Welcome to the January 2013 issue of online magazine Perceptive Travel, the home of great travel stories from book authors and the latest notable travel book and world music reviews. Here's what we've got in store for you:
Just a Simple Strip of Cloth: Desert Wear in the Sahara - Jessica Lee
In the beautiful but threatening Sahara Desert of southern Algeria, a white blue-eyed woman with soft feet discovers how the tough Tuareg people conform to their surroundings.
Public Art in the Azores - Judith Fein
Entranced by well-executed graffiti art on a Portuguese island, a visitor digs deeper into Azores art—more often in the streets than in museums—on the isolated Azores archipelago.
A Banquet of Creepy Crawlies in China - James Michael Dorsey
A traveler delivering medical supplies to rural China learns that no good deed goes unpunished when a thank-you banquet turns into an episode of extreme eating.
World Music Reviews - Graham Reid
Contemporary Ethiopian jazz with a twist, Puerto Rico with a party hat on, the big man from Brazil, and fado guitar from a master.
Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
An expatriate family's four years in China, Lonely Planet's celebration of expensive adventures around the world, and prize-winning intercultural essays collected in The Chalk Circle.
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