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23 Jan, 2010

Two last Ten Things

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|travel talk

We just got back from a fantastic family holiday.

I need to process 399 photos before I pull my thoughts together and tell you more about it. There are a dozen other really amazing things happening right now/coming up soon that I need to jot down too. Egads. WHERE TO START! My head is spinning.

Anyway, the pic below is one of my favourite little one-off shots, taken with my iPhone.

In the meantime, keeping with the theme this week, here are two more Ten Things lists we want to share with you:

Thursday January 21, 2010Ten things we loved about the Dominican Republic:

  • snorkeling
  • the beach
  • the weather
  • the Dominicans (they were so nice!)
  • swimming in the ocean and in the pools
  • the food (… says Sarah. Hmm. I beg to differ, but more on that later.)
  • the music
  • the animals (the lizards! the birds! an octopus in the water!!)
  • Spanish (trying to understand it, the fun of hearing it)
  • the smells (ah, the tropics)

Ten things we missed about home:

  • our beds
  • our pillows (yes, this deserves two bullets)
  • the coffee (says mum and dad)
  • our friends and family
  • our stuff
  • our email, news and information (this one is for mum and dad too)
  • our blog (ok MY blog – I missed you guys!)
  • apples
  • our budgie BB!
  • ice skating (!)

7 Responses to "Two last Ten Things"

1 | Betsy Mae

January 23rd, 2010 at 12:32 pm


I would absolutely miss coffee and our dog…and I have never found the food to be wonderful on island vacations BUT I’d be willing to miss all of that for all the things you loved!!!!!!

Welcome back!

2 | Suzie

January 23rd, 2010 at 2:27 pm


did you feel guilty with Haiti just a few kms away?

3 | Kaitlin

January 23rd, 2010 at 3:28 pm


Suzie, I’m not sure how reasonable a question that is to ask…I feel horrible about what is happening in Haiti though I’m thousands of miles away. What difference does the physical distance really make?

Personally (and I’m only speaking for myself here), I would find that question rather unfair.

Andrea, I can’t wait to see the photos! Welcome back!

4 | andrea

January 23rd, 2010 at 3:29 pm


I felt guilty at first, when we first heard. The earthquake happened a few days before we left and we donated to the Red Cross at the time. I couldn’t change our booking.

We did what was in our power to do. There’s also something to be said for helping generate tourism dollars, right? We shopped, tipped, and tried not to be wasteful in an environment (ie an all-inclusive) that practically encourages it.

5 | Stefania (formerly The Veg Next Door)

January 23rd, 2010 at 4:53 pm


I take it you didn’t like the coffee. When I was in DR a few years back I thought the coffee was amazing and drank it black. It was so smooth.

Sounds like you had a fab trip. Looking forward to reading more about it. Each day we count our blessings. Disasters hit everybody everywhere in different ways. To not enjoy life and its blessings because of a catastrophe that happened in another country seems unreasonable.

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