Getting Schooled in Buenos Aires
In order to reassure everyone that I am doing more here in Buenos Aires than dancing until dawn, spending all my money at the ferias and chasing after the argentinas I thought I would let you know a bit about how I spend the daytime hours during the week.
The monday after I arrived in Bs As, I began intensive Spanish class at the University of Belgrano. The school is a short walk (about 8-10 blocks) from my house. There are a few different buildings, but only one main place where I attend my class. It is an interesting spot, more akin to an office building than a school, that towers over you as you approach it from the street.
My classroom is on the 10th floor. The elevators for the students don’t stop on every floor, so I get off at the 12th and walk down. The faculty elevators make all the stops, but to be caught using one of those means being chastised in rapid porteño spanish that makes you feel as if you had committed some heinous crime against humanity.
Once I make it to the classroom, without being verbally abused if I have not strayed from the designated path. I am greeted with a view of the city that is quite distracting. It is difficult to concentrate on the intricacies of some of the most difficult concepts of the Spanish language when you are staring out into a vast urban landscape and daydreaming of the endless adventures that await you there.
On the first monday of classes, a mob of hundreds of loud and obnoxious american students descended upon the university and took placement tests to determine what level of class they would take. After that, they divided us up into classes of varying numbers (mine has about 14) and began the process of cramming our skulls with as much information as they can throw at us in what little time we have.
My professors are nice enough, but I would much rather be out amongst the natives and learning first hand than going over grammar exercises. For this reason, I have not been too worried about my class. I show up on time, do the work, and wait impatiently for the time to come when I will once again be let loose upon the city…