Francisco Martínez (EHI, Tallinn University)
– Palm down or thumb up: the fare depends on the gesture you do by the road.
– In Russia, even Lenin seems to hitchhike, standing with a hand in his pocket and the other pointing up towards the future.
Fig 1. Terje, the walk between rides. Hitchhiking in Russia.
Hitchhiking is a way of travelling by charity, a sort of begging tourism. This practice of mobility is gaining popularity in Russia, paralleled to the disappearance of traditional ways of travelling cheap in the country.
There are indeed multiple modes of hitchhiking in Russia and not all of them legal. We can of course find the traditional one, idealised by the ‘Beat Generation’ and the ‘Hippies’.…