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There’s one thing you can always count on with each new edition of the Perceptive Travel webzine – uniquely original travel stories.

And this month is no different.

Regular contributor Luke Armstrong struggles with transporting a goat skin harp home in The Uganadan Goat Who Became A Harp That Nearly Stranded Me in Kenya. Anyone new to Perceptive Travel webzine might find the whole thing a little strange, but regular readers will have expected nothing less from the man who entertained them over the years with stories about third world tailors, vanishing lakes, and burning devils.

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Editor Tim Leffel finds himself unexpectedly In Canada’s Forgotten First Capital, a place that, despite having a UNESCO World Heritage fort and the Thousand Islands nearby, even most Canadians know very little about.  But as Tim soon found out, there was much to learn and to like about this forgotten city.

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And Becky Garrison had a chance to meet up with some ‘virtual ancestors’ while exploring her pilgrim past at Plymouth.  Touring the replica 17th century Mayflower ship and wandering though touristy Plymouth, Becky had the unique opportunity to get a sense of her familial history while talking to re-enactors portraying John Alden, Priscilla Mullins, John Howland, and Elizabeth Tilley.

As usual, the monthly travel book review column by Susan Griffith had me adding to my Amazon wish list.  Of the three books Susan reviewed, the one that really caught my attention was Robert Macfarlane’s The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot.  Covering the author’s journeys in England, Scotland, Spain, the Himalayas, and Palestine, it sounds like a perfect weekend read.

The monthly travel world music review column by Laurence Mitchell reviews Red Hot + Fela, a charity album that features various artists channeling the fela legacy; This Train is Now, an album by a Balkan-style brass band from Brooklyn; Sonic Manadala, an energetic album in which classical, jazz, and world music traditions converge: and the Afrobeat Airways 2 album featuring various artists from Ghana.

goal-zero-300And this month’s giveaway is as green as they come – a Guide 10 fold-out panel and battery pack from Goal Zero that will keep your gadgets charged no matter how far off the grid you get. You can use this to charge directly, save the energy in the battery pack, or take those batteries and put them in a flashlight or camera.

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Happy reading.

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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.