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!

The first hug….

The first hug….

We pulled into Atlanta around 9 AM and after getting permission from the conductor (always respect your train conductor), I went up to the platform and waited for Julie Hauldren to turn up at our pre-arranged time!

Julie, because she rocks, matched my “spirit of the season” sparkly blue Santa hat with her own bunny ears!

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Julie the Xmas Bunny!

And like another holiday bunny, came bearing gifts! Xmas cookies AND $2 bills!

Xmas cookies & $2 bills!

Cool huh?

I had to rush off so we shared a couple of hugs and back onto the train I went to travel through through the beautiful landscapes of Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. Next stop is the final stop for Amtrak train number 19, the Crescent: NEW ORLEANS!

(Pics taken with the N8-00 generously donated by Nokia)

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