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

May 12, 2017
by katedana

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

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
by katedana

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