Going to Spain!

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It’s been a busy week. Ianiv has the opportunity to go to Barcelona for DrupalCon, so we’ve spent the last week trying to plan a vacation around that.

Ianiv will be heading to Barcelona on September 16, and I’ll follow on the 20th. We’ll stay until October 3.

It’s a very busy and exciting time to be in Barcelona. A festival (La Merce) is going on around the 24th, so the city is just packed. I’m ok with that, though, since we never saw any festivals the last time we were in Europe. Very fun.

The festival made it difficult to find accommodations. Prices are obviously up during that time, but pretty much the entire city is booked. Ianiv is spending the first 5 nights with the rest of NowPublic, so his accommodations are taken care of. Mine, another story.

After spending an obscene number of hours trying to find a hotel or hostel in a good area of Barcelona, we changed gears and reconsidered the importance of staying in Barcelona itself for those days.

After a few city days, we had planned to take ourselves to a resort on the coast. I fell in love with the city of Sitges, which is actually very close to Barcelona. About 30 mins by train away. So, I will go straight there instead of spending time in the city. We will stay in Sitges for 12 nights in total.

This trip, we’re not going from hotel to hotel. Too stressful. Although the rest of the Spanish coast is beautiful, and gets a bit cheaper and more quiet as you head further from Barcelona, Sitges has everything we’re looking for, and the bonus of great train access for day trips.

We’ll be staying at the San Sebasti√°n Playa hotel, which is one of the higher end hotels in the region. It’s definitely going to be a different experience from our hostel experience last time through Europe! A good pool and beach access were high on my list of "must haves."

Because of my health limitations, we won’t be able to see or travel as much, but I’m quite looking forward to some relaxing days in the sun. I haven’t yet started to research what to see in this region of Spain, or what to do, so anyone with any tips, please let us know!

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5 Responses to “Going to Spain!”

  1. Nicole says:

    Have fun in Spain. That is a nice place to have a small vacation.

  2. Oana says:

    Sitges is a great choice! I would highly recommend driving up to see Montserrat and if you are into that kind of thing, the Penedes wine region – particularly, doing some cava tasting tours at places like Codorniu and Freixenet.

  3. anna says:

    my advice – take pictures, take pictures, take pictures. i recently entered in this photo contest by 1800flowers.com (grand prize – um photo on a huge billboard in time square – can’t think of anything that cool) and when i was searching for just the right photo i kept thinking to myself if only i had take more pictures here or there…i loved barcelona when i went – cannot wait to get the chance to go back…

  4. Jackie says:

    The place looks great! I’m sure you’ll have a nice time and a chance to rest. Have fun!

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