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

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Place 72 – Day 66: Vancouver, BC – Housework Mondays!

Curtis’ Day

The weather was perfect for walking to work today.

Curtis got to work, grabbed a coffee and got right to work. He had a few things planned to do from last week, so he did those and he also had a couple of messages from different people with either follow up questions or new questions he had to answer.

Some new tickets came in and Curtis sorted those out.

A delivery of cans of drink came in and Curtis just so happened to be getting coffee at the same time, so he put them away to help out.

After lunch, Curtis continued with some work and was quite busy. He had to order a new Macbook for someone and then it was already 15:00!

Curtis had a bit more to do, namely trying to resolve the wifi issues happening in the office in Charlotte.

It slowed down around 15:45 and Curtis did some project work to pass the time.

Kim’s Day

Kim got in and started on catching up on emails and just generally starting her week.

A little bit into the morning Kim decided to put a few orders in for some things like cutlery and printer stuff.

Kim then sat down with a colleague and organised some interviews and run through that process. It was good to have the refresher.

After scheduling the interviews Kim decided today was the day to clear our her desk, clean it and reorganise the whole thing! She emptied the top 2 draws and pulled everything off the desk. Then she went through everything, binned all the old things and things she didn’t need. She also put loads of stuff back in the stationary cupboards.

While Kim was doing this, the pizza arrived for a meeting so kim set that up and then set up for her other catering that was due to arrive around the same time. The meeting was being held on a differnt floor so Kim was asked to bring up some drinks. Midday rolls around and the food hadnt yet arrived, but sometimes people can be a few minutes late do Kim kept organising things but by 5 past she had to call as she was being chased by people who want their lunch. She called and was informed that the lunch would be another 25 minutes from then, making it roughly 40 minutes late. Kim kept herself busy but near the desk and once the food arrived she took it upstairs.

Kim then went on her lunch and when she got back from her lunch she started clearing out the stationary cupboard. It as super organised already, but reorganising gives Kim a good understanding of what should usually be in there and what needs to be ordered now.

Kim then started to draft up a stationary order alongside little random tasks.

Housework Monday

We got home and had some housework to do.

Curtis started by taking out the recycling and the organic waste. When he got back, we both decided we were hungry so we waited on the housework and made dinner.

We had a steak & sweet potato salad, which was pretty tasty but the steak wasn’t good quality.

After finishing dinner, we did the rest of the housework such as cleaning the kitchen and vaccuuming.

We played some games, watched some YouTube videos and some TV before hitting the hay.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 51: Vancouver, BC – The Richmond Centre Shopping

Shoe Return & More Shopping

We wanted to go and do something fun today, but the weather wasn’t going to be too good, so we thought we would get some things sorted that we needed to do.

We decided we would go to a shoe warehouse to get new shoes as Curtis’new Vans are not very comfortable, so he wanted to take them back and get some others.

We took the Canada Line train from our home all the way to Richmond.

We first went right to the shoe warehouse and Curtis very quickly found some perfect shoes at a great price! Kim also managed to find some really good flip flops, so we achieved!

We then headed to the Richmond Centre where we returned Curtis’ Vans and then went to a few shops and both bought some clothes we needed.

Steak

We came home, dropped off everything we bought and then went up to Whole Foods to get some nice steak.

We got what we needed and came home to make it.

Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out to be a nice piece of steak, but it was still pretty good!

We ate our steak and then our landlord came to see of he could setup our intercom, but that didn’t work unfortunately.

We watched some lucifer with some lemon pie for our evening!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 72 – Day 30: Vancouver,BC – Move In Completed!

Table & Chairs

We just had the table and chairs to build today, so after we got ready, Kim got onto that.

Whilst Kim did that, Curtis collated all of the rubbish into the required piles and then took out the paper pile and put it out in the bin.

Once Kim finished the table and one chair, we ate our leftover Chinese food from last night for lunch.

Internet Install

We should have been getting a technician from Shaw cable coming to install internet into the apartment, but we got a call during lunch saying that they would not be able to come today, so it has to be rescheduled.

As we are both new at work, we said we cannot do during the week but settled on tomorrow at between 18:00-20:00, which means Curtis will sort that out after work!

We finished our food and went out to the shops to get some more things. We got a recycling bin, some more cleaning supplies and a very nice cordless vacuum, which Kim is in love with!

We got a coffee from Starbucks whilst we were out, but Curtis had to wait for over 20 minutes for his as they forgot about him!

Last Chair!

We got the remaining chair built whilst the maintainance people for our apartment building installed blinds in our apartment.

We finished that and then everything was built!

First Food Shop

We got our first food shop done, getting a lot of spices and meat as well as sauces.

We bought a lot but it wasn’t too expensive.

Final Touches & Steak!

We got everything in the kitchen cleaned and put away in the correct place as well as figured out locations for everything else.

We vacuumed and got the place looking good! We then moved the sofa and TV to get them both in the perfect place.

We had already taken all the rubbish out and some things to our storage unit, so we were all ready and it was looking and feeling more like a home.

We had steak for dinner, but unfortunately it wasn’t a very good steak. We had great sides with it though and Kim made an incredible sauce, so it was pretty good. It was our first meal at our new table!

Hopefully Shaw come to install our internet tomorrow and then we are sorted. Kim starts work tomorrow too, and we plan to walk to work together!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 26: Victoria,BC – New Phone Numbers, Haircut & More Steak

Accidental Early Wake Up

We were up for what we thought was a respectable 10:00, but in fact it was 08:00! The iPod, which we use for the alarm, had its time at the New Orleans time so we were up earlier, but we felt alright.

Curtis watched the last 2 periods of the Great Britain vs Germany ice hockey game and Kim got ready for the day.

Curtis got ready once the game was done and then we went out for breakfast.

Breakfast

We went to the Beacon Drive-In which has become a staple for us when visiting Victoria.

Kim had a muffin and Curtis head a standard breakfast. Kim had an ice cream after, too.

Haircut

Curtis had a haircut booked for 13:00 so we went there and he got it done very fast. He didn’t need much done but it is better now. He also got some hair product too.

Timmies

We left here and wasted some time by sitting down for a coffee and doughnut at tim Hortons.

New Phone Numbers

We planned to use the company Curtis previously used to get a phone number each, but their systems were down and so when we looked around, we found another company that we decided to go with.

We spent over an hour getting these sorted, but luckily we both now have phone numbers!

More Steak

We cooked steak at Linda’s place for dinner.

We had a baked potato, ceasar salad and mushrooms with it too. The steak was delicious and we all ate pretty quick.

Before we knew it, it was 21:30 and that was bed time enough for us.

Tomorrow is more of a travel evening, where we will be traveling to our new home city (at least for a year or so)!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 84 – Day 2: New Orleans,LA – WWII Museum, Lafayette Cemetery & Magazine Street

Video Chat

We woke up feeling really good and refreshed!

We had breakfast and got ready for the day and then had a quick video chat.

We had to speak with someone we are looking to briefly live with in another location, just to show we are who we say we are and so on.

We had a good chat and seems it was successful, so we should be heading there soon!

WWII Museum

There isn’t much to say about this, other than the fact we took the bus to the WWII museum. This museum is the #2 thing to do in the whole of the US according to TripAdvisor, so we had to take a look.

The museum wasn’t that big and we did get student tickets which saved us a little money.

It was an alright museum, but not as amazing as the reviews had said.

French Coffee

We really fancied some French coffee and pastries.

We walked 6 minutes to a highly touted French cafe called French Truck Coffee.

The coffee was excellent and the foid was too. Curtis got a big croissant and Kim had a muffin.


French Truck Coffee | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 10/10


Lafayette Cemetery

We got to one of the famous cemeteries in New Orleans just 15 minutes before it was closing.

We were given a brief tour by a lady there who has been giving tours for 20 years.

We were shown around briefly and told about how the group tombs work, which is a fascinating process actually.

Magazine St

We walked down magazine street a little more, which is a street most known for shopping but it also has a lot of beautiful buildings and eateries.

One Of The Many Beautiful Houses

Dinner

We got a tram to the French Quarter and found ourselves some food.

We came across a place called Bombay Club which sounded and looked very fancy but had good prices.

Curtis got a steak and Kim got what they called Hunter’s chicken.

Our food was pretty good actually!

We ended with a brownie to share which was delicious also. Overall a successful dinner and a long day!


Bombay Club | New Orleans,LA

Rating:- 8.5/10


Home Time

We took a tram followed by a bus to get home and we were exhausted! The weather was much better today so was little warmer than expected.

We booked something for later and this week and then watched some TV.

We finished the night with some admin and then bed time.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 2: Las Vegas,NV – 8 Year Anniversary, The Strip & Best Meal Ever

Breakfast

We got up at a decent(ish) time, but as we are in a hotel, we don’t have a kitchen, so we had to go out for breakfast.

We went to Denny’s for breakfast and each got some sausages, egg, bacon and Curtis got muffins whilst Kim got pancakes with hers.

Curtis had a few cups of coffee and then we left to head down to the strip.

The Strip

We got to the Mendeley Bay hotel where we got out and walked around.

Whilst we were in our Lyft, we were told that the mango margarita from a specific bar was good, so we went there to share one.

Once we had that, we walked around and looked at shops before we went outside and explored the rest of the strip.

We didn’t do anything really, just walked around looking at each restaurant and attraction.

We saw the big fountain by Bellagio and walked around a few hotels.

Manicure & Pedicure

We came back to the hotel and Curtis watched hockey. Whilst he did that, Kim got a manicure and pedicure as she has wanted one for a while.

Best Dinner Ever

As it was our 8 year anniversary, we found a nice restaurant to head to for dinner.

We got a couple of drinks before we went in and then were called in when our table was ready.

We had a booth which was lovely!

Firstly, our waiter, Miguel, was excellent. We got some free bread with a delicious tomato concoction.

We got steak tenderloin with mushrooms for a starter, which was actually a lot of food!

This starter was amazing, and then we moved to the main.

We had a 10oz Filet Mignon each, cooked medium rare, with the signature sauce, accompanied with white truffle oil whipped potato and asparagus with onion and balsamic.

This is the best meal, and steak, we have ever had. The steak was 30 day dry aged, butchered on site and is in the top 9% of all of the US beef.

This meal was great and we left incredibly full and very happy.


Andiamo Steakhouse | Las Vegas,NV

Rating:- 10/10


We went to bed right when we got back as it was 23:30!

We had a great time today as well as some great food. Who knows what happens tomorrow?


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale