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Water buffalo, Vietnam (Photo by Kirsten Koza, Writers' Expeditions)My second story for Perceptive Travel magazine was just published.

The Guilt Café in Vietnam: “Holy horrors, what is this place?” Was that my outside voice? Because I’d meant it to be my inside voice. Hung, my Vietnamese guide for the Red Delta region, led me from the entranceway of the gift shop and café to an informative gold framed plaque that he indicated I should read. But I was still gawking at a dozen deformed kids in the middle of the shop…(read the rest of this crazy adventure at Perceptive Travel magazine)

Perceptive Travel Magazine's most popular stories of the decade

My crazy Kyrgyzstan story, which was published a few months ago in Perceptive Travel magazine, made their top ten list for most popular stories. Here’s the link to all the stories: http://www.perceptivetravel.com/issues/0117/best-travel-stories-decade.html, and here’s the direct link to my story The Mountain Men Who Don’t Exist in Kyrgyzstan. That’s my bike in the image. My KHS has since died, but it conquered first ascents and has been to Romania, Easter Island, Peru, Jordan, and Kyrgyzstan. My new Ghost is eagerly awaiting taking over the cycling adventures.

Perceptive Travel Magazine's most popular stories of the decade

Lake Ak-Kol in Kyrgyzstan (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

I’ve never told this crazy, camping, Kyrgyzstan story before. It still gives me the creeps. When friends and family ask what happened, I tell them they’ll have to read about it in the future. My adventure was just published in Perceptive Travel magazine, in the USA. I hope Dan Brown and John Grisham like it (that’s a joke – you’ll see after reading on Perceptive Travel). Buckle up for a wild ride: The Mountain Men Who Don’t Exist in Kyrgyzstan.



“Two women using a dildo” – lithograph from De Figuris Veneris (1906) by Édouard-Henri Avril (public domain)


Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your favorite lover or the old ball and chain, or possibly better than either — your imagination — you could sit there on the holiday and look at a dozen long-stemmed roses, or you could have an orgasm, or a dozen, with the Wilde one, a dildo named for Oscar Wilde, who said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”

Dildos have been around since the Stone Age, but have come a long way. (read more…)

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