Chris had mentioned this website before we left for our trip called couchsurfing.com where total strangers can surf to find other total strangers and then spend the night on their couch. I was abhorred. What? You want me to spend the night with a stranger who could rob us or beat us or rape us? Are you insane? BUT, as the weeks have rolled by and I see our dollars wasted on crappy hostels, I thought what the hell. Plus, we had met some couples along the way that had talked about it and had great experiences. So, still leary, I went to the website. I have to give it to them, they calmed my fears. All my questions were answered. I set up a profile for us. It was kinda like EBAY, people rate each other after couchsurfing experiences and the more positive responses from other members, the better you look as far as hosting, or being hosted.
So, our first couchsurfing experience was in Munich. The Hostel rates doubled after the first two days due to Oktoberfest and were well out of our budget. Daniel took us in (along with 4 other poor hotel-less/hostel-less souls). We stayed with him for two nights and had a wonderful time. He trusted us with keys to his flat and offered up his computer and kitchen. We were also very lucky in that we were the only couple that we got the blow up mattress while others got the floor. He was great fun to talk to regarding travel stories. It truly gave us a positive opinion of the couchsurfing network along with fostering a sense of companionship amongst different nationalities. We are so gonna do this again!