REVIEW OF PELAGO STAVANGER
MY BICYCLE, MY COMPANION
FEMALE HARDCORE PUNK IN PERU
A FINNISH WOMAN IN LATIN AMERICA
SOMETIMES IT SUCKS
If you want to go on a long cycling trip, be prepared to talk to strangers and give random interviews. Even in the most odd circumstances. Why? Because not only is it a great opportunity for you to meet people, but you and your heavily stocked bicycle will definitely draw people’s attention at you!
How on earth do you train for long-distance cycling and contact with strangers if you live in a city? Unless you’re one of those people into Urban Hitchhiking [sic!], meeting people on the streets of a city can be a tricky business. However, with a spark of imagination, there are loads of things that will draw people towards you. Being a taxi driver on a Saturday night is one option, but an other, more ecological and mentally less challenging one is getting yourself a pink rikshaw!
Body language is essential when approaching strangers, especially, if you’re standing next to a busy road waiting for a ride. Signs and gestures vary from culture to culture, so even when hitchhiking, one can never be completely sure about what the driver is trying to communicate. If you have ever thought about catching a lift from a stranger in Europe or have already done so yet still have doubts on some of the things you’ve seen while on the lookout, then here’s your ultimate guide to understanding drivers and the hidden messages behind their gestures (and my thoughts on them)!
Although Finland is cold and scarcely populated, there are still great reasons to hitchhike in this Nordic country. For some of them, read my short reportage on a journey done over five days by myself and Atte from Helsinki to the Arctic Sea and back with 38 rides. The article was published on Valomerkki on July 8th 2015. Unfortunately, the article is only in Finnish.
Everyone in Southern Europe is acquainted with the phenomenon of rose salesmen. It’s impossible not to be, as these mainly Bangladeshi men tirelessly stroll around the city streets, trying to make a living out of selling roses to wealthy Europeans. It’s no secret that the potential clientele often feels harassed just by the sole sight of these rose men with their colorful flower bundles. But who are these men?
Co-founder, owner and blogger for Seikkailijattaret, a Finnish online travel magazine for females.