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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 many of us as we shared so many stories and skills. We stayed camping on the Champs de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower for the whole three days, entailing some deep and meaningful conversation with the local police force, but we were generally left alone by them. In addition to the usual "get drunk/get laid" action that seems unavoidable in such occasions, we also had some very practical workshops and talks such as: * Nomadic philosophy Fabrice Renucci: Email: [email protected] Cell Phone: +33 (0)612871824 http://www.couchsurfing.com/people/garthelgard Robino : Email: [email protected] Cell Phone: +31(0)626071803 http://www.couchsurfing.com/people/robino https://www.bewelcome.org/member.php?cid=robino
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* General survival tricks, whether in the wild or in the urban jungle.
* Much much sharing of hitch-hiking experience.
Everyone seemed to have a cool story to tell. 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! A lot of people are reactive to find a way to meet again! We hope to the future event will be nice days like those ones !
===Press Coverage===One of the aims of the event was to promote hitchhiking, also by means of press-coverage. We
also had some nice success here , as there was some coverage from the main French press agency AFP , another French website ([http://www.parismatch.com/dans-l-oeil-de-match/reportages/le-projet-888-rassemble-les-autostoppeurs-europeens/(gid)/46523 see video]) and some local radio-stations. We also had press-coverage in Austria and the Netherlands, where we got coverage on the main news ([http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/Video:Robino_Hitchhiking see video]).
===The Documentary Project===
Now less than 5 film-making teams were formed prior to the Paris gathering. All video's are going to be merged in one single documentary . The documentary project now got a ride for the editing step in Copenhagen with Martin. It will take some time of course to be finished, several months for sure, but we will keep you posted about this.
Some stories have been submitted, see for example '[http://www.hitchwiki.org/en/888/Reports/Sitarane A Nomadic Date in Paris]' by Julien. It would be great if you also want to
post you story... There is also a flickr-group for the photos, check http://flickr.com/groups/paris-888/pool/
===Next year: []===
Next year will see a European Hitchhikers Gathering. 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 [  ]
===Some Hitchhiking Anecdotes===* There was a lot of space in the car, I asked him
for 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 !!! [[User:Terrehappy|MiSha]]* One hitchhiker arrived from [ [Linz ]] after 21 hours of hitchhiking , he stayed for 4 hours to return home again to be back in time for his work.
* 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 .
== second newsletter ==
'''Accommodation / third option?'''
A third option would be if we can find a court-yard somewhere in Paris or another spot closer within the city for about 20 tents. This would be the perfect way by which we could actually combine groups of people that are hosted in the city and others staying in a tent but closer to the city. If you know anything, please share your thoughts in the 888-group.
'''Documentary about Hitchhiking '''
For any contact prior to this event, please share your thoughts on the [http://www.couchsurfing.com/group.html?gid=9367 888 CS group]. On the 8th or before, if you need to be in direct contact, you can call/ txt or mail the following coordinators:
'''For more information:'''