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Report 2027: September in Sardinia

By Marian McCain from England, Fall 2012

Trip Description: We spent the month of September exploring multiple areas of Sardinia via mass transit and walking.

Destinations: Countries - Italy, Switzerland; Regions/Cities - Other Italy Region

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Vacation Rentals; Beach; Sightseeing; Walking/Hiking; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Page 1 of 9: Getting There

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Where we went

"Are we there yet?" No. But in a way, yes we are. For when you travel overland, as we do, the getting there and the getting back are all part of the experience. Slow travel is about opening the eyes and the mind to each new scene as it unfolds, to each new encounter and to each new moment. It's not a mode of traveling from place to place but also a mindset. So to move from the habitual, goal-oriented way of being in which so many of us live our daily lives into the more meditative, slow travel mindset requires a deliberate shift. And since my partner and I live a long way from anywhere, the first action of any trip we take is to remind ourselves and each other that the shift needs to happen as soon as we close the door of our cottage, walk up the hill to the village and climb on to the bus. So as usual it was bus to the station, train to Exeter, another train to London, Tube to St Pancras, Eurostar to Paris. But this time, we took a train from Paris to Zurich, where we stayed the night, so that instead of hurtling through the Alps in the dark on a sleeper train like we have done in years past, we could savor the beauty of that picture postcard Swiss scenery as we headed south towards Milan.

From Milan, another train took us to Genoa, where we found our way through busy streets to the ferry terminal and boarded our Tirrenia ferry for the overnight crossing to this year's destination the island of Sardinia.

The ferry docked in Olbia at seven in the morning and a little bus whisked us a few hundred yards to the terminal, which was mostly deserted. We managed to locate the big blue ARST bus to Dorgali, which was waiting some distance away in the car park, with the driver taking a nap in the back seat. It was thundery weather, with sudden, short downpours, so we sheltered in the doorway of the ferry terminal until it was time to leave. Then it was into the centre of Olbia and another mad dash through the rain to a bar to buy our bus tickets, since they don't sell them on the bus. The bus then took us south for two and a half hours to Nuoro, from where another bus brought us, three days after leaving home, to the first of our Sardinian destinations Cala Gonone.

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