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Christmas and the weeks prior!

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We hope everyone had a great Christmas, ours was nice and relaxing. We woke up about lunch time, had Burger King for lunch and went to see Jack Reacher at the cinemas. We had to buy our tickets a few hours prior as it was ridiculously busy and sessions were full hours before the screening. To our surprise it was only $8 a ticket. After the movie we decided we would try the hostels Christmas dinner for $4.95. It ended up been a nice meal (Roast Ham and Scallop Potatoes).

Unfortunately it was not the white Christmas we were hoping for. It was still cold and raining of course but neither of us minded that much, as it snowed for an entire day about a week prior. We quickly discovered why people don't like the snow. The footpaths were covered in slush as the snow melted which instantly soaked our shoes and was somewhat slippery. The snow also hardened to ice on the roads, so we saw some close calls and lots of skidding. We couldn't resist having a snowball fight. I hit Corry in the face and groin, in which he says were dirty shots. I agree but to my defence he was a moving target and my hand eye coordination is not the greatest, so they were complete accidents ;). At night time I went outdoor iceskating with some people from the hostel and built a pretty awesome snowman.



The hostel worked us hard over the four days we worked for them. We cleaned bathrooms, rooms, walls, windows, pipes, lights, you name it. We made some good friends with our fellow cleaners and It was good to get two weeks free rent. 

Unfortunately due to bureaucratic issues Corry's start date at the poutine place was pushed to early January. So we have decided to move on and pursue work on Big White or Kelowna the nearby town where we will be initially staying. We are leaving on Jan 7th.

In the mean time I have three shifts left at the restaurant. We are doing some more tourist things around Raincouver before we leave such as, going to Stanley park once again and riding around and through it. Today we went to Queen Elizabeth Gardens which has the highest point in Vancouver (152 m above sea level). They were nice gardens with some good views of the nearby mountains and downtown Vancouver.


The boxing day sales here were really busy. At Future Shop (like Jb Hi Fi) people started lining up at midnight for a 7am opening. The sales at Future Shop were really good and much better than we would get at home.

We also have done some rough planning for the US and contingency planning. We plan to start our road trip from Seattle after we see Muse on February 1st or in Los Angeles around February 22nd.

Finally I wish a speedy recovery to my Grandparents (Dads side) which I imagine had a pretty rubbish Christmas in hospital after been hit by a car at Whitfords shopping Centre. I hope you are not too sore and are out and about soon.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Posted by mattandcorry 15:54 Archived in Canada

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Well guys at least it's not a heat wave lie here in Perth, its been above 36 for the last 4 days and we're havong 40's next week.
I've been looking at a few web sites for hire vans or buying for your road trip.
Corry, Uncle Rick has a contact in Seattle for cars who is willing to help you guys. He has a camper van/RV for sale now, but I dont think it's suitable for you guys. It's got a great big old V8 gas guzzler in it and will cost a fortune to run. I did find a site that rents vans a bit like the Wicked Vans you can get in Oz.


I think the Malibu is what you guys will need and the best price if hiring. The cheapest way to hire is book well in advance too, you will probably have to pay for extra miles because they only give you 100 miles (160kays) a day free. Let me know what you're looking at and I will try and advise you a bit.

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