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Middle age couple planning a month long stay in Buenos Aires

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Middle age couple planning a month long stay in Buenos Aires

Hi

We're a middle aged couple who want to learn spanish but dont have a ton of money to spend on hotels or expensive apartments.

Can anyone suggest a reasonable apt in the city close in? How about spanish lessons or total immersion any suggestions here??

We're thinking of coming in July. Is it very cold in July? We're from Charlotte, NC and our winters are mild but still cold, is this want I can expect in the city at this time?

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1. Re: Middle age couple planning a month long stay in Buenos Aires

Have a look at www.bytargentina.com,www.argentinahomes.com. These are two agencies which have a wide selection of apartments for all budgets. You would like the neighborhoods or Recoleta or Palermo.

The best value for Spanish immersion is Lenguas Vivas. It is associated with the University system and the course lasts for 1 month. The address of the school is Carlos Pelligrini 1515 in Retiro right next to Recoleta. Use the search bar above to read reviews from former students.

July is cold and probably similar to North Carolina.

Enjoy!!

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2. Re: Middle age couple planning a month long stay in Buenos Aires

I was in BA last June/July and on my last day it snowed!!! It was cold, but bearable.

I took Spanish classes at a school, BridgeLingatec, but one of the best teachers at that school gives private lessons, which is what I would recommend if you are both at the same level. Her name is Gabriela Ferrante, http://gabrielaferrante.tripod.com/links.htm. She is also very knowledgable about BA and you can get some good advice from her.

I rented an apt through ByTArgentina, it was very nice for $1000 a month. It was in a noisy location, but very convenient to the school, which is why I chose it. If I were to do it again, I would opt for the Palermo area as it was much quieter and had less of a hectic big city pace.

If by "total immersion" you mean living with a family, it totally depends on your comfort level. It is a great way to learn a language, but can be very stressful as the families usually don't speak any English. I am your age (although I hesitate to admit to being middle-aged) and I did a homestay in Costa Rica for a month. Lovely family, but I found that I need my own space. I found the apartment to be the perfect solution for a long-term stay.

Try to learn some Spanish before you go as it will make those first days all that much easier. Go to your local library and check out a Spanish CD. Watch Spanish TV. Remember, the BA accent is very different than Mexican or Central American accents.

Have a good trip, or as they would say

"Ojala que tengan un buen viaje"

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3. Re: Middle age couple planning a month long stay in Buenos Aires

It has snowed in Buenos Aires one time in the past 100 years. Patsy was lucky enough to be around for the miraculous event. It is not as cold in Buenos Aires as in Charlotte. The weather is more like Houston than Chrarlotte. It is humid and chilly...and feels worse than the temp would suggest due to the wind...

Lenguas Vivas is an excellent choice....if their schedule does not match your own, find a private tutor...you will learn so much more than in a class...

Byt is frequently recommended as a reliable source for moderately priced apartments. The area around Charcas/Bulnes is a nice moderately priced area, located near shopping, busses and the subway.

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4. Re: Middle age couple planning a month long stay in Buenos Aires

Total immersion does help, just being here will give you that :)

We found a school called CODE on Junin right between Juncal and Santa Fe.

July is cold, today is cold!!

Bring wool coats, scarves, gloves and wear boots or really warm shoes. All the walking on cold sidewalks works its way through you :)

It will probably be mostly sunny with blue skies, even when it is cold. Winters here are quite beautiful.

Fred, I grew up in Charlotte :)

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5. Re: Middle age couple planning a month long stay in Buenos Aires

We stayed for a month @ 1254 Av. Callao furnished fully serviced apartments. Very central in Recoleta and recommendable approx. USD 120 p/day - they also have less expensive ones. try the link:

http://www.friendlyapartments.com/

For a shorter stay I recently stayed at the TRYP Hotel in the Microcentro A Sol Melia Hotel absolutely impeccable (4 Star internet rate USD 100 aprox.)

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8. Re: Middle age couple planning a month long stay in Buenos Aires

Bulnes & Charcas IS NOT unsafe....

Or, let me put it in another way: any citi is unsafe if you are looking for trouble. If you carry expensive jewlery, a noticeable camera, an expensive watch, etc.

This is a ticket to be robbed here, in Barcelona, Rio, NYC, etc, etc....

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9. Re: Middle age couple planning a month long stay in Buenos Aires

another typo! CITY

(I am with a heavy cold that makes more stupid...)

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