Cooking Classes While Travelling

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P and I now have a new travelling tradition – whenever we go on holidays, we will attend a cooking class.

Our first one was on a gorgeous day in Vientiane, in Laos.  We’d had enough of wandering around markets and exploring temples – we wanted to really interact with some locals, and hopefully meet some fellow travellers along the way.  We took a tuk-tuk to the class, which was hosted at a lovely French-inspired colonial house in the suburbs.  The teacher told us a bit about herself – she’d studied English as she’d wanted to travel, and also majored in economics and mathematics but her true passion was cooking and particularly, teaching people how to cook the subtle flavours of Laotian food.

As she shared with us delicacies such as river fish gently steamed in banana leaves and green papaya salad, we learned about the culture and history of Laotian people.  It was a day we will never forget (aside from the fact that the night ended partying with our fellow cooking buddies, dancing in a storm and posing with a gigantic chicken).

Ahead of our upcoming holiday, I’m enjoying browsing cooking school websites in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast – I can’t wait!

Do you have any travelling traditions?  Please share!


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