First Barlingual of 2013
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When I moved to Rosario in 2010, I realized that I knew very little about the 3rd largest city in Argentina, some 300 km from Buenos Aires. Sometimes called the little Buenos Aires, Rosario is well known amongst the Argentines but not so much for the rest of the world.
With over a 1million inhabitants and a modern urban development, Rosario has a lot to offer. Whether you are planning your next holiday in Argentina or looking for some information about Rosario, Rosario Connection aims to give you all the information necessary to discover and enjoy the beautiful city of Rosario.
On the first weekend of the year, the city of Rosario hosts its annual boat parade – “La Caravana de los Deseos”
It is always a delightful evening with hundreds of boats on the river Parana. There will be a concert by the Argentine artists – Macaferri y Asociados.
The event usually closes after the massive firework display near the National Flag Memorial.
Summer in Rosario tends to be quite warm (with temperature above 30C (85F+) with a high level of humidity). This is the best time of the year to check out the river front, water sport activities and the various beaches.
The Island (La Isla) – this is the place where Rosarinos spend their weekends. Whether you go with someone on a private boat or you take the ferry boat to one of the “paradors”, you will most certainly spend an amazing moment on the island.
Perfect summer day in Rosario:
1/2 day Kayak in the morning – with Animo (Leo is a great guide and will only accept small groups)
Lunch at one of the best fish restaurants in Rosario – Escauriza Parrilla Restaurante or at one of the smaller fish restaurants in the Florida area.
Afternoon on the beach at the Florida private beach or in one of the private clubs such as the Rosario Yacht Club – amazing swimming pool overlooking the river. These places are members club so to get in you will need to pay the visitors entry fee. Once inside you will have access to the swimming pool, bar and restaurant.
Evening drinks at the very popular Natural Mystic along the beach or the Mojito Beach Bar.
Horse riding on the Island in the morning (again ask Leo at Animo for information and to book a tour)
Lunch on the island at one of the restaurants (from typical bar food (sandwiches, burgers and salads) to full on asado).
Spend the rest of the day at on the island and take the last ferry around 7pm.
Evening drinks at one of the bars at the Fluvial port or at the trendy VIP bar near the National Flag Memorial.
Rosario could be divided up in 4 areas and depending on your interest or the weather you could explore a zone in half a day.
This is my personal favourite! I invite you to discover Rosario and its river.
You could start the walk near the National Flag Memorial ( make sure to take the time to go up the Memorial and admire the vast sandbanks across the city), then down to the Fluvial Port. There, you can stop for a quick coffee or a bit to eat at one of the cafes alongside the river. Then follow the river, pass the Tourist Information Centre and the beautiful building of the Customs. Then you will reach the lower part of the Spanish Park and its brand new promenade, complete with the design museum, a children’s play area and an outdoor skating rink.
Up the steps will be the upper part of the Spanish Park, with another nice selection of cafes and restaurants (most of the them with terrace overlooking the river), the perfect spot for lunch, for an afternoon drink or a refreshing ice cream.
Our walk will finish at the former grain silos ( Silos Davis) transformed into the City Modern Art Museum. It is worth mentioning these 2 nice establishments, Queens River and Davis.
Here are some of the highlights of this walk: (Fluvial Port, Spanish Park, Steps of the Spanish Park and the Modern Art Museum (MACRO))
The final game of the Rugby Championship will witness the Pumas and Australia Wallabies in Rosario. The game takes place in Rosario’s Gigante Arroyito Stadium on Saturday 6th October 2012.
Game: Argentina vs Australia
Date: Saturday 6th Octobre 2012
Time: 8.10pm, local time – (GMT-3)
The Stadium “Estadio Gigante de Arroyito” is located approx 7 km away from the city centre going towards the Florida beach.
How to get to the Stadium:
- Taxi – approx 20 min from city centre
The weekend of 6th and 7th October is actually a long weekend as Monday 8th October is a national holiday in Argentina, a commemoration of the Día de la Raza celebrating the diverse heritage of Latin America.
And there will be various special events taking place around this long weekend:
On Wednesay 3rd October at 9pm at the beautiful Teatro El Circulo (Laprida/Mendoza)
Evening visits of the National Flag Memorial Friday and Saturday from 8pm until 9.30pm - $15 entry fee
On Saturday 6th October at 10.30am, there will another edition of the Rosario Free Tour like every Saturday morning. The free tour will start on the Plaza 25 de Mayo, just behind the National Flag Memorial and will show you the best parts of the city of Rosario for approx. 2 hours.
Rosario as the Argentine capital of ice-cream will be celebrating its favourite local specialities: Artisanal Ice-cream.
During this 2 day festival, taking place in the park in front of the National Flag Memorial, you will be able to sample many varieties of ice-cream (and of course the dozens of variations of Dulce de Leche!) .
It will run Saturday and Sunday from 3pm until 10pm and will close on Sunday night with a firework.
- South American Salsa Championship 2012
Taking place on the esplanade of the National Flag Memorial from 7pm on Sunday 7th October, a dozen of Argentines dancers will compete to represent Argentina at the South American Salsa Championship.
Do not hesitate to get in touch if you want more information about any of these activities or other activities in and around Rosario.
Very often I get asked the same question about meeting new people in Rosario and particularly meeting expats or English-speaking people in Rosario (American, Canadian, Irish, British, Australian, Dutch, Japanese, French, Belgian, you name it!).
So I have decided to give you my 4.5 tips if you want to meet Expats in Rosario.
1 – Learn Spanish at my favourite school in Rosario as soon as you arrive and you are bound to meet many travellers and local expats.
2 – Attend one the events organised by Barlingual (bilingual events English/Spanish) and spend a fun evening speaking with a mix of expats and local residents.
3 - Attend one of the intercambios, multi-language exchange night, which usually take place on Tuesdays at the “Chamuyera” Bar – (Corrientes 1380) - more info
4 - Check out on Google for blogs written by expats living in Rosario (there are quite a few) and why not get in touch with them.
4.5 – Organise your own event and get in touch with people directly. (There is nothing easier than that with Facebook, Twitter, Couch Surfing forum, expat forums, etc…) For instance, 4 months ago I decided to start my own expat meet up (French speaking people living in Rosario) and we now meet on the first Thursday of the month for a fun night where we share our stories, meet new people and of course speak French!!!
So make sure to check out these tips and get in touch if you want to know more about expats in Rosario.