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==My experience with hitchhiking==
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Since February 2009, Robino also started to hitchhike from his home to his office, once or twice a week, and writes about that in Dutch at [http://liftenwerkt.nl Liften werkt]. Due to his inability to work in an commercial office he had to quit this job though just 6 weeks later. Ironically, on his final hitch to work he was offered another job.
 
  
==My philosophy on hitchhiking==
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Hitchhiking for me is above everything a sport (as in mental exercise). It is not about cheap traveling but about sharing and meeting random people of whom some never turn out to be so random at all.
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[[Image:Hitching_berlin.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Hitching to [[Berlin]] with Heather in 2010]]
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[[Image:Robino_hitching.jpg|200px|thumb|right|To a [[Germany|German]] rainbow gathering in 2009]]
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[[Image:Granada.jpg|right|thumb|200px|Me hitching from [[Valencia]] to [[Granada]] in 2006]]
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[[Image:Robino_Sitarane.jpg|thumb|200px|right|[[Robino]] & [[Sitarane]] with their drivers while hitching from [[Amsterdam]] to [[Paris]] for the [[888]]-event, August 2008]]
  
I believe also in 'hitchhiking karma'. Most of the time you end up getting those rides which - in one way or another - was meant for you at that time, for your driver, or for both of you. You can make rides happen but you also should be able to listen very carefully to what the road is trying to tell you.
 
  
I used to strongly believe in a hitchhiker with an active attitude; walking up to drivers and talk to them to ask them for a ride. Whether you are waiting at a service station, rest-area or simply at a roundabout or traffic lights where cars stop. One of my favourite approaches is to wave and make them stop and then make the driver understand what I am actually doing: hitching.  
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==Experience==
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Robino has hitchhiking experience in the [[United Kingdom]], [[Ireland]], [[Wales]], [[England]], [[Belgium]], [[Netherlands]], [[Germany]], [[France]], [[Czech Republic]], [[Switzerland]], [[Austria]], [[Slovenia]], [[Italy]], [[Croatia]], [[Serbia]], [[Bulgaria]], [[Spain]], [[Romania]], [[Poland]], [[Ukraine]], [[Turkey]] and [[Portugal]]. The first time hitching was in '98 with a girl from [[Nijmegen]] to [[Amsterdam]]. After four rides they got stuck somewhere in [[Utrecht]] and he took a train. A year later he hitched around the UK twice and - apart from that day he took a wrong car out of [[London]] - he happily never gave up again.  
  
Though these days I more and more believe in taking it easy, lying down in the grass, reading a book, writing notes, taking a nap, and just waiting for a driver to wake you up, even without putting up your thumb all the time. The right driver ''will'' recognize and stop for you.
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Since February 2009, Robino also started to hitchhike from his home to his office, once or twice a week, and writes about that in Dutch at [http://liftenwerkt.nl Liften werkt]. Due to his unfitness to work in an commercial office he had to quit this job just 6 weeks later. But ironically, on his final hitch to the office, he was offered another job by his driver.
  
I highly recommend to at least speak some hitchhiking sentences in the language of the country where traveling.
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==Philosophy==
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Hitchhiking for me is above everything a sport (as in mental exercise). It is not about cheap travel but about persistence, creativity, sharing, interpersonal skills and meeting random people - of whom some never turn out to be so 'random' at all.
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I believe also in 'hitchhiking inevitabilities', especially if you surrender to the road. If you hitch like this, many times you are ending up getting specifically those rides which - in one way or another - have a significant correlation with your life, experiences or mindset. You can also make rides happen but you should be wise enough to listen very carefully to what the road is trying to tell you. Things that are out of the ordinary do happen.
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==Non-action==
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I used to believe in a hitchhiker with an active attitude; walking up to drivers and talk to them to ask them for a ride. Whether you are waiting at a service station, rest-area or simply at a roundabout or traffic lights where cars stop. One of my favourite approaches is to wave and make them stop and then make the driver understand what I am actually doing: hitching.
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But over the last couple of years, I more and more believe in taking it easy, lying down in the grass, reading a book, writing notes, taking a nap, and just waiting for a driver to wake you up, even without putting up your thumb all the time. The "right driver" will recognize and stop for you. Try it. I got rides of 1,000 km like this. Just by doing "nothing".
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==Photos==
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I have a collection of photos of people hitchhiking (mostly girls). [http://photos.robokow.net/hitchhikers Check it out]!
  
 
==Missions==
 
==Missions==
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These were my missions as I wrote them in 2010. None of these has been accomplished yet ;-)
 
* To hitch the complete [[:Category:E40|E40]], 8500 kilometer long from [[Calais]] to [[Ridder]] in [[Kazakhstan]], and further into [[China]].
 
* To hitch the complete [[:Category:E40|E40]], 8500 kilometer long from [[Calais]] to [[Ridder]] in [[Kazakhstan]], and further into [[China]].
 
* To cross one of the Oceans by [[sailboat|boat hitching]]
 
* To cross one of the Oceans by [[sailboat|boat hitching]]
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
 
Currently I live in Amsterdam. I also lived in [[Barcelona]], [[Istanbul]], [[Het_Gooi|Huizen]] and [[Newcastle]]. If you're coming to Amsterdam, [https://www.bewelcome.org/bw/member.php?cid=robino Be Welcome]. [http://casarobino.org My house] is regularly visited by other hitchhikers. You can also have a look at my personal [http://robokow.net my website] and send me [http://www.robokow.net/contact an e-mail].
 
Currently I live in Amsterdam. I also lived in [[Barcelona]], [[Istanbul]], [[Het_Gooi|Huizen]] and [[Newcastle]]. If you're coming to Amsterdam, [https://www.bewelcome.org/bw/member.php?cid=robino Be Welcome]. [http://casarobino.org My house] is regularly visited by other hitchhikers. You can also have a look at my personal [http://robokow.net my website] and send me [http://www.robokow.net/contact an e-mail].
 
[[Image:Granada.jpg|left|thumb|234px|Me hitching from Valencia to Granada]] [[Image:Robino_Sitarane.jpg|thumb|240px|right|[[Robino]] & [[Sitarane]] with their drivers while hitching from [[Amsterdam]] to [[Paris]] for the [[888]]-event.]]
 
 
  
  

Revision as of 17:48, 10 March 2011


File:Hitching berlin.jpg
Hitching to Berlin with Heather in 2010
To a German rainbow gathering in 2009
Me hitching from Valencia to Granada in 2006
Robino & Sitarane with their drivers while hitching from Amsterdam to Paris for the 888-event, August 2008


Experience

Robino has hitchhiking experience in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Wales, England, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Spain, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Turkey and Portugal. The first time hitching was in '98 with a girl from Nijmegen to Amsterdam. After four rides they got stuck somewhere in Utrecht and he took a train. A year later he hitched around the UK twice and - apart from that day he took a wrong car out of London - he happily never gave up again.

Since February 2009, Robino also started to hitchhike from his home to his office, once or twice a week, and writes about that in Dutch at Liften werkt. Due to his unfitness to work in an commercial office he had to quit this job just 6 weeks later. But ironically, on his final hitch to the office, he was offered another job by his driver.

Philosophy

Hitchhiking for me is above everything a sport (as in mental exercise). It is not about cheap travel but about persistence, creativity, sharing, interpersonal skills and meeting random people - of whom some never turn out to be so 'random' at all.

I believe also in 'hitchhiking inevitabilities', especially if you surrender to the road. If you hitch like this, many times you are ending up getting specifically those rides which - in one way or another - have a significant correlation with your life, experiences or mindset. You can also make rides happen but you should be wise enough to listen very carefully to what the road is trying to tell you. Things that are out of the ordinary do happen.

Non-action

I used to believe in a hitchhiker with an active attitude; walking up to drivers and talk to them to ask them for a ride. Whether you are waiting at a service station, rest-area or simply at a roundabout or traffic lights where cars stop. One of my favourite approaches is to wave and make them stop and then make the driver understand what I am actually doing: hitching.

But over the last couple of years, I more and more believe in taking it easy, lying down in the grass, reading a book, writing notes, taking a nap, and just waiting for a driver to wake you up, even without putting up your thumb all the time. The "right driver" will recognize and stop for you. Try it. I got rides of 1,000 km like this. Just by doing "nothing".

Photos

I have a collection of photos of people hitchhiking (mostly girls). Check it out!

Missions

These were my missions as I wrote them in 2010. None of these has been accomplished yet ;-)

Personal

Currently I live in Amsterdam. I also lived in Barcelona, Istanbul, Huizen and Newcastle. If you're coming to Amsterdam, Be Welcome. My house is regularly visited by other hitchhikers. You can also have a look at my personal my website and send me an e-mail.