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March 2011 Newsletter

Better than s... 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: you never know if Charlie is going to pick you up and what kind of Oompa Loompas you make friends with along the way. When you let the destiny decide where you go next, every day is as sweet as the best (vegan) chocolate.

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 Nordics or Turkey. Some of these spots have well defined locations while other proposals are still less clear. By the time of writing "The Black Sea, Kara Dere in Bulgaria" is leading with a whopping 40% of the votes!

According to Elaine Sherman: "Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally." If that's true for chocolate, the same goes for hitching!

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. Hitchgathering 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 1st of April in the pre-meeting in Magdeburg, Germany to reach consensus about the location or keep your eyes open at our website http://hitchgathering.org and sign up to let us all know you are coming.

May your travels be as sweet as chocolate!