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Hi, this e-mail is to inform you about the latest developments around Project {{888. }}== Post 888 Newsletter ==
Are you ready The [[Paris]] hitchhikers' gathering was a great success thanks to everyone who was there and the clear weather. It was a very inspiring gathering for the European Hitchhiking Day/ Week? On the 8th many of August us as we now have around 90 persons that have registered shared so far in one way or another. We kindly want to ask you to update your event-settings to give us an idea if you're actually planning to come many stories and if you already have a place to stay: http://www.couchsurfing.com/meetingsskills.html?mid=11024
== Local meetings and routes ==There are currently [[Project_888/Meetings|meetings]] planned We stayed camping on the Champs de Mars in Luxembourg, Hamburgfront of the Eiffel Tower for all the three days, Lyon entailing some deep and Utrechtmeaningful conversation with the local police force, one or two days prior though we were generally left alone by them. In addition to the event usual "get drunk/get laid" action that seems unavoidable in Paris. Join one of these meetings or create one yourself.such occasions, we also had some very practical workshops and talks such as:
* Nomadic philosophy and practical skill-sharing.* General survival tricks, whether in the wild or in the urban jungle.* Much, much sharing of hitch-hiking experience. We had one big session of several hours of hitchhiking stories where everyone seemed to be sharing their best story. The Palme d'or goes to Fabrice and Pascal for the Stevie-Wonder-smile drug-lord ;)* Friendships were formed or developed. A very important thing for such a loose network.* Open space success ! It was very hard to leave that grass, a total of 150 people participated and some stayed until the very last end of it as we were all thinking about the next event! Many of us are very eager to find a way to meet again! We hope that our future events will have such nice days like these ones!  We opened a special 888-Evaluation page, for which we are also looking for your input. Go [http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/888/Evaluation there] and hit edit to share your thoughts.  === Press Coverage ===One of the aims of the event was to promote hitchhiking, also by means of press-coverage. We had some nice success here. There was some coverage from the main French press agency AFP and the most popular French weekly magazine (Paris Match) did a video for its web edition ([http://www.parismatch.com/dans-l-oeil-de-match/reportages/le-projet-888-rassemble-les-autostoppeurs-europeens/(gid)/46523 see video]), as well as some national radio-stations like France Info and France Inter. We also had press-coverage in Austria and the Netherlands, in the latter we were aired on a main TV news channel ([http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/Video:Robino_Hitchhiking see video]). === The Documentary Project ===No less than 4 film-making teams consisting in a hitchhiker and a cameraman hitchhiked to Paris. The four stories including the events during the actual 888 weekend, and interviews with Ludovic Hubler and Andre Brugiroux will be edited in Copenhagen, Denmark, to make one single documentary. It will take some time to have this finished, several months for sure, but we will keep you posted about it. === Stories & Photos ===Some stories have been submitted, see for example '[http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/888/Reports/Sitarane A Nomadic Date in Paris]' by Julien and '2 weeks trip' on Hitchhiking is not a crime! [http://my.opera.com/patrishnik/blog/2-weeks-trip link] by Patryk, the youngest hitchhiker. It would be great if you also want to share your story... There is also a flickr-group for the photos, check [http://flickr.com/groups/paris-888/pool/ http://flickr.com/groups/paris-888/pool/] and feel free to add yours. === Next year: [[789]] ===789? The second edition of the European Hitchhiking Week? We hope for you that it will be a pleasure once again to share another experience together. Of course, it will be very difficult to do better, but if all participate a little, it will be our paradise :) Check [http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/789 hitchwiki.org/en/789] for more information, and feel free to take part in the discussion. === Some Hitchhiking Anecdotes ===* There was a lot of space in the car, I asked him take me to Orléans, he said: O.k. I will give you a ride! Oh no, I can't, my wheels will touch the car !!! * One hitchhiker arrived from [http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/Linz Linz] after 21 hours of hitchhiking. He then could only stay for 4 hours as he had to return home again to be back in time for his job. * The last hitchhiker who arrived in Paris for the gathering actually stayed partying with her driver the night before. Could there be a better excuse?* One hitchhiker had to go back 40 kilometers to pick up a phone he had left behind in a car. * Another hitchhiker almost lost all his luggage because he said good-bye before he picked his luggage from the trunk.* At least two attendees just took a plane from Berlin(!) to get to the meeting. == Accommodation = (upcoming) events ===* 23 August - 5 September 2008/open end - [http://vivaconagua.org/index.htm?post?388 Viva con Agua] hitchhiking race from [http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/Hamburg Hamburg]/St.Pauli to the EXPO 2008 in [[Zaragoza|Saragossa]] with the topic ''Water and Sustainable Development''.* 5-7 September - The Annual [http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/abgefahren abgefahren e.V.] club meeting will take place at [http://maps.google.de/maps?f=q&hl=de&geocode=3590061396587339222,53.082350,8.792220%3B5107824826627978613,53.551460,8.569310&q=oberkeil&sll=53.209322,8.698425&sspn=1.135002,2.323608&ie=UTF8&ll=49.998471,11.515388&spn=0.152277,0.420914&z=12 Oberkeil] close to [http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/Bayreuth Bayreuth]. Open for everyone. Workshops, talks, etc. More info > http://meeting.abgefahren-ev.de/* 7-13 August 2009. 2nd European Hitchhiking Week, [http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/789 hitchwiki.org/en/789] location yet to be determined. == second newsletter ==  '''888 ... one day to go! Paris: here we come. French highways: get ready to be invaded.''' Are you ready for Paris? A large number of people have already been hitching for some days now to get closer to the target, people are teaming up in different places and meetings are taking place in different locations. The idea for Paris is very simple. We will gather in front of the Eiffel Tower, at this exact location: http://turl.ca/ 888 from anytime during the day until around 23:00 (or later even maybe). Not everyone has found a host so far, and therefore we have the idea to also go camping at [http://www.couchsurfing.com/group_read.html?gid=9367&post=1293515 some place] around Paris (we have one or two locations in our minds). To make up our minds what to do we probably will have some collective meetings to discuss all options on the spot. We will also discuss where to meet up the next day; it is likely we will meet up at the same spot as Friday but we will try to update the forum and website when we know more. If you're running late, or can't find anyone, you can txt or call the following numbers: +33612871824 (Fabrice) +31626071803 (Robino) Happy hitching !  http://the888project.eu/  == first newsletter == Are you ready for the European Hitchhiking Day/ Week? On the 8th of August we now have over 90 people who have registered so far in one way or another. We kindly want to ask you to update your [http://www.couchsurfing.com/meetings.html?mid=11024 Event-settings] to give us an idea if you are actually planning to come and if you already have a place to stay: http://www.couchsurfing.com/meetings.html?mid=11024 '''Local meetings and routes'''There are currently [http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/Project_888/Meetings meetings] planned in Luxembourg, Hamburg, Lyon, Utrecht, Istanbul, Sofia, Belgrade, Budapest, Munich and Strasbourg one to seven days prior to the event in Paris. Join one of these meetings or create one yourself for the cities you will be passing through. To create a city meet-up, please create a [http://www.couchsurfing.com/meetings.html?mid=11024 sub-meeting] '''Arriving in Paris'''We will meet-up by the Champ de Mars (located by the Eiffel Tower) on the 8th [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=109599739092760898987.0004530492f3a05284d9d&ll=48.857967,2.295456&spn=0.003318,0.009388&t=h&z=17 exact location]). We plan to do some games to share our experiences and stories, and food. If there are no fixed plans made yet (which is likely) we are very likely to have a meeting at around 10 to decide where we will be going and how, depending maybe also on how many hosts we have and how many people are looking for a place. '''Accommodation / camping'''We have at the moment two options for accommodation.  The first idea is to do some old-school camping in the wild. We have localised a spot where we all could camp for free. It is just outside of Paris and not an official camp-site (and we don't have 'permission'). There are no toilets but fresh water resources are close by. Please share your thoughts here: in our [http://www.couchsurfing.com/group_read.html?gid=9367&post=1293515e-mail group].
Things we need:
* potentially some cooking material
== '''Accommodation / being hosted =='''The second option is to all stay with hosts in Paris, but it . The coordination team is summer period and so far we have no clue how many of you still need currently updating a hostdocument with the contact information (phone, address, and availability) of all Parisians who is able would like to host us . So far we have been in contact with several hosts in Parisand currently have a hosting capacity for about 35 people. We have a pool will ask the hosts to come to the Champ de Mars, so we can deal with it on the eventpage on CS but we would kindly ask you to update your settingsspot. If you are looking for a host contact hosts in Paris yourself, please ask them to come to the Champ de Mars and if this person has crash-space for more others as well, so that you . You can bring others with you on the 8th.
''So far 'Accommodation / third option?''' A third option would be if we have been in contact with several hosts can find a court-yard somewhere in Paris and currently have a hosting capacity or another spot closer within the city for about 30 people20 tents.'' We probably will have a list This would be the perfect way by which we could actually combine groups of hosts people that are hosted in the city and their adresses ready on others staying in a tent but closer to the 8thcity. If you know anything, so we can distribute please share your thoughts in the guests888-group.
== Accomodation / third option? =='''Documentary about Hitchhiking '''A third option If you would be if we can find a court-yard somewhere in like to contribute to the hitchhiking documentary with your hitchhiking experience/stories on your way to Paris , you will have the possibility to submit your photos, videos, drawings or another spot closer within audio digital recordings to the city for about 20 tents. This would hitchhiking documentary team who will be updating the perfect way digital material unto a laptop on 888 by which we could actually combine groups of people the Champ de Mars. The hitchhiking documentary team reminds you that are hosted in you may contribute to the city and others staying documentary project in a tent but closer to the city. If any artistic way you know anything, please share your thoughts in the 888-groupcan possibly think of. Be creative!
== Arriving in Paris =='''Open Space Day: Living a Nomadic Life'''We will meet-up right under the Eiffel Tower on the 8th. We For Saturday we plan to do some have a so-called Open Space Day, with games to share our experiences , workshops and discussion groups for sharing skills and storiesknowledge exchange on hitchhiking, sustainable travel, nomadic resources and foodhospitality exchange. If there are no fixed plans made Location is yet (which is likely) we are very likely to have be determined. This Open Space Day follows the law of two feet: if you find yourself in a meeting at around 10 to decide situation where you are not contributing or learning, move where we will be going and howyou can, depending maybe also on how many hosts we have and how many people are looking for or create a placenew situation/ group.
== Open Space Day: Living a Nomadic Life. =='''Contact details'''For Saturday we plan any contact prior to have a so-called Open Space Day, with gamesthis event, workshops and discussion groups for sharing skills and knowledge exchange please share your thoughts on hitchhiking, sustainable travel, nomadic resources and hospitality exchangethe [http://www.couchsurfing.com/group. Location is yet to be determinedhtml?gid=9367 888 CS group]. This Open Space Day follows On the law of two feet: 8th or before, if you find yourself need to be in a situation where you are not contributing or learningdirect contact, move where you can, call/ txt or create a new situation/ group.mail the following coordinators:
== Contact details ==
On the 8th, if you need to be in contact, you can call/ txt the following numbers: +(33)612871824 (Fabrice) +31(0)626071803 (Robino). For any contact prior to this event, please share your thoughts with the 888 e-mail group.
for '''For more information:'''
* http://www.the888project.eu/
* http://www.couchsurfing.com/group.html?gid=9367
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