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Have Couch, Will Travel
Shadow our gutsy reporter as he tours Philadelphia and shacks up with strangers to explore the culture of couch surfing
As I tossed and turned in a bed I’d never slept in, staring at a ceiling I’d never once seen, and listening to the snores of the stranger sleeping next to me, a wave of panic hit: Where the fuck was I?

Literally, at 1:30 a.m. I could list off only three things I knew for sure.
1) I was somewhere in the city of Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the country.
2) The potentially half-naked girl next to me was named Laura.
3) I wasn’t getting much sleep that night.

Which left me with quite a few questions, namely: What possessed me to do this? Could this room get any hotter? And is Laura, in fact, topless?

But I guess we signed up for this. And by we, I mean all 563,698 of us currently registered worldwide on couchsurfing.com. The launch of the site in 2004 sparked a trend that opened up couches, spare beds, and floor space all over the world. The idea was to connect perfect strangers by opening up the homes of thousands to those traveling.

Naturally, I had to try it.
NIGHT ONE: LAURA
Evan arrives in the City of Brotherly Love and meets his first couch surfing host
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judy TOUR GUIDE: JUDY
An experienced world traveler gives Evan an extensive and educational trip around the city
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NIGHT TWO: ED
All Evan needed to drink was some Pabst Blue Ribbon and a shot of Jim Beam to fit into Philadelphia's night life
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