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...