Editor Tim has put together an eclectic selection of travel articles for the July edition of Perceptive Travel webzine.
Luke Armstrong expected to see a giant body of blue water when he made his way to Eastern Africa’s Lake Victoria. After all, that’s what his map showed. But on arrival at Lake Victoria he found, instead, a lake that wasn’t there. Thanks to the introduction of the water lily in the 1980s, Lake Victoria had become much less a lake and more a green meadow.
Stepping into a minefield in Cambodia, James Michael Dorsey develops a whole new appreciation for the term ‘concentration’ as he follows de-miners led by Akira, former child soldier and now devoted de-miner, sweeping the ground inch by inch.
And in a more peaceful environment, Perceptive Travel editor Tim Leffel gets on his bike for a week-long ‘castles and wine’ cycling tour meandering through the Alentejo region of Portugal. It turns out to be the perfect way to explore the region, checking out centuries old castles and churches on the way to vineyards and wineries.
Graham Reid finds plenty to listen to in this month’s world music reviews. There’s Middle Eastern electronica-lounge music, gypsy tango, jazz-cum-folk, and an out-there Indian soundtrack album.
And this month’s travel book reviews, by William Caverlee, features three books: Dizzy in Karachi (the writing of a transplanted Pakistani returning to her homeland), Walking Home (the journey of a poet walking from Scotland to England), and Celebrating the American Spirit (looking at an unlikely great art museum in Arkansas.
This month there’s a pair of sweet outdoor boat/water shoes from Adidas Outdoors up for grabs.