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Worst travel leg

  1

Mali. Bamako- Mopti: 10h, night bus The bus was crowded like the hell, besides there was no room for the legs and I was sweating so much that I took off the Tshirt (read the story).
  2 India. Leh- Manali: 2 days (19h + 7h), bus The altitude knocked me down (5300 m) althought the amazing landscape. In addition it was so bumpy I was getting mad
  3 Uzbekistan. Samarcanda- Khiva: 14h, night bus Although being night it was so hot and an idiot fell asleep leaned on me; I spent the night pushing him away.




Worst visa

  1

Sudan Visa I had to book a delux hotel for more than 2.000$ and then cancel it. It took 1 month and on the visa Embassy wrote the name of the hotel of the fake booking, once in Khartoum Police asked for it.... (read the story)
  2 Iran Visa You need a local support who invites you. I spent nights surfing in the net looking for it. At the end I found an agency let by a lady who helped me....
  3 Sierra Leone Visa Till 1wk before the flight I still didn't have it. Embassy wanted a local invitation, in the net I found a guy who sent me a number... (read the story)



Worst accommodation

  1

Mali. Kayes, Hostel de la jeunesse, The room was so lousy I didn't even dare to take off the shoes and I was disgusted even laying on the bed. In addition the bathroom was one of the worst I've never seen.
  2 Iran. Hamadam It was so luosy that the owner asked me why I wanted to stayed in his place. Besides the dirtiness I still remember the shit stink everywhere.
  3 Sudan, Atbara It was such a stinky and noise guesthouse, that I had to take a pill to fall asleep. Then when I went to the bathroom I found a dagger forgotten by the preivous guy!




Worst climate

  1

Sweden. End of July in Stockholm arcipelago   Rain for 8 days with 15C!! I had been kayaking in the arcipelago sleeping in the tent for 8 days under the rain. It was just 15 C and everything I had it was wet!
  2 Brazil. June in Amazonas, from Manaus to Belem hot and damp like hell!

Once landed in Manaus (Amazonas) our luggages went lost so for days I was wearing long pant and thick shirt.

  3 India. End of August in Kolkata 101% humid!! It had been the first time in my travels I took an A/C room; the humidity was really unbearable and most of the time  I was showering.




Worst situation

  1

Pakistan, near Gilgit I was on a minibus blocked by an islamic protest against "the West"; around me people freaked out burning American flags
  2 Iran, Hamadam Inside a car after I got a lift. One of the two guys on, claimed to be a policeman and wanted to see my money. I reacted agressively...
  3 Cambodia, near Stung Treng I tried to bypass the local mafia who managed  the boats, paying a fisherman for the lift even being warned not to do it. They caught us and they wanted to beat up fisherman




Worst border crossing

  1

Iraq to Turkey near Dohuk Turkish guards couldn't accept that somebody wanted travel in Iraq, my passport was a little worn out and almost full. They really didn't want me to pass through: it took 4 hours
  2

Poland to Czech near Ostrava: night on the train

The militar was sure my ID was fake and I wasn't Italian. I got interwied, showed my signature and I spoke them  italian to convince them. At the end the whole   train delayed 20 minutes becuase of this
3 Bosnia to Montenegro. Unknown place; night on bus It seems for the border guards it wasn't possible an Italian wanted to enter Kosovo to travel in, and they didn't know if it was allowed. (read)




Worst food

  1

Siberia (Asian Russia) Tasteless soups and bad fish will make you to miss any other cousine. Meals on the train are the very bottom end
  2 Rwanda

Simply there's nothing to eat except a kind of potatoes-like bananas. If you order the meat you'll lick the bones

3 Belarus The boorish and rough service certainly didn't help me to enjoy the crappy food




The highest point

A pass in Laddakh (India)  between Leh and Manali; it  was 5364 m. By the way, it has also been the second worst travel I've ever done (see above). This pass is the second highest in the world (Travel report).




The lowest point

Dead Sea depression in Israel: -400 m below sea level; by the way it's the lowest area on the earth (Travel report).






The coldest point

The town of Uland Ude in Siberia (Asian Russia) got to -34C: it was at the end of December, and we were waiting for the bus aside the road (Travel report)


 



The northernmost point

Narvik (Norway): not far from the northenmost tip of Europe (North Cape)
The northernmost capital: Reykjavik (Iceland), that's the northermost capital in the world




The southernmost point

Punta Arenas (Patagonia, Chile), a town not far from the southernmost tip of America (Cape Horn) (Travel report)




The longest travel leg

- Transiberian Train (Russia) from Irkutsk to Vladivostok in 3rd class: 72 hours, namely 3 days and 3 nights without any stopover to cover 5000km. Just got off twice for 10 minuts looking for some food (Travel report)

- Amazon River (Brasil) from Manaus to Belem by boat: it took 4 days (3 nights) sleeping on the hammocks hang on the boat deck to cover 1500km.. We had one stopver in Santarem (Travel report)



The longest single flight

- From Osaka (Japan) to Rome (Italy): 12h 50min by Alitalia





The longest set of flights to reach a destination

- From Milan to La Paz (Bolivia):
Milan to London
London to Chicago
Chicago to Miami
Miami to La Paz

Total time (with stopovers included): 34h
Nr of stopovers: #3

PS: the following day after being landed in La Paz we flew to Santa Cruz

 


The most expensive country

- ICELAND: in particular food is amazingly expensive (8euro for a potatoes soup) both in restaurant and in supermarket (the double than mainland Europe)

 


The cheapest country

- LAOS: 2euro per night accomodation has been the average price!