Cooking for the German Couchsurfers

Yuan serving herself potatoes

couchsurfers on roof having dinner

Felix, Kristina and Yuan around the dinner table.

August 23, 2015

Couchsurfers Kristina and Felix have just arrived. Their friend and traveling partner Bastian is still on his way. He stopped to meet a friend of his in town. All three will be staying here, occupying my living room, for the next few nights.

My friend Yuan is has been here for a little while already. I might not see her again for a while. She's been living in Bushwick, but is headed off to Binghamton for a Ph.D in translation studies in a week. Were it not for the student visa that comes with her Ph.D studies, Yuan would have to go back to China. She can't work anywhere in the states for at least a year, which will make the time between then and now lean and difficult. She's not sure how she's going to get by.

Yuan and I met when I hired her in the Spring, at the recommendation of my friend Darcy, to help translate English web content to Chinese at my day job. Then Yuan's work visa expired in July. I wasn't able to bring her in after that. On the bright side, that means it's not a conflict of interest to hang out. 


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