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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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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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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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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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This excursion is an oportunity to know about the uruguayan legislative power and also the palace. In our blog you can read more about it.

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