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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 <>
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. 




En el Barrio La Aguada se encuentra el Palacio Legislativo, donde están las oficinas de los senadores y diputados del país, el complejo de las comunicaciones y el renovado mercado agrícola. 

Más lejos del centro en dirección noroeste se llega al barrio El Prado, donde se ubica la residencia presidencial, el jardín botánico, el rosedal, una de las iglesias más bellas de la ciudad, “Las Carmelitas” y el predio de la rural del Prado. Leer más

La Aguada neighborhood; here you will the Legislative Palace , where the offices of the senators and deputies are situated,  the communications complex and the renovated agricultural market.

El Prado neighborhood; where the presidential residence is located, the botanical garden, one of the most beautiful churches in the city, “Las Carmelitas ” the Museum of Fine Arts Juan Manuel Blanes, the Japanese Garden of Montevideo, and the “Rural del Prado”.

Montevideo es mucho más que el Mercado del Puerto, la Ciudad Vieja y la Rambla de Pocitos. La capital uruguaya tiene más atractivos de los que figuran en las guías turísticas clásicas y barrios fuera del circuito tradicional que vale la pena conocer. Aquí les ofrecemos una guía de Montevideo, elaborada por una uruguaya y organizada por zonas, que combina lo tradicional con lo “fuera de ruta” para que ustedes le puedan “sacar el jugo” a su visita. // Montevideo is much more than the “Mercado del Puerto”, the Old City and the “Rambla de Pocitos”. The Uruguayan capital has more attractions than those listed in the classic tourist guides, and neighborhoods outside the traditional circuit that are worth knowing. We offer a Montevideo guide, prepared by a Uruguayan and separated by areas, which combines the traditional with the “out of route” so that you can “get the juice” of your visit.
Primer barrio / First Neigborhood: El centro y la ciudad vieja. Leer más

Ayer, después de haber terminado sus clases de español en nuestra escuela en Montevideo, algunos alumnos visitaron el Palacio Legislativo, la sede del poder legislativo del Uruguay, donde los diputados proyectan leyes y votan su aprobación. Hicieron un recorrido por este edificio construido durante las dos primeras décadas del siglo XX y conocieron cómo es su funcionamiento, quién lo compone y cuál es la historia del sistema parlamentario del Uruguay.  Al terminar la visita caminaron hasta el mercado agrícola,  declarado patrimonio histórico nacional desde el año 1999. Estuvo unos años abandonado y se restauro y modifico en el año 2014, convirtiéndose en un mercado de frutas y verduras entre otras opciones. Disfrutaron de un buen café, que vino muy bien en la tarde lluviosa de ayer.

After finishing the Spanish lessons at our school in Montevideo, some of our students left for a vist to the “Palacio Legislativo” together with a staff member. They attended a guided tour (in Spanish!) at the Palace.
The Palacio Legislativo is the official seat of the legislative power of Uruguay which consists of two chambers: the chamber of representatives and the chamber of senators. The public library inside, is the second most important library in Uruguay.
The construction of the building began in 1908 and took approximately 17 years because it was completely made by hand and the only two materials that were used are granite and marble..
for the current government to legislate. All in all the Palacio Legislativo is really an impressive building and definitely worth a visit! After this visit they walked to the “Mercado Agricula”, housed in a beautiful 100 year historic building. After falling into disrepair, the structure was recently renovated to house food stalls and restaurants, while maintaining the charm and details of the original architecture. The students enjoyed a good coffee, very enjoyable on the rainy afternoon.


Guided tour through the museum of decorative arts, certainly worth a visit. Read more

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