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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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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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My name is Josh. I am from the state of Pennsylvania in the United States and I also have lived in New Jersey and New York. In the United States I study business administration and I worked in the mental health sector. I decided to come to Uruguay to perfect my Spanish skills and to study to be an English teacher. My goal and drive is to help students to better learn English and have less difficulty in learning the language. I am here by the help of Adelante Abroad and their program which includes a 3 week intensive Spanish course at La Herradura. It was a great experience and was very helpful with practicing Spanish, learning vocabulary, and perfecting my grammar. Included in my experience in Uruguay will also be the opportunity to handle social media for La Herradura and am excited for that too. When it comes to teaching English, I am doing an internship at el Instituto Crandon. I have a weekly conversation group and will take part in some of the classes as well. I lived in Uruguay for a couple of months last year and it seemed like a good idea to come back and spend more time in this nice country. This time in Uruguay, I feel more independent and more confident in doing new things than last time. I also feel more used to living here and using the language in a more effective way. I enjoy exercise, travelling, and sometimes fishing. I am happy to be here in this beautiful country and I’m looking forward to being here for the rest of my stay.

      Me llamo Josh. Soy del estado de Pennsylvania en los Estados Unidos y también he vivido en Nueva Jersey y Nueva York. En mi país, estudio la administración de negocios y he trabajado en el sector de la salud mental. Yo decidí ir a Uruguay para perfeccionar mi español y para estudiar para ser un profesor de inglés. Mi meta y motivación es ayudar a los estudiantes para que aprendan mejor el inglés y que tengan menos dificultades en aprender el idioma. Estoy aquí gracias a Adelante Abroad y su programa que incluye 3 semanas de cursos intensivos en la escuela La Herradura. Fue una buena experiencia que me ayudó con la práctica de español, aprender más vocabulario, y perfeccionar la gramática. Incluido en mi experiencia en uruguay será mi oportunidad para manejar las redes sociales de la Herradura y también estoy emocionado por eso. En cuanto a enseñar inglés, estoy haciendo una pasantía en el Instituto Crandon. Allí dirijo un grupo de conversación semanal y también contribuyo en algunas clases. Yo viví en Uruguay el año pasado por dos meses y me pareció una buena idea regresar y pasar más tiempo en este país lindo. Me siento más independiente y tengo más confianza en experimentar las cosas nuevas que la vez pasada. También me siento más acostumbrado y a vivir aquí y usar el idioma de una manera más eficaz. Me gusta hacer ejercicio, viajar, y a veces pescar. Estoy contento por estar aquí y estoy emocionado por pasarlo bien por el resto de mi estadía.

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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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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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