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This year was a return to camping, in a way. We didn’t go last summer, or the summer before, so I was looking forward to this trip even more than usual. This year, more than ever (thanks COVID!) I desperately wanted to get away from the city and was excited about upgrading our scenery for […]


08 May, 2020

Blue water, beautiful sights, monkey bites

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. We hired a private long-tail boat to take us on a three hour tour of a few different locations around the islands that are only accessible by water. It cost us $1500 bhat (about $60) and it was worth every penny, and then some. […]

02 May, 2020

Arrival at Phi Phi

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. In my previous post, we had just taken the ferry to the Phi Phi Islands. We were excited about the promise of island living for a few days. Disembarking wasn’t nearly as tranquil as promised by our first views from the ferry. […]

18 Apr, 2020

Ferry to Phi Phi

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I’m feeling a bit bleak my friends, so I’m picking up where I left off re: Thailand diaries. To read past posts in this series, click here. At this point I would like to share a few points I jotted down in my paper journal I was keeping during this time under the heading Lessons Learned: Drink […]

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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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 daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). 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, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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