Day two brought a surprisingly bright and bushy tailed bunch at breakfast. A continental breakfast was the first reward of the day, fruit, cold meats, cereals and breads.

We travelled by coach to Barcelona with our tour guide, Sue, telling us about the history and relevance of certain monuments along the way. We stopped at the 1992 Olympic venue and had a look at the vast stadium where the track and field events took place all those years ago… the boys were asking who the athletes of the day were. I guessed at Llinford Christie(?). A guessing game about the teacher’s ages followed with some very inaccurate guesses!

After the pain of the students guesses faded from our short term memories we travel by coach to the top of Montjuic Park to take in the beautiful panoramic views of Barcelona city and port before heading into the city centre for the students to spend some free time (and euros) on Las Ramblas – a pedestrianised shopping street. What to eat for lunch? The students decided to try that famous traditional Spanish restaurant with the golden arches serving Mcmeals while the teachers eat tapas.

As the weather was so hot, the prices on Las Ramblas so expensive and the students feeling tired, we headed back to Calella after two hours to enjoy some more beach time.

We returned to the hotel for our evening meal before lugging the equipment to the local town square and playing our first concert of the tour. It went quite well and the audience enjoyed our range of line-ups and where suitably impressed. As I write the students are in their rooms ‘settling down for sleep’ before we head to the theme park and play a concert in Figueres tomorrow evening.

Bring it on!