Sunday, August 23, 2009

the delighted caravan lands on our doorstep

our most recent couchsurfers, marie and vincent, collectively
"the delighted caravan", landed on our doorstep last night. both are engineers in paris, and in late june they climbed into a camper van and left their jobs and home behind in france to travel for one year. they should hit greece by september and then they'll leave the van behind and head out on foot to india. yep, that means trekking through turkey, iran and pakistan on foot.

so we talked through most of the night about work, life, travel, language, couchsurfing, politics and all that stuff. and they taught us a great line - "j'en ai ras le cul les couchsurfers" - to use with our next french couchsurfers. well it's great assuming they have a sense of humor and don't get offended easily... oh, you can try the free online translators on this one, but they don't quite reveal the poetry of it.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

yuma salsero is in the house!

so there's this guy named yuma who is french salsa dancer and instructor and he's travelling around southeast europe and the balkans for 5 months organizing salsa workshops and public demonstrations - and making a documentary about the whole thing for french television.

he and the gang are taking a breather and staying with us here in budva before they head off to their next events in croatia.

sylvestre, the camera guy, is not a salsa dancer. he likes techno...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

bring it on!

let's see, what's happening in the couchsurfing world tonight? well, in the photo you've got mirko from serbia, me from the states, marcella from italy, zeljko from bosnia, and elodie and christian from france. and arriving later, fran the spanish guy and david from chile. that's 8. another late night. another dance party on the balcony...

a smattering of the nightly lineup
Bob Sinclair Love Generation

Juan Magan Mariah

Pitbull I know You Want Me

Monday, August 17, 2009

involuntary compassion

sigh. i annoy myself sometimes. it's crept up on me and i can't make it go away. involuntary compassion. compassion for the person who stole from me in such a prolonged, cruel and ugly way. sigh.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

gautier, gautier!

i'm particularly fond of hosting hitchhikers.

although the couchsurfing community is a pretty open, many people don't have the flexibility in their schedules to host someone who might arrive today, or maybe the next day, or... and when your hitching, that's just kinda the way it is.

so since i am ultimately flexible at the moment, i especially want to help out hitchhikers.

enter gautier, a reggae musician from amiens france travelling solo through the balkans for the summer. he's an eco-minded guy and after spending a little time with us, he's headed to my favorite place in the world, zelenkovac.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

the dance party continues

me and ivica down by the schoolyard. ok, actually, me and ivica up on the balcony, but whatever.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

the budding artist downstairs

our downstairs neighbors for the past couple of weeks, vanja, ivica and their son joban, are from podgorica, the capital of montenegro. joban did a portrait of zeljko the other night while we were hanging around on the balcony. not bad!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

and then came stacey and dave

out with the old, in with the new. after gloria and daniele vespa’d off into the sunset, in came stacey and dave.

stacey’s from connecticut, speaks mandarin chinese, has been couchsurfing since 2007, just finished school and is on her way to china to teach english for a year. dave’s from london, has hosted a gazillion couchsurfers there (been in since 2006), does volunteer work with the homeless, and pretty much wants to find an abandoned hollow volcano evil supervillian base to live in. hmmm.....

then, after an evening or two of local beer and fun conversation, they were off on the rest of their summer balkans tour.

Friday, August 7, 2009

gloria, daniele and the vespa tour

when i heard that gloria and daniele, 2 couchsurfers from bergamo italy, were travelling through eastern europe on a vespa scooter - well a knockoff made in india - i knew i had to host them.

ok, so they may be a bit crazy what with the whole travelling around on a little teeny motorscooter with two people and a bunch of luggage thing, but they're also pretty resourceful cooks and they managed to put together a yummy italian dinner for us despite our woeful lack ingredients...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

weird, just weird

look what i stumbled upon tonight.

it's kinda weird to see conan o'brien in budva, just squeezed in there amongst the montenegrin, serbian, croatian and german television shows...