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Les presentamos un breve recorrido por las distintas actividades que realizamos durante el último año. Las clases de español, paseos al Cortijo La Herradura, visitas a museos, asados, guitarreadas, conciertos de rock y tango entre otras tantas experiencias que compartimos con los estudiantes. Los invitamos a verlas y también a participar en las actividades de este año. Gracias Matias por editar este video, es una buena presentación de las actividades que la escuela ofrece. // Qué disfruten del video

Thanks Matias for editing this video, it is a good presentation of the activities the school offers. esent a brief tour of the different activities we have carried out during the last year and the present one. The Spanish lessonss, visits to the “Cortijo La Herradura”, barbecues, guitar sessions, rock and tango concerts among many other experiences we share with our students. We invite you to see them and also participate in this year’s activities. Enjoy de video

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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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On the 16th of January the students of La Herradura went to the Juan Manuel Blanes museum and the botanical gardens located in the wealthy neighbourhood of Prado in Montevideo. We started off by visiting Juan Manuel Blanes museum which displays an eclectic collection of art from throughout the years since the founding of Uruguay. The museum displays art from numerous artists including Juan Manuel Blanes, Pedro Figari, Rafael Barradas and Jose Cuneo.

Blanes has painted a number of pieces which are key to the Uruguayan national identity. The moment of Uruguayan independence was depicted by Blanes’ in the portrait “Thirty Three Easterners”. This displays the moment when the revolutionaries in Uruguay successfully held an insurrection against the brazilian authorities that were in control of Uruguay at that time – this event resulted in Uruguay gaining independence. A further painting of significance to the history of the Uruguayan history was ‘The battle of Sarandi’, another milestone in Uruguay’s history.

Blanes was also well-known for his portrait paintings which were particularly successful with the local gentry. His most famous portrait painting was that of Artigas en la Ciudadela, which he painted as a homage to the adored Uruguayan patriot Jose Gervasio Artigas.

After this we visited the nearby botanical gardens.The Botanical Garden was created in the year 1902 by the Economic Board of Uruguay and named after its greatest advocate, “Atilio Lombardo” who worked tirelessly to instate the gardens.  The park is comprised of a huge area of greenery with many different types of plants and trees which Montevideanos are able to admire and be at peace with, as they walk through the extensive area of the park. The park was designed by the landscape architect Carlos Racine. The function of a botanical garden is to illustrate a way of living peacefully with nature and to show us the importance of respecting the environment that we have before we lose it due to our own selfish actions of deforestation and pollution. We also passed many impressive houses due to the fact that Barrio Prado is a very wealthy neighbourhood.  

The park receives more than 400,000 visitors every year and so that they can recognise the over 1000 different types of plants that exist, cards are placed below the plants which contain their common and scientific names. There is also a greenhouse that exists in the botanical gardens which houses various types of tropical, medicinal and aquatic plants. The international exchange of seeds between more than 500 botanical gardens worldwide allows for the cultivation of new seeds in greenhouses and enables the parks to display many non-native plants as well.

At the end we visited a bar also located in the Prado neighbourhood. We enjoyed the beers and wines on offer including the traditional uruguayan media y media drink, consisting of a mixture of wine and champagne. There were also a large selection of reasonably priced pizzas so we were able to dine there as well. Overall it was a very enjoyable experience for all the students at La Herradura!

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San José es uno de los diecinueve departamentos de Uruguay. Su capital es San José de Mayo. Se encuentra al suroeste del país, limitando al norte con Flores, al este con Florida, Canelones y Montevideo, al sur con el río de la Plata que lo separa de la República Argentina, al oeste con Colonia y al noroeste con Soriano. Haz click aquí para saber más.

San José is one fo the 19 departments of Uruguay. Its capital is San José de Mayo. It borders Colonia department to the west, Flores Department to the north and the departments of Florida, Canelones and Montevideo to the east. Its southern limits are described by its coastline on Rio de la Plata. Click here for more information.

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Hoy en la clase de conversación los profesores llevaron a los alumnos a realizar una actividad en la calle. El objetivo de esta actividad es que los alumnos pierdan la vergüenza de hablar en público con hablantes nativos. Antes de salir se hace una introducción de la actividad en donde se explica la consigna y se los divide por equipos de a dos generalmente.  Una vez que terminan vuelven a la escuela y se arma un debate con la información obtenida y se lo compara con los países de cada uno. // Today the teachers took the students to a conversation class in the street. The goal of this activity is to lose the shame of speaking in public with native speakers. Before leaving, the teachers give an introduction of the activity and students are divided in small groups.  After finishing, they return to the school and set up a debate with the information obtained and compare it with the countries of each one.

 

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