Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

“There is something perfect to be found in the imperfect: the law keeps balance through the juxtaposition of beauty, which gains perfection through nurtured imperfection.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

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This is my response to the weekly photo challenge: juxtaposition.

Sardinia’s Blue Flag Beaches 2013

As winter closes in around us, it’s good to keep in mind our next summer vacation destination, and here are seven reasons to make Sardinia, Italy your holiday destination in 2014!

This past year, Sardinia’s immaculate beaches were awarded with seven blue flags from the non-profit organization –  Blue Flag.

What is a Blue Flag?

2000px-Blue_Flag_Logo.svg“The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 3850 beaches and marinas in 48 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean.”

Beaches are awarded the blue flag based on 32 criteria which the beach must meet; should the beach fail to comply with these criteria during the year, the blue flag can be withdrawn. Here are just a few of the criteria needed:

  • Environmental Education and Information.
  • Water Quality
  • Environmental Management
  • Safety and Services
  • All Blue flags are awarded for one season at a time.

Sardinia’s Seven Blue Flags 2013

  • Olbia-Tempio – La Maddalena Punta Tegge – Spalmatore
  • Olbia-Tempio – Palau Vecchio – Scimara
  • Olbia-Tempio – S. Teresa Gallura – La Rena Bianca
  • Oristano – Torre Grande
  • Sassari – Castelsardo – Ampurias
  • Tortolì – Lido di Orri, Lido di Crea
  • Quartu S. Elena – Poetto

I’ve only visited one blue flag beach and that was La Rena Bianca, and it was during an August heat wave; it was beautifully packed and spectacularly stunning.

La Rena Bianca on a hot August afternoon.

La Rena Bianca on a hot August afternoon.

My mission for summer 2014 is to visit this year’s list of winners. Should be a splendid beach season!

Here’s to 2014 Sardinia – wishing you success in collecting more blue flags.

Have you been to any of Sardinia’s Blue Flag Beaches?

The Sardinian Sky

The sky in Sardinia drastically changes throughout the year from bright blue endless skies to deep black unforgiving skies. I’ve been a sky-watcher my entire life, and I’m sure I spent the entire 5th grade staring out the window, day-dreaming and wishing I could fly.

Follow me on a photographic journey of Sardinia’s ever-changing sky.

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Endless blue sky

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Contrasting red and blue’s on Sardinia’s west coast

Storm filled rainbow sky

Storm filled rainbow sky

Black Cloud Sky

Black Cloud Sky

The Golden Hour Sky

The Golden Hour Sky

Sun filled Sky

Cloud filled August Sky

Canadair flying the friendly blue sky

Canadair flying the friendly blue sky

This is my response to the weekly travel theme: sky.

How do you like your sky? With wisps of white clouds or an endless blue?

Travel Theme: A love stone from Sardinia

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“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
Michelangelo

Tinnari by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life 2013 (15)

“I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone.” Henry Rollins

This is my response to the weekly travel theme: stone.

© My Sardinian Life/Jennifer Avventura. All rights reserved 2010-2017. All pictures, unless otherwise stated, are property of My Sardinian Life. Do not use without written permission.

I’ve re-published this photo as I’m up to my ears with a little side project. I’ll be back in full blogging force by early next week.

Until next time …

Travel Theme: Height

Tinnari by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life 2013 (5)

The height of the mountain I’m standing on is 214m above sea level. I was high enough to capture the flight of this war plane. The terrain on the right is Corsica. I wonder what he was doing in the sky of Sardinia?

This is my response to the travel theme: height. Click the link to discover more high things around the world.

 

Travel Theme: Relaxing in Sardinia

Taking in the relaxing view of my favourite beach in Sardinia, Italy.

Tinnari

Tinnari

This is my response to the weekly travel theme run by Ailsa at Where’s my backpack? Why not join in the fun? Click the above link to see more relaxing worldwide photos!

How do you like to relax?

31 Days as a Beach Bar Waitress – Sardinia, Italy

Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life Expat WaitressThe long hot hours of work are finally over and I’m looking forward to catching up on lost sleep. Everyday I worked 12pm – 9pm without a day off, as that’s how the cookie crumbles in Sardinia. At times, it was difficult to keep the smile on my face and more often than not I wanted to sucker punch a few guests in the face for stupid remarks. Overall, it was a beautiful whirlwind working at the lovely beach bar Mistral Bar at La Marinedda beach. I met some fantastic people who quickly became friends and I saw 31 stunning sunsets worthy of a painted picture.

Here is a little list of what I endured in the 31 days as a Beach Bar Waitress

  • “Do you live here?” Me: No, I fly in from Canada every morning. Ryanair now offers a direct flight from Alghero to Niagara Falls.
  • “Where are you from?” Me: You have to guess. Guest: Finland, Denmark, Australia, South Africa, England, Bulgaria, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, America … (they never, ever guess Canada).
  • “Why are you here?” Me: I hit the love jackpot.
  • “Wow, what sport do you do? You’re very fit.” Me: I serve drinks all day to idiots like you.
  • “Where are you from?” Me: I’m from Canada. Guest: Oh, you sound American.
  • “Excuse me? But why is the beach half of what it was last year? Did the sea eat the beach?” Me: (mouth hanging open) Uh, yeah, the sea was very hungry this year.
  • A woman walks into a beach bar full of guests eating lunch. She stands naked but for the small g-string attached to her curvy hips and she just stands there… her fake mountainous cleavage obscuring the view of the diners.
  • Three men from Napoli sit down and ask for three beers. When they have finished the first round I ask if they’d like a second and this is the response “well, we can’t eat the bottles now can we?” I quickly retreated behind the bar and popped open three fresh beers and brought them to the table when I’m greeted with “Ma che cazzo – chi ha ordinato questo? What the fuck – who ordered this?”
  • Two couples come in to eat and drink on the busiest day of the month – the Frozen Open Surf contest. They are polite, happy and after three hours one of the men ask for the check. When I deliver the check to the person who asked I am greeted with anger and really, really bad swear words from the other man. He told me that I should have given the check to him, and I’m an idiot for not knowing that. I told him “I’m sorry sir, but I can’t read the minds of raging lunatics.”
  • My Mizuno running shoes kept a lot of the customers talking for 31 days.Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life (9) A four-year old girl said “Your shoes are ugly. They are not beach shoes.” People would obviously stare at my running shoes and make all sorts of comments. I had an argument with a marathoner (N.B. never get into a conversation about running with a multiple time marathoner … it will never end) about me being lazy and not training for a marathon even though I told him I have zero interest in running marathons.
  • I cleaned up enough pee on the bar floor to last me a lifetime. Parents … I know it’s a beach but please put a diaper on it when entering a bar.
  • I learned that if you do your job efficiently that Italians do know how to tip.
  • I saw 31 stunning Sardinian sunsets, surfers and a popular Italian minister.

For this year it’s over, and it seems so is summer; I watch a storm roll in over the mountains of the Gallura and rest my weary waitress head to the table and dream of Mom’s chicken noodle soup.

What did you do that’s spectacular this summer?

Expat Waitress Tips

“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.” – Margaret Cho.

Thank you,
for your niceness, professionalism and kindness. We hope to find everyone here next year. Prepare the table for 6 o’clock.”

This past August I had the extreme pleasure of meeting some of the greatest, kindest and most humble people ever. Always ready with a smile on their face and always with a please and thank you.

It was a pleasure to serve you all and I look forward to meeting you once again in the near future. Wishing you all a lifetime of happiness and sunshine.

Jennifer Avventura

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea and Sardinia

“Even castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.” Jimi Hendrix

“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Cousteau

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I’ve always surrounded myself with the sea from Australia to Grand Cayman and now resting in Sardinia.

At what sea do you rest your wary bones?

Related post:

10 Remarkable Reasons to Visit Sardinia with quotes from Sea & Sardinia by D.H. Lawrence.

Photos: Frozen Open Surf Contest at La Marinedda, Sardinia

On August 25, 2013 La Marinedda Bay turned into a surfers paradise. Thousands of people gathered to watch élite surfers from around the world compete for the grand prize. Here’s a little photo montage:

Frozen Open by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life La Marinedda

La Marinedda Bay

Waiting to start

Frozen Open by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life La Marinedda (2)

Into the night with the Spanish Tower of Isola Rossa

Frozen Open by Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life La Marinedda Sardinia Sardegna

A surfer competes to be the best

How every event in Sardinia ends … with BBQ sausage.

The winner of the 2013 Frozen Open is 15-year-old Leonardo Fioravanti.

To see more fabulous shots of the Frozen Open 2013 please check out their Facebook page by clicking the link.

Did you attend this year’s Frozen Open?