Couch Surfing is an international network that facilitates cultural exchange. If you are traveling and need a place to crash or someone to show you around or give you advice, CS is for you. The site is not just about accommodation (most of which is freely offered by individuals), it is about creating a better world. CS’s official goals include to “create educational exchanges, raise collective consciousness, spread tolerance, and facilitate cultural understanding.” The third Sunday of every month the Pittsburgh CSers hold a Pot Luck for area CSers, visiting CSers, and friends. This Sunday it was held at my friend Miriam’s apartment near me, so we decided to go. Food included quiche, taco dip, mousaka, tarator, kebabs, Shepard’s pie, spinach dip, breads, curry, green cheesecake (for st patty’s day), bunt cake (with green icing), and more. It was awesome to meet people who are different from me, but so similar in their world view. The word “potluck” is derived from whatever you are lucky enough to have in the pot. I feel lucky to be a part of a melting pot of people from around the world who are both different and the same.
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