Chocolate con churros on this week's social programme

The street art shutter (complete with dripping chocolate!) at one of Barcelona's most famous cafés: come along, Wednesday | Photo: Tom Walton

Tuesday give you Barcelona's architecture, Wednesday an opportunity to top up those Christmas calories, Thursday the chance to walk them all off… We have it all on our social programme this week 😉 !

  • Tuesday 9th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to the Manzana de la Discordia, the block on Passeig de Gracia with three of Barcelona's best examples of Modernista architecture — the Casa Batlló (Gaudí); the Casa Amatller (Puig i Cadafalch); and the Casa Lleó i Morera (Domènech i Montaner); as well as to the Casa Milà (also by Gaudí), which is further up the street on the other side (16.00).
  • Wednesday 10th | One of Barcelona's great traditions (OK, that would possibly be other parts of Spain, too 😉 !): chocolate con churros for afternoon tea, for which we'll be heading over into the Barrio Gótico to one of our favourite granjas (cafés) on the Carrer Petrixol (now that is the Barcelona tradition!). Also traditionally consumed when you come out of the disco at about five in the morning. Price approx. €7 (disco not included!) . Yummy (16.00)!
  • Thursday 11th | Take a walk with us this afternoon along the Moll de la Fusta [see photos], which takes us from the wonderful Catalan History museum, across the old port past the Maremagnum shopping and leisure centre to the statue of Columbus and the bottom of the Ramblas (16.00).
  • Friday 12th | Join us on the terrace/in the bar this evening for our first Friday Club of 2018. Friday Club is every week, apart from the holidays, and is a great way to get yourself some extra practice for your Spanish (19.00-21.00)!

Join us in Spanish Reception (C floor), unless otherwise stated, at the times given above.

Also this week | In the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, we have the second leg of the Barça vs Celta tie, with the score 1-1 after the first leg (Thursday, kick-off 21.30).

Taxdirt Street: Barcelona's curious streetnames

Carrer de Taxdirt

Taxdirt Street

One of Barcelona's more curious streetnames — Carrer de Taxdirt — which is funny if you think what it means in English, and decidedly unfunny if you think how Spain's politicians and footballers get away with not paying their taxes. In fact, the origin of the name of this street in the barrio of the Guinardó lies in a cavalry charge in Spain's war in Morocco in 1909-10 (YouTube).

You can discover the origins of Barcelona's streetnames on Our street — Trafalgar — shouldn't need any explanation but the name of street out back — Ortigosa — where we have classrooms in our new building comes from a village in the province of Logrono, the birth place of the landowner whose family sold the land to the city so that the road could be built.

Nothing to do with stinging nettles (Sp = ortigas), in other words!

¿Eres un auténtico barcelonés?

Si eres auténtico barcelonés… solo pisas La Rambla cuando vienen amigos de fuera, o para Sant Jordi | Foto: Tom Walton

Y si la lluvia continúa, puedes comprobar si eres un auténtico barcelonés y reúnes las señas de identidad que se indican en este blog.

¿Estáis de acuerdo con la lista? Nosotros no del todo: ¿qué pensarán los periquitos del número 16?

Y, además, falta alguna: si eres barcelonés de pura cepa, conoces la dama del paraiguas. ¡Infalible para detectar nuevos fichajes!

¡Y nunca llames a la ciudad Barça o, mucho menos, Barca!

El Mirador del Turó de la Rovira

Turo de la Rovira

Desde el Turó de la Rovira: A, la Torre Agbar; B, nuestras "torres gemelas"; C, la Sagrada Familia; D, el Hotel Vela | Foto: Tom Walton

Que el centro de Barcelona está congestionado por el turismo lo sabemos todos, por eso es una buena idea que el Ayuntamiento se anime a difundir el atractivo de algunos rincones de la ciudad que suelen quedar fuera del circuito turístico.

Uno de estos lugares es el mirador del Turó de la Rovira, desde el cual hay una vista panorámica excelente de la ciudad y que brinda una magnífica clase de historia para locales y visitantes.

Para llegar: el autobús 24, desde Plaça Catalunya/Ronda Sant Pere, y bajar en la calle Mülhberg