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Learning Swahili from the Locals

Learning Swahili from the Locals

Learning Swahili from the locals in the Masai Mara was part of the Kenya experience. Every person we met made an effort to teach us a word or two. Imagine how much better we’d all communicate if that enthusiasm for sharing language was global. “Jambo!...
The Art of African Beading

The Art of African Beading

“Beading has always been a part of Xhosa tradition and culture,” our guide Sabelo says on the way to our first stop on our African Beading Workshop with Cape Town tour company Andulela. Learning has been an important part of our grand tour this year...
Cooking in Cape Town – A Cape Malay Cooking Lesson

Cooking in Cape Town – A Cape Malay Cooking Lesson

Cape Town‘s Bo-Kaap neighbourhood is beloved for its picture-postcard streetscapes with their candy coloured terrace houses, cobblestones and quaint mosques. However, the real attractions for us are the aromas that waft from its kitchens and the chance to do some cooking in Cape Town – Cape Malay...
Argentine Wine 101 – Yes, There is More Than Malbec!

Argentine Wine 101 – Yes, There is More Than Malbec!

Ask a wine expert in Buenos Aires who the best person is to talk to about Argentine wine and they’ll probably recommend an Englishman! We generally seek out locals when we want to learn something that is inherently ‘local’ in a place, but in Buenos...
Learning the Texas Two Step at an Austin Honky Tonk

Learning the Texas Two Step at an Austin Honky Tonk

We didn’t need much encouragement to get us to The Broken Spoke, Austin’s famous honky tonk country dance hall. Getting me on the dance floor for some Texas Two Step, however, was another thing, and involved a bit of trickery on the part of Rusty...
Gamelan Lessons in Bali — Getting Giddy with the Gamelan in Ubud

Gamelan Lessons in Bali — Getting Giddy with the Gamelan in Ubud

The gamelan and its music had always intrigued me as a musician. I’ve always found the Indonesian ensemble of metallophones, xylophones, gongs, and various other instruments wonderful to listen to, but I had little idea as to how the hell they made that enchanting noise. Was there...
We’re all going on a Grand Tour!

We’re all going on a Grand Tour!

There’s no denying the Grand Tour was partly a summer holiday, the grand tourists leaving England, and later America, to travel to The Continent, invariably crossing the Alps to spend some months in the sunshine in Italy – under a parasol of course. But the...