So near and yet so far for Espanyol

A 90 minutos de la gloria…

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!

>> More Barcelona sport in our Barcelona directory

Learning Spanish
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!

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Hollywood at this week's Friday Club

Hollywood at the Friday Club

Hollywood Trivia Night this Friday

With the bar newly decorated, our regular Friday Club is back this week (May 18).

As you can see from the poster, the theme for this week is Hollywood. You're good on Hollywood trivia? Come along at 19.00… The prize is a year's season ticket to the Renoir cinema here in Barcelona!

About the Friday Club
The Friday Club meets every Friday, 19.00 to 21.00, in the bar at IH Barcelona. Come along — it's a great way to meet people and get some language practice in fun surroundings!

Barcelona's new bike hire service

Bicing Bikes

Bicing bikes parked just round the corner from IH

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.

>> Full details of the service on
>> Discount on bike hire for students
>> Bike hire places in Barcelona

Social program this week

The social program for this week in Barcelona…

  • Tuesday 15th | Join us on a trip to visit some of Barcelona's less famous, but equally amazing Modernista houses (16.00)
  • Wednesday 16th | A trip to the Picasso Museum (17.00)
  • Thursday 17th | Film: Alejando Amenábar's Abre los ojos (16.15)
  • Friday 18th | Friday Club, further details later this week (19.00-21.00 in the Bar, "D" floor)

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