100 Happy Days

Chirashi with family.

I know a lot of you are doing the 100 Happy Days challenge, and I’m in the middle of mine, as well. Although it involves submitting a photo every day, the challenge is less about photography and more of an exercise in mindfulness and gratitude. It’s also a great way to see the patterns in what makes you happy— it’s no surprise that a lot of my happiness seems to involve food, fitness, and exploring the city.

I’m really enjoying seeing everyone’s #100happydays photo sets; feel free to link to yours below if you’d like to share.

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Signs of a scorching summer

Last afternoon

Flower reptile

April mood

After a mild winter and an early spring, all the signs are there that an exceptionally hot summer is on its way.

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First of many

It wasn’t until I started researching my trip to Prague that I learned the city not only has something of a reputation for good hot chocolate, but there is a surprising amount of competition for the label “best hot chocolate in Prague.” The signature offering at Café Louvre came highly recommended; their chocolate is simple but delicious, and the accompanying cakes were spectacular.


My second evening in town, as the temperature dropped and I tired of sightseeing, I consulted my map to find the best option for hot chocolate on the way back to the hotel. I ended up at Choco Café, which is really for people who know much more about chocolate than I do. They have a selection of single-estate chocolates and whatnot, and those with trained palettes can tell you the difference in flavour profiles between the estates. I personally don’t find chocolate on its own to be that interesting, but I do like it mixed with other stuff, so I went for the dark hot chocolate with strawberry-coconut liqueur, fresh strawberries (at the bottom), whipped cream, and a wafer.

It was, quite comfortably, the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had in my life. I went back to Choco Café every single day for the remainder of the trip. I even had lunch there one day, because they have a regular food menu in addition to their three-page hot chocolate menu.

I did have a few other hot chocolates in Prague, but in my opinion, Choco Café deserves to be known as the place to go.

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Excitement on a paternoster


When I was in Prague in February, one of my top priorities was to ride the paternoster in Pasáž Lucerna. The general idea behind a paternoster is that it’s an open perpetual lift that can also double as a do-it-yourself amputation machine. Paternosters are few and far between these days due to safety regulations, but there are still a handful dotted around Prague as well as other cities in Europe.

The danger

If I’d left my foot there, my toes would have been history.

Prepare to disembark

The sign warning passengers to disembark. Theoretically one should be able to ride over the top gear (or under the bottom gear) safely, so I’m not sure why this particular paternoster had warning signs, but I didn’t stay on to find out.

I took a short video to demonstrate how it works:

Given increasing legal issues regarding safety, I think it won’t be that many more years before paternosters are extinct (or at least not available for public use), so if you want to ride, it’s probably best not to wait too much longer.


A night out at Kaison


More than garnishes


After-dinner umeshu

Can’t get enough of Kaison Sushi.

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Highlights from Prague

I recently had the good fortune of spending some time in Prague; these are some of my favourite shots from the trip.






Zero to hero

Working through

More about that trip soon.

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Extraordinary machine

That's where it is




Never say never

Of fields


Airports and prop planes and rivers, oh my!

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Rainy spring



The spring rains have been doing interesting things to the sea.

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Early spring in Antalya

Early spring



Enjoying the warmer weather.

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