Place 72 – Day 15: Vancouver,BC – Much Needed Relax

No Breakfast Requires Shopping

We woke up a bit later than we have been and then realised that we had nothing for breakfast, so we needed to go shopping.

We got ready and then walked for 20 minutes to get to the supermarket.

We got breakfast cereal and a few snacks but got distracted my Starbucks on our way out, so grabbed a coffee too.

We got back home and had some breakfast whilst Curtis watched the Great Britain ice hockey game.

Laundry

We then needed to do laundry and where we are staying doesn’t have laundry, so we went to the laundromat opposite us and got it washed there.

Unfortunately, we had no cash so we had to get some money out, meaning walking basically all the way back to where we went to the supermarket earlier.

We got back to the laundromat and put the wash on and then went back home and relaxed for the 30 minutes it was washing for.

We went back and got our laundry, put it in the dryer and waited the 45 minutes for that to finish…a highly exhilarating day!

Once that finished we brought it home and then made some dinner.

We had a similar thing to yesterday, but we had General Tsao sauce instead, which was a nice change.

Different TV

We have watched all of the latest episodes of our usual shows so had to watch some different shows.

We watched an episode of Gordon Ramsay and some different YouTube videos and then we watched the Fyre Festival documentary, which was interesting.

We followed that up by watching episode one of Chernobyl which was interesting for us as we have been there!

We then hit the hay, with no plans tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 10: Vancouver,BC – Banking, Interviews & Apartment Hunting

SIN

We were hungry but wanted to get stuff sorted, so we went straight to Service Canada where we had to wait 30 minutes to get seen but once we were we got our SIN (Social Insurance Number) each which means we can get paid as well as setup a bank account.

Dutch Breakfast

Wewere very hungry after we did this so we went for breakfast at a Dutch breakfast restaurant.

Curtis got a full breakfast (bacon,eggs,toast & fruit) whilst Kim got a pannekoeke.

We both enjoyed our breakfast, especially as there was fresh orange juice!

We left the breakfast place to continue with the busy day.

Banking

We wanted to arrange an appointment for tomorrow to get a bank account each, but they were persistent and we ended up doing it there and then. This took a couple of hours in total.

2 Interviews

Whilst we were getting our banking setup, Kim had an interview and then Curtis had one just after! Kim then got a second interview from that and Curtis got one for a previous job he interviewed for.

Apartment Viewing #1

As we were in the bank for so long, we were bound to be late to our first apartment Viewing, so we called a taxi.

The taxi turned up at the wrong place so we had to wait for him to come back to us.

We got to the viewing in time and we were not too impressed. It was a little old and a bit expensive.

Apartment Viewing #2

We took a bus to view another place we had been looking at for a while.

We got on the bus and couldn’t pay with notes so had to pay with only coins.

Once we cobbled together the change, we put it in and the machine on the bus broke!

We walked to the apartment and we loved it! It was a good size and a good price, too.

After we finished with the viewing, we went out for a drink with the current tenant of the apartment as we had been speaking with her for a while.

Drinks & Wings

We went to a bar just down the road and shared a bottle of wine between the three of us.

We also got some wings and sweet potato fries.

We chatted for a while and then she went back home whilst we walked to the train station.

Along the way, Kim realised she forgot her handbag at the bar so we went back to collect it.

Home

We bought train passes (called compass cards), added money to them and then got on the train home.

We walked for 10 minutes on the other side to get back.

We chatted with the couple we are livibge with for a couple of hours and then went to bed, exhausted.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 9: Vancouver, BC – Our New Home City!

As some of you may be aware, we have chosen Vancouver to be our next home, for a year or so.

Beacon Drive-In, Again

We went for breakfast at the Beacon Drive-In again today.

We opted for something different and both went for 2 eggs, sausages and hash browns. It wasn’t as good as what we each usually order, so that was a bit of a shame.

Flowers

We left the drive in and walked into the city to get some flowers for Linda, both as a thank you for having us and also for mother’s day (which it is here in Canada). She really liked them too, which is great.

Packing

Kim spent a while doing some ninja packing today. As we had to pack 5 bags, it meant unpacking everything and re-packing, but better.

Kim got it all packed up perfectly and we were able to comfortably fit everything in our bags.

Whilst Kim packed, Curtis watched Great Britain get demolished 8-0 by Canada in ice hockey, which really could’ve been much worse!

Walk, Chocolate Poutine & Coffee

We went for a walk after we were sat inside for most of the day, just to get some fresh air. We got a bit peckish, so we went to a chocolate place we had been before, Chocolats Favoris and we got chocolate poutine to share (fried doughnut style sticks covered in chocolate, marshmallows and ice cream).

We ate this and then went to Starbucks to get a coffee. We wanted to sit inside but it was full so we say outside for a brief moment but it was too cold so we walked back to Linda’s.

Chatting

We chatted with Linda for a few more hours up until we had to leave.

Once we had to head down to the bus station, we packed the last few things, said goodbye to Linda and walked down to the bus station, looking like pack mules!

Bus > Ferry > Bus > Taxi

We got the bus which took us onti the ferry.

When we got on the ferry we were hungry, so we queued to grab some food.

Kim decided on chicken strips and a ceasar salad and Curtis had a chicken pot pie with sweet potato fries.

We eventually left the ferry and got back onto the bus.

The bus company said that if we get off st the bus station, it is the first stop and we can catch the train to where we need to go from there.

We were informed wrong…

We were actually the last stop and didn’t get into the bus station until 22:10, which is much later than we expected.

The people we are staying with were waiting up for us, so to save time, we got a taxi to them.

Our Temporary Place

We were lucky enough to be contacted by a couple which offered us to rent a room of theirs whilst we look for apartments here in Vancouver. We aren’t looking to share long term, so are looking for our own apartment and preferably in the downtown area, which is exciting!

These next few days are jam packed full of apartment viewings and job phone interviews, so it’ll be a busy few days!

It’s been a long day and we’re glad to be getting some sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 26: Victoria,BC – New Phone Numbers, Haircut & More Steak

Accidental Early Wake Up

We were up for what we thought was a respectable 10:00, but in fact it was 08:00! The iPod, which we use for the alarm, had its time at the New Orleans time so we were up earlier, but we felt alright.

Curtis watched the last 2 periods of the Great Britain vs Germany ice hockey game and Kim got ready for the day.

Curtis got ready once the game was done and then we went out for breakfast.

Breakfast

We went to the Beacon Drive-In which has become a staple for us when visiting Victoria.

Kim had a muffin and Curtis head a standard breakfast. Kim had an ice cream after, too.

Haircut

Curtis had a haircut booked for 13:00 so we went there and he got it done very fast. He didn’t need much done but it is better now. He also got some hair product too.

Timmies

We left here and wasted some time by sitting down for a coffee and doughnut at tim Hortons.

New Phone Numbers

We planned to use the company Curtis previously used to get a phone number each, but their systems were down and so when we looked around, we found another company that we decided to go with.

We spent over an hour getting these sorted, but luckily we both now have phone numbers!

More Steak

We cooked steak at Linda’s place for dinner.

We had a baked potato, ceasar salad and mushrooms with it too. The steak was delicious and we all ate pretty quick.

Before we knew it, it was 21:30 and that was bed time enough for us.

Tomorrow is more of a travel evening, where we will be traveling to our new home city (at least for a year or so)!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 84 – Day 6: New Orleans,LA – Swamp Tour

Final Bus Ride

We had to take our final bus ride before 11:00 this morning, so we got up, got ready and went out for breakfast.

Breakfast

We found a place near where we were getting picked up called Two Chicks Cafe.

Curtis had a breakfast from there and Kim had a (huge) omelette.


Two Chicks Cafe | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8/10


We ate our food, paid and then left. We had a couple of hours to kill before we were getting picked up, so we walked around for a bit and then decided to go for a coffee.

Coffee Stop

We found a place called Mammoth Espresso.

Curtis had a cappucino and Kim had an iced vanilla latte.


Mammoth Espresso | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8/10


Pickup

We wasted a bit more time and then went to the hotel to get picked up.

We waited for about 10 minutes and then the bus arrived. It was a decent sized bus and the driver had the same name as Kim!

We waited for a while and picked up a few people én route before heading on the way.

The Journey

It took about 45 minutes or so to drive up to where we were doing the swamp tour.

Our driver was very knowledgable and was telling us information about everything we passed and the difference between different places within New Orleans.

Swamp Tour

We got to the swamp tour area with the tour company (Cajun Encounters Tour Co.) and waited for a while whilst they organised.

We were finally called by the captain and off we went. There were 20 people on our boat and shortly after boarding we were off.

The first stop was to look at how they catch crawfish and we saw some in the trap also. They’re basically small lobsters.

We then moved on to our first alligator of the tour. This one was a decent size, around 10ft and the guide we were with fed it some sausage. It was happy with this and we got to see it jumping for the food.

We left this area and had a bit of stroll around the water. It was quite peaceful, until we turned on the engine and went pretty fast to get to the next area.

In the next area, we went through a bayou which was quite thin. After that, we stopped and waited for a long while to see if we could see any wild boars, but none appeared. We did see a baby alligator though.

We left this area and started heading out. As we did so, the storm started to roll in and then eventually, so did the rain, thunder and lightning.

We saw some houses which have no road access. They do have electricity and well water, but to get to and from the land they must use a boat.

We did a bit more fast boating and then headed back to the dock as the storm was getting worse.

We got back and got absolutely drenched…

We waited for a while for the bus to arrive and, once it did, everyone boarded whilst very wet.

All-in-all, the tour wasn’t that great. We were only out on the water for around an hour or so and only saw some trees and 2 alligators, and we got wet. But, of course, it is nature so you can never guarantee what you’ll see.

Dinner

When we eventually got back to the centre, it was still raining but a little less bad then it was before.

We found a place called Oceana for dinner. They sell pretty much anything you’d want as well as traditional New Orleans food.


Oceana | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8/10


Curtis got crawfish fettuccine and Kim got blackened chicken fettuccine. Both meals were actually great and then Kim had a banana and strawberry ice cream cake.

Home Time & Packing

We will be flying out of New Orleans tomorrow, after a fun filled and busy 6 days.

We got an Uber home from the restaurant and then packed up our things to leave early tomorrow morning.

This is the final stop on our US trip as we head elsewhere for our next adventure!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 83 – Day 1: Fort Lauderdale,FL 🇺🇸 – Fancy Train & Thunderstorms

Breakfast

We needed to have some breakfast, so we got packed and then walked just down the road to an Argentine cafe in which Curtis got an almond croissant and a chocolate croissant whilst Kim got a ham and cheese bagel. We each got a cappucino too, but that wasn’t great.


Close Bistro & Cafe | Miami,FL

Rating:- 6/10


Fancy Train

We decided to take the train to Fort Lauderdale instead of a bus as it was quicker and bit nicer…

We got to the station, which looked excellent, got our tickets and checked our bag in.

We waited in the really nice waiting area and then around 30 minutes later we boarded the train.

All seats are assigned and we got the accessible seats so we had insane leg room!

We were only on the train for 30 minutes but the train was very comfy, quiet, fast and pretty cheap. We quite enjoyed it.

Freebee

We got our of the station after collecting our bag and were going to take an Uber to our apartment. Instead, were offered a ride in a ‘freebee’. This is a new trial being ran which is a good sized electric vehicle which takes people around the city free.

Unfortunately, our apartment was out of the zone they are currently operating in, but there was an insane amount of rain so the driver was kind enough to drop us right at our apartment!

The Apartment

Our apartment is within another building, but we have our own bathroom and cupboard and it’s good enough.

Unfortunately, as we arrived, a thunderstorm started and so we were pretty much house bound, which was good because we were also feeling very lazy.

Uber Eats

We were so lazy, and fearing the storm, that we ordered Uber Eats instead of going out. We had a free delivery deal anyway, so might as well use it!

We got some Japanese food which was, again, adequate. Nothing to write home about (literally) but not bad.

Braving The Storm

We wanted some snacks and provisions, so we braved the storm and walked down to the supermarket. We managed to get a bit of the lightning flashing on camera, but we did see some actual lightning bolts!

We came back and just watched TV. Unfortunately, the weather isn’t meant to be good tomorrow either, so we’ll just have to sleep!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 78 – Day 1: Hurricane,UT 🇺🇸 – Driving Through 3 States

Interview

Curtis had a phone interview this morning at 09:30, so he had to be up for that.

Curtis had his phone interview which he felt went very well. He was excited about the potential of getting that role actually!

Breakfast

Curtis walked to McDonald’s after he finished his call and got showered.

Kim packed whilst Curtis went to get the breakfast.

We ate breakfast quickly and then headed downstairs to check out and catch a Lyft to the airport.

Collecting Our Car

Whilst we had to go to the airport, it wasn’t to fly, it was to collect our car.

We collected our car, which is a Kia Soul, and hit the roads.

We hit the road and drove out of Vegas.

It was mostly just straight driving to get to our destination. There was a lot of cool rocks and mountains along the way, too.

e drove through Nevada then through Arizona until we arrived in Utah!

Hurricane, Utah

We got to Hurricane and stopped off at Chick-Fil-A for some lunch. We each got a deluxe chicken sandwich and some waffle fries each.

We drove 10 minutes further down the road and arrived at the home were are staying at. The home is beautiful and we are sharing with 2 people that live in the house and one other room of guests.

We got acquainted and Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim relaxed.

Healthy(ish) Dinner

We wanted something a bit healthier for dinner, so we drove to the supermarket and picked up some caesar salad and some breakfast items.

We got back and ate our salad before going home and chilling out, whilst planning our couple of days here.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale