Place 70 – Day 5: Victoria,BC – Frozen Fountain & A Great Evening

We went up to a bar/restaurant we had been told about my Mark and Jill as their daughter works there, so we made the 40 minute walk, in the -3°C (feels like -9°C) weather.

There was a bit of snow on the ground but nothing really.

As we were walking, we saw that the fountain outside parliament was frozen, which looked awesome, so we had to check it out.

We then headed back to our destination. When we arrived, firstly, it was nice and warm. Secondly, Kim asked to see the person we had come to see and and she had finished her shift for the day, so we were unable to see her, which was a shame.

We did get a got choclate though, which was a result and it was tasty too.

We then braved the cold again to head back towards the apartment with a stop at the supermarket.

We got some items for dinner as Kim was cooking tonight!

We got back and Curtis watched two periods of the Leafs game whilst Kim made hunter’s chicken for dinner.

We ate our dinner and then it was time too brace for the cold again and go down to the city to see our friend Brody, who is Canadian but we met him in New Zealand.

On the way, the fountain was frozen but it now had a light around it which made it look even more awesome!

Once we found the bar, we also found Brody, got a drink and just chatted and chatted and chatted. We had an amazing evening, even planning to do something really awesome within the next month, hopefully.

Brody kindly gave us a lift back and then it was very late and very much bedtime.

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 4: Victoria,BC – A Dash of Snow

We, again, failed to wake at a decent time, but it was much colder this morning along with high winds, making it hard to get out of bed.

We had some breakfast, got ready, wrapped up warm and braced the cold. The forecast said it was 2°C but feels like -4°C, so nice and chilly.

Couple_Cold_Canada

We checked some shops for jeans for the both of us, but we were unable to find any we liked. We got tired of looking at shops so headed for Starbucks for a coffee.

Curtis got a cappucino and Kim got a mocha, but both were not great. That being said, we did some research and some people watching for a while before heading out for a bit more of a walk.

We found a subway and grabbed one as a snack, and to get out of the cold!

We walked back to the apartment and got ready as some family friends of Kim’s, Mark & Jill, were picking us up for dinner at their house!

Just before we were picked up, it started to snow a bit, which, once we got picked up, got a lot heavier and started laying.

You can see a little snow

We got to their house and sat and chatted in the kitchen whilst they created a delicious roast pork dinner with mashed potato, green beans & honey parsnips.

We sat and chatted for hours about all kinds of things and then we headed back home around 22:15, getting back at 22:30.

When we got back, the temperature was -4°C but feels like -11°C! Tomorrow is meant to be cold, too.

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 3: Victoria,BC – Victoria Royals

We attempted to wake up earlier today, which we did, but not quite early enough! We planned to be up by 10:30, but were up by about 11:00, so we’re getting closer!

We started the day with some delicious fruit toast and a coffee and then we got ready and walked down to the city to a bank. We want to setup a bank account, so we went to a bank to ask for one. Unfortunely, as we don’t yet have our work visas, we cannot set one up.

We went to a few shops, including Sportchek, to look at the hockey gear, because why not.

We grabbed a slice of pizza from somewhere that Kim went with Abbie about 6 years ago, and it was pretty tasty!

We walked around and got a photo or two of some cool buildings but then it got quite cold, so we went back to the apartment and did some travel research for future travels.

Curtis watched the Leafs game a little and then we had leftovers for dinner before making a 35 minute walk to the ice rink to watch some hockey!

We were lucky enough that Linda got us some great seats (and we are watching another 3 games too!) And we were right by the boards.

It was a great game to watch and a very close one, even including a fight!

The game went to overtime and then a shootout and the royals unfortunately lost.

Kim’s family friend got the rink to add a message on the jumbotron for us, which was a lovely surprise!

During the game, we saw Kim’s family friend and also a friend who is Canadian but we met in New Zealand!

We left the game, cold, and walked back to the apartment, but took a beautiful photo first.

We got back and watched a couple of TV episodes and then went to bed.

It says it may snow a little tomorrow!

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 2: Victoria,BC – Tim Hortons & Phone SIM

We had a tremendous sleep in this morning, waking up around 11:30!

After waking up, we had cereal and coffee. We watched a couple of YouTube videos and then decided to get showered and head out for a bit.

The outside was certainly brisk at 8°C, but not uncomfortable.

We walked down the street to a shopping centre where we were looking for a prepaid phone SIM as we plan to stay in Canada for a while, providing our visas work out.

We compared a few places but found one that worked best for us and bought that.

After that, we found a Tim Hortons, of course, and we got doughnuts and Curtis got a coffee.

We chilled at Tim Hortons for a bit and then went back to the shopping centre for a bit of window shopping.

We then walked back to the apartment and that was us for the day! We didn’t want to do too much today so that was perfect.

Curtis then watched hockey and during that we ordered and ate Anne delicious Chinese food!

In the evening, we watched some TV with Linda and then we went for a walk to buy a few things from the supermarket whilst also getting a very tasty hot chocolate from Starbucks.

We watched one more episode and then headed to bed. We plan to get up at a better time tomorrow.

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 1: Victoria,BC 🇨🇦 – Crazy Time Travel

Just before the flight, whilst waiting, we found a whisky tasting station in duty free, so we thought why not!

We got a few shots of whisky to try, mostly expensive whisky, one of which tasted like bacon which we do not recommend.

We eventually got on the flight, which was actually a pretty good and easy flight, though we didn’t sleep we much as we wanted, or really at all!

We watched the film Night School and Kim watched a couple of films whilst Curtis tried to sleep.

We had 2 meals whilst on board. Curtis had chicken tagine with couscous and Kim had pasta bolognese.

We then had breakfast. Curtis had the safe option of museli and Kim had the scrambled eggs which were not good at all.

Once we landed in Vancouver, we had to wait a while whilst other planes got out of the way and then we were able to exit.

We got through customs and immigration pretty quickly, collected our bags and then had to figure out what to do next.

We found the right bus but had to buy a ticket, so we went inside the terminal to get them and then back out onto the bus.

We got the bus to the ferry port and once we got there we changed buses to get into the ferry and across the other side.

We got onto the ferry and grabbed a much deserved cappucino each and relaxed as we sailed across the water.

Once we arrived, we got back on the bus and that took us to Victoria!

Along the way, we saw a car crash happen which is not good!

We got to the Victoria bus station and figured out how we get to where we are staying, which we luckily did.

We are staying with Kim’s great aunty Linda, who we stayed with here on a holiday before. We haven’t been here in winter so we saw excited to see what is on offer!

We had a delicious chicken dinner and chatted with Linda for a while before hopping in the shower after our long journey.

We got into bed which was lovely and comfy and got a couple of outstanding admin tasks completed before heading to bed.

We don’t have much planned just yet, other than getting some sleep!

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 385: Auckland – Final Day in NZ!

We were woken by the construction next door around 09:00. Kim made a coffee and we had that whilst chatting with our host for a while.

After this, we got showered and packed everything up.

We had a plan to watch a film to pass time, so we left our bags and walked down to the shopping centre.

We had some time, so we went to the bank to put the money we got for the car into the bank.

We then went to the cinema, got our food and drink and went to watch Glass. It wasn’t what we were expecting, but it was certainly a great film!

We left the cinema and walked back to the apartment to get our bags. We said goodbye to our host and waited for Danielle and Josh to arrive as they were giving us a lift to the airport.

Once we arrived, they looked after our bags whilst we got changed and then we said goodbye to them and off we went to check in our bags.

The bags were checked easily, via the self service, and then we went to grab some food.

We went to a Japanese place and got sone chicken karaage, a teriyaki pork don & a chicken katsu curry. It was really delicious!

Whilst we ate, Curtis called to cancel his phone number and convert Kim’s to a prepaid so she can still receive texts on it.

Once that was done and we finished eating, we went through security.

Now, we are sitting around waiting for our flight. This is the last day here in New Zealand and its kinda sad to say goodbye to people but we are also so excited for our next destination!

We have a long flight, hence doing the blog so early, and then we drop a lot in temperature, too.

See you on the other side.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 384: Auckland – The Car Is Sold!

We had a but of a lay in this morning, which was much needed! We had an appointment at 12:30 which we had to get to, so once we got up and got some stuff sorted Kim spoke to her family, we had to head out.

Once we got there, we had to wait a bit and then we were seen by someone.

We were getting the car valued and seeing if the company wanted to buy it, as a last resort. They didn’t give us the best offer, so we held off umin case we got a better offer privately.

We then drove from here to Silvia Park where we wanted to ask a question about our mobile phones to the phone company and then we drove back to the apartment.

Once we got back, we took the laundry we had up to the laundromat. This laundromat works with a key system, so we had to purchase a key and top it up and then use the laundromat. We washed and dried our clothes, walked to the cinema to book tickets for tomorrow and then came back to the apartment.

We then got a great offer for the car from someone coming all the way from Hamilton! We arranged to meet them and then went for a farewell dinner with Josh & Danielle in New Lynn.

We met them and ordered some drinks and food and then the lady arrived to get the car!

She gave us the money and was very excited about the car, so that was that! We finally sold the car and that is now done.

We sat and ate with Josh and Danielle and then they drove us back.

We got back and had an hour long chat with our host who is really lovely! We then finished some packing and went to bed.

We are watching a film tomorrow to kill time as our flight isn’t until 20:05.

Last night in New Zealand!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale