I have taken Spanish classes at Two places in Quito that both have different approaches and could be good depending on what you are looking for and since there are a bunch of different schools out there I thought I´d throw in my two cents about the ones I know.
The place where I have studied recently is The Secret Garden Spanish School which is connected to The Secret Garden Hostal. It has a variety of options that concern the amount of hours, homestays, etc and have a staff of teachers who cater pretty much to travellers. They are good at taking you through the basics of what you would need to travel and then building on what you use towards expanding your conversational spanish. Classes are held on the fifth story terrace of The Hostal and it is a relaxed learning atmosphere.
Last fall I took four hours of spanish a day at The Yanapuma Foundation which also offers volunteer projects. The School has a highly thought out method and is great if you have the time and the will to wrestle with the language. The lessons tend to move quickly and build on each other so that you are constantly grasping at things you thought would take you days to learn in a few hours. Since things are one to one you tend to pick up a lot and spend a ton of time trying to sort things out after each class.
I have been reccomending trying The Secret Garden Spanish School for a week to get a feel for what you would like to learn and get a grasp for basic travel spanish and if you feel like you would like to make more progress than what you are learning then give Yanapuma a shot.. Both are worth it in their own way!
Since I am in Quito and still volunteer at The Secret Garden and am friends with the folks at Yanapuma please feel free to Email me at Yesterdayschild@gmail.com for more info and help with arrangements! Also if you are interested in Volunteering atThe Secret Garden I can get you in contact with that person as well.
Hope this helps!.. Jon
The Herzliya Marina is the largest marina in Israel and provides moorings for yachts of all sizes. The marina, is a 15-minute drive north of Tel-Aviv. Alongside the Marina is the Arena Mall. Walk outside and enjoy the sea air and the view of all the yachts. Outside as well as inside, are numerous restaurants and shops. Nearby are archeological and historical sites. See my travelogue on Appolonia. If you are here early evening - catch a lovely sunset!
Arena Mall 09-9589777
Opening hours of Mall:
Sunday -Thursday 10:00-22:00
There is a nice marina with yachts and a lot of restaurants in Herzliya.
You can come here just to walk around , to eat , for sport activities or to enter the shopping mall here.
There is a big parking lot near the place that will cost 10-15 nis as far as i remember.
If you have the time, take a walk along the coastline here in Herziliya. Much of the area is not good for swimming so there are few people in this area. The rocky coastline and shallow draft make for some beautiful play between the waves and the rocks.
As I stated on the intro page Herzlyia is not a place with many activities, but walking on the beach is very popular here. You can walk pretty long distance and in case you get tired there are many cafes and bars along the beach, so you can always take a break and continue later.
I have lived in Tel Aviv many many years but cannot recall going to Apollonia or even hearing people speaking about the place - and I only live about 15 minutes away! I went with friends during one of our festivals and there was a lot of family activity there. (See my travelogue). At the entrance you receive a map of the paths you can take. We spent a couple of hours here and we all enjoyed the visit. Everywhere there are signs that tell about the fortress and the battle that took place here between the Crusaders and the Mamelukes.
Apollonia is located on a cliff that stretches the length of the Sharon coast. People first settled here some 2500 years ago. The site is located within a national park. The history of Apollonia is vast and there is no room here to write it all but people from the Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Early Arab, Crusader, Late Arab and Ottoman Empires were here.
Visiting Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Entry fees NIS 18 - seniors less
Don't forget to have a look at the fortress model which shows you how the fortress looked like in its short time of existance.