Gent is a city in Belgium.
Getting out of Gent isn't too difficult.
Go to the spot near the Woodrow Wilson square. Not many people know this square, but if you say "de zuid", everybody knows where you're talking about. Hitch at the road going to the motorway (). There is a 3 meters wide bike lane, so plenty of place to stop for the cars. Using a cardboard would be clever, as this entry of the motorway splits to different directions. Very good place to hitch towards any direction and there is a big bus station. (tram and bus: www.delijn.be, bus stop "zuid"). Scroll further for direction specific hitch hike spots.
- Option 1: Go to the big roundabout “De Sterre” near the Sint Pieter station. There you can hitch the N60 towards “Oudenaarde” until you reach the motorway E 17 at Eke.
- Option 2: Try getting a ride at the light here, all traffic has to stop so you have plenty of time to talk to people or show your sign off. But make sure you don't make the mistake of trying to get there by getting on the ramp here. It's a lot longer than it looks and cars are going dangerously fast. You'll end up having to jump from the bridge to the ground below like Zac did.
- Option 3: Take the train from Sint Pieter station for two stops to Eke-Nazareth. Blackriding is easy since it's only two short stops on the train. Once there, walk north to a service station via Klapstraat. It's a 20 minute walk but once there one should have no problems finding a ride as far as at least Paris, sometimes even southern France or Barcelona. There is plenty of local traffic heading to Kortrijk but avoid them because this is the other service stations on the E17 in Belgium are quite small.
Northeast towards Antwerpen
- Option 1 of hitching to Lille (make a cardboard)
- Take the tram 4 in the city center towards Moscou and get off at A(dolf) van Ooteghemstraat, which is 1 stop before the tram reaches it's end station. Walk left into the Walstraat and then the first street to the right into the de naeyerdreef (sand road with lot's of trees). At the end of the road you'll reach the entrance to the A14 (E17) where you can easily get a ride towards Antwerpen or Kortrijk.
You can get free internet access at the university library “de boekentoren,” or in English “the book tower.” It's a big tower located at Blandijnberg, near Sint Pieters plein (which is not same as Sint Pieters station). Just log in as anonymous.
The Public Library has free lockers. You can find it at the Woodrow Wilson square (De Zuid), it's a big building with the letters 'Bibliotheek' on top of it.
If you need a good meal, you can go to the subsidized student restaurants (Sint-Pietersplein, Overpoortstraat). Just ask the student next to you in line at the pay desk to use his student card. This way you'll have to pay about 4€ for a decent meal. I suggest "De Brug" in the Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat (Locations of student restaurants: ) In a city with the most density on vegetarian restaurants per capita, as a vegan you have a few hotspots too. Like the restaurant in Reep 14 with a Lunch all you can eat buffet for 12€. And it has free WIFI - Enjoy!