It has taken me months to come to terms with this difficult decision, weeks to accept its fate and countless hours on how I would pen a letter to the island and islanders who opened their hearts and doors to the expat Canadian who tried to make it work.
My fingers linger over the keyboard, trying to find the right momentum, trying to find the right words while internally I struggle.
I have moved back to Canada.
I’ve been back in the great white north for two weeks now; it’s cold, bitter cold and it snowed on the first day of spring.
The decision to move back to my home and native land comes from the lack of jobs and future in Italy. The economic crisis is written on everyone’s face, people are suffering, grandparents have never seen anything like it and adult children are moving back home.
The unemployment rate in Sardinia is at an all time high, 50% of the population are out of work.
As I near my forties and watch as the wrinkles creep in a new adventure and a new life awaits.
This blog for which I have poured six beautiful years into will remain open. I want the world to know about the island I fell in love with, I want the world to see her beauty and experience her sights, smells and tastes.
I will never close the door to Sardinia as she is deep within my soul; its time to turn the page and begin a new chapter.
I would like to thank every one of you who has offered words of support, kindness and help when I needed it, I will never forget.
Please continue to email me with questions about Sardinia as I would be pleased to help anyone that wants to discover her great beauty.
So with that finally said, I encourage you to stay tuned for a new blog that will highlight the wonders of yet another magnificent island, but this time in the great white north.
From the bottom of my heart, I am eternally grateful
Jennifer Avventura the retired expat