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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 […]

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, […]

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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