Place 72 – Day 1: Vancouver, BC 🇨🇦 – Small Studio

Morning Travel

We were up earlier then we have been this morning, around 07:30, so we could get showered and grab some breakfast before we had to leave.

Once we ate, we checked out of the wonderful hotel, which We have loved being in, and walked down to the bus station.

Bus Journey #1 – Victoria > Ferry

We got on our bus and had a 40 minute journey to the ferry port.

We waited for about 10 minutes and then got onto the boat.

Ferry Journey

We got off the bus and grabbed some seats for the short ferry ride and relaxed before we had to hop back onto the bus.

Bus Journey #2 – Ferry > Vancouver

We got off the ferry and onto the bus for a 50 minute drive to downtown Vancouver.

City View From The Bus

We eventually arrived and walked the 10 minutes to the apartment where we met the host.

Our Studio

We got the keys to the apartment and went to take a look. It is very small, but it is pretty good for what we need it for.

View From The Studio

We got hungry so we went out to get a Subway for lunch.

Lunch

We ate our subway and got aquainted with our apartment as well as watched some YouTube videos.

Afternoon

We watched the Leafs game and once that was done, we went out to the supermarket to get some supplies for dinner.

Evening

We got back and started making a delicious spaghetti bolognese.

The apartment owner came by with a few requested items and then we sat and watched TV whilst we ate and then next thing we knew, it was 23:30!

Tomorrow should be more adventurous!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 70 – Day 23: Victoria, BC – Last Day In Victoria

Breakfast Additions

Curtis really wanted to have fried eggs with breakfast, so he ordered some as soon as he got downstairs. He then got some sausages and bacon as well as fruit and a cinnamon swirl.

After breakfast, we got showered and then Kim spoke with her dad as it was his birthday.

Good Deed

We went out for a walk and when we went we took the (heated up) sweet & sour pork that we didn’t eat. We took that as well as a for and napkins and found a homeless person to give it to. It was only going to go to waste so had to make sure it found a good home.

The Empress Hotel

We went for a walk around The Empress hotel.

This hotel was built a long time ago and neither of us had ever gone inside it, so it was worth a look.

We went in and saw the reception dog and then walked around the various shops and dining areas.

The Staircase
The Entrance

We left via the conference centre and back onto the street in search of coffee.

An Old Royal Mail Post Box

Victoria Conference Centre

Victoria Conference Centre

More Information About The Empress Hotel


Good Coffee

We had seen a nice looking coffee shop a few times so we decided we had to give it a go.

We each got a cappuccino and they had a lot of foam and good flavoured espresso, too!

The coffees were delicious and we would highly recommend the place.


Milano Coffee | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 9.5/10


TV & Hockey

We got back and warmed up a bit whilst watching some TV.

we ate the rest of the Korean fried chicken whilst watching, too.

Curtis watched hockey at 16:00 and then Kim walked to get Linda.

Kim and Linda came back to our hotel for a bit and then we went for dinner.

Dinner

We only went across the road to a place named Browns Social House.

This place is like a sports bar and a restaurant.

Curtis had chicken pasta and Kim had a pizza. Both were equally as good as each other.


Browns Social House | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 8/10


Packing

We walked Linda back and then came back to the hotel to pack as we leave here tomorrow on a bus and then a ferry!

Chocolate Poutine

We rewarded ourselves for packing with chocolate poutine. We had it with brownie bits, too, as well as a hot chocolate.

Late Evening

We watched more TV and then went to bed. We are up early tomorrow for a morning of travel!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 22: Victoria, BC – Free Chocolate Tasters & Korean Food

Morning

We had breakfast and then got ready for the day.

Kim spoke with her sister in the morning and then we watched some TV and videos.

Free Chocolates

We went downtown for a walk and to ask a question regarding our phone contract, too.

We went to a few chocolate shops to have a look around and also had some free chocolate tasters, which was a bonus!

We got a burger king for lunch as we wanted to see if we like it at all…Turns out, it was pretty nice.

We went back to the hotel and relaxed for a bit more before dinner.

Korean Chicken

We had some Korean chicken for dinner at a Korean pub.

We had sweet chilli chicken, creamy cheese corn & sweet and sour pork.

Our dinner was great, but a bit too much, so we took some leftovers with us.


Chimac Korean Pub & Fried Chicken | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 8.5/10


Evening

We got back and watched sone home renovation TV in bed whilst eating chocolates!

Lovely relaxing couple of days.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70- Day 21: Victoria, BC – The Perfect Bed

Sleep In

We got to sleep in and got a great 8 or so hours of sleep last night.

The bed we have in the hotel is incredibly comfortable so it was hard to get up!

In case you did not see yesterday, it turns out the room is a suite, with a living area, dining table and small kitchenette, so lots of room.

Living Room

Dining Area/Kitchenette

Bathroom

Bathroom
Bedroom

Breakfast

We headed downstairs for our free breakfast, which we got to for around 10:30, 30 minutes before it closed.

There was a buffet and Kim was even able to make pancakes!

Along with waffles, we had bacon, eggs, sausage, coffee, juice, fruit, cereal, toast & pastries available to us!

We finished up breakfast and headed back to the room.

The Relaxing

We did very little during the first part of the day. We watched some TV in bed and just completely relaxed.

Laundry

We went to a laundromat and got our clothes washed before walking back to the hotel and hanging them up to dry.

Curtis then watched hockey for a bit whilst Kim walked to Linda to meet her and bring her to our hotel.

Dinner

We went downstairs to the pub attached to our hotel for dinner.

Curtis had a chicken pot pie and Kim had a turkey roast. Both meals were pretty good, but nothing incredible.


Bartholomew’s Pub | Victoria, BC

Rating:- 6.8/10


Warming Up

After dinner, we walked Linda back to her place and went in to warm up and chat some more. We were there for a good amount of time and then braved the cold again.

We went to get ice cream and some drinks from the shop just down the road and then went back to the hotel room.

Lego Movie & TV

We settled in and watched the logo movie with ice cream and then watched some TV for the whole evening…It was perfect!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 71 – Day 5: Portland, OR – Terrific Lunch

Finally, Some Sleep

We both slept great last night, so much so that we had 10 hours sleep and woke up a bit later.

Our flight out of Portland wasn’t until 19:00, so we had to find something to do for the day.

We sat and ate breakfast then we got ready, packed and checked out of our room.

We looked for some things to do, but we only had 3-4 hours so we couldn’t go too far.

Eventually, we bit the bullet and went to watch a film.

Isn’t It Romantic

We took the short walk to the cinema and bought our tickets for a film called isn’t it romantic.


Isn’t It Romantic

Our Rating:- 5.5/10


We hadn’t seen much about this film, so it was more just to kill time.

It was alright, but nothing to write about (literally!).

Amazing Lunch

We still had about an hour to kill before getting the train, so we went for some lunch.

We heard about a place nearby which is meant to be fantastic, but when we got there it was busy and they only had the bar area for food, which was a little cramped.

Luckily, they told us about another place just down the road which is where we went.

This place was called Cheryl’s and they had a lot of options.

Curtis ate an eggs benedict and Kim had a croque madam.

This food came with a side of a cheesy/oniony/potato combination, which tasted just like a cheese and onion pasty. Weirdly, this was topped with cornflakes.


Cheryl’s On 12th | Portland, OR

Rating:- 9/10


The food was great and the staff were great also. We couldn’t have had a better last day in Portland!

Airport

We got a train to the airport which took about 40 minutes, and it was a quiet train, too.

We got to the airport and used the machine to check in. This printed something saying we would get our seat assigned at the gate, which worried us a little.

We were flying with Delta, so we went to their desk to ask about this, but they said that is normal for the cheap ticket we have purchased.

We sat and relaxed by the gate for an hour or two and then just before boarding we got our seats which were, luckily, next to each other.

Flight #1 – Portland > Seattle

Our flight was easy and fast once we got on it.

We were sat right at the back and had some good leg room.

Airport Antics

We landed in Seattle and had to take the plane train to the S gates.

We got to the correct gate and realised there was nothing nearby, so we went back on the train to B gates so we could grab a drink from Starbucks.

We got our drink and went back to S so we could go to our gate.

We got to our gate and then it said it was now in an A gate, so we got back onto the train and got to the A gate.

As soon as we got comfortable, we realisedthe gate has moved again, so back on the train we went and this time to a B gate.

We got to the B gate and finally boarded the flight!

Flight #2 – Seattle > Victoria

We realised we had comfort plus seats, which was great! We got to board first, had a charging port at our chairs, more leg room and a comfortable chair.

We had a fun time listening to a couple of passengers debate behind us, which helped pass the time!

Victoria

We landed in Victoria and once getting through immigration, we got the transfer bus we booked to the city. Our driver was very funny, cracking multiple jokes and funny lines.

We walked from the bus stop to a hotel which Linda kindly booked for us to stay at for a few nights!

We got in and then went to get a bit of McDonald’s as we were feeling a little hungry.

We got back to the room, exhausted, and went to bed.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 71 – Day 1: Portland, OR 🇺🇸 – ‘Merca!

Early Morning

It was an early morning start for us, getting the remaining items packed and getting ready.

We skipped breakfast, showered, said goodbye to Linda and walked down to the central bus station to await our bus.

We went to the cafe there and got a cappuccino each. The bus arrived shorty after to take us to the airport.

Flight 1 – Victoria > Seattle

Breakfast

We arrived hassle free at the airport and got checked in.

We went right to Tim Hortons to try out the breakfast. We had a farmer’s wrap each, which was just ‘meh’.

Security

After we relaxed for a bit, we breezed through security, though we did both get ‘randomly’ selected and put through the machine, but of course we had nothing. They also checked out one of our bags!

Waiting

Once we were through security, there was nothing to do but wait. We sat an waited for a few hours and then our plane was delayed for a little, but nothing drastic.

The Flight

We flew with Alaska Airlines, who we have not flown with before so were a little unsure.

The flight itself was great. The plane was tiny, with two chairs on each side of the aisle!

Our Tiny Plane

We had no problems on the flight and, as it was only 25 minutes, we were up in the air and back down again in a flash!

Flight 2 – Seattle > Portland

Customs/Immigration

After landing in Seattle, we had a couple of hours before we had to get on our next plane.

We went through customs/immigration easily and the officer there was incredibly friendly and nice.

Security #2

After that, we had to go through security before transferring and, of course, one of our bags got checked again…

Plane Train

We hopped on the ‘plane train’ to the correct terminal, got a Starbucks coffee, and waited for our flight.

The Flight

This flight was very busy, but it was fairly painless. We did also get a free alcoholic drink, even though it was only a 45 minute flight! Curtis got a beer and Kim a wine, but we had to drink it by the time they came round to get the rubbish!


Alaska Airlines

Rating:- 8/10


Train

We exited the plane and, as we had no checked bags, left the terminal easily.

We walked to the train platform to get a ticket for the train and waited the 10 minutes for it to arrive.

We sat on the train for about 50 minutes before getting off one stop too early and hopping back on just in time to ride the one (long) stop more.


MAX Light Rail | Portland, OR

Price:- $2.50 for 2.5hrs Travel


Accomodation

After the train, it was a short walk to our accomodation. We are in a hostel/guesthouse but we are staying in a private double room (shared bathroom).

The place is certainly nice, but maybe just a little old. It does the job and is pretty comfy!


HI Portland Northwest | Portland, OR

Current Rating:- 7/10


Chipotle

We went out to get a quick dinner, which ended up being burritos from chipotle. We were pretty disappointed.

It was bland and all just fell apart.

It worked for food, but not sure we’d go back.


Chipotle Mexican Grill

Rating:- 2/10


Walk Around Portland

We walked around Portland for a bit, not doing anything in particular, just walking around at night.

We got back and just chilled, watching some TV and catching up on things we haven’t watched. We have also been planning what we will be doing in Portland as we planned to come here for a concert but it was cancelled!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 70 – Day 20: Victoria, BC – Final Royals Game

Lazy Morning

We did nothing when we woke up this morning. Whilst eating breakfast we watched some YouTube videos and then after we showered we spoke with Kim’s parents.

Afternoon

Kim had an appointment for 15:00 so she went to that and arrived 30 minutes early.

Once Kim was done, she walked back to the apartment just as Linda was getting back from her day out.

Dinner

We relaxed for a bit and chatted with Linda before heading out to get some dinner before we watched the hockey game.

We went to a place called Frankie’s Modern Diner and had some good hearty food.

We each had a 3 course meal. Curtis had tomato soup, mac & cheese and key lime pie. The soup was ok but lacked a bit of flavour.

Tomato Soup

The mac & cheese was similar. It was ok tasting but lacked a bit of flavour.

Mac & Cheese

The key lime pie was pretty delicious, though.

Key Lime Pie

Kim had a caesar salad, spaghetti meatballs & a chocolate cake. Kim’s salad was pretty good, but nothing crazy.

Ceasar Salad

Kim’s spaghetti meatballs was pretty good actually, they seemed to be homemade, too.

Meatballs

Kim’s chocolate cake was good, too.

Chocolate Cake


Frankie’s Modern Diner | Victoria,BC

Our Rating:- 7.5/10


Final Royals Game

We watched our final Royals game here in Victoria in the evening.

We got to the rink at the perfect time, grabbed our seats and Kim finally managed to get a video of the team coming out onto the ice!

The game was a very good one and physical, but the Royals dominated for a lot of it and won 6-2!

A great game to finish on.

We left and came back home where we had to pack a bit as we are off on an adventure for a few days!

We’ll be up early.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale