Barcelona Express – recap

Barcelona Express – recap

Right now I’m sitting in the airplane, waiting for it to take off. I’m exhausted and happy. We managed to hitchhike to Barcelona in 6 days. A total of 1700 kilometers. That without stopping, direct from door to door, alone is 18 hours. We did it in 28 hours spread over 6 days, including ride swaps and catching rides. An impressive result that I am proud of. The last week has been a great adventure. The amount of amazing people we’ve met and also the experience of hitchhiking through Europe….

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Barcelona Express – day 6

Barcelona Express – day 6

Today was the last day of our hitchiking trip. We only had to do an odd 100km from again the middle of nowhere (15km above Girona) to just under Barcelona. The place where we camped was absolutely trashed this morning. There had been a huge party during the night, until like 4AM. The result of it was trash, cups and bottles. Before I went to sleep, before midnight, I had plugged in my powerbank to charge… Well guess what was missing this morning. I’m half hoping it will show up…

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Barcelona Express – day 5

Barcelona Express – day 5

Last night after we had finished the hitchhiking we had a lot of spare time, as we had arrived first. We were hanging around a bit, setting up our tent, finding good places to charge our electrical etc. At 18:30 we were served a magnificent dish of Paela with chicken, shrimp and mussels. It was really delicious. Avignon Crusade Then at 21:00 we participated in a city challenge game which involved solving 3 crossword puzzles. Each crossword solution would be a place in the city of Avignon were we had…

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Barcelona Express – day 4

Barcelona Express – day 4

With 3 days of hitchhiking done and 3 more to go we were exactly half way this morning. The atmosphere at breakfast was really good. I think the amount of food really contributed to that and the fact that most people got a decent night of sleep. And also the camping was really nice right on the river and with a pool as well. This time there was no party until 4am… Though we’re not quite sure until when the party did last.. See Charlotte has the same gift as…

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Barcelona Express – day 3

Barcelona Express – day 3

Last night we spent the night in a fort. In my previous blog I already wrote about it… but I hadn’t been able to show the video that I made when it got dark and a party was launched in the fort…. What a magical place aye? So this morning we woke up hearing a lot of confusion around us. We were given information that we breakfast was at 9:00 and the start of todays stage at 10:00. We had set the alarm for 08:00 given us plenty of time…

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Barcelona Express – day 2

Barcelona Express – day 2

Today was already the second day of Barcelona Express for the Dutch competition (Go Dutch!). And let me tell you, it was again a great day. So the team behind Barcelona Express organizes a bunch of events in the evening after the hitchhiking is done. I am convinced they forgot that people need sleep. Last nighs schedule involved the winners to be announced at midnight, followed by a party UNTIL 3 AM. Given Charlotte and me were up at 4AM the day before… That was not going to happen.. We…

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Barcelona Express – day 1

Barcelona Express – day 1

Barcelona hitchhiking competition ! Just a couple of months ago I saw this Facebook advertisement for a hitchhiking competition to Barcelona… It immediately got my attention. Ever since my mom had told me about her hitchhiking adventures I’ve been more than keen on trying it myself. So this competition that I saw is called Barcelona Express. A competition where money is raised for the International Tree Foundation. Three different countries participate, with as a goal to reach Barcelona the quickest. The Dutch teams start in Amsterdam and spread out over…

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