Always Listen to Your Gut Instincts
|Always listen to your gut instincts. Trusting your gut feeling about someone helps You to stay safe.
|This is the absolute most important lesson
that I ever learned: concerning your safety
as hitchhiker and adventurer, as long as You listen to your gut instincts
You will always make the right choice.
2009 I was hitchhiking
and Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria.
there is a rule which says
objects or clothes which
attention upon yourself"
- I was
of this rule but I did not
my right hand I was wearing
- their value was less than
Around eight o'clock in the morning I was
on the side of the road in Sofia trying to
get a ride towards Veliko Tarnovo. I was
smiling and full of enthusiasm. The spot was good,
yet in almost three hours I was there nobody
After three hours, somebody finally stopped.
Two men, around thirty years old, looking
pretty badly and not speaking a word of English.
When I saw them, the first thing which crossed
my mind was "Adriano, don't get into
this car or You might get into troubles".
After three hours waiting for a ride I wasn't
so full of enthusiasm anymore and I ignored
what my instincts were telling me. I got
into the car and sat on the back seat.
about twenty minutes driving, one of
men asked: "Passport?"
wanted to see my passport. There are
years I am hitchhiking and no driver
before showed so much interest in seeing
Hitchhiking is about mutual
- the driver trusts the hitchhiker
hitchhiker trusts the driver. When
his question I immediately understood
I took out my passport and handed it to him.
He browsed it and noticed that I was living
in a country which had EUR as currency. Then
he handed it back to me. After about five
minutes he said: "EVRO?", while
making the gesture with his fingers indicating
money. He wanted me to give him some money.
I replied "Nimam evro", which means
"I do not have euros". Then he
said: "Phone?" - since I had no
money, he wanted to have my phone. I said:
"No phone", while gesturing with
my hands that I did not have any.
Then he kept driving and after about ten
minutes, as I was keeping my hands on the
upper side of the front seats, he had a quick
look at my two silver rings and said: "Rings.
Beautiful." and indicated with his hands
he wanted to have a closer look at my rings.
I removed one of my rings and handed it to
him. He looked at it and handed it back to
me. He kept driving and after another ten
minutes he pointed again at my rings making
me understand he wanted to have another look
at them. I removed my rings and handed them
to him. He stopped the car, the other guy
got off and opened my door, took my backpack
and threw it out on the ground and gestured
that I should step out of the car. I got
out and then they left.
took my rings. I wasn't upset - I was
that it was my fault because I did
the rule and I also did not listen
gut instincts which clearly told me
get into this car.
You just read is a true story about
hitchhiking experience that happened
which shows how trusting your gut feeling
someone prevents You from getting into
As hitchhiker and adventurer, the
I learned from this hitchhiking experience
safety: when You hitchhike, always
to your gut instincts because they
always help You to stay safe.
Written by Claudio Adriano Dobre, © 2012
||People who met me say...
||"Meeting with Adriano is like charging
yourself with a positive attitude that leads
to happiness and success and can change your
whole life. With that I am saying that people
like Adriano will never be lost. He will
always find a way how to enjoy the time that
he has for himself and others and get the
most out of it, even if he is alone in the
middle of nowhere."