Since I moved to the States, I go back to Sardinia every year for at least few weeks and each time I choose to see different areas. Mea culpa, I know very little about my land, because it’s true that when you leave in a specific place, you don’t have neither the time nor the interest to get to know it better, or you just don’t think about being a tourist in your own country. Therefore, it’s been eighteen years now that whenever I go home, I select a specific area to visit, to explore, and to discover. I’m such a lover of the sea that I couldn’t ask for anything better.
Sure, Sardinia is not all about the sea. The hinterland is beautiful and the small towns and villages are fascinating, each one of them with its own history and its own traditions. If you think that in some villages, few miles away from each other, people speak a different dialect of the Sardinian language, you can understand how rich the history of the island is.
I’m still amazed by the fact though that this is a little known part of the world. Some people asked me what part of Italy I come from and when I said Sardinia, they said:
“Is it near Milan?”
“Actually, it’s an island!”
“Ahhh..So you are Sicilian!”
NO! I said Sardinia, not Sicily,…..and that’s when I think of the “F” word in Italian, but since it is one of the most common words, I better keep it for myself. People may not know their geography very well, but sure know the meaning of spaghetti, pizza, Juventus and vaffanculo! Is it possible that they know about Corsica and don’t realize there’s a much bigger island right below?
What can I say! I’ve decided I will be the Sardinian Ambassador in New York, or the AmBASCIUador, as some of my friends used to call me few years ago. So, with this blog, I would like to introduce you to my country. I hope my fellow citizen won’t get too mad at me if most of my stories will have the sea as main character. I know, I have an incurable disease, but I don’t want to be saved. Maybe I was a sailor in a previous life, or maybe I was just a fish, who knows!!
Anyhow, once in a while I will tell you few things about my Sardinia and you will see her (yes, she is a girl!) through my eyes. It has been a long time since I left and time has made me “more Sardinian”, has made my love grow and therefore the will and the need to know her better. But most of all, it has made me wanting to make sure that other people, whom haven’t got the chance to visit yet, discover this precious land.
Yes, because my island is really beautiful, to die for!