Hitchhiking from Malmö to Göteborg with a Pikey Gypsy

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July 21, 2012 by farbolino

The other day was a miserable excuse for a summer day in Scandinavia with cold rainy weather that was supposed to turn to thunderstorms later in the day. I expected some serious adventure hitchhiking with my friend Mike (from Denmark) with weather like that, but I can’t say it turned out as expected (it never does). Hitchhiking can be quite hard in Sweden since there isn’t much of a hitchhiking culture here, so I thought it would take the whole day to make the 300km from Malmö to Göteburg.
It only took fifteen minutes before a flatbed truck pulled over to the side of the road and gave us a direct ride, so it wasn’t quite as hard as I was expecting. The interesting part was our driver; Adam who was a Pikey Gypsy who moved around Europe working as a brick layer. I couldn’t help but think of the movie Snatch where Brad Pitt plays a Pikey Gypsy. Along the way, Adam told many stories, but I’ll just put some of the more interesting ones here.
Adam was 24, and since the age of 16 bare knuckle boxed for money (again, see the Snatch fight scene) where he said he never lost a fight. I guess it was my ignorance, or maybe the fact that I’m American and not British that I didn’t know that bare knuckle boxing between Gypsies was actually a common thing, or that you could actually make quite a lot (or lose) from these fights. He said the most he ever made was £27,000 from a fight he was scared shitless and thought he would lose. Instead he knocked him out with a well placed punch to the jaw. He said it was a lucky shot and would have gotten his ass kicked any other day of the week.

We also learned quite a bit about Gypsy culture, which seemed worlds away from everything else I’ve experienced in Europe. He talked about how when Gypsies have a party they don’t talk to a girl, they grab them by the wrist and drag them to a corner and say ‘kiss me’ and if things go well then thats how you start dating. This was the case with Adam and his girlfriend who had been dating for four years. He planned to ask her to marry him next week when they go on vacation. There were many other customs that Adam told us about too, but they mostly seemed to involve getting into fights to stand your ground as a man.
Adam also talked about how some gypsies rob people’s houses for a living. I give him credit for his honesty, since he said he helped a friend rob a rich Indian family once in London. He said they walked away with £90,000 in cash and £300,000 in gold. He said he’d never do it again, and blamed it on his youth.
Probably the most haunting thing from him youth was the 12 months he spent in prison for nearly beating a man to death in a club. The way he told the story was that this guy punched his girlfriend in the face, and out of pure rage he took a bottle and bashed it over this guys head again and again until it finally broke. Then he continued to punch and kick the guy’s unconscious body while he was down. He was given a 2 year sentence, but served 12 months for good behavior.
While in Prison he said he witnessed a young guy kill himself right in front of him by slitting his own wrists. He also saw one of his inmate friends murder another prisoner who was convicted of raping and killing young children. Adam didn’t feel sorry about it and thought he got what he deserved. Apparently the guards thought the same, as they turned a blind eye while one inmate slit another’s throat.
Hitchhiking always has a way of surprising me, and this day was no different. The icing on the cake was arriving to Gothenburg a little after noon and having the day to explore the city.

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2 thoughts on “Hitchhiking from Malmö to Göteborg with a Pikey Gypsy

  1. that is really a cool story!

  2. oskila says:

    Thanks for reading about my trip to France and I hope you enjoyed my home town (can’t help pointing out though, that it’s Göteborg, without the u ;))

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