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The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. In my previous post I wrote about a questionable spa treatment we received while we were in Thailand. Thankfully, nothing bad happened as a result. (Yay us!) I know a few of you are probably wondering AT WHAT POINT THIS TRIP GETS […]

19 Oct, 2019

Fish feet

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. Lynn‘s comment on my previous post made me wonder if I was making our trip out to seem perfectly horrible. Yes, we got stuck on a hot train in Paris while we were practially fainting with fatigue and jet lag. Yes, I had […]

06 Oct, 2019

Buying coffee in Patong

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. It probably sounds ridiculous, but it took me a couple of days to get comfortable with crossing the street. I thought about this as I crossed “our” main road to get to “our” 7-11. I was finally looking the right way before […]

23 Sep, 2019

New friends by the pool

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. We bought snacks to eat on the plane. Who wouldn’t? Among these snacks was a sizeable bag of honey-roasted mixed nuts from Bulk Barn that the youngest splurged on but never got around to eating. One morning, like every morning so far […]

08 Sep, 2019

Patong Beach

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

In the previous post in this series, we battled traffic and scary intersections while coping with jet lag and extreme heat. We timed our first visit to the beach for late in the day to avoid the worst of the heat. I was glad we did. It was still very hot but we didn’t fry under the […]


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  • andrea tomkins: Thanks Lynn! I will keep doing it as long as I enjoy doing it. :)
  • Lynn: just chiming in to say how much I still enjoy these weekly reading lists. That Google food one was fascinating!
  • Nick: In February, only one thing is good - this is the last month of winter and spring will come soon and it will be warm)
  • Tannia: I someone today who said he played polkaroo.
  • Tannia: What was the actor's name who played polkaroo?
  • Lynn: Oh man, I can see this as my future in just a few short years. Between you and Allison (who's oldest is off in America for university), I can hardly r
  • Amy: Although what your daughter says makes sense and I'd follow her advice when you can, keep in mind that ride-sharing apps are a very recent way to trav

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