January 23, 2009

İzmir CouchSurfing Meeting
Bornova, Turkey

Onur and his flatmate Selçuk both came out with me to a huge CouchSurfing meeting in downtown İzmir tonight.

Lots of smoking on the part of the participants, but the amount of energy was absolutely amazing. There must have been over 30 people there—both Turks and travelers from all over the place—with maybe eight or so girls in the mix (that were never hurting for conversation, if you catch my drift).

In the neon-blue twilight of the bar I met a frugal 67-year-old backpacker (and an occasional CouchSurfer) named Jim, from Portland, Oregon. (You can take a peek at his intermittently-updated blog here)

Jim's memorable quote for the evening: "The only people that get bored [traveling] are boring people."

Comments:

Turkey

faruk

August 28th, 2010

I want to participate in this meetings. when is the next meeting up?

Peru

Craig | travelvice.com

August 28th, 2010

Faruk: You'll want to keep an eye out in the message forum for the city: http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=1760

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