Stealing Sunshine – Victoria, BC, Canada

In many ways Victoria is like Sardinia. Her rugged coastline and wind-swept tree tops, call to me, just like in Sardinia. Coastal life brings the scent of the sea, just like in Sardinia. I feel at peace here, just like in Sardinia. There is however one glaring difference, I am not in Sardinia and my nostalgia for her burns deep in my soul. At least for now, I have her sister – Victoria.

Jennifer Avventura (22)

Dallas Road High Fliers

There are times when I’m out for my morning run and everything feels like Sardinia,Β albeit the circling spotted eagle above my head, or the cry of blue herons nesting in the tall pine trees or the morning calls from the orcas. There’s the salt water air which kisses my face in the early morning hours and the twelve hours of sunshine that greet me, daily.

The spotted eagle.

The spotted eagle.

There’s the tourists, cruise ships, gift shops, Italian import store, fancy cars, expensive living and a job. It all boils down to one thing – work. In Victoria, I have it where in Sardinia it’s hard to come by, very hard to come by.

Cruise ship docked at Ogden Point, Victoria, BC, Canada.

Cruise ship docked at Ogden Point, Victoria, BC, Canada.

For now, Victoria has stolen the sunshine from Sardinia and, I am grateful.


About Jennifer Avventura

Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who has lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she's not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer - writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.
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19 Responses to Stealing Sunshine – Victoria, BC, Canada

  1. Pingback: New life, New blog | My Sardinian Life

  2. Gorgeous pic, that first one πŸ™‚

  3. Diane C says:

    OMG, Jennifer. I live in Duncan and work in Victoria and I’m going to visit Sardinia this summer. Any chance you would like to meet face to face?

  4. colonialist says:

    Exciting! Yes, having a job as opposed to not having one is a strong incentive!

  5. tobyo says:

    Victoria is one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit…..doubt I’ll get there but one never knows. for now, I will be content to read your posts about it. best of luck to you in your new life!!

  6. I am happy to hear you are blogging again. Even though I only read your other blog for a short amount of time, I really enjoyed your posts! Looking forward to your blogs about the ‘homeland!’ Greetings from Taiwan!

  7. Sophie says:

    I’m so glad you’re blogging! I lived in Victoria in the summer of 2011 and absolutely LOVED it. It’s such a beautiful place! You should definitely take the ferry out to Salt Spring Island, and make the drive up to Tofino!

  8. Anna says:

    I’m very excited to read more about the nature of BC – it reminds me a lot of certain parts of Russia

  9. Sound like you’re almost settled in there. I have friends from South Africa who moved to Victoria, and we visited them about 15 years ago. It’s a lovely place. πŸ™‚

  10. Why am I just getting news of this blog now?! I must have missed an update or two! Glad to see you back to blogging! It’s also good to know that you are finding some solace in Victoria as you “mourn the loss” of your beloved Sardinia! Do you have plans to go back anytime soon?? Looking forward to following your “new” life!

    • Hello! I’ve just gone public with this blog. It won’t have as many updates as the other one, but I need an outlet. Coming this way at all? And when are you going to Sardinia?

  11. The Hook says:

    Gorgeous shots, Jennifer.
    I can almost smell the ultra-fresh air…

  12. Sounds like things are off to a good start. How is the new job? I have never been to Victoria. Closest I’ve been is Vancover airport πŸ˜‰ for a very short layover. Also did a road trip through the mountains, but stayed mostly on the Alberta side. It is beautiful with big blue skies. Enjoy!

    • Hello! Yes, things are going rather well here. Victoria is stunning!! The new job is really good, I work with some amazing people. How are you? How’s Willow?

      • Thanks for asking about Willow… she will be impressed πŸ˜‰ Hopefully it doesn’t go to her head. She just turned 2 last week. She is still funny as ever, but much calmer now. I head home in a few days for 4-5 weeks, so I am going to miss her. Thinking it is about time to do another Willow post. Maybe instead of Wordless Wednesday I should do Willow Wednesdays πŸ˜‰ Good idea? What do you think?
        Glad things are going well in Victoria. My brother had college friends from there and they always raved about the city. Sounds like a good second choice.

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