In 2009, I was moving from Montreal to London and I decided to take a break between my crazy job and my crazy job search. What kind of a break? I would travel around the US by train.
At the time there were plans for a Global Hug Tour but it fell through so I decided to take that on and make it more sustainable & local. The holidays are a tough time for people, I was travelling and so I decided to give it a shot! I quickly put up a website, got some friends to help, bought a train pass, got a US SIM card and off I went!
Moment of the trip: On the second night of the Chicago to San Francisco leg of the trip, I remember completing a puzzle in the dark by phone & MP3 player light with fellow travelers. We were stranded in the middle of Utah by a broken wheel!
The following year, I was already living in London and was unsure if I could do another train ride. Sadly, I had lost a good friend, Danny- a victim of poor mental health- and didn’t have the strength to fly abroad and travel via train for two weeks.
But then the most wonderful string of events happened: I met a young lady who was wearing brown feather earrings (Danny loved brown feathers), was from Israel (Danny loved Israel) and was named Dannii. If that wasn’t a sign, what else could it be?! Then and there I decided to ride and I quickly planned the itinerary. I knew I had to do it for him.
Moment of the trip: On the second day of a 53 hour journey (Chicago to SF which staff do end to end with minimal sleep), one staff member found me and told me she hadn’t gotten her hug for the day…