I decided to embark on another Couchsurfing experience when I had two days to spend in St. Petersburg. I signed up for tours to the Hermitage and the Spilled Blood Cathedral on the second day, and we’ve nothing to do on day one. So, I decided to put up a request to “hangout” and get “shown around” by hosts willing to spend time doing such to strangers.
Couchsurfing is also a great way to get a local’s viewpoint on the city and region. It’s possible to ask at the tourists’ information kiosks, but they are in the tourist industry. You never know for sure if they are sending you to authentic place or a place that tourists go. While Couchsurfing, you may be introduced to a new drink, food or simply, a cartoon.
Then I met Christina. She’s new to Couchsurfing and we’re the first CSers she met in St. Petersburg. We had a very productive day. She took us to an art gallery and book and antique shops. As we walk around the city, we have been exchanging travel experiences to each other. She then invited us to her home, also a studio for creating her puppets.
We happen to have had a great time chatting about travels and such, but the most unforgettable moment from that day was getting acquainted with:
So, the day has passed and we didn’t even notice that it was already too late. She insist that we should stay the night and leave the earliest the next day. We all have slept next to each other (it was cold and heater is not working). So we did.
Overall, my Couchsurfing experience was great and I can’t wait to do it again. And the next time I have a permanent home I will definitely be hosting!
Some more from St. Petersburg on next post. Thanks for stopping by!