After four days of landscaping for a family, our second Helpex assignment was hanging out with Derren, his housemate Brad and their two dogs, Buddy and Buster. Derren is probably the most active couchsurfing host in Alice Springs and told us stories about having up to 15 guests at one time!
Staying with Derren and Co. was easy. In exchange for accommodation, food and facilities, Dave worked at their steel yard for about three hours a day during the week, which involved deliveries, putting away stock, fabricating metal and even brushing up on his forklift skills. He also trimmed the grass at home. On the other hand, Juz busied herself by cooking and cleaning at home and entertaining the dogs, but also did some filing in the office at the steel yard.
We were definitely spoilt. We had our own room with a comfortable bed, full use of the kitchen and whatever was stocked on the shelves and in the fridge, including the Nespresso coffee machine, as well as all the video clips, documentaries and movies we wanted, thanks to Foxtel. Our stay in Alice Springs was perfectly timed with the World Cup so Dave was pretty happy about having a big screen TV to watch the games on, and we even let off fireworks in the garden for Territory Day.
Derren and Brad were great company, and we had many stimulating conversations. They also accompanied us on nights out in town and entertained us on nights in – dancing to music videos, singing and carrying on well into the early morning. We know that we have friends in Alice Springs.
After some car troubles while we were in the West Macs, we came back to Alice and stayed with Derren and Brad again until we had everything fixed. Thanks again guys!