This month’s edition of Perceptive Travel Magazine covers both darkness and light with articles featuring two iconic cities and an island in the middle of the Pacific.

Editor Tim Leffel discovers the dark past and bright future of Hungary’s capital city in bouncing back from terror in Budapest.  Guided by locals, Tim discovers the city’s unique ‘ruin bars’  housed in state owned abandoned buildings, a park dedicated to old Soviet statues, and a House of Terror museum.

Meanwhile, in Keeping Secret Spots in New York City, Becky Garrison worries about whether her favorite secret place has been outed in the newly published Secret New York – An Unusual Guide.

And Tim Koppel looks at the newly revived art of turning logs into fast sailing canoes in Racing hand-carved canoes in Micronesia.

This month’s world music reviews are by Laurence Mitchell and feature psychedelic jazz from the Welsh border, liquid sunshine from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a musical collective from Western France, and sweet vocals from Zimbabwe.

Regular contributor Susan Griffith writes this month’s travel book reviews, covering two books – from about South America and the other about Britain – that provide historical perspective within a contemporary journey.

As for this month’s giveaway, we have, thanks to Polarmax, some cooler weather traveling gear.  The prize is on offer is one base layer and two pairs of AYG travel underwear. They come in wicking cotton, quick-dry synthetic, and silk, in designs for both men and women. The AYG, by the way, stands for All Year Gear.

Editor Tim recommends them, saying   “I’ve personally traveled with their drawers in my backpack in multiple seasons. Good stuff.”

It’s pretty easy to be in to win.

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