Place 72 – Day 28: Vancouver,BC – Moving Truck

Curtis’ Day;

The train was very busy again this morning, but Curtis managed to get on it.

Curtis got to work around 08:45 and started with things he needed to get sorted.

Curtis was pretty busy up until lunch and then after lunch it was quite quiet.

Curtis had something plannes at 16:00, but at 15:00 there was an office meeting in which all departments shared what was happening with them as well as a few other things around the office. There were free drinks included, but as Curtis had some things to do he didn’t drink much.

At 16:00, the meeting ended and Curtis went back to his desk to complete the task. This task took pretty much an hour and that took Curtis perfectly to 17:00.

Curtis left the office and went to get the train. This time, it was a different train and, well, it was incredibly busy! There were actual queues to board the train!

Curtis got onto the train and was on there for a while.

Once he eventually got off the crowded train, he took the bus to IKEA.

Kim’s Day;

Kim started the day with more fun bank issues…Once she got that all sorted, she went to our new apartment to help the current lady move out.

Kim finished helping and had to go to Richmond to get the uhaul van. She also had to get a busy train and then a bus as it wasn’t far from IKEA.

Kim tried to get our van, but it had previously been damaged so she had to wait for another one. Luckily, this all happened whilst Curtis was travelling to IKEA.

Evening;

Once Kim got the van, she met Curtis at IKEA and we went in to buy stuff for our new home.

We got a bed, sheets, a mattress, table and chairs and a lot of other miscellaneous items. Successful!

We moved it all into our van, parked up and went to get meatballs.

Once we finished eating, we drove back to our current place and found a place to park nearby.

We got back home and had to pack and we also looked up some more 2nd hand furniture just in case we could find some deals.

We watched TV for the rest of the night and then went to bed.

We have to get up early-ish tomorrow to pickup some items and then move in!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 27: Vancouver,BC – Kitchenware & Company Drinks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had to contend with a busy train this morning. He intentionally didn’t get on the first train that arrived in hopes that the second train was less busy. This was not the case.

The second train was even busier, so he had to squeeze on to get to work on time.

Curtis got to work, got a coffee and went to his desk.

Curtis wad pretty busy all day, with quite a few new tickets coming in and some old tickets from earlier in the week to compete.

Curtis had lunch at 13:00 and he headed leftover salad from dinner last night.

After lunch it was a bit less busy, but the was still enough for Curtis to get on with.

Drinks

At 17:30, Curtis went for a couple of drinks and some food with some colleagues. There were some people from IT as well as marketing and development team members.

Curtis was out for about 3 hours and head some lamb pasta for dinner which was alright. Curtis met his predecessor who came for a drink too.

Once Curtis was done, he got on a non busy train and Kim met him from the train.

Kim’s Day

Kim went out to get some kitchenware from a lady for our new place.

Kim went all the way there and it was a lot of stuff, so she could only take a bit of it. Luckily, the lady offered to drop it off so she did that. We now have kitchenware!

Kim watched some TV and then had to go to the bank again.

Kim walked from there to the train station to meet Curtis.

Evening

We walked home and told eachother about our days.

We got home and Curtis had a shower and then we watched some Lucifer before bed.

Place 72 – Day 25: Vancouver,BC – First Day At Work & 2 Productive Days

Curtis’ First Day At Work

Curtis was up at 07:30 and got ready to head to work for his first day.

Curtis left the house and walked for 10 minutes or so to the train station.

The train station was busy and so were the trains. Curtis just missed a train bit the come quickly and he had plenty of time.

Curtis got to the station after being on a fairly crowded train and walked towards his office building.

Curtis got to the building and went up to his floor. He waited for a little and then his manager came and greeted him, followed by a tour.

Once the tour was complete, Curtis was walked through pretty much everything he needs to know!

Once the walkthrough was completed, he was able to go to lunch with his manager.

They went to a small pub just down the road on the waterfront. Curtis got a cranberry chicken & brie sandwich and he chatted about a lot of different things with his manager.

Curtis is the lone IT Support Analyst for the Vancouver office, so he has to support around 80 people and multiple conference rooms. This is exactly the role Curtis wanted so he is very happy to hear this!

The office is beautiful and the view is phenomenal…Curtis will try and grab a picture when he can.

Before Curtis knew it, the day was over and it was time to head home, so down to the train station he went.

This time, the train was ridiculously busy and he was unable to really move…When we move into our new place, Curtis thinks he will walk the 30 minutes to work!

Curtis was met at the train station by Kim, lovingly and then we walked home together.

Kim’s Day

Kim relaxed for some of the morning and then headed to the bank to sort out her Credit Card which was causing issues before…It was a success!

Kim then went to a supermarket to grab some more cereal, specifically froot loops for Curtis, and second hand cardboard boxes for some kitchen stuff she will collect in a few days.

Kim then headed home and took Trudy out for a walk to the park.

When Kim got back, it was time for laundry and admin. This kept kim busy until just before Curtis was due to arrive home.

It was a productive day!

Evening

Our evening consisted of Curtis telling Kim about his first day of work, as well as Kim saying all she had achieved for the day.

We were both successful today!

We had chicken, rice & vegetables again for dinner and then we sat and watched TV, both of us trying not to fall asleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – day 24: Vancouver,BC – Trout Lake Beach Park

A Rude Awakening

There were a couple of people outside our window shouting and conversing at 05:00 this morning, which woke us up.

Someone we are living with got them to move away but unfortunately we were now both awake.

We led in bed and napped for a few hours but never really got to sleep.

We took a relaxed outlook on the morning and didn’t do much and got ready slowly for the day.

Mocha Madness

We went to Kings Cafe again and each got a mocha madness coffee. Kim got her one cold this time, so see if it is still as good and Curtis got his hot. They were both good but Kim did prefer it warm.

Trout Lake Beach Park

We walked for about 10 minutes to a park called Trout Lake Beach. The name is a bit misleading as there is a beach, but it is man made next to a lake and it is a bit underwhelming.

This is the ‘beach’

We saw many a dog in the park whilst we just walked around. Most of the dogs were wet from swimming, but that didn’t stop Kim saying hello.

Bank Stop

We stopped at the bank to book Kim an appointment for tomorrow and we saw the lady who was dealing with us last time so we had a bit of a chat with her as well.

Evening

Kim did some research and some admin for a lot of the evening whilst Curtis watched Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final as it was on.

We had teriyaki chicken and rice for dinner and then retreated to bed to watch some TV.

Tomorrow

Curtis starts work tomorrow, so he is up at a good time to get ready and get to the office for 09:00.

The blog will, as it was in Auckland, probably be separated into 2 sections, Kim’s Day & Curtis’ day. We expect this to continue throughout our time working here.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 19: Vancouver,BC – Credit Card & A Vietnamese Coffee

Picking Up A Credit Card

We had a lazy morning this morning and then Curtis got a call saying his credit card was ready to collect, so we got ready and went down there to collect it.

Once we collected it, we started walking back home and saw a Vietnamese restaurant, so we got tempted and just had to go in!

We sat and drank our coffee which was mediocre, and then walked on home.

We got back and watched TV for a bit and then decided it was dinner time.

Dinner & A Walk

Just before we had dinner, we went down to the mobile carrier store to get them to setup auto payments from the credit card so we don’t have to worry about paying it manually each month.

We had the same as we had a few days ago, with general tsao and sweet chilli sauce.

We sat and had a chat with one of the people we are currently living with and Curtis also got electricity billing setup for our next place, which is fun!

Further TV

We watched a bit more TV and then slept at a decent time as Kim has a phone interview for an interesting app in which you can take on part time work.

Kim then has an interview in the afternoon tomorrow, the 3rd interview of a role, and Curtis is hoping to hear back tomorrow, too!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 11: Vancouver,BC – We Have An Apartment!

Bank, Again

We made our way, in the rain, to the bank. We had to visit again as Kim’s account wasn’t working yesterday so they had to try again today.

We were able to get some Starbucks coffee from the bank, too!

They eventually got Kim’s account sorted, after a couple of hours, and then we went into the city.

Apartment Viewing…Or Not?

We got all the way into the city and then were planning our route to the first apartment viewing.

We started to head there, but Kim then received a phone call saying we could go and see another apartment right now. After some confusion, this turned out to be an apartment we had seen yesterday…Actually the exact apartment we wanted! They were actually offering us to rent the apartment, so we cancelled all other viewings and raced right over there on the train.

We Have An Apartment

We got over to the place and met the manager of the building. He went through a few things, got us to sign the paperwork and we paid the deposit. We chatted with him for a while and we are confirmed to move in around the 1st June, which is incredibly exciting.

The apartment is exactly what we wanted and is in a perfect location for if we get jobs downtown.

We now need to focus on getting work, and we both have interviews lined up, so we’re hopeful to get some soon!

Celebratory McDonald’s

We thought we better get some food as we were hungry, so we went to McDonald’s to get some food, having not eaten since breakfast. Kim had a chicken wrap and Curtis went for a fancy angus burger.

Back Home & We Can Now Relax

We got home and were able to get comfortable and just relax. Having an apartment sorted means we have a lot of spare time, though we do have a few things to get sorted still, other than jobs.

We did very little for the rest of the day, just relaxing, did a little job searching but for the most part, nothing, which was a much different day than we thought we were going to have, as we had 3 apartment viewings booked.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

 

Place 49 – Day 378: Auckland – Big Breakfast, Bubble Tea & The Packing Game

We were up pretty early as we wanted to go out somewhere for breakfast.

We all wanted a big, greasy, cooked breakfast and the only logical place nearby was Denny’s!

We got to Denny’s and ordered enough food to sink a battleship. All of this came with refillable filtered coffee, of course.

We all ate ourselves silly and then went back to the hotel so Curtis could print some documents that he has to take to a visa application centre tomorrow.

Once we did that, we all did a bit of the packing game to get all our bags sorted and the correct weights.

We got most of that sorted and then went out for another wander around. We went to The Warehouse first and then to a camping shop to find luggage straps. We eventually found some in the camping shops so bought those and then kept walking.

Whilst in the city, we thought it’d make sense to speak to the bank and ask a few questions we had.

We left the bank and then popped to mcdonald’s to get a drink before wandering to a few possible dinner places to look at their menu. We made our decision and went back to the hotel to chill out.

Kim started her work visa application for the next country as she got invited too! We then left to get some dinner.

We went to Dr Rudi’s, which we also went to with Curtis’ family. We decided on 3 pizzas to share;

  • Pork Belly
  • Chicken & Bacon
  • Mediterranean Lamb

We ate as much as we could, took a doggy bag and waddled towards the hotel.

Tom and Kim stopped off to get a bubble tea on the way back, too.

Once we were all back, we finished a bit of packing and then sat down to watch TV. After we watched some TV shows, we sat and watched the film Apollo 13. It was a long one but a solid film for sure.

After this, we took Kim’s parents’ bags downstairs to the car as we need to take them to the airport nice and early tomorrow so they can get back to England!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale