Fiesta Mayor de Gracia

August 14th, 2013

Hello folks!

Dont’ know what to do this weekend? Emma has the answer:

“Hi everyone! My name is Emma and I’m an intern here at Camino Barcelona. As the public holiday on Thursday is fast approaching a lot of you might not yet have plans, but fear not! You’re in Barcelona at the perfect time to catch the 197th edition of the Festa Major de Gràcia, the city´s biggest annual street party that can attract up to 1.5 million people every August.

But, you may ask, what is it? The week-long celebration, this year taking place from August 15th – 21st, features hundreds of different events to suit all ages and tastes, from daytime family activities to live music and cheap drinks at night. You can begin by immersing yourself in Catalan culture with castellers (human towers) and sardanas (a traditional dance) before checking out all of the differently decorated streets and squares, each of which has chosen a unique theme to compete for the prize! If you don´t have much time, previous winners Carrer de Verdi and Carrer de Joan Blanques are sure to be very impressive. Then as it gets dark make sure that you´re around for a whole host of live music performances in every square, ranging from the traditional to the more modern depending on the theme of that particular area.

There are also several key events that are not to be missed, including the main parade on Thursday evening, featuring gegants (giants) and caps grossos (big heads), and the walking human tower on Saturday night! And then, to top it all off, is next Wednesday´s correfoc (fire run) where the public are chased by devil groups with fireworks. Remember eye protection!

To make sure that you can enjoy the festival to the full, Camino Barcelona is running a trip there on Thursday at 4pm meaning that you can explore its delights as a group. This is also open to the public, so just send an email to info@caminobarcelona.com for more information.

Enjoy the party!”

Primavera Sound Festival 2013

May 17th, 2013

Hi good people!

Can you imagine watching some of the best rock, pop, electro and independent bands under the stars on a warm spring evening with a sea breeze and 150,000 like-minded music enthusiasts…? Idealistic isn’t it.

From the 22nd to the 25th of May, you will be able to do just that. Once again, the long anticipated Primavera Sound music festival will land in the Parc del Fòrum (L4, yellow line), bringing with it world famous acts such as Blur, The Vaccines and Peace (not so famous, but they’re a favourite of mine so clearly deserve a plug).

For the 12th year running, the organisers of Primavera have managed to present us with a more than impressive line-up, from Catalan pop group Manel, to the smooth British folk sounds of Daughter, with a bit of hip hop thrown in from the Wu-Tang Clan. I think it’s fair to say there is something for everybody!

All of this in the name of celebrating the arrival of spring!

Obviously, it all comes at a price… but if you aren’t willing to spend 80€ on a day ticket I can assure you that as every year, there will be a number of free concerts and gigs around the city for those whose ears can appreciate good music, but whose bank balances cannot. From the 24th April up until the 18th May, 22 bands will be playing in bars around Barcelona as a gentle warm-up for this unforgettable weekend - keep an eye out on flyer boards and online for more details!

Sadly, the end of the weekend is unavoidable but you can blow away those post-Primavera blues by buying yourself a ticket to Barcelona’s second music festival of the year taking place in June – Sónar!

Enjoy!!!! :D

“Feria de Abril” in Barcelona

April 24th, 2013

Hey everybody!

How are you? Have you all enjoyed Sant Jordi yesterday?

If you do not know what to do next week-end in Barcelona, and if you like Andalucía and its traditions, I would surely recommend you to go to the “Feria de Abril”.

Heather has written a nice entry about this “must see” event in Barcelona. Enjoy reading!!

In the early 70s, thousands flocked from Andalucía in search of a better way of life and more working opportunities, bringing with them aspects of their lives which many people instantly recognise as part of traditional Spanish culture. When Spain is mentioned, I’m sure many of you would immediately picture flamenco, extravagant and colourful dresses, and delicious plates of food.

Luckily for you, you will find all of the above in Barcelona from the 26th April until the 5th May at the Parc del Forum, in the Diagonal Mar district.
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El día de Sant Jordi

April 23rd, 2013

Hi!

If you live in Barcelona, you must have noticed that there are plenty of stalls in the city with books and roses and you might wonder why. If you want to know more about Sant Jordi, I recommend you to read Yannick’s post as it includes information not only about the tradition but also adresses to go to if you would like to buy a book signed by his/her own author.

If you are in Barcelona, you might also be interested in participating in Sant Jordi’s photograph competition. To do so, you just need to take a really good picture and send it to us by email (and before 0.00) to info@caminobarcelona.com.

Have a nice San Jordi’s day!

Sandrine

Hi everyone!

For the romantics amongst you, you are in luck! Saint Valentine has already passed months ago, but thankfully Catalonia has an extra Saint of Love, his name is Sant Jordi and he invites you all to come and experience the magic of his special day right here with us in Barcelona!

Who do you say? Let me give you a quick introduction to the legend of Catalonia’s patron saint. Sant Jordi lived around the year 300. It is said that during this age the town of Montblanc (province of Tarragona) was terrorized by a dragon which was killed by the brave Sant Jordi. Out of the blood of the dragon a rose sprouted, which he then handed to his beloved one, the princess. Read the rest of this entry »

Craft beer in Barcelona

April 8th, 2013

Hi everyone!

I am a passionate believer in the world of homemade, natural, additive free beer made small scale with nothing but care. If you’ve not already had the opportunity to fall in love with it, you should take advantage of the following bars in and around the city of Barcelona.

In this blog you will find places to drink it and the most relevant festivals and fairs. In the future we can explore more products and types, if you want.

TOP 10 BARS:

1. HomoSibaris: Plaça Osca 4. Metro L1/L3/L5 Plaça de Sants (15 minutes walk from the school, 5 minutes by metro)
In a lovely square in the Sants neighbourhood, Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Easter! ¡Felices Pascuas!

March 28th, 2013

Good afternoon!

Are you all ready for your Easter Week-end? For this very special (and yummy!) date of the year, my colleague Heather has asked our international team to explain to her their traditions in their home country. As you will see, we seem to be having our own way to wait for the Easter Bells!

If you do not know what to do tomorrow Friday, you are still on time to give us a quick call or contact us by email to participate in our Special Easter Tour: “Procesiones de Semana Santa en Barcelona”. Just send us an email to: info@caminobarcelona.com before 5.00pm today and we will send you more information.

Happy Easter everybody!

Sandrine


Hi everyone,

It’s that time of year again when the bakeries fill their windows with chocolatey goods, market stalls appear in the street full of palms and fluffy yellow chicks (the toy version), and everyone seems to put their diet on yet another hold.

Besides the well known traditions of not eating meat on Good Friday and the copious amounts of chocolate which follow, below are some other, less well known traditions which the team at Camino Barcelona have told me about!

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Las Fallas de Valencia

March 15th, 2013

Good afternoon everybody!

Are you all ready to start this new sunny week-end?

If you don’t know what you will be doing yet and would be interested in doing something very special, we have a suggestion for you: You can go to Las Fallas in Valencia which take place from 15th to 19th march. We still have places available at the reception of the school!! If you are interested in joining this short trip, just send us a quick message before the end of the day (18.00, max) at info@caminobarcelona.com and we will explain to you how to reserve your seat on the coach available for you.

If you want more information about this very special activity we are organising, check Stefanie’s blog!

Hola chicos y chicas,

Have you already heard about our trip to “Las fallas” (English: The bonfires).YouTube Preview Image Las Fallas are a huge annual celebration in Valencia which take place from the 15th to the 19th of March.

Since the Valencian people are very keen on their festivity, preparations for it start weeks before the official beginning. From the first of March on each day there is a special firework display in the town hall square and little concerts all around the town.
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English translations by Spanish speakers

March 4th, 2013

As a teacher I cannot stop laughing at the bad English translations by Spanish speakers.
Sometimes it’s because of Google, which does its best, but it’s not human. Sometimes it’s through linguistic carelessness, but whatever it is, they’re hilarious.

Sometimes sayings in Spanish become incomprehensible sayings for the English. Here are a few of my favourites:

- “Once a day” translated as ‘once veces al día’. I hope they’re not talking about siestas!

- “From lost to the river” – a translation of the saying “de perdidos al río”, which we use to express that since the situation is impossible you might as well do what you want. Better said “out of the frying pan and into the fire”!

- “Exit”translated by “Éxito” rather than SALIDA.

- “For tasters, the colours”, a terrible translation of “para gustos, los colores”… An expression we use to highlight individual freedom and the multitude of human tastes. “Each to their own” is a more understandable translation!

- “All the fish is sold here”, translation of the Spanish “Aquí está todo el pescado vendido”, used when there is nothing left to do in a place or situation.

- “To throw the house through the window” from the Spanish saying “tirar la casa por la ventana”, used when we exceed expenses for a special occasion… you would be more likely to hear “to push the boat out”.

- “To drink even the water out of the vases” this is without doubt my favourite. From the popular pure Spanish saying “Beberse hasta el agua de los jarrones”, which we use when a person hasn’t stopped drinking all day or night.

To be continued!

Anita

Valentine’s day

February 13th, 2013

Hi folks!

Our new intern Heather has a written a blog about valentine’s day! Yes, it is tomorrow :) and we suggest some things you can do on this special day here in our beautiful city, Barcelona.
Enjoy it:

Hello everybody! I’m Heather, a new intern here at Camino Barcelona. As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I’ve been set the challenge of gathering a few ideas to help you bring out your romantic side on one of the ‘most loved’ days of the year.

Looking to impress someone with your sporting prowess? Sandrine suggested taking to the boats in the Parque de la Ciudadella – why not bring a bite to eat and set up a picnic on the grass afterwards to regain your energy. Who knows, you might need it later… for a walk around the Born neighborhood! Is there anything more romantic than getting lost amongst the narrow streets and admiring Read the rest of this entry »

Vermouth tasting routes

February 12th, 2013

Hello again and a happy new year!

Here’s a blog to help you start 2013 in the best possible way!!!

There is a whole other Barcelona out there full of traditional, old bars. In these bars, homemade vermouth is sold on tap and time stands still. Maybe they stopped in 1962, maybe be was 1974 or even 1999 but when you enter one of these bared, you can’t help but notice that you’re in another era. It’s like a photograph of a Barcelona that once was.
So here you are, this is my way of introducing you to them. You are bound to fall in love!
In these bars you have to order vermouth and a little tapas dish. They are always cheap Read the rest of this entry »