The Joy of Hospitality Exchange

By:  Jim C


Several years ago my wife and I wrote several notes looking for an exchange during festival time in August in Edinburgh.  After the Peacocks responded looking for a February exchange with us in Sarasota, FL we agreed to exchange hospitality.  While they came to spend weeks with us they liked Sarasota enough to buy a condominium a few doors down where they spend six months a year, our best friends, and we have great hospitality at festival time!

This summer I spent two weeks touring Cyprus with a daughter and son-in-law.  I wrote notes to the five Homelink members on Cyprus saying that we didn’t want an exchange but meeting them would be nice.  Sue and Patrick responded inviting us to spend a couple of nights with them.  [We had a] wonderful time with them.  Lovely home and Patrick spent a day showing us around.  In the Turkish area, Frank and Gloria met us at a memorable restaurant for dinner, helped us plan our sight-seeing and invited us to see their delightful home, near where Laurence Durrell wrote “Bitter Lemons.” 

Over the years I have responded to several exchange inquiries that if they get to visit southwest Florida I would be pleased to meet them and perhaps show them around.  So far, no one has taken advantage of this offer...


Seeking USA

Brisbane, 15m, N

Australia - Queensland
Brisbane, 15m, N

Luxury Apartment directly on the Waterfront in Redcliffe Seaside Village; Walk or bicycle to Shops/Restaurants/Scarborough Marina & Seafood market with fresh prawns direct from the trawlers; Drive to Sunshine or Gold Coast Attractions, Glasshouse Mountains, Steve Irwin's famous Australia Zoo or cosmopolitan Brisbane city with riverside galleries, theatre, & entertainment district. . We have 5 bikes for you to enjoy the 15 km of bike paths along the waterfront of the peninsula, past cafe's, children's parks, lagoon pool, shops and pubs.

We are currently looking for 2013 exchanges for first week of June in Istanbul,

last week of June and first 2 weeks July in Oslo 2 weeks then Austria for the last 2 weeks of July.