We met Nori when he sent me a message on Couchsurfing asking if I had time to show him around Cebu. I immediately said Yes. It was a mix of excitement and fear. This was my first ever hosting a couchsurfer for dinner. We met at IT park and, customary to Japanese, he was there 10 minutes before our meeting time. Since I always want foreigners to taste the Cebuano cuisine, I brought Nori to Chikaan sa Cebu. It was a fun-filled meeting. We talked about ideas, movies and other interesting stuff. We met again, 2 days before his last stay in Cebu, and ate at Mae Krua. We continued our night with a little drinking and more laughs. He liked our beer here, especially San Mig Light. We ended the night dropping the already red Nori at his boardinghouse. He was smiling and thanking us as we parted ways.
What I found about talking with a foreigner is that even if the discussion goes a long way (and sometimes getting lost in translation), in the end, it always wraps up to a good hearty laugh.
This interview was conducted at Mae Krua. We stuck to the topic of travel - I didn't want my new friend to be answering serious questions all night. Without further ado, please help me welcome a good couchsurfer - Norihito from Japan. Clap clap clap!
What's a world without traveling? Very scary and dreadful. If people stop traveling, then they won't understand each other especially in foreign countries.
What do you like and dislike about Cebu? Like - People are kind, very hospitable, always laughing (most Japanese do not have that character). Dislike - Sometimes traffic is dangerous. I'm scared to walk on sidewalks. Some sidewalks are scary; it doesn't feel safe especially at night.
How do you find Couchsurfing? Very good. It brings a lot of good experience. If it wasn't for CS, I wouldn't meet other people. My view of the world expands. Without CS there's no difference staying in Japan or Cebu. Each place is really unique.
I hope you learned something from this brief interview. I absolutely had fun and learned something from my first interview session. I'm hoping to add more interviews in the future. Hopefully, with meet-ups with couchsurfers and exchanges with unique people, the interview portion will be a staple in this blog.