The author of the book “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Russia” Natalya Korneva traveled 150,000 kilometers by hitchhiking. In an interview with RIA Novosti, she told how to behave in the cars of strangers, what to take on the road and what dangers lie in wait for a girl traveling alone.
This is a whole philosophy, and not just a move from point A to point B.
But I wanted to not only wander the continents, but also work in different countries, from the inside getting acquainted with local traditions and mentality. The dream came true: I left for China for six months, worked in a children’s theater performance.
Returning to Russia, I decided to travel around my native country. I did not read the hitchhikers forums, I did not find out anything, just went shopping – I bought a sleeping bag, a backpack, awning, a dress, an atlas of Russia and several packages of instant cereals.
On the day of departure in my pocket, I was only 100 rubles, but there was a determination to overcome any obstacles. And only one thought in my head: “I believe that people in Russia are the most hospitable and friendly. I’ll get to Vladivostok and everything will be fine! “So it turned out.
When a person with love talks about his homeland, you involuntarily and yourself fall in love with her.
In the backwoods of the Irkutsk region, I met a local writer and historian. Despite his advanced age, he gave me a tour of the rocks of Shishkinsky Pisanits. I gave my book.
In the Krasnoyarsk Territory, I plunged into the life of the Sayan community, practically cut off from the civilization. A month was preparing the meal for the boys in the monastery and working on the household with the local residents. Another faith, a different way of thinking is fascinating, and I’m always ready to open up to everything new, but with caution. Such an experience is priceless.
You every second have a choice, where to go, with whom to communicate, where to spend the night. You are not just your own boss, but also a builder of your own life, because everything depends on you, on the ability to get along with people, to get out of a difficult situation.
I like to sleep on the river bank, you can swim in the morning, wash, cook porridge and drink tea. But I’m very afraid of the dark, and I do not always manage to overcome myself, that’s why there were also fur cabins, DPS posts, museums, houses of local residents.
Once I took the book of the Exupery Citadel. This is something incredible. Sometimes I spent more than six hours catching cars, walking along empty streets and routes – I had a feeling that I was doing something wrong. At such moments I took this book-the Bible and opened it on the first page I came across.
Surprisingly, every paragraph beat right at the target. If God speaks to us in the language of life’s circumstances, then in those moments he spoke to me through the Citadel.
For example, I go over in my head different weather options, possible in one or another locality, and I remember about a raincoat, warm thermo-noses.
Sometimes a simple soft toy helps to find coziness and calmness when it becomes sad and lonely.
Although the first trip I went without money, like many hitchhikers, more “at zero” I did not move. In addition, it is always better to take dried fruits, seeds, cereals with you.
And to inexpensive and delicious to eat, pay attention to roadside cafes, next to which are parked waggons.
Legkovushka rides faster, often drivers – local, they can learn something new. Less is still more dangerous. In waggons, you often meet drivers who understand a hitch-hiker from a half-word and have something to talk about themselves.
Furas go slower, but if an adequate driver is caught, you can spend the night in the cabin.
You should not catch a car on sharp turns, and do not immediately agree to a trip with the driver, who immediately says: “Sit down, I’ll drive!”
But, if we talk about hitchhiking, I recommend everyone, absolutely everyone, have a partner. It’s dangerous for a girl to ride alone!
In 2016, near St. Petersburg, there was an incident with me, after which I no longer go hitchhiking alone. I had to get to Valdai. I caught the car under Kolpino, a guy in his 20s in work clothes was sitting behind the wheel. Five minutes later he said that he needed to bring the documents to the plant, but it did not take long. This happened, and I did not hesitate to agree, besides the documents lay right in front of me. Arriving at the checkpoint, the driver got out of the car, looked around, again sat behind the wheel and said that there was closed, we need to drive away. Then I realized: he brought me to the forest.
I jumped out of the car and ran toward the checkpoint, screaming, but there were no people around. And the driver took out an electric shocker and started to beat me in the leg with a current. It was not painful, but I forced myself to cry and fight in cramps – showed that it was pointless to do anything with me. Nevertheless, he still carried me to the forest.
I was lucky, just miraculously managed to get out, causing pity – he did not do anything. Catch it and did not succeed.
This is not the style of life that is worth impose. Here you can only share a positive or negative experience, without embellishing the circumstances, so that the person asked himself: “Do I need this?”