Learning the lingo in Buenos Aires
Trip Start Oct 08, 2005
71Trip End Oct 06, 2006
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My Spanish classes were great, but damn hard work. I was supposed to go into a group, but there was no-one in the school at the same level as me so I had 4 hours a day of private tuition. My teachers didnīt speak any English at all, so they did all of the explaining of verb conjugation and sentence construction in Spanish. Argh! Luckily I was able to make out most of it but I had to concentrate so much. My head would be pounding at the end of the morning. It was made worse by the fact that as soon as I arrived in BA I got a bad cold so didnīt feel great
A couple of days I did other stuff, like I had a tango lesson one afternoon. Tango is huge here, I had seen a show at a tourist place that had blown me away - it was incredibly sexy and the dancers were amazing - so I thought I would give it a go. Its flippin hard, and took me 90 minutes to learn the 8 basic steps. My partner (a 60 year old short Italian man, boo! Where were the dark haired, dark eyed, snake hipped Latinos I had been promised??) kept telling me off cos I wouldnīt let him lead me (in tango the man is in control, suppose they have to be sometimes, ha ha)
So what else did I do? I ate a lot - steak here is absolutely gorgeous and unbelievably cheap, there are loads of lovely old cafes that people linger in all afternoon, and they serve incredible īpostresī - sweet cakes and desserts. Restaurants are really good and going out for dinner is a big thing here, but as Argentinians donīt eat dinner until about 10pm, they eat cake in the early evening to tide them over. Amazingly hardly any of them are fat. I however am now a bloater.
I walked round the city a fair bit, went to the beautiful cemetery in Recoleta, went to the Eva Peron Museum (very interesting), took advantage of the fab nightlife and went out drinking a few nights (again, youīll have to wait for the book to find out the stories from those nights!!)and I went to the football at La Boca. I have always wanted to see a Boca Juniors match at home, as I heard it was a real event, and it didnīt disappoint
And of course I went shopping - the big thing here is leather, of course with all that meat around they have to do something with the skin, so there are tons of shops selling cheap good quality leather jackets, bags and shoes. I bought the fabbest pair of boots EVER for about a third of what I would have paid in the UK.
And now Iīm going north to Cordoba, hopefully where its warmer (its been sooooo cold!). Donīt want to leave Buenos Aires though, Iīve had such fun, met so many people, and just think its great here. As you can probably tell by the way Iīve gone on about it!