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

Place 70 – Day 9: Victoria,BC – Snowy Beacon Hill Park

The day started with a lot of snowfall, butt nothing was laying on the ground.

We got showered and ready to go out and noticed just before we left that there was quite a bit of snow settling on the ground, so it was going to be a snowy day!

We walked up the road to a diner Kim went to a lot when she used to visit. This was called the Beacon Drive In.

We got there and the snow hadn’t relented at all, meaning everything was very much snow covered.

We ordered some breakfast. Curtis got eggs, bacon & toast and Kim got an egg, bacon & cheese muffin with hashbrowns.

We left the drive in after we ate and Curtis watched two had two cups of coffee (because why not when it is free refills!). After this, we went across the road into Beacon Hill Park, which was completely full of snow as it was barely being used.

We walked around for a while and then found a squirrel which we said hi to!

We left the park and went down to the city to look for some winter boots to eventually replace our shoes as they’re becoming tattered and not as waterproof after 2 years of constant use!

We found some perfect boots for Curtis, well, one shoe was anyway, so we put them aside so we could get some money and purchase later.

We went back to connect the shoes once we picked up some cash. Curtis then tried on both shoes, and one was completely different from the other! It seems they are terribly made, so we said no to those, which was a shame. We walked around a bit looking at other shoes, when we then heard some drumming, so we went to investigate.

There was some sort of Japanese apple celebration going odd, weirdly, which we watched for a bit before we left.

We then walked back home via the supermarket.

For dinner, Linda made us chicken parm with vegetables which was very delicious! We chatted for a couple of hours at the table with Linda about all kind of things and then watched some TV together.

We got a couple of things booked up for coming weeks and then went to sleep.

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 5: Victoria,BC – Frozen Fountain & A Great Evening

We went up to a bar/restaurant we had been told about my Mark and Jill as their daughter works there, so we made the 40 minute walk, in the -3°C (feels like -9°C) weather.

There was a bit of snow on the ground but nothing really.

As we were walking, we saw that the fountain outside parliament was frozen, which looked awesome, so we had to check it out.

We then headed back to our destination. When we arrived, firstly, it was nice and warm. Secondly, Kim asked to see the person we had come to see and and she had finished her shift for the day, so we were unable to see her, which was a shame.

We did get a got choclate though, which was a result and it was tasty too.

We then braved the cold again to head back towards the apartment with a stop at the supermarket.

We got some items for dinner as Kim was cooking tonight!

We got back and Curtis watched two periods of the Leafs game whilst Kim made hunter’s chicken for dinner.

We ate our dinner and then it was time too brace for the cold again and go down to the city to see our friend Brody, who is Canadian but we met him in New Zealand.

On the way, the fountain was frozen but it now had a light around it which made it look even more awesome!

Once we found the bar, we also found Brody, got a drink and just chatted and chatted and chatted. We had an amazing evening, even planning to do something really awesome within the next month, hopefully.

Brody kindly gave us a lift back and then it was very late and very much bedtime.

This time last year!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 364: Auckland – A Haircut, A Frappé and A Seamstress

We woke up at 09:30 and had eggs on toast with a hashbrown for breakfast. After we ate, Nicola returned from a walk and we chatted with her for a bit before getting ready to go out.

Kim had a haircut booked for 11:45 in Birkenhead, so we drove up to Birkenhead and Kim went to get her haircut at a fancy place! It was a pretty cheap price considering it seemed fancy and Kim also got a free coffee with a biscuit!

Kim’s haircut was successful. Kim got it cut how she wanted, which doesn’t happen often!

We drove to Wirau where we went to a few places trying to find a semstress.

The seamstress was required as we have a pillow from our sofa which needs a new zip.

We eventually found a seamstress in Glenfield Mall, but she needs to order in the zip so we have to wait for a bit.

We went to get the shop done after we visited the seamstress and then went for our usual coffee! We got all adventurous and had a mocha frappé each, which were obviously delicious.

When we got home, we watched some videos and then made an amazing Chilli Con Carne for dinner, with kumara wedges.

Post dinner, we decided to watch a movie called ‘Love, Simon’. We give this a solid 9/10!

After the film we watched some more videos and then it was all of a sudden time for sleepin’!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 49 – Day 358: Auckland – Brunch & A Chinese Takeaway

We woke up a little later today, but still with enough time for Kim to get ready and then go for brunch with Tabitha.

For brunch, they went to Honey Cafe, which Kim had never been to before. The food was excellent! Kim had french toast with bacon, banana & strawberries.

Kim left brunch with Tabitha and they then went up to Albany, which they went to for a bit of shopping. Well, mostly window shopping!

After a good few hours, Kim came home and when she got home, Curtis had just finished watching the Leafs game, so that was perfect timing!

We caught up and chilled out for a bit and then went out to get a chinese takeaway. We can’t think of the last time we got a Chinese takeaway.

We shared chicken curry and sweet & sour rice.

It was adequate, but still not great in comparison to the UK!

We watched A Murder on The Orient Express with dinner, which again, was adequate but not excellent.

Kim spoke with her family briefly, and then it was bedtime. Curtis is back at the client tomorrow and more than likely for the next week.

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale