Sunday in the Sun

¡Hola chicos!

I’m just about half way through my time here, and so lucky to still be seeing this much sun in November! What’s the weather like in Portland right now?

Since it was so nice this weekend, my friends and I went to a town called Sitges, Southwest of Barcelona and only 45 minutes on the train! Plus, the ticket was only four euro. That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.

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The town reminded me a lot of beach towns I’ve been to in Southern California or Greece with all the white washed buildings and laid back feel.

Backtracking a little, I wanted to show you what the train there looked like, and tell you about Manuela who I met along the way!

Sometimes the trains here get so crowded everyone crams into the aisles, even for some of the long six hour ones. The ride to Sitges was pretty packed, and I ended up standing next to a mom and her two daughters. They immediately started talking to me in rapid fire Spanish, but it didn’t take them long to realize she would have to slow it down for me a bit even though I really was trying! After finding out the mom’s name was Manuela and giving her mine, she pulled out the lunch they had packed consisting of the classic ham and brie sandwiches and juice boxes. She gave me a juice box, and said, “No podemos dejar que los turistas pasen hambre” with a wink. She even made me translate it right in front of her to make sure I got her joke, and started cracking up when I read it. I talked to her for the rest of the ride, and she recommended Platja de la Fragata, because it’s the beach with the best view of Iglesia de San Bartolomé y Santa Tecla which you can see below!


The church is a 17th century Gothic style temple. Can you see the similarities to the ones I posted about in my architecture article?

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Here’s me at the beach she recommended, and the church in the back! Manuela was right, that beach had the best view and I found myself wishing she could come with us to walk around for the day. Having a local tell us where to go was a life saver in a town with 17 beaches and so many tourists on the weekend.

While the beach was lovely, the town itself was beautiful too. We wandered up and down the streets, and it was fun to see some different architecture styles than the narrow, laundry-lined streets of Barcelona.


I fell in love with Sitges a little bit, and will definitely be back before I leave. Though it’s pretty small with only 29,000 residents, I was curious to see how much tourism is a part of the town because it seemed like every building was either a restaurant, boutique, gelato shop, or supermarket. When I got home I did a little research and found out they have over one million tourists a year. That’s a lot for such a tiny town! I also discovered that 78% of the territory is protected national park land, which I think is pretty cool for some where that so many people come to every day. Hopefully this will help keep the beaches as nice as they were for me in the years to come.

I also wanted to give you guys some options for my next posts.

  1. The fresh food and open air markets
  2. Fun and (mostly) free activities and places to hang out
  3. A normal day in my life here

Let me know in the comments which one(s) you’d like to see!


Talk soon!


37 thoughts on “Sunday in the Sun

  1. Katherine C.

    the weather her now isn’t that bad but its starting to get colder. i think the 2 idea would be more interesting. a mi me gusta las playas .


  2. Amira Fitzgerald

    Hello! the way you are describing spain makes it sound like you are on a all paid vacation! But the weather here is a bit all over the place. Most of the time it is cold, cloudy and a little bit foggy. Sometimes there will be lots of sunshine and a breeze. But i would like to know what you usually do on a normal day.
    Sincerely Amira F.


  3. Adrian

    The weather here in Portland isn’t that bad it’s just getting colder. Idea 3 sounds interesting, getting to know how life in Spain is like.


  4. Osmar

    The weather is like the same that it is over there and what do you do as free time or whats like an every day thing y Portland esta como lo mismo de calor y frio luego claor y frio Portland esta loco!!!!! Tanbien que tengas un buien dia byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


  5. Savina T

    Hola! the weather here is getting colder, sometimes its sunny in the morning and then suddenyl it starts to rain! What are you going to miss when you leave Spain? What is the first thing your looking forward to doing when you come back to Portland?
    Hipe your having fun!
    -Savina T


    1. I’m definitely going to miss having so much free time in such a pretty city, and the friends I’ve made here too. But, I’m so so excite to see my friends in Portland and I get to live in a house with four of them!


  6. Liliana

    the weather is getting colder and colder and there is rain in the morning yo pens numero 2 porque i want to see some things that people do fro fun there.


  7. Veronica Ch.

    ¡Hola! The weather here is great, in my opinion. It´s definitely colder than it was a couple weeks ago and most of the leaves have turned either red, orange, yellow, golden or brown. This is my favorite type of weather! what´s yours? I think that I would like to hear how a normal day in your life is while you´re there and how it´s different than when you´re at home. I hope you´re having a fun time! How much longer do you have until you leave? Talk to you later!


    1. Hey Veronica, I’m jealous of the leaves I miss fall in Portland! It’s some of my favorite weather for sure. I have a little over a month left and thanks for the input, I’ll do my best!


  8. james

    hello i wish i was able to go to Barcelona it looks cool but i dont think we wuld be able to afford a trip down thare maybe when i get older i could go but until then il be here in Oregon byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee



    1. Hey James! Barcelona is lovely but I definitely wouldn’t have been able to afford it without working hard the past year to save up and applying for scholarships. Oregon is always lovely too (:


  9. Evelyn.

    Hola soy yo Evelyn. La playa de allí se ve muy bonita, me gustaría ir allí porque aquí en Portland, OR, hace mucho frío y está lloviendo como siempre. El viaje en tren suena divertido, nunca he estado en un tren solo en un avión. Para tu nuevo post me gustaria ver diversión y (en su mayoría) actividades gratuitas y lugares para pasar el rato.


  10. Wendolin W.

    Hola Joni! Deseo estar en las playas como tí! Es muy frio y jovioso en Portland pero todavia no tanto que necesitamos grandes chaquetas. Hay muchisimas hojas coloreadas en la tierra afuera y muchos arboles ya casi no tienen ningun hojas. Yo creo que tu proximo blog debe ser de un dia en tu vida! Cómo son tus mańanas? Que comes por desayuno? Que haces durrante la día? Que es tú rutina de anochecer?
    Hasta luego, Wendolin ❤

    Hi Joni! I want to be on the beaches like you! It's very cold and rainy in Portland but still not so much that we need heavy jackets. There are a lot of colorful leaves on the ground outside and many trees have almost no leaves. I think that your next blog should be one day in your life. How are your mornings? What do you eat for breakfast? What do you do during the day? What is your night routine?
    See you later, Wendolin ❤


  11. Ruby

    Hola Yoni! Como estas? El clima aqui en Portland es luvioso, nublado y soleado. En mi opinion a mi megustaria escuchar sobre 2.

    Hello Yoni! How are you? The weather here in Portland is snowy, cloudy and sunny. In my opinion, I would like to hear about 2.

    – Ruby


  12. Citlaly

    In the morning in Portland its sometimes could get cold even in the summer. But in the afternoon it could still be cold but in the summer it gets really hot.The weather here in Portland could be really weird. Well that`s all i was going to say have a wonderful day.


  13. Katherine Ahonui H

    Querido Joni,
    Unlike many of my classmates, I love cold, windy, rainy weather! It’s the perfect excuse to curl up next to the fire in the chimney, drapped in a soft, squishy blanket, with hot cocao in one hand, and a Harry Potter book in the other!!!
    Ademas, con este clima viene navidad, y navidad viene nieve. Sweater weather, right?(;

    Katherine Ahonui H



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