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The Sound of Yet More Music in Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:41

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Ultra Music Festival 300x200 The Sound of Yet More Music in Buenos Aires.

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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Dale Bo! – Learn Spanish in Buenos Aires The Juancho Fútbol Way

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:07

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After living in Buenos Aires and working at Expanish for a number of years I finally had the opportunity to take part in our Fútbol activity with Juancho Football. After three years of seeing the photos and listening to our students accounts of how much fun they had, I decided my visit was long overdue! This past Saturday I went to see La Boca Juniors at their home stadium, la Bombonera (the chocolate box) and now I can see why our students rave about this unforgettable activity.

Fútbol in Argentina is a very passionate affair, with fans who like to sing, jump and shout throughout the match. Whilst most tours take tourists to the platea, where they get to watch the crazy fan action, seated from above (and of course the actual football), our Spanish students always ask us for a real Argentine fan experience…enter Juancho the master of all that is Boca fútbol.

The musical bouncing bus

My trip started with a Juancho football bus pick up in San Telmo, there are also pickups in Palermo for anybody is living on the other side of the city. Juancho and his team joined us on the buses, teaching us the obligatory hand movement of all fans as well as some of the songs, in Spanish, and of course the jumping. Next, the serious part – safety instructions, what to do and what not to do in the popular stand(the stand with no seats), not a place usually recommended for tourists, although Juancho and his guides enable anybody to have that real Argentine Futbol experience safely.

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The free flowing beer and pizza in a blue and yellow bar

First stop – pizza and beer in a bar in La Boca. We managed to consume 165 bottles of beer, 55 pizzas, 9 bottles of Coca Cola and a bottle of water! There were a lot of new La Boca fans on Saturday! Although I do have a small tip, you may have to spend a couple of hours without being able to fight the crowd to go to the toilet, so be easy on your bladder.

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Inside the chocolate box

Next stop stadium, Juancho got us in early so that we would miss the last minute crush and organize our places before the big hordes entered. All of his team was dotted around us making sure we kept together and were safe. The Juancho team were on hand with song sheets so even those who have only started learning Spanish with Expanish could sing along with the chanting fans that were already pumping up for the match. I’m not sure you´ll find the vocabulary in a DELE exam, but it does make it a fun way to learn.

Next the actual game, well for me the fans. I do have to admit, I was more fascinated by watching the crowd than the game.  I became so captivated by the constant jumping and singing (even in the face of defeat) that I missed a lot of the football action.  Imagine a whole side of a stadium singing and jumping as one movement, a sight and an atmosphere really difficult to put into words, or even capture in photo or film – a must see to really get a feel for Argentine culture.  I managed to keep up with the songs, thanks to Juancho and staff showing us how to wave our hands in the air and partake in the fun. It was obvious that these people weren’t for show and are die-hard boca fans, the infamous 12th player:

Y dale alergia, alegria a mi corazon,

lo unico que te pido al menos hoy

el campeonato local es mi obsession

tenes que dejar al alma y el corazón

y vas a ver no somos como los putos de river plate

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Unfortunately Boca lost, although I think whoever worked the scores in the stadium didn’t want to admit to that and didn’t put any scores up that were scored against Boca who ended up with a big fat 0 of goals.

After an exhilarating Argentine football match, and a one of a kind Boca Juniors Bombonera experience, we were escorted out of the stadium onto to the bus and taken to the perfect place to end the day – a bar in San Telmo with all of the Juancho team.

If you are looking for the opportunity to witness Argentine fútbol, where you can really observe the passion of Argentine fans, then look no further as Juancho offers one of the only authentic experiences available. If you’re an Expanish student, just ask one of us staff members for more information. Even if you do not study with Expanish, you can still participate in Juancho football and contact Juancho www.juanchofutbol.com.ar.  Next week is the big one, the super clásico, Boca Juniors vs River Plate.

See more photos and a video on our facebook page www.expanish.com/facebook.

Joanne

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Fútbol in Buenos Aires 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:13

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Argentina is known around the world for its very famous fútbol teams (soccer), fútbol players, and championship wins. Fútbol fans in Argentina are devoted to their favourite teams and ‘show up’ for every game whether they are singing in a stadium, yelling at a local pub, or celebrating at home. It is said that to truly understand the Argentine culture, one must experience a fútbol game with local Argentines; therefore, we urge every student taking a Spanish course in Buenos Aires to round up their friends, leave their books at home, and head to a game in the city.

Fútbol Game Dates in Buenos Aires this Winter 2009

2009 Dates

August

  • 16/07     Boca Juniors vs Argentinos Jrs
  • 19/07     River Plate vs Lanus
  • 20/07     Boca vs Velez
  • 23/07     River vs Chacarita Jrs
  • 23/07     Lanus vs Boca Juniors
  • 30/07     San Lorenzo vs Estudiantes
  • 30/07     Boca Juniors vs Newells


September

  • 02/08     River Plate vs Colon
  • 05/08     ARGENTINA vs BRAZIL
  • 13/08     Boca Juniors vs Godoy Cruz
  • 13/08     Arsenal vs River Plate
  • 15/08     San Lorenzo vs Tigre
  • 16/08     Velez vs Boca
  • 17/08     Lanus vs River Plate
  • 20/08    River Plate vs Gimnasia de La Plata
  • 20/08    Racing vs Independiente
  • 27/08    Boca vs Velez
  • 27/08    San Lorenzo vs River Plate

If you have the opportunity to go to a fútbol game in Buenos Aires, remember to only bring what you will need, enough money for food or transport (no more), and leave all of your valuables at home. Games can pretty wild so just keep your wits about you at all times.

Learn about more La Boca where the very famous La Boca Junior’s, one of the best teams in the world, are from!

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Neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires: La Boca

Friday, July 17, 2009 10:15

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If you are traveling abroad to Argentina, whether to live or study Spanish in Buenos Aires, there are a myriad of fantastic, interesting, and very Argentine neighbourhoods to check out. However, there are a few that seem to stand out from the rest, and this week we are featuring La Boca.

La Boca is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires, and was the arrival point for immigrants coming to Argentina from all over Europe. Although many Europeans arrived here in Buenos Aires, many Italians who immigrated arrive in La Boca, stayed and the neighbourhood became known for its Italian residents. The name, in English meaning ‘The Mouth’, came to be because La Boca sits right at the end of the Riachuelo, a major river in the Buenos Aires province.  La Boca has a long and vibrant history, including being the arrival point for immigrants, the major city port, a centre for radical politics and demonstrations, and today, a major tourist destination.

If you venture into La Boca as a tourist, it is best to take a taxi straight to the road that is ‘why’ La Boca receives visitors every single day: Camanito. This colourful road in La Boca is scattered with antique houses and buildings, tango dancers in the street, art for sale, tourist shops, restaurants, and tango shows. Visiting these few blocks is a great way to venture into ‘old’ Buenos Aires, enjoy a typical Argentine meal, catch a tango show, and indulge in some arts and crafts.

Keep in mind that Camanito is the safest street in La Boca. It is not recommended to stray from these few blocks, as unfortunately over the years, La Boca has become fairly dangerous, and petty theft and muggings are common. Take  a taxi in and out!

Interested in more neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires!
RecoletaPalermoSan Telmo

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Neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires:Some of the Biggest and Brightest!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 8:59

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stretched Neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires:Some of the Biggest and Brightest!

Las Canitas
This small and trendy neighbourhood borders both Belgrano and Palermo and features a myriad of restaurants, cafes, bars, expensive boutiques, salons, and much more.  The streets are narrow and tree-lined, the presence of young hip people walking their dogs is ever present, and the overall vibe is laidback yet sophisticated.

Palermo

One of the biggest ‘barrios’ neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires, Palermo can be separated into mini neighbourhoods such as Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood, Palermo Chico, Palermo Viejo, and more. Throughout these neighbourhoods you can find everything from narrow cobblestone roads and old apartments to modern boutique hotels and first rate dining and shopping.

Recoleta

Sophisticated and located near to downtown, Recoleta has some of the cities most visited tourist spots including the Recoleta Cemetery, and is the perfect place to relax on the grass, check out some sights, enjoy some delicious Argentine cuisine, and mingle with the slight higher class of Buenos Aires.

Downtown
Downtown is a mix of cars, buses, and pedestrians, company and bank buildings, historical sites, theatres and cultural venues, street performances and protests, and simply the hustle and bustle of Buenos Aires.

San Telmo

The oldest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires features gorgeous cobblestone roads, antique churches, vintage stores, antique stores and markets, Argentine restaurants and bars, and the best Sunday market in Buenos Aires. This area is known for its bohemian style and where the artists and musicians of Buenos Aires flock, and today, where many tourists find themselves enjoy a very unique flavour of Argentina.

La Boca
The port area of Buenos Aires, La Boca was where once all the immigrants landed, coming to Argentina to make new lives for themselves and find opportunity. Today, only Camanita, a small colourful street lined with people selling art, tango dancers, and restaurants, is really safe for tourists, a must-see in the area.

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Take Your Spanish Immersion Courses in Buenos Aires to the Field and Learn about the Fútbol Culture in Argentina

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 12:34

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The popularity of fútbol (soccer) in Argentina is unimaginably great and students taking Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires will have no doubt taken notice of it’s almost cult like following. Buenos Aires is said to be home to more stadiums than any other city in the world and boasts the most fanatical fan following, besides possibly those sports fans in Brazil. Seeing a fútbol game in Argentina is a must for students taking Spanish immersion course in Buenos Aires since to some, truly understanding the Argentine culture comes by observing what happens in their fútbol stadiums.

Students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires will have the opportunity to visit, in Greater Buenos Aires alone, a total of 35 stadiums; however, the 6 most popular, each able to hold more than 50,000 people are Boca Juniors, River Plate, San Lorenzo, Velez Sarsfield, Racing Club, and Independiente. The stadiums are divided into sections, some offering more expensive and protected seating and others less expensive standing room seating. It is recommend that students in Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires take care when going to these passion filled games and perhaps spend the extra dollar to find comfortable and safe seating.

Students in Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires will see each game that the stadium fills full of screaming, singing, arm throwing fans that cheer on their own team while booing the visiting team. Fans sing Argentine songs and team slogans, shout encouraging and discouraging words, and overall just make as much noise as humanly possible. Students taking Spanish immersion classes in Buenos Aires should be sure to become part of this tradition and shout and sing along with their fellow fans. Attending Fútbol games is almost like receiving free Spanish classes in Argentina Fútbol culture!

There are two teams that students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires will immediately become familiar with: La Boca and River Plate. These two teams have dominated the league for almost a century and have very strong fan followings. La Boca is from the working class neighborhood and therefore represents the working class of Argentina; River Plate, nicknamed los millonariosis (millionaires), is from the slightly upper class north and represents the wealthier people of Argentina. Students in Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires will be able to compare the rivalry of these two teams with the class distinction found in Argentina.

Watching a fútbol game is a great way for students in Spanish immersion in Buenos Aires to learn about Argentine history, the fútbol culture, and Spanish language!

Click for more information on Spanish immersion courses in Buenos Aires or arranging a group excursion to a game!

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