Kate Dana

Independent Writer. International Educator.

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 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

November 28, 2016
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Scuba Do: Learning to Dive in Cartagena de Indias

In case you haven’t heard, Colombia just received the Lonely Planet award as the number 2 country to visit in the world. Finally, this beautiful place is getting the props it deserves, and what better way to celebrate this declaration and also … Continue reading

November 23, 2016
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How to Find Non-Existent Change in Historic Santa Cruz de Mompox

In his iconic video for “La Foto de las Dos,” Latin Grammy Award winner Carlos Vives sings his passionate, hit song before a vast building in Mompox de Santa Cruz, a 1995 UNESCO Heritage site, while a heart-pulling couple fall in and out of love in … Continue reading

August 10, 2016
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36 Hours in Guadalajara

Saying “adios” to Puerto Vallarta on a Tuesday morning, heading towards Guadalajara by bus, the terrain along the drive was beautiful as the landscape changed from beaches and palm trees to mountains and thick greens. Arriving behind schedule, the bus … Continue reading

July 11, 2016
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Spectacular, Swift Days of Summer

It seemed as soon as the Delta Jet to Charleston touched down, the American Airlines plane took off, with five days in Atlanta, GA on the horizon. One plush pick-up from the airport by Artemio and Duluth Taxi Service and … 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

March 1, 2016
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Five Things to Love About Living in Colombia

Just like any place in the world, Colombia has many things about it to love and to not love. Conversely, being a foreigner living abroad, these expressions often accompany limitations (“Will this be the last time I say/do/eat this?”), as … Continue reading