Kate Dana

Independent Writer. International Educator.

July 10, 2017
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Burros, Dives and Chivas: Your Guide to a Quick Weekend in Playa el Rodadero

One of the many benefits of living in Barranquilla, on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, is its convenient proximity the historic cities of Cartagena and Santa Marta, and their beautiful beaches of Isla Barú and El Rodadero, respectively. While Barranquilla … Continue reading

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

June 3, 2017
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Travel Colombia Tres B’s: Barú, Bogotá, and Barranquilla

The last two weeks of May blasted by in a proverbial heat wave of beach bliss, air travel and relocation to a new city, making this one of the most focused, life-changing months since the start of 2017. Mid-May brought … Continue reading

May 12, 2017
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The Hidden Beaches and Beautiful Views of Mar Caribe

Arriving in Barranquilla a day before one of several interviews in recent weeks provided a nice evening with friends in the Olaya neighborhood before a much-awaited adventure to nearby Santa Marta. A relatively safe barrio, where mango trees shade the wide streets … Continue reading

May 3, 2017
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Why Flavorful, Vibrant Colombia Feels Like Home

The first week of April 2017, I returned to the land of futbol, arepas and stifling hot weather on the Caribbean coast of South America. After a brief stay in the US, where several once-familiar things somehow seemed off-kilter, it is now … Continue reading

September 23, 2016
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Innovation + Inspiration at the 6th Biennial CLIL Symposium

The 6th Biennial CLIL Symposium, hosted by Universidad de La Sabana, Pearson Colombia and University del Norte took place on the picturesque campus of UniNorte in Barranquilla the weekend of September 9th, 2016. The event kicked off with an opening … Continue reading

April 10, 2016
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Sabor de La Vida y Salchipapas

Feliz cumpleaños, Barranquilla! On April 7th the city, founded in 1813, celebrated its 203 birthday. While it isn’t quite the 480+ years of Cartagena de Indias, La Arenosa (translation: The Sand), as Barranquilla is often called, is a notable, historic … Continue reading

April 1, 2016
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Semana Santa 2016: Rioha-cha-cha

Semana Santa is a magical time in Colombia when many people break from their busy lives to travel, relax at home or attend multiple church services throughout the seven days appropriately called Holy Week. Plans for my third Semana Santa … Continue reading

March 17, 2016
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Five More Things to Love About Living in Colombia

With this post being written a week into the world feeling “spring forward” effects of an archaic calendar system, it was left out of the recent post Five Things to Love About Living in Colombia that there is no daylight … Continue reading

November 2, 2015
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Lifelong Friends Pick Up

You’re the first one, when things turn out bad You know I’ll never be lonely, you’re my only one And I love the things, I really love the things that you do Ooh you’re my best friend Queen – You’re … Continue reading