• Hi all! I am a recent culinary grad and working cook from Minneapolis with a job interview in San Francisco next week. I don't know a soul in the area but am excited for the adventure and looking forward to digging into the SF culinary scene. I will likely be getting into town on 2/20 or 2/21 and am looking for a host through 2/27. If things work out I will also be looking for a furnished room for 6-8wks. Anyone interested or have any tips?

    I haven't used CS before but have some friends who took a bike trip from MN to NYC and used it the entire way. They had a great experience and met wonderful people so I'm intrigued and hope to experience the same!

    Thank you in advance! Rebecca
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    Hey Rebecca, Best of luck, do drop a line if you need a couch during 2.20 - 2/27 in SF. Cannot promise longer term, but glad to point you in the right direction, etc.

    Mike
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    Hello fellow Minnesotan, I couldn't take the long winters anymore and refuse to go back during them :) I've been traveling in the area. If you are unable to find many people responding to your message, look up people individually and send out messages, you should get a better turn out of replies-has been my experience. Since I am new to the area, don't have too many suggestions. Castro is a fun area with some cool places to eat. In the Mission District you will find many cafes and Taqueria's. Hope the travels go well :)
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    Good luck! SF is a special place :)
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    Tips: You know you can post an "open request" on the link below.. I did think your message was really heart felt & I wish you the best of luck... but really, I would spend a few hours (a getting references and b browsing people's profiles in the area.. really read them and see if you have anything in common - a foodie, etc... Then write a personal message. You will be surprised how much you may have in common and how easily it will be to find a host when you make a real effort and seek genuine connection... Here are 5 Tips for successful surfing:
    http://www.couchsurfing.org/news/couchstories/5-tips-for-successful-couchsurfing-you-havent-tried-yet/

    Best,

    Alexandra www.onecouchatatime.com - unrelated, but I happened to make a documentary on CS.. I recommend all newbies see it to :)

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