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How To Choose The Right Accommodation For You

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 13:45

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When living in a different country and acclimating to the people, the language and just the environment in general, it is very important to have someplace where you feel your most comfortable where you can end your day. Luckily, during your time at Expanish you can choose from 6 different atmospheres to reside in while enjoying Buenos Aires. These include; homestay city, homestay city premium, homestay suburbs, shared apartment with host, San Telmo residence double room, or a private apartment. All of these accommodations are great in different ways to suit people with different tastes.

If you are interested in experiencing the life of an Argentine family living in the city, then the Homestay City is the one for you. There is no better way to improve your Spanish than by actually living with a family. In the city homestay you will be able to bond with Argentines and practice your conversation skills over the two meals that you are given each day. The best part is that after a long day of classes and speaking you can come home to a home cooked meal and private bedroom to retreat to. Along with experiencing the life of an Argentine, you will also be enjoy living in a pleasant neighborhood that is located 30 minutes by bus, subway or walking.

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The Homestay City Premium is basically the same concept as the regular homestay city but with a little more luxury. These luxury items include, guaranteed Wi-Fi access, cleaning services, a personal bathroom and many other luxury items. Although you have access to these luxury items, the conversational and family aspect is still included in this experience.

The Homestay Suburbs option is for those who prefer to reside in a home outside the city limits. Living a more calm and relaxed Porteño life you will enjoy coming back home after a challenging day in the city to a tranquil atmosphere. This accommodation includes the same amount of meals and opportunities as the city homestays but you get to enjoy it all with a bigger family than of the families in city homestays. What can be better than that?

The next option is the Shared Apartment with Host. Here you have the opportunity to live autonomously while still being able to practice Spanish conversation skills with your Argentine host. Although meals and other services aren’t included like in the other accommodations, this option allows students to cook their own meals and live independently from a family. This is a perfect option for students who are looking for a cheaper, more private accommodation in Buenos Aires.

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The Private Apartment option is also great for those who wish to have a space of their own. These apartments are fully furnished with utilities included, and the best part is that the student has 100% control over where they will live. This is an ideal option for groups or couples that want to choose the location and style of their apartment as well as those who are traveling together and would enjoy more privacy.

The final option is a double room option in a Student Residence hall located in the beautiful barrio of San Telmo. This option is great for those who are social, as you will be living in a residence hall with 6 floors of students. Living with a student of the same sex, you will be able to practice your Spanish all the time as well as meet people from all over the world. This is also a great option for those who want to independently without having a host or family living with you. No matter which accommodation you choose, you are sure to enjoy the facilities as well as your time with Expanish in Buenos Aires!

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Living together with Argentine hosts

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 13:01

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As a student of Expanish, you might be thinking: “where am I going to live in Buenos Aires and what kind of accommodation suits me?” Not knowing where you are gonna stay and what to expect is a part of your adventure. But maybe it will help you a little bit to read about my experience.

Accommodation through Expanish

I decided to book my accommodation together with my Spanish course at Expanish. Expanish offers for example to stay with a family (with breakfast and dinner included) or with a host (no meals included). I live with an Argentinian couple so I can bring into practice what I learn at school. Besides this I learn about the Argentine culture. It makes my experience in Buenos Aires complete.

How live my Argentinian hosts?

In Buenos Aires it’s quite normal to have many activities besides work or study. Many Argentinians have dinner late in the evening, around ten o’clock and leave (not only in the weekends) after dinner to the movies, theater, bar or disco. My hosts let me taste food and drinks such as wraps, pasta, mate and fernet. Mate and Fernet are typical drinks from here. We watch the Argentine television and talk as much as possible in Spanish. For example about nice places to visit, food and activities in Buenos Aires or the neighborhood Palermo where I live.

Palermo

Palermo is a neighborhood with busy and quiet areas. There are many parks, nice restaurants, bars, clubs and various opportunities to go shopping. I feel safe in this area. Expanish offers several options in terms of accommodation, all located in safe neighborhoods.

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What is my advice to you?

If you want to practice your Spanish then it’s the best for you to stay with an Argentinian family or host. You learn the language, learn about the Argentine culture and you know nice activities in and around Buenos Aires.

Do you have any questions about my story, please contact one of the employees of Expanish. They are there to help you. 

Los mejores barrios para alojarse en Buenos Aires – Versiòn Español

Monday, February 27, 2012 8:31

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La ciudad de Buenos Aires es amplia y basta, y ofrece todo tipo de atracciones en cada rincón. Sin embargo, para aquellas personas que vienen a hospedarse por unos meses, ya sea para estudiar o trabajar, necesitan hospedarse en un barrio céntrico, que les permita tanto movilizarse para recorrer, como para recurrir a las instituciones y cumplir con sus obligaciones diarias.

Para ellos, la mejor opciĂłn es hospedarse en alguno de los siguientes barrios de Buenos Aires:

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Centro: Si bien la palabra “centro” no describe su ubicación geográfica dentro de la ciudad de Buenos Aires, este barrio le brinda todo: movilidad, negocios, lugares para comer, dormir, salir a tomar algo, teatros, entre otras opciones. Es la zona céntrica misma de la ciudad y está cerca de la mayoría de los puntos más movidos de la ciudad.

Recoleta: Un poco más pituco y costoso que otros barrios, Recoleta ofrece no sólo una excelente ubicación sino que muchísimo puntos turísticos y practicidad para moverse por la ciudad. Con edificios históricos y pintorescos, Recoleta es un lugar de ensueño donde hospedarse. Con la línea del subte D pasando por Av. Santa Fe, en 10 minutos puede estar en el Obelisco y conectar con otras líneas de subte. Asimismo, por esa zona y por otras arterias importantes de Recoleta, hay una gran oferta de líneas de colectivos que lo llevarán por toda la ciudad.

Palermo Soho: Este barrio es ideal para gente joven que quiere estar un poco más al centro (geográfico) de la ciudad, y que quiera tener bares y opciones para salir de noche, a tan solo unas cuadras. Este barrio se ha vuelto popular en los últimos años y ha aprendido a satisfacer a la gente que le gusta divertirse o ir de compras a lugares distinguidos y únicos. Con las líneas de subte B y D en Av. Corrientes y Av. Santa Fe respectivamente, este barrio permite una movilización rápida hacia el centro, la zona norte de la ciudad y alrededores de Buenos Aires.

San Telmo: A unos pasos del centro y de la zona comercial de la ciudad, San Telmo ofrece además, historia, color y recovecos que vale la pena descubrir. Esta opción puede ser un poco más económica, aunque dependerá de la zona del barrio donde se hospede.

En todos estos barrios, encontrará varios tipos de hospedajes. Aquellos que vienen por unos meses podrán elegir hospedarse en una residencia, la que suele tener cocina y baños compartidos con los otros huéspedes, al igual que las habitaciones también pueden compartirse. Otra opción puede ser las casas de familia, que tienen el beneficio de tener alguien con quien compartir las vivencias, y que le pueda ayudar durante su estadía. Sin embargo, quizás la mejor opción para aquellos que quieren tener la independencia suficiente para recorrer la ciudad de una punta al otra, pueden optar por un departamento de alquiler temporario en Buenos Aires. Aquí, se puede cocinar lo que quiera, adaptarse a sus horarios y no tener que estar cumpliendo horarios ajenos. Esta opción se ha vuelto popular, y estos barrios, al igual que otros, tienen una gran variedad de departamentos de alquiler temporario de todo tipo, tamaños y precios. Es solo cuestión de buscar el que más le gusta y conviene en todos sus aspectos.

Estos son los mejores barrios donde hospedarse durante su visita por Buenos Aires; No deje de visitarlos, y téngalos en cuenta a la hora de elegir donde vivir.

The best neighborhoods to stay in Buenos Aires

Friday, February 24, 2012 15:33

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The city of Buenos Aires is wide and complete. It offers all types of attractions in every corner. Nonetheless, those who come to stay for a few months, whether to study or work, need to stay at a “centric” neighborhood. This will allow them to move freely, be able to tour around the city, and get to their daily responsibilities without any trouble.

For them, the best option might be to stay in one of the following neighborhoods of Buenos Aires:

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City center: Even though the word “center” does not describe, in this case, the geographical location within the city of Buenos Aires, this neighborhood provides everything: mobility, shops, places to eat or have a drink, theaters, and plenty of other options.

Recoleta: A little bit more picturesque and expensive than other neighborhoods, Recoleta offers, not only an excellent location, but also plenty of touristic spots. Plus, it is easy to move around the city from here. You can visit many historical buildings within the surroundings; another bonus: there are a great number of great places to stay. Another good thing about Recoleta is that you have the subway (D Line) that goes along the Av. Santa Fe and you can be in the Obelisco in 10 minutes. There, you can connect with the other lines, as well. There are also many buses that can take you around the city.

Palermo Soho: This neighborhood is ideal for young people who want to be a little closer to the real (geographical) center of Buenos Aires, and that wants to have many bars and places to go out at night within the surroundings. Palermo Soho has become very popular throughout the years, and it has managed to satisfy those who like going out, having fun and go shopping to unique and distinguished places. In two of its main avenues (Av. Corrientes and Av. Santa Fe), you take the subway (lines B and D respectively), which allows you to move all around the city.

San Telmo: A few steps from the downtown area and the business area of Buenos Aires, San Telmo offers history, color and many charming places to discover. This option can be a bit cheaper, although it will depend on the area of the neighborhood you choose to stay.

In all this neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, you will find a great variety of accommodation options. Those who come for a few months might choose to stay in a residency. Here, you generally have a shared kitchen, bathroom, and sometimes even the room is shared. Other might rather stay at a family house, where you can learn the language and about Buenos Aires’ culture from the inside. Nonetheless, today it is rather common (and preferred) to choose to stay at a temporary apartment in Buenos Aires. The good thing about the temporary rentals is that besides having your own kitchen, bathroom, room (and whole apartment), you have all the privacy you can ask for. This type of accommodation allows you to choose your own schedules and not someone else’s. In the last decades, the temporary rental has become popular, and you will find a lot of options, of different sizes, types and prices around the best neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.

So, here you have the best neighborhoods to stay in Buenos Aires. Of course, there are many others where you can stay, but these surely are great.

Hostel Guide Buenos Aires

Monday, January 30, 2012 13:55

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When you travel to a new city, there is always the question where will you stay? The accommodation of your stay is essential to have a good time. It is the place where you make new friends, where you find interesting activities to do, where you find people to explore the new city and of course where you should feel comfortable. When you travel, you always need an accommodation unless you have friends or family where you can stay.
There are plenty of methods, how you can find your preferable accommodation. Often “backpackers” are traveling with a lonely planet or another travel guide, but unfortunately these accommodations do not always have the best offers and prices.
For this reason, Expanish Spanish School Buenos Aires thought about 10 excellent hostels in the heart of Buenos Aires, which will make your time in Buenos Aires unforgettable:

BA Stop:
The newly renovated BA Stop is a centrally located hostel for young people. It is situated in the heart of the City centre, just one block away from the historic Avenida de Mayo, and few steps from all mayor subway lines and buses which take you to the key places in the City.
The hostel offers all different types of rooms such as dorms, three bed privat, four bed privat, double private and single private. So it is excellent for people to make new friends but also to enjoy their peace in the private room. There is a newly built flort with private rooms and private bathrooms (double or twin). Each room has a ceiling fan and heat, double glass windows to keep street noise down and more.
The hostel offers breakfast which is included in the price, free internet access, sheets and blankets, free lockers in the bedrooms, free city maps. Towels can be rented. To make new friends and sharing meals together, BA Stop has a fully equipped self service kitchen.

Direction: Rivadavia 1194
http://www.bastop.com/

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BA Stop Buenos Aires hostel

 

ChillHouse Guesthouse
A fancy hostel founded in 2003 by an Argentine and a French guy who had the idea to set up a hostel in the capital of Argentina. The hostel is located in the barrio “Abasto” just a few blocks from the well known Abasto Shopping, Museo Carlos Gardel or El teatro el cubo. The subte station is not more than 4 blocks away where you have easily access to the other neighborhoods such as Recoletta, Palermo, Microcenter etc.
The ChillHouse Guesthouse is composed of 10 rooms, a comfortable living room, two intern patios and a terrace where long summer days can be enjoyed with guests from all over the world. They have a barbecue at the roof terrace, which makes the summer nights particularly enjoyable.
Next to free Wifi in all rooms and breakfast which is included, they offer bike renting, good offers with city tours, discounts in clubs and other entertainment things.
Direction: AgĂĽero 781
http://www.chillhouse.com.ar

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Rooftop terrace at Chillhouse Guesthouse

 

Garden House Hostel
The Garden House hostel is located in the authentic barrio “San Telmo”. The hostel is made by and for travelers. It is described as a chilled-out and fun place. The Garden House is run by two young people who decided to open their own place in Buenos Aires after having travelled around the world. With their own travelling experience they could realize what they appreciated more or less during their personal travels.
The hostel is familiar and has a capacity for 25 peoples. They offer everything from single room to dorm and breakfast is included. Furthermore, the hostel has a barbecue grill and a fully equipped kitchen with oven, microwave, fridge etc. Internet is for free use, there are lockers and safety boxes available and there is a free luggage room.
Direction: San Juan 1271
http://www.gardenhouseba.com.ar/
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Dinner Nights at the Garden hostel


Giramondo Group

The Giramondo Hostel is a lively hostel for young people who prefer to live in the popular neighbourhood Palermo. The hostel is located in Palermo Soho where you have a lot of popular bars, pups, restaurants, nightclubs and independent design stores close by. The hostel has four different floors and all of them are separated from each other so that you feel free whatever you do whenever you do. They offer single/double room with private bathrooms and shared bathrooms and triple rooms with private bathrooms and dorms. The private rooms have air conditioning, stereo and cable TV. The dorms have heater and fan, free WIFI and breakfast is always included.
The hostel has a bar which offers the whole week different theme nights such as pizza night, asado night, Sunday movie, Sushi Day etc.
Direction: Guemes 4802
http://www.hostelgiramondo.com

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Hostel Giramondo

 

Che Lagarto Hostel
The Che Lagarto Hostel is an international Hostel Chain which has hostels in Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. The hostel in Buenos Aires is located in San Telmo, three blocks from the Casa Rosada. Puerto Madero and Avenida 9 de Julio are very easy to reach and also the Subte station is around the corner. They offer female and mixed dorms with private bathrooms, hotel style private rooms with air conditioning. Furthermore they offer the following services: Free Internet and WIFI, TV, living room, barbecue, bar, travel information, 24-hour front.
Direction: Venezuela 857
http://www.chelagarto.com

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Che Lagarto Hostel

Ostinatto Hostel
The Ostinatto Hostel is a welcoming hostel with a relaxed atmosphere. It is located in San Telmo neighborhood, in a lively area with many cafes, bars, restaurants, art galleries, museums etc. Plaza de Mayo, Microcenter and Puerto Madero can easily be reached by foot.
The hostel occupies five floors which are all accessible by lift. On the first floor, there is a spacious communal kitchen and dining area for the guests. The main dorms are situated in the second and third floors. The rooms are functional and clean, the bathrooms are immaculate.
The Ostinatto Hostel has a ground floor piano bar which is open to the public. The basement features a common room with large TV which also houses art exhibitions which are changed once a month.
The place offers a luxury kitchen, a rooftop terrace, a small pool, BBQ place, Micro-Cinema, WIFI, free internet access, Yoga lessons, Tango lessons and more.
Direction: Chile 680
http://www.ostinatto.com

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Ostinatto Hostel

 

HostelSuites
Hostel Suites is centrally located in the major tourist pedestrian road of the city – Florida Street. The Obelisk and the famous 9 de Julio Avenue are just a short walk away. The hostel is combined between hotel quality service and hostel fun atmosphere to make your stay unforgettable.

Rooms available from dorm to private, all rooms have private bathroom and air conditioner. There are mixed dorms, female and male dorms available. The hostel offers free Wifi and computers to the guests, a pool table, mini cinema etc. There are also daily activities organized by the hostel, which can be joined during the stay in Buenos Aires.
Direction: Florida 328
http://www.hostelsuitesflorida.com/

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Florida Hostel

 


V&S Hostel Club

The V&S Hostel Club has 10 years of experience with foreign travelers and offers its guests rooms different styles and decoration. It is located in the centre of Buenos Aires, only 500 meters from Colon Theater, the pedestrian and commercial street Florida and Corrientes Avenue, the avenue which boasts of many popular theaters.
The well-tended hostel contains off different dorms and private rooms to various prices. The Hostel Club V&S also offers a warm and bright common room, equipped with a wide screen cable television and a video library, Furthermore they have an internet room consisting of several computers equipped with flat screen monitors, webcams, headset and microphones (for Skype and MSN) as well as WIFI in the entire hostel.
For all passionate tango dancers, the hostel offers every Wednesday night tango classes in the hostel.
Direction: Viamonte 887
http://www.hostelclub.com/

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V&S Hostel Club

 

Lime House Hostel
A very friendly and conveniently located hostel, just in the corner of 9 de Julio Avenue and Rivadavia Street. It is easy, fast and cheap to get to the main attractions of Buenos Aires from the hostel.
LimeHouse offers a cable TV room, Pool table, and much more. They also have their own hostel bar. Breakfast is included in the price, and there is a fully equipped kitchen to use for the guests. They have laundry facilities and a key luggage store when you wish to travel without taking the entire luggage with you.
The hostel has dorms for 4, 6 and 12 people (12 people is the most affordable) and also private rooms for the people who want to enjoy more privacy. The bathrooms are semi-private.
Direction: Lima 11
http://www.limehouse.com.ar

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Lime House Hostel Buenos Aires

 

Sudamerika H&S Hostel
Another conveniently located hostel from Expanish Spanish School in Buenos Aires is the Sudamerika H&S Hostel. It is situated only a short walk from the “Obelisk” and the Avenue de Mayo which brings you to the famous “Plaza de Mayo. The hostel offers different types of rooms with common and private bathrooms. There is a high speed internet and telephone room, the entire hostel has WIFI access, they also offer a reading room and DVD/TV room as well as a bar and restaurant.
You can get dancing classes such as Tango and Salsa, transfers from and to the airports, bicycles rent and you will also find a travel agency in the hostel itself.
Direction: HipĂłlito Yrigoyen 951
http://www.sudamerikahostel.com.ar

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Sudamerika H&S Hostel

 

Ideal Social Hostel
“We are not the best hostel, we are the Ideal Hostel” – that’s how they describe themselves in one sentence. The Ideal Social Hostel is located only one block from the Obelisk, in the emblematic heart of the City. It is a new, quiet pedestrian street, there are no busses or cars just people walking and cycling between the two most important avenues of the city centre. They have comfortable 4-star mattresses, a spacious lounge with a bar. They are offering all rooms from dorms (12 beds) to private room for reasonable prices, breakfast included. Furthermore, they offer other services such as 24 hours reception, WIFI in the entire hostel, a kitchen for the guests on each floor, a bar, a social lounge place, TV, playstation and DVD offer, individual lockers. For all the football enthusiasts, they show live matches on TV that can be enjoyed while having a beer at the bar. Furthermore they have life music.
Direction: Suipacha 362
http://www.idealsocialhostel.com/

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Ideal Social Hostel

 

The top 5 alternative Buenos Aires neighborhoods

Friday, July 15, 2011 14:22

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Looking for a place to live is always challenging, and in Buenos Aires it’s no different. Whether you’re brand new to Buenos Aires or someone who’s lived here for a while, your choice of neighborhood will most likely be swayed by, where your friends are living and what you hear on the grape vine via travel guides and bloggers alike.  You will hear people rave about neighborhoods like Recoleta, Palermo, Puerto Madero, Belgrano and many others.  Although  these are all great neighborhoods to stay in, they tend to be more expensive, full of tourists and noisier. 

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If you are planning an extended stay in the city or just here for a few weeks, Expanish Blog recommends that you do some deeper research about the best place to live and branch out from what your 5-minute Google search tells you.

So..move over Recoleta!  You’re too cool for school Palermo! Here is Expanish Blogger Murphy’s list of the top five neighborhoods that you will not find featured in Lonely Planet, but are still GREAT to live in while studying or working in Buenos Aires:

Coghlan

I work in downtown Buenos Aires and sometimes the amount of people and cars can be overwhelming.  That is why on the weekends one of my favorite things is to go walking in quieter neighborhoods that have big pretty houses.  My number one choice is Coghlan.  This neighborhood to the south of the well-known Belgrano nieghborhood and it is a residential area full of some incredible houses and small apartment buildings.

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I actually used to live in this neighorhood with a great host family and I loved it.  I was the only foreigner in sight and I could take the air-conditioned train (!!!) to work every day.  The train ride to downtown Buenos Aires is only about 20 minutes and is much faster and less stuffy than the subway.

Features:

  • Train stop
  • Parks for running
  • Few to no foreigners

Parque Chas

Two words – Circular streets!  This is the smallest neighborhood in the city, but by no means the least important.  The entire area is made up of curved streets that have very European names like Geneva, Dublin, Moscow  and The Hague.  In the middle many converge to form a 6-street intersection.  Has your mind been blown yet?  I will warn you that it is easy to get lost in this place, but I think it deserves at least a couple hours of exploring, don’t you?

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Features:

  • Circular streets – a true labrinth
  • Five different plazas, which is a lot considering how big it is
  • Has its own tango song – http://youtu.be/bfR_RiDawQo

Villa Crespo

Normally the word “villa” means refers to a shanty town, but do not be alarmed as that is not the case with Villa Crespo.  Home to some of the best outlets in the city, this area has incredible small restaurants and cafĂ©s and is the new place for many artists and hipsters to live in after Palermo became too “cool”.  Some Argentines tried to dub it “Palermo Brooklyn or Palermo Queens”, but I don’t think it needs to be associated with Palermo to be hip.  With the B line of the subway running right through it, Villa Crespo is close to everything, yet remains quiet for having coffee and reading the paper at a corner coffe shop.

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Features:

  • Great restaurants and cafĂ©s
  • Close to Palermo night-life
  • Has the “B” line of the subway

Colegiales

Although this neighbor is quite large and has a lot to offer, I wanted to add it to the list specifically because of one street – Forest.  On this stretch you will find some of the biggest and nicest houses in the city.  They are so large that i often feel like I am in the United States when i’m in the area.  My personal dream is to buy some rollerblades and just cruise up and down this street basking in the greatness of its houses.

Features:

  • Close to “D” line of subway
  • Borders neighborhoods of Belgrano and Palermo
  • Include the street Forest

Caballito

Not only does the name of this neighborhood mean “little horse” in Spanish, which is cute, it also is a great place to live.  I would consider it a typical middle / middle-upper class family neighborhood in the middle of the city where you won’t find many toursists.  This area is also much cheaper to live in, which means better for your budget.  Not only do you have the A line of the subway, but you will find huge malls, movie theaters and even the occasional Starbucks.

Features:

Typical Buenos Aires neighborhood

Has the “A” line of subway

Parque Centenario is located in Caballito

See Buenos Aires through Porteño eyes

Friday, November 5, 2010 13:42

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Having completed seven weeks studying Spanish in Buenos Aires, I obviously now consider myself a fully fledged porteño… This is quite clearly an absurd idea, but having found my feet and thrown my anxieties in the bin (they´ll be on sale in San Telmo market next weekend), I can’t help but feel I now belong in this magnificent city. Even when I smugly walk past the famous steak house La Cabrera every evening, allegedly Palermo’s “best kept secret” and consequently Buenos Aires’ “best publicized lie”, I can’t help but take in the mêlée of foreign languages and think, “Tourists…”. What am I saying? I realize that I sound both deluded and in need of a smack (both are probably true), but if you are fortunate enough to spend a substantial amount of time here, you will find yourself moving away from the tourist activities and into some more bizarre scenarios which is all part of the fun. I must also add that La Cabrera is actually well worth a visit-just don’t tell my cool new Argentine friends!

But how is it that you make the transition from “tourist” into “tourist with delusional superiority complex”? Without a doubt make some Argentine friends. I have never met a people as hospitable and welcoming as the Argentines. If they’re having a party, you’re invited. If you’re with other friends, they’re invited too. From there, you may find yourself being invited to anything from Asados in the country, to underground music events. The possibilities are endless. Granted I wouldn’t recommend befriending random people on the subte as a friend of mine decided to do, but most places are fair game.

I thought I might share my most recent “alternative experience” with you, which was a trip to a horror film festival in which an Argentine friend of a friend happened to be starring. Now, horror isn’t really my genre of choice, so I wasn’t entirely sure of what to expect, but having been Halloween the day before, I thought why not enter into the spirit of it properly. In matters of horror, it would seem Argentina follows the same pattern as the rest of the world with the unbeatable recipe of scantily clad girls getting drunk and extended scenes of gratuitous violence. It would be a lie to say that I followed even a third of the dialogue but fortuitously, screams in Spanish translate roughly the same into English and so for those parts, I felt rather impressed with how good my Spanish had got.  At the end, the audience was able to put questions and comments to the director which I was eager to take part in, but my Spanish was lacking, and my heart still racing from the crash of music as the end credits started; arguably the scariest part of the whole movie.

What I’m trying to say, albeit rather incoherently, is that doing different things like this, regardless of your Spanish ability or interests, shows you a side of the city you might have never otherwise experienced.  Homestays, which can be organized by Expanish, are a great way to do this as they will have an inside scoop on what’s going on and may have kids that would only be too happy to show you their lives. This is how to see Buenos Aires for all that it is and you’ll find that as you start to get under its skin, it too will start to get under yours.

Archie

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Living with a family whilst studying in Buenos Aires

Friday, October 1, 2010 14:09

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expanish activities03 211 Living with a family whilst studying in Buenos AiresSoy parte del Equipo de Expanish y me desempeño como Coordinadora de Alojamientos.

Dentro de mis actividades más desafiantes en el área, es buscar y conocer hosts que se encuentran interesados en recibir a nuestros estudiantes.

Consideramos que  nuestras casas de familia deberán tener calidad por su ubicación, su cercanía, su limpieza, sus comodidades, pero nos involucramos mucho en encontrar Familias que disfruten del estudiante y que se pueda sentir parte de la casa como si fuera de él o ella.

Todas nuestras casas de familia comparten nuestros valores y creencias, sin embargo rescato una casa en especial, que más allá de su ubicación, su limpieza y sus  comodidades,  los hosts han hecho de varios alumnos, una experiencia excepcional.

El departamento se encuentra ubicado en Palermo Viejo, una de las mejores zonas de Buenos Aires. En ella, vive en matrimonio que comenzaron a alojar estudiantes cuando sus hijas empezaron a casarse e independizarse.

Hoy por hoy, tienen mucha experiencia con los chicos que reciben y tratan siempre de hacer algo diferente con cada uno de ellos.

Disfrutan mucho con el estudiante durante las comidas, especialmente en las cenas, intentan que los mismos, prueben comidas variadas al estilo Argentino y además  aprovechan este tiempo para  generar un ambiente social más profundo que el del día a día, con el fin de que el estudiante tenga la oportunidad de profundizar la práctica del español.

Durante los fines de semana,  si el tiempo, el clima y entre otras cosas, los ayuda un poco, salen a pasear para tomar un café, un helado o para que conozcan algún lugar típico.

Tuve la oportunidad de compartir con esta familia en uno de los cumpleaños que festejaron  a uno de los estudiantes que se estaba hospedando en su casa y la verdad es que no había pasado ni hora y yo me sentía parte de ellos.

VeĂ­a como los chicos se sentĂ­an en casa, ayudaban a traer cosas, lavar la vajilla, servir bebidas, mientras otros ayudaban a prender la brasa para el asado.

Fue ahí cuando no sólo afirmé los comentarios y los testimonios de los alumnos, sino que también pude tener la experiencia con ellos.

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Living in a Shared Apartment while Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires.

Thursday, December 3, 2009 9:11

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balifestyle061 Living in a Shared Apartment while Learning Spanish in Buenos Aires.

Living with new people while abroad in Buenos Aires is a living and learning experience! Everyone is new to the city, away from their home country, looking to meet new people, discover the best experiences,  and of course, learn a foreign language.  Living with roommates can teach you a lot about people and become more patient and understanding of other cultures, customs, and traditions.

Here are some tips on how to live with new roommates in your shared apartment in Buenos Aires

  • Tidiness

The entire apartment is a shared living space and therefore you should be respectful of others and keep the space tidy. Everyone differs in what they think is clean or not, but there are certain simple rules to follow: wash the dishes after you are done with them, take out the garbage if its full, don’t leave personal items throughout the apartment, replace toilet paper, if you spill, clean it up, don’t walk with dirty shoes, and take the initiative to keep the house clean!

  • If it’s not yours, don’t touch it

This may not always be a factor, as you become friends with your roommates, personal belongings may becoming exchangeable, but until then, do eat your roommates food, don’t use their shampoo or razor, and definitely don’t borrow anything without permission.

  • Security

Put any expensive items or valuable items in a locked space. Maybe one day you, or a roommate, brings over a friend and suddenly something goes missing. You can never be too careful and although the chances are slim, put away your stuff so you don’t have to deal with this type of headache.

  • Communication

Living successfully with others is all about communication and therefore understanding. Speak openly with your roommates, don’t judge, don’t discriminate, and most of all, keep and open mind. You will be living with people from all over the world and everyone has a different way of living, be positive, accepting, and patient, and you and your roommates should get along just fine.

 

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Expanish Offers Homestays to Expedite the Latin Immersion Experience!

Monday, February 23, 2009 11:15

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homestay 300x225 Expanish Offers Homestays to Expedite the Latin Immersion Experience!
For students seeking full Latin immersion experiences in Argentina, the living situation can be significant. Many students find that living with an Argentine family provides a perfect outlet for practicing their Spanish and learning the local culture. Family homestays with Expanish in Buenos Aires give students the chance to activate what they have learnt in class whilst engaging in the daily lifestyle and customs of a true porteño. Expanish offers the homestay accommodation option for students who want maximal interaction with local Argentines. At our language school in downtown Buenos Aires, Expanish students learn Spanish from an accredited and experienced teaching staff. At a homestay, students LIVE the Spanish they have learnt.

Expanish only works with hospitable families who are well acquainted with Buenos Aires. These families are steeped in Argentine tradition, but also aware of the wants and needs of students traveling from all around the world. Although Expanish is selective to make sure the families will be accommodating for our students, they are indeed authentic Argentine families. Because of this, there is no one model family; students may live with a señora or a married couple with kids in college.

With the additional option to share family meals, students can really take advantage of every opportunity to learn Spanish. These important experiences activate what students have learnt in class, and many find that it accelerates the immersion process. When studying a foreign language abroad, having an outlet to practice the language in everyday situations, as well as a liaison to the city, is priceless.

Expanish offers a variety of affordable immersion programs to students of all ages, skill levels and nationalities. Some desire a homestay to expedite their immersion process, while some choose shared housing. Visit the Expanish website and build your ideal Latin immersion program in Buenos Aires today!

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