BUENOS AIRES : SPANISH PROGRAM
There are many schools in BA offering Spanish classes. Shop around.
I went to the CENTRO UNIVERSITARIO DE IDIOMAS, which is the language school of University of Buenos Aires. It is NOT the cheapest but I found it good. There are 6 levels and you have to sit for a placement test.
Unlike the language schools catering for TOURISTS (which can be more expensive and very intensive), in this centre, the students are usually living or working in Buenos Aires.
As a result, the course is not a cramp-every-morsel-down-your-throat sort. It is a slow and steady course. There is a lot of drilling of the same thing during a level. While you may learn 'more' in a tourist-oriented language school but for the same period, you learn DEEPER here.
It depends on your preference. You may not have the luxury of time and hence, need to study Spanish like a tourist and not like a foreigner living there.
School is located at Junin 508.
website : http://www.cui.edu.ar/espanol/
There are some advantages and disadvantages of studying Spanish in Argentina.
Firstly, the pronunciation here is very different for many words and the speed is very fast.
For a pure beginner, after learning Argentine Spanish, you may have problems understanding Spanish spoken in other countries like Peru, due to the differences in pronunciation because this is the only pronunciation you know.
For someone who already knows some Spanish, you may have difficulty understanding Argentine Spanish in the beginning but this just needs some time to get used to.
But due to the fact that they speak very fast and unclearly, after being trained in Argentina, you will find it a breeze talking to and understanding people from Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba.
Old Stone Streets
Stone block streets, similar to those found all over Portugal, are common only in the older parts of Buenos Aires, such as the San Telmo and La Boca districts.
Although they are a bit rough and can sometimes be tricky for walking, I find that they add a lot to the atmosphere of a neighbourhood.
Our final day in Argentina was humid and wet with intermittant rain showers. On arriving in La Boca by taxi, we took shelter under a canopy in front of a local restaurant while we waited for the rain to stop. This is the scene that greeted us once people began to venture out onto the streets again!
* Comfortable footwear, as you'll do lots of walking.
* Flip-flops, as it will be really hot.
* Shorts and t-shirts for the day.
* Jeans or comfortable trousers for the night. As well as t-shirts or shirts to wear on top.
* A bikini or trunks, as you may go to a swimming pool.
* A denim jacket or similar, as it may get a bit cool some nights. * Sunblock.
* Mosquito repelent, as there may be one or two pestering while you sleep.
NO FOREIGNERS THERE!!
This I can tell you for sure!!! We were, among more than 1000 people, the only brazilians ( and foreigners) in this little artificial oasis.
It is a public huge swimming pool, a real escape from the city's heat (yes...Buenos Aires is hot in the summer). Great structure and very easy to find!
The name of this funny place is PARQUE DEL PLATA!
It is right located at the backside of Palermo Park, a great tip is taking a cab from Palermo park and go to Parque del Plata, you will pay less than 5 dollars! :)
YES THE CITY IS VERY CHEAP NOW!
BUENOS AIRES: SAN ISIDRO WEEKEND MARKET
San Isidro has a moderately large weekend craft market that is worthwhile to take a look if you wish to spend a quiet weekend away from Buenos Aires' city centre.
San Isidro is a upper-class suburb a little bit to the north. To get there, you take the train from Retiro (the one heading towards Tigre).
Once you get off at San Isidro station, ask around for the 'feria' (fair) or watch where the main cathedral is and wander there. Very lovely handicrafts, jewellery, clothes, bags, etc...