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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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Learning Spanish in Argentina – The Porteño Way

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:26

Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Spanish, Uncategorized - 2 Comments

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The Spanish spoken in Buenos Aires is unique because of the characteristics of its dialects and slang which have a strong influence from the Italian language.

Argentine Spanish, as in any other language has variations and different dialects according with the country, city or area where it is spoken. The Spanish in Buenos Aires, known as the Rioplatense Spanish which includes Buenos Aires, Montevideo (Uruguay) and Rosario is characterized by the voseo, the use of “vos” instead of “tu” which means “you” and the yeismo, which is different pronunciation of the “ll” like if it was a “y” or a “sh” in English.

The slang spoken in Buenos Aires, the lunfardo, is mainly influenced by the Italian and also by other European languages. This can be explained by the large amount of Italian immigrants that arrived to Argentina and stayed in Buenos Aires at the beginning of 20th century. A great number of porteños have Italian last names and it is common to find lunfardo in Tango Lyrics as well as to hear it used in everyday language in the streets. Some examples of the lunfardo that can be heard in Buenos Aires:

  • Laburar: To work (from Italian lavoro , “work”),
  • Fiaca: laziness (from the Italian fiacco -weak-),
  • Morfar: To eat (from French morfer -to eat-),
  • Cana: lunfardo for policeman, or the jail,
  • Ciruja: Junkman one who collects (to earn a living) empty bottles, metals, cardboard,
  • Mina: lunfardo for woman.
  • Pebeta: lunfardo for young woman or girl.

At Expanish we teach a neutral Spanish alongside Argentine Spanish so that you will be able to understand the people you hear on the street every day, but also, you will be able to talk and understand in other Spanish speaking countries.

Have fun with your new words!

Alejandro

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The Sound of Yet More Music in Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:41

Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Art, Museums, Theatre & Cinema, Concerts, Events, Festivals and Holidays, Health & Safety, Spanish, Student Stories - 0 Comments

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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

Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Argentine Recipes, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Shopping, Spanish - 0 Comments

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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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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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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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The census: life goes on pause in Buenos Aires for all but its Visitors

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 21:20

Categories - Argentina News, Argentina Travel Info, Argentine Customs and Culture, Buenos Aires City Attractions, Expanish News, Spanish - 1 Comment

censo 2010 argentina The census: life goes on pause in Buenos Aires for all but its Visitors

As many of you may know, today is an Argentine holiday or feriado due to the national census that is being performed, something that is done in almost every advanced nation, with the last one being taken in 2001.  To give you a basic overview, a census is conducted in order to obtain critical information of a country’s population such as the proportion of adults to children, average level of education and median household income.  To use a crude analogy, a census is much like a diagnostics test for engines where the surveyor (in this case, the government) checks to see which parts are functioning well and which aren’t.  From there, the government will use this information to distribute appropriated funds to the parts of the country where they are needed the most.

But how will this affect you and why the heck is everything going to be closed today (including bars and clubs which will shut down when the clock hits 12 – about now)?  Well, the way censuses are conducted in Argentina is quite different then what you may be used as the whole “study” is conducted in one day where you must wait for a census worker to stop by your house or apartment to ask a few questions.  Much like a cable company with horrible customer service, these workers can be expected between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm, essentially ruining any plans you could make and causing the city’s restaurants, stores and cafés to close until tonight.

Luckily, as an extranjero (foreigner) you won’t have to wait around all day as the census only applies to citizens of Argentina and foreigners who have lived here for five years or more.  But what is one to do in a city that is essentially a ghost town for twelve hours?  Here are few suggestions of ways to spend your “holiday” (weather permitting, of course):

-Pack yourself a picnic (with maté of course) and spend a lazy afternoon in Plaza Holanda, a wonderful park which is normally packed and hectic on the weekend.

-Go to barrio Chacarita (a lesser known neighborhood but safe and appealing nonetheless) and get “lost” for a few hours in the numerous side streets and cemetery located off the corner of Jorge Newbery and Corrientes
-Download a “guided tour” for your IPod or MP3 player and learn a little about the history of Buenos Aires while walking at your own pace

-Check out the beautiful Parque Centenario in Caballito, complete with a running track and a designated “public exercising space”

-Print out or (or buy) a map of Recoleta Cemetary and go on a creepy “Easter egg” hunt for the tombs of some of Buenos Aires’ and Argentina’s most famous historical figures

The underlying theme in the above mentioned activities is explore the city and take advantage of the day off as there’s no reason to have a wasted day just because everything is closed.  As millions of porteños are stuck in their homes on a beautiful day, take the time to find out the reason that they proudly call Buenos Aires home.

Mike

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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.

Veía como los chicos se sentían 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.

To find out more about accommodation and homestays click on Accommodation with Expanish

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Neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires: Downtown/Microcentro

Monday, July 27, 2009 9:09

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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 Downtown, or better know as the Microcentro.

The Microcentro is in the heart of the city and is the where the business centre is situated, making this area packed full of corporate buildings, banks, business’s, and thousands of people that are busy, fast-paced, and conquering a work day.

One of the best places to start out in the Microcentro could be Avenida Florida. A long shopping avenue that is not only full of great shopping stores, but also other business’s, restaurants, banks, and more. This Avenida starts from Plaza San Martin, located in Retiro and near the Retiro train station, and follows all the way down to Plaza de Mayo, the oldest and most important plaza in the city, where the Casa Rosada is located and other important government buildings.  Venturing into the very busy downtown area gives visitors a great chance to see what the ‘Wall Street’ of Buenos Aires is and the intensity of it all. If you walk west of Avenida Florida and head to the intersection of Avenida 9 de Julio and Avenida Corrientes, you will find the Obelisco, a 63 meter concrete pillar, and the national monument of Buenos Aires.

The Microcentro is also worth a visit for its wide range of very traditional restaurants, modern and trendy bars, and endless theatres and cinemas, featuring broadways and local works. A visit to Buenos Aires would not be complete without exploring the fast paced and action packed downtown area.

Interested in more neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires?
San TelmoRecoletaPalermoLas Canitas –  La Boca

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