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Che, do you know the real story about ‘El Che’?

Thursday, April 28, 2011 13:38

Categories - Argentina News, Argentine Customs and Culture, Spanish - 0 Comments

The Expanish Spanish School blog today is brought to you by Analia Imparato, one of the Expanish Spanish teachers,  about the infamous Argentine  – Che Guevara.

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Hay hombres que luchan un día, y son buenos.
Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores.
Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos.
Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida: ésos son los imprescindibles.
Bertolt Brecht

Silvio Rodríguez, un cantautor cubano famoso en toda América Latina desde los años ’70 hasta hoy, inicia una de sus canciones, Sueño con serpientes, recitando estas palabras del autor alemán Bertolt Brecht. Es frecuente encontrarlas también en muchos de los numerosos “pósters” (y hasta en algunas remeras) que han multiplicado la imagen del Comandante Ernesto “Che” Guevara tomada por el fotógrafo Alberto Korda a lo largo y a lo ancho del mundo (la misma que ilustra este texto). Las “serpientes” de la canción se parecen mucho a las que este imprescindible luchador tuvo que combatir durante su lamentablemente corta vida (39 años). Y aunque Bertolt Brecht no pronunció esas palabras pensando en el “Che”, ellas lo pintan en cuerpo y alma.

Pocos hombres, vivos o muertos, han suscitado tanta admiración, fascinación, confusión, crítica y desprecio al mismo tiempo, o han llegado a convertirse en verdaderos íconos universales de la publicidad. Curiosamente, el espíritu del “Che” estaría horrorizado si viera que la explotación de su imagen genera miles de dólares por año que no precisamente caen en manos de las personas más necesitadas ni hambrientas.

Este símbolo juvenil de la lucha y de la rebelión es, además, uno de los argentinos más famosos del mundo (junto con Evita, Diego Armando Maradona, Carlos Gardel y Jorge Luis Borges). Además de argentino, se trata de uno de los varios rosarinos célebres (acaso el más célebre de todos), como decía la profesora Clara en De bares y amigos recientemente. Argentino de nacimiento, pero cubano “por adopción”: los mismos cubanos, quienes lo consideraban un compatriota y un hermano después de tanta lucha conjunta, le otorgaron la nacionalidad tan pronto como el nuevo Estado empezó a funcionar.

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Así, pues, nacido en Rosario, provincia de Santa Fe, el 14 de junio de 1928, murió asesinado clandestinamente por el Ejército Boliviano con la colaboración de la C.I.A estadounidense en La Higuera (Bolivia), el 9 de octubre de 1967. Médico de profesión, y también político, revolucionario (“guerrillero” para algunos, “asesino” para otros), soldado, escritor, periodista, fotógrafo aficionado, idealista, humanista… Su biografía, gracias a la abundante bibliografía y filmografía existente sobre él, es casi tan conocida como su imagen: desde el joven viajero soñador en busca de un destino y de una utopía interpretado por el mexicano Gael García Bernal en Diarios de motocicleta de Walter Salles (2004), hasta el reflexivo y humanitario combatiente y luego líder de la Revolución Cubana, mano derecha de Fidel Castro, en la piel de Benicio del Toro en Che, el argentinoy Guerrilla de Steven Soderbergh (2008).

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Efectivamente, dedicó toda su vida al combate por aquello en lo que creía: primero como líder del movimiento revolucionario cubano junto a Fidel, luego como colaborador en la organización del nuevo estado cubano posterior a la victoria de la Revolución, más tarde como soldado en el Congo y finalmente combatiendo en Bolivia. El Che era un hombre inquieto y de acción: una vez que el nuevo gobierno cubano estuvo estable y bien administrado, renunció a las tareas burocráticas que le ofrecían permanente y que habrían facilitado su vida y la de su familia (numerosa, ya que se casó dos veces y tuvo seis hijos). Él creía firmemente que era posible extender el éxito de la Revolución cubana al resto de América Latina y al Tercer Mundo en general; en consecuencia, puso manos a la obra y se fue de Cuba con el sueño de ayudar a otros pobres olvidados u oprimidos. Desafortunadamente, estaba equivocado. Las “serpientes” eran más y más fuertes de lo que él pensaba; terminaron por rodearlo y vencerlo a fuerza de confabulaciones y presiones. Pero no por completo… Las “serpientes” habrán vencido al hombre, pero no a su espíritu, ni al símbolo: el recuerdo y la imagen del “Che”, en consecuencia, sus ideales y la historia de su lucha, han sobrevivido y continúan inspirando a muchos jóvenes del mundo que siguen escribiendo en las paredes de las prisiones y de las ciudades Hasta la victoria siempre.”

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Buenos Aires – What is it that makes people want to stay?

Friday, December 10, 2010 13:02

Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Student Stories - 2 Comments

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My story is not a unique one, in fact, since being in Buenos Aires (it’s been two months now) I have met many a BA expat with a similar tale. On a career break from my job in London, I decided to broaden my horizons and travel around South America for 6 months, starting in Colombia and finishing up in Buenos Aires. The plan was to return home to London in time for Christmas. Everything was going to plan until I arrived in Buenos Aires.

After a few days of exploring the city, treading the well known tourist trail, I began to realise that Buenos Aires was going to be more than just a week stop off for me.

The first thing that really struck me was the city’s similarities to some of the European cities I know so well, Madrid, Paris and London to name a few. Mix in with that  3 million plus passionate and very welcoming Porteños, combined with a  bit of latino spirit, an edginess that you don’t see in Europe, and last but by no means least, some of the best food and wine i’ve tasted. Anywhere.

So I set about making a list. Reasons to stay in BA vs reasons to return to London. I won’t bore you with the latter but needless to say it included friends and family, job etc. Here’s a snapshot of what the other side said.

Food

Restaurants, food markets, steak, pizza,  empanadas. BA delivers on all fronts, some of my best food experiences have been asados (Hurlingham polo was a favourite). Restaurants that shouldn’t be missed include Dada’s (Microcentre), Desnivel and Parilla del Plata (San Telmo). Pizza from Snr Telmo is also great. Nice and crispy.

Ice Cream

Ok so this should probably be included under food but since being in BA I have developed such an unhealthy addiction to Freddo’s that it has to have it’s own category!

San Telmo

I love my new neighborhood, full of beautiful (crumbling) old buildings, cobbled streets, antiques markets and Freddo’s (see above)

Bootcamp

I’ve really enjoyed doing regular Bootcamp sessions in Puerto Madero. A great way to get outside, excercise and meet people

Spanish

I am determined to master my Spanish and BA is the perfect place to do it. Although the accent is a Little tough at first, Poteños willingness to correct you is a blessing in disguise

Horses

I love riding back home and horses tend to feature quite high on lists of things to do in Argentina, lapping up the sunshine while watching the Polo at Hurlingham,  going to the races or visiting the Gaucho festival in San Antonio de Areco.

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So, needless to say, my ‘reasons to stay’ list grew (and continues to grow) and after a week in Buenos Aires my mind was made up and I decided that a life here was a far more attractive prospect than returning to London in the midst of one of the coldest winters on record.

Becky

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What to do in December as a Spanish Student in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 8:21

Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays, Expanish News, Spanish - 1 Comment

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As the end of the year and the holidays approach, Buenos Aires will be getting warmer, which means more outdoor activities.  If you are staying here through Christmas and New Years, these events will really help you experience everything that is going on for the rest of 2010.

Festivals

Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival (Dec. 3 – Dec -8 )

Location: Eight different locations in the city

Cost – Varies (some events are free and some concerts have a small cost)

International Tango Day (Dec. 11)
Location – Various (Gran Milonga Nacional – Ave. De Mayo)

With shows and concerts throughout the city, one of the most exciting is the Gran Milonga Nacional where the street of Avenida de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires gets turned into one big tango dance hall.

Fiesta Nacional del Gaucho (Dec. 11 – Dec. 13)

Location – General Madariaga (in the Province of Buenos Aires). Celebrate everything there is about the traditional Argentine Gaucho just south of Buenos Aires for this annual festival. Horse shows, hand-made crafts and great food accompany all the exciting customs and traditions that is the world of a gaucho.

Cost – Free

Events

Argentine Polo Open (Nov. 13 – Dec. 4 Only on weekends)

Location – Hipodromo (corner of Avenida Libertador and Avenida Dorrego)

Haven´t seen a polo game yet?  Make sure to head over to the Hipodromo to get a first-hand experience before the Argentine Polo Opens ends.

Cost: Varies depending on seat

Casa Vela HIV/AIDS Fundraiser (Dec. 5 @ 4pm)

Location – Parque Patricios (Ave. Casero and La Rioja)

Come support Casa Vela, a non-profit organization focused on promoting HIV/AIDS awareness and education, at their annual 2K walk.

Cost: A t-shirt is $35 pesos

Feria de Artesanías (Dec. 7 – Dec. 12 @ 3pm – 10pm)

Location: La Rural (Av. Sarmiento 2704)

This is the largest artisan fair in the country where the over 50,000 visitors can browse (and buy) hand-made goods by over 500 artists.  If you enjoy the regular ferias in the plazas of the city, this is the mother-load.

Cost – $15 pesos to enter

Nuestra Feria de Diseño (Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 @ 2pm – 9pm)

Location: Universidad de Palermo (Ecuador 933)

Design students from the Universidad de Palermo will be showing off their collections and everything will be for sale!  This is a chance to get one-of-a-kind pieces and support local students.

Cost: Free entrance

10 Años 10 Cortos. Una década de gran cine (Dec. 7 @6:30pm)

Location: Biblioteca Nacional (Aguero 2502)

Organized by the magazine Babia, the Biblioteca Nacional will present the 10 best Argentine short films of the last 10 years.  Plus, you can check out the Biblioteca Nacional, which is a sight in itself.

Cost: Free

Marta Minujín Exposition (Nov. 26 – Feb. 7)

Location – MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) – Avda. Figueroa Alcorta 3415

The MALBA is finishing 2010 with an exposition of Marta Minujín, an Argentine pop artist.  It will show over 100 pieces of her work from the 60s, 70s, and 80s – a must see.

Cost – $20 pesos to enter ($8 on Wednesdays)

Buenos Aires Philharmonic (Dec. 2 @8:30pm)

Location – Teatro Colón (Cerrito 628)

See the last performance of the year of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic.  Seats go quickly, so buy yours now!

Cost – Varies depending on seats

Concerts

Here are just some of the artists who will be playing in Buenos Aires during this month:

The Wailers – 1/12

Yes – 3/12

Daddy Yankee – 4/12

Panic at the Disco! – 8/12

Stone Temple Pilots – 9/12

Armin van Buuren – 10/12 & 11/12

*For purchasing tickets, check out TicketPortal or Ticketek

For things to do during Christmas and New Years, we will be exploring that in depth later on in the month, so check back soon!

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An Outdoor Stage & World Class Dancers – This is Ballet in Buenos Aires.

Monday, November 29, 2010 11:19

Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays, Spanish - 0 Comments

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On Saturday evening Spanish students in Buenos Aires were invited to join locals and attend a free ballet that was hosted by the Buenos Aires City Government.

Avenida 9 de Julio, known as the widest street in the world, was closed to cars right up until the obelisco monument, situated in the centre of the avenida, in order to place a huge stage created especially for the ballet. This avenida is usually full of cars jostling to reach the lights quicker than the other; this had been quickly replaced by ballet fans attempting to find one of the 8000 seats that were available.

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For those that weren’t lucky enough (or organized enough to arrive early…ahem..me) to find a seat, there was plenty of standing room available with two huge screens displaying the ballet so that nobody, of the estimated 20 000 people that attended, missed any of the action, even at the back.

The chosen ballet was La Traviata which is a based on the opera by Giuseppe Verdi and which stared Argentina’s very own Iñaki Urlezega alongside 84 other dancers and 70 musicians from the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra.

I was standing in the crowd with young and old, men and women of many different backgrounds who had come together to have the opportunity to watch these fine dancers put on a captivating performance. Considering it took place in what is usually considered be a bustling, fairly noisy area, you could hear a pin drop as everybody was entranced by the show. Two of the security men did make the mistake of having a conversation until the crowd politely but assertively told them to shut up – which they did!

After the show had finished I made many friends in the crowd who couldn’t wait to talk about their opinion of the ballet, all of it positive and of course in Spanish…what better excuse to practice my Spanish and learn some dance vocabulary!

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The ballet was a complete success and was a great hit with the crowd. It was my first ballet and I have to say I’m now dying to see another one.

Joanne

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The Expanish New School Building Inauguration – The Big Party in Buenos Aires

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 13:18

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On Thursday, November 11 Expanish celebrated the opening of the new Spanish school, with its inauguration event and cocktail reception.  Even though Expanish moved to its custom-made building in July, the official ceremony was held on the perfect spring night where we invited friends, family, and community members to come together and enjoy excellent food, music and good company – to thank all those who worked hard in supporting Expanish over the years.

Behind the scenes, the day was filled with preparations to put together all the finishing touches to the building.  The Expanish team anxiously finished all the day’s work just in time before the guests began to arrive.  It was important for us to give each person visiting the school, a personalized tour of the facilities as it was the first time many have seen the new school.

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Many people who have been long time supporters of Expanish, had never seen our new building, so it was quite fun (and a bit of a workout climbing all the stairs) being able to show all six floors to those who have witnessed the growth of the school, and remembers Expanish beginnings in a tiny office in Recoleta.    Many do not know but Expanish originally started in that small office in 2006, working with partner language schools across Latin America.  Then, in 2008 we opened the Expanish Spanish Institute, on Viamonte 927, offering cultural language immersion programs to foreigners from all over the world.  Although the building on Viamonte had a lot of character, the new building has been custom-made to cater to learning Spanish, something that is a rarity to find in South America as it has been modeled after many English language institutes worldwide.  It was exciting to hear feedback from first-time visitors as the school and facilities had brought them back to their years living or studying in Europe or the USA, reminding them of their secondary schools and universities.

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In addition to family, friends, professors, staff, accommodation hosts, activity providers, and students, we were thrilled to have in attendance journalists and reporters from both local and foreign news sources, representatives from the travel and education industry, and leaders in the Buenos Aires community such as Hernán Lombardi who is the Secretary of Culture and Tourism of the city of Buenos Aires, Oscar Castillo, a National Senator, and Marcelo Garcia, the Presidente of SEA (Association of Centers and Teaching of Languages).

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The rest of the night was filled with tasty appetizers, wine, a music show, mingling and a presentation from the co-founders Agustin Vignale and Alejandro Rched – who gave a brief overview of the history of Expanish and the types of language and immersion programs that are offered.  What a great night for everyone to celebrate the growth and success of Expanish!

Come and visit or see a slide show of our new school building here.

Allie

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The Sound of Yet More Music in Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:41

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Although the world-renowned electronica festival Creamfields came and went last weekend, there’s still plenty of cutting edge music to be had during the spring month of November in Buenos Aires.  Kicking off on November 18th in Luna Park with Smashing Pumpkins and continuing on the 19th and 20th in Costanera Sur, Hot Festival boasts an impressive line-up of artists with styles ranging from alternative rock to synthpop to electronica.

Although the headliners (below) don’t hit the stage each day until about 7 at night, you might want to arrive early to get a good spot to see the bands.  The venue is located at the Ex Ciudad Deportiva de Boca Juniors which is directly south of the Ecological Reserve in Puerto Madero.  To get there, simply take the same route you would to arrive to the entrance of the Eco Reserve (located right off of Padre M L. Migone and Av. Rodriguez) and go south down Av. España (the entrance to the festival is located on this street).

As is recommended at all music festivals and concerts, be aware of your surroundings and try to take it easy on the alcoholic beverages.  Although there will be a ton of people enjoying the music, there’s always those undesirable types who try to take advantage of people who are having a good time and throwing caution to the wind.  Make sure your valuables (camera, wallet, etc.) are close to you at all times and NEVER accept a drink from a stranger.  When the concert ends, be aware that the area where this concert is held isn’t the safest of places so make sure that you travel with a group of friends on your way back.

Key Details about the Festival

Line-up

November 18th

Smashing Pumpkins

November 19th

Scissor Sisters

Mika

Phoenix

Hot Chip

Girl Talk

November 20th

Massive Attack

Thievery Corporation

Stereophonics

Catupecu Machu

Benjamin Biolay

Cobra Starship

November 22nd

Pavement

Tickets

Prices range from AR$250 (Campo) to AR$350 (Super Pullman) and can be purchased on the internet (www.ticketportal.com.ar), by telephone ((011) 5353-0606) or at ticketbooths:

Ticketportal

Palermo – Vidt 2084
Monday to Saturday from 10 to 14 and from 15 to 18hs.
Purchases can only be made with Credit Card

Johnsons
Microcentro – Florida 313
Monday to Saturday from 10 to 14 and from 15 to 19hs.

Extra cost per ticket of AR$3

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Food Shopping on a Budget – The Street Market Way

Friday, November 12, 2010 12:16

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For those Spanish students in Buenos Aires who enjoy trying fresh produce, and are tired of the big supermarket chains or higher prices in some of the tourist barrios, we have the perfect solution for you.

Ferias itinerantes (travelling fairs) can be found all across the city selling fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and cold meats with cheese at inflation busting prices.

We visited the feria in San Telmo, open from 8am – 2pm on Saturdays, that is situated on the corners of Mexico, Chile & Balcarce. We bought 8 bags of groceries, enough produce to cook dinner all week. Our bags were filled with vegetables, fruit, dried beans and pulses, olives and peanuts, fish and chicken all for $90 pesos.

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Not only do you get food for cheap, but it’s a great way to get to know different areas of Buenos Aires while also practicing Spanish at the same time.  With this hidden secret, you will be surrounded by locals, without a tourist in sight. To find out where the feria is in the city, you can check out the schedule here. Here is a quick guide to some common fruits and vegetables names so you can be sure you get the food that you want!

  • Apple – Manzana
  • Strawberry’s – Frutillas
  • Blueberry’s – Arándanos
  • Onion – Cebolla
  • Carrots – Zanahorias
  • Aubergine (UK) / Eggplant (US) – Berenjena
  • Celery – Apio
  • Lettuce – Lechuga
  • Cucumber – Pepino
  • Cougette (UK) / Zucchini – Zapallitos
  • Squash – Zapallo

Ask any of the Expanish staff for more food names if it doesn’t appear on this list.

Enjoy and let us know if you visit or find any good markets yourself!

More information can be found here about the ferias itinerantes http://www.buenosaires.gov.ar/guiaba/guia/?info=detalle&menu=2&id=1183

Joanne

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Marcha del Orgullo-Buenos Aires does Gay Pride.

Monday, November 8, 2010 15:28

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again Marcha del Orgullo Buenos Aires does Gay Pride.

I won’t lie. When I received an email from my dear old grandmother last week asking, “How was I finding life as a student in Buenos Aires?” And, “What was I going to do this weekend?”,  I couldn’t resist the temptation to inform her, in an unnecessarily nonchalant manner, that I was going to “do some work, maybe some shopping and then pop down to the Buenos Aires Gay Pride parade.” Admittedly at the time, this seemed an amusing way to spark various shades of vicious rumor, and allow for all manner of confusion to break lose as she frantically rang each member of the family with the outraged cry, “No one ever tells me anything!”  In hindsight, this was perhaps a more dangerous game that might have taken a less amusing turn should I have received a distressed call from my mother saying that granny had had a heart attack whilst reading her emails. The actual response was a particularly infuriating, “Oh that’ll be nice dear”; evidently she’s always assumed I have been that way inclined, or she wasn’t wearing her glasses (suggestions as to the truth not welcome!). However, the event itself was a truly surreal and extraordinary experience.

In July of this year, Argentina became the first Latin-American country to legalize same-sex marriage and consequently, this year hosted a celebration bigger than any other in the march’s history. The afternoon began with a wander around the Plaza de Mayo. There was a buzz in the air of the like that I have never encountered before. Families, children, adults, straight, gay and everything in-between mixed together to talk, laugh and dance in a way that was quite amazing to behold. Regardless of sexuality the great sense of unity and pride of everybody taking part was undeniable. As the clock struck six in the evening, the march began to move and floats laden with people singing and dancing began to crawl up Avenida de Mayo. “Go Gays!” is probably the most polite translation available of the cry that was chanted with each float that went past. Groups of guys/girls (It wasn’t always immediately apparent which, and sometimes rather drastic measures had been taken to heighten the confusion) who had chosen, it seemed, to forget most of their clothes that day continued to sweep past us. Some seemed to have forgotten their clothes altogether… does a piece of string really count as clothing?

Unfortunately, I had to leave before the parade came to a close so I watched the scenes of hedonism and debauchery disappear into distance like a travelling funfair off to its next destination.  Of course it will be another year before anything like this happens again but I would say that if you find yourself here in November of next year, it is certainly an experience worth having.

To save my family too much anxiety, I am going to the football next week in a last ditch attempt to win back some lad points. Until then.

Archie

Picture from www.freefoto.com

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See Buenos Aires through Porteño eyes

Friday, November 5, 2010 13:42

Categories - Accommodation in Buenos Aires, Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Spanish, Student Stories - 0 Comments

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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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City of the Arts – November 2010 Cultural Events Agenda

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 7:13

Categories - Argentina News, Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays - 1 Comment

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Spring has finally come to Argentina and the warm weather brings many fun and exciting   activities.  Enjoy November in Buenos Aires by taking advantage of some of our favorite       free and low cost cultural events:

Museums

La Noche de los Museos (Nov. 13 @8pm – 3am)

Location: Check out the list of over one-hundred participating museums here

Celebrate museum culture under the moon with the 7th annual Museum Night, where the majority of the Buenos Aires museums, cultural centers, and galleries open up to the public.  **Expanish Recommended!

Cost: Free

ARTFUTURA 2010 (Nov. 5 – 8 Nov)

Location: Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Palermo

Join the MALBA in celebrating the festival of Cultural and Digital Creativity that explores such topics like new media, motion graphis, videogames and digital animation.

Cost: 20 pesos

Photography Exhibits

Buenos Aires, 24 horas (Nov. 2 – Nov. 19)

Location: FotoGalería in the Teatro San Martin, Avenida Corrientes 1530, Centro

This photography exhibit depicts different aspects of everyday life living in the bustling capital city of Argentina.

Cost: Free

Formas de Vida (Nov. 3 – Nov- 30)

Location: Fotogalería in the Centro Cultural Ricardo Rojas, Corrientes 2038, Once

Argentine photographer Sebastián Freire, who photographs about “sexual diversity” are featured in a weekly supplement of the Página 12 newspaper called Soy, will show his work in the University of Buenos Aires’ Cultural Center’s photo gallery.

Cost: Free

Dance

Danzas Argentinas y Latinoamericanas (Every Monday @ 7pm-9:30pm, all of November)

Location: Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Fernández Blanco, Suipacha 1422, Retiro

Ever wanted to learn more about Argentine and Latin American dance? Take part in this fun dance class with Prof. Luis Boccia.

Cost: 4 pesos per class

Danza por los Barrios (Thursday – Saturdays in November, check website for details)

Location: Cultural Centers in various neighborbhoods

During November, the Dirección de Promoción Cultural invites the public to a dance espectáculo in seven different Buenos Aires barrios.

Cost: Free

Theater

Teatro Ciego (Check website for times)

Location: Centro Argentino de Teatro Ciego, Zelaya 3006, Abasto

Theater for the Blind forces spectators to focus on all other senses other than sight as they are immersed in a space that has complete darkness.

Cost: starts at 20 pesos

Stand Up en el Konex (Every Thursday @10pm)

Location: Ciudad Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131, Abasto

Every Thursday, Ciudad Cultural Konex presents standup comedy night where young Argentine comedians test out their funny skills.

Cost: 30 pesos

Music

Conciertos de Música Contemporánea (Until Nov. 26)

Location: Teatro San Martin, Avenida Corrientes 1530, Centro

Every night at 8.30pm listen to beautiful music at the Contemporary Music Concert series.

Cost: 35 pesos

Hit de Road Festival (Nov. 6 @ 6pm)

Location: Centro Cultural Matienzo, Matienzo 2424, Belgrano

22 musicians will take over 3 stages to cover songs fit for the “open road.”  Make sure to also check out the collective art show exhibiting works from 25 artists such as travel journals, maps, photos and paintings.

Cost: 20 pesos

Other artists coming to Buenos Aires in November

*For purchasing tickets, check out TicketPortal or Ticketek

Festivals

Festival of India (Nov. 4 – Nov. 16)

Location: Borges Cultural Center,  Viamonte and San Martin, Centro (among many other locations)

Join the Indian Embassy in celebrating its third year in celebrating Indian culture.  Such activities will include a photo exhibition at Plaza San Martin, Food Festival at Hotel Sheraton, Film Festival, Music, Dance, Seminars, Yoga and more.

Buenos Aires Gay Pride Festival and Parade (Nov. 6 starts at 3pm)

Location: Plaza de Mayo, Centro

Once a year, the LGBT community hits the streets of Buenos Aires to celebrate.  Catch the fair and festival at 3pm and stay for the parade that takes over the downtown area at 6pm.

Mar del Plata Film Festival (Nov. 13 – Nov. 21)

Location: Mar del Plata, Argentina

For those interested in taking an excursion outside of the bustling capital, make your way to the beaches of Mar del Plata for their 25th Annual International Film Festival.

For more resources to find out events happening in Buenos Aires, check out:

Buenos Aires Government Agenda

What’s Up Buenos Aires

Vuenos Airez

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