Subtour 3: Tour of Italy. 0479 Scruffy Little Town (Italy 005â€”new)
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My Eurolines bus pass is about to expire-- but I still have almost a month of travelling leftâ€¦ So I want to make sure I end up somewhere interesting.
My first thought was to end my journey in
So I board a bus for a 20 hour trip from
Soon we are off once again, onto a sprawling 8 lane freeway, packed with cars and trucksâ€¦ This is the industrialized northern plains region and the freeway is lined by farmland and intermittent industrial zones. Whatever history and culture there is in this region it certainly isnâ€™t visible from the freeway.
When we near
We stop to drop off a few passengers in
â€¦And finally we reach the outskirts of
The first thing that strikes me is how dirty the city is. For miles and miles, trash is strewn all along the side of the highwayâ€¦ Then we enter a neighbourhood where every single building is covered with graffitiâ€¦
â€¦Letâ€™s not judge this city too quicklyâ€¦
When we reach the station, I have to make a decisionâ€¦ Itâ€™s late in the afternoonâ€¦ Do I go ahead and go for downtown and worry about figuring out where to stay later? Or look for a place to stay now?
I havenâ€™t done any camping since my tour of the
So I figure I might as well get back into the routine and find a place to camp tonightâ€¦
So I head away from town to give myself plenty of time to get away far from the city center and hopefully find a safe place to camp outâ€¦
I walk along a bustling boulevard lined with your typical neighbourhood shopsâ€¦ nothing distinctly Italian about it except for the large number of pizza by the slice fast food stallsâ€¦ But itâ€™s a nice chance to get a taste of â€śrealâ€ť
After about two hours I reach the edge of the cityâ€¦
But for now I just need a place to campâ€¦ soon I find a grove of trees out in an open field and settle down for the night.
The next morning I wake up to the sight of a herd of sheep being driven just a hundred feet or so awayâ€¦ I head back into town to be greeted by the sound of roosters crowing from peopleâ€™s backyardsâ€¦ Up ahead a driver stop his car in the middle of the road to get out and go shout at the driver behind him who I guess honked his horn too loud or somethingâ€¦
Bienvenuti a Italia! Thereâ€™s definitely something different about this countryâ€¦ It feels a bit like Mexicoâ€¦ a little bit like Morocco-- definitely a bit of a Third World feelâ€¦ and with a language that sounds like pure poetryâ€¦ Iâ€™m definitely excited about discovering the heart and soul of this countryâ€¦
I stop at the village fountainâ€¦ a water faucet that just runs all the time with a typical shabby building in the background which gives me a quaint little village image for my clipâ€¦
Then I hike back into