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Practice Spanish Outside the Classroom – Language Exchange in Buenos Aires

Taking Spanish classes at an institute or school is obviously a great way to learn and improve your Spanish. Spanish classes help you learn the complicated grammar (13 grammar tenses!), expand your vocabulary, and gain confidence. A problem that students often have is, how to practice what you know and continue to learn outside of…

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Jueves a La Mesa – A Vegetarian Closed Door Restaurant in Buenos Aires

As you probably have heard, closed door restaurants are a big attraction in Buenos Aires. Closed door restaurants are a phenomenon in Buenos Aires where professional and amateur chefs open up their homes for a handful of guests to enjoy a unique culinary experience with a small group of people. After many years of living…

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Argentine Icon Series – Evita Perón

When you hear the name Eva Perón, you may most likely recall Madonna singing the well-known song “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”; the impact as the former first lady had on Argentina is anything but just a sentimental memory of a nostalgic past. Her legacy and most of all, what she stood for is still very much…

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First Time at a Polo Game in Buenos Aires

Before coming to Buenos Aires I had never thought about going to a polo match.  It did not sound appealing, watching people trot around on horses and occasionally hitting a ball with a mallet.  I envisioned a lot of rich people all up on their high horses casually prancing about while spectators discussed matters of…

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Health Food Markets in Buenos Aires

Buying fruits and vegetables is a relatively easy process in Buenos Aires. On almost every block there is a verdurería (vegetable stand) or supermercado (big chain grocery store) that has all your standard fruits and veggies. As is the trend elsewhere, finding vegetables from a locally grown and organic source has gained popularity here in…

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Visiting Perito Moreno in Southern Patagonia

Upon arriving at Perito Moreno: me: “Holy “S%&!” my friends: “Holy “S$&!” Everyone who has ever seen Perito Moreno: “Holy “S$&!” Simply put, there are few words people are capable of saying once they step off the bus and appreciate the magnitude and sublimity of the Perito Moreno Glacier. An hour and a half outside…

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Off the Beaten Path in Buenos Aires: Xul Solar Museum

Most of us have heard of and enjoyed the surrealist work of famous artists such as Salvador Dalí. If you want to check out a lesser known, but equally fascinating artist, stop by the Museo Xul Solar in Palermo.  This small museum is dedicated to the work of Xul Solar, an Argentine surrealist artist from…

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Introduction to (some) Argentine Slang and Lunfardo

Spanish (or Castellano) in Buenos Aires is full of slang words and expressions.  When you first get here it can be difficult, and even frustrating, to understand locals due to all the slang that is used.  However, just learning the basic slang words will be very useful and help you in your everyday conversation throughout…

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Eating Delicious Asado (BBQ) in Argentina

Living like a local in Argentina requires a few things. Copious mate and red wine consumption, a religious affiliation to a fútbol team, contradictory behaviors, the ability to no longer require sleep, and a slang derived dialect, to name a few. However, one of the best, and maybe most quintessential Argentine event, is the asado.…

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Guide to Buenos Aires Street Markets

Souvenir shopping is a burden that all travelers must face at some point during their travels. Fortunately in Buenos Aires, there is a way to combine the chore of souvenir shopping while still exploring new neighborhoods and being immersed in a cultural experience. Ferías in Buenos Aires take over the city every weekend; covering parks and…