I really like the idea of cooperation and interaction with locals during the trip. This year we didn’t manage to focus enough on this aspect and we didn’t have enough time or opportunities to cross borders of our group and spread the spirit of the project around. But not only based on my experiences it is worthy to try (one point for Cycling 2014). Beside all the lovely people who supported our crazy group by smiles and happy faces when watching us cycling around, I have got two stories of highly generous behaviour of random people:
First one happened in Sroda Wielkopolska, with Peter and Bassia we were on our way back from city centre to camp when we saw next to the cycling road some cherry trees with juicy red cherries. Of course we stopped and got some cherries but suddenly we realised that owner was sitting with relatives on the garden having barbecue. Well, we picked some more and were on to leave when a lady from the garden came and asked us in polish if we would want more. We did that we didn’t understand and just stood and looked guiltily. After a while her daughter came and gave us whole basket of even more tasty and good-looking cherries!! I remember that I felt deeply happy and peace, wanted to shout the amazing message that the people are good, we don’t need to worry about our future because the world is changing.
Second story happened next day when with one half of the group (those who were able to wake up with sun rise) we arrived to Lodz and after successful group decision round we went to visit the city. Bassia took us on a place which used to be a factory and now is a kind of spot for people similar to us:-D With a stroke of luck there was an organic foodie market with local products. With Beata and Kallu we met at one cake’s seller and decided to buy two pieces together. The seller let us taste some but what was our surprise when he asked instead of a certain amount of zloty to get a coin of our national currencies: Czech and Brazil! So we did and then we shared these two pieces together at one table with others.
My magical moment??