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couchsurfing in corazzano

i had no luck in florence with couchsurfing but i found a host just outside of florence. since i had some time before i had to be there i explored the chianti region between florence and siena.

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and came by places where i wished i wouldn’t travel on a low budget

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but i didn’t feel i miss a lot ­čśë

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my host linda lives in an old farmhouse which her father restored after nobody lived there for a while.

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almost everything we were eating was coming directly from the gardens and the animals living there. my favourite in the evening. fresh bread with ricotta cheese and honey on top – mmh!!!

on the first day we went to the Terme di Petriolo.

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and went out for some beers afterwards. on the second to the sea at pisa. from left to right, sarah (couchsurfing guest from the sister), linda (host) and ljuba (russian friend of a friend)

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the second evening i spent with sarah who also stayed a day longer – sadly linda had to work. we sat on top of the hill with a beer and watched the incredible nightsky.

concert this time, while we were driving in the car with the bumpy italian streets beneath us was quite an adventure. thanks to linda, family and friends for a great couchsurfing experience!

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worldtourguide #2

i left florence to the south and soon found myself on the second spot of the worldtourguide, in impruneta.

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it was saturday, there was a market, the piazza was crowded, i bought myself a watermelon and sat into the shades and watched some old men chatting about the latest features of their cellphones…

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worldtourguide #1

the next morning i started with the worldtourguide. i made my way through the city and on top of florence where you have a great view over the city.

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and then to the san miniato al monte, recommended by laure.

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firenze

…after the lago di garda i was heading to florence. since i don’t know the excect day i’ll arrive, i can’t book anything in advance. so i had to turn to the biggest hostel in town cause all the others had no free beds available. it was a bit of a change to be in this “backpacking world”. i spent the evening with some americans. we went out to eat and later went on to have some wine on the roof terrace of the hostel which was quite a nice place.

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after a little concert it was decided to go downstairs in the discoroom of the hostel. not a nice place, me no like that kind of music, too much hostelized, so i decided to go to bed early and restore my energy to see something of florence on the following day…

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transalp and mare di garda

hey, i just arrived in florence and had a wonderful ride today. but first some words on the trip so far.

i had a wonderful time at lake constanze where christoph – a friend since school – and i stayed in his former flat with his former flatmates. most of the time we talked about what we could do but decided not to instead. so the days flew by with “hanging out”, sailing, eating water melon and yes… hanging out.

i stayed a day longer after i forgot something in the flat. so i enjoyed the hospitality once more. we had a wonderful evening with pizza, friends came over, i had a wonderful audience for some songs and we did’t run out of wine.

the next day i followed the cycle path around the lake until i almost reached austria and then headed south to feldkirch. as i wanted to cross the alps over the reschenpass i first had to come across the arlberg.

somewhere in the middle of the ascent i met a family from france which holidays where prolonged due of a broken car.
so i played a song for them and sold my first cd outside of germany.

in landeck i joined the via claudia augusta and followed this path til i reached the lago di garda. the lake i so crowded and every little space is used up for campingsites, i decided to check in to one to avoid a long and fruitless search for a place where i could have put up my tent for free. turned out to be a great idea. i ran into a group of from innsbruck which where there to celebrate the birthday of a friend.

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after they went out for lunch and i had put up my tent we packed for the night and went down to the water. after some fun & games with the birthday girl, we rolled through the night with wine and ended up skinny dipping. and at least by then nobody seemed to care that it ain’t the sea we spent the night with.

thank you for a wonderful evening! prost,

matthias

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the world tour guide

this is the going away present, where a lot of friends shared their favourite places from all over the world. thank you!!

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i’m following the EuroVelo Route 7. here is an overview. florence and then rome are the next destinations.

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the singing icecream man di merano

this guy is amazing. he is strumming his guitar whenever no customer is around and he seems to manage to switch between singing an selling icecream without loosing his rythem. if you want the perfect soundtrack to this picture, try jonathan richmans “icecream man”. rock on icecream man!

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kitchen and bathroom

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