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  • Four excellent breweries in Buenos Aires

    A few years ago, no-one could have said that Buenos Aires (or Argentina) was the place to go for beer. But fortunately for those of us here, Ba has not been spared the craft brewing craze that has swept the world.  In fact, you might even see breweries (or cervecerías) popping up on seemingly every street corner. It's actually become a little overwhelming!

    Fortunately, the beer is pretty good in most of the places, but if you want the best setting or range of cervezas to choose from, these are four you don't want to skip.

    #4 On tap

    With locations in Retiro, Palermo and Belgrano, it's a pretty way to start the list for people visiting the city. They do have one of the best range of beer options in BA, with anywhere around 20 different options available in a given location/night. In Retiro, although the area is not the greatest, a visit for After Office drinks will reveal an insight into the local businessmen who work in the area. There's also a great terrace to sit on when the summer comes around. 

    #3 La Birrería Palermo Viejo

    Tus one might make the cut more for its location. Situated just a few blocks from Scalabrini Ortiz and Santa Fe, it's easily reached by bus or metro from anywhere in the city. The beer is pretty good as well, and there's plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy on clear days and nights. It's also close to the Spanish school IntoWords and a great cowering space called Origin, which makes it perfect for dropping into with friends of for After Office. Like many spots in Buenos Aires, their happy hour runs until 8pm. 

    #2 Growlers Palermo

    The one's a great option when the summer rolls around, with a great rooftop terrace overlooking the streets of Palermo. With people watching being the major attraction in a city as busy as Buenos Aires, this makes Growlers a great spot to visit on a fine weather day. The beer is very good as well, and those who'd like to stock up your own fridge could grab a growler to take away with you. Again the happy hour is until 8pm, but if the weather is good you'll be sure to stay longer. 

    #1 Strange Brewing Bar

    This one wins hands down when it comes to the beer, their nachos (a significant challenge in Buenos Aires) and their music/atmosphere. Strange actually has all their brewing equipment out in the open for everyone to see, along with crazy bottling machines for those of you wanting to take some beer home for a later date. Their beer is definitely worth a bit more than some other spots on this list. Their sour cervezas were really quite good, and the IPA there was something else! 

     

     

  • Learning languages when traveling abroad

    Learn Spanish when traveling abroad

    Travellng abroad is a very effective way to broaden our knowledge of the world. But, have you thought that by learning the language of the place you are visiting, you can also give your mind an open vision of the world?

  • Reasons to achieve skills in Spanish

     

    Nowadays, being fluent in a language other than your mother tongue is a considerable advantage when seeking for a better position or job, and there is no doubt its importance will continue to grow.

  • Spanish Immersion: different customs of Argentina

    Argentina is a fascinating place, and while many customs here bare at least some resemblance to Europe, there are at least a few that certainly help to spice up life!

    For starters, you will find their eating habits quite different from those of any English-speaking nation. Breakfast would be considered almost non-existent ―often consisting of just a coffee and croissant (or medialuna as they call them here!). Lunch doesn't differ too much, but it is followed by a late afternoon tea (merienda) and then the most bizarre part of all −dinner can be anywhere between 9pm and midnight. That's probably been the most difficult thing for me to adjust to, I can't get used to eating so close to my bedtime!

    The next point may also connect with the late dinners, to the point you have to seriously reconsider whether you want to arrive anywhere on time! If you're meeting an Argentine friend −or even heading to an event−,  don't be surprised if there's no-one there when you arrive on time. I once arrived 40 minutes late to a birthday party, only to find myself the first one there!

    One final custom that might take you by surprise, but grows on you quite quickly, is the Argentine kiss to say hello and goodbye. Instead of just a handshake, most Argentines will greet each other with a kiss to the right cheek −both men and women! For the more conservative English cultures this can come as quite a shock, but fear not: it's perfectly normal here.

    By Aaron Hodges 

  • Why study Spanish in Argentina?

    By Sarah Prather

    Beyond the practical benefits of studying the local language (despite Argentina's thriving tourist industry one cannot always find an English speaker), taking Spanish classes yields a deeper understanding of its rich culture and the natives' unique way of thinking. Even at the most basic level, a traveler can enjoy deeper insight. I had taken a few Spanish classes before coming to Buenos Aires, and will never forget the first thing I learned about the language: "to be" does not translate directly. Spanish speakers distinguish between being in a permanent sense (ser), and being for a limited time or under mutable conditions (estar). This discovery absolutely fascinated me because no native English speaker I know (or speakers of other languages without that distinction, such as French) thinks to differentiate between the two: to us, a thing simply is or it is not. After all, Shakespeare's famous line is "To be or not to be" and not "To ser or to estar".