Aboot Me

Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life 2013Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she’s not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer – writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.

I have endlessly traveled the world and have learned through trail and error the road to happiness is that of a slow life.

The blog My Sardinian Life is an effort to show the world the natural beauty of the place I now call home: Sardinia, Italy. I have lived in Sardinia, Italy since May 2008. And with this blog I will re-create local traditions, popular folklore festivals and delve into the ancient mysteries surrounding this extra-ordinary island in the Mediterranean.

Sardinia is yours to discover. On your own two feet, and on your own time.

What other’s are saying about My Sardinian Life

What other bloggers are saying about My Sardinian Life

Fare i turisti a Oristano – Storia di una blogger
Bagni di Lucca – Meet Jennifer from Sardinia
Un sardo in giro – La mia vita sarda: una canadese in Sardegna!

Interviews

The Thought Palette – Sharing a Sardinian Life with you
La Nuova Sardegna – “My Sardinian Life”, una blogger canadese svela i segreti dell’isola
Blog Expat – From Ontario to Sardinia: My Sardinian Life
Sardinia feels like an ancient forgotten land – The Local – Italy’s News in English

My articles on the web

The Sardinia Blog – The Heart of the Mediterranean - Top ten reasons to visit Sardinia
The PlanetD – Canada’s Adventure Couple – How Virtual Tourist Opened My Eyes to Inspiration
LivingBetterat50+ – Top 10 Sights in Northern Sardinia
LivingBetterat50+ – How to Arrive in Sunny Sardinia, Italy
The Blissful Adventurer – Notes from 1997 | Toronto to Sydney
An Italophile - What do I love about living in Italy – Expat Feature #3 
The Expat Hub - Living the expat life

Awards

Sardinian Local Expert Award
The Versatile Blogger Award
The Liebster Blog Award
The Sunshine Award
7×7 Blog Award
Awesome Blog Content Award
Kreativ Blogger Award
The Reader Appreciation Award by Jennifer Avventura
Inspiring Blog Award
The Lovely Blog Award
The Illuminating Blog Award
Super Sweet Blogger Award
The Reality & 100% Affidibale Blog Awards

CategoryTravel Italy

I have lived in the following countries for extended periods of time. Searching for expat advice on these destinations? Contact me here.

  1. Canada
  2. Australia
  3. England
  4. Cayman Islands
  5. Sardinia, Italy

Why ABOOT and not ABOUT?

Because I AM a sarcastic Canadian, eh!

I am a writer. Therefore I am. Since the beginning of my time all I wanted to do was write. Since I could pick up a pencil and form characters on page I became a poet. From the moment I stepped out of my mother’s house at eighteen to travel the world solo, I became a travel writer.

After all these years I’m putting words to virtual paper and I am doing what I’ve always dreamed.

This blog is dedicated to my past, present and future travels; in hopes to educate young souls who have no fear and go it on their own.

Join now!

Subscribe to My Sardinian Life by clicking the SUBSCRIBE button in the top right hand side of this page or follow My Sardinian Life on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’ve gotten this far, GRAZIE. I’m happy to have wasted a few minutes of your day.

Please continue reading my blog, your next click should be: here.  

130 Responses to Aboot Me

  1. klittlewoman says:

    I’m happy that i decided to have my own blog…and now i understand why, reading people’s thoughts, or looking at the puzzles of their lives, and i feel free to share mine too……….!
    ti auguro una vita piena d’aventure………..!

  2. laavventura says:

    klittlewoman :

    hahhha, so funny, i really like ur posts !

    well thanks for hanging around.

  3. unkeptwoman says:

    Hi Canadian woman living in Italy — felt like I should read some of your stuff since I see that you enjoy mine. Loved the snippet of the novella, I think any woman worth her salt has endured a job waiting tables while pursuing a dream, or waiting to figure out what dream she wants to pursue.

    Also enjoyed your verse to your mom, mine has gone to heaven now and I miss her so.

    Look forward to reading more.

    xoxoxo

  4. Thanks for wishing me luck!
    you seem to have an interesting blog, have fun!

  5. The Hook says:

    I look forward to more from you.

  6. Big Sister Beautiful says:

    Looks great Jenny!!! Don’t have time to do much lurking: If Rob catches me on here instead of packing for EVL he’ll have a conniption. Love ya – can’t wait to read more!

  7. Rockin says:

    L’Avventura (I just love this),
    So…I am really excited to visit your blog. How cool is that to visit Italy from a Canadian’s thoughts and point of view and a budding author to boot! I hiked last summer with a couple Canadians, but no Italians. I look forward to traveling with you.
    Rockin’

  8. Lucy Brown says:

    I love your blog! So poetic. I especially loved your poem to your Mom. It brought tears to my eyes as mine is no longer with us. I’ve already subscribed and can’t wait for more.

  9. Lucy Brown says:

    Maybe you’d like my brother’s poetry. He’s also traveled a lot and was a fire artist for Cirque du Soleil. His wife is a Mongolian contortionist! http://www.myspace.com/firemikesspace

  10. Hi Lucy,
    Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out.

  11. Sweeney says:

    “The dirty mess of melting snow, too far below zero to care” I love that line, that’s the one that really jumped off the screen. Beautiful.

  12. jojopant says:

    Hi. Great blog you have here. :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting.
    I’d love to keep reading more. Do keep writing.

  13. gidget0728 says:

    Hey,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I can’t wait to read more of yours. Glad to find another person obsessed with celeb gossip, now I don’t feel alone lol.
    Later ;0)

  14. Josè Pascal says:

    Complimenti. Do u like Sardegna? ;)

  15. Gusti Ramli says:

    hi there…. its nice blog

  16. tmeach says:

    Thanks for popping into my blog! I’m looking forward to stopping by yours now too…I love reading about other people’s travels!!

  17. Loved reading your site. I have a travel blog detailing my journeys across various countries and my life at home while I continue my studies. I think you would enjoy it.

    http://www.lifeoutsideamerica.com

  18. Kayoh says:

    Your blog is awesome! So glad that I found you :D.
    Cheers!

    Kayoh
    http://www.tronah.wordpress.com

  19. pawsitivelife says:

    You are living my Canadian dream. After visitnig Italy I tried to get a job out there after University. I loved it so so so much. Alas that was a no go. Thank you for stopping by my blog as it led me to yours

  20. ngyilian says:

    You’re such a cheeky writer! Loving your writing. :)

  21. bronxboy55 says:

    Where in Canada are you from? I’m an American living in Prince Edward Island. My grandparents all came from Sicilia, the other beautiful island in the middle of the Mediterranean. I’ve visited there three times, and would love to see Sardegna, too.

    You have a wonderful blog!

  22. sparkylaurie says:

    Hey! Jen…luv the fresh new look…but sadly missing the poetry link…that was my fav part -The dark & light poetry.Cud u reinclude it?
    Cheers,
    Sparky

  23. Ciao Sparky

    Oh, so I’ve just left a comment on your blog regarding my poetry. It’s still there, but my categories are not listed in the header banner. If you click on the tabbed widget near the top, the green folder my categories will open and you will see my poetry.
    Jennifer

  24. Jean says:

    Best of luck. How long will you be in Italy..forever?

    Make the most of it! We were in Europe last summer during IFA playoffs….yea, Europeans are nuts about the game.

    Just like Canadians are nuts about hockey, eh? :)

  25. thirdeyemom says:

    I’ve nominated you for a Seven Links award. Check out my blog post: http://thirdeyemom.com/2011/07/30/my-lucky-seven/
    Now it is your turn!
    thirdeyemom

  26. cherry says:

    I enjoyed reading your posts…
    Cool adventures..

  27. hollyjb says:

    A duh, I should have known just from reading ‘aboot’ that you are Canadian, lol. It did catch my attention though. I just can’t remember what I thought about it. And yeah, I have no idea why people think we say ‘aboot’. I’ve had people tell me I say it, but they were crazy Americans (;)) I think…..

    I say eh! all the time. I love it. I’m proud to say it. ^_^

  28. arosmannen says:

    Hello Canadian woman, i don´t really know how i ended up reading your blog, but anything Canadian is reason enough to explore. Looking forward to your future posts.

  29. colleenanderson says:

    This Canadian agrees. We don’t say aboot no matter how others hear it. :)

  30. Thanks for following me – I look forward to following you too. Cheers, and good luck from a fellow blogger.

  31. barb19 says:

    Hi Jennifer, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment because it led me to you!
    Your blog looks very interesting and funny and I’m interested as to why you chose Italy to settle down in. I’ve traveled a lot over the years (British born but live in Australia) – having also lived in Germany, Singapore and the US, so your blog interests me very much. And I love Italy!

  32. Just One Boomer says:

    I’m not Canadian – although I might seek political asylum there if a Republican is elected president of the US in November 2012. Seriously, most of you say “oot” and “aboot” from my personsal experience. When traveling, I never assume someone is American until I hear them pronounce either of those words. If I hear “oot”or “aboot”, I guess Canadian and so far I’ve always been right. Don’t worry aboot it. It’s charming.

    • Thank you for your comments. It’s not something that I’m worried about. Like all regional accents there is diversity. The accents in the south of Italy are not the came in the North. Accents in Eastern Canada are by far, different than those in British Columbia. Not all Canadians pronounce ‘about’, in that sense. Maybe those outside Ontario are the culprits in spreading the oot’s & aboot’s around.

  33. A Canadian woman in Sardinia! Well done! And now I am worried that the world thinks you say “aboot” because they heard me and did not realize I was French Canadian!
    BTW, love your blog ;-)

  34. You and I have much in common, Jennifer. Fresh air and exercise is critical for clear thinking, and what’s more important than that for writing? Keep up your well-considered blogs!

  35. austraalien says:

    I’m an Australian woman currently growing roots in Canada.
    Love snooping around your blog! :)

  36. My wife’s Canadian. They don’t say ‘aboot’. What they actually say is a little more like ‘a boat’, only squeezed.

  37. Sami says:

    Hi Jennifer, found you via your interview on Alyson´s blog and have already read some of your posts. I´m Portuguese, have lived in a couple of countries (not as many as you though) and now live in Perth, Australia. Will be back!(http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/2012/03/23/sharing-a-sardinian-life-with-you/)

  38. Hi! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award!

  39. Fun blog–fun life! :-)

  40. Dianne Clark says:

    Hey Jenny.. You ARE a fantastic writer.. From home in Canada, I’m so proud you are my cousin… What a great site! Congratulations. I hope to visit you one day!

  41. jessabella says:

    now that I have started my very first blog I just love reading what others have to say…love reading your experiences and hopefully in the future people will be able to say that my blog has helped them in some small way!

  42. A lady from Canada living in Sardegna…very interesting!! Thanks again for stopping by my blop so I could find you. I’ll definitely be your follower as I love to hear about places yet unknown, especially where I have my roots :D. I just start checking out your blog and already love it! Keep up the great work!!

  43. Hi! Just stopping by to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award!

    http://spiritualworldtraveler.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/one-lovely-blog-award/

  44. l0ve0utl0ud says:

    Heya! I really enjoy reading your blog and would love to find out more about you…so I’ve tagged you in a special game! If you choose to accept, the rules and questions can be found here: http://l0ve0utl0ud.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/a-game-of-tag/
    Looking forward to discovering your answers!

  45. Hi Jennifer! Just wanted to stop by and say thanks so much for liking our recent post on bungy jumping in Japan. Much appreciated! Looking forward to finding out more about your Sardinian life! :)

    • Ciao Jessica,

      Anyone who has the courage to bungee jump is alright in my books. I actually chickened out on my jump in Australia in 1997. I got all the way to the top, all strapped in … I looked down and said I can’t do it, just can’t! I was slightly embarrassed! :)

  46. Ok, I have just found your blog but I can already tell I will like it!! Love the additions of Aboot :-D and of course Ajò to pay homage to both your home country and your current home… I had no idea there were expat bloggers in my home island of Sardinia, now I will have more than my parents to keep me up-to-date on what’s going on on “my” gorgeous island :-)

  47. Paula says:

    This is a perfect banner photo for you blog :). I am glad you have discovered the secret!!! Have fun! I’ll be back :)

  48. Thanks for liking my Inside post!

  49. You’re awesome!! Very inspiring blog. I love Canadians, my sister lives in BC

  50. tantri says:

    Hai Jenny,i love the way you write your experience through this blog.I like your blog. It’s nice.. i could say, very nice.. :) You are Canadian but made a decision to living aboard far away from your home-country and you choose Itally to be your 2nd home-country. it must be super great experience for you.. right!! I am happy to found you throug blog walking.. your blog should be encourage me to write and explain good in to my blog. Looking forward to read your future post…
    cheers,
    Tantri.. Indonesia

  51. ferragudofan says:

    I’ve mentioned you again! hope you don’t mind!!!
    thought you might enjoy this http://algarveblog.net/2012/08/13/cbbh-photo-challenge-looking-up/

  52. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my blog, I´m delighted you did as it has led me to discover your beautiful one. Looking forward to reading more of your work and thanks for the add! G.

    • Ciao G,

      And thank you for coming to mine and reading and commenting. I will be back to discover more on Chasing Butterflies when time permits. We have house guests for the next week leaving me little time to play and read blogs. But I’ll be back! :)

  53. aj vosse says:

    You may well become my second most favorite Canadian export!! ;-)

  54. Congratulations, I´ve nominated you for the “Family of Bloggers Award”, to see what is involved check out my blog. If you choose not to accept the award I will not be offended, I just wanted to show how much I enjoy reading your blog and also to say thank you for your support and encouragement! Have a great day,G :)

  55. Angeline M says:

    Thanks for the follow over on my blog, Jennifer. You’ve got a great one here that I love to visit.

  56. I’ve nominated you for a Beautiful Blogger Award. You can choose to participate or not. It’s up to you. To read more about it, go to my post
    http://purplerosemary.com/2012/10/13/beautiful-blogger-award/ and find directions. As well as a list of other bloggers I’ve nominated.

  57. Can I just say how fun it is to live vicariously through you? I always get the travel bug when I visit your blog. :) I’d like to nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award. http://passporttobliss.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/the-versatile-blogger-award-part-ii/
    Thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

  58. Can I just say that I love to live vicariously through you? I always get the travel bug when I read your blog. :) I’d like to nominate you for The Versatile Blogger Award: http://passporttobliss.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/the-versatile-blogger-award-part-ii/
    Thank you for sharing your expat adventures with us!

  59. ferragudofan says:

    I do hope that you will accept the brand new Blog of the Year 2012 Award which I have bestowed upon your blog – you can read my award ceremony post here ‘Blog of the Year 2012 Award’ http://algarveblog.net/2012/10/24/blog-of-the-year-2012-award-its-award-time/ Thank you for entertaining and informing me this year – and Congratulations!

  60. ciao! sardegna is a magical place. luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

  61. Ahhh ! Scrolling down the page to find a spot to post my nomination for the beautiful blogger award, it is of no surprise to me to see so many awards on your page !
    Well done. Love your blog and look forward to many more posts to come :)
    Emma xx
    http://emmahicks76.wordpress.com/2012/10/28/beautiful-blogger-award/

  62. fruitandcake says:

    Hello Sardinian. I just came across your blog and I love it. It’s great.Since you come from one of my favorite gastronomic places,could I bother you to send me a traditional Sardinian food recipe? I’d be delighted to post you in my blog. Take care.

    • Ciao fruitandcake,

      I’m sorry, but I’m a Canadian living in Sardinia and I haven’t any traditional Sardinian recipes to share with you. They are kept pretty hush-hush around here. Should I come across a good one I’ll let you know. Thanks for stopping by.

  63. fruitandcake says:

    Oh, okay then. I’ll be happy to hear your favorites, then. You know, in Greece too are a bit hush-hush. Most (aged) women believe that everyone knows how to cook…everything, so it’s a shame for me who always bothers people for instructions. What can you do? Cheers.

  64. lexi says:

    Excited to have found you as a resource for Sardinian information. Sardinia has always been high on my list of places to explore. I will be contacting you when I get that trip on the books. Looking forward to delving into you previous posts and learning more about life in Sardinia. So great that you are living there. Cheers, Lexi

  65. Great idea for a blog! Someone not just staying where they were planted, but willing to really experience this thing called life.

  66. Phadom says:

    i really like your posts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. Jo Bryant says:

    An award for you…but just wanted to let you know…I think you deserve them all personally…but you choose:
    http://jobryantnz.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/tis-the-season/

  68. Diane C says:

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – congratulations! 

    http://dianegallagherphotos.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/the-versatile-blog-award-what-a-wonderful-surprise/

    I love your blog and you definitely deserve this award!

    Happy New Year!
    Diane

  69. mustafa says:

    i liked your blog. i will follow your blog

  70. 1WriteWay says:

    I’ve come across your blog thanks to Pecora Nera. In my whole 55 years of life, I’ve been out of my country twice: overnight in Canada and 3 weeks in Ecuador. That’s it. I depend on people like you and Pecora and Linda (in Latvia) to give me a taste of other countries that I most likely won’t ever visit (well, no plans as yet, but you never know ;)) I am enjoying your blog and will follow from hereon :)

  71. Hi Jennifer! I’ve nominated your blog for the “Super Sweet Blogger Award.” Please visit my post to view the rules and responsibilities for accepting. Keep up the great work Jen! Congrats!

  72. 4feet2mouths says:

    Jennifer, you make me jealous. We wre workign on our “Sardinian” life now… Thank you for following 4feet2mouths over the last year. We appreciate you as a reader.

  73. I would love to visit Italy. What’s the weather like?

  74. Hi Jennifer,

    Great to look thorough your blog – what amazing experiences and bacckground you have ;-)

    How long are you planning tro stay in Sardinia?

    Jade

  75. Jackie Here, so nice to see your blog, it’s awesome, love the awards in one spot too.

  76. You already know that I love your blog! So I do hope that you will accept your nomination for the Blog of The Year 2013 Award
    You can find out all about it via this link
    http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/2013/11/07/blog-of-the-year-my-2013-award-winners/
    And Many Congratulations! xxx

  77. Sandra says:

    Thanks for a great blog, Jennifer! I have an interview for a job in Sardinia and came across this, thanks for the insight!

  78. seeker says:

    Congratulations fellow Canadian. I am happy for you to receive the 2013 Award.

  79. Thank you for visiting my humble Indonesian blog :)

  80. Just stumbled across your blog! look forward to reading more :)

  81. Highly amusing and well written.As an expat (Brit) living in santa maria la palma (nr Alghero) I can relate to much of what you have written.Good stuff @sardypaul.

  82. Tim says:

    Great to come across your blog and can completely relate with your desire to write, travel, and be free. I too have have lived across the globe in New Zealand, Australia, Brasil, USA, England, Indonesia, Turkey and Canada. I look forward to following your exploits. Tim

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