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Conversations on La Playa: A Gringo’S Tales of Medellín

390 pages8 hours


As a young American university exchange student in the early 1970s, author Robert Hodum found himself in the exotic and mystifying South American country of Colombia. The time he spent there left an indelible imprint upon his life and led him to a career in Latin American history.

Journey back to a country torn by poverty and civil unrest, and travel through some of Colombias most perilous and magical settings in conversations on La Playa. With candor and a good dose of humor, Hodum recreates all the sights, smells, and sounds of Colombia. He recounts the subterranean, dangerous world of the city of Medelln, its mist-enshrouded Cordillera neighborhoods, and the haunting characters of its urban landscape.

In addition to his personal journey, Hodum includes an extensive glossary of important people, places, and things as well as cultural and historical information that are indispensable for any traveler to the country. He also gives a complete listing of survival vocabulary and expressions in Spanish that off er a deeper appreciation of Colombia, its people, and their language.

Travel through Cordillera mountain ranges, mysterious jungles and deserts, and endure the travails of life on the road through one of South Americas most exciting countries with Conversations on La Playa.

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