Misspelled Paradise by Bryanna Plog
A Year in a Reinvented Colombia

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Stretches of warm Caribbean beaches. Donkeys trotting down muddy roads. Vibrant cities alive with music, color, and humanity.

If you’re looking for a book about Colombia that involves harrowing escapes from FARC guerrillas or tales of drug smuggling… this is not it. In­stead, MISSPELLED PARADISE gives an honest and light­hearted look at the history, culture, and diversity of a country that may be struggling with poverty and a civil conflict, but celebrates its joy with blasting street parties named after the stacks of amplifiers, tiny watery beers, and a never-ending parade of beauty contestants.

As a volunteer middle school English teacher in an impoverished Colombian Caribbean community, Bryanna Plog recounts with dry humor her year traveling Colombia’s cities, deserts, and rainforests (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).

From the high rises of Bogotá, to the small island town of Santa Ana, from the deserts of the Guajira peninsula and the northern-most part of South America, to the jungles of the Amazon rainforest far south, learn, be surprised, and laugh out loud as you journey through a reinvented Colombia.

This book is recommended for anyone thinking of traveling to South America, teaching abroad, or who light lighthearted travel stories, travel memoirs, or travelogues.


About Bryanna Plog

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In 2011, author Bryanna Plog spent a year in Colombia as a volunteer English teacher through Harvard-based WorldTeach and Colombia-based Volunteers Colombia. She returned to Colombia in 2013 for two weeks to visit old friends and new places.Bryanna has traveled to or lived on six continents (including Antarctica: Asia is still on the list). Originally from western Washington, she is currently an educator and park ranger with the National Park Service.She continues to write and blog about traveling, Colombia, and other favorite destinations at bryannaplog.com.
Published February 27, 2014 291 pages
Genres: Travel.

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