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13 Apr, 2024

Kingston, the solar eclipse, a cool bathroom

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I’ve been teasing this grout-related psychological test and while it’s still absolutely worth exploring I’d rather write about our solar eclipse experience. To summarize: it happened, and it was very cool. Many moons ago Mark and I booked an Airbnb in Kingston. That was the natural destination seeing as (a) it was on the path […]

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06 Apr, 2024

A taste of Czechia

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

One of my favourite life hacks is to do something fun on a Friday night that does NOT take place at home. Whenever I do this I feel like my weekend was longer than it really was. (Seriously, you should try this sometime.) In the past, we’ve gone out to dinner, or something similar, but […]

11 Jun, 2023

Summer bucket list 2023: There’s no place like HOM

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

Last summer Mark and I had fun around town guided by an “Ottawa summer bucket list” of our own design and I’m keen to do it again. I have learned that I need to make lists of ideas and places to go as they come up, otherwise they get forgotten and we revert to things […]

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11 Aug, 2022

Family camping 2022: Chutes Provincial Park

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I enjoyed camping with the kids when they were small. We built many sandcastles and collected many frogs over the years, but there’s something special about camping with kids when they turn into Young Adults. They are there to lend a hand during a hike, rub your shoulders when they’re sore, and share a beverage and conversation […]

27 Aug, 2021

Holding summer in my mind

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

Seven days of nothing. This is what we signed up for at the beginning of the year when we arranged to stay at a friend’s cottage in Quebec in August. Seven days of no work, no stress (hopefully), nowhere to go, no to-do lists. When we booked it, we had many OMG moments in the […]


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