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

Place 70 – Day 10: Victoria, BC – Chinatown, Dumplings & Saturday Night Hockey

We were actually up earlier this morning, for once, but the weather wasn’t appreciated.

There were huge winds, making the windows shake! There was a small flurry of slow, but nothing crazy.

We got a lot of bookings sorted and then rewarded ourselves with a walk down to Chinatown, in the freezing cold!

The weather, including the wind chill, felt like -10°C, which is definitely did! We were getting blown all over the place by the 60kph winds!

We walked to Chinatown and took a look at all restaurants to see if there was any place selling dumplings.

We found a restaurant which we stopped in and ordered some dumplings and gyoza.

We were given some green tea too, which was warm but neither of us like tea so we didn’t really drink that. That being said, the food was pretty good!

We left here and went right to Starbucks to get a hot chocolate each and warm up.

We stopped off to get some shower gel and then went back to the apartment.

We got some more things booked and then watched the Leafs game which went to overtime with a Leafs win!

We had chicken and vegetables for dinner and then we watched the Vancouver Canucks game until bed time!

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 7: Victoria,BC – Ogden Point

We were up and ready this morning, with a plan and everything!

We walked out to Ogden Point, which is a breakwater for the city and port.

We walked down beside it on the way down, as it was less windy and warm from the sun, plus it is walking over concrete blocks which is a bit more fun!

We came to the end where there is a lighthouse, which we got a photo of. We had to time it right as there was a woman running around it. She’s on the other side of the lighthouse in this photo!

We walked back to land along the top of the breakwater, but that was a lot more windy and much colder!

We got back to dry land and walked down the road a bit more and into a off-road coastal walk which was really nice.

We also met a baby golden retriever poodle!

We headed back via the supermakret to pick up some mac and cheese to go with our leftover chicken for a quick and easy meal.

Once we got back, we did some research and actually booked up a few places, which was successful!

We ate our dinner and Curtis watched 2 periods of the Leafs game before we went down to the rink for tonight’s royals game.

It was another terrific game with the royals winning, a player getting a hattrick, a lot of rough stuff and even a really good (but bloody) fight.

We left the rink and stopped at Tim Hortons for a doughnut each to keep us going.

We aren’t sure what the plan for tomorrow is just yet, so we shall see!

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 6: Victoria,BC – New Jeans

When we woke up, the sun was shining through the blind right on us, which was a change from the recent weather! That being said, it was still 0°.

We had breakfast and then left to go to the uptown mall. To do so, we took the bus, which only took about 25 minutes.

Once we got there, the goal was to find a new wall plug adapter and some new jeans for each of us.

We found the plug right away, which was a result, and then we went looking for jeans.

We went to a few shops but couldn’t really find anything great for Kim, but Curtis did get some from H&M.

we then got tired and hungry, so stopped for some noodles at ‘The Noodle Box’. We had thought it would be a snack size, but it was huge!

We ate our ‘snack’ and went for more of a walk and tried to find more clothes shops, which we were unable to, so we went back to H&M and Kim got some jeans from there.

To treat ourselves for succeeding, we went to Starbucks and got a small hot chocolate each.

We caught the bus back to the city and went to the apartment to get a couple of places booked up for future endeavours.

We then walked down you the ice rink for another royals game!

This was a really good game, coming close at the end but the royals unfortunely lost.

We walked home and went straight to bed!

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 3: Victoria,BC – Victoria Royals

We attempted to wake up earlier today, which we did, but not quite early enough! We planned to be up by 10:30, but were up by about 11:00, so we’re getting closer!

We started the day with some delicious fruit toast and a coffee and then we got ready and walked down to the city to a bank. We want to setup a bank account, so we went to a bank to ask for one. Unfortunely, as we don’t yet have our work visas, we cannot set one up.

We went to a few shops, including Sportchek, to look at the hockey gear, because why not.

We grabbed a slice of pizza from somewhere that Kim went with Abbie about 6 years ago, and it was pretty tasty!

We walked around and got a photo or two of some cool buildings but then it got quite cold, so we went back to the apartment and did some travel research for future travels.

Curtis watched the Leafs game a little and then we had leftovers for dinner before making a 35 minute walk to the ice rink to watch some hockey!

We were lucky enough that Linda got us some great seats (and we are watching another 3 games too!) And we were right by the boards.

It was a great game to watch and a very close one, even including a fight!

The game went to overtime and then a shootout and the royals unfortunately lost.

Kim’s family friend got the rink to add a message on the jumbotron for us, which was a lovely surprise!

During the game, we saw Kim’s family friend and also a friend who is Canadian but we met in New Zealand!

We left the game, cold, and walked back to the apartment, but took a beautiful photo first.

We got back and watched a couple of TV episodes and then went to bed.

It says it may snow a little tomorrow!

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 2: Victoria,BC – Tim Hortons & Phone SIM

We had a tremendous sleep in this morning, waking up around 11:30!

After waking up, we had cereal and coffee. We watched a couple of YouTube videos and then decided to get showered and head out for a bit.

The outside was certainly brisk at 8°C, but not uncomfortable.

We walked down the street to a shopping centre where we were looking for a prepaid phone SIM as we plan to stay in Canada for a while, providing our visas work out.

We compared a few places but found one that worked best for us and bought that.

After that, we found a Tim Hortons, of course, and we got doughnuts and Curtis got a coffee.

We chilled at Tim Hortons for a bit and then went back to the shopping centre for a bit of window shopping.

We then walked back to the apartment and that was us for the day! We didn’t want to do too much today so that was perfect.

Curtis then watched hockey and during that we ordered and ate Anne delicious Chinese food!

In the evening, we watched some TV with Linda and then we went for a walk to buy a few things from the supermarket whilst also getting a very tasty hot chocolate from Starbucks.

We watched one more episode and then headed to bed. We plan to get up at a better time tomorrow.

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 69 – Day 2: Kaitaia – Surfing on Shipwreck Bay, Revisiting ‘Terry’ & Seeing The Shipwreck

We were up for breakfast at 08:20. When we got to the dining area at our B&B, we were asked if we wanted coffee, which we did, and we then had a selection of cereals as well as toast and yogurt. We had a yogurt each and were then offered eggs and bacon, which we had. It certainly filled us up and the coffee rated a lot like caramel but other than that, it was a solid breakfast.

When we finished breakfast we then got ready and jumped in the car to go to the beach. The weather was a bit miserable but we still risked it! We stopped at a shop and Kim rented a surfboard for a couple of hours for a really good price!

We had to the drive onto the beach to park which was actually very easy as it was compact sand.

We got onto the beach and Kim was straight in to surf. The waves had disappeared for some reason! Kim tried and surfed a couple of waves, but they then stopped coming at all, so we moved down the road to another part of the beach, where there seemed to be more waves. Kim had a lot more fun here and actually got to surf! Curtis watched on and also saw how much fog was covering the hills.

Kim finished with surfing and we left the beach to return the board.

Once we got the board back, Curtis watched hockey and Kim went out to find some lunch. Once she got home, we had some pizza for lunch.

After hockey finished, we went out to the beach again to see if we could see our new octopus friend, we have named Terry, again.

Luckily, Terry was still there and we said hello to him he also came to say hi and Kim gave him a shell.

We left Terry and went to the shipwreck which was now visible due to the tide going out. There isn’t much there, but it was cool to look at.

The weather improved, too!

We then left the beach, but not before a visit to Terry again.

We drove to KFC and got some dinner there as we were told it is actually good here, so we have it a go. It was pretty good, and we had it whilst watching TV together!

Long busy day tomorrow, but should be fun.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale