Misconseptions about Colombians

Misconseptions have the power to influence the judgment of people. in this essay i want to confront the misconseptions American people have about Colombian people Vs the reallity we actually live, taking in to account my own perspective as a Colombian. I am going to develop three principals misconseptions: drugs, terrorism and people’s behaviour.

American people usually think that some Colombians have something to do with drugs and also that almost all the popuation consume them. Terrorism is one of those misconseptiosn that affects the point of vew of the Americans and that is because they think our main cities are still battlefield between Colombian army and FARC and in consequence there is insecurity everywhere. The last misconseption is that they think we are always happy and we can not take anything serious because we are always thinking about parties.

As a Colombian, i can clear out this misconseptions and explain them. It is true that Colombia has a history with problems about drugs but that does not mean that all the Colombians are involved with it and somehow we consume them or produce them, It is also true that in the past we suffered a lot of terrorism in the cities, but nowdays we achieve  a really big progress and those cases were left in the past. Now you can say that we live pacefully in our cities. Colombian people are really festive people, i can not deny that, but that does not mean that we can not take anything serious, we like to work hard and put an effort on everything we do to make it right.

In conclution, i think American people should know a little bit of our culture and history. The progress we have achieved before they judge us, also they need to understand that those misconseptions are part of our history as a country but we already get over them.


Shwedagon Paya, (Birmania)



Shwedagon Paya is a religious complex located in Rangoon, Birmania. is one of the most beautful and ansient stupa in the world and that’s because of the architecture, this monument is 100 meters high and is covered with a gold plated, it’s the most sacred place for locals Buddhists in the country because it contains some relics of Buddha including a piece of cloth and eight hairs of Gautama Siddharta (he was a famous sage of Buddhism).

Resultado de imagen para Shwedagon Paya, Yangon (Rangoon), Birmania


little bit of history:

According to legend, the stupa is about 2,500 years old and it was created for two brothers merchants who met Buddha and received eight hairs of him, with the help of the local king they start the construction of the stupa.

The stupa was abandoned until the 1300s when King Binnya U of Bago ordered to reconstructed again and be given a height of 18 meters. Later, it was rebuilt several times, reaching its current height in the fifteenth century. A series of devastating earthquakes in the following centuries caused damage to the building. The worst occurred in 1768 when an earthquake demolished the top of the stupa; Hsinbyushin King ordered its reconstruction, leaving it with its present appearance and original state.

Resultado de imagen para Shwedagon Paya, Yangon (Rangoon), Birmania


what can you do?:

tourist can join the usual prayer rituals during the morning in company with the locals then they can explore the many temples that are in the surroundings of the stupa and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, also it’s this important fact that you need to know, Visitors must remove their shoes before stepping on the entrance. and the tour proceed in circling counterclockwise to clockwise.

this enormous and ancient place is waiting for you to show you all the precious heritage It contains.


1. Can art influence a problem issue?

I think art can influence a social problem with the message they want to transmit to the comunity, it has the power to change peoples mind and how they conceive, for example, some situations, ideas or people. it’s also the way we can express ourselfs the reality we live in and the point of vew we have about something, what we think, the solutions we propose, the inconformity we could feel and the best part is that veryone can have access to it so the change the art can make is more bigger and it have more impact in peoples mind especially in young people.

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