Introducing Mystery Class #1
Buenos Aires, Argentina 34.600 S, 58.450 W
We are 2 brothers, Roby (7th Grader) and Tommy (4th Grader) from Buenos Aires, capital
city of Argentina, the southernmost country of the Americas. Buenos Aires is a big
city of approximately 10 million inhabitants and we live in a northwestern suburb,
which grew with the influx in the 20s and 30s of European immigrants, mainly Germans.
And this is probably a distinctive feature of Argentina among the Latin American
nations. Most Argentines have European roots, with Italy and Spain being the nations
that contributed most to our population. There's a saying around here which tells
that Argentines are Spanish speaking Italians :-)
Roby and Tommy
We visit a bilingual school, where we learn according to the official Argentine curriculum
in Spanish and German as a second language. For this reason, our school receives
support from Germany, including German teachers. English is also a part of our learning
program. Besides, we can freely choose among other extra activities, like athletics,
chess, handball, etc.
As we are in the southern hemisphere, our school period starts on March 1st till
the end of November, with 3 weeks Winter holidays in July. Don't think that in July
we are covered with snow, in fact, it never snows in Buenos Aires. Winters are very
mild and Summers quite hot. Don't forget that our latitude is approx. 34 ° S.
We usually spend our Summer holidays at the beach, which is 400 km away on the Atlantic
Ocean, southeast of B.A.. If we wanted to go to the mountains, we would need to travel
at least 700 km south to Sierra de la Ventana, which in Spanish means "Window
Mountain", as the wind eroded the rock for millions of years and made a hole
at the top of that mountain, which looks like a real window from the mountain's foot.
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As to the city of Buenos Aires itself, it has a high Obelisk on one of its main avenues,
the Avenida Corrientes, similar to Washington DC's, and along this avenue many cinemas,
theaters and restaurants are favorite places for "porteños" to go
out. "Porteño" derives from the word port, as Buenos Aires has a big
port on the shores of the Río de la Plata and therefore our city's inhabitants
receive that name: "porteño = port people".
The flat countryside surrounding us is a very fertile land called "Pampa",
known for its excellent crops of wheat, soya, sunflower and also for cattle raising.
Maybe you've heard about Argentine beef, one of the best in the world. A traditional
Argentine meal related to cow meat is called "asado" or barbeque, roasted
on charcoal. Delicious!
Regarding Argentina, we can say that it's a relatively big country, second to Brazil
in South America, with approx. 2.7 million km2 and 35 million inhabitants, a third
of which lives in Buenos Aires and surroundings. We are all predominantly Catholic
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We received our Christian beliefs mainly from Spain, the country that with Portugal
colonized Latin America, from Mexico down to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina.
And as we mention Tierra del Fuego, an Argentinian province, it's worth mentioning
that its capital city, Ushuaia, is the southernmost city in the world, looking to
the waters of the Beagle channel and further south, the Drake passage, that links
the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
Well, we hope that we gave you an idea of what it looks like down here and wish all
the participants of Mystery Class, students and teachers, joy and success with this
interesting learning experience.
Roby (11), Tommy (8) and Carlos (Dad)
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