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- Opting for three weeks of Spanish study at Academia Uruguay in February was one of the best decisions I made for my 6 weeks of travel in South America, and it kicked my year off to a great start. I was so happy with my experience at the Academia – a perfect blend of learning and yet still a relaxed pace (as long as you’re willing to speak Spanish in class for 4 hours a day!). The school is conveniently located in Ciudad Vieja, super easy to get to, and in a great area with plenty of restaurants and cafes nearby as well as a pedestrian zone a couple of blocks away (my AirBnB in Palermo had a bike available, so I even biked along the Rambla to school a few times, but also a nice 25-30 minute walk or quick bus ride).
The classes at Academia Uruguay were fantastic and exactly what I was looking for on a bit of a studycation. :) My goal going into classes was to really work on my conversational skills and brush up a bit on grammar, and that was exactly what I got! A heavy emphasis on conversation while simultaneously digging into grammar as needed to tailor to the needs of the students in our small class (there were only four students at the beginning, and three of us after the first week). The small class sizes allowed for more personalized instruction, and our teacher Lucia was my absolute favorite! Warm, friendly, relatable, and super knowledgeable and quick to adapt to our specific questions and needs when it came to grammar. I heard similar positive comments about other friends’ instructors in different classes as well, and also had a great experience when we switched instructors for a few sessions during the shortened Carnaval class week (a strategy the Academia employed to help break up 6-hour class days during the shortened 4-day instruction week).
Another favorite part of my time at the Academia was the mix of students there. With students from all over the globe and a pretty wide variety of ages, it was super easy to find people who wanted to stick with speaking Spanish all day, including during the breaks and once the 4 hours of intensive classes had ended. As I was there during Carnaval, it was also a ton of fun to find fellow travelers at the school to go experience Carnaval events and other sights together. The school also organized two excursions a week that offered a nice variety of activities and locations. Our guide, Fernanda, was wonderful to talk with and adapted beautifully to all the differing levels of Spanish among the students who would join. The staff and instructors were also very helpful in spreading the word about various recommended events so that we could make the most of the Carnaval experience during the month.
I highly recommend Academia Uruguay for Spanish study. Classes were both challenging and fun, and an excellent opportunity especially if you want to really improve your speaking and listening skills.Written 21 April 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Nice place to dance Salsa and Bachata and learn how to do it . Very friendly people and good drinks.Written 14 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- On Sunday 26th January 2020, I went to JovenTango’s Sunday show, called “Café Concert”, in the Mercado del Inmigrante on the corner of San Jose (street) and Aquiles Lanza (street) in Montevideo.
JovenTango’s function room is just behind the overhead monitor screen in the food hall of the Mercado. I entered a little before the start time of 8.00 PM and paid 260 Uruguayan pesos (~5GBP, 6US$); this included entry to the milonga after the show. Two tiers of tables and chairs were arranged around the centre of the room with a line of chairs against the wall behind them. All the tables had reserved notices on them.
I ordered a beer from the bar. I had to pay cash as the bar/kitchen did not have a credit card machine. [If you pay for food and/or drink with a non-Uruguayan credit or debit card, you are not charged the 22% tax the Uruguayans pay.] There was no printed menu; the waitress told me what was available, but my Spanish was not up to making a considered choice.
Gradually the room filled up with upward of 60 mainly elderly locals, and the waitresses were busy taking orders and bringing food and drinks to their tables. The show lasted an hour and a half. Two singers sang and told jokes in Spanish, and, two or three times, the same pair of dancers demonstrated tango dances. It was not possible to see the feet of the dancers when standing against the wall; the view was blocked by the tables in front.
After the show, most of the spectators left and the tables were removed from the room. [I went to eat in the food hall where all the food and drink counters took credit cards for even small transactions.]
When I returned to the room, the milonga had begun and the room was comfortably full of younger people. The DJ played traditional music, and the tune currently being played was shown on a large monitor screen, together with the names of the other tunes in the current tanda. In the intervals between tandas, the screen showed whether the next tanda would be tango, vals or milonga. It also showed the names of all the tunes in that tanda.
There are two supporting pillars to navigate around on the Kupay wood floor. The floor-craft was good, the music was good, and the ladies I danced with were excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the milonga that lasted until 1.00 AM. I shall go again the next time I am in Montevideo.Written 7 May 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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