Is couchsurfing scary? An easier and safer alternative to enjoying local experience, meeting new friends and being shown around remarkable places is to get to know your local couchsurfers.
Staying at a stranger’s house in a foreign land is not the only way to do Couchsurfing. How else do we do this? Attend CS meetups! This year, I got to know more local couchsurfers by joining food trips. They have regular “Thirstday” meetups at 121 Bar in Makati. Until finally QC couchsurfers meet up at the famed Eat Street, Maginhawa which is my home.
Couchsurfing Foodtrip Stop #1 Maginhawa
The first food trip we had was on June 12 — the Independence Day holiday coupled with the International CS Day. Our first stop was having a mini-boodle fight at the Filipino jeepney-themed restaurant, Gerry’s Jeepney to get the feel of “Araw ng Kalayan”. Our table was filled with a lot of strangers. But it wasn’t hard to make friends at all. There were plenty of introductions and stories that filled the air.
We capped of the night by walking to Handuraw, located at Anonas Extension. It is actually one of our favorite places to chill because every Thursday to Saturday, they have a line up of great Filipino musicians and the place is not so crowded. Plus, the pizza is good! On one of those Thursday nights spent at Handuraw I got to sing live.
Couchsurfing Foodtrip Stop #1 Makati
The most recent food trip, our couchsurfing group went to Makati to try out the famous tsukemen (“dipping ramen”) of Mitsuyado Sei-Men, which is ranked as one of the best ramen restos in the Metro. It certainly did not disappoint! We tasted the bestseller, double cheese sauce tsukemen, which is ramen seasoned with parmesan cheese topped with cheese sauce to be mixed with the soup.
Even though it’s quite a hassle commuting to Makati night before a holiday, I have to say I really enjoyed the new setup. Mitsuyado Sei-Men has an interior of that of an old Japanese rural street where you expect samurais would walk in quite casually :)) We met familiar faces from the previous foodtrip, as well as new ones that night.
What’s great about these food trips is not just enjoying new places to dine in, but engaging in great conversations with people who have much to share. Couchsurfers I believe have the best, most non-pretentious insights on travel and adventure because they are open to new experiences such as these.
It truly feels like a reunion with a bunch of people you meet for the first time.