Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My first french dude

I was introduced by a friend to a French dude, Patrick by the name, whom he "met" via couchsurfing website. Couchsurfing is almost like facebook except that it serves the backpackers community. It is indeed a great offering for those who wish to experience the distinctive way of live of the local people and their cultures and norms , let alone to cut cost.

The three of us hosted Patrick. It's a 4D 3N trip. We provided him a place to stay and showed him around the places. He is a French but he speaks very fluent english, to which I presumed the otherwise at first and that I would have some problems communicating with him. He is at his early of 50s and in a very good physical shape. He is an archeologist, rare enough? He could even tell that there's a mistake with regard to the date the Dutch Fort being listed as Heritage of something. Well, he may be wight. We brought him to the newly open Galery of Pangkor. He seemed to have great deal of interest on the ceramics and writings on which many of us have almost zero interest. Really interesting it is.

Despite the huge difference in age, generation gap wasn't even an issue for us. It had been very nice, informative and enjoyable to chat with him. We had some real good chats by the cliff, on the rock facing the sea at night, over meals, during swimming, at home and etc. Exchange of ideas is really the thing which I have vast interest in and this time, it was with a Caucasian. Our topics were so broad, from the stories about his 30D India trip, couchsurfing experience, the European's stuffs, the field of archeology to whatever stories of ours. I went with him to a spot at where the sunset is best beheld and I learned a good lesson about it. While many of other tourists were impatient to leave the spot, the two of us were taking our time there seeing how amazingly the sunset changed every other seconds. I wasn't awared about this last time.

Arhhh... there is a laughing stock. The two of my friends had a funny conflict/disagreement on who is greater, the beatles, celine dion or air supply. Well, the three are of something like apple, orange and pineapple and are all awesome at their respective time I would say. Another thing is that having a karaoke isn't such a good idea for him (perhaps the Causasians in general). It's thought as noise especially when you have either a terrible voice or terrible song choice or both. But yea, it's pretty entertaining and it actually made our day in a way. Conflict arised too between him and Sin over the use of facebook and couchsurfing. It is however, in essense, the differences didn't bother us much.

So we have become friend and yea we were invited to pay him a visit at Reims. Hope my financials will improve a lot to allow me to do that as soon as possible.

A little souvenir =)

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