Hoi Marco (en anderen), ik wil jullie geheugen wel even opfrissen, en voor hen die daar -net als ik- in de winter van 2008-2009 waren en aan de VVV een folder vroegen, kregen deze woorden voorgeschoteld:
“The territory abounds of stunning beaches similar under many aspects to those of the Caribbean, uncontaminated countryside with dream spots all around. It’s also for this reason that a journey on Sardinia is an ongoing burst of sensations in which every visitor is explorer of an age old sea of culture, history, charm and mystery. ”
In mijn dagboekje vervolg ik (ietwat verhit) met:
"Uncontaminated countryside"?! Of all those wiles mentioned, there is one striking, most questionable, and intentionally false statement: “uncontaminated”. The amount of rubbish you find here is just shocking, complete out of control, everywhere in the countryside especially at dream spots you will find rubbish, dirt, debris and illegal dumping. And if there is a nice spot along the coast or in a quiet forest, it is not unlikely that you will find heaps of tissues. Tissues? Yes, and if you look closer you will see condoms and realize that those people weren’t there to watch the birds...
Maybe most astonishing is Sardinia’s handicapped openness which easily but unaware unveils their true intentions. The brochure continues:
“Sardinia has some great ambitions and tourist potential for the future. Several high level projects have been conceived to bring to notice and give value to a territory which is not well known today, despite its extraordinary beauty and simplicity, probably unique in the world. Whole areas has therefore been transformed from wild and sparsely populated into symbols of fashion, luxury and exclusive holidays, where all the activities that might compromise the perfect balance of nature are prohibited”.
There it is again: “perfect balance of nature”. Perfect...?! After several months cycling and staying on Sardinia you come to the conclusion that reality is a little more complex (drivers who ride like mad, streets in decay, road-signs used for target shooting, homeless cats by the dozen, rubbish everywhere). Lots of things are explainable because of cultural differences but you cannot always use that argument. Here, they simply clarify all the differences and things tourist don’t understand with that one magic word: tradizione!
Veel gefietst heb ik vandaag niet, veel nagedacht en stilgestaan echter wel (...).