A Year in Review – Top 12 Photos of 2012 | Sardinia, Italy

Let’s take a look back at some of My Sardinian Life’s best shots from the most spectacular island in the world – Sardinia!

Wishing you all a safe and happy new year.

Thanks for sticking with me! 🙂

To check out more awesome photos from 2012 – be sure to check out the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Final voting in the 2012 Canadian blog awards

Check out my awesome new Nominee badge for the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards! Thanks to everyone that helped me get this far now I have just one more small favour to ask – help me win it!

Final voting for the 2012 Canadian blog awards runs from November 1st, 2012 to December 1st, 2012.

My Sardinian Life is nominated for Best Travel & Expat Blog. Please help me to reach my dream in winning this Canadian award, eh!

CLICK HERE TO VOTE 

You will be whisked away to Jonathan Kleiman’s site to vote. He’s the wonderful Toronto business lawyer who founded this award for Canadian bloggers – all over the world. Thank you, Jonathan.

Once on the Canadian Blog Awards page; scroll down and on the bottom right hand corner is the category: Best Travel and Expat Blog. Click to open, select My Sardinian Life and click VOTE!

The competition is fierce; from local travelers in Nova Scotia to a newfound expat friend in China. I am overwhelmed to be in the same group as these fabulous travelers, bloggers and photographers.

Thank you all, for your wonderful support over the last two years. If it wasn’t for your comments and words of encouragement – I would have given up long ago. You have all humbled me. Blessed be.

Thank you for voting.

1st International Day of the Girl | October 11, 2012

The United Nations has officially declared October 11, 2012 as the world’s first International Day of the Girl Child.

The theme of this year’s IDG is ending ‘child’ marriage.

Over 30% of girls in developing countries are married before 18 years of age; around 14% are married before the age of 15. Early marriage is a risk factor for early pregnancy and poor reproductive health outcomes. Furthermore it perpetuates the cycle of under-education and poverty.Âł

Facts

Around the World ¹

  • Around the globe, girls are three times more likely to be malnourished than boys.
  • Of the world’s 130 million out-of-school youth, 70% are girls.
  • Each year roughly two million girls between the ages of 5 and 15 are trafficked, sold or coerced into the sex trade.
  • Girls are disproportionately affected by a number of harmful practices, including early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.
  • Girls continue to face obstacles in access to education and other basic services. 

In Canada ²

  • Young women from 15 to 19 experience nearly 10 times the rate of dating violence as young men.
  • Nearly 70% of victims of internet intimidation are women or young girls.
  • Girls and young women are nearly twice as likely as young men and boys to suffer certain mental health issues, such as depression.
  • Issues of body image and self-esteem remain prevalent among girls.

We must empower our young girls with a healthy self-esteem and the right tools for a brighter future.

We must put a stop to the suffering of a ‘child’ marriage.

If you’ve read this far I highly suggest you read: Canada’s Honourary Youth Ambassador  for International Day of the Girl 2012 – Ms. Alaina Podmorow. She began her quest for change when she was just nine years old. She is now fifteen years old and has won several awards in Canada for her continued support for young girls in Afghanistan. She’s an inspiration for young women everywhere.

Are you wondering what I’m going to do for International Day of the Girl?

  • I will blog, tweet and FB about International Day of the Girl.
  • I will go to my English tutoring session this afternoon and empower two young Italian minds to be the best they can be!
  • I will spread the message to my three young nieces, who, I hope will spread the message along to their friends.
  • I will hold this close to my heart until there is an end to ‘child’ marriage.

What will you do?

1 Sources: Plan Canada; UN Women.
2 Source: Statistics Canada
Âł Source: WHO International Day of the Girl Child

When Two Nations Collide | Canada Day & Euro 2012

Today is the 145th birthday of one of the best nations in the world – Canada.

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends and followers. Enjoy your BBQ’s, burgers and beers.

To my home and native land – I salute you!

File:Flag of Canada and Italy.svgTo my adoptive home land – In bocca al lupo!

Later this evening Italy takes the stage in the grand final of Euro 2012 against Spain. It’s going to be whopper of a game, a nail-biter, an on-the-edge of your seat, play-by-play game … and I’m going to miss it.

In bocca al lupo Italia! Forza Azzuri. It’s your Cup.

Make this Canadian proud to call you home!

**Click here to read Canada’s beautiful nation anthem. Or, click here to read my post (complete with burgers and flags) from last year’s Canada Day celebrations.

How will you be celebrating these two super festivities today? I’ll be at work …

Festa della Trinita | June 1st-4th, 2012 | Sardinia, Italy

A celebration in honour of the church Santissima Trinità dei Monti, in central Italy. The late renaissance church dominates the Italian sky above the picturesque Spanish Steps.

This festival generally takes place at the end of May and beginning of June, yearly.  With festivities held in most Italian towns, cities and mountains!

This spectacular four-day festival is in Trinita D’Agultu, Sardinia, Italy and is a must see! During the evening hours the streets are filled with local vendors selling their traditional Sardinian wares: items made of cork, local hand crafted jewelry, textiles, delicious Sardinian sweets and so much more!

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63rd Cavalcata Sarda | Sardinia, Italy

One hundred and thirteen years have passed since the first Cavalcata Sarda took place to honor King Umberto 1 and Queen Margherita, who made a visit to Sardegna in 1899. This colourful folk festival is held on the second-last Sunday of May, every year.

For close to an hour traditional costumes from various towns all over Sardinia paraded their wares for the world to see. It was a beautiful display of colour and music. It was also the first year in over ten years that the procession part of the Cavalcata Sarda was cancelled due to weather.

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Festa di San Simplicio | Palio della Stella

The festival of San Simplicio is an annual event held in Olbia, Italy. Attracting thousands of tourists and locals alike. The festival is in honour of the Patron Saint, San Simplicio and is one of the most important religious festivals in Sardinia.

Festa di San Simplicio – May 10th-15th 2012

Spectacular performances on horseback are the norm of this tournament. This is defiantly a tournament of speed, agility, strength and courage.

Palio della Stella – A must-see event in Sardinia, Italy.

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International Women’s Day 2012

It’s been one hundred and three years since the first International Women’s Day was observed in the United States. Today around the world men and women will join hands in solidarity, peace and equality.

As of today, Rossella Urru has been held hostage in Algeria for 138 days, 8 hours, and 41 minutes.

FREEDOM FOR ROSSELLA URRU

Rossella Urru

When you reflect on the women in your life today, please take a moment to say a prayer for those women, in 2012, who have had their freedom so brutally taken.

138 days held hostage in Algeria. 138 days of uncertainty. Freedom for Rossella Urru!

Blessed be.

Carrasciali Trinitaiesu | Carnevale Trinita 2012

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Last night marked the end of Carnival. The crowds came out in numbers to watch the floats and dancers go by. The atmosphere hung steams of happiness and moments of crisis’ momentarily forgotten. Carrasciali Trinitaiesu Devils, hippies and fairies oh … Continue reading

How to tell you’ve had a good time at Carnival | Tempio Pausania, Sardinia, Italy

How do you define a good time? Is it with music or dance? Is singing in your repertoire? What if we combine all those ingredients and throw a six-day festival in honour of a dead King?

The party starts here:

The festival parade of masks and floats generally occurs before Lent. People of all ages and walks of life come out to celebrate the King of Carnival – King George (or Giorgio if you’re in Italy). Many of the ancient traditions have disappeared over the centuries, but one thing clearly stays the same –  Carnevale Tempiese, The Carnival of Tempio Pausania.

Tempio Pausania is in the Gallura region of northern Sardinia and is the administrative capital (along with Olbia) making the province of Olbia-Tempio.

The 14,000 inhabitants know how to throw an impressive Carnival and have shown up by the thousands to pay homage (and party) in honour of the King.

In just a few weeks time people from all over Europe will take part in dance, costume and play, at one of Sardinia’s biggest celebrations, after brushing out the winter cobwebs and hailing in the new sun shine.

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