Donation goal reached within less than two months

written by duesseldorf - 2018/02/26 16:27

Not longer than eight weeks BeWelcome ago asked its members for donations. Now the 2000 Euro goal has already been reached. This is the shortest donation campaign I can remember. A BIIIIG "Thank you" to everybody who donated money to enable us to pay for the costs like servers, obligatory insurances etc.
Please: Next time you will see the donation bar on the front page (which will be in the beginning of next year) please consider donating yourself ;)

And if you do not have any money to spare - maybe you would like to donate some hours to help behind the scenes? The volunteers who run BeWelcome would be more than happy to welcome now "colleagues" in the different teams. Here you find more info about what teams of volunteers there are:


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Historical facts of Kaluthota (Kalutara) you didn't know about – Discover the History of This Coastal Destination

written by PushpithaW - 2018/02/20 07:36
tagged with:  kalutara  sri kanka  beach  south asia 

Kalutara is one of the most intriguing places to visit in Sri Lanka, and has a particularly captivating history that goes back millennia. 

Kalutara is situated towards the south of the Western Province of Sri Lanka and is widely renowned as one of the most beautiful coastal destinations Sri Lanka has to offer.

There was once a Massive Fort In Kalutara

                                   Koninklijke Bibliotheek [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Under the command of Diogo de Melo de Castro, Portuguese forces crippled most of the countryside south of Colombo, destroying many shrines and temples in 1574. After destroying the original Gangathilake Temple they built a massive fort on its site. The fort was utilised well into the 1800s until it was eventually destroyed and replaced with the current Kalutara Temple.

There’s a Castle in Kalutara

@insanophobia via IG

                                                                      Photo by @insanophobia 

Although it is more of a massive Edwardian Mansion that was built by a wealthy mudaliyar, it is still strikingly beautiful, and weirdly out of place on the tropical island of Sri Lanka.

There’s an Ancient Tree

                                                             Photo by @chalsarala via Instagram

The Kalutara Bodhiya was grown from a sapling from the Bodhi tree in Kataragama, which was itself a sapling from the original tree in Bodhgaya under which Lord Buddha achieved enlightenment.

There’s a Mysterious Inscription

Known as the ‘Diyagama Inscription’, this refers to writing found on a rock that is believed to have been carved at least during the 5 century, although many believe the actual age is much older. It’s definitely one of the most enigmatic places to visit in Kalutara and easily found in websites such as Travel Kalutara.  

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My first time in UK

written by Ryujin - 2018/02/12 05:35
tagged with:  london  guest  hosting  host needed  host  couchsurfing  exchange 

Hi! I'm coming to London from Feb 21 to 26. This is my first trip in the UK and I'm very excited.

I'm looking for a place to stay as much as for someone who can make me feel more at ease in this new adventure.

I'm a very respectful guy, honest, clean, caring, cheerful. I'd love to express my gratitude by helping at home, buying food and sharing my culture with you.

I'm looking forward to meeting you!


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Empire State Building Experience in New York – Explore the Iconic Landmark of New York

written by PushpithaW - 2018/02/06 12:22

The Empire State Building Experience is one of the essential attractions that is not to be missed during a visit to New York.

New York City is one of the most iconic metropolitan landscapes in the world. One of the most recognisable hallmarks of this sprawling cityscape is the Empire State Building.

Brief History

Photo By Taken by Lewis Hine, edited by Durova Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

The Empire State Building was built in 1931 by Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon. It was designed according to the Art-Deco style that was popular at the time. The name of the structure was derived from the popular nickname for New York, the Empire State.

Discover the Rise of the Structure

Through the Empire State Building Experience, you can discover in detail the history behind one of the most famous buildings in the world, encompassing its construction, restoration, and sustainability. If you are planning to visit this attraction as part of a holiday to the Big Apple you can easily find cheap flights; Sri Lanka has several key travel agents like who offer some great rates.

Dare to Dream

Situated on the 80 floor of the building, this is where you can witness the realisation of the dream told through a series of photographs, sketches and construction notes.

Additional Information

The tour is offered in a range of languages through multilingual staff. There are also a variety of discounts offered to students as well as seniors. The entire tour has also been designed to make sure it is accessible to wheelchair users as well. 

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