Living Room Travel #4: The Hitchhiking Race
Last year, Lisa was one of the 160 participants of Tramprennen and hitchhiked from Innsbruck, Austria to the Tsigov Chark, next to the beautiful Batak-Lake in Bulgaria. Travelling only by thumb for the first time in her life, these two weeks/2000 kilometers were an incredible experience (and are actually the reason why she is living in beautiful Ljubljana at the moment), filled with funny encounters with goats on motorways, way too many people in way too small cars, a plush horse called Peter Pony, nights spend under the stars and a collective tattoo memorial. Since then hitchhiking was been an essential part of her life and she would love to share some of these special memories with you.
Tramprennen is an annual hitchhiking race organized by Club of Roam-Autostop! e.V. since 2008, in which over 100 go-getters hit the road using their thumbs. The competition takes you through Europe at the end of summer, and during the two weeks scheduled for the race there’s plenty of room for spontaneity and discovering different cultures, both within the race and in the ever changing settings of the race. It’s not just about passing through the places as fast as possible, but also taking the time to meet different people with an open mind and share amazing experiences together. It’s an opportunity to promote such funktastic values as: friendship, transcultural exchange, social engagement and obviously the sweet, sweet art of hitchhiking.
Likewise, with fundraising and creation of awareness taking place both before and during the race: Tramprennen is also a big contributor to the projects of Viva Con Agua, whose aims are to improve access to drinkable water, sanitation and hygiene worldwide. And since 2015, to the work of Pro Asyl, a NGO working for refugee’s rights in Europe.
Ziferblat is a place for socialising where you pay for time. Students are 4 cents per minute, non-students are 5 cents. Because we don’t want you to hurry, clocks for this event will stop after 60 mins.