No Habla Espanol
Trip Start Sep 30, 2011
20Trip End Dec 13, 2011
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ECELA Spanish School in Buenos Aires
Feria de Metaderos
We stayed in a shared apartment in Palermo with 4 other students from the school. Again we were relieved to find that the apartment was gorgeous. It even had an adorable little tiled back yard with an old school grill perfect for Saturday barbecues. Jessie and I shared the apartment with students from around the world
Because we arrived in BA on a Tuesday we didn't start classes until the next Monday. Thus, we were able to spend our first week sightseeing and enjoying the city. The school had a few activities at night including an amazing Broadway style tango show called Tango Porteno. Being economical travellers Jessie and I opted to bring the minimum of everything. Therefore, we showed up in Buenos Aires with two t-shirts, two tank tops, two jeans and a skirt. Not knowing what type of show we were attending Jessie and I showed up with our skirts, flip flops and a t-shirt... we looked like we just stepped out of a Southern Baptist church in Georgia. As it turns out it was a luxurious dinner show where we would have been able to ware our prom gowns. The Champagne cost about $200 (US) and a glass of water cost five bucks. Despite our awkward appearance we loved the show. The dancers were amazing and there was a live orchestra. It was more of a Las Vegas style show than anything, but it was amazing.
We also went to the Feria de Metaderos a traditional gaucho market located at the outskirts of Buenos Aires
Once Monday came around our exploring slowed and we hit the books. Jessie and I were in separate classes. I took group lessons from an adorable little Argentinian woman named Leila. Even though I started in the zero level class we almost never spoke English everything was explained using either hand motions, English sounding Spanish words, or pictures. Leila was amazing, she was patient with me despite my serious lack of language skills. In two weeks I learned more than I learned during two years of Spanish classes back home. Leila also had a great sense of humor and enjoyed my Spanish blunders. I learned that caliente does not mean temperature hot, but instead means horny...whoops I won't make that mistake again. I also learned that you can't add "ish" to the end of words like you can in the US (well you probably shouldn't there either). Therefore, altoish does not mean that someone is somewhat tall.