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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 […]

04 Sep, 2018

The Fishbowl goes West: the best and worst day

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

In the previous post in this series, I wrote about our climb up Sulphur Mountain and the gondola ride down, which was very cool even though the views were obscured by wildfire smoke from B.C. Every day of our holiday was jam-packed. At one point the kids asked me if/when we were ever going to […]

26 Apr, 2015

Family holiday to Punta Cana, part two. The food!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

(Psst! Read the first part of this post here.) How does food figure into your ideal holiday? Are you one of those people who views food as fuel, so it’s kind of a non issue? Or do great meals figure prominently in your vacation? And is a vacation supposed to be a holiday from your […]

I’ve had a pretty lousy week overall, laid up with a cold that’s resulted in a deep hacking cough that’s kept me up every night this past week. This and the weather, well, let’s just say that I’m feeling like a bit of a zombie right now. I am trying to focus on the good […]


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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 offspring: Emma (23) and Sarah (21). 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, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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