Couchsurfing is a huge multicultural community, created in San Francisco in 2003 for more friendlier and trustful world. By using the network, which covers more than 87,000 cities, registered users can request a couch for themselves to sleep during traveling, or mutually welcome travellers to their homes.
These photographs are about people I met and atmospheres I experienced when I ’surfed’ in Bristol, which is just half an hour away from my home in the UK. Exploring cities near to one’s home for few days is refreshing and important for fully understanding the country the one is living in.
During five weekends I was hosted by reliable and curious people, who were more than happy to show me around, share their food and one host even lent me a key to her house. All of them and other couchsurfers I met had a certain open-minded attitude towards me as a stranger, which I think to be the most important value of Couchsurfing. Willingness to participate to hosts’ activities was enough to gain their trust, and it provided a chance to get familiar with Bristol through locals’ daily lives and stories.
The whole series can be found from here.
Waiting is an ongoing process in our lives, and sometimes we have to wait for months before expected things can happen. That creates different kind of feelings from impatience to calmness. Commom phrase “carpe diem” says that one should live in the moment, but it can be difficult and boring when the highly waited near future is almost taking place.
People can feel quite similar feelings regardless to their age, cultural background or things that they are waiting for. But after all everyone still have to find their own ways to deal with those emotions and to be more patient.