Although I have had previous experience of living in Argentina, coming to Buenos Aires was at first a bit daunting. It is such a huge city, and the pace of life here and the speed in which the Argentines speak does take some getting used to. I arrived at my residence and immediately felt at home, the people were friendly and before I knew it I was one of the family.
Since day one when I showed up to the office, I have been so impressed with the level of care shown by the staff at Elebaires. The organisation of the classes and the afternoon activities is impeccable and everyone is so welcoming whatever level of spanish you are at, so even if you are a beginner and can barely string a sentence together the fact that everyone is so friendly makes it easier.
The lessons really are tailored to your level and although I can speak spanish my grammar is appalling so in my classes we tend to focus more on grammatical points.
Elebaires students will come to realise that Wednesday nights mean boliche time and we all head to Boutique (having got free entradas from Christian) for a night of dancing but somehow almost always we make it to class on Thursday morning (albeit maybe a bit hungover). The laidback atmosphere of the classes makes it not feel like school at all so everything is more relaxed and enjoyable.
If you are bored on a Sunday I would definitely recommend going to the ‘feria’ in San Telmo, where lots of treasures can be found, and obviously you have to experience a night watching Tango, the famous dance of Argentina.
As a vegetarian coming to Buenos Aires I am not surrounded by places to eat but there are many restaurants that do great dishes suitable. There is a little vegetarian place just around the corner from the school that is super cheap and does take-away which is great. Oui Oui in Palermo is a
great place to go for a french-style meal and my meat-eating friends all rave about La Cabrera in Palermo Soho for a good fill of steak.