Today was the first time I tried to hitchhike in Italy.
It was the raining the hole day, I didn’t have good clothes, wasn’t really prepared for hitchhiking and there were no cars stopping to give me a ride...
But anyway, it was one of the best days :-D
Firts I went to a shop nearby to ask for a pen to write “Genova” on a peace of paper. I had a really good place to wait for cars, next to a highway entrance and even though the italians are often to afraid to stop, I was lucky after 1 hour of waiting. Paolo from Milano gave me a ride for half the way, Milano-Alessandria.
First (when I was standing in the rain) I thought that maybe the italians aren’t so friendly, but the opposite is the truth.
Just 5 minutes after Paolo picked me up, he offered me to organize my next ride from Alessandria, and called a friend to help me out.
It’s still amazing how friendly people you meet while traveling all over the world.
I had an appointment near Livorno, around 3 1/2 hours south from Milano, but no train ticket to go there, so I tried to do all the way by hitchhiking.
But in Genova I had to give up, it was to difficult to find a place where cars could stop next to the highway.
With the metro I went to the station Genova Brignole and after that with a train ti Lisa and finally to Livorno.
I didn’t want to stress my host family and as it was 22:00 o’clock already, I decided to walk for a while.
Anyway I had my sleeping bag (waterproof) with me and sleeping outside is always a pleasure, so it was a nice practis for my world travel in July. 2 hours of walking, 11km and 300 meters of altitude later I found myself in Valle Benedetta. Without anymore water and no idea of where to sleep, I was lucky once again.
Just in time, when I decided to take a rest, I arrived on a rest stop with drinking water and a tabel to lay under. I was happy and felt asleep.
Another interesting day of my journey :-)
Viva la vida