Finding the Simple in Sardinia, Italy

It’s the simple stuff that I’ve found in Sardinia that brings me the most peace. Take for example this dirt path to the sea, with colours so vivid it seems quite like the set of a Hollywood film. It’s the simple stuff in Sardinia where I love to get lost, because our senses become so alive that our brain goes into overdrive trying to decipher the beauty before our eyes.

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Launching Soon – Javventura Designs

Something spectacularly awesome is coming in two days! It’s been a labour of love getting my new business off the ground.

I am happy to finally share with you that:

Javventura Designs & Photography will launch on March 16th, 2021.

A place where inspiration & adventure meet!

A place where Sardinia, Italy will come to life on your favourite everyday items like: postcards, stationary, journals, tote bags, t-shirts and so much more!

Don’t be left out!

Here’s how you  can stay updated on your favourite everyday items from Sardinia, Italy with love:

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Reinventing Myself

2020 was the year that I reinvented myself, twice over. It was also the year that I stepped away from blogging, writing and all things social media to focus on myself and my family. It was a somber year, and I’m grateful to have learned many new skills that I will utilize to become a better, kinder and wiser person today, and in the future.

It was extremely hard to step away from this blog that had been my sole focus for the last twelve years and concentrate solely on my schooling, family and me. It was a year of achievements, tears and a new world order that saw many of us locked down for months on end. 

I’ve finally taken my passion of photography and digital art and opened up shop for the world to see, well, almost opened it up for the world to see. It’s ‘Coming Soon,’ albeit very soon.

A place where inspiration & adventure meet. A curious venture that puts my digital art & photography on your favourite everyday items: T-shirts, totes, journals, canvas prints, posters and so much more.

An Open Love Letter to Sardinia

GirasoleIt’s good to be back in your arms, with your wide open rugged coastline lapped in refreshing turquoise waters and your jagged mountain peeks where I sit 365 meters above sea-level. I’m restoring my faith in you, dear Sardinia, to bring me back to that place, you know that one, that little special place we hold so tight and dear.

It has been 2.5 years since we touched souls, and you haven’t changed a bit. You still glow, like summer’s first kiss, and you’ve welcomed me back with flair, graciousness and that inquisitive curiosity that I so fell in love with that first time back in 2008.

I can hear your locally made bells twang in the distance, around the neck of your goat who is languidly walking down the mountain. Your local dialect, a symphony of flair and history floats on the mountain air, sending wisps of words into my living room.

I’ve tasted your delicacies that I’ve so longed for: Ichnusa, pane carasau, cannonau, mountain water, pecorino, espresso, olive oil, peaches, pane and the list could go on. It’s been an assault on my senses just reuniting with you, I hope you feel the same way.

These last five days with you in the mountains has been spectacular. You’ve helped me realign my body, focus my energy and restore my soul. Now, it’s time for the beach.

Thank you, Sardinia, it’s good to be here.

Love

Jennifer Avventura
xoxo

Only in Sardinia

Dreaming of a world where I can swim in the sea; pollution and people free.

Jennifer Avventura My Sardinian Life Weekly Photo Challenge postaday 2013

Only in Sardinia.

Asparagus caught in Sardinia

One of my favourite pastimes while in Sardinia, and in the early part of the year, is to hunt for wild asparagus. The flavour is stronger than the store-bought asparagus and the shoot much thinner. There are many dishes I’ve created with this earthly wonder: pasta, frittata, slightly baked, lasagna, and pickled asparagus.

Cascabraga by Jennifer Avventura 2012 (19)

I’ve collected asparagus in the early spring for the last seven years and this year, sadly I won’t be hunting for wild asparagus as it doesn’t grow in abundance in Canada like in Sardinia. So, for now just the memories of those moments.

Do you collect any wild vegetables? What are they and where do you collect them?

Dear Sardinia: I miss you more than you will ever know

Eleven months ago I left my heart and soul in Sardinia, and my mind has never forgiven me. There are times I scroll through thousands of photographs just to see if I can still remember her, to see if I can remember her salt water smell, or the panorama from hundreds of meters above the sea. There are times when my heart aches so deeply for her that it bleeds memories of mirto, running from herded cows on the street, learning dialect, endless blue skies and sampling any of the fabulous dishes her country people offer.

Petrified Forest of Carrucana, Martis, Sardinia

It’s never good-bye, it’s I’ll see you later. And I will.

*Petrified Forest of Carrucana, Martis, Sardinia

Snapshots: Remembering Sardinia’s Panorama

It’s been nine months since I left my soul in Sardinia, and there’s not a day that passes in which I don’t think of her majestic nature.

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It’s always a blessing to look back on these photos, fond memories, fond times and a place where my soul rests, peacefully.

Top 10 things I miss the most about Sardinia

It’s the little things that I miss the most about Sardinia, and seven months later I’m still heartbroken over leaving her beautiful, mysterious land. Considering I’m feeling all sorts of nostalgia over my breakup, I’ve decided to compile a short top 10 list of what I miss the most about her.

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Top 10 Things I miss the most about Sardinia

  1. Saying buongiorno when entering any type of shop.
  2. The Mediterranean smell of her salt water hair.
  3. A perfectly poured espresso with a mirto chaser.
  4. The sloping red, granite landscape.
  5. Pasta, oh yes, pasta!
  6. The earthy, dirty red known as Cannonau.
  7. Swimming in the crystal, clear, clean waters only known unto her.
  8. Her secret and seductive language.
  9. Seadas, seadas, seadas!
  10. Her humble and hospitable people.

I lived on her land for six long, beautiful years and there is not a day that passes that I don’t think or daydream about her. I’ve set foot on countless countries but Sardinia really, truly stole my heart.

Have you recently re-expatriated? How are your feelings of nostalgia?

Endless Blue Sardinia

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Time has gotten the better of me; but you, my dear Sardinia have captured me with your endless blue skies and calming blue waters. I shall return to your mystical land for it’s the only place my soul rests, until then you are forever in my heart.

Did you visit Sardinia this year? Tell me about your trip in the comment section below.