Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day: 423 – Vancouver, BC – Murrin Provincial Park

BIG Win!

Curtis’ hockey game last night went extremely well!

His team won 7-0…And Curtis got a goal! That’s 2 points in 3 games so far. Going well!

When Curtis drove home, he managed to scrape the rear wheel arch on a pillar whilst parking back at home. We have an awkward space in our parking lot and Curtis hasn’t had much practice with it…It doesn’t really make much of a difference, and we had one on the opposite side from the person who owned it before us, so now it just matches!

Cinnamon Buns!

We had the cinnamon buns that Kim made for breakfast this morning!

They didn’t grow as much when cooking as Kim wanted, but they were still delicious, especially with the icing and strawberries that Kim made with them!

Murrin Provincial Park

We headed out once we got ready and went to Murrin Provincial Park. This place was not far from where we went last week.

This is a lake but surrounded by hiking trails, and when we got there we weren’t really sure where we were meant to go, so we just started following a trail!

The trail turned out to be a bit of a scramble, but it was really good fun! The weather has certainly got a bit colder, which is great for climbing around and hiking.

We hiked and hiked and got higher and higher until we were right at the top, with a beautiful view of the large lake!

It was pretty windy up there, so we headed down and that began our decent.

We came across some people rock climbing, which was pretty cool to see, but we tried not to distract them so we continued down.

Eventually, we got to the bottom and it was about a 1/2 hour hike in the end which felt good, but it was time for some food!

We drove up to Squamish and got a subway and a coffee (from Starbucks).

We ate our Subway and then drove on home.

Pizza!

Once we got home, we just relaxed for a while and then when we got hungry, we walked up to our local pizza place, Pizza Garden, which makes the most incredible Italian pizza, and grabbed a 4 cheese pizza from there.

It turns out, 4 cheese pizza isn’t what we usually get, so it was a little weird but still pretty tasty!

Once we ate, we watched the film Anna on Amazon Video, then played some games and watched more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 416: Vancouver, BC – Whytecliff Park

We woke up pretty late and Kim had a chat with her family as it was her sister’s birthday today.

Once that was done, we had some breakfast and slowly got ready for the day.

Once we were ready, we drove up to North Vancouver and to Whytecliff Park. We had been in this area before, but not in this specific park.

When we got there, we climbed around some rocks and got some really nice vantage points! It was a pretty nice place but pretty busy for what it was,along it a little bit challenging to get around.

We left here nor too long after we arrived and the weather started to get colder and less nice.

We drove to where we thought another park was, but it turned out just to be a fancy housing estate, so we left here.

We ended up in a place we had been to before and grabbed ourselves a coffee before walking around the seawall.

It was starting to get really windy, cold and feeling like it would rain, so we drove back home.

On the way back, we checked the supermarket to see how busy it is, as it is Thanksgiving weekend here in Vancouver, so everyone will be shopping. Sure enough, it was super busy with a large line, so we decided to come back later.

We headed home and had some pizza for dinner and watched the film Tangled which Kim really wanted to watch.

Once we were done with that, we went out to the shop at around 20:45 to get it done with next to no people there, so it was much faster and easier.

We came back home and played some games and chilled out for the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 360: Vancouver, BC – Distanced Park Gathering

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had a very quiet day in general.

He did some tickets and then got to do some training in the afternoon as it was quiet, which was great.

Kim’s Day

Kim collected the office visit paperwork, saved it and sent out emails confirming the desks that they can use.

She was then given the task to chase West Coast people for their cocktail choices. She sent out an email to one group and she sent smaller messages to another group. For some people Kim needs a lot of information and for others Kim just needs to know which cocktail they would like.

Today is the day that the new coffee machine is installed! The vendors arrived and set up a big touchless coffee machine. It works by scanning a QR code and ordering a coffee that way, its super cool!

Around logging peoples cocktail choices Kim set up the desks and meeting space for people coming in on Wed, Thurs and Fri. She set up two new hot desks round by the printer. Sprayed all the hot desks with a bleach solution and cleaned down one of the whiteboards. Tomorrow Kim will set up chairs for the meeting and finish cleaning the whiteboards.

To finish the day Kim was able to spend a little time on the quiz, while chasing the final few people for their choices.

Kim had plans this evening! Plans that are outside and with other people! It was very exciting. She got home, changed and left right away! She drove towards the lake where she is meeting some work friends, but when she pulled over to check directions Kim noticed a colleague was stuck as their peddle fell off their bike! So she detoured and picked her up and between the two of them managed to fit her bike in the back of the car. For the rest of the drive over they both wore masks and kept the windows open. Not getting them ‘ronas today!

They made it to the lake and found the two other friends and one of their dogs! Kim was over the moon and spent a lot of the catch-up playing fetch with the dog and it was great! It was so nice to just sit with people and have a chat, in a lovely evening outside. It just seemed so normal. The beat part was that it wasn’t all just work talk too! It was a lovely evening and Kim had a great time.

After this, kim dropped her colleague and her bike at home before heading home herself.

Evening

Whilst Kim was out, Curtis played some games and had pizza for dinner.

After Kim got home, she had some food and we watched a bit of TV.

We didn’t do too much this evening as Kim got back a bit late, but we made sure to play mini golf!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 154: Vancouver, BC – Lighthouse Park & Horseshoe Bay

Lighthouse Park

We left the house and jumped right into the car once we got ready!

We drove for around an hour (in all the traffic) to get up to West Vancouver (which is weirdly in North Vancouver) and visited a couple of places.

We first went to lighthouse park.This is a park, unsurprisingly, with a lighthouse.

We parked up and first noticed the enormity of the trees. It was more of a forest than a park.

There were multiple routes, but we walked down the default one for a while and followed to the Lighthouse.

There were two viewing points for the lighthouse. One was down someone’s driveway (which you can go down).

This had the best view of the lighthouse and it was a standard red and white lighthouse.

We moved up to the 2nd viewing point, which was just up the hill from a few huts. The second viewing point was ontop of a rock, but the view was a bit obstructed.

We continued on for a while, walking down a few different trails and came across a small ‘beach’.

This spot had beautiful views as well, and the sky looked awesome.

We left the beach and wandered around a few more tracks and then started to head back up.

We wanted to reward ourself with a coffee, so we went to find some!

Horseshoe Bay

There was a place nearby called Horseshoe bay, which people have told us about before, so we thought we should check it out whilst we are in the area.

We drove there in search of coffee, but were a little disappointed.

The only place was a Starbucks, which we enjoy, but we were hoping for something a little more.

We finished our Starbucks and got a snack to sit next to the water and eat, even though it was raining a little bit!Whilst we sat there, we saw a seal swim past!

We left here and drove back home, tired from all the walking, but really happy with our day.

Boring Shop

We got back home and had to do the shop, so we did just that.

We got the essentials for the week and went back home.

Giant Yorkshire Pudding

We couldn’t be bothered to cook, so we went up to the pub near us (The Wicklow) and each had a giant Yorkshire Pudding, stuffed full of beef, gravy and mashed potatoes! (And some wine, of course)

We were absolutely stuffed from this and we walked back home.

We sat and watched an episode of Vikings and then got ready for work tomorrow.

What a great day we had! We need to head back as there were so many different trails.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – day 24: Vancouver,BC – Trout Lake Beach Park

A Rude Awakening

There were a couple of people outside our window shouting and conversing at 05:00 this morning, which woke us up.

Someone we are living with got them to move away but unfortunately we were now both awake.

We led in bed and napped for a few hours but never really got to sleep.

We took a relaxed outlook on the morning and didn’t do much and got ready slowly for the day.

Mocha Madness

We went to Kings Cafe again and each got a mocha madness coffee. Kim got her one cold this time, so see if it is still as good and Curtis got his hot. They were both good but Kim did prefer it warm.

Trout Lake Beach Park

We walked for about 10 minutes to a park called Trout Lake Beach. The name is a bit misleading as there is a beach, but it is man made next to a lake and it is a bit underwhelming.

This is the ‘beach’

We saw many a dog in the park whilst we just walked around. Most of the dogs were wet from swimming, but that didn’t stop Kim saying hello.

Bank Stop

We stopped at the bank to book Kim an appointment for tomorrow and we saw the lady who was dealing with us last time so we had a bit of a chat with her as well.

Evening

Kim did some research and some admin for a lot of the evening whilst Curtis watched Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final as it was on.

We had teriyaki chicken and rice for dinner and then retreated to bed to watch some TV.

Tomorrow

Curtis starts work tomorrow, so he is up at a good time to get ready and get to the office for 09:00.

The blog will, as it was in Auckland, probably be separated into 2 sections, Kim’s Day & Curtis’ day. We expect this to continue throughout our time working here.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 16: Vancouver,BC – Central Park

Central Park

We wanted to have a walk today and it was a nice day, so it made perfect sense!

We took about a 40 minute walk down to Central Park, which is a large park here in Burnaby.

The park was incredibly peaceful, even though the was quite a few people enjoying it.

We came across a nice lake which also had some ducklings in.

The park was beautiful and calming. We walked around it for a while, watching all the squirrels and lookimg at all the tall trees.

We got to a certain point in the park where we noticed we wanted to have a coffee, so we stopped to find a Vietnamese cafe to get Vietnamese coffee.

Coffee

We got to a Vietnamese restaurant and they said they wouldn’t serve us JUST coffee, so we hastily left and decided Starbucks would be easier, which it wasn’t.

We went to 2 Starbucks but neither had seats. We couldn’t be bothered to keep looking, so we got our iced lattes and walked around instead.

Train

We had thought we would walk home, but it was an hour, so we got the train home instead.

We watched a bit of TV and then made dinner, which was the same as yesterday, followed by more TV.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

San Francisco,CA

Place 74 – Day 3: San Francisco,CA – Golden Gate Park Walk, Bison & Dutch Windmill

Golden Gate Park Walk

We had a later start today, but still made the most of it!

We walked to the bus stop just down the road and waited for the bus to show up.

We jumped on the bus and sat on it for a while whilst it took us down to the golden state park.

We were here yesterday in the car, but we didn’t get the chance to walk around, so we wanted to do that today.

We walked around the park, just looking around, for a long time, as it was a perfect day again!

There were a lot of people just playing sports and relaxing on the grass.

Coffee

We decided we wanted to find somewhere for coffee, so went to a placed called Beanery.

This place smelled amazing and they also roast their own coffee. Kim had a iced caramel latte and Curtis had a cappuccino. Both of our coffees were phenomenal!


Beanery | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 10/10


Bison

We walked towards the beach and came across the bison pen. There are about 5 bison homed here in total and they are huge!

Dutch Windmill

We walked onwards towards the beach where there was also a large Dutch windmill. this windmill was absolutely beautiful, so we stopped and got some photos.

Dinner

We wanted to go for dinner from where we were, so we caught a bus all the way to downtown.

Whilst on the bus, we had a look at places to go and found an amazing looking Italian pizza place in the Italian area of the city.

We got off the bus near the restaurant and proceeded to walk there.

The restaurant wasn’t too busy so we got our food quite quick. We had a starter of buffalo mozzarella (as it was also a mozzarella bar) with arugula, tomato and bread. This was a terrific starter with excellent flavour.

Once our starter was finished, the pizza came at the perfect time. We got what we called a fancy version of a margherita, the difference being buffalo mozzarella.

The pizza was terrific and took us right back to being in Rome!

We had a tiramisu for dessert, which was alright, and then we left.

Unfortunately the service wasn’t great, but the food was pretty solid!


Il Casaro Pizzeria | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 7.8/10


We left here and came home, stopping off for some supplies on the way.

We caught up with our TV and then it was time to sleep.

Tomorrow

We have a fun filled day tomorrow! Something to tick off the list for sure.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 6: Vancouver, BC – Just A Walk & Chinatown

No Plans

We had no plans this morning, but we got up earlier than we have been and took a random walk.

We left the apartment and went to a waffle house for breakfast.

Waffles

We each had a waffle and a cappuccino.

Curtis had whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate and Kim had chocolate mousse, strawberries and chocolate sauce.

Our cappucinos were more like lattes, but they were very tasty!


Le Petit Belge | Vancouver,BC

Rating:- 8/10


We walked down to the conference area, which is where both the ice rink and football stadium are and had a look around.

We then walked across a bridge to another place which just so happened to be Chinatown, which we didn’t even know was there!

Chinatown

We walked around Chinatown for a while, just going down each street. There wasn’t many food places, which is what we usually think of when we think Chinatown, but it was still a cool looking place.

We saw a cool looking place, which was a ‘Chinese Culture Centre’.

Next to this, there was a small entrance way. This led to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese park.

We entered the park and it was incredibly tranquil as soon as we entered. It got us right out of the hustle and bustle of the city into a calm, peaceful park.

Across the way, there is a Chinese Garden, but we couldn’t find the entrance so we didn’t go in there.

We left Chinatown and went for more of a walk and got a bottle of drink before we walked back to the apartment.

Apartment Viewing

We went to view an apartment for if we come back to Vancouver.

It was alright, but wouldn’t be our first choice.

Leftovers

We had leftover pizza and well as more chicken, potato smilies and salad.

We watched a few different TV shows and then went to bed.

We had an awesome day planned tomorrow…well, more like evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 18: Victoria, BC – World’s Tallest Free Standing Totum Pole

World’s Tallest Free Standing Totum Pole

We started the day as usual – eating breakfast and drinking coffee.

We were up pretty early for us so we were out of the door at a good time, too.

We walked to Beacon Hill Park, past Ogden Point, to go and see the world’s tallest free standing totum pole.

Possible Seals?

It took us a bit of time to get there and, on the way, we saw something flopping around in the water! It was either a whale or seals, but more likely to be seals.

The Totum Poll

We got to a large flag pole with the Canadian flag flying and then had to walk through some light forest to get to it. Unfortunately, this meant accidentally walking past a creepy man living in the woods, but we got past all fine and arrived at the totum pole.

The 39 metre tall totum pole!

This pole was built in 1956 and restored in 2011 as it was showing its age. It was cool to see, but we weren’t there for long.


World’s Tallest Free Standing Totum Pole | Beacon Hill Park


Beacon Hill Park

We walked around the park for a bit and saw a gathering of people around a tall tree, taking photos. We were unsure what they were taking a photo of, which turned out to be a peacock in the tree.

The Killer Peacock

Curtis is not a big fan of peacocks as he was attacked when he was a child, so of course, as we were walking past the big tree, the peacock flew past us and scared him!

Beacon Drive In

We stopped at the Beacon Drive In and curtis got a coffee whilst Kim got an award winning chocolate swirl ice cream.

Kim looking pleased with her ice cream

Beacon Drive In | Victoria, BC


Authentic Italian

We went out just down the road with Linda as well as 2 people from Linda’s family.

We went to an authentic Italian restaurant, which was authentic indeed and delicious! The waiting staff were also all Italian which added to the feel.

Kim had the lasagne which was tremendous and Curtis had the canelloni which was crab and lobster filled.

Both dishes were great.

For dessert, Curtis had a tiramisu and Kim had profiteroles.

Our food was excellent as well as the atmosphere at Il Covo Trattoria.


Il Covo Trattoria | Victoria, BC


The Evening

We all went back to Linda’s and chatted for a couple of hours and then, when everyone left, we all sat and relaxed for about 30 minutes before going to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 376: Auckland – 2 Hour Massage, Ferry Trip & Afternoon Tea!

Kim had a massage booked for herself and her mum this morning, meaning Curtis and Kim’s dad (Tom) had nothing to do.

To combat having nothing to do, Curtis and Tom took a walk to a ferry port, about 35 minute walk away. The sun was beating down but there was a bit of wind so the walk was actually quite nice.

Once they got to the port, they had to wait for 30 minutes or so for the boat, so they sat and watched the world go by. They were right next to the harbour bridge so had a great view!

City_of_auckland_bridge_skytower_water

Once on the ferry, it only took about 10 minutes before arriving in the city.

Curtis took Tom the wrong way to the city, so they had a 30 minute diversion but it was nice! There was a hill to walk up followed by a park called Albert Park right by the university which had a gargantuan tree!

Big_tree_albert_park

They eventually got to the city centre and went to McDonald’s for a coffee whilst waiting for Kim & her mum.

Kim and Maggie had a terrific time with their massage! It was 2 hours of vigorous massage, but it helped them both greatly!

Feet_slippers_thai_massage

Massage_table

We met up again in the city and went for afternoon tea at a 5 star hotel!

We had an assortment of savory items, some scones and some sweet treats. There were sandwiches, curry pasties, macaroons, mini pavlova and more! We also had unlimited tea and coffee. This was very tasty and actually filled us up! Curtis gives it a 4.5/10 as nothing really blew him away. Kim gives it an 8/10.

Afternoon_tea

After we finished this, we waddled back to the car and drove home to relax for a bit, which didn’t happen!

Someone wanted to buy our bed, so we had to take that downstairs. Once we took it downstairs, we packed everything up and got it ready, both for our roadtrip and for leaving Auckland!

We got the room completely empty and tidy so that it could be shown to potential new tenants when we aren’t here.

We went out again in the evening to see Danielle and Josh and introduce them to Kim’s parents.

We went out to a BBQ place and the food was pretty good. Curtis had a 200G sirloin steak with bernaise sauce, chips & coleslaw. Meanwhile, Kim had a burger which had no bun but had fried mac & cheese as a replacement! Curtis gives his food a 6.7/10 and Kim gives hers a 8/10.

It was great to catch up with Josh and Danielle after such a long time and to introduce them to Kim’s parents.

Once we got home, we watched some YouTube videos and had dessert and then went to bed as we all need to be up early tomorrow.

We haven’t got a bed, so we are setup on the sofa/floor for tonight!

We are all flying together tomorrow! Should be fun but also tiring.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale