At the beach

Barcelona beach

Kids playing, late Sunday afternoon at Barcelona beach | Photo: Magdalena Urbanska

Most of the pictures we've posted so far in our "30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona" feature we took either on the day or the day before. This one Magdalena took a couple of months back; the beach is just a bit more crowded in June!


There is one thing I will always adore in Barcelona: the sea. That's why I came here and why I enjoy it. There is no better place to relax, to think, to meet friends, to play, feel free and happy.

Magdalena is in fact in Mallorca this week, hoping to do some kite-surfing, but wanted to include this picture as it's a favourite.

>> 30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona #14

Survival Spanish: Get yourself a coffee!

Gimme a coffee!

And gimme a carajillo, too! Clockwise from left: cortado, café con leche, café solo | Photo: Tom Walton

Survival Spanish has got to start somewhere: and where better than with getting yourself a first coffee of the day…? How do you want it?

Un café solo >>
Un café largo >>
Un cortado >>
Un café con leche >>
Un café americano >>
Un descafeinado >>
Un carajillo >>

Café solo is usually a very small black expreso (ask for a café largo if you want more water, or a café americano if you like it as people drink it in Britain or the US (ie weak, with too much water).

A cortado is a small expreso with a dash of milk; if you prefer it bigger and milkier, ask for a café con leche.

A descafeinado is "decaf", a carajillo is for the adventurous (and not before class!): with a dash, often a very large dash, of brandy (coñac), rum (ron) or Baileys.

Bougainvillea at the Casa Elizalde

Bougainvillea, Casa Elizade

Bougainvillea, Casa Elizade | Photo: Tom Walton

Wednesday mid-afternoon: I need a screen-break, somewhere for a moment's peace and quiet! Five minutes up the road from IH there's the Casa Elizalde, with a magnificent bougainvillea in its patio.

Pick up a couple of leaflets about what's on (lots: exhibitions of photography, sculpture; dance, jazz…) and head back to work.

>> Casa Elizade, València 302 [website]

>> 30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona #13

So you think you know your sit-coms?

This week's Friday Club

Put your (useless) knowledge of sit-coms to the test this week

Sit-coms are the theme for this week's Friday Club language exchange (June 15). We guess you already know Friends back-to-front… But why not prepare yourself for Friday night (and practise your Spanish) with the video archive of one of Spain's biggest hits, Aquí no hay quien viva… or the equally popular Los Serrano?

About the Friday Club
The Friday Club meets every Friday, 19.00 to 21.00, in the bar at IH Barcelona.

El museo marítimo de Barcelona

Museo Marítimo, Barcelona

El impresionante edificio del museo | Photo: Irene Ucha

El Museo Marítimo es uno de los lugares más interesantes de Barcelona. Los barcos a escala real son preciosos, las exposiciones temporales invitan a repetir la visita, y es un punto fundamental para quien esté interesado en descubrir la historia naval de la ciudad.

Solamente por ver el edificio, de más de 700 años, ya vale la pena ir.

>> Fuimos al museo en el programa social
>> Web del museo
>> Visitas virtuales

>> 30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona #12