Couchsurfing in Lyon, France

Lyon, France

Soumaya is by far one of the best hosts I have encountered. She was really considerate and thoughtful, picking me up the moment I arrived at the train station.

Lyon, France

My first thought was shock at the massive size of the house, by France’s standards. She could even house a TV in an apartment that was fit for just nice one person. One look and you could tell the apartment belonged to a female, with feminine touches in the bathroom and bedroom curtains. I was so amazed by how certain adornments was invented so well to save space. Instead of knife holders, there would be a strip of magnet in front of the stove to “hang” your knife. A sofa could double up as a queen-sized bed.

I also did notice that no one here uses plastic ware, only glassware. Not in Clement’s (Paris), not in Amsterdam, not in Ada’s (Bristol). My hosts have the habit of leaving their dishes overnight, something that is condoned in my home.

The first night, she brought me to watch a school performance and despite the cold nightly chill, I enjoyed the fire performance the most. It was exhilarating to watch the fire display by these students! Makes me wonder where they found the time to learn juggling and juggling fire. I don’t know a single person in my realm of friends that can juggle professionally like they do…

The display of affection of friends when they met was something that touched me greatly. They would throw their arms around each other and start bouncing (literally) with joy. These friends show so much love and energy toward each other. I wish I could do the same with the people around me. This made me miss my friends back home- Juni, Jo, PJ…

I remembered fervently hugging Rui Qi when I found her in Amsterdam. Amsterdam was my first trip travelling out on my own. It was terrifying when you didn’t know if you’d end up taking the wrong train, heading the wrong direction, getting pick pocketed, losing your items or failing to find your friend. It was such a relief to reconnect with someone familiar in an unfamiliar terrain. Suddenly everything felt better when we met.

Soumaya was kind enough to bring me around Lyon and Vieux Lyon while sharing about the city to me, between her classes. If not for her, I would not have discovered some truly hidden gems of Lyon, the Traboules. Although it was enough to spend 1 day in Lyon, I still felt reluctant to leave a home that was made so cosy by her.

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  3. Mars says: Reply

    Hey there!

    I’ve read your posts on couchsurfing, and I would love to know how did you manage to find this couchsurfing thing? Do you have any specific website or such? I am thinking of going to Lyon, and when I read your post, I was thinking, why not give it a try! 🙂

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Mars, I’m glad you learned something from this article! You can go to to have a look. Alternatively I can link you up with this girl who hosted me. She is really kind and nice. Very friendly and helpful! Let me know! Would love to hear about your experience too. 🙂

  4. priscilla cosnier says: Reply


    I would like to go to Lyon to assist at the ” fête des lumières” with my two children (11 et 13 ans).
    If Mars doesn’t interested in this période. It could be cool to meet Soumaya and discover Lyon.
    Thanks a lot !

    1. Bonjour Priscilla. Most definitely. Drop me an email with your travel details and I will link you up with her! Merci! Bon voyage 🙂

  5. Mars says: Reply

    Hi isabel and hello pricilla! 🙂

    Actually, im going for the fetes de lumieres too! Yes, I’m still interested. Do I send you an email Isabel? I’ve created an account on the couchsurfing too. Thank you! 🙂

    1. Hi Mars, yes please do! I could give you some tips on couch surfing if you have questions too! 🙂

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