Berlin - Benin by car
The first couchsurfing journey took me by car from Berlin, Germany to Cotonou, Benin following half Egyptian, half German Amin on his trip through foreign living rooms. From Germany to Morocco Amins female, German friends Mareike and Ines were sharing car and couches with us. Across the distance of about 12.000 Km driven in five weeks we crossed the borders of Germany, France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina-Faso and Benin. On this trip we visited 14 regular members of hospitality networks. At least one in every country we crossed.
Hitchhiking across the USA
In the USA I followed the hitchhiking couchsurfers Amandine from France and her friend Carrie from California. We met in New York City to cross the Country by extended thumbs all the way to Los Angeles, California. In New York we had company of Amandines French friend Laetitia. Across the distance of about 7.000 Km we visited 6 members of hospitality networks in New York City, Washington D.C. , Chicago, Memphis, Elgin near Austin / Texas, El Morro / New Mexico and Los Angeles.
Marshrutka riding in Central Asia
Kirin, a Sikh with Indian roots from New Zealand helped me to find my way to the mostly invisible bus stops of the more or less informal system of private owned public transportation called “Marshrutkas” in Central Asia. With this shared taxi like mini busses we started in the really high Pamir mountains in Tajikistan, to cross Kyrgyzstan for ending up in southern Kazakhstan. In 5 weeks and across the distance of about 3.000 Km we stayed with 9 full members of hospitality networks. In Tajikistan we enjoyed the company of Ben and Tom from England.
Crossing Brazil by Bus and Plane
Through the enormous country of Brazil I spend plenty of time sitting in Bus chairs next to my couchsurfing navigator Camillo from Italy. On this classical Backpacking trip across the distance of about 12.000 Km in around 4 weeks we stopped over in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Sao Sebastiao, Blumenau, Cuiabá, Goianía, Pirinopolis, Brasilia and Sao Luiz. In total we stayed with 8 hosts we have never heard about before.
Trainhopping in India
No worries, Jieun from Korea, Algerian Fouzia from France and me respected the crazy Indian bureaucracy and bought our train tickets legally, waiting for it in incredible cues. We didn’t have to spend too much on them anyways, because our trip was only about 2.000 Km long. We started it in Mumbai, continued to Pune, Hampi, Sirsi / Karnataka, Calangute and Patnem / Goa. Because we where in no hurry and we only had 4 weeks to go we only saw a very tiny part of incredible India guided by 6 strangers that rapidly turned into new friends.