Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 280: Vancouver, BC – Old Apartment Deep Clean

We planned to get up at 10:00, but slept until 11:00 instead.

We had toasties for breakfast and then got showered and ready and head out for the day!

We first went to the old apartment to vacuum and tidy up a bit. We need to clean the old apartment before our official move out date

We then went up to Home Depot with the plan to get some cleaning supplies and a carpet cleaner.

We managed to get the supplies, but we had to go to another, bigger, store to get the carpet cleaner, so that’s where we went next.

We got back to the apartment and Curtis figured out the carpet cleaner and started with that. Whilst that was happening, Kim did a deep clean of the bathroom which turned out really good!

Kim then started on the kitchen as Curtis was still doing the carpet cleaning. It took a while but seemed to go well.

We got the last few things cleaned in the kitchen and then we were done! We did have a cheeky Starbucks break in the middle, though.

We took everything we had into the car (most of it is donations we will be taking places) and then we took the carpet cleaner back.

We got that sorted and then headed back home.

We got a few things sorted around the apartment, getting the new shelving unit sorted and things moved around to get them into the right place.

We got a bit hungry so we ordered a curry for dinner!

We ate our curry and then watched the film Freaks on Netflix, which turns out to be a very good film, and it was based in Vancouver which was very noticeable at points.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 274: Vancouver, BC – Checking Out The New Neighbourhood

We woke up and had some french toast for breakfast and then we got ready for the day.

After we were ready, we spoke with Kim’s family and gave them a little tour of our apartment, even though it is not ready yet!

We finished the call, had a quick snack and then went out to walk around and explore our new neighbourhood. There seemed to be some cool places around and we even found an open Starbucks, so we got our first Starbucks in months!

We then walked back home and relaxed for a while, as well as looking at beds and other things for the apartment.

We then got hungry, so decided to make pizza!

We had a pizza dough already, so it was a case of just getting the topping sorted. We went with mushrooms, cheese (cheddar & mozzarella), red onion and sweetcorn!

The pizza was pretty tasty, though we don’t think it was enough for 2 people.

We watched the film Prospect whilst we ate dinner.

We had some cookies and other snacks throughout the evening and just generally did very little.

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 165: Vancouver, BC – Booking & Planning!

Trip Planning

We had a bit of a lay in which was excellent and exactly what we needed.

We had homemade egg and cheese muffins for breakfast and then we got some things booked.

We have a small weekend trip to come in February, so we had to book a ferry for that, so we got that booked, and then we have a couple of trips coming in the months after that, so we had to book those up.

We called Kim’s parents to speak with them briefly about the plans for the trip as we’re going with them.

We then booked flights for that, so that’s productive!

Coffee & Shopping

We went up to Starbucks and had a coffee before tackling the shopping.

We didn’t have much to buy, but it was quite a few heavy things.

We had to queue for a while in the supermarket and the queue was also very, very long!

We eventually got out of there and came back home, where we did some laundry and a bit more research into places to visit.

Sausage & Mash

We had sausage and mash for dinner! Curtis had pork sausages and Kim had chicken sausages.

We ate that and continued our fairly lazy day into the evening.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 144: Vancouver, BC – Snow Prepared!

Snow Prepared

We got up and out fairly quickly this morning, to try and get ourselves prepared with snow clothes!

We plan to go skiing/snowboarding, so we needed to make sure we had the right clothing.

We started about a 20 minute walk from our house at a store called Sport Junkies.

This place is mostly a used sporting goods store, but it has been recommended to us by a few people so we checked it out.

Curtis successfully found some trousers for the snow, and pretty fast, but Kim was unable to find anything.

We left here and went to Winners to see if Kim could find anything for herself, which she did! She got some white Superdry snow trousers.

After this success, it certainly seemed that we deserved a reward, so we sat in Starbucks with a coffee for a bit.

After this, we did a larger shop at the supermarket as we needed a few general items that we don’t purchase too often.

We got these and then headed back home.

Homemade Thai Green Curry

Once we got back, it was time to make dinner!

Kim made a Thai green curry, which was terrific!

We ate this, watched some TV, did some laundry and cleaned the bathroom…because fun Sunday things!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 137: Vancouver, BC – Bad Day For Shopping

Shopping

We chose that today would be the day we do some shopping…

We had some scrambled eggs for breakfast and then we got ready and drove up to Metropolis.

When we arrived, we shortly realised how crazy busy it was, as of course, it’s the Boxing Day sales on this weekend.

There was a couple of shops we planned to go in and the first was horribly busy, smelly and cramped, so we weren’t there too long.

We then went to the likes of Sportchek, Winners & H&M, mostly looking for snow trousers of some sort, and jackets.

We came out empty handed and decided to get out of the shopping mall and go to a Starbucks down the road for a coffee. It was a lot quieter there.

We went to Walmart, which was busy, and got a few things we needed for the week.

Leftover Indian Food

We got home and had our leftover Indian food, as well as some popodoms and Naan bread.

We watched some TV throughout the evening, did some online shopping and looked at houses in the place we want to live in.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 136: Vancouver, BC – First Time UberEats

Crepes

We had crepes for breakfast, once we eventually got out of bed.

Kim made the same ones we had the other day, with Kinder Bueno minis in them.

Coffee

We got a coffee, of course, as a reward for going shopping and getting a few things, mostly cleaning products we ran out of.

Leafs

Curtis watched the Leafs game when we got back and Kim watched some Queer Eye.

UberEats

We used UberEats for the first time (Curtis has before, in New Zealand, but this was the first time we have used it together).

We had no problems with it at all, compared to the other company we used before, and it’s a much better app, too!

We got an Indian takeaway, from where we usually do, and it was excellent.

We ate that and then watched the film Downsizing.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 134: Vancouver, BC – Boxing day 2019

Crepes

Kim went out to feed the cats in the morning and when she got back, she made crepes for breakfast!

These were filled with Kinder Bueno minis and we had strawberries on top! Delicious.

Nothingness.

We did nothing for most of the day again, which was perfect, though we did go out for a coffee.

Luckily, we even went during happy hour at Starbucks which meant we got buy one get one free!

We then went on to the shop to get a couple of things and then back home.

KitKat Cabin

We made a cabin out of KitKats, which was something Kim had bought. It was pretty fun, but a little easy!

Dinner

We watched some TV and then had dinner!

We had leftovers from yesterday which were still as delicious as they were then.

We watched The Good Place for a while and got ready for work tomorrow.

We tried one of the cocktail mixes with some Jameson whiskey, which was a Manhattan, which is cherry flavoured. It was actually quite nice!

It’s weird to be going back on a Friday, but it also means it’s basically the weekend again!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Victoria,BC

Place 70 – Day 31: Victoria, BC – Brunch & Stockings!

Brunch

We began the day by heading out to brunch!

Linda had heard about a place called Courtney’s Room so we went to check that out.

The service wasn’t great and the food was just alright, so we don’t think we’d go again.

Stockings!

We left here and waddled back to Linda’s apartment.

Linda was very kind and bought us both stockings full of gifts!

Curtis got some new gloves and Kim some slippers. We also got some gift cards, chocolate and some tree ornaments.

We were incredibly thankful of these gifts from Linda.

Travel Home

We relaxed with Linda for a couple of hours and then said our goodbyes to walk down to the bus station.

We were going to get pizza, but decided it was too far away, so we got a Starbucks coffee and a small McDonald’s burger instead.

We got on the bus which took us to the ferry. The whole journey was uneventful and the ferry was much less bumpy than Thursday’s trip!

We got to the stop in Vancouver and walked home, which was only about 15 minutes, but we did stop in at the supermarket to get a potato each for dinner.

Learning

Kim went out to see a friend as she will be looking after their cat whilst they’re away for Christmas.

Kim had to learn what to do, when and also get the apartment keys from them.

Dinner

We had baked potatoes for dinner with tuna. We watched some TV which took us to bedtime!

We both have work tomorrow, but Kim doesn’t have work on Tuesday!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 208: Vancouver, BC – A Christmas Tree

Last Night’s Hockey Game

Curtis’ hockey game last night was a good one!

Curtis’ team had a lot of spare people playing, but it turned out to be pretty good!

Curtis had a lot of chances and his team in general did actually, and they were playing the 2nd place team, too.

The score ended 1-0 to the other team, but everyone really enjoyed themselves and tried their hardest, which was the best!

Haircut

Curtis had a haircut at 13:15 today, so after our relaxed morning, he walked down to Gastown to get that done.

He had the same barber as he had last time, an Australian guy, so luckily the barber knew what Curtis wanted and could work on that for him easily!

Coffee & A Christmas Tree

We went to get a coffee after Curtis’ haircut, just up at the Starbucks by our house.

Once we were done with out coffee, we popped into Canadian Tire and bought ourselves a Christmas tree and some decorations to go on it…we plan to set this up sometime tomorrow.

Cheese & Wine

Curtis watched hockey when we got back and Kim watched some Queer Eye.

After both of these finished, we went up to the shop to get some cheeses so we could have wine and cheese again!

To do this though, we also needed wine, so we jumped into the liquor store to get that, too.

A Film

During our wine and cheese night, we watched a film that Kim has seen before, but wanted to watch called what to expect when you’re expecting.

It was actually not a bad film and Curtis enjoyed it more than he thought he would.

After watching that, we watched some YouTube videos and then went to bed…Kim is up fairly early tomorrow (for a Sunday anyway) and has a bit of a busy day planned!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Vancouver, BC

Place 72 – Day 194: Vancouver, BC – Exciting News!

Coffee & Weekly Shop

We went out for our usual coffee and weekly shop this early afternoon.

We had a grilled cheese for breakfast and then got ready to head out.

We got christmassy coffees today. Curtis got a cinnamon dolce latte which is phenomenal and Kim got the equally phenomenal peppermint mocha.

Once we were done with coffee, we went up to Homesense so Kim could look for a new purse. We found one and just bought that.

We went from here to the supermarket where we did quite a quick, small shop for the week.

Hockey, Exciting News & Curry

We got back home and Curtis watched hockey. Kim got some meal prep done and put some things away into the freezer for future use.

We got a message from our friends Danielle & Josh in New Zealand who said they would like to chat with us! We spoke with them and they said they are planning to come out and see us next year!

We were so excited, we’ve already started planning what we want to do with them.

We chatted with them for quite a while, just catching up and talking about what we might do when they’re here.

We are very excited to see them again as we have missed them!

After hockey was done, we ordered a curry! We learned from the portion sizes last time and just ordered one curry, some popodoms, a samosa each and one naan.

This was exactly the food we wanted! We watched Stuber whilst we ate which was a silly film, but very funny and easy to watch.

After that, we watched a couple more TV shows and that was our night!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale