Before I start to describe our time in Rosario I need to mention something that has happened in Rosario since we left (Due to patchy internet I have fallen behind in these posts). A residential building in Rosario exploded last week, I think due to a gas leak, and 21 people have lost their lives and many more are injured. This tragedy has affected friends we made in Rosario and this post is tinged with sadness for those people and the city.
We settled in Rosario to learn Spanish mainly, it sounded like a good city to spend a few weeks in and classes were cheaper than BA. Pete initially contacted Global Idiomas as they did very intensive classes (30 hours a week) however when we tried to find it it didn’t seem to exist and they never replied to our email. So by chance really we ended up with Spanish in Rosario, which maybe was fate, as we had an amazing time there.
Owned by Stephanie and Claudio an American-Argentinian couple the school is really friendly and personal. We took group classes, and due to quiet season,this meant 2 people per class usually,so very good teacher pupil ratio! Classes are three hours, an hour and a half with one teacher, then another. There are only 4 Spanish teachers, so we got to know each other quite well and really enjoyed lessons. We also appreciated how flexible they were; when Egg wanted one on one lessons they rearranged us really quickly.
There was also an emphasis on social stuff; drinks every Wednesday, and a wine tasting (with amazing specially prepared coeliac food), a football match and an asado planned while we were there. Once a month there’s also Barlingual, a sort of language speed dating which I was upset to miss.
So with three hours of class a day,and an hour stroll to the school and back, and homework, that’s most of what we did in Rosario. We also went to a language event that’s weekly in another bar, which I did enjoy, but was mainly to learn English, not Spanish.
We also had our first couch surfing experience here, which was as good as we could have hoped for. Our hosts were so friendly and fun, and made us feel welcome and a part of their lives for that time. We hope to see them again.
So any thing I may have missed: went to some bars, got a bit poorly after drinking too much Fernet (a good strong local spirit), went to less restaurants, went to the river, went to the beach, played on a pedalo for my birthday along with a picnic in the park, had our first Argentinian thunderstorm, learned how to drink mate properly, went to sushi club as an expensive joint birthday treat (the freshest salmon!), danced in an Almodovar themed club, went to a jazz night and just met good people.
We couldn’t squeeze in everything we wanted to do and never managed a proper asado despite some very kind people trying to arrange it, it will have to be next time!