Kate Dana

Independent Writer. International Educator.

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

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

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

January 6, 2016
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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
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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

June 21, 2015
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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

June 7, 2015
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La Chiva pa' La Gringa

It’s probably been mentioned before, but living in a picturesque city selected in 1984 by UNESCO as significant addition to the heritage of the world, has its advantages. For one, you are surrounded by beauty and history which, for most, … 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

March 17, 2015
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Esperanza en La Fantastica

esperanza /ess-peh-RAHN-zuh/ feminine noun 1. hope (deseo, ganas); expectation (confianza, expectativas); org: Spanish The first three months as English teacher with Aspaen Gimnasio Cartagena de Indias have been exhausting, interesting and overall satisfying. Though the schedule of class hours are average for … Continue reading

January 22, 2015
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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