About this project
Risks and challenges
This project is partly an experiment in trusting the goodness in people. These days, Americans don’t trust the media, politicians, big business, or their neighbors. Remember the days when people hitchhiked across the country? We don’t. We have only ever known a world where strangers were to be avoided at all costs. When we told our families about the plan to CouchSurf and stay with real Americans in order to see their America, to pick up the knickknacks on their shelves, to eat the meals whose recipes they refuse to reveal, to hear the stories that hold together their family narrative, our parents were terrified. “You’re going to get yourself killed!” was a sentiment we heard more than once.
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There is a risk in trusting people we won’t meet until the day we pull up their drive and pull out their couch to sleep on. But maybe those supposed strangers are good people. Maybe, despite all our differences, there can still be a sense of camaraderie among the people who call this country home.
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