Welcome to the new April issue of Perceptive Travel webzine, home to the best travel stories on the web from wandering book authors.

This time we bring you a batch of offbeat, unique stories from the three travel I's: Iceland, Italy, and India. Jim Johnston proves the adage that you can't escape the real India when traveling there as he walks from an upscale Delhi hotel and finds himself enabling meals for a throng of the downtrodden. Luke Armstrong faces another kind of struggle when he's tasked with learning to drive a stick shift in a big van, across Iceland. Debi Goodwin looks at the the tough job through the ages of getting Italian marble down from the mountains, to become famous statues and bathroom vanities.

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Susan Griffith turns her critical eye on several new travel books: one fantasic, one in-depth, one you may want to skip. Laurence Mitchell reviews new world music albums from Cuba, Turkey, and a major international music festival.


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Happy trails!

- Tim Leffel, Editor

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