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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sitges March 6th 2016

Day # 6 Mark graciously took us out for drinks and dinner in Sitges Saturday night. It's only about 8 kilometers from where we are staying in Vilanova, but is was like driving from West Hollywood to Beverly Hills. Sitges is rich and the homes can be over the top. I've been in Sitges before, 2 years ago, but I didn't see that part of town. We stayed up late Saturday and had a very peaceful and relaxed Sunday. Vilanova is quiet on Sunday and still has "blue laws" that don't allow many shops to open. Just like in the States, business is trying to change that. It's different in different parts of Spain too. I remember when I was younger, when I moved to Kansas City in 1978, Missouri had Sunday shopping restrictions, and of ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sitges July 6th 2015

Geo: 41.2348, 1.81122This morning was a sad one, as we lost one of the Ocean's Six - Justin was up early and off to the airport, for the long journey back to Calgary. Obviously, this cast a bit of a dark cloud over today, since our little group had been separated, but I shared a bit of wisdom with the boys that I had picked up over the millennia that my life has spanned, in order to keep our spirits up. It's never easy dealing with loss, but I have only found one thing that continually gives me the strength to go on, through the countless low points I have suffered throughout my countless lifetimes. It's actually not a thing, but a person, one who is a shining beacon of hope and love, and who has ... read more
Taking a Dip In a Belgian Beer Pool
Ocean's Five ...
Giant Milk Bottle

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sitges February 15th 2015

First time I went to Sitges was on a sunday - we still had a rental car from our snowboarding trip so it was fast and cheap getiing there. On the way we made a stop climbing up the hills finding some old ruins with a really nice view. It was beautiful and there was a really nice moment where no cars passed by, but then the noice from the highway took over again. We went for a nice walk along the marina and beach and then made it into the center. It is a small cozy city full of small nice small shops and cute little houses. After a nice lunch with live music, we walked up the the placa where there is a big cathedral. Then we walked while the sun set down and ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sitges April 6th 2014

When the weather forecast says sun, sun and more sun, it's always a shame to stay at home. Instead we headed down the coast to Sitges, which is just the other side of Barcelona for us. Instead of taking the AP-7 motorway, we decided to go along the C-32 and B-20 through the outskirts of Barcelona. That was the first time we had done that, and it wasn't really worth the saving of about 10km in terms of distance driven because of the increased traffic. Arriving in Sitges was a little frustrating. We drove around looking for our hotel but we couldn't find a way there. On the website it clearly says, under otro servicos, PARKING, therefore we presumed we would be able to park at the hotel. In the end we used a car park ... read more
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The Sitges Tapas Trail
Caña y tapas.

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sitges February 22nd 2012

Bona Tarde everyone!! Sorry for the delay, my week was slow until Carnaval and I wanted to steal people's pictures to post!! Carnaval is a 5 day long festival fit with costumes, pride and confidence for all that celebrate it. The reason Carnaval falls on this week is (to be blunt) to get all your sins out and over before Ash Wednesday. On Thursday, the first night of craziness, the "King" arrives into town and there is a parade in his honor. There were also parades other nights, full of groups in theme outfits shakin' what their madres gave them! The parade is so energetic and full of color, lights, glitter and all kinds of people coming together. It looks a lot like people dressed up for halloween watching the Macy Day Parade, but only the ... read more
Carnaval!
Carnaval!
Carnaval!

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sitges January 15th 2012

Hola! First off, I would like to apologize for the lack of blogging. the past 2 days there has been no internet at all in the entire hotel, and i haven´t been able to get on once! also, i am going to apologize in advance for the lack of capitalization and punctuation that i am going to use. This is a spanish keyboard and the shift key is way off and i dont feel like spending an extra 30 minutes typing this trying to find the shift every time. moving on... the night at the ice bar was so much fun. it was awesome! the entire bar was made of ice. the stools, couches, bar, cups. everything! i had a blast! they give you big silver puffy coats and gloves, it was for sure worth the ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sitges December 4th 2011

Bueno! Here I am, 2 years after starting my last blogging excursions in Panama, starting anew on another continent! After graduationg and spending some seriously quality time loving life in Montreal I decided to take a deep breath to reflect on where my head is at- to think about my degree and exactly what and where I want to study next, meet some new people, work on my languages, and get around the world a little bit while the getting's good. So welcome to my musings around Europe! I'm based out of Sitges, Spain, in the very distinct province of Catalonia. It's a gorgoues, tiny beach town very near Barcelona, separated by a mountain and a 20-min train ride through some winding tunnels on the mediterranean coast. I'm living with a buslting and generous Catalonian family ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sitges July 22nd 2011

Geo: 41.2348, 1.8112224 hours ... that's how much time there is from the moment my plane landed in Barcelona, to the time my plane for Sofia takes off. Coincidentally, it's also the amount of time the journey to Sitges took, counting from the moment I walked out of my place to catch a shuttle to the airport. 24 hours to get somewhere and only spend 24 hours there ... most wouldn't bother traveling to Spain if that's all they got, but I would! 24 hours may not seem like much, but it's plenty of time to get reacquainted with Spain. A drive along the Spanish coast to Sitges, strolling through the old town and partaking in the famous Spanish paseo, a walk along the beach followed by dipping the toes in the Mediterranean, a three-course dinner ... read more
Breakfast in El Xalet's Beautiful Courtyard ..
At Sitges' Central Market - Soy Sauce??!?!???!
The Tiniest Little Olives I've Ever Seen ...

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sitges July 15th 2011

Sorry I didn't post yesterday, guys. I have had a pretty busy few days since my dad and his girlfriend Song arrived in Sitges for my birthday. Let's start this post from what happened 2 days ago. It was my birthday. Funny. This is the 13th episode on and my birthday is the 13th. I spent the first whole half of the day preparing for the party. My mom and I went into Sant Pere de Ribes to pick up the cocus (I don't know if I spelled that right) which is basically just Spanish Pizza that kids have at their birthday parties. Then at 2:00, Kirana, a friend of Shawn, brought her son Noah and my other friend Leo (sushiman). Leo, Noah and I played with the frisbee outside, and then we played a game ... read more
Birthday Party
Monopoly in Spanish

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Sitges July 13th 2011

HI. Just preparing for the big day!... read more




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