Man Finds Generosity in People

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

September 20, 2005

A filmmaker is traveling coast-to-coast on only $5 a day and stopped in Charlottesville today.

From New York's Time Square, to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles--this man is traveling almost 3,000 miles depending solely on the generosity of others.

"They are good. Generally people are good," said Leon Logothetis who is traveling across the country.

Leon began his travel three days ago and came to Charlottesville this afternoon from Richmond driven by a lady he met in the same day. So why here?

"I heard that it was very pleasant and a very southern town and that it was just going to be very peaceful, and that people were going to be very friendly," Logothetis said.

But it's not all fun and games. Five dollars doesn't buy much.

"Unfortunately, there's nothing I can eat here. It's too expensive!" he said after looking at one Downtown Mall restaurant menu.

So he went to a local favorite, Bodo's Bagels. But even there he couldn't get all he wanted without the help of others.

"[In] the big cities, the people there are rushed and they don't really have that much time for me. The smaller cities, people have a lot more time for me," Logothetis said.

Logothetis trekked across the U.K. before heading to America and said the main difference is that Americans don't help for fear of getting in trouble with their employers.

"People are a lot less inclined to bend the rules, so we've been lucky so far with the free travel but also have found that it's very bureaucratic to a certain degree," Logothetis said.

Leon found shelter for the night on a couch in a Fraternity house--which now seems pretty luxurious.

The brothers are in charge of coming up with a friendly competition. The entry fee is Logothetis's only $5, but if he wins he gets a free ticket to his next destination, Charleston, West Virginia.

This is entertainment and he never takes money from charities. The final product will be a documentary, but until then you can view his blog at:

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