Chantae Was Here Blog

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Sydney: Hitting the Tourist Highlights

Australians might snub those who incorrectly think that Sydney, not Canberra, is the capital of this sun-scorched country. But are outsiders really the ones to blame? Sydney is by far the largest and most populated city in Australia, often grazing news articles around the globe. When...

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When Kitemares Come True: My Worst Kitesurfing Moments

Kitesurfing is a high-maintenance sport. There’s absolutely no refuting this. Let’s just look at the gear. You throw down a fortune on the kite, harness, bar and lines, board, and bindings. Any gear that’s torn, rusted, or sandy is sure to be a safety hazard and needs...

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How My Relationship Survived Fastnacht in Mainz, Germany

They say that if a relationship can survive Fastnacht in Mainz, it can survive anything. Mo and I boarded a plane together in early February to visit his hometown of Mainz, Germany. Coincidentally, this visit overlapped with Fastnacht, a celebration that would put our relationship to...

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A Warning to Yogis Traveling to Germany

In Germany, I was asked a simple question. “Do you want to go to yoga?” The question was simple enough. I do yoga. I like yoga. Why not? Moritz and I trotted into a yoga studio during our visit to Mainz, Germany. In the waiting room, yogis...

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Shark Bay, Western Australia: Kitesurfing With Sharks

Kitesurfing in Shark Bay “They wanted to do a competitive swim across Shark Bay but the city reckons it’s too risky,” the pub owner explained and coyly flashed his teeth. At the sound of this, I quickly reflected on the three ways that Australians name places....

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Margaret River Region Surf Spot Guide

Margaret River Surf Spot Guide Aside from karri forests, family owned wineries, fields of wildflowers, active wildlife, adventure activities, delicious food, friendly locals, and untouched beaches, Margaret River is one of the best places in the world to find an unridden, perfect wave. If you’re visiting...

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Maybe Kiting Isn’t So Freaky After All? Confidence in Coronation Beach

Where the wind blows, kitesurfers and windsurfers follow. Since I’m one of these wind-chasing kitesurfers now, and happened to be on a kitesurfing tour, we set off in a convoy from Lancelin to Coronation Beach. Gloomy with a tinge of wind gusts, I quietly harbored a secret...