Sardinia, Land of My Dreams...
Ever since my dad suggested a couple of years ago that we might consider Sardinia as a possible retirement location, MB and I have been toying with the idea. Not that either one of us is close to retirement age, just plannin' ahead. (Advance advanced planning: another one of my hangups)
We both love Italy (well, the Italy we remember from 20 years ago) and although MB isn't the most how shall I put it "flexible," I am encouraged that he is considering this "crazy idea." In case you are not familiar with Sardinia, you can find it on this map, just off the coast of Italy (click for larger image).
To my amazement, I recently discovered that Sardinia is in one of the The Blue Zones!!! Dan Beuttner's book on the subject highlights places in the world where people live longest and healthiest (dubbed The Blue Zones). Sardinia is among the 4 Blue Zones.
Beuttner was featured on the Today show last week where he discussed the keys to longevity that are found in these locations, including such things as a strong social network, exercising by doing things throughout your day, (not using a treadmill or going to gym like us in the U.S.), and good health care, among others. In The Blue Zones, people are 4 times more likely to make it to age 90 that those living in America.
It is a lifestyle that I would love to emulate some day: simple healthy living combined with lots of laughter (at least that's what the octogenarians were doing in the short video clip I watched). As long as I can get internet service in Sardinia, I know that you bodacious (when was the last time you heard that word?) blog readers will provide me with lots of laughter from abroad, as you do now :D Being that I am half Italian, I will blend in easily with the locals, provided they also wear olive colored quilted jackets.
BTW, I would have completed this post a lot faster had I not blown 20 minutes perusing through Ambush Makeovers on the Today Show website. Some of these transformations are *stunning*
I (insert whiny voice here) want an Ambush Makeover!!!
P.S. I am not going to promote my giveaway in this blog post.