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  • Once you’ve attended some lessons at AMAUTA Spanish School in Buenos Aires you can go out on the street and give your newly developed language skills a try. Most people you meet will be friendly and patient while you are trying to order stuff, ask questions and make small talk. Porteños like it when you make the effort of trying to speak Castellano and they will help you any which way they can. Sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as you’d like. I have been trying to ask for paltas at several groceries but every time the vendor looked at me all funny, as if I am speaking Martian. Paltas are avocados and part of my daily Buenos Aires diet but they are, sometimes, hard to come by. How difficult can it be pronouncing ‘paltas’? Pretty darn hard, as it turns out!

    Improve your Spanish, while feeling at home and out of place at the same time

    Inti Raymi (the festival of the Sun) was the largest and most exciting celebration in the Inca period and today it is the 2nd largest festival in Latin America. It was dedicated entirely to the cult of the “Sun God” and was always carried out on the 21st of June, the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, in the main square of Cusco.

    In Andean mythology, the Incas were considered the descendants of the Sun, and therefore, the people had to offer a sumptuous celebration to him annually.

    The festival was carried out to thank the Sun for abundant harvests and to ask for good harvests in the coming season. In addition, during the winter solstice when the sun was moving away from the earth, the Quechua people performed rituals to ask the Sun to not abandon his children.

    The nitty-gritty of the Inti Raymi festival in Cusco!