If you were wondering what we did the past week or so, well… we had fun! We spent an amazing time with a jolly family in Maryland, pretty close to Baltimore. Victoria was looking for some help around her cozy family house, mostly with painting, but I think we did a bit more than just that. At first we wanted to spend about a week, but we ended up staying a bit more, since we liked it a lot and she also fed our need for exploration. I would have stayed even more if John was not waiting for us, and the visa was not an issue.
She and her two children are board games fans and even had some of my favorite fun games: Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Carcassone. I’ve learnt a few others as well! And among the days in the garden or around the house, Victoria took us to the ocean for a day. It was one of the best days so far and also my first time driving an automatic car – a Honda Element (About the trip, here). One other day she lend us the car and a couple of bikes to go to Washington D.C. (pictures and story here). And one last trip with her other car to Annapolis for 4th of July fireworks.
And as an active CouchSurfing host, her house got a few travellers stopping by. We met Dion for the first days, then Emanuel from Cali, and a couple of bikers going to DC from New York. On the last night we briefly met a guy, Leopold, traveling around in a van and whose warm hugs and interesting views upon the universe and the energy vortexes sparkled a few exciting conversations which ended up in tears of laughter.
We felt like home at her place. We went shopping together, we ate together (stuff that I would not know how it’s even called, or if it’s fruit or vegetable) and experienced new things or better said new ways of doing things (shopping for paint and groceries, connecting ceiling ventilators, installing a thermostat, fixing a few things around the house I touched for the first time, etc.). This was the best cultural experience one can wish for in a foreign country. I can only hope that our future helpx hosts will offer us at least half of what we got from Victoria and her family.
And to make it a truly unforgettable experience, we received a hand-made camera cover, which we’re going to use proudly!