Ethiopian Wedding Flogging, Hunting for Truffles in Umbria, and a Visit to Krustyland

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With a combo like that in the headline, it must be time for a new issue of Perceptive Travel, frequently named as one of the best online travel magazines on the planet.

We racked up a few new awards in the past month, actually, with our virtual trophy case getting more crowded. My piece Handmade in Oaxaca won a Gold from the North American Travel Journalists Association and Kristin Winet’s blog post on the Salt Flats Man of Gozo scored a Silver award. James Dorsey cleaned up at the Solas Awards sponsored by Travelers’ Tales. His long list on wins included stories we’ve published here on Morocco, Ethiopia, and Burma. Some of our other frequent contributors got awards for things they did in other publications, including Michael Shapiro and Darrin DuFord.

Twirl and HurlThis month I’m back in the mix with a not-so-intrepid story from a place that’s not exactly unknown: a big theme park. A dad’s gotta do what a dad’s gotta do, but at least I got to channel my inner Homer Simpson.

James Dorsey is back too and his story is intrepid and off the beaten path. He joins the Hamer tribes of the Omo Valley in Ethiopia for a bizarre wedding ceremony that involves bloody flogging, a naked groom, and bull jumping. Oh, and lots of automatic weapons. See Jumping Into Matrimony in Ethiopia.

Susan Van Allen makes her Perceptive Travel debut this issue. The author of several books on Italy connects with a man and his dogs for a special hunt near a medieval Italian village. See The Truffle Hunt in Umbria.

Graham Reid checks in and checks out some notable new world music, going from Mali to Armenia to Rajasthan. William Caverlee reviews three new travel books: one from former PT contributor Joshua Berman, the latest from Paul Thereoux, and a comprehensive wine journeys book from Lonely Planet.

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