Founded in 2009 by Arié Moyal, HugTrain's mission is to offer a different perspective on the world and reduce social isolation by distributing and facilitating the exchange of hugs and peer-to-peer support by using technology to connect with people online and offline. This year, the 7th annual HugTour will crisscross North America from December 13, 2015 to January 7, 2016 raising spirits one hug at a time!

A quick but meaningful visit to Greenville, SC

A quick but meaningful visit to Greenville, SC

After more than 24 hours of bus travel from Montreal to Greenville, SC via NYC, DC and Charlotte, NC, I was met at the Greyhound station by Doug Cone, owner of Nullvariable Web Consulting at midnight. Doug enthusiastically and patiently showedme around downtown Greenville and brought me to Trey Pennington‘s (to whom this year’s trip is dedicated) favourite spot: The Liberty Bridge in Falls Park where Trey left the following tip: “While you’re there, stand just above the western bank of the Reedy River facing south (away from downtown), look straight down, follow the bank 5°, that’s Popkin Peak. Cool, huh?”

As it was the 6th night of Hanukkah and despite the thick, misty fog I attempted to light Hanukkah candles. They stayed lit long enough for me to get a picture but the wind and mist got the better of them.

Finally at 1:30 Doug drove me to the station and we had to wait a while for someone to let us in even though the posted hours said it was open. With a hug, Doug went home to bed and I waited for the train, which was delayed an hour and got underway on this 3rd year of HugTrainUSA… Next stop: Atlanta!

The Liberty Bridge in Falls Park, Greenville, SC

The Liberty Bridge in Falls Park, Greenville, SC

Lit Hanukkiah on Liberty Bridge

Lit Hanukkiah on Liberty Bridge

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