The Educated Traveler
Study Abroad Doesnt Stop With Adulthood
25 years ago, just as I headed out to graduate study in Germany. Within
two years I completed a graduate degree, married, settled down with my first job, and assumed the door to study abroad was now closed. On the contrary. Over
the past 25 yearsas part of the expanding interest in lifelong learningthe number of adults participating in study abroad or attending short-term
classes overseas has exploded. The current issue of brings you an extensive selection of these offerings.
I preface this annual listing with a few favorites among the short courses Ive uncovered over the years.
When I first went looking for tango lessons in Argentina the man who answered the phone at Bridge to the Tango was remarkably enthusiastic.
Daniel Trenner [founder of Bridge to the Tango] is probably the best tango dancer in the world, said the eager receptionist, who turned out to
be Trenners dad. Before starting his now booming businesswhich includes a catalog full of books, videos, and musicTrenner toured Europe
as a professional dancer. He has taught and performed on four continents over a 20-year career and was honored by Stanford Univ. as the individual who has
done the most to promote the tango in the U.S. In addition to beginner and advanced tango workshops in Buenos Aires, in 2002 he will also teach tango in Havana
as part of a U.S. Treasury Department-approved cultural exchange. Contact: Bridge to the Tango, P.O. Box 560127, West Medford, MA 02156, 888-DTango7; www.bridgetothetango.com.
For a list of other approved programs in Cuba contact the Cuban Study Center at 212-242-0559.
The professional teachers at the Middle Eastern Dance Camp/Workshop focus on Egyptian, Persian, and classical bellydancing. Joan Kafri,
the workshop organizer and an accomplished bellydancer, says those who have never moved in such a way need not fear. Participants in the 10-day seminar stay
on a kibbutz in the Jordan Valley, 15 minutes from Tiberias, and are adopted by kibbutz members who act as host families. The 22 hours of classes
include a zar ritual workshop and attendance at a gala show. Excursions to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv round out the itinerary. Contact: Joan Kafri, 1707 Callejon
Veronica, Santa Fe, NM 87501; 505-983-7725.
LEcole des Chefs
After working in the famous kitchens of Paris with master chefs, Annie Jacquet Bentley returned to the U.S. highly inspired
to create LEcole des Chefs as a completely cultural, as well as a culinary, experience. Together with Yann Jacquot, she has developed a
series of programs in which one to two interns spend a working week in some of the finest restaurants in Paris and the surrounding countryside. (Currently,
there are 45 prestigious Michelin stars among the 18 French chefs participating in the LEcole des Chefs program.) Interns literally learn the
life of the kitchen as they wake early to go to market with the chefs and eat with the restaurant staff. LEcole des Chefs will customize internships
to fit your culinary preference. Contact: LEcole des Chefs, P.O. Box 183, Birchrunville, PA 19421; 610-469-2500; www.leschefs.com.
Sculpting at the Source
If my sister hadnt been born with all the art talent allotted to our family, I would have long ago headed straight to Pietrasanta,
Italy to take one of the 3-week marble workshops offered each summer by American sculptor, Lynne Streeter. Pietrasanta (sacred stone) faces the
sea at the foot of the Apuan Alps. Streeters participants select the stone they will work in nearby Carrara, Michelangelos own source. With the
assistance of master sculptors, students craft sculptures to completion. Lynne also offers an alabaster sculpting workshop in Can Serrat, an artists
cooperative northwest of Barcelona, Spain. Contact: Lynne Streeter, Marble & Art Workshops, P.O. Box 7371, Oakland, CA 94601; 510-533-8893; www.action2000.com/newpg/marble&art.workshops.html.
Soft Furnishing Workshops
Travelers to Britain can receive expert instruction in crafting soft furnishings in workshops offered in the Lake District
or Cambridge. Maureen Whitemore has converted a coach house into studio space where students spend a day or two learning how to make valances, cushions, swags,
and tails. Contact her at Maureen Whitemore Furnishings, Foxton House, Lowther Street, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7UW, England; 011-44-1768-863895; www.maureenwhitemore.co.uk.
An ideal spot to stay nearby is the Old Church Hotel on the shores of Lake Ullswater where Wordsworth saw the daffodils (Old Church Hotel, Watermillock, Penrith,
Cumbria CA11 0JN, England; 011-44-17684-86204; www.oldchurch.co.uk). Cambridge Fine Furnishings (Pelham House, 36
Grantchester Rd., Newnham, Cambridge CB3 9ED, England; 011-44-1223-357-456; www.cambridgefinefurnishings.co.uk)
teaches everything from making curtains and tassles to silk lampshades.
Canoe Building in Quebec
David Gidmark, probably the worlds foremost expert in building birchbark canoes, will offer this years workshop in Quebec
following a week-long course on kayak building. Gidmark and his wife, Ernestine, of Spanish River Ojibway descent (her grandfather was also a birchbark canoe
builder), anticipate returning to the island next year to offer classes in Tahitian language and cooking. Contact: David and Ernestine Gidmark, Box 26, Maniwaki,
Quebec J9E 3B3, Canada; 819-438-2382.