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Hosting Cyclists from across the world has been such a beautiful experience for by husband and I. To listen to stories of big dreams being realized is a beautiful thing.
I know what you mean. Always a joy to have a new rider pedal up and hear their stories and share some hospitality
So true. Some people ask us what do we get from hosting cyclists (and by get of course they mean something material) and our answer is always that we get the satisfaction of contribuiting with someone to achieve their dreams as well as creating a more liveable and friendly world which will also benefit us as we live in this world.
I think I will start a Facebook post from this.
What do I get from hosting others? Well, I was hosted by several folks back in the 1980's when I was cycling across the country. These experiences shape me into the man I am today. The simple interactions gave me a huge sense of gratitude and molded me into my present career (psychotherapist helping others). I grew up in a household where the doors were always closed, and learned there is more joy in life when you open your doors to others.
I have a great life filled with friends and family; BBQ's and kayaking. Why not share these with those cycling downtime coast?
When guests ask how they can pay back for what they have been given, I tell them to someday just "pay it forward". And keep it going on!
I'm not a cyclist, I Just love to host people and especialy cyclists. They are a special kind.... � Easy to please and happy with little.
I like to meet people from all over the world. To hear about cultural differences, to learn some new recipies, to see some pictures.
It also opens my eyes to some of the prejudices I have. Like the time when this couple showed up covered in tatoos and piercings and I was a bit shocked, but they were so great. I wasn't even aware of my prejudice, but now I knew and could chance it.
It is also nice to show off my city and show them the neighborhood. It gives me so much plesure to host.
Tomorrow we will welcome our frist guests after the winter and I look forward to it. Hope we will have many more..
The best thing about hosting is the friends we make. Always end up richer for it.
I get to make some new friends! Quite often a reason to ride my bike, as I try to ride out and meet my guests, and usually ride away, leading them out of town as well. Often I get a chance to show of my city, cause I offered them a day off the bike. Besides that, some awesomely great conversation, and learn about their country if it applies.
My article about what I get out of it.
Also I get to ride my bike everyday with them for 30km or so when they leave :) I always enjoy that!
Get to meet new people, people that think it's possible to cycle anywhere and that is never a dull feeling for me.
Bicycle should rule the world!
The neighbours at my apartment ask me what I "earn" from hosting people. Well, nothing, except that it changed my life forever! Being together with people who are trying their best to live their passions, altered my world-view completely, and thanks to the inspiration they'd added me, I took a 3 months cycling trip myself, which I wouldn't even think about before.
The second Warmshowers request I received was beginning like "Hello Kerem, we are Louise and Lysenne, a Canadian couple, and we are having the the time our lives". Oh boy, with WS, I was introduced to a society completely foreign to me.
Some colleguages at my company ask me if I'm not afraid of my tv or stuff stolen from the house. Oh that doesn't worry me at all - WS has already enrichent my soul more than what a tv or anything costs. I've benefited so much from this community that a lost tv is just a stratch comparing to what I've gain.
One thing I gained as materials tough is forgotten -single- socks in my apartment - I could open a small single-socks-shop, or better, a museum with those.
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