Trip Start Apr 07, 2010
37Trip End Oct 11, 2011
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I arrived there, originally intending to spend a few nights. I waiting until afternoon to meet my host, Filip, a Polish guy studying Spintronics at uni here in Strasbourg. He was quite the outgoing fellow, and we went to a student restraunt to eat some traditional Alsacian food (which resembled a pizza, however with a white sauce on a crispy base, as well as ham, onions and cheese) before going back to his place. When we did, I was astonished my the size of it! The room was tiny - and that is all that it was. I have seen photos of students accommodation before, and sure the rooms are small - but this took it to another level. AND the fact that I was expected to somehow fit in there as well! I have no problems with small rooms or anything, I was just incredibly surprised by it that's all. He did have a sweet deal though - he was only paying €100 a month for this! The funniest thing about it was that on his CS profile, where it asks "max number of surfers" he had put 99..
It turned out though that I did not spend much time sleeping here anyway. That evening, he had invited a heap of his friends from uni to meet up and spend some time together. It turned out to be quite a fun night, with a very multi-cultural group of people. There were: 2 Polish, 2 Americans, 2 French, 1 Moroccan, 1 Romanian, and 1 Aussie (me) there. I got talking to the 2 American girls, Katie and Kendall, and they were traveling to Nancy, a small little town about 150km away, tomorrow morning. Katie had scored her mums car, who was working in Albania, as was driving around, so they invited me to come along. Sure, why not? Never give free transportation a miss!
So, as it turned out, I did not spend much time on Filip's "couch," only a few hours, as I had to get up early the next morning. His couch consisted of an aluminum sheet for insulation, and a picnic rub to soften the hardness of the tiled floor. Needless to say, it wasn't the most comfortable of couches - but hey, beggars can't be choosers right?