Trips That Teach
Published: March 2009
By Stirling Kelso
Take home a skill as your next souvenir by signing up for one of these three courses that give travelers a hands-on experience.
Explore local markets in Mérida with a chef and pick up the ingredients for sopa lima (lime soup), and panuchos and salbutes (regional tacos). International Kitchen; six nights from $2,745 per person.
Study the basic botany behind fragrances, then follow the creation process from picking jasmine to bottling. You’ll also tour the International Perfume Museum, in Grasse. School of Perfumery and Fragrance; five-day classes in July and August from $1,695.
Piece together glass mosaics in Venice under the tutelage of artist Antonella Galinda in an 1888 glass foundry. Walk away with your very own masterpiece. Orsoni; three-day classes $702.