Bryanna Plog

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Bryanna Plog is an international traveler and author of two travel books. Her first book, Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia, was celebrated for being an honest and entertaining account of life and travels in a forgotten Colombia. Make Sure You Have a Map (and Other Bits of Travel Advice I’m Glad I Ignored) followed up with a delightful collection of stories exploring bad travel advice. Her writing has also been included in The Wonder of It All, a collection of stories from America's national parks to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service.

Bryanna Plog's writing draws from her substantive travels in over 20 countries and her passion for the natural world and history. Plog is also an educator and park ranger wit
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Bryanna Plog To paraphrase Garrison Keillor, nothing bad ever really happens to a travel writer because it could all be used as material for a new story or book! B…moreTo paraphrase Garrison Keillor, nothing bad ever really happens to a travel writer because it could all be used as material for a new story or book! Being a travel writer puts a positive spin on every trip I take. I love exploring the world as well as sitting at home with a cup of tea (or beer) and "working" as I write a book.(less)
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o The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
o The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux
o A Sand County A…more
Many! I always add more as I go, but the current list is:

o The Wild Trees by Richard Preston
o The Kingdom by the Sea by Paul Theroux
o A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
o Pele, Goddess of Hawaii’s volcanoes by Herb Kawainui Kane
o Moon Snake by Kirsten Alene
o Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
o Environmental and Nature Writing by Sean Prentiss
o Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer

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My (Former) Morning Commute, A Self-Guided Walking Tour

What happens when a park ranger who is used to hikes and digging into the history and geography of a place moves to New York City? The world turns upside down—and sometimes the favorite part of my day was my commute into work. Yep, I know that seems weird. Until this past spring, I lived …

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The Good Rain by Timothy Egan
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Superb writing, though some essays drew me in more than others. While some readers call it a bit dated (it was published in 1990), I appreciated a glimpse of the Pacific Northwest just as the region and its economic drivers were shifting so dramatica ...more
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The Geography of Genius by Eric    Weiner
"This is one of the best travel books I have read in years, although perhaps it shouldn't strictly be put into that narrow genre. It's actually a combination of biography, history, and sociology or as I like to call it, a guide to the thinking person'" Read more of this review »
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Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz
"In Blue Latitudes journalist Tony Horwitz follows in the footsteps of Captain Cook, beginning with a week working as a member of the crew on board a replica of Cook’s ship Endeavor. I’d always thought of Cook as this stereotypical British officer, al" Read more of this review »
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"In my research for Wai-nani, A Voice from Old Hawaii, I read a dozen accounts of Captain James Cook’s deadly encounter with the natives of Hawaii in 1779. This included not only the Captains’ journal, but that of seaman, John Ledyard, and that of fir" Read more of this review »
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Clever and fun. Wish it went 'more in depth' with each animal and the proportion of beasts found outside Britain and Ireland wasn't so low. Still highly recommended for any Harry Potter fan. ...more
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“Colombians might live in one of best places in the world to grow coffee beans, yet their cups of coffee come from dehydrated granules in tiny plastic packages. This is the definition of tragedy.”
Bryanna Plog, Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia

“I have found that my best travel experiences happen when I rely on strangers instead of guidebooks, and when I immerse myself in a place instead of trying to remember a list of rules that will supposedly make me safer or more fulfilled.”
Bryanna Plog, Make Sure You Have a Map

“I’m not saying I’ll turn down a good road trip, but it has been the trains, ferries, subways, and most frequently the buses that have most helped me travel the world. When I want to explore a place, to get a sense of its culture, people, and neighborhoods (even my own), I have found that there is no better way to travel than public transportation. Crowded or nearly empty, full of conversations or silence, scheduled or unscheduled, with live chickens or Styrofoam packets of eggs, on sleek coaches or beat-up minibuses, whether in my hometown or a new town in a foreign country: traveling on public transportation becomes a primary insight into a place and culture.”
Bryanna Plog, Make Sure You Have a Map

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“Colombians might live in one of best places in the world to grow coffee beans, yet their cups of coffee come from dehydrated granules in tiny plastic packages. This is the definition of tragedy.”
Bryanna Plog, Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia

“At family gatherings in the United States, two off-limit subjects are almost always put together in the same phrase: no religion or politics. While in Colombia, the former was embraced (“What do you mean you aren’t Catholic?”) but the latter was taboo. While it may be the only reason that Colombia (or Columbia) makes the international news outside of prostitution or scandals, Colombia’s political problems, drug trade, and civil conflicts are forbidden subjects for most Colombians.”
Bryanna Plog, Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia

“Whenever it dipped under 80 degrees, it was cause for celebration—time to write home with the news, dig my jacket out of the closet, and try to quell the impulse to sing Christmas carols.”
Bryanna Plog, Misspelled Paradise: A Year in a Reinvented Colombia

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
John Muir

“We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.”
Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time: With Related Readings




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