A few weeks ago, I received a message on Couchsurfing from a Spanish couple asking if they could stay at my place here in Granada. I looked at their profile and saw that they are currently living in Madison, Wisconsin, just an hour and a half from home. Of course I had to say yes in order to get to know them better and figure out what they’re doing in Wisconsin!
It turns out that they both teach Spanish at high schools in the Madison area. They had just finished their first year or a three year contract and decided to take a month to travel in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. They turned out to be some of the nicest guests that I’ve ever had.
Act of Kindness
One of their three days here, I was working outside of the house most of the day. When I returned, I found the table set, dinner already cooked (a Spanish tortilla and a soup), and a note saying that they’d be back at 7:30pm to eat. They had even used pages from a magazine as placemats and picked leaves from the banana tree as decorations. Along with another friend, we had dinner, a bit of Nicaraguan Flor de Caña Rum, and a nice conversation. I was touched by their kindness in making the effort to prepare a dinner like this. To return the favor, my friend and I cooked the Couchsurfers a Nicaraguan dinner of rice, guacamole, and fried plantains. And of course I’m hoping to meet up with them in Madison when I am back in the country in the winter.