A headline in yesterday's edition of 20Minutos, one of the freebie newspapers you'll find in Barcelona: Espanyol were "90 minutes away from glory" in the UEFA Cup final.
In the end, 90 minutes (or rather 120, as the game went to extra-time) was the closest Espanyol got. They came from behind twice, played nearly half the game with only 10 men, after a dodgy sending-off, equalised for the second time with under 5 minutes remaining… only to then lose out 3-1 on penalties.
When you come to Barcelona, add "go to a football match" to your "to-do list". We're crazy about the game here!
Note the construction in the headline. We also say, for example, that Barcelona's amazing concert hall, the Palau de la Música "está a 2 minutos de IH" (is two minutes from IH), for that Sitges (if you want to go to the beach) "está a 40 kilómetros" (40 kms away). You could of course just stroll down to the beach right here in Barcelona!
While you're here, pick up a freebie paper in the morning — it's a great way to practise your Spanish!
May 18th is International Museum Day… To find out which museums you really must visit when you come to Barcelona, webmaster Tom Walton took his latest digital toy round the school to find out… until some kid nicked it, that is!
Barcelona has a new bike hire service (really intended for residents, not tourists). For an annual €6 fee, you can pick up a bike at different points around the city [map] and use a bike free, provided you return it to a point within 30 minutes.