Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Scenes from our weekend

This past Sunday we decided to take advantage of what we thought would be the last scorching hot weekend and make our way to the beaches of Sitges. Sitges is a small beach town located half an hour south of Barcelona and is very easily accessible by trains that run every half an hour or sometimes every fifteen minutes from Sants Estacion. Even though Sitges (pronounced see-ches) is so close to Barcelona, we'd never been before. I guess we thought it was ridiculous to hop on a train to go to a beach when Barcelona has it's own world famous beaches. But the beaches at Sitges are so unbelievably lovely with sparkling, turquoise water, clean sand and less people. We spent a good four or five hours walking around the city, laying out in the sun, swimming in the still cold Mediterranean waters, and playing in the sand with our chubby bubby. 

Here are some scenes from our weekend:

Most beaches that we've been to in Spain have these little cabanas for rent right along the shore. They're kind of a rip off to be honest since you have to pay for the umbrella and each chair separately which costs almost 20 euro for the whole day. But they are worth it in my opinion if you're traveling with a baby because you and your baby can take a snooze under the umbrella in your comfy chair without getting burned or getting sand in uncomfortable places. You also don't have to worry about reapplying sunblock on your little one so much if they're mostly hanging out in your little tent. 

I couldn't resist snapping a picture of Roman's tiny little footprints in the sand. When he wasn't nursing or napping or playing in the sand, he was toddling all over the beach collecting odd bits of debris like bottle caps, cigarette butts (eww, I know), shells, and gum wrappers. He collected such a large pile of these 'treasures' that I felt he should have gotten paid for cleaning up the beach. 

Even though the temperatures have been in the eighties for months now (and were in the high nineties over the summer), the water was still pretty cold. I thought it was rejuvenating and refreshing and I loved the waves. But the little one and the Professor were a little less thrilled. I am very proud of them both for venturing into the water even if they did hurry back out.

After we caught the train back to Barcelona from Sitges, we rushed back to our apartment to shower and change and meet some of our friends for coffee at this adorable little place called Tonka Bar in the Sant Antoni neighborhood. One reason I love this place is because they serve brunch on the weekends which is a rare treat in Barcelona, but they also have a regular menu featuring a variety of artisanal beers, healthy salads and sandwiches, and of course desserts.

We take the little one to the park every day not only because it's a great opportunity to get out of the house and get some fresh air but also because it's a chance to socialize and interact with other parents and babies. Being a stay at home mom can be very isolating. Sometimes I don't exchange a word with any adult until my husband comes home from work. So going to the park is a great opportunity for me to gab up the other moms and dads and for the little one to practice his social skills. In case you don't have children, you should know that the social skills of toddlers basically means that there will be some hitting, some stealing of toys, some tears, and, in a few cases, some sharing of toys. It makes me very happy to know that Roman is a sharer; he graciously gives away his toys to anyone and loves to offer people bits of sand and twigs. 

So that's what we've been up to. What did you guys do over the weekend?

P.S. Here's what we did last weekend in case you missed it. 

(Photo of Tonka Bar from Today I like Blog). 

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