Perceptive Travel Back Issues - 2014

December 2014

Street Walking Demons in Sumatra - Marco Ferrarese
Roaming the streets of Berastagi, Sumatra, a traveler discovers how to keep his soul safe from the hungry spirits of Reog dance.

A Grim Commemoration Day in Modern Russia - James Dorsey
Touring Russia on the day of its greatest holiday, a traveler finds that even a day of celebration is bleak and filled with frowns.

Taking Adventure to the Next Level in Hidden Huasteca, Mexico - Tim Leffel
Rafting, rappelling, and waterfall jumping in a region of Mexico that sees few foreigners means San Luis Potosi is the perfect spot for bragging rights.

World Music Reviews - Laurence Mitchell
Classic Cuban, dub Christmas, a Madagascar music compilation that benefits charity, and a mash-up of India, Pakistan, and North Africa that really works.

Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
A pilgrimage on foot from London to Rome, a cycling trip from New York to the Pacific against the headwinds, plus a compendium of youthful travel tales that will be bad for the blood pressure of any parent.

November 2014

Painting as Prayer in Greece - James Michael Dorsey
Visiting a reclusive artist near Meteora becomes a spiritual experience when the man draw parallels to the greats from the Renaissance.

Zipping into Big Trouble - Michael Buckley
In the Americas the act of ziplining across a canyon sounds more dangerous than it really is. Someone zipping to his room for the night finds that new operations in Southeast Asia might require a bit more trepidation.

Did I Have an Alligator Mother? - Judith Fein
The swamps of Louisiana stir conflicting reflections on a writer’s recently deceased mother.

World Music Reviews - Graham Reid
A clarinet maverick gets rewardingly intense, the inspiring spirit of the first weeks of the Arab Spring, beautiful music from an unexpected source, more from somewhere familiar, and something for Scots still yearning for home rule.

Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
A second biking journey across America, a profile of a famous yachting couple, and an account of China's depressingly thorough rape of Tibet.

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October 2014

A Spanish Death in the Afternoon - Beebe Bahrami
A nice Sunday lunch turns into someone's last meal in Tarragona, Spain.

Following the Grooves in Martinique - Darrin DuFord
Our author settles the analog versus digital debate with a little nudge from the Antilles' temperamental summer rains.

Handmade in Oaxaca - Tim Leffel
Attending Mexico's greatest artisan area during the annual Guelaguetza festival means a decadent bombardment of hand-crafted food, spirits, and works of art.

World Music Reviews - Laurence Mitchell
A two-CD set bookending a band's 25 years, "folktronic" music from South America, a "world-jazz-folk ensemble," and beloved Spanish/Colombian singer Marta Gómez.

Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
Accounts on discovering and creating memories through the physical act of walking, on testing one's courage by living in China, and on coming through many adversities across Asia with one's faith in human nature intact.

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September 2014

Dance of Betrayal in Nairobi - Camille Cusumano
On a volunteer program to teach tango to poor youths in Kenya, a teacher gets schooled in the ways of systemic poverty and corruption.

Rites of Passage in Myanmar's Tribal Highlands - Michael Shapiro
Following the clanging and drumming of ancient music in a Burmese hill town, a visitor stumbles upon a two-day ceremony filled with color and spectacle.

Harvesting the Spirit of Cannabis in the Pacific Northwest - Becky Garrison
After only dabbling with weed in the post-college days, a writer looks into the palate of smoke and the a green gold rush when marijuana goes from illegal to commercial.

World Music Reviews - Graham Reid
A rare union of NYC and Guinea, time-travel in India on a collection from the vaults, classic old soul from Africa, and a surprisingly good compilation of an otherwise overly-familiar genre.

Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
Riding the seas on a gargantuan warship, going from the top of Everest to the sea, and apparently we need one more pictorial list book from Lonely Planet.

August 2014

The People Who Are Not There - James Dorsey
In the Dogon tribal cities in the desert of Mali, buildings blend into the landscape and the people have mysterious creation stories to tell.

Up a Tree, in a Wetsuit, in West Papau - Michael Buckley
Kayaking the islands of West Papua in Indonesia - a magical place where karst meets coral, coral meets mangroves, and sky meets ocean.

Gürün Prison Blues in Rural Turkey - Marco Ferrarese
Getting arrested in one-horse town Anatolia, a hitchhiker experiences the changing face of Turkish hospitality.

World Music Reviews - Laurence Mitchell
Flamenco jazz that's a little too L.A., Ethiopian dub via Tel Aviv, percussion inspiration from the Philippines, and newly produced by retro Nigerian Afrobeat.

Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
Some comic insights into the unfathomable ways of Italians as seen through their train system, a heartbreaking reminder of the suffering of the Tibetan people, and an upbeat account of housing experiments in South American cities.

July 2014

Blood Rites in a Taiwanese Temple - Steven Crook
In the most popular temple of Taiwan, self-mutilation to please the gods is considered a an honor and a duty.

Chasing Butterflies Through Time - Luke Maguire Armstrong
Following in his great-grandfather's footsteps, an amateur scientist travels up a volcano in Guatemala to find an extremely rare butterfly that had only been spotted 3 times in 140 years.

One Step Across - Carolyn B. Heller
During an unexpected encounter on the North Korean border, a travel writer — and mom — straddles the boundary between safety and adventure.

World Music Reviews - Graham Reid
A wonderfully helpful introduction to Indian classical traditions (and beyond), refugees come home to Sierra Leone, griots get political but polite, and klezmer from Britain to make you dance and smile.

Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
Frances Mayes long before Tuscany, 30 years in Venice, and an "urban nature diary" from gray northern Scotland.


June 2014

Rent a Real Man in Borneo - Bruce Northam
Addicted to the conveniences of modern-day life, a city dweller ventures to the wilds of Sarawak, Malaysia, and discovers the ultimate jack-of-all-trades.

Last of the Bushmen in Tanzania - James Michael Dorsey
As ancient tribes of hunter-gatherers are pushed aside or assimilated in Africa, a writer joins some of the remaining Hadzabe holdouts.

The Other Side of the Yucatan - Tim Leffel
West of the Caribbean coast vacation factories of Mexico lies a land of mysterious structures, underground pools, and a Mayan world not so dressed up for tourists.

World Music Reviews - Laurence Mitchell
Reviews of Baka Beyond, Jah Wobble presents PJ Higgins, Golem, and Sakîna.

Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
A footsore intellectual on pilgrimages in Spain and Japan, a heart-broken musician in search of solace from the midnight sun, and a wonderfully down-to-earth manual for traveling parents.

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May 2014

Make Hummus, Not Walls - Larry Zuckerman
An American Jew travels to the occupied Palestinian territory of Hebron with an ex-Israeli soldier leading eye-opening tours of understanding.

Cutting the Cheese Mongolian Style - Marco Ferrarese
A tour of the countryside of Mongolia involves riding horses: whether you or the horses are able is beside the point.

The Blade Runners of Quebec - David Lee Drotar
A fully mobile writer heads to Quebec province in the middle of winter and puts himself in the other man's shoes…and skis.

World Music Reviews - Graham Reid
A Belgian guitarist rediscovers his inner oud, Spain goes to Sweden and back, Sweden goes to Africa in a plea for peace, and a collection of the "best African music you've never heard."

Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
A non-observant Jew's return to her roots in Ukraine, a strong collection of food-oriented travel essays, and a guide to crossing Morocco by motorcycle.

April 2014

Hunger and Privilege: Dinner in Old Delhi - Jim Johnston
Travelers exploring the old city of Delhi confront the underbelly of India normally hidden around every corner.

Learning How To Drive a Dinosaur In Iceland - Luke Armstrong
To explore the magical landscapes of Iceland, a traveler must first face down a mechanical beast.

Finding Italian Marble at Its Source: Carrara, Italy - Debi Goodwin
A writer fascinated by rocks investigates a place where slabs of white marble come down from the mountains in Italy, going back to the days of Michelangelo.

World Music Reviews - Laurence Mitchell
Havana straight up and mixed with Jamaica, a compilation of unreleased tracks from a world music festival roster, and big band music with a Turkish twist.

Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
A 1930s romp through central Europe, a tagalong's look at the modern shipping industry, and a book you can judge by the bad pun on its cover.

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March 2014

Kishka and Kasha in the Ukranian Countryside - Judith Fein
A writer returns to her ancestral home and traces the evolution of her mother's home cooking through a few changed letters and syllables in Ukraine.

The River of Solitude in Brazil - Volker Poelzl
Two canoeists set off down a remote section of the Brazilian Amazon River, exploring the beauty of flooded forests and meeting the local river people living in isolation.

Micronesia's Mysterious Nan Madol - Brad Olsen
Although dozens of ancient sites exist on various islands in the Pacific Ocean, a virtually uninhabited island off the main island of Pohnpei in Micronesia has to be one of the strangest sites found anywhere on Earth.

World Music Reviews - Graham Reid
The early stars of world music, a collection of steamy Arabic sounds, a hard-to-handle album of Chinese traditional folk and rock, and some Roma rock'n'roll.

Travel Book Reviews - William Caverlee
A 90th birthday version of what may be the most revered guidebook still standing, another glossy global coffee table book from Lonely Planet, and the unpleasantness of West Africa taken head-on.

February 2014

February 2014

The Horror Movie Atop Panama's Volcán Barú - Luke Maguire Armstrong
A midnight departure to reach a mountaintop at sunrise takes some unexpected turns.

Giving Face in China - James Michael Dorsey
Through the simple exchange of money for goods, a traveler raises the status of a downtrodden peddler in the land of the Han.

Crossing Labrador by Foot With Noah - Jerry Kobalenko
An experienced winter sledder and his young Inuit companion trek across snow and ice in northern Canada, 44 days in transit.

World Music Reviews - Laurence Mitchell
A world music spin on Dylan, India meets American jazz, Holland clubs mash in some Dutch Antilles rhythms, then a Canadian and a Romanian walk into a bar...

Travel Book Reviews - Susan Griffith
Reviews of The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari, Meander: East to West along a Turkish River and Sightlines: A Conversation with the Natural World.

January 2014

January 2014 - Highlights Issue

Sex, Lies, and Desert Dust at Burning Man - Brad Olsen
Maybe there should be an asterisk beside this as an inordinate number of page views came from image searches (look at the title and take a guess). But a fun tale of what its like at this bizarre event.

Tantric Sex for Dilletantes - Rolf Potts
Another that got boosted by searches done by people probably expecting something else, this one from our very first issue got into several best travel writing anthologies.

The Burning of the Devil in Guatemala - Luke Maguire Armstrong
An observation of an annual effigy-burning festival in Antigua, Guatemala that's a fiery spectacle.

Unbalanced in the Sinking City - Tim Leffel
This Mexico City article dived deeper to look at all the crooked sinking buildings in Mexico's soggy capital, as well as the racial divide between historic and modern, dark and light, above ground and under.

Sedona: Is the Whole Town Built on a Hoax - Laurie Gough
In America's leading hippie tourist center for crystals, vortexes, and energy fields, a writer wonders if it's all a giant scam.

The Mysterious Stone Chambers of New England - Brad Olsen
An author who regularly explores strange landscapes and unexplained structures looks into ancient history of the northeast USA.

A Capital Built for Kings and SUVs - Robert Reid
Back when he was a Lonely Planet guidebook writer researching a far-less-open Myanmar, Robert Reid explores the strange newly built capital city of Naypyidaw.

Kauai Footprints: the Dark Side of "Hidden Hawaii" - Michelle Bigley
A Hawaii guidebook author looks at the consequences of encouraging people to get off the beaten path in Kauai.

When in Jordan... - Shari Caudron
Another story from our first year of publication proves to have long-term appeal when a writer confronts her hang-ups about getting a naken scrub-down from a stranger in the Middle East.

The Backpackers' Pilgrimage: Ko Phangan - Joel Carillet
What's it like at the famed full moon parties on popular Ko Phangan in Thailand—and what's the aftermath?

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