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So am I the only one who found hitching in rural Hungary and also on the Motorway (except if you approach people directly and talk to them) a pain in the asphalt?--Zenit 23:07, 25 August 2011 (CEST)
- Where were you? I hitchhike in Hungary several times a year, both on the motorway and on smaller roads, and my waiting times are rarely more than 5 minutes. Do you smile and make eye contact? My drivers often say they picked me up because I look like a student, so it may be worthwhile to hold a couple of books in your left hand. CRCulver 23:16, 25 August 2011 (CEST)
- Hehe, no, I look at the trees and things with a grumpy face :-) I went from the Csengersima border crossing to Debrecen and then on the Autopeja to Budapest and on to Austria. It took a (male) friend and me from 8am to 6 or 7pm to make the 120km or so to Debrecen with no waiting time shorter than 20 minutes and including being hassled by the police. The following day it took us 5 hours (plus two the night before) to get out of a service station near Budapest after being forbidden from speaking to people by the employee, but using the right sign... two Romanian dudes we met there finally got a lift after 15 hours in that place. My theories are that the current political climate in Hungary might not be perfect for a hippie to hitchhike in - and I somewhat look like I'm one - and that people are maybe a bit shy about not speaking foreign languages; the people we met in the rural areas spoke very basic either German or English at best.--Zenit 04:48, 29 August 2011 (CEST)