CouchSurfing is as great as actual surfing.
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My second day in São Paulo is one that changed my life. I had been told by a friend that they would be able to arrange somewhere for me to stay, but unfortunately it didn’t pan out, so on Tuesday I needed to scramble for somewhere to stay. I really didn’t have the budget to stay in the hostel, so I went to couchsurfing.com and put in an emergency request on the last minute couch page in São Paulo.
I got my first reply at 10:21, “Hi Elke I saw your request on CouchSurfing. I can host you, how long do you need a couch and when are you coming to Sao Paulo? Hugs
This was the first contact I had with Clovis, he arranged to come an pick me up at the hostel at 1pm. He was on time, and as soon as I met him, I liked him. He told me that his partner Carlos was at home cleaning the house in readiness for my visit.
The three of us sat on their veranda and chatted most of the afternoon, before jumping back in the car for a little drive around São Paulo at night. Being Tuesday, the regular SP CouchSurfing meeting was being held at the Açai Beach Bar, but none of us knew the address, so we drove around a bit looking, all I remembered was the closest train station, which I guess was a bit of a start. We called one of their friends from the car and got an address, but when we found a park and walked to the address, we found it was a parking station, really, we did need parking earlier, but now we want a bar.
We eventually found the bar and went in. We noticed a few people with tags on and I thought these must have been CouchSurfers, but the tag didn’t actually say ‘CouchSurfing’ so we didn’t know. We pulled up a chair and Carlos went off to the bathroom. He came back and told us to follow him. We walked through the bar to the back and through a curtain and there was the CouchSurfing get together. There were so many people. We got our tags, mine was written in green ink and had my first name and my country of origin.
I drank the yummiest caipirinha this night. It was made from açai. Some of you won’t know what açai is, so let me try to tell you. It’s a berry that is grown in South America, it comes from a palm tree and it’s delicious. I have eaten it as a frozen pulp in Porto Alegre. It’s considered to be very healthy for you. So I figured that drinking an açai caipirinha would even things out for me. I didn’t feel the affect of the vodka from the two drinks I had, so maybe it worked.
We went back home and I spent my first night on the couch of Clovis and Carlos, which was a couch but it folded out into a bed, and I was in a room so didn’t need to sleep in the lounge room. I had my own bathroom as well. I couldn’t have been more comfortable is I had booked into the Sheraton Hotel.
My second day in São Paulo lived up to all the expectations I had as I was waiting for the bus to take me there from Curitiba. 2012 has started perfectly.