During my stay-days in Croatia I met people from different regions of the former Yugoslavia, and I found a common denominator among all of them: their warmth and their simplicity; I felt as comfortable as with the Russian, when I crossed the Baltic countries one year ago.
The older lady who didn't speak neither Italian nor English didn't sympathize of the idea of her daughter and in the next morning while Victoria worked she ordered me to leave the house, with the weather still very bad.
I entered Italy through Genoa, when the fall began. There were days of cold and rain but I keep cycling towards Venice, and I visited Pisa and Florence.
The French RIviera is the most exclusive coast in Europe. Famous by the rich and famous people who frequent it, it remains active during the whole year, for their good climate, for their beaches and for their night life. Before the evening I looked for a place in the outskirts of the cities to camp.
Lisbon is located on the estuary of the Tajo River, the capital extends up to its neighbouring populations almost reaching to the two million inhabitants. It is a cosmopolitan city, with people from all sides; Hindu, Pakistani, blacks African and Arab; and of course the gypsies, like in the whole south of the Iberian Peninsula.
After the European winter, where I worked a lot for the website, I traced the route to continue my trip and after saying goodbye to my family in Madrid I started my cycle to Andalusia where I stayed 3 months
When I arrived to the pass it was the end of the afternoon and I had my frozen hands. And my foot were worse than my hands. It was dangerous. Going down I thought that I could lose the control of my bicycle, and I didn't stop of praying.
In Santiuste, Segovia there are the grandfather's nephews Víctor and I cycled to there. At one of the corners of the entrance of the town there was an older man wearing beret and long shelter. I was too cold, but he was waiting for me
Talking with people I felt as the Basques are nationalist, and they don't feel themselves Spanish. "We are Basque", they told me: "We were ruled by a monarchy during 40 years which we could not speak our language or we were repressed”. “Now we are flourishing our culture and language; and they won't be able to annihilate it."
Paris is a city with more than 2 million inhabitants and it has been the economic, political and artistic axis of France from the Romans age. Like in London, I had the sensation that I was not in a European city, due to the population of gypsies, Indian and Africans. But I had finally made it. I was in front of the Eiffel Tower