Whistler

Mar. 24th, 2010 05:25 pm
beceh: (winter)
 I went skiing at Whistler on the weekend. It was so much fun! 

Hannah and Luke, two of my housemates, invited me to go up there with them and another mate of theirs, UK Dan (as opposed to Dan the Housemate) on Saturday. 

I would like to learn to snowboard, but at present time I can not snowboard for the life of me (never tried), but I can ski, so skiing it was. I went and bought some snow gear on Friday (end of the season, got it really cheap!) and woke up super early on Saturday morning to leave. 

Had a really good day. The last time I skied was way back in 2005 when I went up to Mt Buller for the day with uni. So it's been almost 5 years. So I wasn't feeling all that confident, so I left the boys (Hannah wasn't skiing, she just came along for the ride) and stuck to the easy runs for the morning while I got my confidence back. Was being super careful as well, and only fell down once (when I was on my way back down to the village for lunch and thinking 'sweet i haven't crashed!' So of course, then I smashed and really hurt my thumb, but oh well. 

After lunch the boys made me go with them up to the top of the mountain. Oh my god, the views were amazing!!! It was such a clear day, it was soooo beautiful! I don't think my camera did it justice at all. Not that I can really tell, I still haven't been able to upload any of my photos grr. 

That afternoon I stacked sooooo many times. It was getting a little ridiculous. I was fine on the green ones, but Dan made me go down a blue run and I was stacking every couple of minutes. He gave me some good tips though, so I was getting better. I just need better control. More practice. At one point I deliberately  fell over as I was starting to ski down a very steep bit backwards. I didn't really want to be doing that... 

But anyway despite all the crashes and bruises I had a very fun day!!
beceh: (canada)
WELCOME TO CANADA :-)

I have been here for one week and one day now. Feels longer.

MONDAY - Got into Vancouver International Airport in the afternoon - my flight was delayed by about an hour and a half. It's only about 2 hours from San Fran to Vancouver. Quick! I watched Whale Rider on the flight. I've really got to stop watching sad movies on planes... I always cry!
Got through immigration easily enough and got my work permit.
Collected my suitcase (it had an unfortunate shampoo explosion- at least it smells nice?) - it had been inspected in San Fran by the TSA.
Jumped on the Skytrain to Downtown Vancouver. I wish Melbourne had a train out to the airport!
Found my hostel easily enough - although I felt like a bit of a knob dragging my suitcase behind me. Missed my backpack! The hostel was alright. Not the best I've been to and kind of made me want to find a house straight away. It was full of Aussies. Couldn't believe it. Felt like I was back in Australia. Chatted to some people in the bar. They were nice, but I wasn't really inspired to see them again.

TUESDAY - Freezing day. Plan was to explore Downtown but I kept retreating into cafe's to escape the biting cold. I got a phone (Fido) and started looking seriously at places to live - emailed a few that looked alright and Mark got back to me pretty quickly so I went and inspected the room! I liked it! It's in Burnaby, takes about 20-30 minutes to get Downtown on the skytrain. The house is very close (2 streets away) from Holdom Station and is rather big - 2 kitchens, 6 or 7 bedrooms, 2 lounges - I think there are 9 housemates including me.
My room is huge. I need more furniture, it feels too empty! Anyway I like it. I know you're never meant to get the first house you look at, but this was exactly what I wanted so I took it. Only thing better would be if it was closer in, but being on the skytrain route makes it not a problem. It's pretty cheap - $550 a month with internet & utilities included. Sweet. If I lived in Yaletown or Gastown or Kitsilano or the West End, which would be way cooler, but twice as expensive.
Mark said I could move in straight away if I wanted, so I said I would move in the next day. Had already paid for the night at the hostel. Feeling rather happy and wondering if it could really be that easy (yes) I headed back to the hostel for my last night. Met my roommates Chris & Callum from Canberra. They invited me out for dinner with them and we had a really good night. Went down to Gastown for dinner and a few drinks at a place called Steamworks, then headed back Downtown to an Irish pub for a few more drinks. They met up with their mate Ross who is living here this year - he said he might be able to get me a job at his work. I'm not holding my breath, but it would be cool.

WEDNESDAY - I packed up(amazing how much mess I could make in two days) and moved to my new house! Easiest move ever. I just rocked up with my suitcase. Luckily the room is partly furnished - there is a double bed, cabinet and walk in robes already there. Signed the paperwork and settled in. Bought some new sheets, doona, pillows etc.
My housemates: everyone is in their mid-twenties or so.
  • Mark - Canadian. Owns the house. Nice? 
  • Jen - Canadian. Mark's girlfriend. Kind of looks like him.
  • Hannah - British. Student. Lovely. Very nice.
  • Luke - British. Hannah's boyfriend.
  • Dan - Canadian. In the room next to me.
  • Tracy - Canadian. Moving soon. Good.
  • Jess -
  • Alex - Haven't met her or Jess yet, just heard their names!
There are two women, I'm guessing Jess and Alex, who I haven't met properly and who don't seem all that interested in meeting me! But the rest are really friendly. Hannah and Luke invited me to go out with them tomorrow night and to Whistler on Saturday :-)

THURSDAY - Got my bank account sorted. Vancity.

FRIDAY - Hung out with Callum. We went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It was pretty cool, although at first my feet got soaked and freezing. Need new boots. The weather fined up in the afternoon though and we spent the afternoon wandering around Gastown and Yaletown before drinking at various pubs. Met up with Ross again. Good night. I think I need a break from alcohol. It's not affecting me anymore!

VEGAS

Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:33 pm
beceh: (Default)
Vegas was awesome.  This is just reposted from my travel blog because I am lazy. 



Amazing. I came back from Vegas richer than I went!

Yep, I won $215 on some random poker machine. I was only betting $1! Sweet!

Anyway. Deb and I got our makeup done by one of Deb's friends at the mall. I looked more like a barbie doll than myself, but it was fun, I have never worn much makeup before, so it was definitely something different! The picture here is of me with the shoes I had to wear that night. I was a bit scared!!





We were planning on leaving around 2-3ish so we wouldn't get stuck in the worst traffic, but you know how these things go. We didn't get away until 5pm due to a bit of a mix up with one of Deb's friends who was coming - she thought we were leaving at 7pm, so wasn't ready!

Anyway we finally got on the road, and 4 and a half hours later we arrived in Las Vegas! We went to check into our hotel (The Palms) and were informed that we'd been upgraded! Woo hoo! So that was a little exciting :-) Our room was super nice, and had a pretty cool view. We got ready ( my goodness some girls take a long time to get ready! So many outfit changes!) and went out to explore the hotel and casino. We ended up at Ghost Bar which had an awesome view of the city. So pretty! Had a good night, but not a huge one as we were rather tired.

The next day, Friday, we had a bit of a sleep in, then went wandering around the Strip. Pretty full on with all these people slapping cards of scantily dressed women in your face or asking what club you're going to and trying to give you passes to theirs. We had a look in some of the casinos and were going to go on the roller coaster on top of New York New York, but the line was massive, so we didn't... wandered around just taking in the sights and sounds for awhile, then we caught a cab over to Old Vegas and watched the huge screen on Fremont St. It covers the whole street it's pretty cool, but pretty trippy! Well what they were playing then...

We went out again that night, but in the meantime I won $200! I was just bored while waiting for someone and jumped on one of those 5c poker machines.. and yeah! Put $1 in and on my second game I won!!! I was excited.

Had fun that night. Vegas is very cheap for girls and very expensive for guys. Girls get into most of the clubs for free, while guys have to pay $20-40 and then once in the club, guys keep buying you drinks! So I actually had a very cheap night... No dancing for me. I was wearing those shoes, so once I got a spot at the bar I didn't leave! There was no way I was dancing in those monsters!

So yeah. Vegas was fun. I uploaded some photos onto facebook so you can see me looking like an absolute barbie doll.


It was great staying with Deb, she was lots of fun and a great host! I'm gonna miss her.
beceh: (Pan's Labrynth)
 Hello from Los Angeles :-)

Just a quick one. Obviously I got here alright! We got to Melbourne Airport super early - left home at 6am, got there about 8:30am.... check in didn't even open til 8:45.... so we had a fair bit of time to kill, but it was nice, we just got some hot drinks and sat in Hudson's watching the planes. Dad got excited because we were sitting next to some cricketer from the late sixties/seventies (Paul Sheehan?) and he had a bit of a chat to him. 

I think it gets easier to leave the more often you do it. I was bawling my eyes out when I went to Japan and they had to literally push me through the doors. Last year there were very few tears, but I was petrified and rather reluctant to actually walk through the doors. This time we were laughing and joking around and playing a waving game until I finally went through - the line up was MASSIVE - my family kept running up to different spots and waving like maniacs. It was funny. And I didn't have any reluctance to leave, and I wasn't scared or anything. Probably because I've been to America before and I kind of know what to expect, plus I'm staying with someone I already know for the first week... 

Caught up with Jimmy, Ian's cousin, at the gate. Had a bit of a chat to him, but we weren't sitting anywhere near each other on the plane. The flight wasn't full which was good, so I had an empty seat next to me, so I could spread out a little bit. 

Flight itself was very uneventful. I hardly slept - the seats were pretty uncomfortable, but the entertainment system was really good. Watched a heap of things, they kind of blur into each other. Time Travellers Wife, 500 Days of Summer, A year in the Life if JK Rowling, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, Post Grad.... and I think some others that I honestly don't remember at the moment oh well. 

Took forever to get through immigration and customs but that was because of all the people, not because they asked many questions. I was actually surprised at how easy it was - the last two times I came to America I got grilled. He just asked me a few questions, didn't want to see anything. I actually had everything prepared especially but he wasn't interested!! 

Deb picked me up from the airport which was lovely of her. Came back to her house which has AWESOME views and is really nice and I just crashed for a few hours - I had about 6 hours sleep the past 2 days combined, so yeah I was pretty  zombielike! 

So after I emerged slightly more refreshed, we went out for lunch with her Dad and his girlfriend, really yum food.  Her Dad made me feel really welcome. Then Deb and I went for a drive around and got some DELICIOUS yoghurt from some place called PinkBerry (I think) and now we are back home and Deb's in the shower and we are going to go to Hollywood when she's ready! 

Ok that wasn't so quick after all.... 
beceh: (Default)
 Off tomorrow!! EEeepp. 

Getting up ridiculously early. Flight is at 11:45am. Mum wants to leave here at 6am. That will get us to the airport before 9am.... lots of time at the airport. Ah well, better that than rushing and panicking!! 

Had a nice last night here. Kerry and Tim came over for dinner, I cooked teriyaki stir-fry. Yummo. Had a bit of a jam - me on sax, Nick and Tim on guitar, everyone else singing. 

Dad found the video that my Japanese host family made of my first few months in Tokyo. SO BAD!!! I am seriously the most boring person ever. I hardly talk the entire time. Just giggle occasionally, but more often than not I'm just staring blankly at who ever is talking... so bad. It's weird watching it now, being able to understand most of it, while watching myself not being able to understand anything. And god, the pimples! All the pimples! 

Anyway. Better go to bed and get some sleep. Big day tomorrow. 14 hour flight. Hmmm how many movies is that? 

Next post  - LOS ANGELES!!!
beceh: (canada)
 I can't believe January is already over! Didn't it just start?? 

I leave in less than three weeks now. Before I know it I'll be on the plane! These 3 weeks will totally fly by, but I predict that the first month/two will totally drag when I am trying to find a job/house/friends etc.... I'm not really looking forward to that. I'm looking forward to 3-6 months plus down the track when I'm settled and whatnot. 

Anyway have a bit to do before I leave as well, I haven't really done anything yet. I am quite good(bad) at leaving everything to the last minute... 

So. 

Have already done the important stuff:
-Passport
-Canadian Working Permit
-American 5 Year Tourist Visa
-Plane ticket to LAX

Still need to:
-Travel Insurance
-Make some plans after first week
- Pack
- Sort out banking 
-Ummmm probably a lot of other stuff that I can't think of at the moment. 

beceh: (Default)
Long time no update! 

So.... 

Camped down at Port Fairy for a week with Mum, Nick and Nick's mate Adam who has been coming with us for about 5 years now so is like my little brother now. Good relaxing week, but the weather sucked most of the time. Too much wind and rain and cold weather and not enough sunshine and warmth!!! 

Was designated driver when we (the boys and I) went out in Warrnambool one night. Now I know how to pick up in Warrnambool. Look really bored and scowl at everyone while sitting in the corner. By this time it was about 2am and Nick had promised we would go home at 1am (we'd been out since 6:30pm) but he'd met a girl and was mauling her on the dance floor and not in any hurry to leave. (It's a bit disturbing seeing your baby brother pick up) so yeah I was tired, sober, bored and kept getting approached by guys!! Wasn't interested at all, but note to self when I am... 

Was kind of weird in the nightclub there.... seemed like everyone was either 18/19 or 30. 

But I have decided once and forall that I hate nightclubs and that they really aren't my thing and I never want to go to one ever again. Although I seem to decide that every time I go to one.... yet still somehow get dragged back into one. 

.....

Australia Day was very pleasant. Nick and I got up ridiculously early on Monday morning to get him to Monash Clayton at 9am to enroll (which these days is just getting your photo taken for your ID card - everything else you do online) so it feels like a total waste of a 6 hour drive... but yeah did that, then we went and saw Avatar 3D.... for some reason I'd seen it twice in 2D, and Nick hadn't seen it at all. Pretty cool in 3D but I don't want to watch it again for a long time. 3 times in less than a month is quite enough!! After that I handed Nick over to Kieren (haha like he's some kid... well atm in Melb he kind of is, can't really leave him alone he'd get lost!) and they went off and did man stuff and I drove down to Seaford to meet Elisa and we proceeded to have an Australia Day Eve party that was lots of fun! 

Australia Day itself we got up early and drove with Ian down to Warrigal for Ian's Australian citizenship ceremony, which was pretty cool to see and now he is officially an Aussie! Still got his awesome Welsh accent though haha. Although he kept trying to speak 'Strayan' but was pretty terrible at it. The citizenship part of the ceremony was pretty quick - but then we had to sit through all the Australia Day awards and honours and stuff which was pretty boring for the people not getting awards, but then they had a really good guest speaker - Tim Cope - he rode a horse from Mongolia to Hungary over 3 years and yeah, was really interesting to listen to! 

Spent the afternoon at Ian's parents place near Trafalgar and had a lovely bbq ... Ian's parents are lovely. They are just really nice friendly people, and I felt totally comfortable around them even though I've only met them a couple of times - usually I take a bit longer to warm up to people to be totally comfortable around... 

Anyway after we got back to Seaford I jumped in my car and drove up to Glen Waverley to another bbq at Lochy's place. I hadn't seen him for nealry a year due to first me being overseas, then he was in Hong Kong for 6 months when I got back, so very nice to see him! Various other Dan Murphys people were there and associated cousins and what not, which made for another very pleasant evening/night!! :-) 

Lochy is mean, there were two Canadians there and he made them have a 'vege shot' which he told them was a teaspoon of vegemite followed by a shot of vodka! Gross! No wonder no one likes vegemite, we always make them eat way too much of it! 


This time in 3 weeks I'll be on a plane on my way to LAX!!!!!!!!!!!

God time flies. 

I did it!

Dec. 22nd, 2009 01:22 pm
beceh: (Default)
I bought my ticket! I'm flying out to LA on Saturday Feb 20th.

I have no plans after that.

It's a one way ticket.

I'm kinda scared lol.
beceh: (fatso the fat-arsed wombat)
So.... CANADA?!

Elisa and Ian are going to move to Canada next year for a year or two... the other day Elisa said something about me going as well, and now I keep thinking about it. Ian also kept saying I should come.

So I've been looking into it... 24 month working holiday visas for Aussies are really easy to come by, and pretty cheap (A$190), and I'd also have to get a B-2 American visa (US$131) so that I could visit there if I wanted, which I would want. Leeron would definitely kill me if I lived in Canada and didn't come and visit him!

I'm thinking British Columbia - that's where Elisa and Ian will be, and I have some friends in Seattle which is only about 2 hours away from Vancouver. And.... Portland's only 5 hours away. But that is not allowed to be an issue or deciding factor at all. I can't let myself think about that. Of course I do though... :-S *headdesk*

So yeah. That's my current thinking.... summer in Australia, then Canada for I don't know how long... see how I like it and whatnot. Plus will be a good opportunity to see more of North America and travel. And always a plus, put off making any career decisions for another year or two haha.

I have only been thinking about this for 2 days, so we'll see how long it lasts....
beceh: (Default)
WEDNESDAY:
Wednesday, the day that Sydney awoke covered in red dust. Flight chaos ensued. My flight wasn't until the evening though, and thought it would be okay as they were reporting that the backlog had cleared by the afternoon and yeah...LIES!  Mum was lovely and drove me to Avalon (giggled at the ghastly spray painted orange rocks lining the driveway at Avalon) and we wondered where all the planes were - we could only see one, and that was a massive Qantas 747.... no Jetstar planes to be seen at all. Anyway, walk in and first thing I see is that my flight has been cancelled. Damn it. Got lucky though, they put me on an earlier flight that had been delayed and I ended up leaving only about 10 minutes after my original flight was meant to leave, and got to Sydney at the same time! So it all worked out well. 
Anna was nice and picked me up from Sydney Airport. We had a nice night just chilling out at her house and catching up and watching the Mighty Boosh. Her family is really nice. 

THURSDAY:

We drove over to Newtown (Anna lives in Coogee) and Anna took me to a cool big second hand bookshop. We spent about an hour wandering around in there. Yes, we are both dorks.  Had a look in some shops around there, then met up with her friend Martha and Martha's bf Nick and went back to Martha's house via the bottle shop and spent a lovely afternoon in her backyard. 
Went out for dinner with Anna's family. I had the best meal, it was soooooo good! 

FRIDAY: 
Anna had uni, so I took the opportunity to do the ultra touristy thing and caught the train to Circular Quay and checked out the Harbour, Bridge and Opera House, then caught the ferry over to Taronga Zoo and squeed over the adorably cute baby elephant and irritated at parents who were pointing to the gorillas and saying "Look at the Monkey!"  Got sunburnt. 





That evening I met some more of Anna's friends, Nadia and Eleanor, and we drove to Bankstown and went out for dinner and tried shisha/agila/hookah/whatever you want to call it. It was nice. I wouldn't do it very often, it's still smoke, but it was nice. Apple. Mmmm. 


Anna and I 





Ho hum

Jul. 30th, 2009 01:38 pm
beceh: (Pan's Labrynth)
I only have two nights left! How strange. I am back in London, got here Tuesday. I have decided London is much more fun with friends than by yourself.
I'm staying at a hostel, Lyndal has moved out of her flat and is travelling around Europe, so no free place to crash, or friend to hang out with! The hostel is in a good location though in Hyde Park/Kensington and right near the Natural History Museum.
The people there are rather boring though. The common room feels like a doctors waiting room. Everyone is either on their laptops, reading or watching TV with no-one making eye contact! It is rather strange!

I am over hostels though. I just feel like chilling out with some mates....bah!

I was going to go back to teh Natural History Museum yesterday but the line was MASSIVE. As in you would have had to wait for hours to get in, and I didn't want to go back there that badly, so I went to the Victoria & Albert instead which had no lines and I find almost as interesting.

Today I have been to the NPG, it was raining when I came out so hmmm what now. Was going to go to Greenwich but I will do that tomorrow, hopefully it will not be raining.

I am excited to go home!

More lists

Jul. 23rd, 2009 12:04 pm
beceh: (Default)
Because I can.

Things I like about Oregon (Portland in particular):
1. You walk down the street and complete strangers say "hello/good morning/good afternoon". This doesn't happen in Melbourne anymore! Noorat doesn't count, we all know each other. 
2. It's so green! It's almost halfway through summer and the grass is still green! 
3. The gardens. In this neighbourhood particularly, most people seem to take great pride in their gardens. There are some very beautiful ones around, and many of them spill out onto the street, with that bit of land between the footpath and the road, full of plants as well. I really like it. 
4. You are not allowed to get your own petrol at a service station. Lol. This appeals to my lazy side. 
5. Fred Meyer. That store seems to have everything. 
6. Powells. Gigantic book shop, both second hand and new. Need I say more? 
7. All the natural beautiful sights, waterfalls, lakes gorges etc.... 

Things I am looking forward to when I get back home:
1. Being able to drive my car!
2. Seeing friends and family (obv.) 
3. Meeting the pony lol. Cuddling Jezza and listen to his amazing purr. Get caught up in Angus' enthusiasm. 
4. Moving my life forward. I feel a bit in limbo at the moment. Figure out uni stuff. Finish a novel. 
5. Having some responsibility. 

Things I will miss:
1. The sense of absolute freedom and unknown possibilities. 
2. Meeting new people nearly every day. 
3. Being able to randomly hop on a plane/train because, hey, Portugal looks nice today. 
4. Not having any responsibility. 
5. Not knowing what tomorrow will bring or where it will find me. 
beceh: (Default)
 Ok, time for some more photos people. In here you shall find some snaps from my first time in Paris, second time in London, first time in America,  France with Mum and Nick and having fun in Bristol and Bath! 

See more... )


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