Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 10: Las Vegas, NV – Walking The Strip, Rollercoaster & Absinthe Show!

Breakfast

We merry with Tom and headed out for breakfast around 09:30.

We were going to find somewhere to go but we saw McDonald’s and it was closer, so we went there as it was easy.

We left McDonald’s and continued about our day.

Walk Around The Strip & Rollercoaster

We started off by Kim going Kim the New York New York rollercoaster. She had wanted to go on it for a while and there was no queue, so she went on it. She really enjoyed it and there were some fun loops in there.

We walked around all of the strip, showing Tom the best spots that we remembered from when we were here before. We spent a lot of the day just walking around.

Lunch

We stopped off for some lunch at In & Out burger to introduce Tom to it.

It was as delicious as always, and Tom seemed to enjoyed it too!

Relax

We walked back to the hotel to relax for a bit. We watched the Apprentice with Tom and then got ready to go out for the evening.

Absinthe

We went out in the evening and walked to Ceasar’s Palace to watch a show! We stopped at the Bellagio fountain to watch a fountain show and then went into the show.

We had VIP tickets to Absinthe, which was a very rude acrobatics/comedy show.

We had a terrific time in the tent and as VIPs, we got to go in through a secret entrance which was a green telephone box.

We absolutely loved the show! It was very rude but so funny and incredible acts, doing a lot of different things.

Dinner

We went to Panda Express to get some food afterwards and then headed back to our rooms.

We said goodnight to Tom and then watched a bit of TV before sleeping.

We leave Vegas tomorrow to go somewhere we have been before, but should be a lot of fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 27: Victoria,BC – Surprise Birthday Breakfast!

Surprise Birthday Breakfast

We were up nice and early at 08:00 to get ourselves ready.We were having breakfast at the hotel next door with one of Linda’s friends, who arrived to the apartment around 09:00.

We walked across to the hotel and when we got there, all of Linda’s friends were there as a surprise! We knew about this, but Linda did not so it was a good surprise.

We had some big, delicious breakfasts and chatted for a long while.

We eventually walked back home and relaxed for a bit.

Coffee & Shopping

We got out of the house by getting a coffee and doing some shopping.

We stopped in at a really nice coffee shop we had been to before and people watched for a while whilst drinking some great coffee.

We went for a bit of shopping, nothing crazy but mostly just looking around. Nice to get out for a bit.

Handy People

We got back and had a couple of hours to kill.

We relaxed and then helped Linda with a couple of things.

We put up some curtains, which was pretty simple, but then we moved onto the next task which was to change a bulb, which was simple enough.

Shortly after this, we went back out again, this time down to the Steamship to get some dinner.

SteamShip Dinner

We have been here a few times, so Curtis wanted to try something else. He had the garlic mussels along with some bread and fries. They were pretty delicious, though needed more broth.

Kim and Linda both had a filet steak, which were also great.

We topped it off with dessert, Curtis and Linda having a key lime pie each and Kim had a chocolate torte.

Street Performer

We went to see if there were any street performers and there was someone that we had all seen before (who had been doing it for 25 years!).

We stayed and watched it all anyway as it was good fun and something to see and do after dinner.

Kim was saying how she was never chosen for helping at street shows, but she got thrown a hat to collect money around where we were stood, so she was over the moon that she got to help out.

Old Photos

We finished with the show and came back home to relax.

Kim looked through some photo albums of Kim and her family, as well as Linda and other photos. She had a great time doing this!

We sat and got a great view of the sun setting, which was great to see.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 104: Vancouver, BC – Dean Lewis!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis had plans for the morning but he had to do some tickets and some admin and before he knew it, 1.5 hours had passed!Eventually, Curtis got onto setting up a new user, their laptop and their desk. Then, it was lunch time!

After lunch, Curtis spent the whole afternoon trying to get the virtual machine to work. He concluded that it will not work, so back to square one it is.He walked up to Kim’s work to meet her there after work.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim left dor work 2 hours early as a film crew had to set up for an interview for an employee Kim works with. On the way to worm she saw a seal, so getting up so early didn’t seem too bad!
When Kim got to work she found out that the crew would he about half an hour late so she ran to McDonald’s to grab some breakfast!
When she got back she then set up an urn of coffee and a plate of biscuits and ran it up for the 25th floor and they still weren’t there. So Kim went back down and began to tackle the mess of food and drinks leftover from the day before. She started with the drinks and was able to put some in the free drinks fridge and rearrange some of the other storage to make room for the rest.
Kim then went to the roof again to see if the crew had arrived and they had, and were setting up! Which was great news. When she got back to her desk Kim went through and saved the last 3 or 4 days worth of invoices that she neglected to do and chase for a couple from yesterday.
She then spent some more time organising the food and other picnic stuff from the day before, making sure everything was boxed up and tidied away.
Kim.
Kim and her colleague set up some time to go over the summer party and how well it went. Both of them had recieved great feedback, but came up with ways to make it go easier for us for the next time. This meeting was interrupted a little with the arrival of pizza for someone elses meeting.
Once the pizza was out in the kitchen for a free-for-all Kim was sure to grab herself and her colleague some slices before the masses arrive, we refer to it as the pizza tax! Kim the spent a few minutes on the roof before getting too hot and heading back to the comfort of aircon!
After lunch Kim finally convinced herself to finish the last bit of organising and tidying up. Then she went over to FedEx to send something that had been set up the day before. It turns out that they couldn’t deliver it as it is a PO box so Kim just had a nice long walk outside instead!

When she got back Kim spent the rest of the afternoon catching up on emails.

Pasta

We went to a nice Italian place that Kim had been to before.We both got a wine and a half portion of pasta as neither of us were that hungry and their portions are huge!

Kim got the same as she had before which is pasta with a creamy sauce, mushrooms, chicken and peas. Curtis got a simple tomato pasta and they were both great!

Dean Lewis

We got to the venue that Dean Lewis was playing at and there was a huge queue all the way around the block!We queued for around 30 minutes and then in we went.

We opted for seats rather than standing and it was a pretty good call as it was a 30 minute wait before any music!

We had a supporting act first and he was actually terrific. His name is Scott Helman and he is from Toronto.

After Scott, there was a 30 minute break and then Dean Lewis appeared! It was a great set, great lightong and he sounded excellent.

There are videos on our Instagram pages!

The theatre was sold out, around 1300 people! After the few hours we were there, we left at around 22:00 and walked back home.We got some admin done and then unwound by watching a video or two on YouTube and then went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Las Vegas,NV

Place 77 – Day 5: Las Vegas,NV – Stratosphere & Blue Man Group

Breakfast At Denny’s

We completely forgot to get anything for breakfast in last night, so we had to go out for some this morning.

We originally went to a place up the road but it was right inside a casino, which smelled of cigarettes, so we went to the next casino and found Denny’s, which was luckily hidden away out of the way of the casino.

We each got some food and drinks and filled outselves up before starting the day.

Stratosphere

Interestingly, our ‘starting the day’ was heading back to the apartment and relaxing. We were both so tired for some reason, so we just relaxed and watched TV for a couple of hours.

Eventually, we drove out to The Strip, where we got to the Fashion Show Mall and parked there, as it was free.

Once we parked up, we headed into the mall to get a Starbucks to take with us on our 30 minute walk to the Stratosphere.

The Stratosphere is the tower of Vegas and is actually taller than a lot of the world’s towers, including Tokyo’s tower, which we thought was pretty tall. This tower is about 1149ft.

Upon the Stratosphere, there are 3 rides. Kim wanted to go on all of them, so she did! It was actually a pretty decent price, too.

We both went up the tower and went right up to the highest point, where Kim went on the Bigshot. This ride is a short one, but it takes you up and then throws you down, as seen below.

Next up it was the X-Scream ride, which takes you over the edge and back a few times. This one wasn’t great, to be honest.

We moved from here to the ‘finale’ – Insanity. This is a spinning ride which also hangs over the side of the tower. Pretty scary stuff!

We got some good views from the tower, which was nice. Contrasting both the mountains, downtown and the strip.

The Strip

Downtown

Mountains

Drinks In Venetian

We left the Stratosphere and the walked down to Circus Circus where we met a former colleague of Kim’s and went for a drink.

He drove us down to The Venetian hotel & casino and walked through the maze of places to finally get to a replica of the canals and the main square in Venice.

We sat here for a couple of hours and had a drink whilst chatting about all kinds of things. Really lovely guy and was good for Kim to catch up with him.

Blue Man Group

We got a pizza slice after getting dropped off at Mandalay Bay and wandered towards Luxor, which is where we were seeing Blue Man Group.

We got in and it was a fairly small arena. We were given some tissue paper to ‘decorate ourselves’, too.

It was an odd show, with musical and comedic elements, but it was pretty good! We aren’t going to go into too much detail, but we would recommend going, for sure.


Blue Man Group

Rating:- 9/10


Car Park Drama

We walked the 45/50 minutes up to where we parked our car and stopped along the way to take photos of the strip at night.

We got to the carpark, only to find that it was closed! We panicked for a second and then saw some other people who had done the same.

We thought it had been towed or something, but could then see it, so we had to find a way in.

We walked one way, but it was closed there too, and we eventually found a open side door and were able to get the car and drive home.

Another fun filled day!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Portland,OR

Place 71 – Day 3: Portland, OR – Chinatown, Downtown & Food Trucks

Admin Morning

We were up early and were ready to go!

We went down for our breakfast and were reunited with some of our crew from yesterday.

We then went upstairs, got showered and planned to start the day.

We did a bit of admin and before we knew it, it was 14:00!

We decided we should go out for a bit, so we walked down to Chinatown for something to eat.

Very Stylish Looking Buildings Near Our Hostel

Chinatown

We had thought that Chinatown would be awesome, as it is in most places, but it was very disappointing.

There was very little to eat and it was very run down.

A Bit Of Wall Art In Chinatown

Downtown

We left Chinatown and went to the downtown area, which was very built up and actually looked really nice.

We walked around a bit and around some malls, but before that we stopped at a Vietnamese street food place called ‘cuòn‘.

This place had really good (but not perfect) Banh Mi & incredible Vietnamese iced coffee.


Cuòn | Portland, OR

Rating:- 8.5/10


Beer Tasting & Uno

We got back and chilled out for a bit before we did the free hostel beer tasting.

The hostel has beer on tap and we were able to get 6 to try and then a pint for $2 discount after, so we got the group from yesterday all back together and had some drinks.

2 girls, one from France and another from Denmark were playing Uno next to us and so we all joined in and had a few games of Uno, which was great fun!

Food Trucks

We planned to got to a comedy show at 22:30, so we all headed to town to get food first.

We were informed of some food trucks, so we went to find those and see what there was.

There was a lot of greek/turkish, so we decided on kebabs!

Kim had a chicken kebab and Curtis had a pork one. They were just what we needed. We all stood around and ate our food before going towards the comedy show.

The Gang!

The Comedy Show

We got to the venue and were unable to get a seat at the comedy show, so we sat up in the bar area instead.

We had a drink and chatted between us, as well as speaking with some other people in the bar.

It got pretty late so everyone headed out, but we had another awesome day!

We have fun planned for tomorrow so should be an interesting one.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Auckland

Place 49 – Day 296: Auckland – Post Modern Jukebox

Curtis’ Day;

The start to Curtis’ day was great! He actually remembered his keys do was able to go to work.

After he got to work, he spoke with his family back in the UK. It was lovely for Curtis to speak with them, it was just a shame it was to receive bad news.

After, Curtis had to clean his bag as the leftover swedish meatballs had gone everywhere! Finally, Curtis began work.

The day started with admin and then Curtis did training for most of the morning.

In the afternoon, Curtis had a couple of remote sessions penned in, two of which went really well and the third was unable to happen.

Both of us;

We both got home and did some laundry.

Post laundry, Kim made a spaghetti Bolognese and we ate that pretty quick!

Tabitha came over at 19:15 and Curtis drove Kim and Tabitha down to the city as they were watching a show.

Kim and Tabitha watched post modern jukebox, who take new songs and cover them in a vintage style. This was an amazing show!

Kim and Tabitha left and went to McDonald’s to get an ice cream. After that, Curtis drove down to collect them, drop Tabitha home and then drive home.

When we got home, we finished packing for the weekend! We have an awesome weekend planned with Josh and Danielle which should be great fun, though and early morning tomorrow!

This time last year!

Poroporoaki!

– Mr & Mrs Hale