I woke in my hammock that I had put up in a car park. I started trying to hitchhike early the next morning (about 9, I usually start around 12 as that is when I can motivate my self to move). This was my longest wait so far, about 4 hours, my previous longest being no longer than one hour. I was eventually picked up by an Italian trucker name Salvador, he drove me to Torino and bought me pizza on route. That evening I set my hammock up beside the pèage, usually I would just sleep on my bed roll slightly out of the way. In the morning after yesterdays long wait I decided I would get a train across Italy (I had already decided I didn’t like Italy, what with Jake and Jess being robbed here). I walked in to Torino and bought a ticket to Venezia. It was already late and I arrived in Milano at about midnight and my connecting train wasn’t till 9:30. I decided to draw some money out in Milano as I had ran out of the euros I left Britain with. I drew out €100, then treated my self to a McDonalds. I slept in the station an caught my train at 9 the next morning. The train attendant told me I was on the wrong train and that I would have to get off here and wait 30 mins for the next one. I got off the train and as it pulled away I realised that I did not have my wallet. It was too late the train was gone with my money and my card. I rang my dad and canceled my card. Then I got the train I was supposed to go on and headed towards Venezia. I stayed on the train passed Venezia as my dislike for Italy had grown to a new level and I wanted to leave it behind. I was asked to get off the train at Portogruaro. Here i had to wait for my many hours for a lift and even gave up for the night. The next morning the first car picked me up and took me to Bressanone. They were a young Austrian couple, they gave me €10 so that I could buy some food. From here I got a lift with one of Stings roadies who was transporting his sound equipment back to England. He left me in a small village in Österreich called Schönberg im Stubaital. I walked a small way out of the village and set my camp on the mountain side.
And so I lay on the side of a mountain next to my camp fire and watched the clouds roll in beneath me. For the first time I owned nothing but the stuff in my bag and the money in my pocket (8€50), it felt good.