I have many requests cause I am near a port from which ppl get ferry to Turkey. I have turned down a lot when they are more than 1 and when they are 1 person but on conversation they dont hit me as anything more than 1 night freeloading. Although in fact I dont mind freeloading if its one night, I see it as helping someone on his/her way and me one day when I travel I might do the same, just go and sleep in a host's lace for 1 night without much ''socialization''.
My problem is that some of those i reject come back with ''so for disturbing you'' which means they are bittere or what? Cmon, its a lot of hosts in athens!! And then, when I do meet cyclists or travellers in general , they tell me the same thing , how more hospitable are the Turkish people, and how they saw a huge change of culture from Turkey to Greece (many finish up with Turkey before returning to Europe via Pireas where I live), and how they find Greeks to be ''so much less hospitable than Turkish members of WS''.
Because im told very often this story over and over on every single traveller ichat with who has been both to Turkeyand Greece and when the same person asks me for hosting and i deny they immediately remind me once again how much more hospitable the Turkish population is.... I actually always AGREE, cause yes its true that hitchhiking cars, or askng arbitrary TUrkish people for hosting, you may get a yes far more than in any Greek place. That is true. And it is about culture. in Greece we have been hospitable up to 1950 or so, after that we changed and now we are afraid even of each other. A Greek person would never give shelter to another Greek person..... For me to ask this from any Greek person even if im on a bike touring, is equivelant with losing my dignity instantly. The answer i would take is ''dont you have money for a hotel? if you dont why are you begging?''.
But in Turkey they dont see it this way. They see a traveller and stil venerate the value of having a guest.
So I agree with the travellers who come to Greece with a grundge ''why Greeks arent as hospitalble as my Turkish friends....who even cooked for me giant Turkish meal and kept me for a week meeting their entire family..'. Im sick of tired of hearing this. I dont have a giant greek family and i dont even cook :/ I am not a typical Greek the way they want a Greek to be that is, and they are dissing out on me:/ Most tourists I chat with here come here with this attitude and especially cyclists cause they been for a month all over asian-middle east countries where hospitality is still far more important than it is in Greece and people there are far more likely to host a 'stranger', they come here thinking Greece is part of the Middle Eastern mentality of hospitality and when they dont find it they get passive aggressive with their comments.
I will not host ever a tourer coming from Turkey as when I did that as airbnb manager almost always they came to be with ''look how better Turkish people are at giving shelter+food to us, and you do nothing''.