Photographs. On The Road: Philippines. Vol. 1

I remember my first day in the Philippines: we were walking around in Mandaluyong with a friend, and every single person I met on the streets smiled or greeted me. “Helloooo. How are you today, sir?” Same was on the next day, and on every single day of the 6 months I spent in the country. Hitchhiking around the north of Luzon Island, the largest of 7107 islands that make the Philippine archipelago, I came to realize one important thing about people here: no matter what happens, they always smile.

Interesting fact: According to 2009 data from “The World Factbook”, the total length of roads in the Philippines is 213,151 kilometers.

Leaving Manila. On the Road to the Mountain province, Philippines.
On the Road from Manila to the Mountain province of the Philippines.
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Photographs. On The Road: Armenia. Vol. 3

Those who ever tried hitchhiking in Armenia know that it’s a piece of cake. Although people are not quite familiar with the concept of hitchhiking, they nevertheless stop to pick you up. Often they take you to your destination even if it’s not on their way. There are only two problems: a) vehicles are rare in remote areas, but be sure that the first car will stop for you; b) the hospitality of locals, who most likely will not let you go before they offer you food and drinks. So be ready to eat and drink a lot. I mean, A LOT!

Interesting fact: According to 2012 data from “The World Factbook”, the total length of roads in Armenia is 7,705 kilometers.

On the Road to the village of Artsvaberd, Tavush province.
On the Road to the village of Artsvaberd, Tavush province, Armenia
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Photographs. On The Road: Thailand. Vol. 1

Thailand is truly a paradise for hitchhikers. From the moment I entered the country from Malaysia and until I crossed the Thai-Lao border, I never had any problems on the Road, and never waited more than 10-15 minutes. One good thing is that many people here own pickup trucks, and even if there’s no space in the cabin, you can always get in the back and enjoy the fresh ride.

Interesting fact: According to the “Country Report on Road Safety Initiatives in Thailand” (2013), the total length of roads in Thailand is 212,060 kilometers.

On the Road to Thailand-Laos border.
On the Road to Thailand-Laos border
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