Vote for chocolate
"Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you're gonna get." said Forrest Gump's mum. Well, for a hitchhiker life on the road is like a full-blown chocolate factory (if you like chocolate...). You never know if Charlie is going to pick you up and what kind of Oompa Loompas you make friends with.
Last year some 80-90 unique individuals from all over the world were having fun, connecting with each other and sharing more than mere travel stories in Sines, Portugal. That was the third European Hitchgathering.
Now the Fourth Hitchgathering, infamously referred to as 5-8-11, is organized by the hitchhikers for the hitchhikers. As the name states, the event starts on 5 August 2011 and takes place somewhere in Europe. Where? That's for us to decide! Go on, vote for your favorite location right now!
You can choose between cities such as Bristol, Berlin and Lyon and far off places like "In the Nordics" and Turkey. Some of these spots have well defined locations while other proposals are still less clear (remember Portugal?). And as we are writing it is "The Black Sea, Kara Dere in Bulgaria" that is leading with a magic 42% of the votes. And if you have another great proposal, why not take the initiative to still add it!
And you know what's so great about the gathering, you don't have to be bold and beautiful or have thousands of kilometers of thumbing experience to attend. 5-8-11 calls for all wacky road warriors, former couch potatoes and other amazing travelers who won't shy away from a little bit of adventure. Come and join us 1 April in the pre-meeting in Magdeburg, Germany, or keep your eyes open at our website http://hitchgathering.org and sign up to let us all know you are coming.