Chantae Was Here Blog

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2015: New Year, New Goals

Welcome to the new year! January always brings a feeling of freshness, rebirth, and opportunity regardless on your feelings towards new years resolutions… Or crankiness at the sudden influx of New Years Revolutionaries at your gym. I’ve certainly spent the past few days reflecting on the year...

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10 Reasons to Travel with a Yoga Mat

There are some travelers in the world who scoff at people with the audacity to pack jeans. Yes, these people actually judge those who bring jeans along for a backpacking adventure and point to more “convenient” clothing items, like atrocious zip-off pants. They cite the weight,...

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Twenty-four hours in Guangzhou, China

The ticketing lady’s face turned a violent red as her twiggy arms dragged my 52 kilogram canvas suitcase into the luggage area. “Anything else?” She smiled, sweat dripping down the sides of her face. What she didn’t know was that I’d already checked in a surfboard...

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Staircase to the Moon in Broome, Western Australia

It’s been one whirlwind of a month, where  I traveled Australia from top to bottom… all while staying in the same lonesome state of Western Australia. While I haven’t ventured into the big island’s shinier, more well-known locations, I’m starting to really get attached to this great chunk...

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The Worst Thing About Indonesia: The Trash Problem

“Why did you just throw that into the ocean?… WHY?” The fishermen who had just tossed a bottle filled with yellow liquid overboard began giggling. “It’s petrol!” They laughed. “Why would you throw petrol into the water?!” Moritz jumped into the ocean and began swimming towards the bottle...