Today's chuckle - a couch-surfer's story
By Judy Evans
November 30, 2017 5:32pm CST
We belong to an international organisation called couch-surfers which allows you to host people from around the world and also gives you the opportunity to request accommodation, or just a friendly contact, from other members when you are travelling. It is designed to allow cheaper travelling and is especially popular with younger people who don’t mind sleeping a night or two on the floor or couch perhaps. Some of our couch-surfers have remained friends and we visited several when we were overseas. They often have funny stories to tell and have provided us with some fine entertainment. One young German lad had a job in our town Donnybrook in Western Australia. He had a job which required him to live onsite in the hotel there but he would come out on weekends occasionally. His name was Christian. We visited and stayed with Christian in 2015. He is married to a Russian girl he met while travelling and they now have a little boy. The story of the relationship would take too long to divulge here so I’ll save it for later. He told us that while travelling in Indonesia he was invited by a local person to a family celebration. There was an old lady sitting off to the side at the party and Christian approached and said ‘Hello, I’m Christian’. The old dear looked him up and down without smiling and eventually said ‘I’m Muslim’. The photo is of some wall art in Christian's home town.
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@JudyEv @toniganzon I don't think it was a big issue necessarily, the lady was probably surprised that a stranger came up to her and instead of introducing himself, apparently stated his religion. I mean if you were not familiar with the use of 'Christian' as a name, you would be surprised - imagine if someone introduced themselves by saying, for example 'Hello, I'm Sikh'.
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Yes I can imagine that. After all it is quite a strange name when you think about it, and you never come across people called 'Muslim' or 'Hindu' as far as I know! I used to work with someone whose surname was Christian. She was always having to explain it and got into the habit of saying 'Christian - like the religion' so one day she got a letter addressed to 'Dr Religion'