Last night, another couchsurfer showed up, Yves from France. He had stayed here before and needed a last-minute place to sleep. He is literally couchsurfing while I have a bed. Yves works for an NGO in Peru teaching English and running programs for the community. He is working on future travel plans and positions in Latin America and teaches both French and English online from wherever he happens to be. Our host, Guillermo, and Yves and I spent the night talking about travel, learning languages, nearby places to visit, and I even got advice on vegetarian Mexican food to eat (cactus is on the list).
This is one of the advantages of couchsurfing, meeting people who enjoy getting to know the local culture, sharing stories, and making new friends. It’s like creating your own little youth hostel without all the partying, bunk beds, and noise.
I know most of my friends back home will never try Couchsurfing, but I won’t stop trying to convince you that it is safe, rewarding and so worth it. If you’re still wondering what Couchsurfing is, I wrote two posts about my first experience with it on my old blog several years ago. You can access them here.
Today, I set off via the metro and a local bus to Teotihuacan, an ancient city with ruins of pyramids and temples not far from CDMX. There were many, many steps to climb, but every one was worth it. I spent several hours exploring the vast complex and learning about its history. I’ll let the photos tell the rest of the story.