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Peter from Germany, 21.1.2003
Movies, trains and talks in India
A trip to India last fall was my first occasion to try out Hospitality Club.
So I contacted Adam*, who lives in Mumbai. We exchanged a few friendly
emails, and eventually my friend and I met him in the city. We walked to a
cafe and had a nice conversation about his and our life and the best dosa in
This little dinner date was all we had planned since we already
had an accomodation in town. But Adam* invited us to show us his
apartment and to watch a movie at night. To watch a Hindi movie with a local
expert was an irresistable offer for us, so we decided to go with him. He
showed us how to survive a ride in the crazy local trains. We had tried to
ride those trains before, but you really need special knowledge to be
successful at it!
Adams* apartment was a small, but clean and cozy place where we met his neighbor and friend. The four of us went out to see a (pretty awful, but we had only limited choice) movie, and after returning to
his place we spent hours talking about computer science, globalization, love
and marriage. It was so much fun and totally interesting to talk to him!
At around 3am or so, we were tired, so he let us sleep in his room while he took his matress and slept in the living room. The next morning he made us a coffee, and we took a Riksha back to center city. I was really surprised how unproblematic and comfortable it is to meet a total stranger from a different cultural background! As it seems, we have such a broad common base
that there is just no space for embarrassment.
This experience convinced me of the Hospitality Club in two ways: 1. It makes it so easy to meet
interesting people who share your idea of uncomplicated hospitality. 2. It
brings you so much closer to the ideas, the values, and the worldview of the
people who live in the country that you visit. So, as far as I'm concerned,
there won't be any voyage without Hospitality Club any more! :o)
(*name changed to protect anonymity)
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