Let’s try again

When someone sent my email to two mailing lists on my way to Mozambique, I thought I struck gold. Lot’s of people will see my message and surely someone will pick me up, right? Wrong!

My email never made it onto the public mailing lists. I suppose the moderators didn’t see my message as relevant to the lists. That’s ok. In this way, email hitchhiking feels similar to regular hitchhiking. You believe you found a great spot, but end up waiting for hours for no one to even pick you up that day.

Anyway, while I was waiting, I got some time to think the concept of email hitchhiking over. In its current installment, email hitchhiking might be a bit too complicated. The project’s goal is to collect data from a variety of places and hopefully exposing some unknowns. Picking a very specific type of person to collect data from sounds fun, but feels unnecessarily hard in this early stage of the project to reach the project’s goal.

So, let’s take this bump in the road and turn it into an opportunity. I will return to a previous iteration of email hitchhiking where I simply try to hitchhike to each country in the world. An update will follow soon, so stay tuned!

From Omdurman, Sudan to two mailing lists

Through my first email, I got in touch with someone from Omdurman, Sudan who very kindly sent my email to two mailing lists. Right now, I’m waiting/hoping for some replies.

In any case, I’ve reached the African continent and while it’s still technically far to Mozambique, I’m getting (geographically) closer to Mozambique. So that’s good!

I’ve currently stayed in an English bubble and language wasn’t a problem yet. However, people in Mozambique speak a variety of languages, none of which I speak. I can manage in English, Dutch, German and French, so we’ll see how it goes.

(Hopefully) On my way to Mozambique!

I just got ‘picked up’ by someone from New York City, USA! The people I sent my first email to (for privacy reasons, I won’t mention names) were so kind to forward me to someone they think can help me reach my destination in Mozambique. I’m now eagerly waiting for the reply on the second email!