This month’s Perceptive Travel webzine travels offers, as usual, a diverse collection of travel stories from around the world.

 

In Guatemala, Luke Armstrong witnesses Giant Kites Fighting for Heaven during the annual Feria de Barrilete Gigante (Festival of Giant Kites).

 

Michael Buckley, meanwhile, heads for the paragliding paradise of Pokhara to experience flying with birds of prey in Parahawking in Nepal. A one of a kind adventure, ‘parahawking’ combines the ancient sport of falconry with modern techniques of paragliding. But it’s not all fun and games. There’s a strong conservation element involved as well, with the parahawking company working in tandem with Bird Conversation Nepal.

 

And In Search of the Scream in Norway, Chris Epting and son go on a treasure hunt around the outskirts of Oslo trying to find the true location of Munch’s iconic painting.

The monthly travel book review column features Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Sights, a collaborative NYT/TASCHEN book on weekend getaways in the United States and Canada, and a world food anthology by war correspondents.

The monthly world music review column looks albums from Columbia, Africa, and Portugal.

And if all that doesn’t satisfy your armchair travel needs, head to the PT archives and read some great travel stories that recently won ‘best travel writing’ awards in the annual Solas Awards sponsored by Travelers’ Tales publishing.

* Gold: “Surreal for Real” by Tim Leffel (revised version of this Xilitla story)
* Silver: Out of Smyrna by Gloria Kirchheimer
* Gold: Third World Tailors Make Suits, Third World Tailors Make Men by Luke Armstrong
* Silver: Into the Valley of Life by Chris Epting
* Gold: Sidesaddle Girls at a Mexican Rodeo by Tim Leffel
* Gold: Down a Stream in Iran and Up a Creek in Spain by Beebe Bahrami

 

You can also win a Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW backpack this month. A great pack for carrying all your lenses into the backcountry while still leaving room for the other items you want to take along. Our second place winner will get an original Joby GorillaPod tripod.

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Happy reading!