Big Dave Hugs Europe and Israel!


Hi Everyone

I was supposed to be Hugging the World in 80 Days this fall but, due circumstances beyond my control, I am instead hugging Europe and Israel!

What began in 2002 as a bicycle ride across North America to honor my dear friend Kevin Bowser who passed away in the World Trade Centers on September 11th, 2001 has transformed into my personal quest to promote tolerance and cross-cultural understanding by hugging people all around the world.

I realize that some may think I’m crazy for doing this.

But, as I see it, the fabric of humanity tatters, just a bit, every time we read news stories of one tragedy followed by another and I can't think of a better way to repair those societal tears than going out and offering a stranger a hug or high5 

One would think that I would be done with this after spending my last 18 years hugging over half a million people in 50 US States and 37 countries  - but I'm not.

In fact, I am ready to hug even more. 

That’s why at 7 a.m. on September 12, 2019, I will be offering hugs to people at my friend Kevin Bowser’s name at the September 11 Memorial in New York, NY.

From there, I am flying to Ireland to offer hugs to people in Dublin and Belfast, and then moving on to London and Paris. 

Once in Paris, thanks to a partnership with Advantage Rental Car and EuropeCar, I will then drive to Lucerne, Vaduz, Rome, and Vatican City. 

Then, I’ll fly to Israel to offer hugs to seniors and Survivors in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

At that point, I’ll return home to Philadelphia and get to planning my biggest trip yet- a massive 61 nation "Hug the World" trip for 2021; the 20th anniversary of 9/11. 

Stay tuned for updates on, Instagram: thehumanhigh5 or 267.252.1974

Now for my itinerary-dates are subject to change so please stay in touch  

September 12: NYC @ 9/11 Memorial -Marsh Memorial  -  NYFD Rescue Co 1 530 W 43rd Street

September 14: Dublin @ Little Bird Yoga Cafe  and hugging the Lord Mayor of Dublin on the steps of City Hall  

September 15: Belfast Queens University of Belfast, Belfast Chamber of Commerce  with members of ACSONI - African & Caribbean community of Northern Ireland - 

September 17: London - Prime Meridian -  Saville Row Tailor, The Cad and the Dandy  - The crosswalk at Abbey Road Studios   - Piccadilly Circus - Big Ben - SoHo Fitness Lab-  hugging patients @ The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth POSSIBLY

September 20: Paris Notre Dame - Eiffel Tower  - Hug at New Soul Cafe  

 September 23: Liechtenstein -Hug Mayor of Vaduz- Liechtenstein Capitol - Altenbach 1, 9490 

September 25: Vatican City 

September  28: Hug at 9/11 Living Memorial Monument in Jerusalem 

September 29: Rosh Hashanah, have a good year.

Funds donated will go towards flights, food, gas, driving tolls and expenses.

Help me deliver happiness.

#BigDaveHugsTheWorld - 267 252 1974 - Instagram: thehumanhigh5


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