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  • Like every year, Buenos Aires is getting dressed up for the occasion illuminating its principal arteries and plazas throughout the city with the traditional lights, decorations and big Christmas trees.

    This month the main topics of conversation are not tango or football, but what to do for Christmas in Buenos Aires. Due to the warm summer climate, the city invites its neighbors and visitors to spend a different type of Christmas, and at the same time keeping alive the classic season’s spirit and the joy that Santa brings to all.

    AMAUTA Spanish School in Buenos Aires has the following tips to kick off the festive season in Argentinean style:

    Christmas in Buenos Aires
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    They say that food is the way to a person’s heart. Well, that is certainly the case in Argentina and Peru where national cuisine is treated with enormous pride and passion. And to their right, as both countries in their respective ways, have caught the world’s attention with exceptionally tasty and unique dishes.

    If Latin American cuisine tickles your fancy, you now have the opportunity to share the passion of cooking with the locals through the newly introduced ‘Spanish and cooking course’ at the AMAUTA Spanish school in Buenos Aires and Cusco. There is no better place to immerse yourself in the local culture than the kitchen, the center place for family socializing, while learning cooking techniques and recipes passed down from generation to generation.

    Discover the flavor of language with the Spanish & Cooking course!
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    Top 10: What to do in Buenos Aires!

    For a great insight into the Porteño culture, add these suggestions by ex-AMAUTA students to your to-do list when visiting the capital of culture of South America!

    1. Go Tango!
      The tango runs like a recurrent thread through the social and cultural activities program hosted by AMAUTA Spanish School in Buenos Aires. With us you get to take part in free Tango lessons or sign up for the professional Spanish & Tango course. Our excursions take you to the museum of the legendary king of tango: Casa Carlos Gardel and to a restaurant club showcasing elegant Tango performances. La Glorieta and 36 Billares put on some of the best Tango you’ll find in Buenos Aires!
    2. Fiesta Argentinian Style!
      Baires is listed in the top 10 nocturnal cities in the world. La Bomba de Tiempo and The Buenos Aires pubcrawl is an excellent way to take advantage of many happy hours and get introduced to the vibrant nightlife of Buenos Aires with its many fiestas, clubs called boliches and restaurant bars. Be prepared to revel until dawn!
    3. Top 10: What to do in Buenos Aires!

    4. Grill with top chefs!
      Argentina claims to have the highest quality meat in the world, and they grill the fine cuts to perfection anywhere you go. A parillada along with good wine and happiness is a very common way of socializing for Argentineans as this student’s testimonial points out. If you are not afraid to gain more weight while living in Buenos Aires, than finish your asado with an indulging ice-cream!
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    In Western countries eating on the streets is not a usual sight due to all the regulations. Here in Buenos Aires all is a tit-bit different. Actually, outdoor eating in Buenos Aires is just as common as anywhere else in Argentina offering visitors one of those true delights, and cultural experiences, of travel in Argentina.

    Surrounded by out-door vendors and Empanadas in Buenos Aires!

    My roommate Gigi, an Argentinean girl who is able to do yoga, tai chi and kung-fu (I feel really safe here), knows how to make homemade empanadas as well. Yesterday she came home with bags full of cebollas, choclos, semillas and other verduras to make some to sell on the street. She had made arrangements for her and a friend to sell empanadas vegetarianas during a concert somewhere in the city. She took to it and while humming to Indian mantras she prepared them in record time. A few hours later she dressed up and went out with a box full of deliciously tasting empanadas.

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    At AMAUTA Spanish School in Buenos Aires we focus on teaching the Spanish language while providing a full immersion experience into a vibrant new culture. What better way to do this than to join our new Wine Workshop in Buenos Aires!

    Our Spanish and Wine course is a godsend to wine lovers all over the world. You’ll spend four very entertaining afternoons learning all there is to know about the wine making traditions of Argentina, while you study Spanish in the mornings. Each workshop session is given in easy to understand Spanish (with English or Portuguese explanations when needed) lasting for an hour and a half, while the Spanish group classes are tailored to your comprehension skills, beginner or not.

    New Spanish and Wine course at AMAUTA Buenos Aires!

    The wine sessions are held off-campus, hosted by prestigious sommeliers at a classy vinoteca in Buenos Aires. You will get insight into the different varieties of Argentinean vineyards and grapes, the elaboration processes of espumantes for red, white and oak aged vinos and study the importance of pairing different types of wine and food and which combinations should be avoided at all cost. Each day you will get to take part in a wine tasting session, known as a Cata de Vino, of some of the best new wines produced in Argentina. You will appreciate to distinguish the unique exponents not found in wines produced for mass consumption. This event alone is reason enough for some students to take part in this program!

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    There is no way you can get in and out of Buenos Aires without bumping into Carlos Gardel. Not in the flesh of course because he died in 1935 but through a song you hear on the radio, the humming of the man next to you in the colectivo, on a mural in a park somewhere or any other way people could think up to commemorate him.

    ‘Carlito’ is the king of tango and always will be according to everyone who has but a slight opinion about the subject; ‘his baritone voice embodies the true essence of tango and can never be surpassed’.

    Somebody at the AMAUTA Spanish School in Buenos Aires said something about a school trip involving Tango and therefore I registered to come along. Before coming to Buenos Aires I didn’t know much about him or tango in general so I had become very curious.

    Carlos Gardel and the vibe of tango in Buenos Aires
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    AMAUTA has distinguished itself as an expert in facilitating Spanish language programs for children. Over the years many families from all over the world have chosen our Spanish School in Cusco and Buenos Aires as their location of choice to spend a unique and educative holiday in South America.

    The Spanish for families programs at AMAUTA are custom designed for different age groups and include a lot of flexibility and most importantly many entertaining activities!

    Spanish for Kids: an unforgettable family experience abroad!

    Eva and Rikki Goldman, age 9 and 11
    Spanish class in Buenos Aires has been so much fun. All the teachers are really nice and patient and they like to play games with us. We did projects like writing a magazine, collages and interview the adult students, all in Spanish of course. The class is 4 hours long, but it goes by really fast. We did not know any Spanish at all when we got here and now we have learned all about verbs, animals, colors, fruits and animals. Muchas gracias AMAUTA!

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    Doing the MALBA!

    Coming from Europe I’m used to seeing Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Picasso and Dali, to name but of a few of our best known European painters. Their works of art are familiar to me and over the last couple of years I’ve learned a thing or two about them.

    I grew up in a house full of paintings (my mother is a painter) and I work with young painters, sculptors and artists all the time but I still cannot say I’m an art expert. I know what I like and that’s about it. But I can only know what I like from the things I’ve seen with my own eyes and here in Buenos Aires I’ve discovered a new kind of liking.

    Doing the MALBA!

    At the AMAUTA Spanish school in Buenos Aires you get to learn Spanish four hours a day. Of course it’s best to practice what you’ve learned and therefore they organize free cultural excursions to introduce you to the ‘real Argentina’. You can learn to play Truco, get to know the ins & outs on drinking Mate, prepare an Argentinean meal and visit one of the many museums in Buenos Aires.

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    I came to Buenos Aires on a flight with Air Europa. I had never heard of this airline but it seemed to be the cheapest at the time. When I got onto the plane it was obviously not a small company on the black list of airlines. We were packed in an Airbus 300 with over 250 people. Somewhere over the Atlantic we all received a customs form by one of the flight attendants; ‘please do tell us what you would like to declare’ it read. I didn’t know what to do. Everything with a value over $ 300 should be written down and paid for. What?! I carried with me an old, but functioning MacBook, a Sony e-reader and a borrowed Nikon camera. All together with a value of more than $ 1200 which I, or somebody else, already had paid for some time somewhere else. I was not going to do that again upon arrival in Argentina.

    Truco…about the Argentinean lying game!

    I am a Dutch girl. We Dutch can come across as being somewhat harsh and direct to others; we think we are just being honest. I like being honest. I don’t like to lie and try not to do so. However, this was a situation I of course had to put all my principles aside. My first act on Argentinean soil was to lie about the stuff I carried with me in my red suitcase.

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