Bryanna Plog
Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia
August 02, 2019 Comments.. 922
Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia Bryanna Plog What does Colombia bring to mind This South American country has sometimes been misrepresented, only known for cocaine, guerrilla groups, coffee, and Shakira s hips In 2011, Bryanna Plog spent a year in the country to find out what the headlines might be missing headlines, that let s face it, sometimes misspelled the country as ColumbiaAs a volunteer middle schooWhat does Colombia bring to mind This South American country has sometimes been misrepresented, only known for cocaine, guerrilla groups, coffee, and Shakira s hips In 2011, Bryanna Plog spent a year in the country to find out what the headlines might be missing headlines, that let s face it, sometimes misspelled the country as ColumbiaAs a volunteer middle school English teacher in an impoverished community outside of Cartagena, Colombia, Plog recounts with delightfully understated wit her year traveling Colombia s cities, deserts, and rain forests fairly successful ventures , her attempts to hold class on a regular schedule less successful , and her quest to eat meals that didn t include rice a complete and utter failure.Through her teaching and traveling, Plog realizes Colombia is a place closer to a paradise than a country supposedly off limits to travelers Instead of having to survive encounters with drug cartels or avoiding kidnappings, Plog discovered her biggest problems included trying to get her students to pay attention in class, the country s strangely undrinkable coffee, and the searing Caribbean heat.Misspelled Paradise gives an honest and lighthearted look at the history, culture, and diversity of this complex Latin American country Colombia may be struggling with poverty and civil conflict, but over the year she gets to know the country and its people, Plog also sees it celebrate its passion for life with raucous street parties powered by champeta, vallenato, and reggaeton music, crates of tiny watery beers, its eighteen national holidays, and a never ending parade of beauty pageants.Misspelled Paradise is a book for readers of memoir and travel writing and anyone who is interested in travel to South America It gives an honest looks at the ups and downs of teaching abroad and how one teacher and traveler was surprised and captivated by a culture and country so unlike her own.Plog takes her readers to the mountainous streets of Bogot and to the small island of Isla Bar , to the deserts of the Guajira Peninsula and to the jungles of the rain forest, to the inside of her sweltering classrooms and to the sweeping beaches of the Colombia s Caribbean coast.Learn, be surprised, and laugh out loud as you journey through a reinvented Colombia.. Misspelled Paradise A Year in a Reinvented Colombia What does Colombia bring to mind This South American country has sometimes been misrepresented only known for cocaine guerrilla groups coffee and Shakira s hips In Bryanna Plog spent a year
  • Title: Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia
  • Author: Bryanna Plog
  • ISBN: 9781494984021
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Alden Jones says:

      Back when I was leaving the US for a year in Latin America as a volunteer, I would have done anything for a book like Bryanna Plog s Nowadays we have ample access to blogs and the snapshot views they provide of travelers experiences, but Misspelled Paradise is that rare treasure a book you can hold in your hands, that you can take with you on a bus or a plane a story with a beginning, middle and end Misspelled Paradise captures both the excitement and the eventual normalcy that comes with spendi [...]

    2. Ellie Hall says:

      Misspelled Paradise is a thoroughly enjoyable read If I was a traveller intent on visiting Colombia, I would consider it a must read There are a couple of points that made this a stand out for me First is the fact that it is not a simple travel guide The author lived in rural Colombia for a year, and while she took the opportunity to visit and describe some of the better known destinations, she also spent considerable time in the out of the way places Judging by the reaction of the locals, not v [...]

    3. Celia Kennedy says:

      In many respects it is hard to review a travel book One isn t critiquing the plot lines, since they are real events Rather one focuses on the authors ability to put forward the experience in an engaging way that makes us want to take a similar journey.In Misspelled Paradise, Ms Plog does a wonderful job segueing from experience to experience, taking us from jungle trips in the to understanding the plumbing issues of Colombia.Her main endeavor in Colombia, was to teach English to Colombian studen [...]

    4. Jill Dobbe says:

      I bought Misspelled Paradise because I knew that I would be able to relate to the author s story As an international educator myself living the past six years in Honduras, I related to almost all of it I felt her pain as she suffered through the tropical heat, strange insects, and power shortages However, I also identified with the warmth expressed by the locals, the gorgeous scenery, and visits she made to quaint villages.Although I found the writing a bit flat and expressionless at times, Plog [...]

    5. Monica says:

      It s ok so far, but nothing special I saw it in the library s list of new books and thought, why not I like travel writing, and haven t read much about Colombia The title irks me The author claims that misspelling Colombia as Columbia is common Really I don t know about that I don t think I ve ever encountered that before Update I don t think I m going to finish this It just never gripped me at all, and in fact, I think I may have returned it to the library already can t remember A good travel w [...]

    6. Bob Allen says:

      A great look at one person s experience while teaching for a year in Colombia h.A great look at one person s experience while teaching for a year in Colombia I liked the balanced view on a host of issues and the descriptions of the individuals she shared a year with.

    7. Katie Roz says:

      This book took me far longer than normal to read and I picked up many other books in between this one, occasionally going months with it sitting on my nightstand collecting dust I m very grateful for my friend for thinking of me and gifting this book to me at the beginning of my own adventure teaching in Colombia Unfortunately, Bryanna Plog was just such an irritating narrator that it made the book difficult to read I got frustrated a lot and had to force myself back to it She s got a very holie [...]

    8. Jennifer says:

      Guys this book was a laugh out loud funny hilarious book IT was a refreshing and very real take on teaching English in Colombia from the moment she discusses the often misspelling of Colombia to the last page I found myself laughing at this book This book discussed the serious stuff in a refreshing brutally honest way and I could not put this book down The author has a fantastic insight into the world and she should write much Full review will be posted on The Cubicle Escapee

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