Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 274: Vancouver, BC – Checking Out The New Neighbourhood

We woke up and had some french toast for breakfast and then we got ready for the day.

After we were ready, we spoke with Kim’s family and gave them a little tour of our apartment, even though it is not ready yet!

We finished the call, had a quick snack and then went out to walk around and explore our new neighbourhood. There seemed to be some cool places around and we even found an open Starbucks, so we got our first Starbucks in months!

We then walked back home and relaxed for a while, as well as looking at beds and other things for the apartment.

We then got hungry, so decided to make pizza!

We had a pizza dough already, so it was a case of just getting the topping sorted. We went with mushrooms, cheese (cheddar & mozzarella), red onion and sweetcorn!

The pizza was pretty tasty, though we don’t think it was enough for 2 people.

We watched the film Prospect whilst we ate dinner.

We had some cookies and other snacks throughout the evening and just generally did very little.

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 132: Vancouver, BC – Office-Wide Lunch

Curtis’ Day

Curtis was up at the normal time of 07:30 to to ready for and go to work.

Curtis got to work around 08:45 and got some admin done before getting stuck down a rabbit hole of making changes to the new software his team is using.

The day in general was very quiet and Curtis just did a couple of tickets as well as the configuration he was doing.

At 12:00, 15 people from the office went out to lunch together, because why not!

They went to Rogue and Curtis had a burger which was pretty good. It was nice for Curtis to chat with colleagues, but he thought it would be best to not take anymore than an hour break, so he and his colleague walked back to the office.

Once back, Curtis did some more tickets, more configuration and then it was time to leave! The office closed at 15:00, so he left then and walked home.

Curtis played some games when he got home as was still out at the shop.

Kim’s Day

Kim didn’t have to work today, so she slept in and did very little.

She facetimed her family and then just before Curtis got home, she ran up to the shop to get some things for Christmas dinner tomorrow, and for us to have cheese for dinner tonight.

Kim then went out to feed her friend’s cat that she is looking after for the next few days.

Dinner & Christmas Movie

We ate our dinner of cheese and crackers whilst we watched The Last Leg and then we watched the movie Klaus which we had heard good things about, and we enjoyed it a lot!

We spent the rest of the evening just relaxing and watching TV, which is exactly what we plan to do tomorrow, too!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 100: Vancouver, BC – Car Is Insured & Our Plans Changed

Winter Tyres

The person we bought the car from was coming in the morning to deliver both our winter tyres and a forgotten piece of paper we need.

The lady arrived at 10:00 and got her to drive into our guest parking so we could easily load the tyres into the storage area.

The lady unfortuantely forgot the paper again, but urgently needed it, so she drove back home and got it for us.

Whilst we waited for her to come back, we got showered and then spoke with Kim’s family.

Insurance

We went to go and get our license plates from a place nearby, but when we arrived, there was a note saying they would be 10 minutes.

After a 20 minute wait, the man arrived and was actually quite rude.

We sat down with him but then found out, not what others had told us, that we cannot get the plates until we insure the car.

To do this, we wanted to pay on our English card, so we had to go back home and get that.

Eventually, we got back there and got it done and then we were able to get insured and get our plates!

Once we got home, we installed the plates onto our car and we are now able to drive it, if we wish.

Change of plans

We then had no plans as the plans we did have fell through with the other party, so we didn’t know what to do! We didn’t end up getting everything finished until around 15:00 anyway, so when we got home we went to the shop to get our weekly shop done.

When we got back, we ate some pain au chocolat as we were so hungry!

Roast (Vegetables) Dinner

Kim made an incredible dinner, which was just a roast dinner but with no meat, but it was still pretty tasty. We had perfect yorkshire puddings and crispy potatoes, too!

We watched some TV and then went to bed fairly early. We have a busy week this week.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 15: Victoria, BC – Hidden Money!

We had no plans for today, other than some admin.

After breakfast, Curtis called up a bank from the UK as he had an ISA which he hasn’t even looked at for 2 years and he wanted to take that money out of the ISA. It was an easy phone call and Curtis even had a lot more money than expected, which is great!

We spoke with Kim’s family for a while as we are planning a trip with them again, so we had to smooth out the details for that as well as book accommodation.

We eventually left the house just for a walk down town, but we then got hungry so we went to Tim Hortons for a toasted wrap each with a doughnut and hot drink.

We left Tim Hortons and had to go to the shop to get milk and orange juice, so we made our way there.

It started snowing again when we left the supermarket, but we got home without getting too covered in snow.

We spent some of the evening booking other flights, and we are nearly finished with that which is good.

Linda made us chicken cutlets with vegetables and a baked potato.

Curtis then watched the Leafs game as it was a 19:00 game, so that went on until bed time!

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 298: Auckland – Tāwharanui Beach & Fish Burgers!

We had a nice 10+ hour sleep last night, which made up for early start on Saturday!

We woke up at 09:30 and had a spot of breakfast before we got ready for the day and jumped in the car.

Josh drove us to Tāwharanui Beach, which is a beautiful surf beach! He weather wasn’t that great at times, but the rain held off and we have some great fun. We walked on the beach and onto the rocks, where there is a few rock pools which are beautiful clear water!

Kim jumped into The above pool, which was apparently very cold!

After the rocks, we went back and off them and up a little hull where we got a really nice view of the beach.

We left the beach and went back to Josh’s grandparents’ house, where we had some lunch. They made us some beer battered snapper burgers and battered sausages, which was excellent!

We then got packed up and got on the way home, but not before stopping at an the old ‘cementworks’ building, which is ruins of an old cement factory, which was pretty cool to see!

We drove on from here and headed towards home, stopping for an ice cream on the way back.

We had quite a bit of traffic on the way home, but we got back home at 16:15.

We popped down to the shop to get stuff for the week, and then went to McDonald’s for a coffee as Curtis got one for free through the monopoly promotion.

We got home and did a few chores, doing laundry, making lunch and a few other things.

We then booked some more accommodation and then had some leftover spaghetti Bolognese for dinner, which watching some YouTube videos.

After this, we got ready for bed and spoke to Kim’s family regarding the trip.

Back to work tomorrow, which is a shame as we’ve had such a fun weekend!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 284: Auckland – Takapuna Beach Walk & Vietnamese Coffee

We woke up fairly early at around 09:00.

We had cereal for breakfast and watched a YouTube video.

After breakfast, Curtis watched the Leafs game and Kim chilled out.

After the Leafs game, we went out to Takapuna and went for a walk along the beach! The weather was absolutely beautiful.

Before we went to the beach, we went to a place called Nam Nam which is a Vietnamese street food place. We got a Vietnamese coffee and a Banh Mi each!

We ate our Banh Mi and drank our Vietnamese coffee and went to the beach.

There was a lot of dogs which was great for Kim. We walked up and down the beach and chatted for ages!

Shadows

Beach

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After the beach we went to the shop to get some food for tonight as well as the week.

After the shop, we went back home and relaxed for the evening.

We watched two episodes of a Swedish/British TV show, called Fallet, and then played a bit of fortnite which we haven’t done for a while!

After this, we had our lasagne we bought for dinner.

Post dinner, we watched No Offence (thanks Tom & Maggie for letting us know it’s out!) And then spoke to Kim’s family on FaceTime.

Curtis didn’t get his haircut today as he didn’t want to go somewhere that wasn’t his usual barber…That’s a next week job.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale