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Hola a todos!

Toby here. I hope you are all doing well. I have completed my 8 month marketing internship here at La Herradura and have now returned to England. Although my time at La Herradura has come to an end I shall no doubt be back in Montevideo at some point as I have made many close friends there.

My work has been enjoyable and gone well at La Herradura. I will try to give any prospective intern an insight into what my job entails. I was the marketing intern at La Herradura. In the morning I would take spanish classes to improve my language skills. In the afternoon I would work on marketing La Herradura via any means possible. This included blogging, writing the monthly newsletters, producing videos that displaying the activities, facilities, students, teaching and the City of Montevideo. Another part of my job was managing the schools website through the backend software Joomla as well as producing content for the school’s social media outlets (Facebook, instagram, twitter and Yotube). Overall it was a very useful and I have gained many transferable skills as a result of this internship. I would advise any prospective intern to not hesitate to contact Margo and inquire about any opportunities available.

I have done many things during my time at La Herradura. The great thing about learning Spanish at la Herradura is not only the high quality of intensively focused teaching but also the huge amount of people from all over the world that you get to meet throughout your stay there. The predominant nationalities coming to La Herradura are Brazilians, Germans and Americans however there are lots of students from many other countries attending as well! I was able to travel with my friends who i met in La Herradura to Argentina and throughout Uruguay, visiting places such as Colonia de Sacramento and Piriapolis. Studying at La Herradura means you will never feel short of friends. La Herradura offers its students many activities in around Montevideo as well. Students are able to visit the campo where becky andmargo have a house located in the rural countryside with a dozen or so horses that are waiting to be ridden by the students. The tranquility of this place is amazing and you really feel isolated and in touch with nature. Other activities on offer include visiting the various museums of Montevideo (museum of fine arts, museum of natural history) and historic buildings (palacio legislativo, plaza independencia) and famous neighbourhoods (Barrio prado). There is no shortage of activities for the students and every week there are multiple activities on offer which the students can choose from.

I have achieved a lot and culturally immersed myself throughout my 8 months in South America. I have travelled to Argentina (Buenos Aires, Iguazu), Paraguay (Asuncion) and Colombia (Cartagena, Medellin, Bogota, Santa Marta) during my time here. My favourite of these places has to be Colombia due to the vast and diverse culture on offer. I have never seen a population so vibrant and full of energy as that of Colombia. The landscape is also hugely impressive and the beaches that line Cartagena are fabulous. Obviously id advise anyone travelling to Colombia to stick to the tourist areas, especially at night, as being seen as a tourist automatically means that people see you as having a lot of money which could make you a target. However if you act as you normally would using common sense you will be fine.

Finally I would like to thank everyone who I met throughout my travels who welcomed me with open arms and a special thanks to Margo and Beki for going over and above to make me feel incredibly welcome and at home at La Herradura.

Saludos a todos!

Toby

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Hola a todos!

Time is flying by and we have been so busy with all the students we have received here at La Herradura. This newsletter therefore will serve as a summary of the highlights for March and April.

But first we want to highlight an award we have recently received and are very proud of. The following text is what is displayed on the certificate which we have hung on the wall with pride.

“We are glad to award Centro de Enseñanza de Español La Herradura Montevideo with the 2019 Excellence Award, as your students rated your overall service as excellent.

Every year LanguageCourse.Net requests evaluations from more than a thousand language course students worldwide in order to honour language schools which provide outstanding services to their clients. As a result of these evaluations LanguageCourse.Net presents an annual Excellence Award to those language schools, which receive the highest customer satisfaction ratings worldwide.”

NEW COUNTRYSIDE PROJECT

We are now offering Spanish lessons in the countryside, “el campo” of Uruguay!! This is a new project undertaken by La Herradura which is aimed at immersing students in the beautiful Uruguayan countryside whilst simultaneously learning Spanish.

Students will experience the natural environment of Uruguay by living in the countryside. Here there will be a multitude of things to do including riding, biking, hiking, listening to birds in our small indigenous forest, and finish the day watching the beautiful sunset.

Recently the students of La Herradura accompanied by Mathias, went to the countryside for an unforgettable excursion. The students were treated to a traditional Uruguayan Asado as well as drinks of their choice. The house was located in the heart of the Uruguayan countryside surrounded by nothing more than miles of fields and horses as well as a rustic Uruguayan bar. We got to interact and ride the horses that belong to Margo and Rebecca and we spent the day relaxing in the sun, chatting and appreciating the fact we were completely immersed in nature. To read more about this trip see the article in the link below which leads to the blog of La Herradura:
https://www.spanish-herradura.com/blog/

PALACIO LEGISLATIVO

The students of La Herradura also got the chance to visit the Palacio Legislativo of Montevideo with professor Mathias.

The legislative Palace building is undoubtedly one of the most important examples that the country has, of a beautiful neo-classical architecture, of strong Greek inspiration in the set of its exterior facades. The dazzling design of some of its interior spaces and decoration is also hugely impressive.  

Uruguay, a small country with limited economic resources, but with strong democratic roots, was able to create a public building with characteristics of national monument. For the beauty, the majesty and the nobility of its architecture, and the magnificence of the materials used, it became the most worthy emblem of the ideas it represented. For many years now, as a testimony of an unalterable faith in the principles of representative democracy, the immortal phrase of Artigas before the Congress of the year 1813, “My authority emanates from you and it ceases because of your sovereign presence” presides over the meetings of the Chamber of Deputies, and the General Assembly. The phrase is engraved in Roman letters stuccoed in gold, on a “card” which crowns the platform of the aforementioned room. It was created at the end of the last century and materialized at the beginning of the 20th century, initially through an international architectural project competition, undergoing changes in location, extensions and modifications, and was finally inaugurated on August 25, 1925. Below is a depiction of this magnificent building.

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PICASSO
A first exhibition of the works of Picasso has begun in Uruguay starting in  march 2019 and lasting until the end of June 2019.

The exhibition, which was inaugurated at the MNAV  in parque Rodo, features paintings, sculptures and other works of Picasso for the first time ever. Among the documents that will be displayed, you can see some letters addressed to Torres Garcí. The Picasso exhibition will be presented in Uruguay with curatorship by Emmanuel Guigon, director of the Picasso Museum of Barcelona.

The forty-five works of Pablo Picasso to be exhibited in Montevideo belong mostly to the collection of the Musée national Picasso-Paris and the rest to the Museu Picasso Barcelona. Uruguay is the direct destination of this exhibition, which will remain on display until the end of June.


TOURISM IN URUGUAY

San Jose:
San José is a department of Uruguay that does not have the fame of the tourist resorts located along the Uruguayan coast, but that, once visited, tourists ask themselves how come I did not know about this place before?

The great attraction of the department is its capital city, San José de Mayo, which has a very rich cultural offer, unknown by many. Several other places worth visiting here include the Boca del Cufré and Kiyú beaches, or the completely natural walks offered by the Camino del Junco and the Totóra.

One of its most impressive attractions is the Theatre Maccio. Don Bartolomé Macció was an Italian businessman who settled in San José in the year 1840 and generated a great fortune. Upon his death, his son-in-law, Rafael Sienra, convinced his widow Doña Filomena Servetto de Macció to build a theatre instead of a funeral monument in his honor, to “perpetuate his memory among the living and not among the dead”.

It was so that on June 5, 1912, this Art Nouveau beauty was inaugurated, which today keeps many original elements, such as the Murano glass chandelier, the red plush curtain and the seats.
The theater, with capacity for 800 people, has received artists of great national and international importance over the years, and one of them was Carlos Gardel, who sang there on October 29, 1933, without knowing that this would be his Last performance in Uruguay.

Another reason not to miss out on visiting this department of Uruguay is its magnificent cathedral. Its construction of took 17 years and was completed in 1874. At first sight it is seen as one of the many churches that we find throughout the country, but there are reasons that make it very particular and worthy of being visited, and they are not just its 8 columns of Carrara marble that line the main entrance.

In one of the towers there is a clock, of Swiss origin,inaugurated in the year 1900, whose spheres were created by the same factory that built those of Big Ben in London. The bells next to the clock, brought from Genoa, can be heard up to 15 kilometers away.

The huge frescoes painted in the 50s on the walls of the cathedral are the work of Italian Lino Dinetto, famous in the Vatican because several of the paintings made in the twentieth century in the Holy See are his work. Many Uruguayans don’t notice the wealth that treasures the walls of the Basilica Cathedral

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Catedral Basílica de San José es una gran iglesia católica romana situada en el centro de San José. La basílica menor es la catedral de la Diócesis Católica Romana de San José, en California. Foto de archivo - 16284146

STUDENT COMMENTS

We are very grateful to have received such lovely messages from our students after having completed their time here at La Herradura. We have selected a few which you can read below.

Hola Margo y Rebecca,

Esperamos que todo este bien con ustedes y con la escuela.  Despues de terminar clases, fuimos a Jose Ignacio, Aigua, y Colonia, y despues Buenos Aires.  Disfrutamos mucho todos esos lugares.

Les quisieramos mandar nos saludos y buenos deseos.  Echamos de menos a ustedes y los profesores. Por favor mandar nos saludos y buenos deseos a Juan, Maribel, Matias, y Veronica (esperamos que ella tenga buen salud).

Abrazos,

Jess & Marcia

Hi Margo!

I had a great experience at Lat Herradura Spanish school and enjoyed my classes with both Maribelle and Juan! Is there a website you prefer me to leave a good review on?

Regards,

John

Dear Margo,

Thank you for everything.  It has been a nice experience and I got some basics in Spanish.  Also staying at Angelica has been a pleasure. I can only recommend her place.

All the best.

Carsten

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Hola a todos!

We at La herradura hope you are all doing great!

On the 1st of May the students of La Herradura paid a trip to the countryside of Montevideo to visit the house currently inhabited by Rebecca. This was a Wednesday but the 1st of May is always a working holiday for the people of Uruguay so there were no classes. We were driven to the countryside by our teacher Mathias in his car and by one of our students from Brazil, who also happened to have his car with him here as well.

After around 1 and a half hours of driving we arrived at the charming house in the middle of the countryside. The first thing you were able to sense was how completely isolated and surrounded by nature you were. There were no shops nearby, just  lush green fields, Rebecca’s dogs and a multitude of horses. When we arrived Margo’s husband Roberto had already started frying the meat for the asado (traditional Uruguayan BBQ) that had been organised for the pupils of La Herradura. The cuts of meat served primarily came from cows, of which there are no shortage in the countryside. Uruguayan meat however is unique in its preparation as it does not need importing and it is not processed as in the west. It is exemplary fresh and you can taste this fact from your first bite of the meat. My personal favourite was the chorizo that was served however it was all very tasty. There was also no shortage of drinks either, with everything from beer, wine, whiskey, soft drinks and of course water on offer.

After having eaten we went to go visit Rebecca’s group of horses. They were magnificent creatures of huge, overbearing stature but friendly enough to allow you to approach them. The horses and dogs however did not get on that well as the dogs attempted to provoke them with the horses responding in kind to their provocative behaviour. After this we returned to the house and sat on the deck chairs in the garden gazing over the fields at the horizon, enjoying the fresh countryside air whilst soaking up the crisp autumn sun. Gabriel, one of our Brazilian students had brought along his guitar so him and Mathias took it in turns to perform classic songs from their respective countries, Argentina and Brazil. After this Rebecca and I played a game of pool which became unexpectedly competitive. Unfortunately Rebecca lost the game and was not best pleased. Luckily for her there was more than enough alcohol available to cheer her up.

For a place so isolated, to our surprise there was a shack nearby which was used as the local bar. It was very traditionally uruguayan, decorated with posters of uruguayan football teams and ornaments from the countryside. Here we stayed for a quite a while, playing some more pool and enjoying the atmosphere whilst simultaneously watching the champions league semi-final which was being shown on a TV in the corner of the bar. All the students were very content with this experience and were pleased to have made the most of their free day. Below are some photos 🙂


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Would you like to learn Spanish, but you don´t have the time to attend a regular Spanish intensive course?

We can offer you a Spanish course for a specific purpose. The content and structure of the course is flexible according to your needs.

This course is perfect for students who have moved to Uruguay and have to work or study during the day and so wish to balance their Spanish studies with their work/study priorities.

We offer one to one or semi-private lessons, tailored to the student´s special requirements. You don´t necessarily need to take lessons every day.

Lessons can be taught at the school (La Herradura), the student´s home or at the student´s workplace during the day, afternoon, or evening.

What kind of course can you book?:

Preparation for a special exam

Preparation for a business trip abroad

Preparation for students starting university in Uruguay

Preparation to obtain your residency or passport document.

If you are interested, please contact us by mail: info@spanish-herradura.com, or WhatsApp: +59899252781

We look forward to hearing from you!

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A group of students from La Herradura attended a tango class, set up by the school, which took place inside the magnificent Palacio Salvo building in the Ciudad Vieja part of Montevideo. Palacio salvo is a grande building that was originally meant to be a hotel but ended up being used for offices and private residences. It was inaugurated in 1928 and until 1935 was the highest building in south America. The site is renown for the tango La Cuparsita, written by Gerardo Rodriguez in 1917. Nowadays there exists the tango museum on the ground floor of the building which displays the history of Uruguayan tango and La Cumparasita.

Although we came there to Tango one of the first things we were told about was that there was a ‘supposed’ phantom that inhabits the Palacio Salvo building. This rumour has somehow managed to maintain itself to this present day. Indeed our professor Juan told us he did not believe in this rumour until there was an American student studying at La Herradura who was staying in the residences of Palacio Salvo. After a few days she came to Juan and claimed something haunted inhabited the building and that she could not stay there any longer. After this strange event our professor Juan became a believer in the supernatural.

The Tango lesson itself was led by a flamboyant middle aged lady. None of us had ever had a tango lesson and in the hour time period which the lesson lasted we attempted to master the basic steps of the tango. Learning the tango however is a bit like learning another language. You need a lot of time and persistence as well as practice to really be able to master it. Although we all enjoyed our lesson and became relatively proficient in the pure basics of the tango, we knew that there would be a long way to go to be able to dance at an acceptable level. Below you can see some photos from our authentic uruguayan tango experience.


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