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May 24th, 2007 – by: wanderlass
Couchsurfing was introduced to me by none other than dear Amanda. It was like "switching on a light bulb" when I first learned about it. It's one of the most brilliant concept ever and I just can't wait to get into it, that's why a few days after being a member, I've organized the Manila members and met up with a visiting traveler.
As the plane descends to Barcelona, I was in high spirit peeking out the window--the ocean and shore looks very welcoming. The innumerable swimming pools suggested great sunny weather in this part! I'm loving Barcelona already!
My host is Jaume. He hosted hundreds of couch surfers and have lots of positive references in his profile. It's the reason why I didn't hesitate one bit to contact him even if he's a guy and it's my first time to couchsurf.
The Barcelona airport is not big considering the number of tourists they host throughout the year. The tourist info booth is available to hand out very good (accurate) city map for free. It shows all the star attractions and metro stations. Because Jaume is not available until 8pm, I have some time to roam which I did at Plaça Catalunya. I have to metion that my bag has gotten bigger since I arrived. My original carryon is replaced by a medium size bag (also with wheels and handle) courtesy of RB. I swear I only did very little shopping, but somehow my stuff wouldn't fit the old bag.
Finally, I arrived at Jaume's place. I was surprised and impressed to see that his place is so small, yet he is so generous to still want to share it with travelers. He has 2 teen boys who were glued to their computers the whole time that I was there.
Jaume is a full blooded Catalan who gave me a good lecture on how Catalan is different from Spanish and how they have their own language (not dialect) and more. It is the most interesting part of couchsurfing--getting to know the local of the city.
That night he took me and another one of his couchsurfer to a jazz place that plays Brazilian music. I wanted to buy Jaume a drink and almost fainted to find that a small cava that was 3euro at the cafe earlier, now priced at 8euro! Later he drive around the city and showed us some Gaudi architecture by night.
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