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Summer CouchCrash schedule!
Posted June 5th, 2012 - 12:55 am by from Ferndale, United States (Permalink)
Hi, Iowa CSers!

The warm summer sun brings many things, but few are as unique as the CouchCrash!

What is a CouchCrash?
It is when the CS community in a particular city gets together and plans a multi-day series of events that showcase their area.

Who participates?
Just like many CS events around the world, a Crash is an open invitation: if you can make it to them, they'll take care of the rest! They want people to come!

How long does it last?
It's usually a long weekend starting on Thursday or Friday and ending on Sunday or Monday. Many people will be there the whole time, but you can come and go as you please.

What do you do?
Whatever the city has to offer! CouchCrashes are (usually) designed to highlight some of the special or unique things a city has to offer. Some of them may be famous (New York's Central Park, Philadelphia cheesesteaks) and others may be well-kept secrets that only locals know about! Most CouchCrashes offer events that are guided by local CSers, and there are usually many events to choose from. No matter who you are or what you like to do, there will probably be something going on for you to enjoy at all times!

Do you eat?
YES. Many CSers are motivated by good food, and CouchCrashes usually reflect that. Expect to have opportunities to put wonderful things in your tummy, from both restaurants and people's kitchens. You don't have to eat, but you'll certainly have the chance!

Do you drink?
If you choose to drink, you will absolutely have opportunities to do so. Many CouchCrashes like to offer events at their local breweries, brewpubs, and beer bars. Additionally, a signature of the CouchCrash is typically at least one fantastic party of some kind. This could be at someone's home, a park, a nightlife district, or even on a boat, but it will be somewhere. These parties are a blast whether or not you choose to drink.

How can I get there?
All the same ways as regular CouchSurfing. Since a CC is a destination event, we suggest that you check on your local boards (or state boards, or those of nearby areas) to see if anyone else is looking for a travel partner.

Also check the boards of any area who might be passing through your city on the way to the CouchCrash. (For example: If you live in Omaha and want to get to the Chicago CC, check the Denver boards!)

Awesome! Where can I find one?
Right here! The events calendar for Iowa City CS lists all of the upcoming CouchCrashes we could find online, with dates and websites for each. Let us know if we missed one!

Hopefully now you understand what a CouchCrash is, and are excited about the idea! Lots of CSers all over the country have been working hard to bring you an awesome experience, so go! Surf, eat, drink, play, meet, learn, and enjoy!