Place 72 – Day 50: Vancouver, BC – Dragon Boat Festival 🐉

Bagels

We woke up and had a nice relaxed morning.

We had cinnamon raisin bagels for breakfast, covered in butter, which were delicious.

We relaxed and then headed out to the shops.

Brief Shop

We had a few more things to get, mostly a bread knife which we noticed we needed this morning!

We got some items and then came home.

Dragon Boat Festival

There is the Dragon Boat Festival happening right by our apartment this weekend, so we thought we would check it out.We went to watch a race first, which we did from a small island near where we live.

We walked further down and watched the next race and then went towards all of the festivities which were happening by the science centre.

These festivities were not that interesting, but there was a lot of free stuff, including free mcdonalds coffee, but when we got in the queue they ran out of milk, so we didn’t get one.

We walked around some more and checked out what all the fuss was about but then we wanted a coffee so found a nearby bakery to grab one from.

We got our coffee and came home, where we just relaxed, watched some TV and ate quesadillas for dinner, which Kim made!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 37: Vancouver,BC – Croque Madame, More Jeans & Homemade Bolognese

Croque Madame

We woke up and Kim got up to make breakfast. We decided we wanted a croque madame, so Kim lovingly made those, with our Norwegian cheese and some delicious ham inside.

Xbox E3 Conference & Jeans

Whilst Kim got ready to go out, Curtis watched the Xbox E3 conference whilst chatting with some friends online.

Kim went out whilst Curtis was still watching this and went to the city to find some jeans. Kim’s jeans had recently broken so she desperately needed some new ones.

Kim found a pair eventually, but they weren’t exactly what she wanted. They will work for now.

Coffee

Curtis went in to town to meet Kim and go for a coffee!

We got there and had a place in mind, but it turns out it was closed, so we had to find somewhere else. We decided on Faubourg Paris.

This French cafe seemed alright but we think it had seen better days and thought it was more upscale then it is.

We each got a cappucino and relaxed whilst we drank it.


Faubourg Paris | Vancouver,BC

Rating:- 6/10


Homemade Bolognese

We came back home via a quick stop at the shop and watched some TV as we weren’t quite hungry enough for dinner yet.

After the one episode though, we both became rather peckish, so we started dinner.

Kim made a great homemade bolognese and we had it with pasta and a side salad.

We finished the evening with a beer and some more TV and then got ready for work tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 33: Vancouver,BC – Free Breakfast & Free Lunch!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis got to work at 08:45 and began with setting up accounts for a new user. This new user was a bit more tricky as they were a remote user and also had some different accounts to get.

As this was Curtis’ first onboard, it took him most of the morning but then he aslo had to setup the laptop which was in another office so he had to remote into that to get it done.

Curtis had lunch around 13:15, which was leftover fajitas from last night!

After lunch, Curtis had another onboard to do but it took much less time. He then setup a laptop for them, too.

Curtis had a few things to do late afternoon and that led perfectly to home time.

Curtis walked home alone as Kim was out with a work colleague.

Kim’s Day

Kim left about an hour early today and took a slightly different route than normal and ended up completely walking past work by a block and getting all confused and disorientated.

Once she finally made it into the office it was straight to work with helping set up the hot breakfast. Kim unwrapped pastries, bread for toast and other delicious breakfast items. Kim then sat down with a few teammates to have a nice hot breakfast!

After the set up, Kim got started on continuing setting up her computer, this only lasted about 5 minutes before everyone headed to the Hackathon kick off talk. It was fun and informative!

During the talk, the CEO reminisced on having guitar hero and rock band being readily available to play, so shortly after the talk Kim and a colleague went to the storage and dug out the rock band set up and started assembling it in the kitchen.

Towards the end of the assembly of the game, the team Kim works with took a bit of time to eat cake and celebrate one of the ladies birthday. It was so nice!

Then it was time to set up lunch! That’s right, a hot breakfast and hot lunch are being provided for the Hackathon. Kim could get used to this!

The Greek food was organised in the kitchen then the girls grabbed a plate and had some lunch.

Kim spent most of the afternoon continuing setting up bookmarks on chrome and getting all the log in information and generally setting up for the day to day tasks.

As Kim got in an hour early, she was able to leave and hour early. Just as she were going to leave, she had to send off a FedEx package. As Kim and a colleague were both heading the same way, Kim had to grab the house keys from Curtis, they decided to just drop it off on route and then head their separate ways.

Well…that didn’t happen! Kim ended up grabbing a glass of wine and having a nice chat with her colleague! It was so nice for her to just sit and not work chat. It was clearly good fun as by the time they had finished, Curtis was basically home! So Kim plodded home while listening to some music.

Our Evening

We got back home and took out the recycling and rubbish before we just chilled out for a couple of hours. This was the first evening where we have had nothing to do for a while so we just did nothing!

Eventually, Kim made balsamic chicken with various vegetables, potatoes and creamy mushrooms.

We sat down and watched a couple of episodes of Lucifer before we went to sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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

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