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 8, 2017
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The Snorkel Mask Debate: Traditional Tube or Full-Face?

World Oceans Day, June 8th, is a “global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future,” according to The Oceans Project. Although it’s not known exactly who started World Oceans Day, it has been promoted and supported around … 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

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

February 6, 2017
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New York, New Jersey, New President, New Year

The month of January progressed as swiftly as drips of sugar molasses on the plan to establish a presence in Charleston, SC. While tutoring and consulting are happening, it’s been a slow move towards the goals anticipated prior to relocation, and promises from … 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

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