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02 Feb, 2020

The risk that paid off

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. In the most recent chapter in this series, the youngest daughter and I had just visited Big Buddha, a religious site in Phuket, Thailand. Thankfully, we found our driver waiting for us in the parking lot, just as he had promised. (Phew.) […]

25 Jan, 2020

Big Buddha

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. Some of you MAY HAVE ALREADY DEDUCED that I was, er, SLIGHTLY anxious at almost every turn during this holiday. I shared photos from our trip on Twitter while we were there and someone said I was brave. BRAVE. Ha. HAHA. I […]

21 Dec, 2019

An entertaining lunch at Red Chair

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. As I mentioned in a previous post in this series, I was struggling with the idea of semi-forced relaxation that we had to impose upon ourselves. We’d get up in the morning, eat, and chill by the pool for a good part […]

01 Dec, 2019

Beach day

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. I’m a little worried that if you’re reading this series of posts that you might think we’re not having a good time. Nothing could be further from the truth. The youngest daughter and I were getting along really well. Sharing this kind of […]

15 Nov, 2019

A bite of Thai food

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

The Thailand diaries continue! To read past posts in this series, click here. After our extraordinary time with the elephants, we decided to chill out by the pool for the rest of the afternoon. In the afternoon I went back to our 7-11 to pick up a few staples, which included a cup of coffee […]


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