Place 45 – Day 4: Sydney – Touristy Stuff 

We decided to take a day off today to get into town!

We had made some plans to meet a friend in the afternoon, but before that, we spoke with Curtis’ family and then Curtis watched hockey again and Kim relaxed and watched some TV. 

We got breakfast and showered then we made our way to the city. The train journey was about 25 minutes and we were soon in tourist-central… The place was incredibly busy and very hot! At least the trains were awesome! You can move the seats to face different ways.. It’s hard to explain but awesome!

We saw the Opera House and the Bridge which both looked awesome especially in the great weather. 

We the  were informed that our friend could no longer meet us, so we went to get an Affogato (yes.. We’re a little addicted).

We got back onto the train and got back but stopped at the supermarket beforehand to pickup a nice cheap Lasagne for dinner.

We ate our Lasagne whilst watching Hancock and just chilled out. 

Tomorrow is a day we plan to work for a lot of the day and get some stuff done and we are looking forward to it as it will be fun!


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 45 – Day 3: Sydney – Sanding, Filling, Hockey Kit Purchasing & Long Dog Walks

We were up early to get some work done before ice hockey was on.

We moved a lot of items out of the room we are renovating and we also did some washing up. 

When our host woke up, we figured out what we had to do and started filling the holes in the walls. There are large holes between the door frame and wall so we filled those as well as Sanding down the unpainted wall to get it nice and smooth. 

Curtis then sat and watched ice hockey whilst Kim watched a Jack Whitehall comedy on Netflix. 

We had a lovely lunch of a homemade pizza with tomato and feta cheese.

Once our TV had finished, we took a 45 minute drive to an ice hockey warehouse to buy some remaining ice hockey kit for Curtis as he needs some for future locations. We did that for about 45 minutes and got all that was needed before we got back and went right back out for a long dog walk. 

We took Alfie for a 20 minute walk as we wanted to get McDonald’s milkshakes so we took that as an opportunity to get some!

We got back and relaxed for a bit while doing some admin and booking for future places. 

We then had a wonderful dinner from our host which was grilled salmon (on the BBQ) as well as rice, runner beans and zucchini.

We had homemade apple and blueberry tart for dessert with some ice cream and had a nice long conversation. We had a great day and tomorrow we won’t be working so we have made some fun plans!


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 45 – Day 2: Sydney – Dog Walk & Slight Cleanup

We woke up a little late without a day plan but we then found some cleaning around the house to do. We vacuumed the floor and washed the dishes and hung out laundry.

We were then shown the room we are going to be renovating and what we needed to do. We moved some books from the room into our room where we put them into a bookshelf. 

We then took Alfie, the Labradoodle, for a short walk at the park. He seemed to have a good time! 

We planned to go and meet a friend for some drinks, but Curtis suddenly fell ill so we had to cancel it!

Our host made some vegetarian Lasagne and Kim had that with some salad whilst Curtis just had some toast with butter.

Curtis is feeling better now, but still not 100%!

The plan is to get some work done early in the morning and then run an errand in the afternoon. 


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 45 – Day 1: Sydney 🇦🇺 – Assault Course & A Labradoodle 


This morning, Kim made wonderful pancakes with some fruit, maple glazed bacon & egg…delicious!

Curtis watched ice hockey and Kim went out with our host to an assault course! Kim had a wonderful time throwing herself around the place.

We finally got ready and packed everything up for our drive. We then left Canberra having not done much but certainly making a new friend!

We left for a 3 hour or so drive. 

The drive actually took a little bit longer as we had to go around a toll road but it was a pleasant drive! We went through a storm too, which was good fun! We saw some lightning and the temperature drop and rise again. Very Interesting!

We finally arrived in Sydney! Driving in Sydney is horrible and we would not recommend!

We parked up and were welcomed into our house for 2 weeks! We are staying with a family of the mum, dad, son and daughter, as well as a mini Labradoodle!

We were made to feel very welcome and we discussed our travels and where we are from in England and then we had dinner! We had a wonderful chicken breast with a very nice cream sauce along with green beans and a salad.

We chatted for a bit more and then off to bed it was… We’re exhausted!


Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 44 – Day 2: Canberra – Mt. Pleasant, Affogato & Korean Chicken! 

We woke up pretty late and had a lazy morning just chatting with our host about whatever!

We eventually plucked up the effort to go to the supermarket and get some things for breakfast. We made French toast with fruit, cinnamon sugar and chocolate.

We then went out for a dog walk where we went to Mt. Pleasant and checked out the view there which was great!

We went from here to get an Affogato in a coffee shop and it was delicious! It was a chocolate Cafe and was delicious.

We came back and had some Korean chicken with Kimchee rice and we had a lemon cider, too! We watched the new Baywatch film whilst we ate and drank… A brilliant evening!

We leave Canberra tomorrow, but it was just a chilled relax place and then we are off to an awesome place tomorrow!


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 44 – Day 1: Canberra 🇦🇺 – Couchsurfing again! 


We drove for around 7 hours today to get from Melbourne to Canberra.

We got about 25 minutes out of Melbourne and realized we left some things back in Melbourne, so we had to turn right back around and go get them!

Take 2! We left again and continued for a while before we got to a service station where we got some McDonald’s. We decided to try the Gourmet Creations and they were lovely!

We hit the road again and arrived in ‘Yass’. This place has the best name ever, so we stopped to grab a photo!

We got back on the road and finally arrived in Canberra. We went to a shop to buy some food and wine and headed to our Couchsurfing. 

Our host has 4 dogs and they are crazy! We made a pasta dish and had some cake and wine whilst chatting for hours with our host, only heading to bed at 01:00!

We are having a great time here so far, maybe tomorrow we will go an explore a little!


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 43 – Day 9: Melbourne – Old Melbourne Jail & More Friends!  

We went on the train to the centre to get to the Old Melbourne Jail. We got to the Melbourne Central Station and took the 20 minute walk to the jail. We got to the jail and bought the (€28) ticket each and the looked around the museum. The museum was the old jail’s main cell block. There was a lot of interesting facts and stories around and it still felt a lot like a jail. 

We then went to the tour which we paid for. This was a role play experience. We were ‘arrested’ and taken into the prison and given a card with our identities on. Curtis was arrested for Breaking and Entering and Kim was called Sally and was arrested for abusive behaviour.

We then were locked in male and female cells seperately and we then had the lights turned off for a moment.. It was very dark!

We left this and were able to walk around which we did for a while and then we left back into the main prison to finish our walk around there!

We left here and went down a street or two to meet our friend Matthew whom lives in Melbourne but we met in Italy, Croatia and Czechia!

We went to a rooftop bar and had a beer and a Whiskey whilst catching up!

Matthew then pursueded us to get some cheap Japanese food, so we did!

Kim had a chicken curry and Curtis had a beef curry. It was delicious!

We went back to st Kilda after this to get some ice hockey kit from curtis’ friend to take with him to Auckland which was a great gesture from Luke!

We got the tram and train back which was interesting with a big hockey bag and stick, but worth it!

We leave Melbourne tomorrow but it has been a great time!


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 43 – Day 8: Melbourne – Massive Garden Cleanup pt2, St Kilda Beach & Penguins! 

We woke up nice and early and cracked on with our final 3.25 hours of work. We removed the remaining rubbish and the we moved the grass to the area which is used for composting. 

We finally finished this and then we went inside and Curtis watched ice hockey for a couple of hours before we headed out!

We took the train to the centre and got some lunch and a Vietnamese coffee!

We stumbled apon the tram we needed to catch and so jumped on that (it was very busy!) to get to St Kilda Beach.

We have a friend that was at the beach, so we contacted him and found out where he was! The weather was nice and warm, so we just sat with Kris (whom we met in Kuala Lumpur) and chatted on the sand.

Shortly after, Curtis’ friend Luke, who played ice hockey with him in the UK, joined us and we all just chatted for a few hours on the beach!

As the sun started to set, we went and got McDonald’s and then walked to the pier. 

At the pier was where we saw some penguins! There are penguins that come out at night here in Melbourne and we stood for a couple of hours. We only got to see about 4 (baby) penguins, but we spent some good time with our friends!

We took a tram to the train station, but we had an interesting ride! The tram was incredibly busy to start with, but there was also a guy that was incredibly high, and he was a bit crazy!

We spoke to some people from Germany, Sweden, Russia & New Zealand! A multicultural tram ride!

We then took the 20 minute train ride back to our home, but we grabbed a drink at the supermarket on the walk back. 

No work tomorrow, so just fun stuff! 


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 43 – Day 7: Melbourne – Massive Garden Cleanup 

We woke up and got right outside after breakfast to do a big garden cleanup.

We had a lot of wood, metal and other random objects to move from the back garden to the driveway in specific piles. 

We stopped and had some fruit about halfway through as well as a drink and then we went right back outside to get stuff sorted!

We were going to go to St Kilda to the beach, but a big thunderstorm hit, so the plan changed to pizza in bed with some wine! We sat and watched some TV with a Domino’s and some wine.


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 43 – Day 6: Melbourne – Meeting Friends & Vietnamese Food

We got some laundry done in the morning and were shown around the garden and what to do over the weekend by our host.

Curtis watched ice hockey for a couple of hours and then we headed out to meet our friend Merlijn who we met in Adelaide!

We met her at the Flinders Street train station and also bumped into 3 German girls that we also met in Adelaide! Small world!

We took a walk around looking at street art and then we separated to get some food.

We went to a cheap Vietnamese street food place and had a wonderful meal! Curtis had 3 types of pork (shredded, ‘loaf’ & chop) with vegetables, rice and egg. Kim had BBQ Chicken cold noodle salad and we shared a large rice paper roll. It was delicious and a great price.

We left the restaurant very full and saw a lot of police and police horses. We were curious so we asked what was going on and there was a protest which was pro-refugees. We stopped around to watch and it was interesting to watch!

We went to meet Merlijn again and we were going to go somewhere but due to the protest the trams weren’t running as planned and it was all a bit too much effort at such a late time, so we went to a nearby park and ate some doughnuts there!

We got on a train back to our house and th the family here have gone for the weekend so we sat and watched some TV and had some wine.


-Mr & Mrs Hale