Kate Dana

Independent Writer. International Educator.

June 27, 2017
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Puerto Colombia: 5 Reasons to Visit the Historic Gold Port

Whether you drive along the scenic Villa a Sabanilla or catch one of the large, colorful Cootransoriente buses ($2,400 COP) in Barranquilla, travel to Puerto Colombia is fast and easy, providing a nice little getaway to savor some culture, along … Continue reading

July 19, 2016
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Sactown, Tacos and Time

“There is no secret—or magic, as they like to call it—to their friendship. It’s just unconditional love.” -Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2001) The mid-way point of summer vacation has revealed that if all roads lead to … Continue reading

November 24, 2014
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Go Go Romantico

The Lonely Planet guide to South America mentions Barranquilla in a few short paragraphs, remarking on its famous Carnaval, and describing the city as “one big traffic jam.”  Living here for the past year, admittedly there are few things to do, but … Continue reading

April 19, 2014
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Semana Santa 2014: How to Plan, Then Plan Again

Lately when I am asked how I like living in Barranquilla (Colombia), my response varies. Some days…”It’s hard. The city is hot and the culture is frustrating. I don’t like most of the food, the buses are disorganized, Costeño is like hillbilly Spanish, and most … Continue reading

December 13, 2013
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SpanishFriday: Gracias por Mariposas

This week’s Spanish Friday is about a recent sale from my Etsy store. Although Etsy has been a bit of challenging fundraiser for my WorldTeach 2014 campaign, I have made some wonderful connections with a few with kindred spirits around the … Continue reading

November 16, 2013
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SpanishFriday: Banderas Brillantes

This week’s SpanishFriday is about flags! With the  departure date for my year volunteering with WorldTeach in Colombia (2014) approaching soon, I am familiarizing myself with the flags of South American countries. Click here to translate this entire blog post Recientemente, he descargado el HelloTalk aplicación para … Continue reading

November 1, 2013
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SpanishFriday: Ofrendas para Siempre

Coinciding with one of the most important holidays in Latin culture, this week’s Spanish Friday is all about altars and Dia de los Muertos. Since I began studying Latin culture around 2009, I have had an altar in my home, … Continue reading

October 25, 2013
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SpanishFriday: Refranes de Amor y La Vida

This week’s Spanish Friday includes Refranes Méxicanos,  Spanish proverbs or dichos that impart wisdom by focusing on traits of culture and human nature.  With the weeks drawing near to leave as a volunteer with WorldTeach in Colombia, I am counting my blessings in friends, relationships and opportunities, … Continue reading