Vietnamese Scooter Rides, Memories From a Russian Woman, and an Irish Mom Who Said No to the Nunnery

scooter SaigonThe new issue of Perceptive Travel went live this week, with very personal tales from three very different places.

New contributor Debi Goodwin decides that after many years of travel with no disasters, she can afford to take on what seems like an insurmountable challenge: riding a motor scooter on the streets of Vietnam.

Bruce Northam takes his mother to Ireland for her 80th birthday. The breakfast in castles, walk old paths, and reflect on the past that happened after she ignored initial plans to become a nun. See The Undercover Nun in Ireland.

James Michael Dorsey explores St. Petersburg from the view of a Russian woman who lived through the worst of both communism and the Putin reign while exploring the city. See A Russian Life.

William Caverlee returns to highlight new and noteworthy travel books, including Lonely Planet’s new mouthwatering street food book and Edward Hoagland’s Alaska memoir. New Zealander Graham Reid is back to spin some new world music albums.

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