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.