Place 81 – Orlando,FL 🇺🇸 – 6 Hour Airport Wait & Reunited

Early Start

We were up at 05:00 but luckily everything was packed and ready to go already, so we didn’t have to worry about that.

We got to the airport with more then enough time and we checked our bags and got to security.

Security took a bit of time but no longer than 15 minutes. We did have to take food out of our bags, though.

Once we got through, Curtis got a coffee and we waited to board the plane.

Austin > Orlando

We boarded the plane and were in the B section this time, so we were hoping we would get to sit together.

Luckily, we did get to sit together, which was a bonus.

The flight was just 2.5 hours, but neither of us felt too great.

We landed and got our bags before finding some seats to chill on.

6 Hour Wait

We waited for 6 hours for Kim’s family to arrive!

We got coffee, Kim napped a bit and we scrolled the internet aimlessly.

Reunion

Kim finally got to reunite with her family and see her sister Abbie for the first time in over 2 years!

We all got to the car rental area and got the car and then off we went.

Florida Home

We have rented an Airbnb for all of us and it is about 1 hour from the airport in the area near Cocoa Beach.

We arrived and were quite tired, but had to go and do a shop. Before we did that, Curtis had a phone interview for a possible job, which only took 10 minutes.

We went for a shop and got enough food for a week or so and then headed back for some dinner.

Dinner

Kim made pulled pork sliders and we had some mac and cheese to go with it, too.

We all finished dinner, cleared up and that was time for bed.

Kim’s family had been up for a while and it was technically 02:00 for them and we had been up since 05:00 with little sleep before that, so bed time it was.

We’ve come to Florida to chill, so we’ll try and do that.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 76 – Day 7: Los Angeles,CA – Hollywood Museum, Trejo’s Coffee And Donuts & The Grove

Hollywood Museum

We just had to do something film related, so we made sure we did just that.

For $15 each, we got 4 floors housing 10,000 artifacts from TV and movies.

The first floor was about Max Factor, both the man himself, the make up and the movie stars that used it.


Hollywood Museum | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 7/10


We then moved to the next floor, which was in the basement, and was all things horror films and a whole section which were the prison cells from the Hannibal Lecter films.

The next floor was all about the animatronic and models used in films. This was the most interesting section in the museum.

The final floor was not overly interesting, though there was a section with the batmobile which spoke all about batman.

There was also a section here which had a lot of old cameras, which was awesome.

Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts

We walked from here just down the road to Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts, which was created by the actor Danny Trejo.

Curtis got a cappucino and we got a doughnut each.

Kim got one with cinnamon sugar filled with ice cream and Curtis’ was lime and sugar, like a margarita, which was great.


Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 10/10


The Grove

We walked from the museum for about 45 minutes and got to our first shopping mall of the day, which was the famous The Grove.

Kim was looking for a few things here, as well as just looking around as it was somewhere you are meant to visit in LA.

We walked around but we didn’t find anything of use, so we left the Grove and walked 20 minutes to the Beverly Center, which we bought Curtis’ shirts in the other day.

Beverly Center

We got to the Beverly Center and weren’t getting too much luck with the shops, until Kim got to Forever21 where she was able to replace her flip-flops and get some clothes she was looking for.

Fatburger

We got hungry, so we stopped off at Fatburger which was a burger place recommend to us.

We each got a medium sized burger and Kim added cheese whilst Curtis added cheese and bacon. Curtis got onion rings as his side and Kim got chilli cheese fries.

Overall, the meal was disappointing. There was too much lettuce, the tomato slice was too thick and caused everything to slice around, the meat wasn’t staying together so crumbled everywhere, so overall it wasn’t great. We just saw that they are apparently rebranding to be called Skinnyburger…Interesting.


Fatburger | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 6/10


Packing

We got home and watched a few videos before taking on the mammoth task of packing. We leave LA by bus tomorrow morning, so we need to be ready.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 76 – Day 4: Los Angeles,CA – Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills & New Shirts

Lazy Morning

We had a pretty lazy morning today. We have been quite non stop for the last few days, so wanted a bit of time to recover this morning.

We watched some TV whilst we ate breakfast and then peeled ourselves out of bed.

Uber Fun

We booked a ‘shared’ uber, which we had sone on Lyft before but never on Uber. It had said that the driver was collecting someone before us, so it would take 10 minutes to get to us. We waited and waited and then noticed he was getting further and further away! He never came towards us, so we cancelled, which was luckily free, and reported it.

Rodeo Drive

Rodeo Drive is one of those places you’re just meant to go to in LA, so we did just that.

We wandered around looking at the shops which we cannot afford to shop in and we looked at the crazy cars driving up and down the streets.

Beverly Hills

We walked down into the Beverly Hills area as we needed to head that way to get to a shopping centre. There were some beautiful houses and it was a very quiet area. It was nice and peaceful to walk through.

Pretzels & New Shirts

We got to the shopping centre after about 40 minutes of walking and then headed right for the food as we were hungry!

We found a place called Wetzel’s Pretzels, which is a terrific name for a pretzel store!

We got a big soft pretzel and some cinnamon pretzel bits, along with a tasty lemonade.


Wetzel’s Pretzels | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 10/10


We saw a shop near where we were which sold shirts. Curtis needed to buy a couple of shirts, so we went in here to have a look.

We found two shirts and one was on deal, so that was a result! Curtis is now the owner of 2 more shirts.

Uber Home

We got an uber home with a sassy Uber driver, it was definitely not one of the best drives we’ve had!

We got back home and Curtis watched the remainder of the Leafs game and then we went down to the supermarket to get things for dinner.

Dinner

We got pasta and a sauce to go with the remainder of the chicken from the other day. This was a tasty and quick meal!

Relaxed Evening

We relaxed and watched some TV, followed by a film called When We First Met. This film was better than we both expected and was actually quite funny.


When We First Met

Rating:- 7/10


Tomorrow

Tomorrow should be super fun, but hard work, if we do what we are planning to do.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 4: Vancouver, BC – Downtown Vancouver & Broken Elevator

Exploring Downtown

We got ready in the morning, watched a YouTube video as per usual, had some breakfast and got showered.

After that, we headed out to downtown Vancouver to see what it’s all about.

We got downtown and really just walked. The mountains can even be seen from the city centre, which is really cool!

We looked at a few shops, went into some, but mostly just walked for a couple of hours, figuring out where things are, what shops there are etc.

Kim went into Lush to browse around and then we stopped for a coffee.

Blenz Coffee

We saw a Blenz Coffee, which is a chain we have been meaning to try for a while.

Firstly, when we went in, we saw the price which was much more expensive than other coffee shops.

Secondly, the staff were not very attentive and weren’t really listening during the order.

Kim got a hot chocolate and Curtis a cappucino and we sat and people-watched whilst we drank them.

Unfortunely, the cappucino didn’t really have any flavour and the hot chocolate was ‘just ok’.

Not sure we’ll be eager to visit any time soon.


Blenz Coffee | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 4/10


Evening

We walked back to the apartment via the supermarket. For dinner, we had chicken strips with smiley face potatoes and a side of ceasar salad…a very odd dinner but a childhood favourite!

We got back, did some laundry and relaxed before we had dinner.

Broken Elevator

Before we got back to the room, though, we had to wait a while as all elevators weren’t working and we didn’t have an extra key to be able to walk up the stairs to our floor!

We had to call the host to come and bring us the key and let us in…all fun times!

We watched some YouTube videos whilst we ate and then for the rest of the evening, we started watching Black Mirror which is odd but interesting.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 3: Vancouver, BC – Stanley Park & Vancouver Seawall

Getting Ready

We were up by around 10:00 and had some cereal, chocolate milk & coffee for breakfast.

We got showered and ready to go and found the instructions on how to get to Stanley Park, which is where we wanted to visit today.

Stanley Park

We walked for about 25 minutes to get to Stanley Park. It was pretty much a directly straight walk again, which helped a lot.

We got to the park and it was pretty busy, but still very beautiful! It was cold outside but there was a good amount of sun which made it great weather.

We walked around the park for a bit and just chatted.

View Of The Park Lake

View From The Park

Some Totum Poles

It seems there were more totum poles which where actually very cool looking.

Seawall

We walked from the totum poles to the seawall. The seawall expands across most of the park and is a great walk. The sun was still beating down on us so we walked around for a bit longer and got all the way to the lighthouse at the end.

The Lighthouse

Walking Back

We made the loop around back to the entrance and walked back to the apartment.

We watched some TV and then Curtis watched hockey.

Shopping For Tops

Whilst Curtis watched hockey, Kim went for an expore around some shops to try and find some more winter/autumn adequate tops.

Kim found a whole shopping mall, so had a great time wondering around those for a while.

Kim came back, empty handed, but perfectly just as hockey finished!

Pho & Banh Mi

We smelled a Vietnamese place during the day which is right down the street from us, so we just had to go for dinner!

We went there and Curtis got a chicken pho whilst Kim had a banh mi.

Doesn’t Look Pretty But Is Delicious


One Saigon | Vancouver, BC

Rating:- 7/10


Fantastic Beasts ‘2’

We sat and watched the 2nd fantastic beasts’ film in the evening.

All in all, it was ok, but a bit confusing and not too interesting, really. Nothing in comparison to the first film.


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Rating:- 6/10


And that, was our evening. We also got accomodation and transport booked for our trip, which was also a good thing!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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 14: Victoria, BC – New Shoes & Annoying News

We were up early today and ready to go by 10:00.

We walked up to Fort St where we caught a bus up to Saanich as Kim had a doctors appointment up there.

We got to the appointment early and Kim was seen early, which was a result!

We left the doctors and walked around the corner to a bus stop and caught a bus to Uptown mall.

We were on the hunt for some new winter shoes again.

After looking at uptown, Kim put aside some Timberlands and Curtis found nothing.

We walked down to Mayfair, the other mall, to look for shoes some more.

We went somewhere Linda suggested which is a big warehouse of shoes.

Curtis, after trying many pairs of shoes, was able to find some really nice dark brown timberland boots, too!

We succeeded! We celebrated by having a KFC, which was similar to the ones we get in the UK, which was great!

Unfortunately, whilst we ate, we found out that our travel plans have changed slightly. We had planned to go to another city to a concert, but the dates have now been moved to October, just 10 days before the show! We only just booked the flights to go and that was around £500.

We are going to make the most of it and go to this city for 4 days as planned, but it doesn’t seem that there is much to do. It is a real shame and we are both disappointed as we were really looking forward to the concert!

We made our way back to the shoe shop for Kim to collect her shoes and we both changed into our new kicks before we headed home on the bus.

Once we got back, we chilled out and did some admin regarding us having to change our plans and then we had dinner. Linda made crispy chicken thighs with vegetables and some delicious bread.

Once we ate, we watched some TV but all started to fall asleep, so we headed to bed.

Odd day today, having a great success with the shoes and then having the bad news about the concert….but that’s traveling for you!

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale