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No plans for summertime? Switch your apartment!

Really popular way of spending holiday is exchange houses. People from totally different countries and culture, are meeting on line and decide to stay for few weeks in each other apartments. Most of the time, they don't know destinate town at all, they don't know the language, but sometimes friends of host are helping with adaptation. This sort of travel is mostly famous in Esperanto circles, then language barrier is not an issue. Two teachers of this language, PaweĊ‚ of Szczecin and Salman from Istanbul exchange their houses. Let's see what each one has to say about living for two weeks in exactly different culture.
Salman's story

My name is Salman, I am 34 years old, and I came from Istanbul, Turkey. I was staying at Pawel's house for 2 weeks, and it was my first visit to Poland. At the beginning, when I came, I was surprised about the weather, it was really hot evening in July, and I was ready to wear jacket. I land at Gdansk's airport and then I take a train to Szczecin. I was a bit worried about reaction on my skin color, I was hearing few distressing stories about racism of Polish inhabitants, but it was fine. Two friends of Pawel pick me up from main railway stop , and they promised me to take care of me in time of my stay. They also spoke Esperanto, and really good English, so chats were nice. Second day, at the morning, I ate some polish breakfast, prepared for my by Pawel's roommate. It was delicious but very greasy - big portionof scrambled eggs with ham and plenty of onion, served with white bread and butter. Later, I went to old district to see few of heritages ( I like European buildings, it so disparate then Muslim one. Szczecin has plenty of building raised in 19th century, few Medieval and Gothic churches and lovely parks and squares. The most I loved post office structure, it looks the same like one from Harry Potter movie. other part of my vacations I spend driving along seaside, eating regional cuisine, meeting new, generally friendly people. I very enjoy my visit in Poland.
Author: Bernal Saborio

Pawel's story

Hi, my name is Pawel, I am from Szczecin, I am 30 years old. I was staying 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 living in large, snugapartment in the middle of old district. I was watching morning bustle, while eating brunch at balcony. I was charmed by Istanbul. It is very beautiful city, with interesting history, and very friendly people (enter this page). First week I spend discovering the city, not just historical town with heritages, and monumental Arabic architecture, but also new town with tallest skyscrapers I have ever seen.
I spend 2 days at few of city beaches, and it was to much people, but the weather was delightful. Second week I was driving with my rucksack trough few small villages, learning culture, customs and language of villagers. It was very important experience for me.

Switching houses during holidays is a great deal, but just for courages ones. Some tourists could be worried about unknown person living in their flat, but if you find your host on special website, you are protected. So select your host wisely, and have fun during your holidays.

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