Brezplacno + zabavno = Couchsurfing

Pozdrav iz Portlanda, najvecjega mesta v zvezni drzavi Oregon. Preidimo k bistvu 🙂
Na letalisce sem prispel ob treh popoldne in hvalabogu samo en vlak oziroma ena linija vodi v mesto, tako da ni bilo moznosti da bi se izgubil 😉
In tu se zacne moja prva Couchsurfing izkusnja. To je spletna stran, kjer ljudje s celega sveta nudijo popotnikom brezplacno spanje na njihovem kavcu.
V mestu me je pricakal moj prvi couchsurfing gostitelj John Smith, vem zelo nenavadno ime za ZDA 😉

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Moj prvi surfing couch 🙂
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Applebees, restavracija z odlicnim lososom in vrhunsko postrezbo.

Skupaj sva se odpravila do stanovanja, kjer sem odlozil svoje stvari. Se dobro nisva vstopila je ze skocil do hladilnika in ven potegnil ledeno mrzlo pivo, malo sem se ze ustrasil, kaj pa ce je ta John zmozen brat misli 😉 To je bil prvi znak, da se bova dobro razumela.
Potem sva se odpravila na ogled mesta, v bistvu je bilo kot bi imel privat vodica, saj je zelo dobro poznal zgodovino mesta in vse to znanje z veseljem delil z mano. Cas je bil za vecerjo, seveda je John izbral restavracijo, vendar preden sva vstopila je rekel: Rad bi da se nekaj razcistiva preden vstopiva, da ne bo nepotrebnega kreganja. In to je, da vse dokler si moj gost, je placevanje zate prepovedano.
Pa resnici povedano ga niti nisem poskusal prepricevat v nasprotno. Se pa je seveda v meni prebudil obcutek hvaleznosti,…
John mi je predlagal naj poskusim nekaj po cem slovi Portland, zato sem se odlocil za lososa, ceprav nisem velik ljubitelj morske hrane, sem bil nad izbiro navdusen.

Vceraj pa sem odpravil po nakupih se vse potrebne opreme: sotor, spalna vreca, gorilnik itd,..Eno izmed teh pa lahko vidite tudi na FB profilu 😉
Ker pa vozicka, ki sem ga imel namen kupit niso imeli na zalogi, pricakujem da mi ga bodo vsak cas dostavili in da bom lahko se ujel ob 18:35 avtobus ki vozi do Astorie in bom lahko dejansko jutri zjutraj po vasem casu ob stririh popoldne pricel z hojo!!

Greetings from Portland, the largest city in Oregon State. Let’s get to the point

I arrived at the airport at 3 p.m. and luckily only one train – one line – leads to the city, so there was no chance I could get lost

And this is where my first Couchsurfing experience starts. It is a website where people from all over the world offer travelers a free night on their couch.

I was awaited in the city by my first Couchsurfing host, John Smith – yes, I know, a very unusual name for the USA

Together, we went to the apartment, where I could put down all my things. We haven’t even entered properly yet, when he already jumped to the fridge and took out an ice-cold beer. I got a bit scared, thinking this John-fella might be able to read minds   This was the first sign that we’ll be getting along very well.

After this, we went on a tour of the city; it was actually like having a private guide, because he knew the history of the city really well and he was happy to share all this knowledge with me. After that, it was time for dinner. Of course, John picked a restaurant, but before we entered, he said: I want to make something clear before we enter, so there are no unnecessary discussions. And that is, as long as you are my guest, you are forbidden to pay for things.

Honestly, I didn’t even try to convince him otherwise. It did, of course, bring up a feeling of gratefulness inside me …

John suggested I try something Portland is famous for, so I decided on salmon, and even though I’m generally not too crazy about seafood, I loved what I had chosen.

Yesterday, I went shopping for all the necessary equipment: tent, sleeping bag, camping stove etc. You can also see a part of my equipment on my Facebook profile

However, since they didn’t have the wagon I wanted to buy on stock, I expect it to be delivered any moment now and hopefully I will still be able to catch the 6.35 p.m. bus to Astoria, so that I can actually start walking tomorrow morning – 4 p.m. European time!!

So, my next blog will be posted after I have already walked a few kilometers

 

Oli Walker

Translated by Mateja Strmšek

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