Welcome to the December 2014 issue of online magazine Perceptive Travel, the home of great travel stories from book authors and the latest notable travel book and world music reviews. Here's what we've got in store for you:
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.
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.
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