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November in Buenos Aires means Spring! Time to exercise, time to relax under the shade of the trees, time to explore...

Here is a list of some relaxing places where you can exercise after your Spanish class at IW Languages.

During daytime

Botanical Gardens: enjoy the shadow of its trees and go "photo hunting" as well.

Bosques de Palermo: walk, run, ride a bike, even take part of a yoga class or go paddle boating. You can do all these and even more at this huge park.

Japanese Garden: Take part of an Anime and Manga contest, watch the tea ceremony or just live its peaceful atmosphere. 

 In the evening

Walk along the streets of Palermo Soho, find art galleries, murals and the lively Plaza Cortazar, also called Plaza Serrano.

Take your first tango steps, join a tango class. It's fun and non expensive.

Go for a beer outdoors.

Eat at a typical bodegon (word to name short menu but big meals at a very accommodated price).

Enjoy Buenos Aires at this time of the year!

So in-between all that sightseeing, and eating (and Spanish lessons), you might decide you need to sneak in a bit of exercise. Fortunately, there are many gyms throughout the city of Buenos Aires that cater to a wide range of fitness programs, including activities such as yoga, kick boxing, spin, and all your favorites. Always Gym, On Fit and Openclub are some of the larger chains, but you'll find at least one gym a short distance from your place just about anywhere in the city. Or if not, certainly somewhere offering yoga or pilates, which are very popular!

And if you prefer a more sporty form of exercise, football is popular with avery age group. Once you've connected with a few locals or expats, it won't take long to find a group with a weekly football game. A reminder: football is a serious business in Argentina, and it is played to win.

Of course, there are some other sports as well. Martial arts are popular: taekwondo, boxing, taichi and everything else under the sun!

Like everything else, Buenos Aires truly has everything, even bouldering gyms and archery!

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! 

 

 

 

When deciding where you're going to study Spanish, one of the most important things to consider is how you're going to get around the city. There's plenty of spots around the world where the only option to get around is by car or by foot —which if you're there for a while, might prove to be a little tiring after a while. Fortunately, while Buenos Aires is beautiful city to explore by foot, its world class subway system and bus network mean you have plenty of options for getting around. 

Arriving in the city

Most travelers arriving in Buenos Aires arrive through Ezeiza airport, which services long term flights into the city. However, this is the one time you won't be able to use that amazing subway. But that doesn't mean you have to take a taxi. The 8A bus services the airport into the city, the only problem is you'll need a SUBE card to use it. Since you'll definitely be needing one of these for the public transport in Buenos Aires, you may as well grab one straight away. The can be purchased from the 25h drugstore in the airport for less than 2USD, plus whatever amount you want to top up. The trip itself will cost about  0.5 USD a bus/subway, so it will depend on how many stops you'll need to make to reach your destination in the city.

Alternatively, if you're looking for a slightly smoother journey into the city, you can purchase a shuttle bus from Tienda Leon that will deliver you directly into your hotel. Tienda Leon is located directly after customs in the Ezeiza airport. While prices are subject to change, it was around 10USD in April 2019.

Taking the subway and bus

Make sure you have Google maps on your phone and either a local SIM card or roaming on your phone. This will let you see which bus or subway you need to take on your journey. All you have to do is enter your destination on Google maps, hit 'directions', and select the transport option. If you're taking the subway, it's easy to top up your SUBE card at any station. Once you've topped up, swipe your SUBE card on the blue scanner at the gates and it'll let you into the 'live' area, where you follow the signs to the particular line you want to catch (some stations may have more than one). Be careful to take the correct direction ―Google will tell you the final station for the direction you're heading, just match that with the signs. And if you're transferring between subway lines, you do not have to exit the 'live' area, you only pay for one trip no matter how long you stay inside. 

Buses are even easier. Once you reach the stop recommended by Google, find the lamp post with the bus number on it ―very often you will find people already queuing for the bus― and join the line. Once you board, tell the driver the street you're getting off and then swipe your SUBE card. The bus might run through a street and then change to the Metrobus lane. Buses cost around 0.5USD right now for trips within the city. Loner trips may vary, but they are still fairly cheap by international standards.

There are also several train lines, which can be accessed within the city with the same SUBE card you use for everything else. They function in much the same way as the subway, just less frequently, and their pricing may vary depending on the distance you're traveling. You'll have to 'tag off' with your SUBE card when you disembark to confirm how far you went. 

The process of learning Spanish is a different process for everyone. Some people struggle with verb tenses, others recalling the order of words.  Still others just recalling all those different words: you will definitely need to find creative ways to remember different words (or "palabras"). This is specially true for a few verbs that sound and are spelt very similarly ―and so difficult to remember!

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