We went down to the city for a walk around, as well as some things we had planned.
Firstly, we left the house and waited at the bus stop for the bus to arrive. Whilst waiting for the bus, a lovely lady gave us a box of Sugar Babies, an American candy, as she said we have to try them. We can confirm, they are delicious!
The bus was late and, when we got on, we had our $2.75 each ready.
The bus driver was kind enough to give us tickets for free!
We first went to Starbucks as the first Starbucks was opened in Seattle!
We didn’t think it was much different, other than the logo.
Curtis had a nitro cold brew, which he’s been wanting to try for a while. Kim had a cloud caramel macchiato.
The nitro cold brew looked like a Guinness, but tasted just like coffee that has gone cold. Kim’s caramel macchiato was good, though!
We later realised we had gone to the WRONG Starbucks and the first one was actually down the street, right where all the people were queuing. Guess we’l be heading there tomorrow.
We walked down a side street and saw a wall completely covered in chewing gum. This wall is world famous and, for some odd and disgusting reason, people stick their chewing gum on the wall and people come along and take photos of it. That being said, here is a photo;
We were up by around 10:00 and had some cereal, chocolate milk & coffee for breakfast.
We got showered and ready to go and found the instructions on how to get to Stanley Park, which is where we wanted to visit today.
We walked for about 25 minutes to get to Stanley Park. It was pretty much a directly straight walk again, which helped a lot.
We got to the park and it was pretty busy, but still very beautiful! It was cold outside but there was a good amount of sun which made it great weather.
We walked around the park for a bit and just chatted.
View Of The Park Lake
Some Totum Poles
It seems there were more totum poles which where actually very cool looking.
We walked from the totum poles to the seawall. The seawall expands across most of the park and is a great walk. The sun was still beating down on us so we walked around for a bit longer and got all the way to the lighthouse at the end.
We made the loop around back to the entrance and walked back to the apartment.
We watched some TV and then Curtis watched hockey.
Shopping For Tops
Whilst Curtis watched hockey, Kim went for an expore around some shops to try and find some more winter/autumn adequate tops.
Kim found a whole shopping mall, so had a great time wondering around those for a while.
Kim came back, empty handed, but perfectly just as hockey finished!
Pho & Banh Mi
We smelled a Vietnamese place during the day which is right down the street from us, so we just had to go for dinner!
We went there and Curtis got a chicken pho whilst Kim had a banh mi.
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
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’.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
After that, we had to go through security before transferring and, of course, one of our bags got checked again…
We hopped on the ‘plane train’ to the correct terminal, got a Starbucks coffee, and waited for our 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!
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!
We went up to a bar/restaurant we had been told about my Mark and Jill as their daughter works there, so we made the 40 minute walk, in the -3°C (feels like -9°C) weather.
There was a bit of snow on the ground but nothing really.
As we were walking, we saw that the fountain outside parliament was frozen, which looked awesome, so we had to check it out.
We then headed back to our destination. When we arrived, firstly, it was nice and warm. Secondly, Kim asked to see the person we had come to see and and she had finished her shift for the day, so we were unable to see her, which was a shame.
We did get a got choclate though, which was a result and it was tasty too.
We then braved the cold again to head back towards the apartment with a stop at the supermarket.
We got some items for dinner as Kim was cooking tonight!
We got back and Curtis watched two periods of the Leafs game whilst Kim made hunter’s chicken for dinner.
We ate our dinner and then it was time too brace for the cold again and go down to the city to see our friend Brody, who is Canadian but we met him in New Zealand.
On the way, the fountain was frozen but it now had a light around it which made it look even more awesome!
Once we found the bar, we also found Brody, got a drink and just chatted and chatted and chatted. We had an amazing evening, even planning to do something really awesome within the next month, hopefully.
Brody kindly gave us a lift back and then it was very late and very much bedtime.