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Spring Newsletter #1

send out: 03/02/2010 - 19:12

Meteorological spring just started in Europe a few days back, which means that the spring/summer hitchhiking season 2010 just started!

For all the folks out there, a group of enthusiastic hitchhikers has started to organize on the next big event this summer: The European Hitchhiking Gathering 2010, short 6/8/10.

On August 6, 2010 we want to gather again somewhere in Europe to celebrate the freedom of the road, connect with the community and spread the word about one of the best ways of transportation there is.

A location has not been determined yet - for that we just started a voting on the official website: http://hitchgathering.org (the same as the previous website, except the name is different now).

We would love to see everybody voting for his/her favorite location. If you want your location added to the voting, give your voice at the discussion on hitchwiki: http://hitchwiki.org/en/6810

As always the gathering will be organized in an open, horizontal way, which means everybody who wants to contribute in the planning of the event is welcome to join!

The weekend of March 13/14, 2010, we are meeting in the heart of Berlin to push forward the development of the event. On http://hitchgathering.org you can find the current discussions & can sign up for the coordination meeting.

We wish you all a good start onto the roads of the world, warm highways and safe rides. Spread the word!

- The Community

March 2010

This is drafted from the minutes of the organization meeting in Berlin.

On the week end of the 13th and 14th of March, a handful of hitchhikers met up in Berlin to kick off the organization of the next European Hitchhiking Gathering. This newsletter is here to tell you what happened.

Thirteen people showed up physically, all of them had hitchhiked from the 4 corners of Europe, except two that came by car and we will keep their identity secret to protect their life :) . One was very present on VoIP, from Australia, many others showed up online, by email, or even by telephone. Anja and Tau (ADD LINKS TO PROFILES ON THE WEBSITE) hosted the event in their home.

The meeting happened without much preparation and when we met, we were left to find what to start with... First, we went around the circle to see what everyone was expecting from the festival. The main point were:

  • To promote the concept of hitchhiking in the European society
  • To stimulate the community of hitchhikers.
  • To have a good time doing that, travelling and meeting old and new friends.

What we didn't do