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Hitchhiking to Pamplona with Comedian Andy Smart

Between 1977 and 1982 comedian Andy Smart hitchhiked 72,000 miles across Europe – the equivalent of crossing America coast-to-coast 24 times. This is the story of his greatest ride ever.

At 20-years of age Andy sold everything he owned and left his home in Liverpool to move to London and pursue his dream of becoming a comedian. But before he did, he had one hitch, one last great adventure, left. It was the World Cup and England were playing France in Bilbao, Spain on his birthday. He planned to hitchhike through UK, down the length of France and into Spain to watch the game.

It wouldn’t be easy. He carried a hammock, a piece of tarpaulin and some string to sleep by the side of the road. He had a small backpack, hardly any money and barely more than a change of clothes. But as he stood on the East Lancs Road on the edge of Liverpool, thumb out waiting for his first lift he knew, somehow, that this was a pivotal moment, that his life would never be the same again. He was right, but he never could have anticipated what a wild ride it would be.

Highlights include:

  • Hear about one of the greatest hitchhiking adventures of all time

  • Catch a ride to the Council of the Universe (well, sort of …)

  • Take part in an insanely violent game of medieval soccer

  • Run for your life in the festival of San Fermino

You can purchase his book, A Hitch in Time: From Liverpool to Pamplona on a 72,000-Mile Road Trip below or on Amazon.

A Hitch In Time Overview Combining memoir, travel writing, and a wealth of unbelievably hilarious anecdotes, this autobiographical extravaganza chronicles the amazing early life of entertainer Andy Smart.


Adventure Travel Podcast / Armchair Explorer Hitchhiking Across Europe with Comedian Andy Smart

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For nine days, people from around the world flock to Spain to celebrate the Festival of San Fermin. The running of the bulls is the main attraction in this famous celebration that turns Pamplona into one non-stop fiesta.The excitement and chaos of the festival has become so famous that even Hemingway wrote about it in his novel The Sun Also Rises. Originally started as a way to move bulls from the fields into the bullring quickly, the running of the bulls has become a way for people to prove their guts and prowess by running alongside a beast that weights close to a metric ton. Imagine the adrenaline running next to one of these animals. Surprisingly, the average speed is only 15mph! Hmm maybe a podcast episode in Spain is in our future. To learn more about the San Fermin Festival please visit there website here:

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