Chantae Was Here Blog

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Life Outside! [#3]

Welcome back to the new fortnightly series, Life Outside!— a place where I will share snippets of microadventures, action sports, eco-friendly tips, and other adventure stories that hopefully inspire you to live a life outside of your home, work, or other space that confines you. Microadventures...

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Journal Entry from Buchenwald Concentration Camp

So, I actually haven’t finished writing all of my posts from Europe and this one has been floating around in my drafts for a while.  I copied this almost verbatim from my journal. I felt uncomfortable taking pictures, and only took four which are shared here. ...

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Life Outside! [#2]

Welcome back to the new fortnightly series, Life Outside!— a place where I will share snippets of microadventures, action sports, eco-friendly tips, and other adventure stories that hopefully inspire you to live a life outside of your home, work, or other space that confines you. “One...

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Becoming an Advanced Adventurer Scuba Diver on Koh Tao

Imagine you’re a high school student in a classroom. Imagine you’re the only student in the classroom. Imagine it’s something dreaded — like chemistry, or any math class. Imagine your teacher points at you and yells “POP QUIZ” every few minutes, like one of those water...

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What’s it like Scuba Diving in a Lightning Storm?

Suddenly, everything was silent. I no longer smelled the fumes or heard the rumbling of the dive boat’s engine. The crack of thunder overhead made one final boom. The clanking of air tanks, zipping of wetsuits, and muffled chattering of scuba divers stopped. The splashing of...

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Koh Samui: The Island to Kick Back On

If Koh Samui created it’s own calendar, every day would be Sunday with all clock hands pointing to morning. It’s a place where everyday is a day of rest — and it makes you feel like it’s well deserved. Go on, take a nap by the...

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Life Outside! [#1]

There’s a reason humans feel happier gazing at stars rather than screens and the stale air of a shopping mall cannot compare with the fresh sky of the outdoors. Welcome to the new fortnightly series, Life Outside! — a place where I will share snippets of...

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Bangkok is Chaos: The Clash of Consumerism and Religion

On my left I see a billboard that commands, DO NOT GET TATTOO OF BUDDHA! BUDDHA IS SACRED. On my right, a TV screen spanning across an entire skyscraper advertising SAMSUNG’s latest phone. Overhead is a large picture of the king with the words “LONG LIVE THE KING”...

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The Traveling Girl’s Guide to Couchsurfing

CouchSurfing: An organization that fosters a relationship between travelers and locals, where the local hosts a traveler for free. Many people simply can’t fathom this concept. Why would you host anyone for free – let alone a stranger? For some hosts, it’s an opportunity to experience little...

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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...