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Post 888 Newsletter

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Thanks to everyone that was there and the clear weather, the meeting was a big success. It stayed based on the Champs de Mars for the whole three days, entailing deep and meaningful conversation with the local police force.

In addition to the usual "get drunk/get laid" action that seems unavoidable in such occasion, some very practical topics were addressed, such as:

  • Nomadic philosophy
  • General survival tricks, whether in the wild or in the urban jungle.
  • Much much sharing of hitch-hiking experience. Everyone seemed to have a cool story to tell. Palme d'or goes to Fabrice for the Stevie-Wonder-smile drug-lord.
  • Friendships were formed or developed. A very important thing for such a loose society.

Press Articles

French Press - Paris Match Article and Video


The Documentary Project

Like all the movies go, the documentary project got a ride for the editing step in Copenhaguen with Martin, don't worried ! it won't become a comic movie for all, there some french guy in the team, so no problem ... It will take a long time of course, several months for sure... Next news in few days. MiSha 23:47 13 August 2008 (CEST)

Next year: 789

  • Next year will see a European Hitchhikers Gathering, so we hope for you that it will be a pleasure one again to Share a other experience together. Of course, it will be very difficult to do better, but if all participate a little, it will be our paradise.
  • Check the organisation on that link > 789

Some hitchhiking anecdotes

Share your stories!

  • There was a lot of space in the car, I asked him for take me to Orléans, he said : Ok I give you a ride ! Oh no no I can't, my wheels will touch the car !!! MiSha
  • One hitchhiker arrived from Linz after 21 hours of hitchhiking, stayed for 4 hours and went back home again to be back in time.
  • The last hitchhiker who arrived in Paris for the gathering stayed partying with her driver the night before. Could there be a better excuse?
  • One hitchhiker had to go back 40 kilometers to pick up a phone he had left behind in a car. Another hitchhiker almost lost all his luggage because he said good-bye before he picked his luggage from the trunk.

Julien's 10 page report: PDF HTML

second newsletter

888 ... one day to go! Paris: here we come. French highways: get ready to be invaded.

Are you ready for Paris? A large number of people have already been hitching for some days now to get closer to the target, people are teaming up in different places and meetings are taking place in different locations.

The idea for Paris is very simple. We will gather in front of the Eiffel Tower, at this exact location: http://turl.ca/888 from anytime during the day until around 23:00 (or later even maybe).

Not everyone has found a host so far, and therefore we have the idea to also go camping at some place around Paris (we have one or two locations in our minds). To make up our minds what to do we probably will have some collective meetings to discuss all options on the spot.

We will also discuss where to meet up the next day; it is likely we will meet up at the same spot as Friday but we will try to update the forum and website when we know more.

If you're running late, or can't find anyone, you can txt or call the following numbers: +33612871824 (Fabrice) +31626071803 (Robino)

Happy hitching !


http://the888project.eu/

first newsletter

Are you ready for the European Hitchhiking Day/ Week? On the 8th of August we now have over 90 people who have registered so far in one way or another. We kindly want to ask you to update your Event-settings to give us an idea if you are actually planning to come and if you already have a place to stay: http://www.couchsurfing.com/meetings.html?mid=11024

Local meetings and routes There are currently meetings planned in Luxembourg, Hamburg, Lyon, Utrecht, Istanbul, Sofia, Belgrade, Budapest, Munich and Strasbourg one to seven days prior to the event in Paris. Join one of these meetings or create one yourself for the cities you will be passing through. To create a city meet-up, please create a sub-meeting

Arriving in Paris We will meet-up by the Champ de Mars (located by the Eiffel Tower) on the 8th exact location). We plan to do some games to share our experiences and stories, and food. If there are no fixed plans made yet (which is likely) we are very likely to have a meeting at around 10 to decide where we will be going and how, depending maybe also on how many hosts we have and how many people are looking for a place.

Accommodation / camping We have at the moment two options for accommodation.

The first idea is to do some old-school camping in the wild. We have localised a spot where we all could camp for free. It is just outside of Paris and not an official camp-site (and we don't have 'permission'). There are no toilets but fresh water resources are close by. Please share your thoughts in our e-mail group.

Things we need:

  • you to bring a tent
  • big army-tents
  • potentially some cooking material

Accommodation / being hosted The second option is to all stay with hosts in Paris. The coordination team is currently updating a document with the contact information (phone, address, availability) of all Parisians who would like to host us. So far we have been in contact with several hosts in Paris and currently have a hosting capacity for about 35 people. We will ask the hosts to come to the Champ de Mars, so we can deal with it on the spot. If you contact hosts in Paris yourself, please ask them to come to the Champ de Mars and if this person has crash-space for others as well. You can bring others with you on the 8th.

Accommodation / third option? A third option would be if we can find a court-yard somewhere in Paris or another spot closer within the city for about 20 tents. This would be the perfect way by which we could actually combine groups of people that are hosted in the city and others staying in a tent but closer to the city. If you know anything, please share your thoughts in the 888-group.

Documentary about Hitchhiking If you would like to contribute to the hitchhiking documentary with your hitchhiking experience/stories on your way to Paris, you will have the possibility to submit your photos, videos, drawings or audio digital recordings to the hitchhiking documentary team who will be updating the digital material unto a laptop on 888 by the Champ de Mars. The hitchhiking documentary team reminds you that you may contribute to the documentary project in any artistic way you can possibly think of. Be creative!

Open Space Day: Living a Nomadic Life For Saturday we plan to have a so-called Open Space Day, with games, workshops and discussion groups for sharing skills and knowledge exchange on hitchhiking, sustainable travel, nomadic resources and hospitality exchange. Location is yet to be determined. This Open Space Day follows the law of two feet: if you find yourself in a situation where you are not contributing or learning, move where you can, or create a new situation/ group.

Contact details For any contact prior to this event, please share your thoughts on the 888 CS group. On the 8th or before, if you need to be in direct contact, you can call/ txt or mail the following coordinators:

Fabrice Renucci: Email: [email protected] Cell Phone: +33 (0)612871824 http://www.couchsurfing.com/people/garthelgard

Robino : Email: [email protected] Cell Phone: +31(0)626071803 http://www.couchsurfing.com/people/robino https://www.bewelcome.org/member.php?cid=robino

For more information: