This is the third runner-up story in the Home Base Holidays 'Win a Kindle' competition. It tells of three home swap experiences on the East Coast of the USA by Barry Fox, a very experienced home exchanger from Melbourne, Australia:
The beauty of The Fall in Concord, Massachusetts and (below)
Collecting the New York Times in snow shoes, something not required in Australia!
Our home and car Exchange Number 5 saw six outstanding months living in Boston on the U.S. East Coast. Concerts, lectures at Harvard and JFK Library, top quality church services, attending political rallies with Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy, plus the 2007 inauguration of Deval Patrick as Governor of Massachusetts, the picturesque coastline, shopping duty-free in New Hampshire, the beauty of The Fall, waking to big snow falls, spring bursting out all over. These all made for daily enchantment.
Home Exchange Number 10 saw another three deeply nourishing months in Boston. We remain keen to return a third time.
Home Exchange Number 12 was three months in Potomac, Maryland, only 20 minutes' drive from Washington DC. What wonders filled our lives each day. 54 million tourists visit DC each year. It is jam packed with the national monuments of the USA, many of which are free to visit. Plus the underground Metro gets you around cheaply and easily.
Each of our exchange homes and cars have been first class; each of our U.S. exchange partners have become friends; each of our U.S. East Coast stays have been jam packed with wonder and delight, plus the Americans amazingly generous time-and-time again. We cannot recommend home exchange to Boston and Washington DC highly enough.
Home exchange is a wonderful way of life. - Barry Fox, Melbourne, Australia
Barry's home (in photo) is in a bushland setting among eucalypt trees, in a twisting hilly street, in a dormitory suburb known as The Bellbird Area. Blackburn Lake, 130 acres of natural bushland as Melbourne was pre-European settlement - is only 200 meters away at the end of our street, and makes for delightful Australian bush walks each day. See Barry's full home exchange offer.
'We have completed nine wonderful exchanges over recent years, all 110% successful. Duration was from three weeks to six months.'It has been great to hear so many wonderful home swap stories as a result of our competition. Look out for the September issue of Home Swappers newsletter for the winning story and details of the happy recipient of a new Kindle!