About

Viva la vida, viajar, y la costa

IMG_1480Live the life, travel, and the coast.

¡Hola! My name is Kate Dana. From 2012 to 2013, I lived on the coast of Jalisco, Mexico and, from 2014 to 2018, I lived on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, South America. Both experiences were amazing and changed my life forever. 

Finally, after five years abroad, I returned to Sacramento, California, the city where my international journey began.

¿Por qué, La Gringa Costeña?

A little more about my apodo (nickname)… Although I had been given some funny nicknames during my time in Mexico, in my second year in Colombia, a Costeño friend called me “La Gringa Costeña,” based on my affinity for places where the land meets the sea. As a lover of all things coastal, living in cities like Puerto Vallarta, Barranquilla, and Cartagena, I embraced this nickname and continue to apply it to my current life.

Love beyond the coast…

In addition to my enthusiasm for coastal locations, I enjoy cooking, crafting, practicing Spanish, and staying connected with friends around the world. When I’m not writing, teaching or traveling, you can find me blogging about my adventures or tearing up the streets on my bright yellow vintage Vespa.

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