My CS profile http://www.couchsurf...eople/sleepkyng
Places i've surfed couches:
Argentina, USA, Italy, France, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia, Russia, Poland, Portugal, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Tunisia - i think that's all of them.
in st. petersburg, russia, there was some SKETCHY shit goin down with my CS hosts, the guy in broken english was like "they want to come and take me, but i won't go, and i am here, i am here with olga and i am safe for now"
we were drinkin vodka and he just told me how fucked up the russian army is and how they basically abduct guys in their 20s and nearly kill them.
in Hefei, China, I got dragged into a night club with these three girls who were either hookers or just gold diggers but the kept trying to tear my clothes off and get at me, all the while, my middle aged australian host was just like "go for it, it's Hefei, anything goes" and i was like 'uh no aids or herpes please, peace' and ended up walking the streets until i found a 24 hr pool hall - played with a bunch of drunk ass businessmen.
in Toezur, Tunisia - my host was actually amazing in Tunis, probably the nicest guy i've ever met, that was my first experience with real arab hospitality - this guy's trying to buy all these things for me as a way to welcome me to his country, i'm the first american he's ever seen blah blah blah - then I left his place and went to Toezur to see the Sahara and ended up walking this 20km trek with this Bedoin who tried to con me out of my cellphone in exchange for guiding me back to the bus stop - THAT - i got up in his shit and said I'd registered with the police (which was a lie) and we eventually settled on a small fee ($5)
there's loads of stories, i can honestly say that i've never felt in danger doing couch surfing, though some experiences are better than others. In thailand, my girlfriend at the time and I were treated like royalty by our host, she even came and picked us up at the airport in bangkok, left us with the keys to her apartment for a week etc.
it's really just about being open and willing to be polite and accomodating - it's not quite so much about just a free room.
How do you deal with language barriers?