Thanks for the great week, strangers. This morning I woke up to one new couchsurfer request on, with the following message:

Hi Eli,

I'm hoping that a friend and I can surf your couch this April if it's available. We're really hoping to go on this trip, and you seem like a totally great host!

A few things:

We can bring a large dog for you and your friends to BBQ. Want us to bring any special sauce?

We're happy to bring you and your roommate some lice shampoo. Do you have a brand preference? I'm happy to get you some name brand stuff, maybe Rit?

We're also totally fine with the 7 pm curfew and 5 am Bible studies. We're early to bed/early to rise kind of people.

We also love kids! If you have kids we would love to play with them while you're at work. Maybe if there's a kids there we can take it with us to do things with him/her like clean stables and walk your products to market.

We're also open to all Palau has to offer, and if that includes a crime scene in your house, we're all for that!

While we're very open minded and very excited for this trip we do feel that we must be fort coming with you about one minor issue. We're German and we expect A LOT! So let me know if your couch is available!

Love always,

PS, Stranger is my favorite thing in life
Courtney. You can TOTALLY stay at my place. Twice up the barrel, once down the side.

And now, pictures:

Boating through the beautiful Rock Islands on our way to a nice long day on the beach.

This is the sort of lagoon-like area we played at all day last Saturday. This is also the spot that the sea snake was spotted. So this place is basically Hell.

The middle of a VERY intense volley ball tournament.

My team, "Team Sea Snake," in a very controversial move was declared the volley ball champions of the day. This was almost the cause World War III.

Daniel, still in the water after seeing the sea snake. Bless his confused little soul.

And you thought you were going to go a Friday without seeing a picture of food from me. WRONG. We made home-made pizza from scratch. And it was heavenly. 

Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

Awkward Valentine's Day pictures. Thanks, Jen. You always come through for us.

Incredible pictures of the sun (the rumored residence of the Q of C herself).

10 brutally honest Valentines from kids. Thanks, Tyson.

And while we're on the topic, today is the last day to submit your tacky self-centered Valentines.

~It Just Gets Stranger