Saturday, May 28, 2011

Argentinean Slang - Part II

These are some argentinean words (very informal) that will help you out in your trip:

- "Chabón / Pibe": Guy.

- "Joder": To have fun, to bother somebody.  It doesn´t have the same meaning than in Spain.

- "Boliche": Disco.

- "Guita": Money.

- "Tipo/a": Men, Lady.

- "Barrio": Neighbourhood.

- "Gringo": Foreigner who speaks with a difficult accent to understand for those who only speak spanish.

- "Choripán": Sandwich made of bread and argentinean pork sausage.

- "Birra": Beer.

- "Mina": Lady.

Accommodatin in Buenos Aires City: Buenos Aires Apartments , Hostel Buenos Aires , Residencia Universitaria Capital Federal

Monday, May 23, 2011

Argentinean Slang - Part I

These are some argentinean words (very informal) that will help you out in your trip:

- "Bondi": Argentinean friendly meaning to say bus.

- "Zarpado": Someone who goes beyond the limits.

- "Estar en pedo": To be drunk.

- "Estar al pedo": Not to have anything to do.

- "Pasea perros": Person who works walking dogs.  You must have seen them in Buenos Aires City with many dogs.

- "Trucho": Fake (but in the argentinean style).

- " Embole": A boring moment.

- "Che": Expression used to refer to someone.

- "Boludo": Light insult, which is used among friends.

- "Colectivo": Bus.

- "Quilombo": A big big mess.

- "Porteño": Person who was born in Buenos Aires City.

Accommodation in Buenos Aires City: Buenos Aires Apartments , Hostel Buenos Aires , Residencia Universitaria Capital Federal

Monday, May 16, 2011

Monserrat Neighbourhood

Plaza de Mayo
Before becoming the main stage of Argentine independence, the neighbourhood of Monserrat, with Plaza de Mayo as starting point, was the spot chosen by Juan de Garay for the city´s second founding.  The firstcomer from Spain was Pedro de Mendoza, who despite his efforts for civilising the natives and organising a precarious harbour, died on his way back to his motherland, without having reached any of his goals.

In 1580, Juan de Garay landed on the Río de la Plata´s shores, scarce metres from what he called the Plaza Mayor and proclaimed as the first public square.  The social scene of Colonial Buenos Aires started to build itself around it: here, masses were celebrated, the first public market as well as the first bulls arena were opened and prisoners on death row were hanged.  On the streets around it the first fort and temple were built to the purpose of protecting the square from being buffeted by time and battles.  One of the oldest constructions stood where today stands the Metropolitan Cathedral, it was a tiny mud chapel whose first mass was attended by Juan de Garay as only witness.

After the first Spanish colony settled a great congregation of Jesuit monks put into these shores intent on converting the natives.  It was thus that in 1661 they settled in a convent by the Plaza Mayor.  This place is called today the "Manzana de las Luces".  In time, the jesuits left the country but the building stayed behind, its underground tunnels still stand.

But the historic value of this area was based on the events that cemented Argentine history as a nation: the british invasions and the Mayo Revolution.  The first event took place in 1806 and 1807 when English soldiers attempted to occupy these lands.  On both occasions the city merchants and urban militia defeated the enemy and in this way prevented a second colonisation.  The stage for these battles was the Plaza Mayor (current "Plaza de Mayo") and buildings around it, such as the Cabildo and the San Ignacio Church.

Keys to moving round Monserrat:

Location:  To the north of Belgrano Ave. and west of Puerto Madero.
Main arteries: De Mayo Ave., Rivadavia Ave., Bolívar, Belgrano Ave. and Alsina st.
How to get there: buses 130, 152, 10, 17, 22, and A subway line.
Best time to visit: During daytime to take in the architecture.
Neighbourhood corner: De Mayo Ave. and Bolívar.

Accommodation: Buenos Aires Apartments , Hostel Buenos Aires , Residencia Universitaria Capital Federal

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Palermo Viejo Neighbourhood

"A whole block, but in the midst of the fields, open to auroras, rains, "sudestadas".  The even block that withstands in my neighbourhood, Guatemala, Serrano, Paraguay and Gurruchaga", wrote Jorge Luis Borges, illustrious neighbourhood dweller, in his "Fundación mítica de Buenos Aires".  From those verses to the actual flourishing Palermo Viejo, Borges ´s vision of the fields has changed substantially, populating the open green spaces with boutiques, design stores, bars and trendy restaurants.
Plaza Cortazar

A walk along "Plaza Cortázar" gives us a glimpse of a few of the varied restaurants of fusion or ethniccuisine, which, during weekends, fill with hangers loaded with clothes by young designers.  A sea of people floods the streets and shops in the area, where colours, fabrics and models are ranged in the ranks of originality and design.  Beyond this epicentre, on neighbouring streets, designers of longer standing and renown have set up their own stores where party dreeses, shoes and exclusive skirts and underwear are in constant demand by women of varied styles.  And not to forget those selling novelty furniture, objetcts and accessories.

Shops in Cordoba Ave.
Córdoba avenue is yet another walk that depicts the neighbourhood´s identity.  A huge number of shops, standing side by side, offer clothes by first quality comercial brands.  A detailed inspection within these shops may lead to the discovery of garments from last season or with some minute flaw, which makes them more affordable.

The gastronomic offer deserves its own separate space, which from mid 90´s developed remarkable strength.  There´s no street in Palermo lacking some bar-restaurant offering a unique, original and striking aesthetic, in its decor as much as its dishes.  A common feature they share are their terraces or patios.  The theme, passing a pleasant while, enfolded by soft background music and the fragrance of some neighbouring tree.

Gastronomic offer in Palermo Viejo
Keys to moving round Palermo Viejo:

Location: Between Córdoba, Juan B. Justo, Santa Fe and Scalabrini Ortiz avenues.
Main arteries: Córdoba Ave., Scalabrini Ortíz Ave., Thames and Serrano.
How to get there: Buses 57, 140, 151, and D subway line.
Best time to visit: On weekends, for the design fair.
Neighbourhood corner: Serrano and Honduras.

Accommodation: Buenos Aires Apartments , Hostel Buenos Aires , Residencia Universitaria Buenos Aires