People often say the most memorable Behind the Scenes experiences are the hands-on classes and workshops with local artisans, craftspeople, restaurant chefs, and village cooks. Most trips include this type of engaging experience; see photos here of BTSA travelers creating beautiful things and delicious dishes!
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Morocco: We make a superb lunch in our Marrakech cooking class. First we watch how bread is baked in an outdoor wood-fired oven. Then we move to the modern and pretty kitchen. Each person has a sink, gas burners, cooking utensils, and a monitor to see what the cheerful dada or female chef named Habiba, is doing up in front.
TURKEY: Block-Printing Workshop. We use hand-carved wooden blocks to embellish cotton or rayon scarves.
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INDIA: We tie silk scarves with the Bandhini tie-dye method, then help dye them alongside the masters.
GHANA: Batik designs stamped in hot wax, then dyed several times. Also making then polishing our recycled glass beads.