A {new} Refreshing Makeover at My Sardinian Life

Welcome to the new and slightly improved My Sardinian Life. After a much too long hiatus, I thought it was time to give my much-beloved blog a refreshing makeover. I am back in the writing-blogging saddle to share my experiences with the culture, traditions, and people of this enchanting island I now call home.

Keep your eyes peeled for new posts on cost of living, working in the hospitality industry, colourful and vibrant snapshots, short stories of a wandering waitress, expat tales, and bloopers that are best only when shared.

Sardinia, Italy has been my home for the last ten years, and it’s only here where I feel truly me, and feel home.

Please let me know in the comment section below what you think of the makeover regarding fonts and font size, headline and title. All improvements are a work in progress. Thank you for following along. There will be more of me in your inbox in days, weeks and months to come. Until then … Ajo, Eh!

From Sardinia with love.

Jennifer Avventura

An ode to the island of Sardinia

An ode to the island of Sardinia

Jennifer Avventura Sardinia 2012

Gosh, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen your face, twenty-one months precisely. I can only imagine your sun-kissed shadows, the way the wind whips in the cold winter months, the sound of your animals going out to pasture and the lingering sensation of a well aged mirto sipped between my lips. For one day soon, I shall return to your green pastures, and help seed our own garden, made from love.

Vote for My Sardinian Life in the 2013 Canadian Blog Awards

Just like the Emmy’s, Golden Globes and Music awards there are awards for bloggers who but effort, thought and heart into their blog(s). This year is the second year that My Sardinian Life has been nominated for the 2013 Canadian Blog Awards.

My Sardinian Life was nominated for Best Travel and Expat Blog. It would be fantastic to bring home the gold this season, and only you can help me do that.

To vote, just click the following link 2013 Canadian Blog Awards then scroll down the to the bottom of the page. Under Best Travel and Expat Blog click on My Sardinian Life.

Voting closes on February 22nd, 2014 so hurry before it’s too late.

A special thanks to Jonathan Kleiman who took copious amounts of time to organize this award for Canadian bloggers across the globe. Jonathan is a Toronto Business Lawyer and a Small Claims Lawyer and his side gig is organizing fantastic blogging awards. So, thank you Jonathan. I appreciate all the hard work you’ve done in the last year to make this award a reality.

So, what are you waiting for? Go on and vote. I am eternally grateful.

A nostalgic panorama from a Sardinian Snowfall

Snow makes me feel nostalgic. Freshly fallen snow atop Sardinian mountains and valleys gives me feelings of revitalization and reminds me of cold Canadian winters past. I’ve always hated the cold, the deep, long Canadian winters and everything associated with it: wearing a toque, mittens, boots, wet socks, scarves, skiing, shoveling, de-icing the car, plugging the car battery in over night and the dirty wet slush that always comes with a heavy snowstorm.

That is why I’ve spent most of my life living or vacationing in tropical paradises all over the world (Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Australia, Jamaica, Cayman Islands). When I decided to move to Sardinia I convinced myself that it didn’t snow – it couldn’t, could it?

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It did snow, for three lovely weeks.

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And for the snow-bird who always flew the coop when it got too cold; I found myself diving head first into the stunning Sardinian snowfall that had bestowed its beautiful white grace upon the lush green mountain tops of Sardinia.

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This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic.

What gives you feelings of nostalgia?

My Sardinian Life’s Top 12 Posts of 2012

It’s been a busy and exciting year at My Sardinian Life; I’ve witnessed traditional festivals high up in the mountains and had the pleasure of being crushed by i Candelieri at the fantastic, energetic festival in Sassari, Sardinia. I’ve virtually met some of the most fantastic bloggers out there today and you’ve all inspired me to blog on; you’ve humbled me and made me laugh out loud one too many times and you’ve even made me shed a few tears. Thank you.

I’ve put this little post together to highlight My Sardinian Life’s top posts and pages of 2012. I’ve already done a year review of my favourite photos from 2012 and you can see it here. According to the wonderful stats by WordPress, here are …

My Sardinian Life’s Top 12 posts or pages of 2012.

1. Home page / Archives with 45,928 hits!
2. Top 7 Shirtless Italian Soccer Players with 5,283 hits.
3. The naked truth on nude beaches in Sardinia, Italy with 2,854 hits.
4. Aboot me (thanks for checking me out) with 2,413 hits.
5. A Mediterranean Medusa | Sardinia, Italy with 1,696 hits.
6. Cost of Living | Sardinia, Italy with 1,618 hits.
7. How to make tomato sauce like an Italian with 1,402 hits.
8. My Expat job struggles | Sardinia, Italy with 1,095 hits.
9. Contact page with 1,088 hits.
10. Start Here page with 1,053 hits.
11. Top 11 Reasons why Living in Sardinia Rocks with 869 hits.
12. The Raw Reality of Expat Life in Small Town Sardinia with 862 hits.

My Sardinian Life’s Top 12 Search Terms.

1. Medusa with 657 searches.
2. My Sardinian Life with 438 searches.
3. Living in Sardinia with 259 searches.
4. Rossella Urru with 207 searches.
5. Gianluigi Buffon with 164 searches.
6. life before the interner with 164 searches.
7. jennifer avventura with 153 searches.
8. Andrea Pirlo with 144 searches.
9. Andrea Pirlo shirtless with 143 searches.
10. Buffon with 141 searches.
11. Sardinia with 131 searches.
12. forza Italia 2012 with 129 searches.

I’m SUPER stoked that people searched more for me than Andrea Pirlo! Snaperiffic!

Wishing you all a safe and successful new year. Thank you for sticking with me these last two years – each day I learn something new.

What’s your most popular post? Drop the link in the comment section below.

Introducing … My Caymanian Life

Hello World! Thank you for following along in the (mis)adventures of My Sardinian Life. As you know from this post – I have left Sardinia and am now living in the Cayman Islands.

It is with great pleasure to introduce to you my new blog – My Caymanian Life.

My Caymanian Life

I hope you’ll take the time to follow my adventures in one of the most spectacular places in the Caribbean – Cayman Islands. There’s plenty to discover on these three tiny islands and I can’t wait to share with you what I see, hear, eat and feel. Click on the image above to follow My Caymanian Life. It’s a virgin blog so please bear with me in the beginning and please follow along on my new, awaiting adventures in Grand Cayman.

For the die-hard Sardinia fans – not to worry, I will still write about this fabulous island in the Mediterranean but not as often as before as My Caymanian Life will take up most of my time.

I hope to see you over at My Caymanian Life.

The Write Travel Blog is looking for guest posts on travel

I am starting a new project – it’s called The Write Travel Blog. Why did I decide to start a new blog? The answer is easy – the short stories I have written and published on My Sardinian Life are not getting the traffic nor readership I had hoped for. People come to My Sardinian Life to read about Sardinia – not my adventures in Brazil, Australia or Greece. So, with that in mind I opened a new blog. It will go live later this week.

The Write Travel Blog is a short story blog about global travel. It’s a simple blog without all the flashy lights; a spot, where you the writer, showcase your talent. Are you interested in guest posting for my new adventure?

Want to guest post for The Write Travel Blog?

Requirements:

  • 500-1000 words; any style, any format with the exception of posts like “I did this, we went there.
  • Use your imagination. Be unique.
  • All editing done by ‘you.’
  • Article MUST be about travel.
  • If article is about a specific place – you MUST have traveled there.
  • 1 photo that you took to support your story.
  • Small bio about yourself.
  • Provide 3 links to support yourself. Example: Your blog link, Twitter or Facebook.
  • No advertising.
  • Only guest posts from independent bloggers and writers will be accepted. If you are writing for a corporate company – go suck a lemon, I’m not interested.
  • You retain all rights to your work.
  • Article must be original and never before published.
  • Once article is published on The Write Travel Blog you have the rights to publish your article on your blog

Email me at: writetravelblog@gmail.com. Subject: Guest Post TWTB.

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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.

Super Sweet Blogger Award | My Sardinian Life

How sweet it is to be loved by youCanadiantravelbugs. Thank you kindly for this sweet award. I must be honest … when I saw the photo I wanted to eat them pretty sweet cupcakes. Then I continued reading and noticed you nominated My Sardinian Life for this sweet award! So, I did a sweet-happy dance.

Rules for accepting the Super Sweet Blogger Award

1. Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you.
2. Answer the “Super Sweet” questions.
3. Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen (13) blogs.

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2012 Canadian Blog Awards | Nominate My Sardinian Life

**UPDATE – This is just the nomination period. I wasn’t aware that you could only nominate once and that voting will take place at a different time. I’ll keep you updated as to when voting starts. Thank you all.

Nominate My Sardinian Life for the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards.

At the moment there are no travel or expat categories. I’ve been told that if there are enough nominations for a new category that they would make one.

My Sardinian Life’s categories for the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards:  Best Travel Blog and Best Expat Blog.

What YOU can do:
1. Click the link provided for the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards.http://cdnba.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/nominations-for-the-2012-canadian-blog-awards
2. In the comment section, leave the nomination.
3.  You must add my blog name, link and category.
4.  Then click submit comment.

Example: My Sardinian Life, www.laavventura.wordpress.com, Best Expat Blog, Best Travel Blog.

TIP: You can copy & paste the example above into the comment section of the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards.

I missed last years awards and am keen on taking part this year.

Help My Sardinian Life win a 2012 Canadian Blog Award!

Your continued support means the world to me.

Thank you! Grazie.

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