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 46: Vancouver,BC – Lots Of Tinkering, Lunchtime Tacos & Even More Shoes!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very busy day in general today! He had some packages arrive which meant he could continue with some things he needed to do.

Curtis got a few tickets done and then got a few messages asking for help, so he cleared out most things by lunch.

Curtis ate his lunch and then after that he had a meeting in which he learned about the unique style of team meetings that his company uses, which took about an hour.

After that, Curtis had to install and clone a hard drive for someone so that they had more space.

Curtis got that going and then realised that the screen of the laptop was damaged, so he swapped it over to a new laptop and continued.

After it cloned, it hit an error so Curtis had to restart it, and it had to be left overnight.

A server hard drive died the other day, so Curtis had to order one and that arrived, so he figured out how to remove the dead one and install the new one, which he did successfully.

Curtis helped someone move some styrofoam into a cupboard and then his day at work was done. Incredibly busy, but in a good way.

Kim’s Day

Kim got in and had her breakfast quickly before starting her day.

She started by going through some emails and cracking on with general admin. Then she had to organise a hotel for someone visiting in 2 days, so that was a fun challenge.

Later in the morning Kim had a nice sit down and informal meeting with a colleuege who is over from the Toronto area office. It was so nice to put a face to the name.

Then most people from HR then went out to grab some tacos from a nearby food truck! Its the same company Curtis visited a few weeks ago. Kim had the crispy chicken burrito and it was amazing! They then all sat on the roof and ate their lunch in the sun, it was so lovely!

When Kim got back to her desk she continued plodding away at ad hoc tasks and was then asked to check a statement against the invoices, this took a while as its the first time Kim has done it.

Kim then had another meeting with her colleague from Toronto and got a little training on scheduling phone screenings. It is so nice to have have so many aspects of this role!

Kim then wrapped up the last half hour by making notes for the up coming days and planning.

Shoes & Evening McDonald’s

We met after work and went on the hunt for shoes.

We tried Vans, Winners and some other stores. Kim got some shoes from Winners and Curtis bought some Vans. Both of our shoes are falling apart so it was a good time to get some! We also saw some Chow-Chow dogs, which were cute!

We headed back home and were hungry, so kim made a chicken salad again for dinner.

Once we ate, we went out for a walk to stretch our legs, but rewarded ourselves with a McFlurry & hot chocolate.

We walked back home and got some awesome photos of the sky…We live here!

The hot chocolate was gross but the McFlurry was great! We watched some Lucifer and then headed to bed.

Curtis has an exciting meeting tomorrow morning, so he is looking forward to that!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 29: Vancouver,BC – Moving Day!

Picking Up Some Things

We left the apartment with everything we have and loaded it into the Uhaul.

We drove to an apartment in the city and picked up some tables. Luckily, these were dismantled so were easy to fit in the van.

We then moved on to another city apartment in which we picked up a nice TV! The guy was very nice and let us test it before we purchased and we also spoke to him a little bit.

We had the fun job of trying not to smash or damage the TV… more on that later!

We continued on from here to collect two bar stools. Kim decided to put them to good use when we were in the elevator.

We drove from here to our new home, which wasn’t far.

TV Panic!

Whilst driving home, a panel of one of the tables slid onto the top of the TV screen, so we stopped to check it. It looked physically ok but obviously couldn’t check it there and then.

We continued to drive and then shortly after, another part of a table slammed into the TV.

We got to our new apartment and ran in to test the TV…It was fine! No issues at al, we don’t think.

Coffee & Apartment Check

We saw the previous tenant of the apartment who was cleaning it for a couple of hours. Due to this, we had to kill time, so we went for a coffee.

On the way back, we got the previous tenant a drink, too!

We had a check around with the landlord regarding the apartment with what needs fixing etc. Once we did this, we moved everything in!

Moved In!

We went down to the garage with the landlord who is kindly giving us a sofa that he no longer needs. We has to help him bring it upstairs, which wasn’t the easiest, but we did it.

After this, we went out to the truck and started unloading.We didn’t really have a plan, so just dumped stuff in our living room, but we got the mattress out of its wrapping and let it expand fully.

Taking The Van Back

We finished moving in and then drove the van back to Richmond. We dropped it off and then went to McDonald’s for some food as we hadn’t eaten since breakfast.

We left McDonald’s and got a bus and then a train to get back home.

Once we arrived home, which was around 17:30, we sorted out the sofa bed, followed by building our bed.

We finally got the bed done by around 21:00.

Canadian Tire

We went to Canadian Tire to get a few things we needed, such as a bed sheet, plungers & sone extension cords.

Chinese

We got a bit hungry, so we walked to a Chinese place and ordered some lemon chicken and szechuan beef. They even said they would delivery it to us, so we said yes and stopped by the liquor store on the way back to get some beer.

We finally got out bed made and got into bed. The bed is very company and just perfect for us!

We watched a quick YouTube video using data as we don’t have wifi as of yet – that is hopefully getting installed tomorrow!

More stuff to build and do tomorrow, but we are getting there.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 11: Vancouver,BC – We Have An Apartment!

Bank, Again

We made our way, in the rain, to the bank. We had to visit again as Kim’s account wasn’t working yesterday so they had to try again today.

We were able to get some Starbucks coffee from the bank, too!

They eventually got Kim’s account sorted, after a couple of hours, and then we went into the city.

Apartment Viewing…Or Not?

We got all the way into the city and then were planning our route to the first apartment viewing.

We started to head there, but Kim then received a phone call saying we could go and see another apartment right now. After some confusion, this turned out to be an apartment we had seen yesterday…Actually the exact apartment we wanted! They were actually offering us to rent the apartment, so we cancelled all other viewings and raced right over there on the train.

We Have An Apartment

We got over to the place and met the manager of the building. He went through a few things, got us to sign the paperwork and we paid the deposit. We chatted with him for a while and we are confirmed to move in around the 1st June, which is incredibly exciting.

The apartment is exactly what we wanted and is in a perfect location for if we get jobs downtown.

We now need to focus on getting work, and we both have interviews lined up, so we’re hopeful to get some soon!

Celebratory McDonald’s

We thought we better get some food as we were hungry, so we went to McDonald’s to get some food, having not eaten since breakfast. Kim had a chicken wrap and Curtis went for a fancy angus burger.

Back Home & We Can Now Relax

We got home and were able to get comfortable and just relax. Having an apartment sorted means we have a lot of spare time, though we do have a few things to get sorted still, other than jobs.

We did very little for the rest of the day, just relaxing, did a little job searching but for the most part, nothing, which was a much different day than we thought we were going to have, as we had 3 apartment viewings booked.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

 

Place 78 – Day 1: Hurricane,UT 🇺🇸 – Driving Through 3 States

Interview

Curtis had a phone interview this morning at 09:30, so he had to be up for that.

Curtis had his phone interview which he felt went very well. He was excited about the potential of getting that role actually!

Breakfast

Curtis walked to McDonald’s after he finished his call and got showered.

Kim packed whilst Curtis went to get the breakfast.

We ate breakfast quickly and then headed downstairs to check out and catch a Lyft to the airport.

Collecting Our Car

Whilst we had to go to the airport, it wasn’t to fly, it was to collect our car.

We collected our car, which is a Kia Soul, and hit the roads.

We hit the road and drove out of Vegas.

It was mostly just straight driving to get to our destination. There was a lot of cool rocks and mountains along the way, too.

e drove through Nevada then through Arizona until we arrived in Utah!

Hurricane, Utah

We got to Hurricane and stopped off at Chick-Fil-A for some lunch. We each got a deluxe chicken sandwich and some waffle fries each.

We drove 10 minutes further down the road and arrived at the home were are staying at. The home is beautiful and we are sharing with 2 people that live in the house and one other room of guests.

We got acquainted and Curtis watched hockey whilst Kim relaxed.

Healthy(ish) Dinner

We wanted something a bit healthier for dinner, so we drove to the supermarket and picked up some caesar salad and some breakfast items.

We got back and ate our salad before going home and chilling out, whilst planning our couple of days here.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 73 – Day 1: Seattle,WA 🇺🇸 – Crossing The Border & Beautiful Room

Early Wake Up

We were up early to get ready, pack up and eat breakfast.

We bought cinnamon buns from the supermarket yesterday to have for breakfast along with the remainder of our orange juice.

Once we got packed up and showered, we checked out of our apartment and walked to the bus station.

Awesome Building

The bus/train station is Pacific Central Station. This is an amazing old building, with beautiful ceilings and the architecture is incredible, both inside and out.

Subway & Coffee

We had time to kill, so we were resourceful and went to Subway to get a sandwich for our bus ride and Curtis went to Starbucks for a coffee.

We got back to the bus station and stopped there for a while whilst we waited for the bus.

The bus arrived and on we got, ready for our 5.5 hour journey!

The Border

About 2 hours in to our trip, we stopped at the US border and went through customs.

We got our bags searched, randomly, which is always nerve wracking, even though you know you have nothing!

We jumped back onto the bus and continued on through some really awesone towns.

Arrival in Seattle

We arrived in Seattle and had to figure out our route to our apartment.

We walked a, less desirable, way and it felt a little intimidating, but we were all good!

We eventually got there and it was actually in a great neighbourhood and was very lovely.

We got ourselves in and we have a beautiful room as well as a shared bathroom, but that is lovely too! It’s in a 3 storey apartment and we are currently just sharing with the people that live here, so this bathroom is just ours for now.

Walking Around

We wanted a walk so walked for 20 minutes or so to get to the supermarket, where we saw McDonald’s so we knew what we were eating!

We got what we needed from the supermarket and then grabbed our food.

We strolled back to the apartment and were really ready to chill out.

We have some fun stuff planned for the next week here in Seattle!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 12: Victoria, BC – 2 Year Wedding Anniversary!

We have been married for 2 years, today!

When we woke up, there was leftover snow but no snow falling. We had breakfast and then got a few admin things done, some of which were blog admin as well as getting some forms we needed to get sorted.

We then wanted to head out, but it started snowing, so we put it off, but then went out anyway.

It was snowing a lot with a lot of snow on the ground also, as well as freezing temperatures, so we wrapped up nice and warm.

Linda had planned to take us out for dinner, but due to the weather we decided not to go, so we went to buy some pizza from the supermarket instead.

We stopped at a shop to get Curtis a neck warmer and then we went to McDonald’s to get a chipotle chicken snack wrap each.

After that, it was Tim Horton’s time for a coffee and doughnut and to see if we could win on their ‘roll up the rim’ game (when you finish your drink, you roll up the rim of the cup and it says if you win anything).

We each had a tiramisu doughnut which was ok and Kim had a hot chocolate whilst Curtis had a coffee.

Curtis didn’t win on his cup, but Kim won a free coffee! As we were leaving and didn’t want another coffee, we gifted it to another person who was buying one.

We went from here to the supermarket and got what we wanted and then chucked the pizza in when we got back.

We atea bit of the pizza, but it was pretty filling, and then struggled to stay awake and watch some TV!

thanks to everyone that has said congratulations to us today! We also have some cool changes coming to the blog and other things, so be on the lookout for that.

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale