Cate Dapena
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There’s something about arriving in new cities, wandering empty streets with no destination. I will never lose the love of arriving, but I’m born to leave.” — Charlotte Eriksson

Cate Dapena


Cate Dapena was in her mid-50s before she gathered the nerve to travel to Europe for the first time, and alone at that. She had already raised her two daughters as well as enjoyed her grandson’s first few important years. Cate decided to follow the lead of two of her nephews who had traveled and taught abroad with CIEE. Cate soon set her sights on Spain. Having been here since August, she now leads several English conversation groups for adults and tutors five ESL students. Additionally, Cate also works at a local primary school. Presently, Cate is thrilled with the traveling she has managed to do throughout Europe thus far and plans to do as much as possible before heading back to the States. To learn more how traveling changed Cate’s life check out her interview.

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