Living on the Road - No Stage: Stranded in Germany


After more than seventeen months on the road I was stranded in the city of Dresden in Germany, back in the country where I was born, poisoned by the products of the pharma mafia which they gave me when I had to spend two weeks in a hospital after an operation, not able to continue with my travels or to work in volunteer projects, without a shelter but not homeless, - my home is a spaceship called Planet Earth -, without money but not without hope.

My new situation

There was no reason to panic, all I had to do was to sell myself, my identity to the German authorities to get social benefit which includes a small amount of money, enough to survive in a society based on money, and an almost free accommodation, in my case in an accommodation project for people with addiction problems. (I think it was not the wrong place because I am addicted to traveling and living on the road) After two weeks of unavoidable, almost endless meetings with the authorities I was in a situation to start with the recovery process from my poisoning. A doctor had told me that it could take up to six months until my body was detoxified but I was optimistic, ready to continue with my life on the road as soon as possible. I tried to find out the positive aspects of my new, unwanted life, and it worked. First of all, I had time for reflections, to think about my life on and off the road, and I had enough time to write and publish my stories about life on road. I was able to find a possibiility for free internet access in the university library of the city which you cannot take for granted in Germany, so I had the opportunity to work on my articles and, even more important, I could stay in touch with my friends and my online sisters and brothers all over the world. I could make some new contacts and find out more about new opportunities for my life after recovery. All this helped me a lot to survive and to keep my optimism.

Time for reflection

During seventeen months on the road I had lived on about 1.50 € (or 2 $) a day, I hitchhiked more than 12.000 km on the roads of Europe, and about two thirds of the time I had worked in volunteer projects in five countries. I did not count all these wonderful people I met along my way but there were many of them, the drivers who picked me up when I was hitchhiking, my couchsurfing hosts, the people I met in the volunteer projects, the hitchhikers community I met during the European Hitchhikers Gathering, the people who helped me with food or donated small amounts of money, and, and, and, the list is long ... I learned more things about other cultures, I enjoyed this time of my life more than any other period of my life, my thinking became more positive, I became more optimistic and a very happy person. I also had the feeling that time was slowing down. And I learned what I do not need in my everyday life, things like a mobile phone, a laptop, any luxury items. All you need is some food, something to drink, some clothes and a roof over your head (sometimes a tree or the stars of the universe).

Back on the road

After six months off the road I was was physically and mentally ready for the next adventure, to return back to the road. My first destination was Austria, and on a cold and rainy spring morning I started to hitchhike from Dresden to the Czech capital Prague where the sun was shining on my arrival. I was back on the road ...

Stay tuned, there is more to come ...

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Brie Hoffman 4 years ago from Manhattan

Do you think a woman could do what you are doing?

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eguide 4 years ago

Internationl topics are great; did not know what stage was until read that it is like a chapter;

No need to reesePONDPeaces!

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B. Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

In your living on the road series, what do you mean by "volunteer projects"? I have not yet read all the hub articles in the series, including the first one; please forgive my asking if you have already explained this. If I went looking for "volunteer projects" here in the USA that would provide food and shelter for a few days or more, what would I be looking for? I have heard of getting temporary volunteer work at retreat centers, but you have to apply for that the same as for a job and usually can't just hitchhike into town and expect to be welcomed, unless you have the funds to be a paying guest.

Brie: It's possible. A year or two ago I chanced to converse with a woman who had hitchhiked alone to the tip of South America and back. Maybe she had a lot of nerve and a lot of luck, but she did it.

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oceansider 4 years ago

I have to say that this article was very enjoyable and interesting to read....especially because I have never done anything like you have....going from country to country, or state to state here in the U.S.

It sounds amazing, and I am a bit envious of your life style I must admit.

I have actually, in the past, thought of visiting different countries, but I haven't ever stepped out and tried it!...Oh and those photos are Dresden are looks like a beautiful city!

Thanks for this article,


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