Kate Dana

Independent Writer. International Educator.

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

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

December 7, 2016
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From Abundance to Arguments: How to React in Playa Blanca

While some places in the world are currently experiencing the cold of winter, December on the coast of Colombia continues to have sunny days and balmy nights, perfect for a weekend getaway. With the sheer beauty and natural abundance found on Playa Blanca … Continue reading

September 18, 2016
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The Simplest Pleasure in Centro: Renting a Bike in Cartagena

If visiting the UNESCO World Heritage city Cartagena de Indias is in your near future, one simple pleasure — along with the sightseeing excursions, relaxing beach days and savoring the incredible flavors of the Colombian coast —  comes highly recommended from … 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

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

April 21, 2015
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Nueva Casa y Semana Santa

Where we love is home – home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American author 1809 – 1894 In the past thirty days, I have escaped from yet another awkward living situation … Continue reading

September 15, 2014
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Pasar para Palomino

“My life is like a stroll on the beach…as near to the edge as I can go.” – Henry David Thoreau American author and poet (1817 – 1862) TripAdvisor has it’s Traveler’s Choice Awards of Best Beaches. Condé Nast Traveler … Continue reading

August 27, 2014
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Playa el Rodadero – Lanchas y la Gente

Weekend getaways in Colombia are often inexpensive and easy to do, especially last-minute. When a festivo hits on a Monday, you can bet much of the country is planning to travel, even if it’s just to the next municipio. Following the locals, I packed … Continue reading

April 19, 2014
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Semana Santa 2014: How to Plan, Then Plan Again

Lately when I am asked how I like living in Barranquilla (Colombia), my response varies. Some days…”It’s hard. The city is hot and the culture is frustrating. I don’t like most of the food, the buses are disorganized, Costeño is like hillbilly Spanish, and most … Continue reading