Could you make yourself comfortable and maybe have a beer until then?” Sure. After all, there was the Brau Haus just down the street.
At the brew pub I ordered “5 different pasta dumplings” each stuffed with something different. One had cheese, one had some type of deviled meat, one had spinach, and the other two....well, I'm not sure, but I ate them anyway.
I called Stefan at 9:PM and he picked me up at the train station. He has two “flats”. The new one he hasn't really moved into yet, so it just had a mattress on the floor, and his original one, he stays in with his girlfriend until the end of the month, when she goes to India.
He let me stay in the new one, the only problem is the water heater is on the blink, and there is not hot water for a shower. The good news is I got about 9 hours of much needed sleep.