Welcome to the October 2010 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:
One Assassination Can Ruin Your Whole Vacation - Tim Brookes
Landing in Karachi for a trip to visit a friend in Pakistan, the author of Thirty Percent Chance of Enlightenment runs into political mayhem and a New Year's Eve with more than fireworks.
Sidesaddle Girls at a Mexican Rodeo - Tim Leffel
Drinking micheladas as the dust swirls, our editor checks out a Mexican rodeo of a different sort, featuring the cowboys' favorite ladies competing in the "escaramuza."
A Bridge on the Border in Central America - Molly Beer
An expatriate teacher living in El Salvador tries to whisk her parents across the border to more tourist-friendly Guatemala, while reflecting on her father's past work assignments in war-torn Central America.
On Memory, Music, and Travel - Pam Mandel
What does Mali sound like? Or Hawaii? Or Greece? A ukulele player and travel writer ponders the mixture of how memories of music and places blend together after seeing a performance from a musician from Mali.
A deep look at a changing China, classic travel photos from Burton Holmes, and the lower Mississippi River as experienced by Oliver A. Houck.
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