Bring your walking boots and come explore Barcelona

Model of Barcelona

Model of Barcelona showing the Parc de la Ciutadella | Photo: Natxo Azoz

Bring comfortable shoes on our social programme this week, as we've got some great Barcelona walks for you. Don't forget your camera, or phone!

  • Tuesday 15th | We've a trip up to the barrio of Sarrià [map] this afternoon. A separate town until it was incorporated into Barcelona in 1921, Sarrià still feels a little like a town. Look out for wild boar, stop off at the posh bakers Foix de Sarrià (Plaça de Sarrià 12-13) if you're feeling peckish — or try the world's best ever patatas bravas at Bar Tomas (Major de Sarrià 49). Shame it's rather expensive to find a flat there (16.00)
  • Wednesday 16th | Our walk this afternoon takes us to visit the lovely Parque de la Ciudadela. In the photo, above, you have the park with the Catalan parliament building in the foreground, the Estación de Francia top left and the Castell dels tres dragons top right of the park, among other buildings. If you're interested in architecture, and the history of Barcelona, there are some fascinating things to see on today's trip (16.00).
  • Thursday 17th | Come with us for a stroll this afternoon to see something of the Ruta del Modernismo. We can't and won't (promise!) take you to see all the 116 Modernista buildings officially included in the Route, but you'll get at least a taste of Barcelona's magnificent architecture (16.00).
  • Friday 18th | With both Christmas Day and New Year's Day falling on Fridays, today is the last Friday Club of 2015 (we'll be back Janauary 8th). And that means it's Christmas Party time! In the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00.

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

Cosmopolitan Sawyer

Sawyer, a cosmopolitan Barcelona puppySawyer, a cosmopolitan Barcelona puppy | Photo: Magdalena Urbanska

His name is Sawyer, like the character in the TV series Lost.

He was born four months ago and he is a very sophisticated barcelonese puppy: he lives in an apartment next to the Camp Nou Barça stadium and he is used to people talking to him in Spanish, Catalán, Swedish, Polish and English…

Living in Barcelona smoothly moves you into a cosmo vibe.

>> 30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona #29

Filming Spanish class

Adela videos a classroom activity 

Videoing an activity in Adela's Spanish class | Photo: Tom Walton

Oops! It's getting on for midnight and I've forgotten to post Magda's "photo of the day" — which I've left on my PC at work.

The best one I've taken myself today is the one above I think — of Spanish teacher Adela Maestre videoing an activity in her classroom on her digital camera. We've had 27 photos so far this month of Barcelona, but none of class and, hey, that's important too when you come here!

On the new blog belonging to our Spanish Teacher Training Department you can find out why Adela was filming the activity… If you're a teacher, it makes fascinating listening [interview in Spanish]

>> IH Barcelona Spanish Teacher Training Department blog

>> 30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona #28

Late afternoon sunshine

En el puerto del Forum, Barcelona

Late afternoon down at the Forum | Photo: Magdalena Urbanska

It was built for the big Forum 2004 event and now it's used for big music festivals like the Primavera Sound and other international gatherings.

The Forum also has a port. When there's nothing special on, it isn't as busy as some of Barcelona's other marinas; for a quiet walk in the late afternoon sunshine, it's a great place to go.

>> 30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona #27