Place 72 – Day 99: Vancouver, BC – New City, New Car!

Insurance Advice

We had breakfast and then got ready to go up to the insurance place near us.

We wanted to get advice on both buying a car, what the steps are as well as a rough estimate on insurance.

We got all the information we needed, the required forms and a very expensive quote for the insurance.

We headed back home to wait for some people coming who we were hoping to buy a car from!

Buying A Car

The car arrived and it seemed exactly what we were looking for. We did a test drive and it seemed perfect, as well as doing the required checks.

There is a scrape on one of the wheel arches, but we can live with that.

We bought a 2012 Ford Fiesta, which is perfect for what we need!

We paid for the car (which we ended up having to do with part cash due to bank limits) and then we went back to the insurance company to get our license plates as well as to say we have bought the car.

Unfortunately, the paperwork wasn’t fully completed so we had to leave and wait for the people we bought it from to send us the information.

We went to Starbucks to get a coffee and, whilst there, we got the message so went all the way back to the insurance place.

We spoke with a lady but we were missing a further piece of documentation! We have to get the lady to bring it out to us, which is frustrating!

This means we can’t drive it (which we didn’t plan to yet anyway) and we have no plates or insurance.

We plan to get the documents tomorrow and then get it sorted Monday evening.

It has been a crazy busy day and we didn’t get back for a few hours, so by the time we were done it was 16:30 and dinner time.

We got a pie for dinner, which was alright. We ate that and then realised we hadn’t bought a lot of things we needed, so we went back to the shop and got them.

We came back and spent the rest of our evening in front of the TV.

We have something a little different planned tomorrow, which should be a bit of fun!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 72 – Day 83: Vancouver, BC – Not The Microwave!

Curtis’ Day

Curtis’ day was fairly dull and slow, which is the first time its been that slow since he started.

He tried keeping himself busy with things here and there, but it became a struggle!

At lunch, he went to Starbucks and got an iced flat white which was tremendous.

After lunch, it was much the same but around 16:00, Curtis got asked to do something urgently, which he then had to get help from a colleague with an was actually unable to do in the end becuase it seems that only one person (who is not working) has permissions for the site!

Curtis spent until he went on home on this, so at least it passed the time.

Kim’s Day

Today Kim got to the course a little early and helped people who were practicing by being a dummy!

The main focuses today were Major Injuries, Medical Emergencies, Multiple Patients, the Head and Nervous System, another quiz and a practice practical exam.

They started the day with medical emergencies and covered things like stroke, diabetes, angina and heart attack. For each emergency they covered what it is, causes, symptoms and possible treatments. Another thing that was covered in this section was Critical Incident Stress and this covered how to handle the repercussions of being involved in a high stress medical emergency. This covered talking points for the injured, helpers and bystanders of the event and discussed any Physical, Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioral experiences that they may go through. Then they discussed what ‘we’ as the first aiders might experience, struggle with and possible coping mechanisms. It was really great to see the mental health side of the repercussions of handling a first aid situation be recognised in the course. After all, first aiders are signing up to be the handler of some potentially pretty gruesome things and it can be hard to detach from that after the fact.

They then went on to cover Multiple Patients. This pretty much covered all the things you would think it would have to. Its not a nice discussion but it has to be mentioned. It is good to have the guidance ahead of time and be provided with universal notices that can be used in that kind of situation.

Then they spent some time on Major Injuries. This covered major ear, eye and nose injuries and major burns, sprains and dislocations. Once again each had a demonstration and then some had a practical that everyone was able to try and gain some experience on.

For the final part of the day everyone had to sit a multiple choice quiz and during this quiz people were individually taken out to be assessed on a few of the things they have already learned. Kim passed this test too which set her up nicely for the final day tomorrow!

At the end of the day, Kim and 2 others ran through a couple of scenarios to check that their timings were on point, before heading home for the day.

Breakfast For Dinner

We had breakfast for dinner, which was great. We ate muffins with sausage, egg and cheese, hashbrowns and baked beans.

Whilst we were making this, our microwave stopped working! Upon further inspection, it seems it is the plug sockets it was plugged into, rather than the microwave, which is good, we guess!

Curtis helped Kim with her first aid training and once she did that, Kim jumped in the shower and Curtis played some games.

We finished the evening with watching some TV and then headed to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 79: Vancouver, BC – More studying & Free Starbucks!

Studying

We woke up around 11:0 but had a terrible night sleep! Neither of us could get to sleep at a good time so didn’t get many hours in, really.

We had a delicious breakfast muffin with sausage, egg & cheese in and a hash brown.

We watched a little bit of TV and then Kim tried to go outside to study but it was too bright so she couldn’t actually see the words so she went back inside.

Free Starbucks

Curtis played games for most of the day again today, until we just needed to get out of the house so we went to Starbucks for a coffee.

Curtis had a free coffee on his account so he got his for free but had to pay for Kim’s. We also got a key cut for our apartment so we don’t have to keep changing them around all the time.

Paprika Pork

We got back home and Kim studied a bit more until we got hungry.

Once we wanted food, Kim made paprika pork as the last time we had it, it was incredible.

We ate that and then watched a bit of TV until around 22:00 which is when Kim then went for a shower and got ready for going to her first aid course tomorrow.

As we didn’t sleep great last night, we decided we would sleep early as it is important to be awake tomorrow!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 78: Vancouver, BC – Study, Study, Study

We woke up without an alarm for the first time in what felt like forever and it was around 10:00 so a perfect time.

We had a pain au chocolat each which Kim picked up from Urban Fare. they’re great, covered in chocolate and big!

Kim then spent most of the day studying for her first aid course she is doing this week coming, whilst Curtis played games.

At one point, we did speak with Kim’s parents, briefly, and then we went to Starbucks (one we didn’t realise was there and is closer!) Purely so we could order off our phones and get a deal for a free drink!

We went out the house to the shop to get stuff for dinner and for the week.

Once we got that and then got back, we got our food started.

Curtis found a recipe for a simple yet delicious dish with minced beef.

This was a mix of a soy sauce, sugar, ginger, garlic, chili flakes & probably some other stuff other than that, it was delicous though!

Kim did a little more studying and then we had a small glass of the wine we had left whilst watching some TV.

Not a very interesting day but Kim only got the study material end of last week and needs to know it for this week!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 44: Vancouver, BC – Homesense Haul

Family Chats

We woke up and had our pain au chocolat with strawberries for breakfast and then got showered.

We started by speaking with Curtis’ family who were enjoying their time in their new hot tub! It was great to catch up and the chat lasted for just over an hour.

After this, Curtis wanted a coffee and the coffee cart wasn’t near our house today, so Curtis walked up to Starbucks to get drinks for the both of us.

Whilst Curtis was getting drinks, Kim spoke with her family and shortly after Curtis arrived back they finished their conversation.

Homesense

We walked up together to Homesense as we had some things we wanted to get.

We ended up leaving after over an hour with quite a bit of stuff, but most of it required.

What wasn’t required was our new beautiful clock, but at $23 it was a bargain!

We got back home and unpacked our goodies…We got some things like towels and some items for the kitchen as well as a few other things.

Dinner

We did a lot of housework and general tidying and then got hungry, so we walked to the Irish pub just down the road.

We got there and checked out the menu but it wasn’t great, so we gave up with that and walked to Uncle Fatih’s Pizza, which we had seen as it looked (and smelled) terrific.

we got a couple of pizzas, one make your own and also a BBQ chicken.


Uncle Fatih’s Pizza | Vancouver, B

Rating:- 8.5/10


We ate our pizza at home in front of the TV with a beer…A perfect Sunday night!

We watched quite a bit of TV and then got ready for work, followed by sleeping at a reasonable time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 18: Vancouver,BC – IKEA Scouting

IKEA

We left the house around 13:00 to go to IKEA.

As we are moving into our place in the next couple of weeks, we need to start scouting or buying furniture, as it will be unfurnished. The most important item is a bed.

We took 2 buses to get to IKEA, all-in-all it was about a 40 minute trip.

The most important thing to do first was to get coffee. Luckily there was a Starbucks right by IKEA, so we got a drink from there. Curtis got an iced cappucino with cloud foam, which was something different but it was great!

We went into IKEA which seemed a little smaller than the IKEA stores we usually go to.

We started with looking at anything that around the first area, though there was nothing specific we were looking for there.

We looked at some desks and chairs, a table and chairs, sofas (not that we need one), beds and mattresses.

We got photos of what we wanted and we are now certain, which is great!

We got a few ideas about smaller items too, such as kitchen utensils and bathmats.

Meatballs

The most important thing about IKEA is of course the meatballs, so we rewarded ourself with them after doing some shopping.

These IKEA meatballs were pretty good actually, and we even shared a DAIM cake.

Buses

We left IKEA after purchasing some delicious Swedish chocolate and jumped on a bus.

The first bus was super busy but the second was luckily empty.

We came home and looked up how we will get things back from IKEA when we buy them, deciding if we will get a UHAUL or get IKEA to deliver them.

Chillin’

We watched some TV and ate some snacks in the evening.

We also read the bylaws for our apartment which was 21 pages!

Kim has a further interview on Thursday this week which she found out today and Curtis has had a promising email which he is waiting to hear back about.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 82 – Day 1: Miami,FL🇺🇸 – Cancelled Bus

Check Out

We got up at 08:30, packed the remaining items, showered, had breakfast and left the house around 11:00, after a game of Monopoly Deal.

Nice Houses

We had some time to kill, so we drove down through the really nice, huge, houses.

After we looked at all the houses, we drove to an ice cream place, got ice cream and then went to Starbucks for a coffee.

We had to leave shortly after, though, as our bus was due at the bus stop (which was a gas station).

Cancelled Bus

We got to the bus stop and then checked on the bus which said it was delayed by an hour, but the image on the app said it hadn’t left the first stop yet.

We called to ask, whilst we sat and had a doughnut in Dunkin’ and they weren’t much help.

We went back to the gas station and there was an attendant inside and she said she thinks it is cancelled but will check.

Eventually, she confirmed this and said we can board the 15:50 bus instead, for free. We looked into car rental but it was far too expensive so we booked onto that bus instead.

We said goodbye to Kim’s family as they had to catch a flight back to England. It was an emotional time for Kim, too.

We waited for an hour or so until the bus arrived and were happy to get on it.

Bus Ride To Miami

We had a 5 hour ride, which was less than our previous bus was going to be anyway, so that’s good.

We had an uneventful journey with only a few scheduled stops. We even skipped a few at the end so we got in a little early.

Nice Apartment

We got an Uber to downtown Miami, where our apartment is.

We are on the 42nd floor, with amazing views of Miami and the water!

Dinner

We wanted some food and were recommended to go to the bayside marketplace which has a few well priced chains in there.

We decided on Five Guys as it was easy and we fancied a burger.

Curtis chose to have a cheeseburger with lettuce, mayo, steak sauce, grilled onions & pickles, but he got mushrooms instead of onions, for some reason.

Kim got a small cheeseburger with lettuce, steak sauce, grilled onions and mushrooms.

We got a side of small fries and shared a chocolate milkshake.

The food was pretty nice, though as said before they did get the order wrong. The milkshake was incredible though!


Five Guys | Miami,FL

Rating:- 7/10


We got back, ate our food and went to sleep…we were very tired after a long stressful day, so were looking forward to getting some sleep.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale