I was born in ex-USSR, although I remember very few things about it. And that did somehow made the path why I hitchhike; one reason is that just after collapse of soviet union all the transport system collapsed, and volens nolens people hitchhiked, second reason are the money, or more correct to say - due to their absence.
But know I see hitchhiking as an alternative to both present days consumerism and pollution.
You can find on: http://www.couchsurfing.com/people/gheorghe
If you dont have nothing to do - Go Hitchhike!!!