here are a few rules to obey, when you are going on a trip into the unknown (which happened to be exactly on Sardegna this time, in the middle of the italian mediterrean sea)
1. sleep veeeerrrry long! everyday.
even though your appartement might not be as romantic and cosy as you wished for, but it offers all you need for a week of doing nothing: a kitchenette, a showerette (tiny, really!), a tv with 3 different italian programs (so no reason to turn it on at all) and a large sunny balcony with spectacular views!
2. enjoy extended breakfast - prepare yourself for the day!
this is me having my second cup of coffee, reading a week old newspaper and j not getting enough from the great sight with palmtrees, mountains, me ;) we usually had breakfast till lunch.
lucky for us, we found the only lonely "supermarket" nearby, offering fresh bread, two sorts of ham, two sorts of cheese and some really tasty canned tomatoes. we went strictly on pasta diet.
3. check out the neighbourhood - make friends with the gang
we met this little fellow, he seemed to have had a big fight, half his face was swollen from a bit. but he reminded me so much of my dear cat fifty, who i miss so much. there was a whole bunch of them street kitties and we pet them and shared our ham with them daily. a nice way to pass some time...
3. take random strolls - get an overview!
but don't go to far! you could get lost. there are some amendments to this rule: a) you definetly need a car, otherwise you are getting nowhere. we cruised the whole night after our arrival through abandoned bumpy little streets with no lights, cars , people to ask or any signs (signs PLEASE!) to find the place where we have rented the appartement. it is no real city, but an area in the middle of nowhere. locazione costa rei, near monte nai, muravera. the photo shows the whole bay and vacation home area, where we had our bungalow, 200m from the beach. we were the only touristicas there at this time, but i guess it's also beautiful when it's "crowded" in main season and the oleander is in full bloom. vast aire for us!
b) remember: no traffic signs when you desperately need them, so get a road map!! even though the isle is not too big, it takes hours to go somewhere. mountainesque roads, goats blocking the way or drivers in little fiat pandas who like to enjoy the panoramic view. adventurous!
4. take a nap on the beach
this is the most important rule. after all this major stress of the day, its time to relax. go to the beach, pick up some rocks, dip your toes into the icy water, let the warm sun tire you out and lay down your head. beware, there may appear some pirates or carribean schemes in your dreams (maybe some stupid dolphins, too ;)
i wonder what j dreamed of here...he looks so peaceful, like a stranded dolphin. haha...
well, maybe there are some rules i forgot, but nevermind. you can survive this easily... just listen to the ocean....get lost.
more sardinian photos on my flickr www.flickr.com/fuchpanzer