Kate Dana

Independent Writer. International Educator.

March 28, 2017
by katedana

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 13, 2017
by katedana

Six Savory Favorites from the Sixth Annual Charleston Food Truck Festival

Returning to the Lowcountry after many years away has revealed that there’s more to gastronomic delights of the South than just sweet tea and fried okra. Recently, the Sixth Annual Charleston Food Truck Festival offered a variable sampler plate of reasons to … Continue reading

December 21, 2016
by katedana

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

July 1, 2016
by katedana

All Senses Lead to Summer

Summer Vacation 2016 started early this year, as Janine and Denise from Couchsurfing Atlanta arrived mid-June for a week in Cartagena, Colombia. After greeting them at the airport, and within a few hours of their arrival, Denise and I discovered … Continue reading

January 6, 2016
by katedana

2015 Air Travel: Fly the Friendly Sighs

Note: A post in October about lifelong friends brought comments and questions from the far corners of the world… mostly California. While much has changed, it appears there is always room for the relationships that matter, and the ones that … Continue reading

November 2, 2015
by katedana

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

July 29, 2015
by katedana

Home Sweet (Soul) Home

The moon is on my side, I have no reason to run So will someone come and carry me home tonight – FUN “Carry Me Home” 2011 At the beginning of summer I posted about the nine lives tragically lost … Continue reading

June 21, 2015
by katedana

The Difference is the Same

“Every individual matters. Every individual makes a difference.” ― Jane Goodall (British athropologist, b. 1934) To some, living as a foreigner in Cartagena de Indias may seem like permanent vacation: living five minutes from the beach, exploring centuries-old churches and … Continue reading

January 22, 2015
by katedana

Holiday Travel 2014: Us, We, Me and O Not U

December, with its many festive celebrations, gift-giving and end-of-year conclusions, was like a turbulent snowstorm churning out change in its unpredictable winds. Completing a year of service as a WorldTeach volunteer was emotive, celebratory, conclusive and relieving. At an End … Continue reading