Hitch-hiking to Göteborg by bus

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After I get off in the gas station with shopping center behind. Still in Norway but close to the Swedish border I had to make again a decision. Where will I stand to get a lift?

Will I stay at the gas station and speak to people? Or will move closer to the exit where I could maybe stop more cars but cannot speak to the driver?

Both have their own pros and cons but I couldn’t be in the places in the same time unfortunately.

I went with option number one. Standing next to the entrance to gas station and approaching drivers who go pay for their gas. It was quite fun, people were friendly but nobody really went my direction. After like an hour I realized its Norway and it was colder than I wanted to admit myself.

I went inside the gas station to warm up and discuss where to hitch-hike with man at cashier. He recommended me actually my second option. As there was not so much cars at gas station I agreed.

Standing next the exit to high-way was probably better idea. More cars. Higher chance. Also I found out that gas in Sweden was cheaper so it was quite naive to think that many drivers going to Sweden will stop at expensive Norwegian gas station when Sweden is just behind the corner!

I waited quite a long again but keeping hope alive. Luckily after next 45 minutes a car stopped! Yeah.

I can say he stopped thanks to bad coffee in Sweden as driver explained. It was Norwegian man living in cheaper Sweden. He was a coffee lover and his favorite coffee was not available in Sweden so he drove to the Norway to buy it.

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He wasn’t going to the Göteborg but to the first bigger Swedish town after  border with Norway. I get off at big shopping center in Uddevalla.

I bought my lunch at supermarket, relaxed little bit inside shopping center connected to the internet. Afterwards I went find a good spot for hitch-hiking to the Göteborg.

It was tough. No cars stopping and two spots I changed in like two hours were not successful. I was little bit frustrated and tired. It was afternoon and I was actually travelling from 6am.

I decided I will go by bus to Göteborg. It means I had transport myself from shopping centre to centre of Uddevalla first. I found a bus.

When I tried to buy a ticket driver signed me  in non-verbal way signed that I should just get on and go for free.  He probably saw me hitch-hiking. Smile returned on my face.

I sat for 15 minutes and get off in the centre next to the bus station. Buses to Göteborg were going quite often so without waiting I get on the bus. In one and half hour I arrived to the destination with few hours of free time to explore Göteborg.

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