Photo of the day: Mònica


Mònica Esquerro | Photo: Tom Walton

Mònica: "Nací en Barcelona y he vivido casi toda mi vida aquí (estuve 2 años en Edimburgo, Escocia).

Trabajo en la recepción de Español y supongo que mi cara es posiblemente la primera que ven muchos de los estudiantes cuando llegan al Departamento."

Idiomas: Catalán, español, algo de italiano, francés e inglés
Aficiones: "Bailarlo todo menos flamenco y viajar donde sea"

This month, Tom will be joining Magdalena Urbanska and Irene Ucha in our "30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona" special – this picture is the first of 30.

The Electric Shoes

Electric Shoes

The Electric Shoes: by day, the present perfect; by night, the future is rosy | Photo: Fred Anderson

THE ELECTRIC SHOES, a band variously described as indie, punk, pop, new wave, post-punk, alternative and even mod. Gigging regularly in Barcelona, the band have been going for two years now, with an evolving set list of catchy and danceable original songs mixed with hard fast covers of hits that weren't that way originally.

The 'Shoes were founded by Oliver Sutton (singer and guitarist, the bearded bloke pictured above on the left, possibly better known as head of level 10 Proficiency in IH Barcelona's English department) and Carolyn Edwards (drummer, the loon in the middle, also renowned head of IH Barcelona's level 8 CAE preparation course).

2007 has seen their first radio interview, their first review in a national publication and their first inclusion on a compilation CD. Catch them live if you can – they're unprecedented, relentless and fun.

For their next gig, the 'Shoes will be at the Sala Magic, Pg. Picasso (Parque de Ciutadella) on Saturday June 16 at 22:00.

>> The Electric Shoes Website | MySpace

This week's Friday Club

Friday Club, June 1

La vuelta al mundo en dos horas… This week's Friday Club

Jules Verne needed 80 days, we reckon we can do it in not that much over 80 minutes and learn some Spanish! Come along for the fun and games at our Friday Club language exchange this week (June 1st).

Kay asks us to point out that there will be prizes as usual, but that a trip round the world is not one of them!

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

Magdalena Urbanska

Magdalena Urbanska

Magdalena Urbanska, self-portrait

Magda: "I'm from Poland and have been working at IH in the Marketing Department since 2006.

"I photograph people because that is what I find the most important and interesting. However I like to experiment and sometimes there comes a moment when you simply want to keep the impression that a place or a situation has made on you.

"One of the things I like about Barcelona is that there is a lot of space for such moments."

In June, Magdalena will be joining Irene Ucha and Tom Walton in our "30 days, 30 photos of Barcelona" special. You can see more of Magdalena's photography on her website.

Spanish in Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba

Street musicians, Santiago de Cuba

Dont miss out on our amazing Santiago de Cuba summer special!

50% discount on one person's Spanish Course if two people take a course in Santiago de Cuba at the same time.

Take this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the real Cuba and improve your Spanish.

Don't miss…

  • Evenings on the colonial Casa Granda hotel verandah where you can sip mojitos, enjoy the music and watch life go by in the main square below.
  • The Casa de la Trova – full of people dancing the night away to live music while drinking Cuban rum cocktails.
  • The Cuban grandmother who sways around the main square selling Cuban cigars from her wicker basket …. and smokes them as well!

Please note that the special discount applies to the course fee only, not accommodation.

For bookings and information please contact us at or visit our Cuba Spanish courses website.

Spanish courses in six great destinations
As part of the VIVA group, IH Barcelona runs Spanish courses in six great destinations: in Spain, in Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and Tarragona; in the Carribean, in Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) and Playa del Carmen (Mexico); and, in Latin America, Bogotá (Colombia).