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 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.

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 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?

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…

Amster-DAM!

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.

“It’s Like A F*!@ing Fairy Tale”

My first trip to Bruges was several years ago with Gerarda, Alan, Aidan, and Amanda. We’d traveled there to celebrate Christmas, and to be honest it was one of the best Christmas adventures I’ve ever had. I knew then that Bruges would become a multi-vacation destination. It’s just too damn impressive to simply visit once. 

Surprise Paris Adventure

Prior to arriving in Ireland, Manon and I only had three things sorted. First, we knew that we would be flying into Dublin, second, we knew that we wanted to visit Bruges, and third, we knew that we’d be flying home from Amsterdam. All of the stuff that would happen between those three points in…

Cliff To Cliff

Saturday began with another fantastic Irish breakfast, courtesy of the owner of the Loisderrig House in Glenbeigh. It was also laundry day, and fortunately for us, there was an outdoor laundromat just down the street at the combination gas station and grocery store.

What Lies Below

Standing on the very edge of the Cliffs of Moher makes a lot of people uncomfortable. At least, that’s what I learned when Manon and I made our way there from Ennis.

We Have Arrived

Despite the fact that our plane departed Toronto roughly four hours after I had thought it was going to – not because of any flight delays, but because I was just that excited about vacation – Manon and I have safely arrived in Dublin. Surprisingly, this is my first official visit to Ireland.

Not That I’m Counting

In a few days I will be officially on vacation, and I can’t freaking wait. For those who have been following along, you might be asking – aren’t you always travelling? or haven’t you be on sabbatical since last fall? And the answers are mostly yes, and yes. However, neither of these things necessarily mean…

Winter And Summer Should Never Meet

I am not a huge fan of air conditioning – at least not in the way that most people and businesses seem to use it. I don’t enjoy the need for a sweater or a pair of socks in the middle of the summer, and I’d rather sleep with the windows open than wrap myself…

Fifth Time Is A Charm

In my ongoing adventure series with students, I jumped out of yet another perfectly good plane yesterday. Because nothing better describes the graduate research experience like skydiving, I guess?