The guest is always a curious person with special attraction power, people ask the guest about his or her life, where comes from, the job… The host always is interested to show him the house, make him taste the best dishes of the region and show him the hobbies and work he is dedicated. Meantime, if in case of guest you are a client the person who will receive you is only interested about how much money can take from you.
We had not much money but many stories, so we chose to be guest during our trip, in addition to that we turn each house in which we slept in an intensive course to learn the stories of that new place we arrived to. But the most curious thing we discovered on our trip as guest experts is that our hosts, who gave us a bed or a carpet to sleep in, a shower, food or a place to wash our clothes … when we said goodbye they thanked us for visit them.
It took us a while to understand it, to our way of seeing things we were just a couple of travelers who suddenly show up at the door of their houses asking for a place to sleep, we thought that many of them would think why to help us with a roof and food so that we could continue traveling the world while they have to break their ass working hard.
Or at least that is the culture that the Western countries has been acquiring recently, but out there the world is very big and there are still many people for whom money is not the most important thing.
This is a way of thinking shared mainly by that kind of person who opens the door to strangers, and a way of thinking that if didn´t exist we would miss some of the magical moments that happen during a single night between guests and hosts that just meet each other and with very different story. So, at first naturally and later consciously, we had to do what we could to return the help in some way and leave our host the feeling of wanting to share the experience of our visit with his friends and, of course, wait to have the chance of a new traveler showing up to who to open his door. Turn the experience of this visit into a virus that will be spread by our host and that will help people to have different perception about the way they trust in others, discovering how many positive inspiration can born from a conversation between 2 very different guys.
As we spent more and more time on the route, we became a couple of travelers with a kind of exotic philosophy of live, with a rebellious touch and a lot of self-confidence. To each new house where we arrived we entered with all our stories of the moment in the head, maybe thinking how to avoid the storm that was surrounding the mountains to where we were heading to, how to find a buyer interested in a couple of articles so we can earn some money to cover the expenses of one more month traveling, how to find out from where is this noise in the motorcycle that is getting stronger and stronger or how to know if Ivana’s fever is due to fatigue or malaria. Situations that are in our mind and we had to be solved at the same time that we introduced ourselves to the hosts. This constant situations on the road keep us always alert and give us a energy that does not let us to stop, and this energy is easily transmitted to our host, then no matter this hosts is a giraffe woman in Thailand, a Maasai chief of a village in the African savanna or the director of a huge company in Italy, at the end they tell us thank you for visiting them. That was our way of paying, being ourselves and enjoying the life we were doing, fighting for our dreams and trusting that we would reach it.
But to be invited you have to know that you are going to be asked a lot of questions, and there are some questions that you always ask us, in our next post you will know what they are.