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By Candy Pilar Godoy, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The ancient notion of hospitality has been drastically revamped thanks to Couchsurfing, a social networking site which offers travelers a couch to crash on and a free look into the lives and homes of locals. But Couchsurfing does more than help budget travelers save a couple bucks.

Every Thursday evening in Copacabana, travelers, expats and Cariocas gather to meet, mingle, and share experiences. Meetings regularly garner over 200 participants, with the weekly assembly promising . . .

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