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Hola. Soy yo, Josh. el 3 de diciembre, el instructor, Matías, llevó un grupo de estudiantes norteamericanos y suizos de una excursión al barrio llamado Prado. Es un barrio muy lindo con mucho para hacer. Primero fuimos al Museo Blanes y el jardín japonés al lado. El jardín fue muy relajante y hermoso con muchos árboles, charcos, y koi y el museo tiene varias exposiciones de diferentes tipos de arte incluyendo el arte moderno e histórico. Después, fuimos de paseo en el parque de Prado con su hermosa vegetación, árboles, flores, y otras atracciones hermosas para calmar la mente mientras Matías nos explicó un poco de la historia y cultura de la ciudad. Y para calmar la mente aún más, fuimos a un bar local para probar una bebida llamada la “grappa” y conversamos por mucho tiempo antes de regresar a la escuela y disfrutar del resto de nuestra tarde. Fue una experiencia relajante, educativa, y definitivamente memorable.

Hello. It’s me, Josh. On December 3rd, our teacher, Matias, took a group of students from Switzerland and the United States on an excursion to the neighborhood in Montevideo called Prado. It’s a beautiful neighborhood with a lot to do. First we went to the museum Blanes and the Japanese garden right next to it. The garden was very gorgeous and relaxing with it’s trees, plants, and koi ponds and the museum has many art exhibits including modern and historical art. After that, we went for a walk in the Parque Prado which is a park with beautiful vegetation, trees, flowers, and other things to relax the mind while Matias explained to us the culture and history of the region during the whole trip. And to relax the mind even more, we went to a local bar to try a drink called “grappa” and we socialized for a good while before going back to the school and enjoying the rest of the day. It was a relaxing, educational, and definitely a memorable trip.

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Llega el calor a Montevideo y arrancamos con muchas actividades para disfrutar de la ciudad. A los habituales paseos por museos y lugares históricos ahora sumamos visitas y caminatas por los hermosos parques de Montevideo. La rambla enorme de la ciudad nos ofrece naturaleza, buen aire y muchos bares para disfrutar de una cerveza, pescados y los mejores atardeceres. Por la noche asistimos a espectáculos musicales que abundan en Uruguay, especialmente cuando recibimos en la escuela a un gran músico como Jim, que nos hace disfrutar de su música en primera fila. El lunes festejamos el cumpleaños de Wahid, y además de tortas y felicitaciones Jim nos ofreció una versión blusera del “feliz cumpleaños” que todos cantamos con ganas. 

En la tarde/noche del sábado recorrimos los bares y paradores que se pueden encontrar en la rambla a pocos kilómetros del centro. Bares en donde los atardeceres son realmente increíbles. Disfrutamos de una cerveza y contemplamos la naturaleza con la mejor vista al mar. Comienza la gran temporada de primavera/verano y todo en Uruguay florece con generosidad. La playa, la música, la naturaleza, la comida, los paseos, los encuentros, la cultura, es maravilloso todo lo que podemos vivir acá y lo hacemos con ganas. Pasen y vean, vengan y vivan. 


The good weather has arrived in Montevideo and we start with many activities to enjoy the city. To the usual walks through museums and historical places we now add visits and walks through the beautiful parks of Montevideo. The long boulevard, the city offers us nature, good air and many bars to enjoy a beer, fish and the best sunsets. At night we attend musical shows that abound in Uruguay, especially when we receive a great musician like Jim at school, who makes us enjoy his music in the front row. Last Monday we celebrated Wahid’s birthday, and in addition to cakes and congratulations Jim offered us a blues version of the “happy birthday”. In the afternoon / Saturday night we toured the bars and hostels that can be found on the boulevard a few kilometers from downtown. Bars where the sunsets are really amazing. We enjoy a beer and contemplate nature with the best view of the sea. The great spring / summer season begins and everything in Uruguay blooms generously. The beach, music, nature, food, walks, meetings, culture, everything we can live here is wonderful and we do it with desire. Come and see, come and live.

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Hola soy yo Josh. Esta semana es una buena semana porque hay más estudiantes de otras partes del mundo. Siempre es una buena experiencia conocer a más personas muy diferentes y de lugares muy lejanos, que están unidos para una causa importante; aprender español. Hay nuevos estudiantes de China, Canadá, Colombia, y hasta Pakistán. Es una cosa más que hace que la experiencia se sienta muy viva aquí en la escuela. Hoy hubo una clase con el instructor Matías y conversamos de las elecciones, las propuestas y polémicas que están en la actualidad del país, y jugamos un juego llamado “Tuti Fruti” que incluye pensar en diferentes palabras que empiezan con una letra específica. Es una buena manera de aprender más vocabulario y de ejercerse el cerebro también! Estamos emocionados por continuar con la semana!

Hello, it’s Josh. This is a great week because there are new students from other parts of the world. It’s always a great experience to get to know different people from far places that share something important in common which is to learn Spanish. There are new students from China, Canada, Colombia, and even Pakistan. It’s another thing that makes the experience here in the school feel so alive. Today there was a class with the instructor Matías and we talked about the upcoming elections, the proposals and controversies that are current in this country, and we played a game called “Tuti Fruti” that includes guessing words or phrases that start with a specific letter. It’s a great way to learn more vocabulary and to exercise our brains as well! We’re excited to continue with our week!

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Hola a todos, soy yo Josh. Hoy, el 11 de octubre, en la escuela de español, la Herradura, hubo una clase de Conversación con el instructor Juan y estudiantes de los Estados Unidos, Francia, y la India. Con la emoción de los estudiantes para aprender más acerca de la cultura y idioma de Uruguay, junto con los conocimientos y experiencia de Juan, conversamos mucho de la cultura de otros países, la historia, la música, los libros, y muchas otras cosas interesantes. También comparamos las características de Uruguay con nuestros propios países. Todos los estudiantes salieron con nuevos conceptos y enriquecieron su experiencia mientras están en este país maravilloso.

Hello everyone, it’s me Josh. Today is the 11th of October and in the Spanish school la Herradura, there was a conversation class with the instructor Juan and students from the United States, France, and India. With the excitement of the students to learn more about the language and culture of Uruguay, together with Juan’s plentiful knowledge, we talked a lot about the customs of other countries, history, music, books, and many other interesting things. We also compared the characteristics of Uruguay with our own countries. All of the students left with new concepts and enriched their experience while they’re in this wonderful country.

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Estás pensando viajar a Uruguay y combinar tu estadía con un curso de español? Lea este artículo de un estudiante de Gran Bretaña que visitó nuestra escuela de español en Montevideo el mes pasado… // Are you planning to travel to Uruguay and combine your stay with attending a Spanish course? Read below an article of a student from the UK, who has visited our Spanish school in Montevideo last month….

Enviado el: domingo, 15 de septiembre de 2019 18:00
Para: Spanish Herradura Info <info@spanish-herradura.com>
Asunto: Reflections on my trip to Uruguay

Hola Margo

I hope you are well. I just wanted to send a message to all of you at La Herradura and thank you again for your hospitality during my attendance at the school. Please thank Matias, Mirabel and Juan for me – I really enjoyed their lessons. Also, the trips were a great way of meeting and socialising with new people especially as I was travelling alone.

Within two days of my return to the UK I was waylaid with a bad cold and a nasty cough (probably picked something up on the long flight home) so am only now beginning to feel somewhat better. However, my time in Montevideo and Colonia allowed me to slow down and appreciate the more relaxed lifestyle I encountered and to de-stress. I do think that Uruguay lived up to my expectations and I would like to see more of the country. However, it is a long way to travel and I’m somewhat mindful of the current climate change concerns and my carbon footprint. (How long does it take by boat? he says, jokingly.)

There were still things I didn’t get around to seeing in Montevideo but I think I fitted in quite a lot while, at the same time, trying to just ‘chill’ and live in Montevideo for three weeks. On the final Saturday I walked all the way to Plaza Independencia. I went into that glorious bookshop the other side of the plaza – librería Más Puro Verso – and had lunch upstairs in the restaurant. I was walking back down Avenida 18 de Julio at about 2.30 in the afternoon and noticed that most of the shops were closed – is this normal in Uruguay? It seems strange to a northern European where the shops always appear to be open.

On my last day (Sunday) I spent some time in Parque Rodo – it was a lovely, sunny day and it was nice to see the local people with their friends and family enjoying their leisure time.

I’ve started to look for a Spanish course here in the UK as I really  want to build on what I achieved at La Herradura and the confidence I had to use my Spanish in Montevideo. However, one course I found which would be the right level for me clashes with my work so I’ll carry on looking. 

Saludos

Michael

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