Time traveling with Couchsurfing

Do you know those places which remind you of your childhood or a specific time of your life?

I went back to several of those places this year, without having it planned a long time before, it just happened naturally.

One of those travels was a trip with my dad to a lake in Bavaria where my parents used to take me every year until I was 13.

It felt like coming back to an old friend’s house and so many good memories were revived.

Speaking of old friend’s houses – I was lucky to have had the opportunity to go back to two Couchsurfing hosts and stay with them again. I already was in Malaga 6 years ago, and in The Hague 4 years ago.

And coming back to those Couchsurfing hosts felt like a comforting constant in my life where so much has changed in the past years. They still live in the same houses, look the same way, and I immediately felt at ease and sheltered when they welcomed me warmly in their homes again.

Like on my trip with my dad to that lake, the past once again came back to the present in Malaga and The Hague. From the outside, I haven’t changed much, my hosts kindly tell me. But inside, so much has happened. I share some of the things that happened in my life, shortened into one conversation. Talking about the things that come to my mind in that moment, which seem to be the most important things of the last years, I feel very mature and experienced compared to my 19 or 21 year old self. And then I start smiling, because I realize that in a couple of years, I will have the same feeling when I think back to my 25-year old me. This brings me back to the present. I become fully aware of who I am today and I feel full of gratitude for the amazing Couchsurfing community but also for my courage to become part of it.

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Marbella

For me the long weekend in Marbella with Barbara was the best in a long time – I have been so happy to see her and then additionally, I got the chance to teach my own little Yoga sunrise/sunset series on the beach. I will write more about the Yoga teaching part on my blog alexaspranayoga.wordpress.com.

When I wasn’t teaching Yoga, I enjoyed the happiness and energy that I got out of it and soaked in the valuable moments with Barbara – they will have to be enough for another year more or less. We were going with the flow during those 4 days that we had together and did what we felt was best in every moment. And we ended up keeping some traditions alive – like the special Frozen Yoghurt that we used to get in Madrid when we were living there together or taking happy and sad faced pictures at the end of our time together.

Friendship doesn’t count time or space – when you are connected you will feel the same way even if you haven’t seen each other for a long time. But of course, staying connected during the time you cannot be in the same place helps. Even though I miss our weekly fixed Skype dates that we used to have during my time at university, our ritual of sending each other our moment of the day every day is a perfect replacement and we get so much value from it – not only for our friendship, but also for ourselves.

Marbella With Alex

My moment for this week is not just one moment. It’s the whole darn weekend!! Alex came to visit me in Marbella!!!

I don’t think we’ve ever explained this but we have a tradition that we meet up at least once a year. And throughout the time that we’ve been doing this, I’ve realized we picked up a pattern. I went to her first then she came to me then we met in a completely new place before I went back to her and now she came to me. You know what that means? Next year we have to pick a new location to meet at. I’m really excited and curious to see what we will choose.

Anyway, let’s get back to our amazing weekend in Marbella! It was full of beach, yoga, bike riding, a spontaneous day trip, dancing and Llaollao. This weekend was so nice and I wish that it could have been longer. Why does time always have to go by so fast?!

This post is basically going to be pictures of our weekend together. Aside from that, I would like to point out that it was such an amazing feeling knowing that Alex would be coming to visit and I was so frickin’ happy the entire time she was here. We have the type of friendship that it’s like we were never separated when we see each other….and we want to hug each other a lot. These yearly trips we take for each other will always be worth it, no matter how short or long they are.

You just left me this afternoon, Alex, and I miss you already! I can’t wait until next year when we see each other again!

Sanums from Llaollao
Ronda
Ronda
Ronda
Sunrise yoga on the beach
Marbella beach

Changes Are Coming

It is the end of an era for the blog. We will stop putting up our favorite moments of the day. We have decided to make it private again and just between the two of us. 

We hope that you keep looking for that bright moment of the day among yourselves no matter how bad your day went. If you keep looking hard enough, you’ll be able to find the moment that makes the day better than you thought it was.

Of course we will keep giving you inspirations for those moments – we will write more about unique moments and get into more detail concerning what made this moment special and why we appreciate it.

One Week

Friday: The atmosphere of Orgullo Gay.


Saturday: World Pride 2017 parade!


Sunday: Waking up with no alarm. It’s a rarity and I can’t wait to do it more often.

Monday: Wakeboarding and boating.


Tuesday: Going down to the lake with the girls and playing in the water.

Wednesday: Arriving back in Madrid in time to celebrate my friend’s birthday with her.

Thursday: Washing my hair.

Friday: The happiness of everyone at the engagement party.