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By this Author: Macachae

letter from a volunteer in Salta

We left our Mosconi family, with a sad goodbye and our glasses covering our eyes. The last month we became very close,living and learning from each other. I was especially fond of “La Tia” the aunt and mother figure of the family. I found out that because women can do two things at once (males are unable to do this because of the way there brain functions… not my words by the way) they played a huge role in the household. My favourite area of the house was the kitchen.

Apparently there were very few people allowed in that area, as La Tia previously was a cook and ran a restaurant from home, so I felt very special. I wrote down recipes and my spanish vocabulary was initially kitchen based. I may not have been able to ask for directions but I could cut a potato. My love for food has increase with the knowledge of Argentinian cooking and unfortunately the chiefs eat the food so has my waist size…hahah so so worth it. We were at asado (Argentinas most splendid way of cooking meat and eating an abundance of salads and vegs) and I was asked by one of the guests if I was pregnant (everyone was eating a lot, I think it was cause I was a foreigner and I could eat a lot… my family had already experienced that so it was a running joke), I just smiled and kept feeding my little food baby.

I would just like to say that without you my Argentinian experience would not have been the same. Not only did you provide me with drive and direction to learn spanish in BA. You opened up to me a world I would have never experienced travelling hostel to hostel. You family are the most wonderful people. To open up your home to complete strangers and to make them feel completely loved and comfortable is a credit to their support for you and the success of your vision. Everything was how you explained it sitting in that cafe in BA. You were accommodating to the needs of the individual which made for a very personal program. You gave us an opportunity to work within your community, an impact that we will never see but the memories we will talk about for years (I have already got my brother on to building an asado bbq for my return, now all I need is Argentinian meat). Thank you for your vision, for allowing me to be apart of it and for giving me an insight into your very special world.

You and your family will be missed By Sarah-Jane Brennan

Posted by Macachae 19:27 Archived in Argentina Comments (0)

Teaching English ... Learning Spanish

Why should you be a volunteer?

learning to cook empanadas with salteñas ladies in a farm in General Mosconi, Salta
cooking Empanadas in Salta

cooking Empanadas in Salta

Here Sarah from Australia is learning to prepare humitas and sharing a traditional birthday party with locals
cooking humitas in salta

cooking humitas in salta

Aussie in Salta are teaching English at elemmentary schools and learnig Spanish with a local teacher

Posted by Macachae 11:42 Archived in Argentina Comments (2)

El otro obelisco

El obelisco de San Telmo

El obelisco de San Telmo

walking around San Telmo you can see this Obelisco decorated with "tribal" symbols!!

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Dengue in Argentina


How can you prevent or help locals teaching them prevention actions:

  • Turn pails and watering cans over and store them under shelter.
  • Remove water in plant pot plates. Clean and scrub the plate thoroughly to move mosquito eggs. Avoid the use of plant pot plates, if possible.
  • Loosen soil from potted plants to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water on the surface of the hardened soil.
  • Do not block the flow of water in scupper drains along common corridors in HDB estates. Avoid placing potted plants and other paraphernalia over the scupper drains.
  • Cover rarely used gully traps. Replace the gully trap with non-perforated ones and install anti-mosquito valves.
  • Cover bamboo pole holders after use. Rainwater can potentially accumulate in these bamboo pole holders if they are uncovered and create a habitat.
  • No tray or receptacles should be placed beneath and or/ on top of any air-conditioning unit so as not to create a condition favourable for mosquito breeding.

Every other day

  • Change water in flower vases. Clean and scrub the inner sides of vases. Wash roots of flowers and plants thoroughly as mosquito eggs can stick to them easily.

Once a week

  • Clear fallen leaves and stagnant water in your scupper drains and garden. These leaves could collect water or cause blockages to the drains, thus resulting in the buildup of stagnant water.
  • Clear any stagnant water in your air cooler unit.

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Filete Porteño

Body painting


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Dayly market in Buenos Aires

Calle Peru

If you already are planning a walk around downtown Buenos Aires visiting Casa Rosada, the cathedral, Cabildo house and the golden room at Casa de la cultura... your steps will guide you to a colorful open market at Perú pedestrian street ... the unique artisanal market running on week.
Si ya estás planenando una caminata alrededor del centro de Buenos Aires visitando La Casa Rosado, La catedral, El cabildo y el salón dorado de la casa de la cultura... tus paso te guiarán a un colorido mercado abiero en la calle peatonal : Perú... Es el unico mercado artesanal que funciona en la semana.
where last minute souveniers shopping and a nice talk is wainting for you... Artisans will help you to practice Spanish or you´ll be sorprise meeting people already stayed in your country and speak your language: Hebrew, English, Portuguese and more...
En donde las compras de recuerdos de ultimo minuto y una agradable conversación te esperan... Los artesanos te ayudarán a practicar Español y te sorprenderás de encontrar a personas que ya estuvieron en tu país y hablan tu idioma: Hebreo, Inglés, portugués y más...

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Searching for a DT in Argentina

futbol, soccer

Do you like soccer?? are you learning spanish language? Here you have a reading example in preterite tense

"Basile in Past tense"

El técnico Alfio Basile presentó anoche su renuncia irrevocable como seleccionador argentino.

La Federación Argentina de Fútbol (AFA) tuvo que aceptarla.

"Presentó su renuncia de carácter indeclinable, fundamentada en motivos personales, al presidente de esta casa, Julio Humberto Grondona, quien aceptó la decisión", expresó la AFA en un comunicado.

La renuncia vino tras la derrota de la selección el pasado miércoles 1-0 en Chile.

Argentina ganó sólo cuatro partidos en las eliminatorias para el Mundial de Sudáfrica 2010.

Alfil Basile sumó 14 victorias, ocho empates y seis derrotas en 28 partidos con la selección desde el 2006.

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Malaria in Argentina


The lady President Cistina de kirchner said in Río Negro:... " La malaria les llegó a todos" , tranquil@... tranquil@! you don´t need vaccination for this one!

"Malaria" means bad time or specifically "economic crisis".

Although the problem is here in present she used Future tense when she said her government "tomará todas las medidas y recurrirá a todos los instrumentos necesarios para preservar el trabajo de los argentinos, la inversión de los empresarios y de los comerciantes". listen and watch the audio:


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Argentinian banknote and San Martín

Spanish language: Ser

José de San Martín (25 February 1778 – 17 August 1850) Argentine general in 1817, he crossed the Andes from Mendoza to Chile, in 29 days.He is regarded as one of the Liberators of Spanish South America. He is the national hero of Argentina..and he said:

Ser feliz Es imposible, presenciando los males que afligen a la desgracia de América


La marcha de todo Estado ES muy lenta; si se precipita, sus consecuencias SON funestas.

La biblioteca ES destinada a la ilustración universal, más poderosa que nuestros ejércitos para sostener la independencia.

Si SOMOS libres, todo nos sobra.

SERÁS lo que debas SER, si no, ERES nada.

Mi objetivo desde la revolución no ha SIDO otro que el bien y felicidad de nuestra patria.

ES necesario tener toda la filosofía de un Séneca, o la impudicia de un malvado para SER indiferente a la calumnia.


  • Portraits of General San Martin in argentinians banknotes

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Tango... tengo... tenga

tango and subjunctive mood

La clase de Tango es un buen lugar para escuchar y practicar el modo subjuntivo en presente del idioma Español... Escuchamos frases como:

  • El profesor me ha recomendado que compre unos zapatos cómodos.
  • Mi amiga me ha dicho que tome clases tres veces por semana como mínimo.
  • Una tanguera de ley me ha sugerido que escuche y estudie los tangos que me gustan.
  • La profesora me recomendo que vaya a las milongas y que visite las autenticas en los barrios.
  • La recepcionista de la escuela de tango me pidió que reserve la clase con tiempo por teléfono.
  • El profesor me dijo que es preciso que tenga paciencia.
  • Me recomendó que haga elongación y yoga.
  • Mi novio argentino me sugirió que ponga ganas.
  • Mi compañera dijo que tal vez tengamos una clase grupal.
  • Pienso que quizas esa clase sea mañana.
  • Es necesario que lleve mis zapatos.

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