The Sardinian Sky

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?

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?

Sardinia needs more Canadair Water Bombers – La Sardegna ha bisogno di più aerei Canadair

Once again Sardinia burns, and every year there are never enough Canadair aircrafts to help prevent fires. Yesterday afternoon, I looked to the skies and found smoke from the fire, it was a big one, which required two Canadair Bombardiers and two helicopters.

Ancora una volta la Sardegna brucia, e ogni anno ci sono mai velivoli Canadair abbastanza per aiutare a prevenire gli incendi. Ieri pomeriggio, ho guardato al cielo e ha trovato il fumo dal fuoco, è stato un grande, che ha richiesto due Canadair Bombardier e tre elicotteri.

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Not clouds but smoke

The town above is Trinita D’Agultu, however, the fires were set (yes, set) just outside Trinita in a small town called Aggius. It’s the second time in two weeks that fire was set to farmland in this small town.

I was at work when I heard the familiar sounds of the Canadair Bombardier drawing nearer. From 3:20pm until sunset the water bombers circled around and dipped into the waters of La Marinedda Bay.

La città nella foto qui sopra è Trinità d’Agultu. Tuttavia gli incendi sono stati appiccati (sì, contemporaneamente)  un po’ più lontano da Trinità, in un piccolo paese che si chiama Aggius.  È la seconda volta in due settimane che il fuoco è stato appiccato nei terreni agricoli di questo piccolo paese. Ero al lavoro quando ho sentito il suono familiare dei Canadair che volteggiavano più vicino. Dalle tre e venti del pomeriggio sino al tramonto i Canadair hanno girato intorno rifornendosi d’acqua nella baia di Marinedda)

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Canadair Ltd. was a civil and military aircraft manufacturer in Canada. The Bombardier 415 Superscooper (formerly Canadair CL-415 SuperScooper) is a Canadian amphibious aircraft purpose-built as a water bomber. It is an aircraft designed and built specifically for aerial firefighting. Canadair’s origins lie in the foundation of a manufacturing centre for Canadian Vickers in the Montreal suburb of Saint-Laurent.” – Source Wikipedia

“Canadair Ltd. è un produttore di velivoli civili e militari in Canada. L’Bombardier 415 Superscooper (ex Canadair CL-415 SuperScooper) è un aereo anfibio canadese appositamente costruito come un bombardiere d’acqua. Si tratta di un aereo progettato e costruito appositamente per aerei antincendio Canadair. origini risalgono alla fondazione di un centro di produzione per la Canadian Vickers nel sobborgo di Montreal del Saint-Laurent “. – Wikipedia

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When will the government realize that Sardinia is in dire need of these aircrafts? Why did the government buy an F-35 instead of a much needed Canadair water bomber? When will the senseless act of lighting fires end?

Quando il Governo si renderà conto  che la Sardegna ha un disperato bisogno di questi aerei? Perché il Governo acquista un F-35 invece di un Canadair che è molto più necessario? Quando finirà questo insensato modo di appiccare incendi?

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

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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?

My Sardinian Life at Work

This is what I do …

and this is my view.

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What do you do for a living?

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?

View from the office window at La Marinedda, Sardinia

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What do you see when you look out your office window?

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.

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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.

Sardinia’s Stunning Sunset

Sardinia – a land of mystery, contrasts and inspiring sunsets.

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How do you capture the little things in life?

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