I'm going to be staying at a friend's place for 8 days(!) while I do an internship of sorts (basically, volunteer work to test drive my future plans... which will probably still be volunteer work to start but that's another story). Aside from paying for groceries, cooking meals, washing dishes, and treating my friend to a meal (or two? help here too please) what else can I do to make this stay a pleasant one for both of us? I would like us to still be friends by the end.
I'm mostly wondering about how to be a good house guest - I've not done much travelling on my own or stayed at a non-relative's home for such a long period of time. I know to clean up after myself and to be as unobtrusive as possible to my friend's regular routine but what else? Do I bring my own towel? Can I bring my stick blender to make my breakfast smoothie? (That thing is noisy, so I'm probably answering my own question already.)
Thanks in advance for your help! I find Chowhounders are genuinely thoughtful with the food queries here, so I'm hoping you'll have some helpful house guest advice, too.