Morocco Hitch update

2006-10-16

in Oxford, Travel

Remember when I mentioned hitchhiking to Morocco for charity? Here is the information page from Link Community Development, which is now accepting registrations. The actual hitch takes place at the beginning of March. For me, this is far from ideal: my thesis is due on April 22nd and taking five days off to travel to Morocco (probably longer, because I need to budget extra time to be sure of catching a flight back) may be a tad reckless. That said, I remain fairly tempted. Such opportunities do not arise often. Those not terrorized by thesis timelines are very much encouraged to consider this adventure.

The registration deadline is February 1st, with a discount for registering by the end of December. The cost is £25 for normal registration, with £5 off for early registrants. You need a team of 2-3. Somewhat controversially, it must include at least one male participant.

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Alex October 16, 2006 at 3:59 pm

This may be of interest for you:

Mass blog – 17 October 2006
A mass blog-in, entitled ‘One Day In History’, will take place on 17 October as part of the History Matters campaign, supported by groups including the National Trust and the University of Sussex. The site will be archived by the British Library under the web archiving project.

We want to people to reflect how history impacted on them that day – by simply commuting through an historic environment, or how business history influenced their decision-making, or merely that they looked up some old sports statistics or listened to some pop music from the 1960s.

We want to record the ordinary lives of citizens. By doing so in vast numbers, everyone should feel that they are contributing something permanent and valuable to the historic record with material that could be used by historians and researchers for centuries to come.

The idea is inspired by similar experiments by Mass Observation, the social history resource founded in 1937 which still exists today at the University of Sussex.

Find out more on the History Matters website

Anonymous October 16, 2006 at 6:37 pm

Why not force yourself to finish a draft, then do the hitch, then edit it with a bit of space and new perspective?

Nic October 17, 2006 at 12:18 am

Nice concept, beautiful country, great people and most likely a great human experience.

I don’t mean to condone recklessness but that is one hell of an opportunity…

Ben October 17, 2006 at 9:27 am

I don’t know why you think it so controversial to include a male – aside from the safety of hitching, you’re going to Morocco…

Milan October 17, 2006 at 11:09 am

Ben,

A good friend of mine was (and is) infuriated by this provision.

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