Eating in BA when bringing dollars into the country can be very affordable. The city is full of quality eating but at first glance can seem limited to steak houses (parillas) and pizza joints. With a city the size of BA every taste is catered to, but it is certainly true that the population’s Italian heritage means a lot of pizza, pasta and pastries. On just about any street corner you will find family run restaurants serving typically heavy, Italian inspired food.
A veggie nightmare…
Before coming to Argentina I was under the impression that it would be eating steak for lunch and dinner. My wife (Argentine) had also made a big deal of the quality of meat available, and rightly so. We holidayed in Mina Calvero and the butcher there would prepare our cut of meat straight from the beast. It was great to see and the quality was incredible, a far stretch from what we get back in the UK. Unfortunately with the high inflation the country is experiencing, steak twice a day isn’t an option for everyone.
For those who are staying long term, supermarket shopping will quickly become the most cost effective option. Disco, Jumbo and Carrefour are the major players, all with similar pricing. What becomes evident, when coming from the UK, is the lack of anything Asian or Indian. You can also still spend a fortune on goods that are normally very cheap, if you are not careful.
They also don’t seem to have a discounted or “buy one get one free” culture, or a dedicated cheap brand like we have back home. Instead they have a discount coupon policy and let you pay your weekly shops over the course of a month. A lot of what is sold in the supermarkets is produced in Argentina and again works out to be the most cost effective way to feed yourself, as what they do import can be way over-priced and usually not of a quality worth justifying.
Empanadas…Like Cornish pasties.
Those on a budget will find the abundance of fruit and veg shops around the city the best way to eat cheap. They are usually better value compared to the supermarkets and a great way to support the local-man. Equally bakeries can be a cheap way to eat and of great quality.
Lastly, those with a sweet tooth will not fail to miss the vast amount of ice cream parlors (heladerias) around the city. The ice cream is great here, just make sure you like chocolate and Dulce de Leche flavours…
Which brings us to Dulce de Leche. Like some best kept culinary secret, it’s the one Argentine product that should be readily available worldwide, but isn’t. A milk based caramel that the Argentines use in just about everything sweet, it’s perfect. It’s good, promise.
Argentina is a beautiful country and has so many things to see! If you have some time outside of your classes at lvstudio, go and travel around Argentina! Whether it’s Salta, Jujuy, Cordoba, and Iguazu in the North or El Calafate, Bariloche, and Ushuaia in the South, it’s all worth seeing! You can travel through Argentina two ways: by bus or by plane.
Argentina has an excellent bus network. Buses here are surprisingly comfortable. The providers offer three different services depending on the number of stops and type of seats: Regular, Semi-cama (semi-bed), and Cama (bed), with Cama being similar to an airline’s business class. This last one also includes meals, while the others don’t serve food unless you buy it yourself in advance. If you have a long way to go, overnight buses are the way to go. They save you a night’s accommodations and keep the daylight hours for pleasure. Hundreds of bus companies serve the different regions with different classes. Check your destination on www.plataforma10.com and compare the prices of the different companies!
Travel by air is becoming more popular due to the size of the country. Every province in Argentina has its own airport. Flying with certain airlines can be financially comparable or even cheaper than covering the same distance by bus. Demand is heavy and flights, especially to Patagonian destinations in summer, are often booked well in advance. So if you know your dates and destination, take a look at http://www.despegar.com.ar/ and compare the different companies.
Still have questions? Ask in lvstudio at the front desk and we will be happy to help you!
I started travelling late in 2009 and like a lot of Englishmen I had had very little experience with foreign languages, especially when compared to other Europeans. There isn’t an emphasis on learning languages in the UK like in other countries. Also, I would be lying if I said I didn´t have a slightly bullish attitude to foreign languages, in that I expected everyone else to speak enough English for me to get by. Travelling throughout India I found communication to be a mixed bag. Most people spoke good English in the southern states (it is the official language) but up north it was either very broken or nonexistent. Getting about wasn’t too hard but it was a shame that due to my lack of Hindi I couldn’t form proper friendships with a lot of the great Indians I met.
Last March my wife and I holidayed in Japan and it was the first time I came across such a definitive language barrier. The Japanese were wonderfully polite and you could see that they wanted to help when we asked or enquired, but such distinct and different cultures and languages really did stop any true connection through speaking to one another. As you can imagine there was plenty of body language and pointing from our end and plenty of awkward, polite smiles and bowing from theirs!
An impression I got from experiencing India and Japan, to some degree, was that they didn’t expect foreign travelers to understand their languages. That didn’t make it any easier getting around, but there was an: “Ok, so I can’t understand you, you can’t understand me, let’s work this out the best we can” attitude that helped.
Coming to Argentina has been by far the biggest eye opener in the language stakes. My wife is Argentine but we never talk in Spanish and so I came to Argentina with very little Spanish vocabulary. I have been fortunate because my wife’s family all speak English well enough, but of course tend to talk Spanish when we are together socially. My bullish attitude of expecting everyone to speak English around me has been well and truly shot down!
I have so far struggled to pick up Spanish which has made it difficult at times. I get the impression that there is an expectation to know Spanish when you want to engage with Argentines (and rightly so!) and so understanding conversational Spanish is all the more important.
What I’ve learnt when on the road is that if you want to travel and just do the tourist traps then a limited understanding of that country’s language will get you by, just barely. But, just doing the tourist traps means that you are missing a big part of travelling. Going off the beaten track is how to experience a country’s true culture and people, and this requires you to put effort into learning their language.
What’s wrong with this sentence? Most style manuals agree that there is a problem here. When two independent clauses are connected with a comma without a conjunction, a comma splice is the result. An independent clause is a clause that can stand alone as a sentence. There are several ways to resolve this situation. The easiest way to fix the problem is to separate the two clauses into two sentences.
Pirates have nasty attitudes. This is frequently the result of wearing their pants too tight.
Another way to resolve this problem would be to combine the two clauses with a conjunction such as or, but, or and. The addition of the conjunction makes one of the clauses dependent on the other.
Pirates have nasty attitudes, but this is frequently the result of wearing their pants too tight.
A third way to fix the problem is to use a semicolon. This is only possible if the clauses are independent. Semicolons are frequently misused so be careful with them.
Pirates have nasty attitudes; this is frequently the result of wearing their pants too tight.
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Looking for a unique and fun way to learn new vocabulary? Memrise is an online learning tool that uses flashcards augmented with mnemonics partly gathered through crowdsourcing and the spacing effect to boost the speed and ease of learning.
It was founded by Ed Cooke, a Grand Master of Memory, and Greg Detre, a Princeton neuroscientist specializing in the science of memory and forgetting. It works like planting a seed and watering the plant until it has grown into a plant with flowers. After certain periods of time (working alongside the science of how our short, medium and long term memories work) you must water and harvest new seeds to keep learning new vocabulary. You can follow friends and see how they are getting on with their flowers and you gain points which puts you onto a leader board.
It is a great and fun way of learning a new language as well as learning
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One slightly annoying problem that expats face in a foreign country is the “Name game.” It’s a game that could take up a lot of your time if you’re a fan of ordering a coffee or food to go, taking your laundry to a lavandería with the intention of ever getting it back, and finally, meeting locals.
The delightful combination of accent, spelling and pronounciation can create confusion, frustration and often, laughter, either with or at you. If you would like to avoid these tongue-twisted interactions, I suggest you take a little time out of your day and come up with a Latino name. How much time you spend on this is completely up to you.
Just be careful, a new fancy Latino name could lead to the creation of a fancy new personality too, just remember to keep Miguel or Maria in check.
Guest Blogger: LV English student, Kida Kawer
…Things to do in MY City!
Agronomy and Veterinary University (Facultad de Agronomía y Veterinaría), and Ecological Reserve (Reserva Ecológica) in Costanera Sur, are two places that I recommend for everyone who likes live in contact with the nature, living in the middle of the city.
Agronomy and Veterinary University is located in Agronomy neighborhood, it has an around 74 hectares full of old trees, horses, cows and llamas (typical animal from South America), until a lake you can find.
I live near to this place, and go there to walk, run or just go there to drink a mate is more than necessary to be in harmony. There you can breathe clean air, the damp earth smell, see the green color in the orchards, listen the sing of some birds and maybe look at some ducks jumping to little lake.
On the week you can walk to more places than on the weekend. At night that place could be dangerous.
The Ecological Reserve, it is place in Costanera Sur located by the river plate, few block away from the busyness center. It has an extension about 360 hectares. You can find a great variety of trees and animals. Is a special place to take bird pictures.
The nearest Saturday to full moon they do a night walking using the natural light, it´s a great moment to be in contact with the nature (you need to reserve).
This place is special to go by bike.
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