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25 Feb, 2020

Imagine Van Gogh (the Montreal edition)

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The girls were home for Spring Break last week. We did a lot of Family Things, much of which involved making popcorn and watching movies, and eating too much. I took the day off on Thursday. The youngest was going for an overnight visit at a friend’s in Montreal so we agreed to drive her […]

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02 Feb, 2020

The risk that paid off

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. In the most recent chapter in this series, the youngest daughter and I had just visited Big Buddha, a religious site in Phuket, Thailand. Thankfully, we found our driver waiting for us in the parking lot, just as he had promised. (Phew.) […]

25 Jan, 2020

Big Buddha

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. Some of you MAY HAVE ALREADY DEDUCED that I was, er, SLIGHTLY anxious at almost every turn during this holiday. I shared photos from our trip on Twitter while we were there and someone said I was brave. BRAVE. Ha. HAHA. I […]

21 Dec, 2019

An entertaining lunch at Red Chair

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. As I mentioned in a previous post in this series, I was struggling with the idea of semi-forced relaxation that we had to impose upon ourselves. We’d get up in the morning, eat, and chill by the pool for a good part […]

01 Dec, 2019

Beach day

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. I’m a little worried that if you’re reading this series of posts that you might think we’re not having a good time. Nothing could be further from the truth. The youngest daughter and I were getting along really well. Sharing this kind of […]


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