Not quite ready to fully dive into Couchsurfing by crashing at someone's apartment, my friend and I chose to find an event to attend when we went to Ireland.
And that's how we ended up in a crowded pub in Dublin at 10:45 in the morning on St. Patrick's Day. People from all over the world were there - France, America, England - coming to celebrate the Irish holiday.
The sense of having a place to belong was overwhelming. Here I was in Ireland, where I didn't know anyone, and I had a whole group of friends and fellow expats that were there to support me, offer up their advice and share a memory.
I learned that day, that those memories are better shared, too.
Whether that moment is with a stranger whom you are standing in line with or a bff since high school, shared memories can transcend cultures, geographical space and time in order to connect us with our fellow humans.
And it leaves the world a happier place, knowing that somewhere out there is someone you shared a smile with.
That's just one of several values held by Couchsurfers:
- to share your life
- create a connection
- offer kindness
- stay curious
- leave it better than you found it
From that point on, I got it, and Dublin was the springboard from which I jumped headfirst into Couchsurfing, (which I explained more here).