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18 Aug, 2019

First days in Phuket

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I don’t like admitting this, but I was afraid. Did we make a mistake coming here? Was I cut out for this? The trip was hard on me. Simply getting here was an enormous undertaking and I found myself constantly questioning whether or not I was cut out for this kind of travel. In fact, […]

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10 Aug, 2019

A failed excursion to find lunch

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

In my last installment, I wrote about finding solace at the 7-11 near our place in Phuket, Thailand. We grabbed dinner, ate, and conked out. My daughter slept so hard it was almost as if she was in a coma. I woke up around midnight with a splitting headache. I groped around the darkness for […]

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04 Aug, 2019

Finding heaven at the 7-11

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

In my previous update, I was trying to put on a brave face and hold it together. I had lost all sense of time. I had no clear idea what day it was, or what time it was. Patong, our holiday destination in Thailand, is 11 hours behind Ottawa time and I think our brief stint […]

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29 Jul, 2019

Paris to Bangkok

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

What else can I say about an 11+ hour flight other than it was uncomfortable and I hardly slept? On the bright side, I watched Colette, which I quite enjoyed. (You can watch the trailer on YouTube right here.) The Bangkok airport took me by surprise. I’m not sure what I expected, but it wasn’t what […]

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17 Jul, 2019

Two hours in Paris, part three

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

(Click for part one and two.) After our pit stop, we wandered along the Seine and around the shops and restaurants and charming alleyways of Paris. After a couple of hours we were hot, tired, and overwhelmed so we decided to call it a day. We were also worried. If the RER train took us […]

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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