Tag Archives: Set in Colombia

Road Fever by Tim Cahill

Summary: Tim Cahill reports on the road trip to end all road trips: a journey that took him from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, in a record-breaking twenty three and a half days.

My Review:

I am a person that loves travel memoirs. I always find that they drive me to keep pursuing and working to achieve my goals of seeing the world. This book was fun mostly because at the time he traveled from Tierra del Fuego to Prudhoe Bay in record time.

At the time this was amazing and that is why I love this book. Going on an adventure like this was not the norm.  Now you are always hearing about some travel record being broken that if you love to travel like I do, you just go… not to beat some record because it will likely be broken the following week 🙂  That is why I love this book it was not normal and he WENT for it!

Very well written book. I laughed so much in this book. Anyone that has ever traveled will understand the perils he went through because they still exist today, so overall this is a great relaxing book to read!

Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia by Bryanna Plog

Summary: 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.

 

I have wanted to go to Colombia since I was 23 and worked with this ridiculously cool kid named Andres.  Andres was from Bogota and he used to tell me how things were different and someday the world would see that.  Andres went off to Purdue and I have not seen in him in over a decade… but his passion for his home has always stuck with me.

Here is the funny thing though, up until about two years ago… I always spelled Colombia… Columbia.  So when I saw this book I laughed the moment I read the title and knew I needed to read it.

This book has be me laughing at 3 am and I could not put it down.   The book touched on some serious subjects like poverty, lack of education and drugs but she did it in such a refreshing way that I felt like I was sitting in front of her having a conversation about her time in Colombia.

The author is a fantastic story teller and I bet after you read this novel you will want to go to Colombia too, or at least be way more curious about this country that you were before you read it.

Such a fantastic read I highly advise you read this one…. asap.