This week: the Park Güell, a holiday… and independence?

Entrance to the Park Guell, Barcelona
Entrance to the Park Güell, Barcelona | Photo: Irene Ucha

Our social programme never stops, no matter how heated the politics in Barcelona gets (see below) 😉 ! This week's programme:

  • Tuesday 10th | 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 [see also this video on how Modernisme changed Barcelona] (16.00).
  • Wednesday 11th | Come with us the the Park Güell this afternoon, the lovely Gaudí park – especially gorgeous in the autumn sunshine. Magnificent views of Barcelona from the top. NOTE that you need to reserve your place if you want to come — by 14.00 on Monday (entrance fee €7, meeting at 16.00).
  • Thursday 12th | Holiday (ironically, given what's going on — see below — today we celebrate Dia de la Hispanidad (possibly, in Catalonia, for the last time ever 😉 !). School closed, no class.
  • Friday 13th | Come with us this afternoon to visit two of Barcelona's food markets: Santa Catalina, which is under 10 minutes away, and then across the Barrio Gótico to the Ramblas and the Boqueria [ video ], the more famous of the two. Both are great places to go for lunch. Bring your camera (16.00)!
  • Friday 13th | Kick off the weekend — and practise your Spanish — at our Friday Club language exchange (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.

Also this week | Here in Catalonia, we're all very expectant as to what might happen this Tuesday: are we about to have a unilateral declaration of independence?

The Catalan and Spanish media is frankly not going to provide you with an objective view of the issue. The Guardian's coverage is rather less biased and you could also follow what the BBC is saying (though there's also some nonsense published in both of those places).

Recommended reading | The Guardian: What's wrong with the world? Endlessly refighting old wars does nothing to heal a fractured present. (article in Catalan): Els carrers seran sempre nostres?

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