5-8-11 is the fourth edition of the annual European Hitchhiking Gathering.
Organisation & Discussion
- communication is done via the Hitch mailing list
- you can help organising, e.g. by signing up for tasks on the TODO list below (just put your name/timestamp and if you're without wiki account a way to contact you next to the task)
- workshops and events are under discussion, for now place your suggestions here: Hitchgathering/2011/Workshops
- minutes from the Magdeburg meeting are available
- Different pre-meetings in Berlin, Budapest, Sofia and so on ... initiative welcome!
- The gathering: 5/8/11
- After-meeting in Turkey?
- get in touch with Christopher's nomad base
- how hard it is for off-Schengen to come to Bulgaria? Do they need visa?
- Figure out how Schengen people can assist in helping to acquire visa for people who need it
- ... put this on the website in Russian
- make organisation more visible on hitchgathering.org: atopia
- Thoroughly adapt the website to 2011. Views, menu...
- invent new slogans!
- Reworking hitchgathering.org menu structure
- make hitchgathering.org/6810 point to 2010 and remove the menu
- add a timeline capability to reports and merge them into the 2010 timeline, remove reports
- make it possible to offer or request workshops;
- encourage people to suggest activities
- have a workshop list on the website
- suggestions from Evaluation
- link in a discussion forum
- ask for interests/offers on registration
- lists for sports, kitchen and music stuff (who brings what?)
Most of that is going to be on the internet. But offline comm is welcome if anybody can handle that.
- Write press material (now that we have the destination).
- Research and include Russian-language information on visa issues for Ukrainians and Russians
- print and distribute flyers
- track and communicate flyer distribution
- get in touch with hitchhikers in different countries to have local contacts:
- Tadas for Lithuania
- Martin for Latvia
- add more... or add yourself
Most festivals spread through word of mouth. We can put that on steroids with all that social media thing.
List of micro-bloggers (twitter, identi.ca...) that actually use their account:
- twitter: sitarane
The idea is to follow each other, to make communication faster.
List of travel bloggers that actually have readers: The idea is to get them to write articles on hitchgathering.
List of people to contact:
- The two Swedish kids that hitched across Eurasia --Elsy
The idea is to get them to communicate the gathering to a wider audience.
- hospex camp organizers
- La Sophiste
- Tom (Roadjunky)
- the guy that organizes the Paris-Dakar HH race
- for everybody: DIY (see below)
- new logo's and stuff
- create a flyer to print and distribute (maybe stickers?)
- Contact Robin about last year (you're reading this?): price, can we get the same offer? --N0id
- track distribution and make it more open; make better use of them --N0id
At the gathering
- organize some nice events and workshops: Hitchgathering/2011/Workshops
We are planning to do flyers and/or maybe stickers like last year, but also we would like to pass on promotion to everybody. There are endless possibilities to spread the word about the hitchgathering. For example:
- Tell your friends
- Tell hitchhikers you meet on the road
- Write cardboards with hitchgathering.org, the place and date (and maybe more) and place them at popular hitchhiking spots ... be creative and use your colorful markers!
- Draw your own flyers :)
- Spread the word around hitchhiking clubs and websites in your country/your language
- Post on your hitchhiking / travel / nomad blog or website about the gathering
- Tell your favorite hitchhiking / travel / nomad blog author to write about it
- Organize a pre-meeting (can be early like May/June/July to raise attention and connect people)
- Invent a new slogan for this year! http://hitchwiki.org/en/index.php?title=Hitchgathering/2011/Slogan&action=edit
The gathering will take place in Kara Dere, Bulgaria. Below is the description for the proposal.
Quite big national hitchhiking society. Local support is a snap. Hitching is a blast. Exact location: The Black Sea, Kara Dere (near the city of Biala)
Have a look at Pictures of Bulgaria
- huge remote beach
- water supply from a spring on the beach (The issue of drinking water: There is a natural spring right on the beach. The only insignificant con is that the nice camping areas in the forest are a bit further on the beach on a 15 mins walk from the spring. But 10 liter tubes do a great job and daily "trips" are just a walk on the beach)
- perfect shade, as the beach borders with a marvelous forest, where it's cool all day long and in the night it's not windy and sandy
- people there are generally nice
- equally near to (between) the two biggest cities (Varna, Burgas) on the coast line.
- close to turkey
- small "bar"(caravan) for beer, fish&chips, etc. on one end of the beach
- few to none about the mosquito issue
- the trumpet festival at Guča happens the week after 5/8/11, just 850km to the west
- 40 mins walk on a dirt road to the nearest village for food supply (quite easy and pleasant though)
- There are cars passing by as well on this dirty road, so they can at least bring the bags with food.
- project for closing the area and building an "Eco Village" (decision and deadline unknown yet)
- language barrier?
- I guess there are as many hhikers who don't speak Bulgarian as hhikers who didn't speak Portuguese. And I guess there are a lot more Russian speakers in Bulgaria than English speakers in Spain.
- language barrier is absolutely no problem, everybody knows what the thumb means, also city's names on road signs are nearly always in Cyrillic and Latin.
- Many campers in summer
- Forget about dumpster-diving here