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 49 – Day 322: Auckland – French Brunch & Another Party!

We woke up at 10:30, which was perfect. A nice long sleep.

Kim had to get ready fairly quick as she was meeting Tabitha for brunch.

For brunch, Kim went to So French, which is somewhere we have been together for breakfast and it was excellent.

Kim had a crepe with a very strong (and French) cappuccino.

After brunch, Kim came home and had to get ready again to go out for a party.

For the party, Kim made some sandwiches, bought a cheesecake and made some chocolate covered strawberries.

Curtis dropped Kim off at around 16:45 and Kim went in for the party and Curtis walked back to the car.

When Curtis got to the car, he noticed Kim’s phone there! He then had to walk all the way back and give the phone to her.

Curtis eventually got home, hung out the laundry and cooked his pizza for dinner.

Kim had a great time at the party.

Curtis picked Kim up from the party fairly late and then it was bed time.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 321: Auckland – Late Evening Burgers

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis left early in the morning but still got there at the same time as normal, even though there wasn’t much traffic. Strange.

Curtis didn’t have too much to do, but he then found a few things to do in the morning, followed by some extra cases being logged, too.

In the afternoon, Curtis helped train his new colleague and then he got given some data work to do (pretty much copy and paste work) which took him the rest of the afternoon.

Curtis drove home but stopped at the supermarket on the way back.

Both of us;

Kim got back home, showered and got ready to go out.

Kim was going for a few drinks with work colleagues in the city centre.

Kim had a couple of glasses of wine (she doesn’t like shiraz apparently!) And a cocktail before Curtis picked her up.

We went to Takapuna and got a burger from burger fuel. Curtis got a BBQ beef burger and Kim got a chicken burger. We also go sweet potato fries.

We finished the evening with The Apprentice and then it was bed time.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 315: Auckland – Halloween Party!

We woke up at 09:00 when we planned to wake up at 10:00 but we had an alarm at 09:00 from last week which woke us up.

We got out of bed at 10:00 and Kim started to make crepes whilst Curtis put a wash on and had a shower.

Danielle and josh arrived around 11:30 and we had crepes, strawberries and bananas.

We left our house and went to Albany Mall with Danielle and Josh to get halloween costumes.

Curtis got a pirate costume and a pirate hat and then Kim got a pirate hat, too.

We then went to Cotton:On and Kim got her costume for the evening and we then went home.

We were only at home briefly and then we got back in the car and drove to Glenfield Mall where we got a coffee and some coffee beans from our favourite coffee shop and then we on to do the shopping

After shopping, we got back home and got read to go out! We were both pirates so we donned our pirate hats and waited for Danielle and Josh.

When Danielle and Josh arrived, we had a Jaeger bomb, a whiskey and a wine and then Danielle drove us all to the city.

When we got to the city, we met us with Kim’s friend who was running the party at Holey Moley. Holey Moley is a mini golf bar which we played 9 holes at and had a great time! Curtis even came 3rd out of 10 people!

We finished at Holey Moley and left there for another bar. Unfortunately, a lot of people left so we tried to get into another bar but were unable to due to our costumes, so we went to an Irish bar and then got a drink there.

We then got a lift to Takapuna and went to The elephant wrestler where we had a whiskey each followed by an espresso martini.

After that, we listened to the great music they were playing and then decided we’d had enough and got an Uber home.

We got home and then that was bed time at 01:00!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 62 – Day 2: Bland Bay 🇳🇿 – Jetskiing & BBQing

We woke up around 09:00, had a coffee and then Kim made some pancakes with bacon.

The sun came out pretty quickly so it quickly became hot!

Some of Josh’s family came up to join us in the festivities in the morning. We all chilled out for a while and then Kim, Daniellle and Josh went out on the donut for a few bumps around!

Later in the afternoon, some of the guys went out to fish.

Whilst they were fishing, we walked with the others across the road to another beach and then around the corner to yet another beach. We did have to go over some rocks to get there, though.

We walked all the way back and got back to the house where we briefly chilled out and then Josh took Danielle and Kim out on the Jetski!

Once they got back, it was almost time for dinner! Josh’s family went home and then Curtis and Josh lit a pretty mean fire whilst the BBQ was being cooked.

We sat around the fire for a few hours before coming inside and having some dessert of chocolate cake, strawberries and some lemon pie.

We all went to bed pretty early…being outside all day does that to you!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 303: Auckland – Broken PCs, Call of Duty Release & Drinks with Friends

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to be office early, as per usual, and was able to finish setting up a laptop he was setting up.

Shortly after, Curtis got a phone call about someone’s PC not starting up. Curtis sent them some guides of things to try but it was no use, so Curtis went to pick up the PC in the afternoon.

Once Curtis got back to the office, he spent the whole time trying to fix that PC.

Eventually, after a couple of hours, Curtis was able to fix the PC, but then it was home time.

The traffic wasn’t great on the way back, but Curtis was still home at a good time.

Both of us;

Kim got home a lot earlier as her work had a power cut so she got to go home early!

Kim went out with a work friend and had some drinks and some food.

Kim then went to her friends house and played on their virtual reality games, which was fun!

Curtis spent the whole evening and night playing the new Call of Duty with Danielle and Josh!

Curtis picked up Kim from her colleagues and then we came home and went right to bed.

We’re going shopping with Danielle and Josh tomorrow.

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 301: Auckland – Making Friends Dinner

Curtis’ Day;

Curtis got to work early again and his day was full of the same tribulations as the last two days! Curtis was still fighting with the server that had a virus and spent most of the day sorting that out.

Curtis got into that PC and was able to find a malware scanner to remove the malware, but once he restarted he was unable to get back in again! He got hold of the client and that didn’t help, so he will be going there tomorrow morning to resolve.

Other than that, Curtis had to setup some laptops as well as send a PC to another town with the new system, which meant he had to learn that!

Curtis left work at 16:00 to make up 10 minutes of lunch he didn’t get on Monday.

Both of us;

Kim got home and we drove to the shop to get some items for dinner. Kim made a friend at the shop who saw Kim and said ” Hi, I’m 4!” To which Kim responded with her age and the girl said “that is a lot” which Kim appreciated!

We got home and Danielle and Josh arrived. We invited them over to make them some dinner.

Kim made sweet chilli beef stir fry and it was excellent! Everyone enjoyed it a lot and Danielle and Josh brought over Bundaberg ginger beer to accompany it and a caramel cheesecake for dessert.

We had a lot of fun, most of the time being silly and messing around, but it was great to just hang out.

Kim spoke to her sister as it is her birthday today! Kim ordered her some cakes to her work and Abbie was really appreciative and apparently cried!

Danielle and josh left and Kim did a bit more booking before we watched a few videos and went to sleep!

This time last year!


– Mr & Mrs Hale