Couchsurfing in Italy for the first time in my life

Hello! My name is Inosho.
I have been Couchsurfing in Italy for the first time in my life.

Couchsurfing host's house
Couchsurfing host’s house

Couchsurfing is, quite simply, a free version of Airbnb, but unlike Airbnb, where the main purpose of a stay is the stay itself, the main purpose of most Couchsurfing users is cultural and language exchange. Therefore, there are no accommodation fees as there are with Airbnb.

Also, as the name “couch surfing” suggests, the couch in your house becomes your sleeping place during your couch surfing stay. In my case, my host provided me with a folding bed in the living room. This is also different from Airbnb, where you are usually given a private room. However, as I mentioned earlier, couchsurfing does not cost money, so there is no reason to complain. In fact, for backpackers who are always looking for a cheap place to sleep, Couchsurfing is a much better option than Airbnb.

Louisa's art studio
Louisa’s art studio

This time, we were in the home of an Italian woman, Luisa, who lives in a place called Ivrea, Italy. Ivrea is a town located about one hour by train or bus from Turin, a major city in Italy. It is a medium-sized city, neither large nor small, and is located in the northern part of the country.

As mentioned above, we were given a folding bed in the living room of our room on the first day. However, I personally preferred Louisa’s art studio, which is located on the floor above her apartment, and I was allowed to stay there for the second and third nights.

I literally slept on a couch
I literally slept on a couch

There were no beds in the art studio, so I literally slept on a couch. In Japan, it is common to call it a sofa, but in English-speaking countries and European countries, it may be more common to call it a couch.

I used to stay at my brother’s house, who is five years older than me, and I used to sleep on a couch at that time, so I do not feel at all uncomfortable or inconvenient to sleep on a sofa or a couch. In fact, once you get used to the sofa, you may find it more comfortable.

I took pictures of the town of Ivrea as seen from the balcony
Pictures of the town of Ivrea from the balcony

Even though I was staying with Couchsurfing, I thought it would not be a good idea to take pictures of people I had never met before, so I took pictures of the town of Ivrea as seen from the balcony.

I was charmed by the elegant townscape, which is typical of Italy with its long history.

I just hung around a nearby supermarket
I just hung around a nearby supermarket

I don’t like crowded tourist areas, so I didn’t go out much and just hung around a nearby supermarket.

The rest of the time I spent painting at an art studio and eating dinner with Louisa and her boyfriend, Leonardo.

I had been wanting to try tiramisu in Italy for a long time.
Handmade Tiramisu in Italy

I had been wanting to try tiramisu in Italy for a long time. I had heard of tiramisu, but I had never actually eaten it before, so I was very excited to see what it would taste like.

When I tried it, it was delicious, like a mousse cake with the flavors of chocolate and coffee mixed in. However, the process of making it was very complicated and time-consuming, so I thought it would be difficult to make it by myself.

If I want to eat tiramisu in the future, I will probably go to an Italian restaurant or bakery instead of making it myself.

Hand made Genovese pasta
Hand made Genovese pasta

I was also asked to make Genovese pasta.

I was impressed that the taste of pasta served in a real Italian home was not so strong and refreshing. However, it was delicious.

I was able to enjoy painting without pressure or negative emotions.
I was able to enjoy painting without pressure or negative emotions.

In the art studio, I was painting as mentioned above. I had been traveling around hostels for a long time, so it had been a long time since I was in an environment where I could concentrate on art in this way.

Because of the variety of people in hostels, it was difficult for me to concentrate only on art, and I had been away from art for a long time. However, it had been a long time since I was in an environment where I could concentrate on art, and I felt like I was able to enjoy painting without pressure or negative emotions.

This is a pre-completion view
This is a pre-completion view

This is a pre-completion view. I modeled it after a cat that Louisa used to keep. The back is modeled after a five-story pagoda. It seems that Louisa sometimes expresses her own dreams as art, and I thought it was quite interesting, so I imitated her this time.

I have rarely dreamed since I became an adult, but I used to have the same dream regularly until I was in kindergarten or early elementary school.

I was able to enjoy an artistic activity with positive emotions
I was able to enjoy an artistic activity with positive emotions

The dream was set in a five-story pagoda, and I was just running away from a dharma-like, monstrous monster. I had this regularly until I reached a certain age. So I still remember that dream to this day.

It was my first time couchsurfing, and to sum it up, it was a good experience. It was the first time in a long time that I was able to enjoy an artistic activity with positive emotions, and the most important thing was that I was able to enjoy authentic Italian home cooking.

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See you soon!

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