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Here is part of my hitchhiking bio and show off... ;)
- I started hitchhiking 2002 in South Africa. Between 2002 and 2009 I mostly likely hitchhiked every year more than what the average person travels with their own car, train and maybe plane together. In 2009, I hitchhiked back to Europe from Yemen.
- I see hitchhiking as a normal, even though special, means of transport. I do appreciate the personal and --on a bigger scale-- the cultural exchange and empowerment perspective of hitchhiking. Most of the time, I try to put hitchhiking in a big and interconnected picture.
- I do highly appreciate the diversity of hitchhiking.
- I am a fan of hitchhiking techniques, the psychology of hitchhiking and scientific views on hitchhiking; but also the 'hitchhiking flow' and 'hitchhiking as meditation'. I also believe in a beauty and an art of hitchhiking.
- I do appreciate, stimulate and I am active for the exchange of information and cooperation within and to the outside of the hitchhiking community. Further, I am active for the sustainability of hitch hiking related activities and projects.
- I initiated and (co)founded abgefahren e.V., the German Hitchhiking Society in order, a.o., to facilitate more sustainability and long-term thinking in the (German) hitchhiking scene, e.g. give hitchhiking related initiatives a place to pass things on to the next generation, be a contact point for press work, or provide a legal entity where needed.
- I push on making hitchhiking more mainstream. Concrete project plans range from holding a hitch-hiking congress, over organizing a Youth Exchange on European level (European Mobility aspect), to give a helping hand in order to get finally the Global Autostop Race realised.