Barcelona on the back of a Vespa

Barcelona this morning

Barcelona this morning, from the back of a motorbike

The sun is just coming up… That's the Casa Batlló (left) and the Casa Amatller (right) next to it (by Gaudí and Puig i Cadafalch, respectively). They are two of the buildings on the Manzana de la Discòrdia, which we went to on the social program this week.

A bike or motorbike is a great way to see Barcelona. You can obtain discounts on bike hire with your IH Barcelona student card.

The tourist bus is an excellent alternative for getting to know the city.

Shock defeat for Barça

Barça crash out of the Cup

Headline news this morning

Incredibly, 5-2 up after the first leg of their Spanish Cup semi-final, Barça (European Champions last season), got dumped out after crashing out 4-0, 6-5 on aggregate, to Madrid's least fashionable side, Getafe.

With five Spanish League games to play, and just two points ahead of Real Madrid, Barça will now have to win the League to win anything at all this season.

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Social program for this week

The social program for this week in Barcelona…

  • Monday 7th | Join us on the terrace for an "aperitivo de bienvenida" for those of you starting your Spanish course this week (13.45)
  • Tuesday 8th | Come with us this afternoon as we take a trip round the Barrio Gótico, Barcelona's old quarter (16.00)
  • Wednesday 9th | We're going to see three of Barcelona's most amazing Modernista buildings this afternoon, those standing on the Manzana de la Discòrdia on the Passeig de Gràcia (16.00)
  • Thursday 10th | A trip to Guadí's Park Güell, one of the many places you just must go to when you come to Barcelona (16.00)

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

Note | There is no Friday Club this week as the bar is being redecorated (and will be closed Thursday and Friday)

Espanyol in UEFA Cup Final

UEFA Cup Final

Front page news: Espanyol made it to the UEFA Cup Final

It's not often that Espanyol — Barcelona's 'other' Spanish first division football team — make the headlines. They did this morning, having beaten favourites Werder Bremen 1-2 to reach the UEFA Cup Final (Glasgow, May 16) 5-1 on aggregate.

If you are coming to Barcelona, you certainly don't want to miss a Barça game at the Nou Camp, but a match at Espanyol's Olympic Stadium is quite something too.

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