Follow the group of 10 CESJDS High School Spanish students, and their teachers, as they travel around Argentina through their student blog! This trip is designed to explore the life and culture of Buenos Aires, including Jewish Buenos Aires, to gain first-hand experience with a Spanish-speaking country, and to visit a Jewish day school and be hosted for a night by a Jewish day school family.
This morning, I boarded Tino's cute blue bus and traveled to la Boca. Jessie explained that the tenements, conventillos, in the port neighborhood were made of materials from disassembled ships, and its signature colorful buildings were painted by an artist in the early 20th century. After walking through the brightly painted houses and a local indoor market complete with open-air Argentinian cow butchering, the group stopped for café and delicious dulce da leche-filled alfajores thanks to Senora Kijak. We were all dismayed to learn that the museum we had planned to visit was closed for Flag Day. We then traveled to the state memorial for people kidnapped during Argentina's dictatorships and enjoyed our lunches in the balmy weather, passing through Buenos Aires' most chic neighborhood, Puerto Madero, on the way. Then we went to a historic book store. The group then enjoyed Freddo's gelato at a local mall and indulged in some retail therapy. We walked home, dropped our purchases, then regrouped to eat the best Margherita pizza I've ever had. We gussied ourselves up and boarded the bus again to see a tango performance. The musicians, dancers, and Mica's serenade by a singer were all incredible, but my favorite part was the indigenous musicians — their performance was infectiously fun and high energy. Everyone was in a great mood when we got back on the bus and we're all looking forward to another thrilling, jam-packed day tomorrow.