Free travel… who can say no to that???

 

While traveling abroad in Prague I met a random logger from Canada on a pub crawl.  Ended up being wicked cool and we headed out for some Bonnie Tyler dancing afterwards.  Turns out he was traveling all around Europe with no plan and no place to stay.  The thought of that has always made me cringe, until he told me how he was making it all happen.  There’s a new online networking site (and when I saw new, I mean new to me) called the COUCHSURFING PROJECT.  It reminds me of a mix between facebook and ebay…  Basically you set up a profile with a bunch of info about you, including where you live, and then post it.  Travelers all over the world can search for hosts in the cities they’re going to, and see if their couch is free to surf.  Not only is it a free place to crash, but a great way to meet interesting people all over the world who can show you around, or atleast give you tips, about their hometown.  

 

I know some of you are probably skeptical about the safety thing and may not be quite as trusting as I am.  If that’s the case, there’s also ways to get ‘verified’ where Couchsurfing confirms who you are to make sure it’s legit, and ways to leave feedback for travelers you’ve hosted, or folks who have hosted you (kinda like feedback on ebay).  You can always turn down a request for someone to surf your couch, and for bigger cities you have a bunch of couches to choose from.  And if you still don’t feel safe, well then I guess this one might not change your life after all.  

 

Next week I’m headed to Boone for my first set of grad classes at App. State and rather than spending $200 on a dorm room for the week I checked out couchsurfing and found someone willing to host me.  And the pup can come too!  I love it 🙂

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Five Guys… the best burgers of your life

 

So I’m going to preface this post by saying that I changed far more lives with this one while I was in college and Five Guys was still a well-kept secret, but I’m guessing there may be some who are still unexposed…

 

Five Guys is the most incredible burger restaurant EVER.  And I use the term restaurant loosely here.  The first one I ever visited was in Old Town Alexandria, recommended to me by a girl I was living with at the time.  We walked in and it wasn’t what I expected to see at all.  It was a total dive, peanut shells all over the floor, and if it was in North Carolina I would estimate a sanitation score of about 85.  However, this actually soon became part of the appeal as about five minutes later I was decorating the floor with my own shells.  

 

The real magic there, however, was the burgers.  Each regular sized burger was $3.89 (might be $4.89 now) and came with two giant patties, cheese melted all over it, and your choice of any (or all) of the following: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, onions, sauteed onions, sauteed mushrooms, pickles, lettuce, tomato and bacon.  FOR NO EXTRA CHARGE!!!  Coming from the perspective of a poor college student at the time, I clearly got everything.  You then choose your fries which are boardwalk style, AND you can get them cajun.  I recommend the small because they fill a cup up with fries, put it in your brown paper bag with your tinfoil wrapped burger, and then dump a whole nother scoopful just into the bag.  I also recommend sharing them.  While all of this is great, the best part is that the burger is genuinely the best tasting burger you’ll ever get.  

 

When a new Five Guys opened up in Georgetown (which was closer to me at the time), it was pretty empty at first.  I worried people wouldn’t catch on and my local one would close so I made it my personal mission to introduce Five Guys to everyone I know.  Every Tuesday night for the rest of senior year, along with a couple close friends, we would find a new ‘virgin’ and introduce them.  I’m pretty sure we devirginized over 25 people that year.  Now when I go in I have to wait in line for like 15 minutes.  

 

Writing this makes me wish I’d never given up red meat…

 

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This might change your life…

I’ve noticed recently that atleast once a day I offer a brilliant suggestion to someone prefaced by “This might change your life…”  After realizing how often I do this, I thought it might be smart to collect them all in one blog so I can change more lives at once!

 

Here is the best of everything from hair straighteners to food to well-kept local secrets.  Stay tuned to have your life changed in more ways than one 🙂