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?

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?

Frozen Open Surf Contest at La Marinedda Bay, Sardinia, Italy

Word on the beach is that Nesos Surf Club have given the green light for the 10th Annual Frozen Open Surf Contest at La Marinedda Bay, Isola Rossa.

The largest surf competition in Europe which attracts élite surfers from around the world is slated to kick off this Sunday, August 25th at 9:00am.

Frozen Open Surf Contest 2013

For athletes: register with your name and last name at info@marineddabay.com

For more up-to-date information visit the Frozen Open Facebook page.

Related article:

Surfing Sardinia | Frozen Open Surf Contest 2011

Will YOU be there?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree Surfing

Carefree surfing on the waters of Isola Rossa, Sardinia, Italy.

This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge. Click the link to see more carefree images from around the world.

What does carefree mean to you?

Il tramonto di Ferragosto a La Marinedda, Sardegna

Lavorare a 35 gradi per 9 ore e sudando come un giocatore di calcio a all’89 ‘solo per vedere questo favoloso tramonto … impagabile.

A sinistra è la Torre spagnola di Isola Rossa.

Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life 2013 (5)

Working in 35 degree heat for 9 hours and sweating like a soccer player at the 89th minute just to see this fabulous sunset … priceless.

To the left is The Spanish Tower of Isola Rossa.

Travel theme: Beaches of North West Sardinia

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted something on My Sardinian Life and when I saw Ailsa’s theme this week I knew I just had to post some of my favourite beaches in North Sardinia.

(Click on any header name to read a more complete profile of these beaches, plus more photos!)

Li Feruli

Li Feruli by Jennifer Avventura 2012 (13)

Isola Rossa

Jennifer Avventura 2012 (8)

La Marinedda

La Marinedda by Jennifer Avventura 2012 (4)

Tinnari

Jennifer Avventura (5)

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photo montage of my favourite beaches in The Gallura. If you want to see more fabulous beaches from around the world, or even sign up and add your own then check out Ailsa’s Travel Theme at Where’s My Backpack.

Have you been anyone of these stunning beaches in Sardinia?

Travel Theme: Liquid

Liquid ocean. Sardinia, Italy

This is my response to Ailsa’s travel theme liquid.

365 meters above and below the Gallura | Sardinia, Italy

Sardinia – Summer-like temperatures at the end of November – dreams do come true. Beautiful blue skies and calm waters called our names; we hiked to the top of a mountain to collect fresh mushrooms in the early morning rays; we hiked along the rugged coastline in the hot afternoon sun and we relaxed seaside sharing plenty of laughs.

This is what we saw … (click on any image to view in a larger format.)

365 meters above and below the Gallura | Sardinia, Italy

How was your day?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

This weeks challenge is all about people and the things they do. I’ve never been one to photograph people as I prefer rolling landscapes and blue waters, so I’ve dug a little deep to find some people pics. I hope you enjoy.

Two days ago a mistral blew through northern Sardinia and we headed to the beach to roll in the waves. Elated to see about eight surfers in the water, I knew what I had to do next; out came the camera and I snapped away. Surfing is an everyday occurence (when the weather permits) for many surfers in this neck of the woods.

A few years ago I made my way back to Canada for a visit. Along with my sister and her beautiful family we drove to Gatineau, Quebec to visit my sister’s in-laws. We had many beautiful adventures: walking among the freshly fallen rustic leaves and watching the ripples fade in a mirror-like pond.

We also went tobogganing!

Prague is one of my all time favourite cities, and I don’t like large cities. I climbed the bell tower and snapped this photo of everyday life in Prague.

My girlfriends and I packed up the car and drove to New Hampshire for a four-day long weekend. Surprised to see the New Hampshire Police force using this mode of transportation; I guess it’s part of their everyday life, I sure had a giggle.

In 2007 I had the pleasure of traveling to Santorini, Greece with this group of fabulous travelers. I have been a member on Virtual Tourist since 2005 when I was searching for information on Brazil. These people are a wealth of information and are a great group to ride a donkey up a steep mountain with. I would do it again, yes I would!

Now the following photo shows my everyday life, albeit six years ago when I was running around as a waitress in a busy restaurant overlooking Niagara Falls, Canada. I loved my job, really I did. This photo is dedicated to one special person, and all the douchebags that don’t tip!

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