One day on this trip that's always full of excitement is the day I cross the border into another country. In the morning I already know that it's a "border day" so as I see the line on my GPS getting closer, the excitement of arriving by bike in a country that I haven’t been to before, really gets me. In 8 weeks on the road I've
already experienced that 5 times.
I decided to wait no longer than 22:15. It was 22:13, I closed all the pages and had only my e-mail open, and when it was exactly 22:15, I received an e-mail announcing that a nice couple had just saved the day. Oh boy, It felt like a miracle!
Leaving Maribor I slept one night at the Catholic Church in Zalec and got to Ljubljana the day after, where an extended national holiday made things a bit complicated for me, since everyone was leaving the city. So in three days I slept in three different places, having to camp one day in the backyard of the Catholic church, then I decided to go back on the road, where things were smoother.
I camped in the area and the day after it was again a "border day". But it was not a normal border day, it was the border of "Bella Italia", and I can't say how much I’d been looking forward to arriving in Italy, ever since the beginning of this trip. Not only becuse of the places I wanted to visit, but also for the culture and the language that I like so much.
On the first night we went to eat some pizza, to celebrate in grand style my entrance in Italy. It was very funny, when I heard the "buon appetito" I started laughing, I've heard that everywhere, but for the first time it was the "original one".
Leaving Muggia, I had a nice meeting on the road, I met a Korean guy, Beak, who's also travelling by bike. He started his journey in South Korea and intends to finish it in the UK, having already cycled more than 15.000 km. We stopped for half hour to talk and share our stories, I became really fascinated by his journey. He signed my flag and I signed his notebook. When we met again in Venice it was like we were already old friends.
I camped in Portogruaro area, and the day after I headed to Venice, which I'll be talking about in my next post..