Scoop & Scandal

Roma family, Romania (Photo by Kirsten Koza)

I’ve had another adventure travel story published by Perceptive Travel magazine. “The Mud Sucker Curse of Transylvania” (Romania) includes a gypsy curse, an accidental world record, and fleeing a forest fire. I often travel a country by mountain bike before I think about bringing a small group with me in the future for a photography, eating, or writing workshop, so we can avoid the monstrous toilets, gypsy curses, and eat the best food.

screen capture Perceptive MudsuckerThe day this story came out, a doctor in the USA messaged me to say that it was hilarious and he had tears in his eyes. That sort of bravo makes a writer’s day, week, year. You can read the full story on the magazine’s website – click here.

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perceptive scopello fluffy white clouds

My story about that time my husband invited a total stranger (at the luggage carousel in Sicily) to join us on our honeymoon, was published by Perceptive Travel Magazine – “the best stories from authors on the move.” You can read the full story on the magzine’s website by clicking here: Hiding the Cannoli in Sicily.

Perceptive Travel screen shot hiding the cannoli

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helicopter spraying agent orange (public domain)

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)

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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

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