TRAVEL with pat and lew

why did we do a home exchange in Perth?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 22, 2007

Geographically confused as we may sometimes seem to be, we do know that Australia is not in Europe.

So when Fran and Claude wrote to us seeking an exchange, we said no, even though their two story town house on a marina near Perth looked absolutely fantastic. Fran emails to ask us to reconsider, and of course we did, to our great eventual pleasure.

We get to work by email on several typical home exchange issues … car (we don’t have one to exchange, but we get useful information about where to rent one in Perth), internet in Perth and Collioure (we will each leave computers for the use of the other), telephone (we will both use Skype), arrival details and how to get in (we will be met at the home in Perth and have mailed the Collioure keys), and tourist stuff.

Looking at the pictures of Fran and Claude’s magnificent home, we ask several times if they fully comprehend just how small our 300 square foot apartment is.

They are undeterred. After they have arrived in Collioure, we ask if they are all right. Claude says, “You have a comfortable bed, a good shower, Collioure is great, and the view from your terrace is spectacular. What else do we need?”

We have also made a connection for Fran and Claude with our Collioure friends Valerie and Lorcan, and they hit it off, getting together many times.

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