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


USA - Pennsylvania

Brand new 3 floor home located on a quiet tree lined street in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Philadelphia knows as the "Art Museum Area".

First floor has a LR, a large eat-in kitchen, 1/2 bath, and a small outdoor patio. Second floor has a master bedroom suite, hall bath with a glass enclosed shower( no tub), sitting area with a pull out bed and washer/dryer. Third floor has an office area, a third bed, and a large outdoor deck with over-sized comfortable furniture and a grill.

There is bi-weekly maid service and the possibility of a car exchange during the summer months. Please note--no smoking (even on the deck) and no pets.

Home is located in one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Philadelphia know as the "Art Museum Area." There are over 24 dining establishments from coffee shops/cafes to casual/gourmet restaurants within a 5 block radius. The Franklin Institute, Rodin Museum, Academy of Natural Sciences, Please Touch Museum, Eastern State Penitentiary (now a national monument and a great Halloween attraction), the Philadelphia Free Library, the newly opened Perelman Museum, and the world famous Philadelphia Museum of Art are all within 6/7 blocks. Kelly Drive, Boathouse Row, the Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia Convention Center, Reading Terminal Market, Rittenhouse Square, Society Hill and Independence Historical National Park (where you will find the Liberty Bell) are a few blocks away.