Excess And Laziness

As mentioned in a previous post, last year was less than stellar from a physical health point of view. While I successfully managed to carve out more time in which to develop a better sense of life-work balance for myself, I also became good friends with the twin devils Laziness and Excess. And under their…

The Decade That Was

While the decade doesn’t really end until the final stroke of midnight on December 31st, 2020 (approximately 353ish days from now), I thought I’d take a minute to review the last 10 years because it’s apparently the thing to do. More specifically, I thought I would reflect on some of the things that have had…

Five Nights In Paris

After spending five awesome nights in Paris, I boarded my flight home yesterday. Given my constant wanderlust, I’m never really happy to end a trip. There is always still so much left unseen, untried, uneaten, and unexplored. And I definitely don’t get homesick – although I do find myself in many situations where I wish…

The Books of 2020

One of my big goals for 2020 is to read more for fun. I already read a lot, but it’s typically academic work that requires a lot of brainpower. And sometimes a guy just wants some brain candy.

The Journey To Paris

My last few posts have focused on a review of 2019, or have outlined goals for 2020. However, you might recall that I’m also currently on a European adventure with my brothers, and a lot has happened since I last posted about that.

The Year That Could Be

Earlier this week I rang in the new year with my brothers and cousin (who also happened to be in Ostrava for the World Juniors hockey tournament) and throngs of folks who lined Stodolní street to celebrate. Since January 1 was also the anniversary of the day that Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and…

A Year In Photos

As I’ve done for the past few years, I’ve had an online tool quickly determine the nine photos that I posted to the Instagrams that were the most liked. While the photos tell an interesting story, they really don’t capture much of what happened during the year.

The Year In Travel

I’m sure it comes as no surprise for me to write that 2019 was a busy year of travel, although it may surprise you to know that it wasn’t nearly as busy as previous years. I won’t lie, this makes me sad. I clearly have some catching up to do in 2020.

The Real Books Of 2019

In the early days of 2019, I outlined the books that I wanted to read by the time the clock struck midnight on December 31st. More importantly, I outlined my goal to read twelve books, with four coming from a strategic list of books that I wanted to read, but always forgot about the minute…

The Year That Was

It seems that while travel was still a major component of my life in 2019, I was shockingly domestic. That is, I seem to have spent a significant amount of my year (and money) dealing with home improvements. Who have I become?


As mentioned in my previous post, I arrived in Ostrava yesterday with my three brothers. We had spent a few days together wandering the streets and museums of Vienna, but sadly another siren song was calling us away. For those not in the know, Ostrava is one of two cities hosting the 2020 World Junior…

And Then There Were Four

After four days in Vienna, we picked up a rental car, loaded in all of our stuff, and made our way from Vienna to Ostrava in the Czech Republic. The trip gave me a chance to see a new-to-me section of the country since my previous visits were limited to Prague and a day trip…

The Lessons Of History

Last night, as we enjoyed the many architectural wonders and Christmas markets of Vienna, we wandered naively by the southeast wing of Neue Burg – part of Hofburg palace. The building is stunning and almost monolithic, as are many of the buildings in central Vienna. To be honest, while the building clearly looks to have…

Merry Europe

When last I wrote, all the way back in the old-time-y days of August, I was just finishing up my 2019 European adventure with Manon. We’d managed to travel through Ireland, visit Paris, Bruges, and Amsterdam, and have a bloody good time while we were doing it. And now, almost four months later, I find…


Having spent three awesome nights in Bruges, Manon and I bought our train tickets and finally made our way to Amsterdam – not a bad way to celebrate my 44th birthday. Unfortunately, Amsterdam would be the final destination on this our third European adventure together.