Posted in Traveling Tuesdays.
A couple of weeks ago, we had a really great time at dinner with some old friends in their beautiful home in the Seacliff neighborhood in San Francisco. Actually, it wasn’t dinner, it was drinks, and I guess they are more of new acquaintances than old friends, and really, it wasn’t even their house. But we did have a great time.
The old friends to whom I refer are really more like Internet friends. We met them through home-exchange last year. I contacted them a few years ago to see if they wanted to swap their lovely Upper East Side home in New York City with us for a month. They declined since they already had plans that year, but said they love month-long trades and maybe next year.
A few months later they contacted us. Their son was getting married in the Napa Valley wine country, and they wanted to come out for three weeks for the festivities. We talked on the phone about our plans. A few weeks later, their son and his bride-to-be, who live in San Francisco, came over for a glass of wine. Turns out they were budding home-exchangers too. They live in the trendy Marina district—where we’ve now spent two weekends on home-exchanges.
A few months ago, I got another hankering for NYC so I lobbed an email to my new old friends in New York. I said I knew it was a long way off, but to keep us in mind if they were up for an exchange in summer of 2012. I got an immediate response, their son and daughter-in-law were expecting a baby in a couple months, so they would love to set plans for a visit next year. In the meantime, they came out this year to admire the new addition to their family, whom we also met over not-really-dinner at not-really-their-house.
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