No plans for summertime? Switch your apartment!

By | 9 July 2021
Really common way of spending summer is exchange houses. People from totally contrasting countries and culture, are meeting on line and decide to stay for few weeks in each other flats. Usually, they don’t know chosen town at all, they don’t speak the language, but sometimes colleagues of host are helping with adjustment. This sort of vacations is mainly popular in Esperanto circles, then speaking barrier is not a problem. Two students of this language, Paweł of Szczecin and Salman of Istanbul exchange their apartments. Let’s see what each one has to say about living for two weeks in totally different country.

Salman’s story

My name is Salman, I am thirty-four years old, and I came from Istanbul, Turkey. I was staying at Pawel’s apartment for two weeks, and it was my first visit to Poland. First, when I came, I was astonished about the weather, it was really hot night in July, and I was ready to wear sweater. I land at Gdansk’s airfield and then I take a railway to Szczecin. I was a bit afraid about reaction on my skin color, I was listening couple worrisome stories about intolerance of Polish inhabitants, but it was alright. Two friends of Pawel pick me up from main railway stop , and they assured me to take care of me in time of my stay. They also known Esperanto, and very good English, so conversations were easy. Next day, at the morning, I ate some polish brunch, prepared for my by Pawel’s roommate. It was tasty but very greasy – big pieceof scrambled eggs with ham and plenty of onion, served with white bread and butter. Later, I went to old district to see couple of heritages (click). I like European buildings, it so disparate then Turkish one. Szczecin has a lot of building constructed in nineteenth century, some Middle-Aged and Gothic cathedrals and nice parks and squares. The most I liked post office edifice, it looks similar like one of Harry Potter movie. Rest of my holiday I spend driving along seaside, tasting regional cuisine, meeting new, generally friendly citizens. I really enjoy my visit in Poland.

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Pawel’s story

Hi, my name is Pawel, I’m from Szczecin, I am 30 years old. I was visiting for two weeks in Istanbul, in apartment of my friend, which I met at Esperanto convention. I was very exited about my trip, I heard that Turkey is very fascinating country. I was staying in big, cozyapartment in the middle of old town. I was watching morning crowd, while having breakfast at balcony. I was bewitched by Istanbul. It is very beautiful city, with interesting history, and very chummy people (). First week I spend exploring the city, not just historical town with heritages, and spectacular Muslim architecture, but also city center with tallest skyscrapers I have ever seen.

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I stayed two days at one of local beaches, and it was to much people, but the temperature was delightful. Second week I was driving with my backpack trough some small (see small double bed) villages, knowing about culture, habits and language of citizens. It was very important experience for me.

Exchanging houses during holidays is a great deal, but just for courages people. Some travelers could be worried about unknown person staying in their flat, but if you meet your host on dedicated website, you are saved. So choose your host wisely, and have fun during your vacations.