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  • In three days' time, I met travellers from nine different countries. Truly kind, interesting people who spent their lives (or at least all of their non-work time) trying to meet the world. Brazil, Italy, Canada, the United States, Germany, Korea, England, Scotland, and the Philipines were all present at this home-away-from-home that had no address - its only entrance in an alley, off another alleyway. (SRC can only be found with the turn-by-turn directions on its website, or by word of mouth).

    One of the many perks here was the evening activities. There was Korean flute music, a communal cooking night, and, of course, traditional fan-making. Seven former strangers crowded around a table in a tiny, too hot room, all "playing" with torn tissue paper and glue. Disney songs from Aladdin and Snow White created common ground, as we could all sing "Whistle While You Work", regardless of our native tongues.

    It makes me wonder if America has any spaces like this...resting places full of love, creativity, culture, and persons unknown (but only until they introduce themselves).
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