Months on the road: Eight
Months in Canada: Five
Monthly Travel Round Up: #8
Books read: Gemma – Skagboys (Prequel to Trainspotting) // Craig: The God Complex (a fictional Rothschild family story)
Best film / TV: Dragged Craig through The Affair with Sl*tty McNulty from The Wire
Music: Gemma – Holly – Victoria+Jean // Craig – Petite Noir – Chess
This is our last month in the Kitsilano apartment. As of December we’ll be part of the Mount Pleasant Massive, living it up with the hipster kids of Main. I will miss the beach and extremely scenic walks but looking forward to becoming immersed in the more multi-cultural side of the city. This budget also includes a hostel hangover from Toronto.
Total: $1484 / £742
We’ve mostly been using our feet to get around the city, with the occasional bus to get further afield. I raved about the bus system and prices in Vancouver in last month’s budget. I also took a boat from Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island for a Meet Up hike. Basically, I met a bunch of strangers and hiked for a couple of hours. It was good fun and lovely to speak to expats as well as Canadians! We’ve booked a flight for future ventures (Costa Rica to Austin in March) but will include that in the March round up.
Total: $150 / £75
Another month of mainly dining in with a couple of meals out and a few more take aways! Toronto food was gooooood! It was so varied in the cuisine it had to offer. I also had an amazing Thai meal, I can still taste the party in my mouth! I must admit I’ve had cakes from Granville Market at the weekends!
Total: $1141 / £571
As you know, I flew to Toronto to meet my best pal, Helen, at the start of October. We worked with Tourism Toronto which covered most of our gallivanting in the city. We used our ambassador link with Tinggly Experiences and reviewed a trip to Niagara Falls, a must do experience if heading east! Not long after I flew back, Jen G, came to Vancouver to visit. We did a lot of mooching about the city, cycling the Sea Wall (favourite) and a bit of shopping! I also saw my first sighting of a bear in the wild at Whistler! Craig and I were kindly lent two tickets to see BC Lions. In all honesty we didn’t have a clue what was going on but the experience was fun. North American sports are so much slower than British ones, the football is anyway, Oh yeah, and we had that trip to H.R MacMillan Space Centre, the one where I went in cohabiting and came out engaged!
Massive celebrations followed the engagement on Hallowe’en and then more celebration when we bought a ring the following Saturday! Helen and I did a pub crawl in Kensington Market and met two fun Scottish girls, Emily and Megan (who I later met up with in Van). When the party girl, Jen G, was over, we went to see the DJ, Bob Moses at The Imperial and had cocktails on Main Street. Naturally we did as Canadians do, and consumed some turkey washed down with wine for Thanksgiving. I am very thankful to have friends and family who fly 2085+ miles to see us.
Total: $485 / £243
Miscellaneous / Luxury
Craig bought a lot of tinfoil for his Hallowe’en costume! I couldn’t resist some bling from the antique market near St Lawrence’s Market in Toronto. I also bought a very bright yellow shell coat, I can never bypass yellow. Did you know it’s the colour of confidence?
Total: $168 / £84
Overall: $3428 / £1714
Weekly: $770 / £355
Daily Average: $110 / £55 (South Am Budget – £45)
What saving tips do you have as we approach Christmas?