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Virtual Vacation: Travel The World At Your Desk


The great advantage of virtual travel is that you can get to places a standard vacation probably wouldn't allow: Lagos, Nigeria, Tehran and the desert of northern Mali probably don't show up on many wish lists for leisure travel. But if you did make it to any of these places, you'd find great music that could have been created nowhere else. Here's a musical swing through some destinations well off the beaten path.

We start with music from two rowdy, rural outposts of Latin America, then move on to Africa — its remote northern desert and one of its most overpopulated cities — and wind up in Tehran, a surprising outpost of contemplative Sufi music, as well as blessed relief at the end of an arduous journey. When it's over, you'll still be at your desk. But at least you'll feel like you've gone somewhere.

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Banning Eyre