oh and we went to the zoo

not very ‘zoo’ like, but still got to see some animals & was a really nice day out together.

bloody deer were EVERYWHERE!!! seriously they are taking over...

bloody deer were EVERYWHERE!!! seriously they are taking over…

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its a 'baby' bear... soooo cute wanted to give it a hug :)

its a ‘baby’ bear… soooo cute wanted to give it a hug πŸ™‚

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did find santa's reindeer vacation place.

did find santa’s reindeer vacation place.

quite a flaky coated camel... didn't look to good anyway

quite a flaky coated camel… didn’t look to good anyway

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update, update

well hello again,

things haven’t changed much, were both coasting along smoothly. nick starts a new and better job in 2 weeks which is fabulous. I’m chugging along at my somewhat form of employment hoping everyday that something better will ring my phone…

nicks been doing a couple hiking/walking adventures and gone all camera happy, yet another hobby… packing in as many hockey games as he can during a week, than injured himself so see how he goes friday after bout 2 weeks off. i’ve delved into ceramics, found thins lovely studio on west Vancouver that i could spend everyday sitting and painting away in… i shall upload so pics of things thats I’ve recently created.

we did the sea to sky gondola in Squamish just this passed saturday, lets just say Nick loved it, i found it quite high! they also packed in another suspension bridge for good measure, but its a really nice attraction nicks going to head back at some stage and do the more intense hiking trails – while i sit in the studio πŸ™‚

Vancouver has been suffering a heatwave last week – its been sooooooo hot!!!! and of course no air-cons or fans, thank goodness for the pedestal… weather is supposedly changing to cooler again soon.

there is a big air show happening early august that we are both really excited about checking out, might even stay at around the area make a little mini holiday out of it.

thats about all for now,
cheers,
Nick & Aimee

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trip to the sea-to-sky gondola

trip to the sea-to-sky gondola

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long time no talk!

hello, hello…

well bits happened since our last post, so ill give bit of a re-cap.

Nicks started working downtown, i went on the job hunt also, we brought the car – 1999 GMC Jimmy, did theΒ capilano suspension bridge OMG that was scary high. rode around Stanley park, i kept going on the job hunt, Nick played first ever ice hockey game and nailed it, spent some money, had awful amount of trouble getting our licences changed they wouldn’t believe out history report to be the original so had to get an unopened copy mailed to us OMG, and we took part in a fabulous bus tour which showed us some of the main things in Vancouver which we found some great places to re visit when time permits.

little more recently: I’ve found it difficult to find employment apparently people in the drafting/administrative situations are concerned with the ‘limited’ visa time – 2 years for goodness sakes… anyway… temp accommodation end date came up quite quickly so the hunt for a new place started which also turned out pretty difficult it appears Vancouver is geared more to the single population specially summer time of year. but in the space of 1 week i got a job at an awesome Aussie themed bar & grill – ‘moose’s down under’ – and we scored a wonderful bedroom in an amazing house on north Vancouver with the most AMAZING view back over to downtown and a heated pool. so things are looking up πŸ™‚

Nicks had 3 hockey games and getting better and better, has an opportunity to now be apart of a inline hockey team so he’s happy more and more hockey… i’ve got my ceramics hobby up and running again with several projects underway. Nicks found some walking trails around the local area thats kind of like a treasure hunt so both keen to give them ago now that the weather has really come into its own.

well till next time,

Nick & Aimee xxx

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

capilano suspension bridge

Stanley park

Stanley park

mountain view from previous house

mountain view from previous house

 

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We left and have arrived

hello all,

i know bit delayed considering we arrived friday but oh well better late than never right πŸ™‚

we have safely arrived in Vancouver & settled pretty happily in our temp accommodation – which i might add is fantastic! would be very happy to stay here for ever but Nick has informed me thats not part of our financial survival, bla, bla, bla πŸ™‚ the street is beautiful with cheery blossom trees and everything lovely πŸ™‚

we went to a Ice Hockey game last night (sunday night) & it was AWESOME! we both can’t wait too go to another one, but unfortunately tickets cost a fortune…

went for a walk around metro town today – for our darwin friends it shits allll over Casuarina – ‘3’ full levels! soooooo many shops! may have found a car to buy as well will keep u posted no that one.

i’ve come down with a head cold which is fabulous, recon if hadn’t had flu shot would be much worse though.

tried to get our licenses today, the system is just as good as MVR is, we have that so close but yet so far away feeling… hopefully sorted tomorrow. but the rego & insurance system is awesome here its all mashed together in 1 payment & the older ur car is the cheaper it is!!!! which is great cause we are poor so can’t afford a new car πŸ™‚

well think thats it for now or ill never finish, i’ll sort the pics out tomorrow (as its currently 10:40pm on mon 14th april) and add them to the post so u can see.

till next time,

luv to all, Aimee

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Eeeep

16 days……..4 days left of work. So close now.

I have to admit to been very excited and happy too, found out I will be able to carry my ice hockey gear with me on the planes, so no need to freight it over to Canada and not 3 month wait for it to arrive. Yeah it’s going to suck hauling it along with everything else but will be worth it in the end.

 

Final preparations are in place now, last of the insurance, accommodation for the first night in Vancouver and the Auckland layover will be done this weekend.

Bring on Canada!

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57 days!

Not that we’re counting or anything πŸ™‚ Getting completely pumped now. Accommodation booked, just got to arrange our final year of insurance, and pay the remaining month on the AirBNB place.

But so close, 6 weeks left at work before we take the massive leap into the unknown

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Party Pad!

So we’ve spent weeks hunting for a place to spend out first 2 months in Vancouver. We wanted a place that would be fully furnished, come with all the utilies (power, heat, gas, water, cable and internet would be a bonus).

We raided craigslist, which i highly recommend for basically everything you might want to get, a website make your self at home that specialises in short term stays and AirBnB. There is a ton of choice, covering most budgets. We had $1800 a month as our upper limit, wanted to be close to downtown as we could. That was a mission and a half, heaps of places we looked at booked out underneath us or were changing from winter to summer rates that put it out of our price range.

Ended up going with an AirBnB place, that looks very nice, 15mins from Downtown, central to a lot of other things which is a bonus.

Doing this now, upfront before we get there means we have a place to crash for the first 2 months that we don’t have to worry about paying rent on or covering utility costs. means we can enjoy a bit longer of a holiday before getting down to the nitty gritty of job hunting and home hunting.

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