Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 215: Vancouver, BC – Spanish Banks

Curtis’ Day

Curtis felt pretty tired this morning, but nothing some coffee couldn’t fix!

He had his regular team meeting and did a bunch of tickets in the morning.

He had a meeting at 12:00, in a similar vein to his other project meetings, finding out requirements and current processes.

After that, he had some lunch and then most of the afternoon, around doing tickets and creating a process for Major Incidents, he and his team did some team building.

They played some Jackbox Games and then some Rocket League, both of which were certainly fun!

Curtis did a little more work after that and then played a little bit of xbox.

Kim’s Day

Kim’s day was full of meetings! She started her day with a company wide meeting where she learned a lot about the product of the company.

After this Kim had a small amount of time where she caught up on messages and emails before joining a webinar about introducing fun into the workplace. It was really interesting and covered things like personalities and how differently people will prefer to relax. It has helped Kim with planning social events for the coming weeks!

Kim then went straight into another meeting, this time it was her 1-1 with her manager. It was great to catch up and check in with each other.

After this Kim caught up with all the other people in her team to go over the things she has planned for remote social activities. Then all the same people joined more people in a more social catch up call to keep that face to face interaction going.

Towards the end of the call Kim got a little emotional as I think it all got a bit much, the isolation and future uncertainty really crept up and got to Kim. She ended up on an hour long call with her teammate, just the two of them and they had a great deconstruction of what Kim was feeling and a good catch up. It was good to talk it out, know that there is support and they can lean on each other at the moment.

After that call Kim felt 10 times lighter and felt like she also had more direction and clarity on things to do. So she worked on a communication to send out to let people know of the events that will be coming up. She also reached out to other people in the company to ask for support and to champion certain activities. Kim also made note of other activities she thinks will be good fun!

Spanish Banks

We got a suggested from Kim’s colleagues to get ourselves to Spanish Banks and walk there…It was great!

We hopped in the car and made the 15 minute drive out to it. Finding parking was very easy…and then we just walked!

It’s a pretty big beach, with beautiful views of mountains and a great skyline.

It was a little chilly, but it was beautiful and great to get outside again.

After our long walk, we drove back home and on the way, stopped at the supermarket and petrol station.

When at the petrol station, Kim realised she didn’t have her credit card!

We went to the supermarket next and it was there, which was lucky.

We got back home and Kim made sweet potato wedges for us to enjoy whilst watching some TV for the remaining couple of hours of the day.

This Time Last Year!

Mr & Mrs Hale


Place 82 – Day 1: Miami,FL🇺🇸 – Cancelled Bus

Check Out

We got up at 08:30, packed the remaining items, showered, had breakfast and left the house around 11:00, after a game of Monopoly Deal.

Nice Houses

We had some time to kill, so we drove down through the really nice, huge, houses.

After we looked at all the houses, we drove to an ice cream place, got ice cream and then went to Starbucks for a coffee.

We had to leave shortly after, though, as our bus was due at the bus stop (which was a gas station).

Cancelled Bus

We got to the bus stop and then checked on the bus which said it was delayed by an hour, but the image on the app said it hadn’t left the first stop yet.

We called to ask, whilst we sat and had a doughnut in Dunkin’ and they weren’t much help.

We went back to the gas station and there was an attendant inside and she said she thinks it is cancelled but will check.

Eventually, she confirmed this and said we can board the 15:50 bus instead, for free. We looked into car rental but it was far too expensive so we booked onto that bus instead.

We said goodbye to Kim’s family as they had to catch a flight back to England. It was an emotional time for Kim, too.

We waited for an hour or so until the bus arrived and were happy to get on it.

Bus Ride To Miami

We had a 5 hour ride, which was less than our previous bus was going to be anyway, so that’s good.

We had an uneventful journey with only a few scheduled stops. We even skipped a few at the end so we got in a little early.

Nice Apartment

We got an Uber to downtown Miami, where our apartment is.

We are on the 42nd floor, with amazing views of Miami and the water!


We wanted some food and were recommended to go to the bayside marketplace which has a few well priced chains in there.

We decided on Five Guys as it was easy and we fancied a burger.

Curtis chose to have a cheeseburger with lettuce, mayo, steak sauce, grilled onions & pickles, but he got mushrooms instead of onions, for some reason.

Kim got a small cheeseburger with lettuce, steak sauce, grilled onions and mushrooms.

We got a side of small fries and shared a chocolate milkshake.

The food was pretty nice, though as said before they did get the order wrong. The milkshake was incredible though!

Five Guys | Miami,FL

Rating:- 7/10

We got back, ate our food and went to sleep…we were very tired after a long stressful day, so were looking forward to getting some sleep.

This Time Last Year!

Mr & Mrs Hale