Sarah’s Snapshots – La Redonda in Santa Fe Argentina

My host sister here in Argentina works at a local community centre that I’ve visited multiple times. An old converted train station, La Redonda is now an art and public centre that’s open on the weekends and during holidays. It’s great for kids, with plenty of arts and crafts activities located along the walls, and also serves as an awesome place for teens and adults to come to hang out and drink maté. Personally, I like doing some of the crafts as well.

La Redonda, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

Some of the board games in La Redonda. My favourite was when I played Guess Who the first time in Spanish.

The centre is shaped like a giant U, with a small section coming out off the bottom of the U as the main entrance. The place is massive, and most days is packed. My host sister said that during the winter they can have up to 20,000 people there every day.

Close up of the brick wall in La Redonda, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

A part of the brick wall at La Redonda. Because it was converted from an out-of-use train station, much of the wall is original.

Leonardo Da Vinci swing, La Redonda, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

As a public art centre La Redonda also displays ideas and inspirations from artists in history including the famous Leonardo Da Vinci and his flying machines. There’s also a swing similar to this, but the line was so long to get on it that we gave up.

The amount of effort that goes into the activities and decorations for La Redonda is impressive. My favourites are the Leonardo Da Vinci displays, including massive wooden boards about his inventions and discoveries, interactive exhibits like the flying machine in the photo above, quill and ink writing, and even being able to make your own wings with sticks and fabric.

Galaxy on the wall, La Redonda, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

One of the windows by a constellation activity was painted to look like the night sky.

La Redonda, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

This is one of my exchange student friends inside a cluster of strings. There were multiple types of these, each with a specific colour. People could write on the pieces of paper the thoughts they had about that colour.

I’ve visited La Redonda with quite a few other exchange students and we normally spend the afternoon here. We also hang out on the grass outside. I’ve been there enough times and am unique with my New Zealand accent that a lot of the employees recognise me when I sit down at their activities, which is fun. I’ve also had several small kids come and talk to me about New Zealand and about why I’m here in Argentina.

Hanging bottles of sand, La Redonda, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

We could pour coloured sand from different rivers around Argentina into bottles and then hang them up on the wall.

The beach, La Redonda, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

Unlike New Zealand, Argentina has few beaches. Therefore most people have never actually ever been to one. One corner of La Redonda created its own beach, and sometimes they even project video of the ocean onto the big white screen.

Something that’s been very interesting to me is how normal it is not to have the ocean nearby. Santa Fe is situated on a large river, and the water level has finally dropped from summer so we have a sort of beach now, but it’s certainly not somewhere you’d go to walk (or swim). I’ve found that having the ocean as a novelty has been a rather subtle change.

Weaving in La Redonda, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

We also got to try weaving in a section of La Redonda that was filled with pillows and string. This square took me between half an hour and an hour to do. Naturally, I couldn’t keep it as they reuse the materials.

Break dancers in La Redonda, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

La Redonda also attracts a lot of visitors, including these break dancers. They’ve been there almost every single time I’ve gone, and it’s always interesting to watch them.

The people that La Redonda gets are exceedingly interesting as well. I’m always seeing break dancers there, as well as the odd musician, and people on professional photo shoots.

Leonardo Da Vinci, La Redonda, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

Some old cupboards on display in the Leonardo Da Vinci section.

La Redonda at dusk, Santa Fe, Argentina. Photo copyright ©Sarah Albom 2016

Looking outside La Redonda at dusk. The grassy area is great for sitting and chatting during the day, and it continues on into a large field off to the right.

This post marks exactly 4 months since the start of my exchange. It’s been going amazingly so far, although my Spanish is coming along slower than I would have liked. I’m starting to feel very comfortable in my host family’s home, and days feel like normal life now. I don’t miss New Zealand very much, or at least a lot less than I thought I would. I talk to my family in New Zealand every week, and I keep them updated with what I’ve been doing. The food here is absolutely delicious!

What do you think of La Redonda? What type of community centre does your town have?

This post is linked at Photo Friday, Weekend Blog Party at Sincerely Paula, Saturday Snapshots at West Metro Mommy Reads, and Sunday’s in My City at the Unknown Mami.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Sarah – it sounds as though you’re benefiting hugely, while offering much to the Argentinians, who might never get a chance to travel as you have done … it’d be good if you could get them to do short projects on different countries … which they could keep as a reference tool for future participants …

    Enjoy and just push that Spanish! the next languages will come more easily … lucky girl – lots of opportunities awaiting you … La Redonda is a great place for the locals … cheers Hilary

  2. says

    Your photos are quite interesting Sarah. I thought the cluster of strings was intreguing to me. Well done. Your mother must be very proud of you and your ability.

    Have a great Sunday everyone. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  3. says

    What a lovely post about you, Argentina and the community center. I’m glad things are going well for you. That helps a great deal. It’s so important for kids to have a positive place to go and have fun.

    Have a fabulous day. 🙂

  4. says

    This sounds like a real community centre, a place with something for everyone. I can’t imagine how big it must be to have 20,000 people visit in a day. As always, your photos are wonderful and help to tell the story.

  5. says

    This place looks awesome! I love the pics, especially the Da Vinci flying machine, the hanging green artwork, the break dancers, and the sandy beach. Incredible!

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