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Instagram competition for Sant Jordi

Instagram Sant Jordi competition

Sant Jordi (St George) is the patron Saint of Catalonia and on the Diada de Sant Jordi (St George's Day, April 23) here in Barcelona we celebrate, giving each other books and roses.

Until April 28 you have time to enter our Instagram competition, in which you have to capture the essence of Sant Jordi in order to win up to €400 discount on a course here at IH Barcelona.

Saturday is probably the day to be about with your camera (expect the centre of Barcelona to be packed!), though just about any day of the year is a good one to be about with a camera: one of our favourite Barcelona sports: dragon hunting!

You could consider making yourself some ecological roses like we did last year and we've also got a charity book fair on this week, in aid of a school in Ecuador.

See also photographs hashtagged #ihbcnstjordi so far | the rules of the competition

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Sant Jordi, a very special week in Barcelona

A rose for Sant Jordi

A rose for Sant Jordi | Photo: Tom Walton

Saturday this week is Sant Jordi (Saint George's Day), when tradition here has it that the boy gives his girl a rose, the girl giving her guy a book (which he's supposed to read!) in return. Join the crowds in the Spring sunshine — this is Barcelona looking its best.

On our social programme before Saturday:

  • Tuesday 19th | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port. One of the best places in Barcelona to go to find street art, it was a rather seedy red light district but is now home to the CCCB and the MACBA and Fernando Botero's fat cat, and (in keeping with its past) to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas negras (16.00).
  • Wednesday 20th | Our trip this afternoon takes us to the lovely gardens of the Palacio Real de Pedralbes, which was home to the Spanish monarchy 1919-1931 whenever they visited the city, and also in the remarkable Gaudí dragon on the gate of the Finca Güell, the summer home of Eusebi Güell, Gaudí's great patron (16.00).
  • Thursday 21st | Come with us this afternoon to visit two of Barcelona's food markets: Santa Catalina, which is under 10 minutes away, and then across the Barrio Gótico to the Ramblas and the Boqueria [ video], the more famous of the two. Both are great places to go for lunch. Bring your camera (16.00)!
  • Friday 22nd | We have a different theme each week for our Friday Club language exchange and this week it obviously had to be Sant Jordi. Come along and celebrate it with us, a day early, in the bar/on the terrace (19.00-21.00).

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

Also this week | Spanish League, Barça vs Sporting de Gijón (Saturday, kick-off 20.30).

Books and bookmarks for Sant Jordi

La ciudad de los prodigios

One for Sant Jordi — with an eco-friendly bookmark | Photo: Tom Walton

It's Sant Jordi on Thursday this week so we thought we'd make a couple of recommendations for books that you might like and which might make you a nice souvenir of Barcelona.

Reading is such a great way to improve any language and we've in fact now got quite a large section of books we recommend if it's Spanish you're learning.

In that section you'll find several by Eduardo Mendoza [ Wikipedia ], including two that are wonderful historical novels about Barcelona, set approximately in the period 1888-1929 — La verdad sobre el caso Savolta and La ciudad de los prodigios. Both are fascinating to read if you're interested in the history of Barcelona.

You might also like Sin noticias de Gurb, also by Mendoza, about an extraterrestrial who comes to Barcelona but then misses his spaceship back home (!). You could get stuck in worse places 😉 !

(The eco-friendly bookmark in the photo, by the way, we made from one of last year's surplus brochures, for the rose, and a used Metro ticket for the base | Video | Instagram.)

Sant Jordi on our social programme

Eco-friendly paper roses

Roses for Sant Jordi, eco-friendly ones! | Photo: Tom Walton

It's a very special week in Barcelona (and that's not because Barça are about to qualify for the Champions semi-finals!). Come with us on our social programme (especially Thursday) and see why.

  • Tuesday 21st | Come for a stroll around the Raval, the district on the right of the Ramblas as you head down towards the port — home to the CCCB and the MACBA and Fernando Botero's fat cat, and to the protagonists of many of Barcelona's novelas negras (16.00).
  • Wednesday 22nd | Our trip this afternoon takes us to the lovely gardens of the Palacio Real de Pedralbes, which was home to the Spanish monarchy 1919-1931 whenever they visited the city, and also takes in the remarkable Gaudí dragon on the gate of the Finca Güell, the summer home of Eusebi Güell, Gaudí's great patron (16.00).
  • Thursday 23rd | It's Sant Jordi (St. George), the patron saint of Catalonia, and a very special day in the Barcelona year. We give books and roses to our loved ones (and we'll have a charity book stall here at IH Barcelona, on which we'll also be selling ecological roses for the same good cause). Come with us this afternoon and see what's happening around the (completely packed!) city centre.
  • Friday 24th | We have a different theme each week for the fun at our Friday Club language exchange and — although we'll be a day late, of course — what else could it be this week but Sant Jordi? In the bar/on the terrace, 19.00-21.00.

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

Also this week | Champions, Barça vs PSG (Tuesday, kick-off 20.45); Spanish League, Espanyol vs Barça (Saturday, kick-off 16.00).

Ecological roses for Sant Jordi (April 23)

We have a wonderful tradition here in Catalonia which is to give our loved ones roses (usually to the girl) and a book (traditionally to the boy) on Sant Jordi (St. George's Day, April 23). It's a pretty amazing day in Barcelona, so get out there Thursday with your camera or phone (and/or come with us on this week's social programme).

It is also true that it's become somewhat commercialised, with everyone out there outside every shop and on every corner, trying to make a buck and sell you books and roses. As a result, literally millions of roses have to be air-freighted in to be sold on Sant Jordi (and trashed the next day), which is kind of crazy and unsustainable.

We'll be selling books and roses ourselves here at IH Barcelona on Thursday — but for a good cause. We have an approximately termly charity booksale, with all proceeds going to La Escuelita, a school in Ecuador, which usually raises somewhere around €300-€500.

Because we believe doing our bit for the environment is important, the roses we'll be selling have been made from last year's surplus brochures and we"ll also be selling these for the same good cause.

You can see more photos (including some quite cool bookmarks we made by recycling visiting cards and Metro tickets) on our Instagram page and we have a second video here with a few more ideas of what you could use the roses for.

Note | We need books!
Preferably paperback novels in reasonable condition, in English, Spanish, Catalan, French or German (the languages we teach at IH Barcelona), if you have any you'd like to donate to a good cause.