Place 72 – Day 18: Vancouver,BC – IKEA Scouting

IKEA

We left the house around 13:00 to go to IKEA.

As we are moving into our place in the next couple of weeks, we need to start scouting or buying furniture, as it will be unfurnished. The most important item is a bed.

We took 2 buses to get to IKEA, all-in-all it was about a 40 minute trip.

The most important thing to do first was to get coffee. Luckily there was a Starbucks right by IKEA, so we got a drink from there. Curtis got an iced cappucino with cloud foam, which was something different but it was great!

We went into IKEA which seemed a little smaller than the IKEA stores we usually go to.

We started with looking at anything that around the first area, though there was nothing specific we were looking for there.

We looked at some desks and chairs, a table and chairs, sofas (not that we need one), beds and mattresses.

We got photos of what we wanted and we are now certain, which is great!

We got a few ideas about smaller items too, such as kitchen utensils and bathmats.

Meatballs

The most important thing about IKEA is of course the meatballs, so we rewarded ourself with them after doing some shopping.

These IKEA meatballs were pretty good actually, and we even shared a DAIM cake.

Buses

We left IKEA after purchasing some delicious Swedish chocolate and jumped on a bus.

The first bus was super busy but the second was luckily empty.

We came home and looked up how we will get things back from IKEA when we buy them, deciding if we will get a UHAUL or get IKEA to deliver them.

Chillin’

We watched some TV and ate some snacks in the evening.

We also read the bylaws for our apartment which was 21 pages!

Kim has a further interview on Thursday this week which she found out today and Curtis has had a promising email which he is waiting to hear back about.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 84 – Day 3: New Orleans,LA – St. Louis Cemetery, Beignets & Mardi Gras World

Coffee

First thing was first for the day…coffee! We got down to the French Quarter on the bus, where there was almost a fight between two men!

We walked for a short time and came to a coffee shop that our host had recommended. When we were just a couple of minutes away from the coffee shop, we saw 2 people rent scooters.

Unfortunately, the lady didn’t know how to ride one and, upon leaving the shop, crashed into the curb and flipped up onto the grass. It didn’t seem like she was hurt, but it had already been a dramatic and eventful day for us!

We got to the coffee shop and it looked great in there. No snacks for us with our coffee today as we had already had breakfast just before.

Curtis got a cappucino and Kim got a caramel iced coffee. Kim’s coffee was good, but Curtis’ wasn’t too great.


Backatown Coffee Parlour | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 7.5/10


St. Louis Cemetery #2

We walked for a little bit to find the two St. Louis cemeteries.

The #1 cemetery is only accessible with a guide as it has been defaced too much, but the second is open to the public.

We entered the 2nd and it was much more interesting than the cemetery we went to previously.

There were a lot of older plots there, some people died in the early/mid 1800s. We even saw an open tomb, presumably this could no longer be used as it was falling apart.

We left here and continued on with our day, walking back towards the French Quarter.

Frenchman Street & French Market

We had read that Frenchman street was a street to visit, so we popped into there.

There wasn’t a huge amount going on and it didn’t seem to interesting, so we left and walked further down the road.

As we did so, we stumbled across the French market, which is in its own little quaint building.

We walked around here looking at the wares for sale and then continued on.

Jackson Square & Cathedral

We stopped briefly, next to the Mississippi river, to overlook Jackson square and St. Louis Cathedral. This looks like a princess castle.

Mississippi River

We admired the Mississippi river briefly, which was quite high! We saw the steamboat again and it scared us a little with its loud horn.

Cafe Beignet

We had seen about Cafe Beignet and that it was meant to be good, so we stopped in to try some beignet and a lemonade.

A beignet, to us, seems more like bread than like a doughnut, covered in powdered sugar.

Beignet…Done That!


Cafe Beignet | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8/10


The beignets were delicious, but we had no time to waste and made a plan to go somewhere, but we found something interesting on the way.

Antique Weapon Shop

We saw an antique weapon & money shop, so we had to have a brief look around. We saw all kinds of 1700-1800 weapons and money from the same era and different countries.

Mardi Gras World

We got to Mardi Gras World after a long, hot, 45 minute walk.

We got there and managed to jump in on the 16:00 tour!

We sat through a video which was good, telling us all about Mardi Gras, the company we were visiting and what they do.

A guide introduced himself and was very funny. He explained some more facts and then gave everyone a slice of ‘king’ cake, which is a traditional Mardi Gras cake, essentially just sugar.

We then had a brief tour of the warehouse, which is a working warehouse so we had to be respectful. This is where we were shown about the process, which is largely started with styrofoam and then to papiér maché followed by painting.

Step 1 – Made In Styrofoam

Step 2 – Papiér Maché

Step 3 – Paint

We then got to the floats themselves. We were told all about them as well as some official rules and laws regarding Mardi Gras.

The final area was regarding the new $2m robot they had recently purchased. There are only about 10 artists working at the warehouse, so they are very busy, but they got a robot to help with the external client work they complete. The robot does all the cutting for them!


Mardi Gras World | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8.5/10


We got to stay in the warehouse after the guide had gone, so we wandered around and saw a lot of incredible things.

Home & Dinner

We got a free shuttle down to where our tram stop was and the tram arrived at the perfect time, so we got on that.

We sat on it for a while and then got off a stop prior to our usual so we could get some dinner.

We bought a meatball marinara pasta from Whole Foods and then went to the bus stop.

The bus arrived shortly after and we got home nice and safely.

We had our food and then chilled out, along with getting an earlier night than we have been.

We’ve had busy, long days, but New Orleans has been fun so far.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 246: Auckland – A Broken Skate Blade!

We woke up at 07:30 which was not an acceptable time to be awake so we decided to force ourselves to sleep for another 3 hours.

We woke up and had some breakfast. We had cereal, nothing fancy.

We then had to go to get some shopping that we forgot as well as look for a jumper for Kim.

We did that and then got back home and had a bit of time before Curtis’ hockey game.

We did a spring clean whilst we waited for the time to pass! Vacuuming everything, cleaning the bathroom items and everything in between. Everything looked great when we were done.

Tabitha came round and we left to go to Curtis’ hockey game.

This was Curtis’ last game for about a month as he is away next weekend and then there isn’t a game for 3 weeks after that.

Curtis got changed and then a teammate noticed something off with his skate blade. The end of the blade had snapped off! This was pretty dangerous to go on the ice with so Curtis went to skate hire to see if they had anything he could use.

After some looking around, they had some fairly decent skates which fit Curtis pretty well, though they were quite uncomfortable!

Curtis was unsure during warm up as the right skate was not sharp at all and was sliding around the place! It took a bit of getting used to but the game went pretty well for Curtis, considering.

The game ended 1-1 and it was a good game too! Curtis got an assist too.

We drove home and had our leftover Swedish meatballs which was delicious again and watched some TV then had an early (ish) nice.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 245: Auckland – Breakfast Switchup

We woke up at 10:30 and were both very hungry. We only had Weetbix in the house for breakfast but wanted something a bit nicer. Kim decided she would make crepes!

Kim started to make crepes, but they didn’t work out too great, so we scrapped that and Kim said there was a nice cafe in Birkenhead so we went there for breakfast.

We wanted a Coffix too but they were closed!

We got a chocolate swirl each and then went home. We watched some TV and YouTube videos and then went out to do the shop. We didn’t need much food for this week, so it didn’t take long. We got a coffee from Little Things too, which was a bonus!

We got home and Kim went right back out again to spend some time with Tabitha.

Kim’s Afternoon;

Kim picked Tabitha up and then they headed up to Albany to do some shopping. After about an hour and a half, the shops started to close, an hour before they thought they would! So Kim drove Tabitha home and then headed home via the shop to get some stuff for dinner.

Our Evening;

Kim got home and we just chilled out some more before we made dinner.

We had Swedish meatballs again because they’re easy and tasty!

Swedish_Meatballs

We ate this and then played some fortnite before heading to Netflix to see what was there.

We found something made by the creators of The Simpsons which looked hilarious called Disenchantment!

We watched this a bit and then headed to bed. A perfect Saturday!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale