In the last episode we totally changed our mind about the hitchhiking in the beautiful Croatia.
In fact, with only 10 minutes of waiting, a car stopped and we had a direct ride from Split to Zagreb.
Once in the capital, we visited and we had the best night of this trip.
Let's continue from a special surprise! We just took all our backpacks in the hostel, as you can see.
We are walking right now.
and something happened! For the third time in one week, we are going to meet our “guardian angel”! You can remember him from when we went up the mountain, with the animals or in Split also, when he gave us a ride until the highway.
Now again, we will meet, here in Zagreb.
But we don't have any idea what will happen! He makes the plan! Yes! We'll meet this night and tomorrow he has to go back to Germany.
For this reason he came here in Zagreb.
So, we don't know.
We have really no idea! We are very curious.
Our “guardian angel” invited us to spend the night in the same hotel as him.
We had dinner together and sat all night around the table, talking about everything.
He is such an interesting and inspiring person we can't explain it with words! After a short night and an abundant breakfast, it was time to make our backpacks.
For the third time he would be our driver! We left Zagreb together until where our roads will split.
Now he really left us.
There will be no way back right now.
Guys we have too much things to tell you! First of all, we are in Austria.
This was totally out of the plan and it's incredible we are here now.
So what happened? The last driver, our “guardian angel” suggested that maybe hitchhiking from Austria to Italy is better or easier, than hitchhiking from Slovenia to Italy.
Now it's five o'clock and we started hitchhiking.
We are in a gas station.
Yes, we try! We have the sign and let's get near Italy as much as possible! Now it's really, really, really adventure, because it's something which happened out of our plans, our minds.
So, we are in Austria! There was not even a minor thought in our head, that we would go to Austria in this trip! Let's see what happen and that's it! Let's hitchhike! It's already good if we'll be in Italy! Just in Italy it's okay! Verona, Venice or Milan, is the same! We will go with them, maybe until Venice, Verona or Udine.
We'll see! I will take it! I am very happy somebody already stopped! Our last driver was right! It was a very good idea to hicthhike here in Austria.
I'm sure we can get really close to Turin already today! But now the biggest question Alessia: You want to be in the middle or not? I have to! I'm the most little! Just entered in Italy! Jente is sleeping.
They are going to Florence.
But we will not go until Florence.
So, we have to decide now where we will stop.
We were discussing before to stop in Padua or in Bologna.
Good morning! We are in Italy! We were looking on the phone and is it okay for you if we come with you until Bologna? Yeah! No problem! So, we go to Bologna! Thank you for everything! You're welcome! Thank you! Now they go to Florence.
We are in Bologna! 2 minutes from our hostel.
We couldn't ask for more! So, we arrived in Bologna finally, after a long day.
But with two amazing rides, two long rides.
I think we did around 800 kilometers today.
We would never have expected to get to the places where we got today.
In Austria, in Bologna, in Italy.
And even if we didn't do a lot today we are very tired.
So, I think we'll go to sleep.
For this, right now, good night and we see you tomorrow to visit Bologna.
Good night! Good morning from Bologna! It's very strange to wake up already in Italy.
Now we go to visit the city.
Jente never saw it.
The city of the “spaghetti alla bolognese”! Good morning! Today we woke up in time.
It's around 8:30.
We are having the breakfast in the hostel and then we will start.
Because today we have only one destination.
Yes, the final destination.
HOME! We ate our breakfast, we did the checkout and now we have to walk to get out of the city.
Then, from that place we can start! to get home! First we go in direction of Modena, then Parma, then Asti, Alessandria and finally Turin.
Now that we're in Italy she is the guide! It seems they are a bit afraid.
They always try to go as far as possible.
Before, it happened that a car was arriving and at the last instant, it has moved away.
He even had the courage to tell us “I can't arrive there, I'm too far”! Alessia, can you show me how to hitchhike in the world? And now can you show me how to do it in Italy? Thank you very much! You're welcome! It was a pleasure! Nice to meet you! See you! Bye! Direction of Modena! Thank you! Bye! 2 drivers and we are already in Modena.
2 drivers which were from Pakistan and Moldova.
No Italians until now! We're on a sofa! Not in a car! But still not at home! Still not at home, yes! Finally the third driver was an Italian.
So, today also Italians! We were hitchhiking in Modena north, and he brought us all the way until his house! In Castel San Giovanni.
He is Claudio! Hello! We also discovered that he's the writer of this book.
I am a veterinary and I wrote a book called “Il bestiario di Marco Polo”, where I talk about the animals mentioned in the “Milione”.
I've done it mostly for my children.
It's a particular book, where the story talks about a fantastic and ancient world.
The point of view is that of a medieval traveler.
I will also put the link underneath in the description, if you're interested.
It was already time for lunch and Claudio had the great idea to prepare “pasta al pesto”, my favorite plate! Afterwards, he drove us back to the entrance of the highway.
Bye! So in the end, we hadn't just a lift, but also lunch.
We even met the author of a book and now we can continue.
45 minutes and still no cars.
Finally! After more than 1 hour we go to Turin! See you next time! Bye! Alessia! We are already arrived! We are home! After how many days? 1 month and half? Yes, something like that.
What a strange feeling! Now we just need to walk until the house and then we can take away these.
Are you happy to see your family again? For that reason of course I'm happy.
But, after a long travel, when you come back in your city, routine, you feel again that you're entering in a comfort zone.
A kind of box, as somebody told us.
It is strange.