Published in the Montana Kaimin 10-28-09
When University of Montana student Brian Martens decided to visit Peru two summers ago, he may not have planned on staying with an entire family of strangers, engaging in elaborate celebratory drinking practices, partying on the beach with people he’d just met and eating pig penis soup.
But he found himself doing all these things through the use of CouchSurfing.org, a nonprofit networking Web site designed to help travelers find temporary places to stay with other members of the site who offer up space in their homes.
Remembering his experiences, Martens said, “They totally got us dialed in to the local scene. Automatically you feel like a local.”