California Couch Surfing


I spent two and half months couch surfing in hopes to save money and travel. I hopped around from friends’ houses on the ins and outs of LA and Orange County, as well as some random hotels on occasion. Throughout this time I decided to document the people I’m so thankful to have in my life and their spaces. Everywhere I  stayed I was welcomed with good company, a place to lay my head, good laughs, endless drinks and good food. Looking back, the only time I slept in a car during this duration was when I was visiting my parents back in San Francisco for Thanksgiving. After a night out with my brother and some friends, my brother and I were locked out of my parents house at 4am. Thankfully he was there to do laundry and had about 10 garbage bags of clothes, that we used as blankets … there I was in the passenger seat under six bags, using his socks as mittens. If that’s not a good time, I don’t know what is. I laid there and thought, Now this is the American Dream. In the end, I wasn’t able to save a dime or make it to Central America, but I would do it all over again. – Monica Galan

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