A Language and Cultural Immersion Experience

8/4 REAL TALK WITH JEFF & CARRIE

¿Qué Onda?  Welcome to the last Real Talk with Jeff and Carrie in Argentina. 

After two weeks in Bariloche, we had to say our goodbyes to our favorite coffee shop, Baccio, and to our awesome teachers at La Montaña. At Baccio, we got a picture with the baristas that made us delicious mochas and cappuccinos every day. I guess you can call us coffee connoisseurs. 

 

Friday afternoon, we had a potluck with our teachers at La Montaña. While eating empanadas, we recounted all of the wonderful times we had together.  We would like to sincerely thank the teachers and staff at La Montaña for making our stay at Bariloche a wonderful and enriching experience.

With our bags full of snacks and more empanadas, we began our 24 hour bus ride back to Buenos Aires. Or as we’d like to call it, the Struggle Bus. While most of the group went to sleep, we watched Titanic until past midnight. Fortunately, the trip back to BA seemed to go by much more quickly than the trip to Bariloche.

 

After two and a half weeks, it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to Argentina. It has certainly been a trip we will never forget. We’d like to say thank you to our awesome chaperones, Ms. Plante and Mr. Anselmi for everything that they’ve done to make this trip possible. It wouldn’t have been this great without you, Ms. Plante and Mr. Anselmi.

Because this is our last Real Talk, we thought you’d enjoy this picture some of us enjoying our last night on the roof at the ROCK HOSTEL in Buenos Aires. Until next time, this is J & C signing off.

 

PEACE YOLO ADIOS

 

After our arrival in Buenos Aires and getting checked into the hostel, the group ventured over to San Telmo. San Telmo is a barrio (neighborhood) that is six blocks from Plaza de Mayo and the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It dates back to the 17th century, when it was first home to dockworkers and brick-makers, and later became an industrial area.
Now, San Telmo is in many ways is like The Village in New York. The neighborhood is now part Bohemian and part tango center, filled with blocks and blocks of artisan goods and interesting and eclectic collectables… With two hours to wander and shop, everybody had interesting and fun stories to share for the walk back to the hostel.
After our arrival in Buenos Aires and getting checked into the hostel, the group ventured over to San Telmo. San Telmo is a barrio (neighborhood) that is six blocks from Plaza de Mayo and the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It dates back to the 17th century, when it was first home to dockworkers and brick-makers, and later became an industrial area.
Now, San Telmo is in many ways is like The Village in New York. The neighborhood is now part Bohemian and part tango center, filled with blocks and blocks of artisan goods and interesting and eclectic collectables… With two hours to wander and shop, everybody had interesting and fun stories to share for the walk back to the hostel.

After our arrival in Buenos Aires and getting checked into the hostel, the group ventured over to San Telmo. San Telmo is a barrio (neighborhood) that is six blocks from Plaza de Mayo and the oldest neighborhood in Buenos Aires. It dates back to the 17th century, when it was first home to dockworkers and brick-makers, and later became an industrial area.

Now, San Telmo is in many ways is like The Village in New York. The neighborhood is now part Bohemian and part tango center, filled with blocks and blocks of artisan goods and interesting and eclectic collectables… With two hours to wander and shop, everybody had interesting and fun stories to share for the walk back to the hostel.

8/3 The group made it back to Buenos Aires safely after a 22 hr bus ride on Via Bariloche! One night in BA then back to the US on 8/4!
8/3 The group made it back to Buenos Aires safely after a 22 hr bus ride on Via Bariloche! One night in BA then back to the US on 8/4!

8/3 The group made it back to Buenos Aires safely after a 22 hr bus ride on Via Bariloche! One night in BA then back to the US on 8/4!

8/2 A few photos from our dinner together last night in Bariloche! Today, we will be boarding the Via Bariloche at 2pm to head back to Buenos Aires. We should be arriving between 12pm and 2pm on Sunday. Adios Bariloche! 

A glimpse into today’s last class in Bariloche! A BIG thank you to the wonderful teachers at La Montana! 
A glimpse into today’s last class in Bariloche! A BIG thank you to the wonderful teachers at La Montana! 

A glimpse into today’s last class in Bariloche! A BIG thank you to the wonderful teachers at La Montana! 

7/31 - 8/1 Final Days in Bariloche!!

Hola Amigos,

What a compilation of days we’ve had so far! We danced a Milonga last night, which is like tango, but with a much faster pace. We made a few friends, like our instructor Patricia. We also met a very nice gentleman named Luis.

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With our days in Bariloche numbered, we decided to make our time here memorable. We are striking bonds with teachers and making friends with complete strangers. We are giving it our all and Bariloche isn’t letting us down.

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Nicky, Pedro, and Jake became close with Roberto (on the left) who hails from Brazil and was in the same class as Pedro and Jake. Next to Jake is Gus, a student from Colorado who is also studying at La Montana for the summer. We hope to stay in touch with Roberto y Gus once we make it back to the states. 

Today, was our last day of classes at La Montana and last full day in Bariloche. When classes wrapped up at 1pm we all ate empanadas as a group with our teachers and had a bit of an emotional farewell.

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Around 2pm, we set off for a big lunch as a group to complete some last minute shopping. With all the cool items and traditional pieces, there’s no doubt that we have to take a piece of Argentina home with us.

For example, Amy got a huge jar of Dulce de Leche. (If you don’t know what that is, it’s about the BEST, most delicious thing you will come across around here)

Raf also got some mate— one of the super common drinks down here in Argentina. It’s basically green tea leaves with some hot water, all sipped out of a really cool cup… Can’t wait to take these memories home with us!

Tonight, it’s pouring in Bariloche but it isn’t bringing our spirits down. Right now, we’re all doing last minute packing, playing cards in the common room, making sandwiches for our LONG 22 hour bus ride tomorrow, and dressing up for our last big dinner together as a group. Should be an awesome evening and looking forward to getting back into BA on Sunday.


Adios,

Aimz & Raf

7/30 Dunks and Pedro just hangin’ on the chairlift up to the top of the Cerro Campanario. 
7/30 Dunks and Pedro just hangin’ on the chairlift up to the top of the Cerro Campanario. 

7/30 Dunks and Pedro just hangin’ on the chairlift up to the top of the Cerro Campanario. 

7/30 Our mark was left at Cerro Campanario thanks to Dunks.
7/30 Our mark was left at Cerro Campanario thanks to Dunks.

7/30 Our mark was left at Cerro Campanario thanks to Dunks.

7/30 After a big lunch, Carrie, Jeff, Rafael, Amy, Dunks, Pedro, and Mr. Anselmi went on a two hour tour of the lake area in Bariloche which provided some great views. 
7/30 After a big lunch, Carrie, Jeff, Rafael, Amy, Dunks, Pedro, and Mr. Anselmi went on a two hour tour of the lake area in Bariloche which provided some great views. 

7/30 After a big lunch, Carrie, Jeff, Rafael, Amy, Dunks, Pedro, and Mr. Anselmi went on a two hour tour of the lake area in Bariloche which provided some great views. 

7/30 While Nicky, Jake, and Ms. Plante hit the slopes, the rest of the crew headed to a big lunch at Alto El Fuego. The students and Mr. Anslemi said it wast he best meal they have had thus far, not only for the quality of food, but for the overall authentic experience.