Kate Dana

Independent Writer. International Educator.

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

March 28, 2017
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How Independent Teaching Fuels the Jet Setter

March has all but disappeared – faster than a plate of pimento cheese sandwiches at a Sunday porch social – making this seem like a good time to report on a recent relocation to the Deep South. Not surprising, while the … Continue reading

December 21, 2016
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Sabbatical 2017: Temporary Break…or New Beginning?

Sabbatical – noun: a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from two months to a year. From Latin: sabbaticus, from Greek: sabbatikos, from Hebrew: shabbat (i.e., Sabbath) or literally a “ceasing”) To the surprise of many blog subscribers (and over 800 Instagram followers), … 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

August 18, 2016
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Steady-Growing Sands of Playa Blanca

Living on the Caribbean coast of Colombia has it’s advantages, like being less than an hour from paradise, notably the white sand beaches of Playa Blanca on Isla Barú. Each visit to this magical island often reminds the visitor of … Continue reading

May 22, 2016
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Culminate the Great(ness)

A recent post regarding Five More Things to Love About Living in Colombia, prompted several readers to ask about living abroad and maintaining a “normal” life away from your family, customs, country, and all that has been familiar for many … 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

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

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

October 13, 2015
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Insta Karma

Virtual hugs. Cyber crushes. Emojis and emoticons. In this global age, teaching Information Communications Technology may be one of the most enlightening experiences, and definitely one of the most challenging. In my classes at Aspaen Gimnasio Cartagena de Indias, we … Continue reading