Welcome to the October '09 issue of online magazine Perceptive Travel, the home of great travel stories from book authors, travel book reviews, and the latest notable world music CDs. Here's what we've got in store for you:
On a Slow Boat down the Irrawaddy River - Jim Johnston
Navigating the river from Mandalay to the temple city of Bagan is easier than navigating the thorny issue of traveling in a country where the rulers are self-enriching oppressors, but the regular people are glad you are there. Jim Johnston surveys it all from a $2 plastic deck chair.
The Mysterious Stone Chambers of New England - Brad Olsen
The author of the Sacred Places series looks into an archaeological enigma in New England. Are these colonial root cellars, native American sweat lodges, or prehistoric European structures?
A Marvelous Trance in the Highlands of Fiji - Bruce Northam
While hiking through the mountains of Fiji's big island, Bruce Northam finds that on the other side of fear is freedom...and a wonderful kava buzz.
Gillian Kendall reviews The Big Trip from Lonely Planet, Big Trips edited by Raphael Kadushin, Exposure: A Journey by Joel Magarey, and The Ramen King And I by Andy Raskin
From Paris to Cuba, some funky Latin jazz from Brownout, inventive remixes from dunkelbunt, and a siesta-inducing collection from Putumayo.
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