Welcome to the December 2011 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:
Pondering Happiness in Bhutan - Laurie Gough
Can a country using happiness as a guiding principle really deliver—despite the intrusions from the outside world?
An Unexpected World Record Holder in Rio - Bruce Northam
While the tourists check out the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, a "poorist" heads up to the favelas and finds "de most loved dog in de world."
Life in the Past Tense: Chile's Atacama Desert - Shelley Seale
Visiting the driest place on Earth, a writer is captivated by the alien landscape but longs to look deeper into the lives and traditions of the hardy people who inhabit it.
World Music Reviews - Laurence Mitchell
Music from the historic crossroads of Europe and Asia, funky Belgians, and music from a Yiddish witch drama.
Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
An academic combines travel and history in Paris, followed by some light relief from a backpacker in Central America.
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