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Cambodia, sunrise over Angkor Wat (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

Exquisite Adventure – Vietnam and Cambodia – Writing Workshop (November 9-18, 2018)

Stay in luxury – write dangerously

Writers of any genre are invited on a creative adventure in Southeast Asia. You’ll explore local food and nightlife in Ho Chi Minh and Siem Reap while motoring on the back of vintage Vespas; you’ll write and luxuriate at a five-star French Colonial resort (on a Vietnamese Island, off the shores of Cambodia, in the Gulf of Thailand); you’ll speedboat up the Mekong Delta to lunch at the house of a master hooch-maker; and you’ll travel by tuk tuks to behold the sunrise over Angkor Wat.

(Scroll down for writing workshop details, prices, your workshop host’s and tour operator’s bios, trip itinerary, and inclusions. If you have questions please email kirstenkoza@gmail.com or message us at our Facebook Writers’ Expeditions Page. This workshop takes a maximum of 10 participants.)

You'll write and luxuriate at La Veranda, a five-star French Colonial resort.
You’ll write and luxuriate at La Veranda, a five-star French Colonial resort.
La Veranda boutique resort, on a Vietnamese island, off the shores of Cambodia, in the Gulf of Thailand.
La Veranda boutique resort, on a Vietnamese island, off the shores of Cambodia, in the Gulf of Thailand.

Day 1, November 9, 2018

Welcome to Vietnam! You’ll be greeted at Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Saigon), and our driver will transfer you to our boutique hotel and spa, in a centrally located, bustling market and café district. Our adventures begin at six in the evening, when our Vespa drivers will pick us up at the hotel, for an all-you-can-eat (with free-flowing-drinks), four-hour foodie extravaganza through various local neighbourhoods, sampling Saigon’s best street food and nightlife (the nightlife ranging from Vietnamese French cabaret, at a historic coffee house, to a series of talented live bands at a trendy back-alley bar).

Airport pick-up, Dinner, Drinks, Overnight in Paradise Saigon Boutique Hotel ***

Vintage Vespa food and nightlife tour in Saigon (Photo by Writers' Expeditions photography host, Christopher Campbell)
Vintage Vespa food and nightlife tour in Saigon (Photo by Christopher Campbell, Writers’ Expeditions)
Street food tour, Saigon, Vietnam (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Street food tour, Saigon, Vietnam (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain

Day 2, November 10

After an early breakfast buffet with a panoramic city view, our guide will escort us to the pier to board a private speedboat for a journey into an area of the Mekong Delta few tourists see. A light breakfast will be served aboard the boat should you wish to sleep a little longer in the morning. We’ll see the fascinating backside of the city and then slip up the lush green tributaries and canopy-covered canals, stopping along the way at a Cao Dai Temple (a religion that worships Victor Hugo), a riverside market, and a Buddhist Pagoda. We’ll travel the expanses of the Delta of Nine Dragons, we’ll lunch at a traditional farmhouse and sample Mekong whiskey. Our exact route this day is dependent on fluctuating water levels.

Mekong Delta, locals with sampan boats. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Mekong Delta, locals with sampan boats. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Riverside market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam. (Photo by Christopher Campbell, Writers' Expeditions)
Riverside market, Mekong Delta, Vietnam. (Photo by Christopher Campbell, Writers’ Expeditions)

Return to Saigon – free time for dinner at your leisure

Vietnamese coffee often comes with a complimentary cup of tea. (Photo by Kirsten Koza, Writers' Expeditions)
Vietnamese coffee often comes with a complimentary cup of tea. (Photo by Kirsten Koza, Writers’ Expeditions)

Breakfast, Lunch, Overnight Paradise Saigon Boutique Hotel 

Days 3-7, November 11-15 – Flight to Phu Quoc Island -  the writing adventure begins

We’ll enjoy a buffet breakfast with a wide selection of Asian and Western dishes: from dim sum, noodles, and exotic fruit, to custom omelettes, bacon, and croissants. Then we’ll visit the war museum before boarding our flight to Phu Quoc Island, our primary workshop destination.

La Veranda, the five-star boutique resort where you will journey on head trips and write your hearts out.
La Veranda, the five-star boutique resort where you will journey on head trips and write your hearts out.

THE WRITING WORKSHOP:

Stay in luxury – write dangerously

Whether you write nonfiction or fiction, on this writing expedition you’ll be exploring risk and truth with wild abandon. And because even the Guardian newspaper says the personal essay is “booming,” you’ll also have the opportunity to create a daring personal story. From idea to page, you’ll go on madcap head trips, embrace your inner daredevil, and will improvise with pen or laptop. We’ll use multiple genres and characters to engage the creative part of nonfiction writing (to play with tone, mood, and tension). We’ll experiment with just how far we can go, and we’ll use techniques used by actors as a catalyst to take our true stories down unexpected paths. You’ll be doing all of this while relaxing at a small but sumptuous five-star French Colonial resort on an idyllic island. At the end of our creative adventure, should you wish, you’ll be guided towards specific publishers, so you can submit your story to appropriate editors and paying venues, whether it be book anthologies, magazines, or competitions (some with substantial financial awards).

Previous Writers’ Expeditions participants have had stories they worked on during the workshops published.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go. — T.S. Eliot

La Veranda, five-star boutique resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
La Veranda, five-star boutique resort, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.

All days spent at the five-star resort include breakfast

Day 7, November 15 (fly to Cambodia)

After our morning workshop, we check out from the resort. We’ll head to the airport to fly back to Saigon and then will take a connecting flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, where we’ll be greeted at the airport and chauffeured to our hotel close to the Night Market. The hotel has a rooftop pool and spa, where you might want to treat yourself to a very affordable Khmer massage this evening. Free time to explore and dine.

Breakfast, flight from Phu Quoc to Saigon, and then flight from Vietnam to Cambodia, overnight City River*** (hotel, spa, and restaurant)

Amok is a drool-worthy traditional curry in Cambodia. (Photo by Kirsten Koza who is drooling over the memories as she uploads this.)
Amok is a drool-worthy traditional curry in Cambodia. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Early morning inside Angkor Wat (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Early morning inside Angkor Wat (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

Day 8, November 16, Angkor Wat, full-day tuk tuk adventure

We’ll witness the sunrise over Angkor Wat and then will return to the hotel for a buffet breakfast before heading back (by tuk tuks) to the 210-hectare UNESCO world heritage site, to explore this 12th century architectural masterpiece in greater detail.

Sunrise over Angkor Wat (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Sunrise over Angkor Wat (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Ta Prohm is recognizable as one of the film locations in "Tomb Raider." (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Ta Prohm, with the massive tree roots enveloping buildings like octopus tentacles, is recognizable as one of the film locations in “Tomb Raider.” (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

We’ll also visit Ta Prohm where the ancient structures are embraced by jungle creepers and enormous fig tree roots. Then we return to the city for an evening of free time.

Breakfast, Lunch, tuk tuk tour to Angkor Wat, Overnight at City River

Day 9, November 17, Writing Workshop during day, Vespa food tour of Siem Reap in the evening

After your buffet breakfast, the writing workshops today will be catered to meet the needs of the participants, and writing time will be given to those who want to polish their stories. We’ll also have a session discussing pitching, going viral, photographs, submissions, and contracts.

City River hotel room, Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
City River hotel room, Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

Our day will climax with a Vespa food tour of Siem Reap from six until ten-thirty in the evening. Once again this is all-you-can-eat with free-flowing drinks. And we’re riding pillion again, so don’t worry about those drinks, which will include sampling rice wine infused with bouquets of herbs and spices. Cambodian street and market food in the evening is thrilling, but we’ll also make an evening wish at a temple, and will have a picnic in a special spot.

Breakfast, Dinner (Vespa street food tour), Overnight City River

Day 10, November 18

Buffet breakfast, followed by a farewell workshop which we hope you can attend before checking out. If you are departing today, we will drive you to the airport.

Info about your workshop host and tour operator, followed by prices and inclusions:

Kirsten Koza at "Wake Up and Smell the Shit" book launch at Book Passage, in San FranciscoKirsten Koza (writing workshop host): is the author of Lost in Moscow published by Turnstone and dubbed by CBC radio Canada “the ultimate what-I-did-last-summer essay ever.” Kirsten edited the Travelers’ Tales (USA) humour anthology, Wake Up and Smell the Shit, and read thousands of stories for that book before narrowing it down to the 31 writers she selected for the volume. She’s had over 75 stories published in books, magazines and newspapers around the world and has repeatedly been invited to speak at the American Society of Journalists and Authors annual conference in New York, on the power of social media for writers and making stories go viral.

Kirsten has taught both postgraduate and 3rd year acting at the University of East London and East 15 Acting School (famous for method acting), in England. She did her BA in theatre at Dalhousie University, in Canada, and her postgrad in the UK at E-15. Prior to becoming a professional writer, she worked in theatres across Canada and was the Artistic Director of Canada’s oldest professional summer theatre. Her theatre background has had a massive impact on how she writes, and she looks forward to sharing these methods and other tips with you in Vietnam and Cambodia.

You can read a few of her adventures (published in books and magazines) by following these links, and you’ll probably surmise why the management at Travelers’ Tales publishing house affectionately call Kirsten “the Canadian lunatic”: “Chasing Tornadoes” published in the ninth volume of The Best Women’s Travel Writing books, “The Mountain Men Who Don’t Exist in Kyrgyzstan” and “Hiding the Cannoli in Sicily” both published by Perceptive Travel magazine.

Minh Ninh, Vietnam tour operatorMinh Ninh: is a local tour operator in Vietnam with over ten years experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. It was her passion for travel, discovering new lands, hearing new stories, and meeting new friends, coupled with her love for her homeland of Vietnam, that drew her into a career in tourism. Living in Vietnam has offered Minh an ideal jumping off point to repeatedly explore Indochina, so she can expertly share her part of the world with you. This is the third time she’s collaborated with Writers’ Expeditions.

Minh and her team specialize in high quality, custom tours, in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. They organize unique trips and take travellers to both the most famous places and the less-visited destinations, to reveal authentic cultures and exotic landscapes.

Prices and Inclusions (this workshop is for six to ten participants only):

This ten day writers’ workshop and adventure tour in Vietnam and Cambodia is $2950 USD per person, for a shared (double occupancy) room. It includes three airplane flights in Vietnam and to Cambodia. The single supplement is $798 USD, should you not want a roommate (this is due to staying five-star). A deposit of $400 reserves your spot and of course is subtracted from the total. Canadians can pay in Canadian dollars at the exchange rate on the day of payments. If you have questions please email kirstenkoza@gmail.com or message us at our Facebook Writers’ Expeditions Page.

Inclusions

  • Writing workshops
  • Hotel accommodation
  • In-tour airplane tickets: Saigon to Phu Quoc, Phu Quoc to Saigon, and flight from Saigon to Siem Reap
  • Private tours with English-speaking guides in Vietnam and Cambodia
  • A/C transport on all transfers including airport pick-up
  • Entrance fees to sites and museums
  • Meals as indicated
  • Night food tours on Vespas in Saigon and Siem Reap
  • Private speedboat trip to Mekong Delta

Exclusions

  • International flights to get to Vietnam and fly home from Cambodia
  • Visa stamps upon arrival of $25 USD per person (for Vietnam) and $30.00 per person (for Cambodia)
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Tips & personal expenses
  • Travel insurance (which you need to obtain if you don’t already have it)
    Vietnam (Photo by Christopher Campbell)
    Vietnam (Photo by Christopher Campbell)
    Vietnam (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
    Vietnam (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

     

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We are now taking reservations for The Vlad Dracula Expedition 2018, a seven-day dinner party through Romania.  

If you reserve your spot now for 2018, you’ll pay the 2017 prices. We’re halfway to sold-out for this trip already. So do contact us soon if you are interested.

We’ve made the reservations–you just need to pack a costume and your inner child (or demon) for this howling Halloween party across Romania. Our seven-day (small group) expedition includes dining on October 31st in the chambers where real-life Dracula, Vlad Drăculea (known as Vlad the Impaler), was born in 1431. We’ll be sleeping that night, across the street, in an inn of similar vintage, inside the (UNESCO) medieval walled city of Sighisoara. We were the first (and are the only) to ever host a dinner party in the room where Dracula was born, and our 2016 group didn’t even make it through cocktails before we were regaling each other with spine tingling experiences from our lives. We’ll also be special guests at the ultimate costume party at Bran Castle (known as Dracula’s castle, built circa 1377) which was owned by Vlad’s grandfather (Mircea the Old) and was attacked by Vlad in 1460.

We'll dine in the room where Vlad Dracula was born in 1431 (Photo by Christopher Campbell)
On Halloween night we’ll dine in the room where Vlad Dracula was born in 1431 (Photo by Christopher Campbell)

Our Transylvanian guide (with whom I explored Romania with extensively) and I have designed a journey that will take us to the best local haunts: medieval castles with gruesome history, torture chambers, moody cemeteries, all contrasted with one of the most beautiful times of year to visit Romania which will be glowing in autumn colours. And Christopher Campbell, professional photographer (Chatelaine, Food Network, Harper Collins), will be guiding you during our escapades to capture photos of a lifetime, whether you’re using a mobile device, point & shoot, or a DSLR with multiple lenses. Plus he’ll be providing you (throughout the expedition and when you get back home) with digital images of your adventures.

When we entered the cemetery in Sighisoara (the birthplace of Vlad Dracula) we were greeted by an Alfred Hitchcock sky. (Photo by Writers' Expeditions's photography host Christopher Campbell).
When we entered the cemetery in Sighisoara (the birthplace of Vlad Dracula) we were greeted by a screaming Alfred Hitchcock sky. (Photo by Writers’ Expeditions photography host Christopher Campbell).
Vlad Dracula’s wife jumped to her death from the 100 storey high cliffs at Poenari to avoid capture by invading Turks. (Photo Writers’ Expeditions)

Included in the 1490 Euro price for this seven-day cultural adventure: all meals which you order from the full restaurant menus (you can go on a diet when you get home), 4 star accommodation, licensed Transylvanian (tour operator) guide and translator, activities/entrance fees, some booze, pro photos, and our private vehicle and driver while on this phenomenal tour.

Kirsten Koza
Adventure Travel Writer
Writers’ Expeditions Host: info@kirstenkoza.com and kirstenkoza@gmail.com (we respond quickly, so if you don’t hear back, please try the other email address or message us on Facebook)

Day 1:  October 26th 

- Pickup at Bucharest airport. -Next door to our hotel are the ruins of the Princely Palace, the castle that Dracula built in celebration of his own greatness or evilness. In the evening we’ll explore the historic pedways of the old town of Bucharest which was first settled in 70 BC and by the 1400’s was the wealthiest city in Eastern Europe. Then we’ll dine at The Beer Chariot, a spectacular 19th century restaurant which is always packed with locals and boasts an extensive menu of tasty Romanian dishes. – Dinner. Palinca shots. Overnight at Europa Royale Bucharest Hotel ****

The Beer Chariot, Bucharest. (Photo by Christopher Campbell, photography host for The Dracula Expedition)
The Beer Chariot, Bucharest. (Photo by Christopher Campbell, photography host for The Dracula Expedition)
Papanasi, a donut-like dessert made fresh and served piping hot, in Romanian restaurants. (Photo by Christopher Campbell, Writers' Expeditions)
Papanasi, a donut-like dessert made fresh and served piping hot, in Romanian restaurants. (Photo by Christopher Campbell, Writers’ Expeditions)

Day 2: October 27th (Drinks are on Dracula tonight – costume party at Bran Castle)

After a hot buffet breakfast at the hotel’s award winning restaurant, we’ll visit the Palace of Parliament, the second largest building in the world (following the Pentagon), and a legacy of a more recent “Dracula,” the communist dictator Ceausescu (executed in 1989). Then we’ll break out the Romanian treat bags for our scenic drive to Transylvania.

Transylvania, Romania, Heroes' Cross, Caraiman Peak (Photo by Christopher Campbell)
Transylvania, Romania, Heroes’ Cross, Caraiman Peak (Photo by Christopher Campbell)

We’ll be spending the night in the mountains near Bran Castle (“Dracula’s Castle”), at our guide’s rural, family run inn, where we’ll have have a bountiful seasonal, home cooked Romanian meal before we change into our costumes (as simple or elaborate as they may be) and head to the Halloween festival in Bran and the party at Dracula’s Castle.

Bran Castle, known as "Dracula's Castle." (Photo by Christopher Campbell, Writers' Expeditions)
Bran Castle, known as “Dracula’s Castle.” (Photo by Christopher Campbell, Writers’ Expeditions)

Breakfast, lunch, dinner – tonight and tomorrow night are at our guide’s mountain lodge. The setting is rustic; the chalet is new (private ensuite bathrooms, wifi).

We'll be staying at our guide's family's lodge in Moecui, just 15 minutes from Dracula's castle. (Photo by Christopher Campbell)
We’ll be staying at our guide’s family’s lodge in Moecui, just 15 minutes from Dracula’s castle. (Photo by Christopher Campbell)

Day 3: October 28th

After a hearty breakfast at the farm we’ll drive to Brasov where we’ll conquer the medieval ramparts, watchtowers, and Saxon churches (if they don’t conquer us). But best of all, this walled city boasts one of the narrowest streets in Europe. From Brasov it’s to Rasnov: where we’ll explore the 13th century, mountaintop fortress built by Teutonic Knights, and then we’ll return to Moeciu for another Romanian farm feast. - Breakfast, lunch, dinner  - overnight at mountain lodge

Brasov, Romania (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Brasov, Romania (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

Day 4: October 29th – Dracula’s Fortress – where his wife plunged to her death

The ruins of Poenari Castle (Dracula’s Fortress) are perched high on a rugged crag above the Arges river gorge. There are 1,480 stairs to Dracula’s “vulture nest.” One of our previous participants worked it out to being 100 storeys. Now, if you really think you can’t make the climb–there’s a lovely lodge and restaurant down the road from the first step.

Climbing the stairs to Dracula's Fortress in 2016 (Photo by Christopher Campbell)
Climbing the stairs to Dracula’s Fortress (Photo by Christopher Campbell)
Dracula's "vulture's nest" (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Dracula’s “vulture’s nest” (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

The townsfolk of Targoviste were blamed by Vlad for their involvement in the assassination of his brother by the Turks. Vlad killed nobles, and enslaved the townsfolk to build his castle at Poenari.

The Ottoman army returned to Constantinople when they encountered 20,000 impaled corpses outside Vlad's home, Targoviste.
The Ottoman army returned to Constantinople when they encountered 20,000 impaled corpses outside Vlad’s home, Targoviste.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight Curtea de Arges ****

A beautiful cathedral with a dark secret, at the monastery of Curtea de Arges. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
A beautiful cathedral with a dark secret, at the monastery of Curtea de Arges. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

Day 5: October 30th

Today we cross the Carpathian mountains on the mind-blowing Transfagarasan Highway.

Crossing the Carpathians on the Transfagarasan Highway. (Photo by Christopher Campbell)
Crossing the Carpathians on the Transfagarasan Highway. (Photo by Christopher Campbell)

We continue on our Vlad Dracula quest, stopping in Sibiu, a town steeped in legend and named by Forbes magazine as one of the 10 most idyllic places to live in Europe. It was here that Mihnea the Evil, Dracula’s son, was murdered in front of the cathedral. We then plunge further west into Transylvania to Corvin Castle where Vlad Dracula was fugitive, or some argue prisoner. This is one of the largest castles in Europe and has been host to many paranormal investigative television shows from around the world. You’ll see why, or maybe some of you will feel it. - Breakfast, lunch, dinner – Overnight in Hunedoara ****

Corvin Castle. (Photo by Christopher Campbell, Writers' Expeditions)
Corvin Castle. (Photo by Christopher Campbell, Writers’ Expeditions)

Day 6: October 31st (Halloween – Tonight we have a private dinner party in the room where Vlad Dracula was born in 1431!)

We take a picturesque drive to Sighisoara, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. We’ll be spending the night inside this preserved walled town, in a medieval hotel, across the street from the house where Vlad Dracula was born in 1431, which is where we’ll be dining this Hallows’ Eve. - Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Palinca tasting. Overnight in hotel which is over 500 years old!

We'll be spending the night inside the medieval walled city of Sighisoara, across the street from where Vlad Dracula was born. (Photo by Christopher Campbell for Writers' Expeditions)
We’ll be spending the night inside the medieval walled city of Sighisoara, across the street from where Vlad Dracula was born. (Photo by Christopher Campbell for Writers’ Expeditions)

Day 7: November 1st – Dracula’s grave

Our driver will take us across the Carpathian mountains to Snagov Monastery. In 1476 Prince Vlad Dracula was assassinated, and the monks of Snagov recovered his headless body and buried it inside their church, on an island. Breakfast, lunch. Tour ends around 4:00 PM.  Return to Bucharest. Airport/hotel/train station drop-off. 

Autumn colours and snow capped Carpathians. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)
Autumn colours and snow capped Carpathians. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

PRICES AND INCLUSIONS AND HOST BIOS:

The price is 1490 Euros per person for a double (the single room supplement is 190 Euros for the entire trip).  A deposit of 250 Euros reserves your spot (Canadians and Americans can make the first two payments in dollars CAD and USD at the equivalent value).  Please contact us first at:  info@kirstenkoza.com (we respond quickly, so if you don’t hear back in 24 hours, please try kirstenkoza@gmail.com). You can also message us at our Writers’ Expeditions Facebook Page.

Inclusions:

  • All accommodation (the delightful inns are small and unique – four star, with private bath, and wifi)
  • All meals (don’t blame us if you gain weight – the food in Romania is fabulous, and you’re the one ordering what you want from the menus)
  • Some alcohol (see itinerary)
  • Photography sessions for those who wish
  • Professional photographs of your journey
  • Writing tips for any who wish
  • All transfers and transportation on tours
  • English-speaking, Transylvanian guide
  • Our own driver and private vehicle
  • All entrance fees to castles and museums

Exclusions:

  • Airfare
  • Alcohol (unless listed on the itinerary)
  • Visa (not something for North Americans or Europeans to worry about)

Christopher Campbell (Writers' Expeditions - photography host)Kirsten describes the hosts:

Christopher Campbell: once again I’ve invited one of my favourite photographers (and one of the best travel companions you’ll ever meet) to lead our photographic adventures and share a lifetime of tips, tricks & technique. You have probably seen his images displayed on TV’s Food Network cooking shows or in publications as varied as ChatelaineSpa Magazine, or Harper Collins cookbooks–and most definitely in ads–he’s the one you can blame for making you crave Absolut Vodka, Kahlua, that dew dripping glass of Gordon’s gin, Florida oranges, late night fast food at Wendy’s or McDonald’s (blame him for that), or test driving a Mercedes—that’s Christopher Campbell’s fault too. This is Chris’s third year hosting our Dracula Expedition. He’s also been our photography host in Jordan and Vietnam.

kirsten halloweenKirsten Koza: I don’t always look this good. I’m your host and expedition designer and am a professional adventure travel writer, author, humourist and journalist. I ruthlessly pretest the Writers’ Expeditions trips to find the best local guides, tour operators, and unique adventures, so you can have a great experience. 

I’ve had more than seventy stories published in books, magazines, and newspapers around the world, on topics as varied as going inside the largest Syrian refugee camp, bullfighting, cannibalism, tornado chasing, mountain biking, dildos, dictators, Putin, gluten, mutants, and politics.  I’ve even made the front page of Kyrgyzstan’s national newspaper. I’m the author of Lost in Moscow: A Brat in the USSR and edited the Traveler’s Tales anthology Wake Up and Smell the Shit: Hilarious Travel Disasters, Monstrous Toilets, and a Demon Dildo.

And we leave you with some photos of Halloween costumes, food and fun from past expeditions and a three-minute documentary from a previous expedition. Turn up your speakers for it! The Dracula Expedition Video!

Halloween party goers at Bran Castle (Dracula's castle), Transylvania, Romania. (Photo by Christopher Campbell for Writers' Expeditions)
Halloween party goers at Bran Castle (Dracula’s castle), Transylvania, Romania. (Photo by Christopher Campbell for Writers’ Expeditions)

You can expand the thumbnails by clicking and scroll over for caption.

A nice light meal - Romanian style. (Photo by Horia Matei)The menu called the dish fourskins. You can imagine the jokes. (Photo by Christopher Campbell)Salad in Romania The castle courtyard during the Halloween party (Photo by Christopher Campbell)Out group from 2015 getting ready for the Halloween party at Horia's lodge.Our photography host photobombs strangers at Dracula's castle. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

We met people at the costume party who looked like Hollywood special effects artists had worked on them. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)Some people go all out and some buy their costumes at dollar stores. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)Bran Castle Halloween (Photo by Kirsten Koza)Nobody knew we were travelling with the Grim Reaper until Halloween night at the castle. (Photo by Kirsten Koza)In the town square of Sighisoara (Photo by Christopher Campbell, 2016)Some of our 2016 group in Sibiu (Photo by Christopher Campbell)Halloween group shot 2016 (Photo by Christopher Campbell)Night falls at the cemetery in Sighisoara, Romania (Photo by Christopher Campbell)

Horse wagons are a common in Romania (Photo by Kirsten Koza)Medieval covered staircase in Sighisoara. (Photo by Christopher Campbell)A Roma tinsmith, Romania (Photo by Christopher Campbell)

 

 

 

 

(Did you know that Bram Stoker got inspiration for writing Dracula while staying in Whitby, Yorkshire, England? Follow the link to see the details for Decency be Damned, our seven day rollicking writing workshop across Yorkshire, in May 2018.)

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Condor, Colca Canyon, Peru (photo by Kirsten Koza)


In a land where the Catholic conquistadors conquered and subjugated the native Incas, a small band of Peruvian neo-Nazis have found a way to blame all their troubles on the Jews.

The weirdness started when I ordered the wrong soup in Nazca, Peru. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, except that every two or three years I fly all the way from Toronto to Lima and then rent a 4×4 at the airport to drive to Nazca for a bowl of parihuela at La Encantada. I always tell people that I’m going to Peru for other reasons, for example, this time, the reason was to mountain bike down a 19,872-foot ultra volcano… Click this link to read the full story in Perceptive Travel Magazine.

 

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La Reunion Hotel, with a view of the constantly low-active volcano, Fuego.

Volcanoes, orgasmic food, Mayan sacrifices, rum, ruins, urban legends and ghosts, coffee and laughter: we invite you to join us in Guatemala, this March, for an eight-day food and photography adventure that combines exquisite luxury along with the best of going local.

(Scroll down for prices, itinerary, and host bios. Group-size is just 6-10 participants – if you have more questions after reading the itinerary, please contact Kirsten at info@kirstenkoza.com).

Tikal, Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (photo by Juliana Skaggs)
Tikal, Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (photo by Juliana Skaggs)
The Mayans worshipped the cacao tree. It is said that Guatemala is "the birthplace of chocolate." (photo by our Guatemala photography host, Christopher Campbell)
The Mayans worshipped the cacao tree. It is said that Guatemala is “the birthplace of chocolate.” (photo by our Guatemala photography host, Christopher Campbell)

Santa Catalina, Antigua, GuatemalaDay 1, Sat., March 3, 2018
You will be greeted at the airport in Guatemala City and then driven (about 50 minutes) to our hotel in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Antigua. After we’ve all checked-in and enjoyed a welcome beverage, we’ll stroll the Spanish-Baroque streets, of what was once the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Guatemala.

We’ll dine on the Q’eqchi people’s traditional dish, Kak’ik, its red broth symbolizing the ritual blood in Mayan sacrificial ceremonies.

After dinner, we’ll take a ghostly adventure to the canal where people say they can hear La Llorona (the Weeping Woman) crying at night as she looks for her drowning children.

Antigua, Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (photo by Juliana Skaggs)
Antigua, Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (photo by Juliana Skaggs)

(welcome drink, Dinner, overnight at Hotel Meson de Maria –  behind the exterior walls is a hidden oasis with Colonial-style rooms and picturesque courtyards and gardens)

Day 2, Sun., March 4

Photo of beans and eggs, by our expedition photography host, Christopher Campbell.
Photo of beans and eggs, by our expedition photography host, Christopher Campbell.

After breakfast we’ll walk the cobbled streets to the colourful fruit and vegetable market. Sunday is the biggest market day in Antigua. Produce from the entire country (from the coast to the highlands, from the warmest regions to the coldest – the bounty from the rich soils of the volcanoes) is sold here.

At the Museo de Santiago we’ll hear how La Tatuana, a beautiful slave, condemned to death, made her escape from prison.

Antigua, Guatemala from Cerro de la Cruz (photo by Juliana Skaggs)
Antigua, Guatemala from Cerro de la Cruz (photo by Juliana Skaggs)

We’ll lunch local, and then it’s time for some liquid inspiration – we’ll sample Zacapa rum, the finest in Guatemala, before we take a short hike up to Cerro de la Cruz for the views of Antigua.

In the evening we’ll dine at the oldest monastery in Antigua, at upscale restaurant Casa Santo Domingo. We haven’t included this meal in the price so you have the freedom to explore their exquisite menu. Then we’ll return to the hotel by a reputedly haunted street where people have recorded the sounds of a horse-drawn carriage that only manifests to announce death. If we happen to hear the horses and carriage, probably the best thing to do would be to go and have more rum.

(Breakfast, Lunch, rum, and overnight at Meson de Maria)

Day 3, Mon., March 5

Poolside luxury at the exclusive five-star resort, La Reunion Hotel, Guatemala.
Poolside luxury at the exclusive five-star resort, La Reunion Hotel, Guatemala.

Breakfast – and then we transfer from our inn in Antigua to luxurious La Reunion, an exclusive five-star resort at the foot of Volcan Fuego (Volcano of Fire), a constantly active (at a low level), 3763-metre-high volcano. Then it’s free time to enjoy whatever activity or non-activity you’d prefer: hike, bike, ride horses, golf on one of the most beautiful courses in the world, have a photo workshop with our photography host, or relax at the pool or spa.

Activities permitting, we’d like to meet at the pool for lunch (optional) before you continue enjoying your day.

La Reunion Hotel, with a view of the constantly low-active volcano, Fuego.
La Reunion Hotel, with a view of the constantly low-active volcano, Fuego.

In the evening we’ll witness the red lava flows on Fuego from the resort’s renowned gourmet restaurant. Fuego is called Chi’gag (where the fire is) in the Mayan language of Cakchiquel. It is said that the volcano erupts every time someone mispronounces its name. A peaceful night awaits us in this glorious place, unless…

Fuego Volcano from La Reunion. (photo by Juliana Skaggs)
Fuego Volcano from La Reunion. (photo by Juliana Skaggs)

(B, overnight at La Reunion)

Day 4, Tues., March 6

You’ll want to eat big this morning (and it’s a fun breakfast menu for you to order from) as today we head to Pacaya Volcano National Park to hike up the active volcano (horses are available for hire, if you’d prefer). We’ll photograph the lava fields and flows from the most recent eruption in 2010. We’ll have a Guatemalan picnic on the volcano (chuchitos, tamalitos de chipilin, black beans, guacamole, and tortillas) and will stay for sunset photos and hot chocolate before we hike back down the mountain.

While on the hardened black lava of Pacaya Volcano I heard an explosion, I thought it was us, but it was Fuego Volcano in the distance. (photo by Kirsten Koza)
While on the hardened black lava of Pacaya Volcano I heard an explosion, I thought it was us, but it was Fuego Volcano in the distance. (photo by Kirsten Koza)

Free time for dinner and the remainder of the night back in Antigua.

(B, L, overnight at El Meson de Maria)

A "chicken bus" in Antigua. We won't be taking the chicken bus, but you'll see them. (photo by Kirsten Koza)
A “chicken bus” in Antigua. We won’t be taking the chicken bus, but you’ll see them. (photo by Kirsten Koza)

 Day 5, Wed., March 7 

With your boxed breakfast in hand, we’ll catch an early flight to Flores for our expedition to some of the most important ancient cities of Mayan times, Tikal and Yaxhá.

Tikal, Mayan ruins, Guatemala. (photo by Juliana Skaggs)
Tikal, Mayan ruins, Guatemala. (photo by Juliana Skaggs)
The ruins of Tikal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), set in a rainforest, date back in range from 4th Century BC to 900 AD. (photo by Juliana Skaggs)
The ruins of Tikal (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), set in a rainforest, date back in range from 4th Century BC to 900 AD. (photo by Juliana Skaggs)

A boat will take us to explore Topoxte Island, an infamous Mayan ceremonial site where many sacrifices occurred. Among the Mayans’ favourites were decapitations and heart extractions.

Topoxté Island, Yaxhá, Guatemala (photo by Juliana Skaggs)
Topoxté Island, Yaxhá, Guatemala (photo by Juliana Skaggs)

Once again, by boat, we will head to the lakefront private reserve where we will stay in unique Mayan inspired rooms. Nitun Private Reserve is a small ecolodge, and tonight’s dinner might be the meal that has your eyes rolling back in your head while you emit indecent sounds of pleasure. Just remember, what happens in Guatemala stays in Guatemala.

Tonight we’ll have a bonfire by the lakeshore.

(B, flight, L, D, overnight at Nitun Private Reserve)

Day 6, Thurs., March 8

Coffee lovers will enjoy this morning’s brew in the Maya Biosphere with breakfast. Then it is free time to kayak, or swim, or swing in a hammock.

We’ll have lunch and then will head to the airport to return to Antigua.

Antigua, Guatemala, local man and his dog.
Antigua, Guatemala, local man and his dog.

Free time tonight to dine and wander where you wish.

(B, L, flight, overnight at El Meson de Maria)

Day 7, Fri., March 9

We'll visit a local coffee grower and will have lunch with his family. (photo by our expedition's photography host, Christopher Campbell)
We’ll visit a local coffee grower and will have lunch with his family. (photo by our expedition’s photography host, Christopher Campbell)

Breakfast – and then a Guatemalan campesino will take us to his coffee field in the foothills of Agua Volcano. We’ll taste coffee grown and harvested by his family and will lunch with them at their house, where they will also show us how they dry, roast and prepare coffee.

Similar to tartans, the patterns and colours of a Guatemalan weaving denote a particular community. (photo by Shawn Koza, Kirsten's brother.)
Similar to tartans, the patterns and colours of a Guatemalan weaving denote a particular community. (photo by Shawn Koza, Kirsten’s brother.)

This afternoon you are free to wander and shop for chocolate, coffee, crafts, booze, weavings, art and more.

Farewell dinner with live music.

(B,L, overnight at El Meson de Maria)

Day 8, Sat., March 10

After breakfast, we’ll head to the airport (depending on the time of your departure).

If you’re not leaving today, feel free to linger with our photography host who will be happy to help you work on perfecting your photographs from the trip.

(B)

Host Bios (continue scrolling down for Prices and Inclusions)

Christopher Campbell (professional photographer)Christopher Campbell is your photography host and will be guiding you to take fantastic images throughout the trip (if you’d like to learn), no matter the devices you bring. He will also provide you with digital images he takes of your adventures. Chris hosted our photography and eating expedition across Jordan in 2014, he hosts our annual Dracula Expeditions in Romania, and last year’s Eat Your Way Across Vietnam. Chris is a renowned food photographer. His work can be seen on TV’s Food Network cooking shows and in publications as varied as Chatelaine, Spa Magazine or Harper Collins cookbooks–and most definitely in ads–he’s the one you can blame for making you crave Absolut Vodka, Kahlua, Gordon’s gin, Florida oranges, or even test driving a Mercedes.

Kirsten Koza at "Wake Up and Smell the Shit" book launch at Book Passage, in San FranciscoKirsten Koza is the leader and organizer of Writers’ Expeditions. She designs the adventures with her expert hosts, international tour operators, and local guides and ruthlessly test drives each expedition. She is an author, humorist, journalist, editor, and adventurer. Her articles and photos have been published in newspapers and magazines around the world. She’s a contributor to the “travel publishing giant” Travelers’ Tales (USA): The Best Women’s Travel Writing and humor anthologies, and she is the editor of their recent travel humor book Wake Up and Smell the Shit.  Kirsten is a journalist and writes on topics as varied as cannibalism, tornadoes, volcanoes, disease, politics, bullfighting, dildos, Putin, and gluten, and covered Syrian refugees, when she went to Zaatari, in a three-part series. CBC Radio Canada International declares Kirsten’s book, Lost in Moscow, “the ultimate what-I-did-last-summer essay ever.”

Luisa Zea, expert Guatemalan guideLuisa Zea is an award winning guide who was voted one of the ten best local guides in the world (Guardian newspaper, UK). She’s a passionate, Guatemalan adventure sports woman, with a brilliant sense of humour. Luisa is a college graduate in sustainable tourism and has worked for 15 years promoting sustainable tourism in the whole country as a viable way to increase the economic, social and environmental benefits for local communities and to raise awareness of the importance of responsible use and conservation of natural resources. She is currently teaching two courses at Universidad del Valle; both of them aim to empower local communities to take a leading role in their economic development through sharing with visitors their natural environment and their culture.

Prices, Inclusions and Exclusions

Price per person based upon a double room: $2682 USD.  If you’d like a single room for the trip, the supplement is $438. To reserve your spot, there is a deposit of $400 US (which of course is subtracted from your remaining total). Canadians can make payments in Canadian dollars –  dollar conversion rate based upon the day of the payment.  (Please contact Kirsten with any questions you may have info@kirstenkoza.com or kirstenkoza@gmail.com. You can also message us from the Writers’ Expeditions Facebook Page.) 

INCLUDED in trip price:

  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • All the beautiful lodgings
  • Internal flights while in Guatemala (two)
  • Photography tips and images
  • Transportation while on tours
  • Tour guide fees
  • Museum and park entrance fees
  • Tastings
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary  (see brackets below each day for included meals)
  • For any writers or aspiring writers – Kirsten will be available this entire tour to share knowledge and give feedback

NOT included in trip price:

  • International airfare from home country
  • Drinks and meals not stated in itinerary

(Other Writers’ Expeditions trips for 2018: We can only take one more participant for Decency Be Damned, our writing workshop, in Yorkshire, this May. We are halfway to sold-out for this year’s seven-day Romanian Halloween party, the Vlad Dracula Expedition. And we’ve newly announced November’s Exquisite Adventure – Vietnam & Cambodia Writing Workshop – stay in luxury – write dangerously.

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Writers' Expeditions Castle Howard Yorkshire, England

Decency Be Damned: a seven-day roving writing workshop across Yorkshire, England, hosted by Writers’ Expeditions and Exploring York – from May 21-27, 2018.

Hogwarts Express York England

Writers of any genre of fiction and nonfiction: You are invited to leave your safety nets at home and join us for a rollicking week of writing across Yorkshire, where you’ll be encouraged—and enabled!—to go beyond the bounds of decency. You’ll acquire techniques and exercises used by actors on the stage and apply them to the page. With your pen or keyboard, you’ll improvise, method act and perform dangerous feats. Inspiration will be gleaned from the activities we’ve planned and places we’ll stay. We’ll brave a ghost walk in Europe’s most haunted city, devour an orgasm of chocolates, and hunker down in the very hotel where Agatha Christie hid during the national manhunt for her. We’ll plot mayhem at the Guy Fawkes Inn, sample beer made by sixth generation brewers, and feast on the exploits of the Vikings and Romans—of course, all the while, delighting in English countryside, seaside villages, and stately homes.

Writer’s block be damned! Decency be damned! This workshop is a daring adventure of storytelling and writing!

(Scroll down for itinerary, bios of hosts, and prices. This workshop takes a maximum of 10 participants and 9 have already booked.) 

Yorkshire Fat Rascals (Photo by our local guide and expert Matthew Greenwood, Exploring York)
Yorkshire Fat Rascals (Photo by our local guide and expert Matthew Greenwood, Exploring York)

TOUR ITINERARY

Monday, May 21st, 2018

2:00 pm: check-in at the Monkbar Hotel (newly owned by Hilton), overlooking York’s medieval city walls.

Afternoon: meet & greet at our warm-up writing workshop, in the hotel bar, before we indulge in York’s Chocolate Story. Chocolate has resulted in renown and fortune for York for near 300 years, and this afternoon we’ll learn the artform of the chocolatier and how to eat chocolate too – yes, we’ll receive a chocolate eating lesson.

Free time to write, nap, or visit the pub before our nighttime adventure.

Shambles, York, England
Shambles, York, England

8:00 pm - Ghost Tour: York is home to some of the world’s most notorious ghosts. It was named the most haunted city in Europe, and tonight our guide promises to give us the creeps as he reveals York’s spooky secrets around each dark corner of the cobbled streets.

Overnight at Monkbar Hotel, in York

Tuesday, May 22nd

Morning: after enjoying an English breakfast (or something lighter if you prefer) and a writing workshop, we’ll meander the  streets and alleyways of the walled city with our guide. Roman York became the birthplace of Western Christianity, but the Romans’ achievements were brutally exsanguinated when the Vikings transformed Jorvik into an international trading hub centuries ahead of its time, making Medieval York the capital of the North.

Statue of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, York Minster.
Statue of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, York Minster.

Afternoon: guided tour of York Minster, the world’s third largest medieval gothic cathedral and York’s most acclaimed historical site.

Evening: dinner and writing workshop at the Guy Fawkes Inn. This medieval inn is the birthplace of the notorious plotter, Guido Fawkes.

Breakfast (B), Dinner (D), overnight at Monkbar Hotel, in York

Guy Fawkes – painting by Henry Perronet Briggs (c. 1823) – titled Discovery of the Gunpowder Plot (public domain)

Wednesday, May 23rd

Morning: after breakfast we’ll set out on the York City Treasure Hunt – our quest will take us puzzling along the quirky-named streets around the city’s fascinating landmarks.

We’ll spend the afternoon at Castle Howard – tour and lunchtime writing workshop.

Afternoon at Castle Howard: this Yorkshire stately home is one of Britain’s finest. It’s resplendent in world famous art and opulent architecture.

Writing workshop at Castle Howard.

Free time for dinner at your leisure back in York. Our guide will happily make recommendations.

Bettys Cafe Tea Room, and that's not a typo - Bettys has no apostrophe however much you'd like to add one (photo by our guide, Matthew Greenwood, Exploring York)
Bettys Cafe Tea Room, and that’s not a typo – Bettys has no apostrophe however much you’d like to add one (photo by our guide, Matthew Greenwood, Exploring York)

B, overnight at Monkbar Hotel

Thursday, May 24th  (we change hotels today)

Morning: breakfast – and then we’ll take the steam train along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from Pickering to Goathland (film location for the Hogwarts Express), and of course we’ll discuss the success of J.K. Rowling – the whys and hows – and how this relates to stories going viral on the Internet.

Afternoon: we’ll visit the coastal town of Whitby, the birthplace of Captain Cook. Also, it was while visiting Whitby, after an exhausting theatrical tour, that Bram Stoker got inspiration for Dracula. Then it’s up the 199 steps to Whitby’s gothic abbey, culminating in the reward of award winning fish and chips.

Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire. (photo by the fabulous George Hodan)
Whitby Abbey, Yorkshire. (photo by the fabulous George Hodan)

Evening: check-in at the Old Swan Harrogate which is surrounded by idyllic English gardens and is just a three minute walk from the spa town’s centre. Our hotel “combines Victorian splendour with contemporary luxury.” It was here where Agatha Christie hid in 1926, resulting in an 11-day national manhunt for her.

Dinner: in the glass-ceilinged Wedgwood Restaurant, at the Old Swan – followed by writing workshop

B,L,D – overnight Old Swan

Friday, May 25th

Morning: after enjoying another English breakfast (or something a little less hearty and meaty if you prefer), we’ll explore Fountains Abbey, situated in a secluded valley. Fountains Abbey is one of the biggest and best preserved ruined (which sounds like an oxymoron) Cistercian monasteries in England.

Afternoon: bottoms up at the Black Sheep Brewery in the quaint market town of Masham. Black Sheep has been at this for six generations. They brew cask, keg and bottled beers and have a great reputation for their experimental brews.

Our brewery tour and tasting is followed by going to a pub for lunch, where we’ll have a writing workshop.

Beer tasting. (photo by George Hodan)

Free time for dinner in Harrogate.

B, and beer tasting – overnight Old Swan

Saturday, May 26th

Yorkshire Dales (Photo by George Hodan)

Yorkshire Dales National Park: we’ll spend the day exploring the limestone scenery and the unique valleys known as dales. You’ll see stone-built villages, field barns, drystone walls, and flower-laden meadows, plus the Aysgarth Falls, Swaledale sheep, and the perfect picture postcard village of Grassington—the location for the film Calendar Girls.

Our daytime workshop will be in a secluded spot in the Yorkshire Dales.

Dinner: Wedgwood Restaurant – Old Swan Hotel – and after dinner writing workshop

 B, D – Overnight Old Swan

 Sunday,  May 27th

Morning: after breakfast we’ll have our farewell writing workshop and check-out. (B)

BIOS OF HOSTS – FOLLOWED BY PRICES

Kirsten Koza at "Wake Up and Smell the Shit" book launch at Book Passage, in San FranciscoKirsten Koza (writing workshop host): is the author of Lost in Moscow published by Turnstone and dubbed by CBC radio Canada “the ultimate what-I-did-last-summer essay ever.” Kirsten edited the Travelers’ Tales (USA) humour anthology, Wake Up and Smell the Shit, and read thousands of stories for that book before narrowing it down to the 31 writers she selected for the volume. She’s had over 75 stories published in books, magazines and newspapers around the world and has repeatedly been invited to speak at the American Society of Journalists and Authors annual conference in New York, on the power of social media for writers and making stories go viral.

Kirsten has taught both postgraduate and 3rd year acting at the University of East London and East 15 Acting School (famous for method acting), in England. She did her BA in theatre at Dalhousie University, in Canada, and her postgrad in the UK at E-15. The final production of her postgrad was staged in Yorkshire. Prior to becoming a professional writer, she worked in theatres across Canada and was the Artistic Director of Canada’s oldest professional summer theatre. Her theatre background has had a massive impact on how she writes, and she looks forward to sharing these methods and other tips with you on the Decency be Damned writing workshop, in Yorkshire.

You can read a few of her adventures (published in books and magazines) by following these links, and you’ll probably surmise why the management at Travelers’ Tales publishing house affectionately call Kirsten “the Canadian lunatic”: “Chasing Tornadoes” published in the ninth volume of The Best Women’s Travel Writing books, “The Mountain Men Who Don’t Exist in Kyrgyzstan” and “Hiding the Cannoli in Sicily” both published by Perceptive Travel magazine.

Matthew Greenwood of Exploring YorkMatthew Greenwood (your local guide & expert): created his tour company, Exploring York, in 2004, out of a love for his native county of Yorkshire and his lifelong passion for travel. He has guided a wide variety of groups ranging from policemen from Sudan to venture capitalists from New Mexico and adores showing visitors from around the globe his home city and county.

When Matthew was a child he wanted to be a hotel manager and had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of international hotel chains. His interest in all things travel continued through life. He says the reason we embark on journeys is for the unknown, to make discoveries outside our realm of imagination. His own travels have circled the planet. A chance-meeting with a charity worker led to a lifetime dream-trip to Rwanda where he walked among the mountain gorillas, something he couldn’t have imagined coming true when watching Gorillas in the Mist as a child. That trip also fed Matthew’s appetite for learning about war and atrocities and how humanity can endure and overcome. This passion has led to him taking self-study trips (what he calls holidays) to Bosnia, Serbia, Cambodia and Vietnam, where he and Kirsten met in Hanoi outside Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum.

Matthew has a keen interest and knowledge in all aspects of history, British and American politics and world affairs.

PRICES AND INCLUSIONS:

Prices include hotel accommodations – full breakfasts daily – 3 dinners –  1 lunch – daily tours and transportation while on tours – private guide – tastings – and writing workshops.

The price per person based upon a twin shared room is £1500. If you prefer a single room – there is a £150 single supplement for the entire trip duration.

A deposit of £460 reserves your place. Canadians and Americans can pay the deposit in dollars (CAD and US) – the currency conversion will be calculated on the day you make the payment.

The group size for this trip is just 6-10 participants! Please email Kirsten at info@kirstenkoza.com or kirstenkoza@gmail.com, or message her from the Writers’ Expeditions Facebook Page with any questions you might have.

EXCLUSIONS:

International flights and transportation to and from the first and last hotels

Yorkshire, Fountains Abbey (photo by George Hodan)

(Can’t wait for May 2018 to do something unusual – Writers’ Expeditions is hosting Hot Volcanoes and Chilling Rituals – Feast Across Guatemala, this March – Click the link to see full details for: Hot Volcanoes and Chilling Rituals)

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