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Exercise: For Body and Tongue

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We are starting our third week in Buenos Aires, and are feeling like (casi) Portenos.

I am set up with my exercise group, CURVES, the one I attend at home with an International Travel Pass to Curves anywhere - and right here in Palermo is the one for me. Last year the folks at Curves in Palermo were hospitable and kind - this year they remembered me and are treating me like an old friend. As the equipment is exactly the same world wide - I am set (to work some of the butter off the duck - in this case the duck is mostly bife, empanadas and helado).

Tongue exercises, in the form of our Spanish lessons are going really well. We have engaged our talented and creative teacher from last year, Gabriela Farrante www.gabrielaferrante.com

This year Gabriela has devised a terrific plan for our studies: Once a week, she comes to our apartment and DH and I each have one hour of private time on a mix of whatever area of Castillano we need most: Grammar, Conversation, Pronunciation, etc.

The second day of each week the three of us go on a little adventure - talking Spanish all the way. Once we walked into Palermo Hollywood to an organic Deli owned by an Englishman ex pat, and as we had coffee and scones in the Deli, we read an article about his decision to move to Buenos Aires and become an entrepreneur. This was so neat.

Today we took the colectivo #60 to Belgrano and found it fascinating to walk in that lovely, calm neighborhood with so many embassys and distinctive architecture. We discovered some interesting statuary and well-tended gardens, too. Gabriela also gave us some history along the way. Then we stopped at Maru Botana, a charming cafe, and had coffee and torta de manzana (muy rico) as we read an entrevista about Maru Botana. These outings are so instructive and helpful, and fun and, it turns out, quite tasty !

So we have been busy, among other pursuits, exercising our language and our bodies.

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Marnie, your reports are terrific!

Good to learn you are enjoying Buenos Aires so much.

(I should start attending Curves, after too many visits to Maru Botana's in the past ...)

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Marnie

great posts! wheres the organic deli in Palermo Hollywood? I thought I knew all the organic / vegetarian /raw places in my hood (and there are lots!!!).....but I dont know one owned by an English man....name, coodinates please!

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Today was a good day to be in Belgrano, those shady streets are so very lovely.

There is a Maru Botana in Recoleta if you get a hankering and don't want to take a longer trip .. on Ayacucho between between Guido and Quintana .. on the same side as the school.

We used to have tea there often in the cold months .. wonderful .

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Vero, Gracias.

Patitoaway, we went to El Natural Deli in Barrio Norte - Laprida 1672. I have a terrible sense of direction, so somehow Barrio Norte morphed into Palermo Hollywood... lo siento. There are 2 other branches: one in La Cañitas (Gorostiaga 1776) and one in Palermo Botanico (Rep. Arab Siria 3001) but they are quite a bit smaller, I understand. We found some nice products for our kitchen, and thought the scones and coffee were of very good quality.

And Gabriela is Gabriela FERRANTE, as one could tell from her Website.

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ahh, yes. i know natural deli and its owner, I go there sometimes and get some goodi. i just could not ese you described...

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Thanks, Scarlet. We will be on the lookout for it - really excellent Tortas and Tartas, too.

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Marnie, my dear.....You do have a knack for interesting titles! I think you missed your calling.

Love your posts and am SO glad you are having a great time.

Cheers, Ronnie

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