No plans for holiday? Switch your apartment!

Very popular way of spending summer is exchange houses. People from entirely different countries and culture, are meeting at Internet and decide to live for few weeks in each other flats. Most of the time, they don't know chosen town at all, they don't know the language, but often friends of host are helping with adaptation. This sort of holiday is mostly famous in Esperanto circles, then speaking barrier is not an issue. Two teachers of this language, Paweł from Szczecin and Salman from Istanbul exchange their apartments. Let's see what each one has to say about living for 2 weeks in totally different country.



Salman's story

My name is Salman, I'm thirty-four years old, and I live in Istanbul, Turkey. I was staying at Pawel's apartment for 2 weeks, and it was my first trip (https://lot.com/airline-tickets/flights-from-london-to-krakow) to Poland. First, when I arrived, I was surprised about the weather, it was very hot night in July, and I was ready to wear jacket. I land at Gdansk's airport and then I take a train to Szczecin. I was a bit afraid about response on my skin color, I was hearing few distressing stories about intolerance of Polish citizens, but it was fine. Two friends of Pawel pick me up from main railway station , and they assured me to take care of me in time of my stay. They also known Esperanto, and really good English, so talks were nice. Second day, at the morning, I ate some polish brunch, prepared for my by Pawel's flatmate. It was tasty but very greasy - large pieceof scrambled eggs with bacon and a lot of onion, dressed with white bread with butter. After, I went to old town to see couple of heritages (click). I like European architecture, it so different then Turkish one. Szczecin has a lot of building raised in nineteenth century, few Medieval and Gothic cathedrals and nice parks and squares. The most I liked post office edifice, it looks similar as one from Harry Potter movie. Rest of my holiday I spend driving along seaside, eating local food, meeting new, mostly friendly citizens. I very like my stay in Poland.
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Pawel's story

Hi, my name is Pawel, I am from Szczecin, I am 30 years old. I was living for two weeks in Istanbul, in house of my friend, which I met at Esperanto convention. I was very thrilled about my journey, I heard that Turkey is really fascinating place. I was living in large, snugflat in the middle of old town. I was watching morning crowd, while having brunch at balcony. I was bewitched by Istanbul. It is really adorable city, with interesting history, and very friendly people (find out more). First week I spend exploring the city, not just historical town with heritages, and spectacular Muslim buildings, but also city center with biggest skyscrapers I have ever seen.
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I spend 2 days at one of local beaches, and it was to much crowd, but the temperature was delightful. Second week I was traveling with my rucksack trough some small towns, learning culture, habits and language of citizens. It was very significant experience for me.
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