Copado is Argentine slang for cool. Buenos Aires Spanish is full of slang that only locals understand, but fortunately Nan and I met wonderful students today, in Instituto Parroquial San Pedro Claver, who taught us lots of new words.
We had such a fantastic visit, a wonderful exchange. It was like educational ping pong because everytime we told them about Ireland, they taught us something new about Argentina.
We chatted to all the students and talked about rugby so they showed us one girl who had gone to London to be the official mascot for the Pumas – All Blacks match. Wow!!
They told us all about football and showed us their impressive hand-made models of the big football stadiums. We learned about Boca Juniors, River Plate, Tigre and the Pope`s favourite team San Lorenzo.
We told them all about hurling and showed the students this great video by Eamonn.
They thought hurling looked pretty tough but not as difficult as pato, which looks like basketball on horseback.
They gave us such a wonderfully warm welcome and performed traditional dances for us.
The students and teachers sang cumbia and rock songs.
We showed them clips from River Dance and the Kilfenora Ceili Band.
They had cooked and baked typical Argentinian foods that morning before school and fed us all day. Their food was so tasty!
The whole experience was cool… I mean copado!!!