Once, a man gave me a ride. We talked about love, girlfriends, that kind of stuff.


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He said, “Listen, if you want to find out if you really want to spend the rest of your life with a girl, go on a hitchhiking trip together.”

The man compared hitchhiking to life. “It is not hard to be in love when everything is alright. Just like hitchhiking, it’s very easy when the sun shines and you get rides all the time. But when it starts raining, and no one takes you, then it’s get harder. Sometimes there are factors in life that you cannot influence, just like the weather during hitchhiking. If you have, in those moments, still have the same feeling and joy, you know for sure you truly love her. It’s how you cope in bad times – in good times, anyone can have fun together. So, start hitchhiking, and find out.”

So I did.

Soon after we met, we started hitchhiking

In Finland

Uzbekistan

Turkey

Mozambique

Russia

Tajikistan

France

Estonia

Swaziland (we celebrated her birthday in the back of this police van, her “best birthday ever”)

Lithuania

Lesotho

England

Kyrgyzstan

Norway

And many other countries

Now I’m really sure I want to spend the rest of my life with her