Wednesday, January 19, 2011

100 zlots, Georgians on the way and 24 hours in Serbia

as we and Quickfoot were kinda lazy last week, no new post was written..Sorry..Now short summary what we had experienced after Warsaw..
We left Karolina's place on Thursday afternoon and after 1,5 hours we got into nice hitchhiking spot. Less than half an hour and we got a lift by one middle aged pole. He's working in recycling business, is a punk rock/heavy rock lover, had a band of his own in youth...Also he's an Jehovah witness but luckily no topics about religion were touched in his car. But the guy did surprise us a lot - when leaving us on the roadside he just gave us 100 zlots: "You don't have polish money, so it will be useful for you. Maybe one day, when I'll be without money, someone will give it to me", he said before he left. <..>
In Krakow - only one night with Marzena and her sister. Next day - trip to Brno. To make long story short (as nothing super interesting happened except super long waiting hours at a border) we reached Brno at midnight. Then our team had to face another challenge: Czech hospitality...Beer, home-made wine and tequila made our evening super nice and next morning accordingly bad&hard...
On Saturday evening we found ourselves in one theater closing party: live music (actors were performing old Czech pop songs) and we met Mamuka - Georgian from Ajara who lives already 4 years in Brno!!! It was so nice to hear "Gaumarjos" pronounced by native speaker.. Then another party, wandering in the streets for "Non-Stop" and finally sleep (gosh, traveling is kinda exhausting..)
Sunday...Ride almost to Budapest, then some waiting and last 20 kilometers - Budapest, here we are!! We were hosted there by David (Hungarian by nationality but hospitable as pure Georgian).
Getting out of Budapest (after promises to ourselves to come back here again and spend at least 1 week here) was pain in the ass. Riding back'n'forth in the suburbs took almost until dusk. Then one guy stopped and brought us to the Serbian border (although originally he was going 60 km shorter).
So we left EU on Monday evening - at a border we had to face unfriendly looks of border guys and their questions about our destination in Serbia (it was kinda tempting though to make a small lie and tell them that we'd probably be going to Kosovo..) etc. But at least hitchhiking was easy and we made to Novi Sad as we had planned before.
In Novi Sad we stayed with bunch of Hungarian students (Hungarians are huge ethnic minority in North Serbia):
We had a few beers with our hosts and had a good nights sleep.
Next day we got out on the road and got a ride no problem to just outside Belgrade, then we waited about an hour til we got another one from there to about 50km from Nis. After that... We waited for 3 hours in massive fog and had just given up and were walking to find a hotel when we heard one last car coming from behind and Andy turned, kind of as a joke, and the guy pulled over! He was Bulgarian and was headed all the way from there to Sofia! So, we got a ride the whole way there.
Now, today we are going to try to get all the way to Istanbul. Hopefully, a truck will stop quickly for us and we'll get there in good time.

Until Istanbul!

Andrew, Inga and Quickfoot.


  1. Dag, you guys have met some nice people on the road. Especially that Pole!