Yo! We are currently in Ipswich, England after a whirlwind last couple weeks.
After our big road trip we had a week in Vancouver to tie up loose ends. It was a good week thanks to our Vancouver friends. We were very needy and so many people helped us out. I really appreciate it.
Thank you so much to Liz, Rob, Ryan and Rosemarie for letting us sleep on your couches.
A huge thank you to Ruana for taking us out whale watching!
It was so cool. At first we just saw orcas swimming around, which was already pretty neat, then they suddenly started jumping all over the place! The three of them were hunting a giant sea lion right in front of us. It was COOL (except for the sea lion, RIP sea lion). They did big dives and tactical maneuvers, and then celebratory back flops after. Super neat. It was incredible to see them from so close.
Another big thank you to Cam for organizing another trivia night before we left. Too bad I’m shit at trivia. I will miss that though, he does such a good job on the quiz.
Thanks to Rob for letting us in and out and in and out and in and out of your storage locker while we got our pallet ready for shipping. It was quite stressful getting everything coordinated but we did it, and now the pallet is currently on a boat towards Australia. We only made one mistake that I’ve noticed so far: accidentally shipping our raincoats. (Lucky we had Lauren’s sweet connections to get new ones before we left! Thanks Lauren!)
Thank you to Lesley for a nice lunch and games. Glad we got to squeeze in one more visit.
Thanks to everyone who came out to The Alibi Room for a fun night out. That was a nice last night out in Vancouver. Mmm super dry cider!
Umm so I procrastinated blogging for far too long and now I have A LOT of things to catch up on. Like, huge life changes. O_O
- Scott got laid off.
- We decided to move back to Australia.
- I quit my job.
- We sold everything in our apartment and moved out.
- Currently in Nepean visiting papa.
The last month was crazy. It was really stressful to sort all of our life belongings into what we still needed, what we would ship to Australia, what to sell and what to donate or throw out. Al while I was still working almost every day. Hopefully we didn’t make any mistakes. Scott did an excellent job of managing dozens of Craigslist posts and we were able to sell everything.
I finally finished my crochet blanket, with like 3 days to spare. It’s so big!! It took me two years to finish. We have vacuum packed it and put it in the boxes to Australia.
Anyway so last weekend we flew to Montreal. We watched Dan-Que perform in a story telling show and took in a few Nuit Blanche exhibits. We hiked up Mont Royal and walked through underground tunnels. And ate and ate. We had bagels, smoked meat, Portuguese chicken, arepas, kouign amann and probably even more I’m forgetting right now. Thank you for all those great recommendations Facebook friends.
And now we are in Ottawa! It was tight but we managed to spend some time with a lot of my favourite Ottawa people. :) We went tubing (Scott crashed into a fence with his face and did 18 flips in the air, and got a fat lip), curling, escaped from an escape room, watched Eddie the Eagle, ate ridiculous amounts of dessert, and played A LOT of games (Careers, Clue, Scattergories, Quiddler, Wizard, Five Crowns). Fun!
- Listowel & Toronto
- Whistler for my last skeleton race ever :'(
- Epic roadtrip (Washington/Oregon/California/Nevada/Arizona/Utah/Idaho/Wyoming/Montana)
- Playa del Carmen, Mexico
- Walk across Spain (Camino de Santiago)
- Miscellaneous Europe (Glasgow/Ipswich/Rotterdam/Lund/??)
Approximate arrival in Melbourne, Australia: mid-July 2016
Vancouverites are so lucky when it comes to sushi.
Ask me what my favourite sushi place is and my answer is something like “Cheap sushi? Fancy sushi? Mid-price sushi? Am I with people that like mayo? Do I want to be able to have conversations? Any neighbourhood?” and so on. It is impossible to narrow it down to one.
Sushi Oyama is my favourite mid-priced, mayo heavy, Burnaby sushi joint. Ha.
We’ve been here many times before.
Rainbow roll. Tamago, tuna, salmon, tai, tako, ebi, avocado, mayo. Basically a bit of everything! Very delicious.
Sound trap roll. Cucumber, avocado, eep fried prawn, tuna on top, tempura bits, mayo. Too much mayo in my opinion though, and I am a mayo fan! And weirdly sweet.
We also had yam tempura but it was not very photogenic. Tasted good though.
We were craving something warm after a cold morning of errands and shopping at MEC. I saw the sign for “ROBOT CUT NOODLES” and the decision was made.
This is the robot. I should have taken a video, but basically the robot is holding a big chunk of noodle dough in one hand and its other arm moves back and forth and shaves off little bits of irregularly shaped noodles which the dude is collecting in a basket.
Sichuan pork ribs (?) shaved noodle soup
Beef shaved noodles with sour spicy soup
Both soups were good. The noodles were nice and chewy, the broth flavourful. We ate and slurped and splashed droplets all over the table. It was spicy but not too spicy.
Way back on Scott’s birthday I brought him to the Downtown Eastside for a surprise dinner at Ask For Luigi’s. We got there just after 5 (they open at 5:30 for dinner) but just missed getting a table in the first seating (they don’t take reservations). But no worries, they take your phone number and text you when the table is ready. So we headed down the street to Alibi Room and had a drink while we waited. PS totally need to go back to Alibi Room sometime, it’s cool!
Anyway Ask for Luigi’s is a teeny tiny Italian restaurant on the edge of Gastown. They have a small menu, a bunch of wine, and cozy atmosphere.
We started with the crispy bucantini and fontina crocchette. The waitress described it as blended up pasta, mixed with cheese, deep fried, in a rich tomato sauce. It was yummy.
Scott ordered the tagliatelle with rabbit ragu, porcini and olives. With tons of parmesan of course. Salty. Very tasty.
I ordered the (whole wheat) pappardelle with wild boar ragu. Plus parmesan. It was nice, a lot like pulled pork. Very generously meaty and very manly.
I ended up liking Scott’s more than mine and he liked mine more, so we switched plates part way through. Which amused me, because I purposely didn’t make Scott change his order (I have a terrible habit of telling him what to get) since it was his birthday, haha.
We both left happy and very full. However, both of us didn’t feel super great that evening or the next day. I wonder if it was because everything was super rich? Maybe our stomachs aren’t used to that much butter.