Hospitality

I have experienced a lot of hospitality in the last few years. A lot of people have opened their homes to me, and done so with amazing generosity…

I’m in Texas right now. Over the last month or so I have stayed in at least six different households. Every single one has responded to my (and often several other people’s) invasion with a great deal of generosity, going far beyond what is necessary. They have opened up their homes and their lives, showing us their cities, feeding and watering us (and rarely letting us pay for anything).

I am awed and humbled by this generosity. And I dearly wish I could reciprocate.

Hospitality is a key part of Matryoshka Haus life. It is part of how we define ourselves as a community, and it is how we want to express ourselves to the world – by opening up our homes to strangers and friends, thinkers and dreamers, wounded travellers all. It is one of the characteristics of MH that is most meaningful to me and why I am so committed to them.

But I am keenly aware that I am almost always the recipient of this hospitality, rather than the provider of it. And that saddens me.

Over the last few days an unexpected crisis has seen me decamp to Dallas, a town that was never on the itinerary for this trip. At very short notice an amazing couple called Dawn and Mark have opened up their home to me, despite significant chaos in their own lives right now (they are in the process of selling their house and getting ready to move – possibly out of the country). And they did so unthinkingly, because radical hospitality is so ingrained in their DNA.

I only wish that I could do the same.

It looks like it may be a while before I find a place to be “mine”. Something is nagging in the back of my mind telling me my nomad days are not over yet… But that means it will still be some time before I can host others, before I can offer the kind of hospitality I have received.

I do hope it’s not too long.

[A version of this post first appeared on Andy’s blog.]

Revamp

Welcome back!

As you can see, there have been a few changes here. We’ve been beautifying our online world to try and make the experience of keeping up with all things Matryoshka Haus a little more pleasant. That means changing the way this blog looks and feels a little, but it means a lot more than that too…

Elsewhere on the web we’ve also been busy. The wonderful Lindsay Noble has been hard at work creating new websites for Matryoshka Haus and The TI. And they are just so darned pretty that we wanted you to know about them!

So check them out, and let us know what you think. We’re sure there’s the odd tweak we can make to make both this blog and the other new sites work even better. If you have thoughts or suggestions just drop us a line and we’ll get right on it.