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One Finds Friends in Unexpected Ways

Life In Italy, Musings, Personal By September 2, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

At the beginning, I did not want to blog about this but it gnawed on me all night. That feeling that something extraordinary has happened to me that I just have to share with the rest of the world.

What is the lesson in this story?

That it pays to be nice, all the time, even if you are being disrespected and treated badly, and even if you know it is not your fault. That one must always stand up for oneself but not lose his or her head. It pays to treat others with respect regardless of their profession and that they are truly more than what meets the eye. That is is good to apologize, to accept apologies, and to give thanks where gratitude is due.

I was thankful to the other lady who rescued me from the first one when she was beside herself in anger. And I was thankful when the other lady, after realizing her mistake, apologized to me. I accepted her apology wholeheartedly and graciously.

We separated with our hearts full of love and the world is all the better for it.

I loved them for their humility and grace despite their profession. Do I feel pity? No, I don’t. But I feel like inviting them over to my house for dinner or going out for coffee at the bar at the end of the street where we all work. Because life is beautiful.

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Our Best Summer Yet

Family, Life In Italy By July 15, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

This is turning out to be a summer that I am immensely enjoying – in stark contrast to my previous summers in Sardegna, marked by countless packing and unpacking of bags as I struggled to remain in a positive mood, enough to last three months, in an island where I did not speak the language, and transportation was limited.

Perhaps it is largely because of my recent adoption of a dog that found me on the street. For months, I truly knew I needed one. Despite my best efforts in adopting one from a shelter, it was met with a number of disappointments and not a few times of crying outbursts that lasted through the night.

These days I look forward to waking up in the morning. I do my stretches while I wait for my coffee.I give our adopted cat and dog their morning meals before sitting to enjoy the cool morning and my black Illy or Lavazza coffee. Afterwards, my Maremma-Golden Retriever mix of a dog that I had named Poldo, and I go on our hour-long morning walks to nearby beaches. Aside from helping me get fit, these quiet walks make for great time for reflection, and planning the rest of the day. Or I go on my Duolingo app to achieve my daily goal of 100 XP or more, improving my Italian or learning French. I am having the time of my life.

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My Blanks and I on Our Very First Date

Life In Italy, Lifestyle, Sardegna, Surfing, Surfing By April 21, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

It may not look it but this picture shows many firsts and it had to be documented.

A first time for my wetsuit, a Christmas present from my husband.
A first time for my brand new surfboard, an advanced birthday present from my husband. Along with a new leash and booties.
A first time for me and my husband to be surfing together at the same time in the water. We had to take turns before in terms of boards and instructors.
A first time for me to go surfing this year.
And lastly, a first time for me to be surfing in the waters of Sardegna.
And what better place to do it but in a secret spot close to our home. A mere 20-30 minutes away drive, in the very same town we live in.

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Porto Conte and Capo Caccia, Sardegna, Italy

Italy, Life In Italy, Sardegna By May 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Capo Caccia is situated a few kilometres from Alghero, on the southern point of a huge limestone triangle that wedges out into the sea. There are characteristic, impressive cliffs (nearly 300 m high) on its west side. It is renowned for the underground labyrinth of mysterious caves discovered in 1700. The most famous one is Grotta di Nettuno (2500 m long) that can be reached by sea or on ground climbing the 656 steps of Escala del Cabirol that lead to the cave. Although we did not venture to these caves or the grotto because of Lia, the view itself was enough for us. And I guess for others too.

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A Short Road Trip to Briançon, France

France, Life In Italy By April 23, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

So off to France we went, even if it was just Briançon, because it is an hour’s drive from Bardonecchia. We passed by skiing resorts and towns with die-hard skiers still racing after the very last remnants of winter snow. Briançon a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France. It is the highest city in France with an altitude of 1,326 metres (4,350 feet).

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Home in Bardonecchia, Italy for the Weekend

Family, Italy, Life In Italy By April 20, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

The family arrived in Italy on April 6th and spent some days in Torino before going for a 1-hour drive to Bardonecchia – one of Italy’s original alpine skiing resorts. Bardonecchia is located in the upper part of Val di Susa in the Alps, with the Piedmont region of northwest Italy. The resort is situated on the French border, due west of Torino (Turin).

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Cala Brandinchi (Again), San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

Italy, Life In Italy, Sardegna By September 30, 2014 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

I said I would come back and take more photos of Cala Brandinchi – and this it. This was that day. Cala Brandinchi is about 10-15 minutes walk for Lia and me from our home in Villaggio Porto Coda Cavallo. It is where we go when we don’t want to be in Salina Bamba or when I wanted to have a nice cup of frozen coffee at the bar.

We take the dirt path from the village. This is the view of our village.

Cala Brandinchi, San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

And this is Tavolara Island, at the back of our village.

Cala Brandinchi, San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

Sometimes Isola Tavolara looks so white!

Cala Brandinchi, San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

With the village behind us, we trudge on the path to Brandinchi, and the first view is the parking lot right in front, and the beach on the left.

Cala Brandinchi, San Teodoro, Sardegna, Italy

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