March - October 2015
  • Day1

    Perth Airport

    March 22, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    And we're off! The adventure begins :-)

    Armed with 1 backpack each full of belongings... first stop Brissie!!

    Have fun guys!! :-) How exciting xx Amie

    John Rolfe

    Have a great time guys Vancouver is a fantastic place

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  • Day2

    Brisbane Airport

    March 23, 2015 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Finally the time has come to embark on our round the world trip! After saying goodbye to friends and family, (and suki spilling her champagne all over her bag) we're currently kicking back on board the plane ready to begin our 9 month adventure!

    Watch out Vancouver here we come!
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  • Day2

    LAX Airport

    March 23, 2015 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    First long leg done! Arrived at LAX to a pretty annoying flight transfer process.. Fortunately our flight over was pretty awesome ☺ (I tried not to embarrass Travis in business class and failed... Everything was so exciting!)

    One more short leg to go!
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    I am sure you will get the hang of it Suki by the time you make it back to Australia.

    Amie Abela

    HAHAHA :-) Looks so roomy!!!

  • Day2

    1st Night in Vancouver!

    March 23, 2015 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    After some plane maintenance issues at LAX we finally landed in Vancouver........ totally unprepared for the cold drizzly weather that lay ahead.

    Dhileep has kindly let us crash in his awesome downtown apartment overlooking the city. Had a great night sharing old work stories with Dhileep and Daniel and chowing down on classic american burgers and beers.

    After 30 hours since we left Australia - jet lag has finally kicked in

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  • Day4

    Ok Go Concert

    March 25, 2015 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

    After a long day of miserable cold rain we caught up again with Dhileep and Daniel to attend the 'Ok Go' concert at the retro Commodore Ballroom. (Ok Go are the band the produced the famous 'treadmill' filmclip to their song 'Here We Go Again'. Check it out here if you've never seen it before) The concert was entertaining, fueled by a venue with great acoustics, dazzling visual aids, confetti cannons and of course numerous schooners of Canada's finest ale's.

    Feeling a strong buzz following the performance, we staggered down to a nearby cafe to order the largest serving of 'Poutine' on offer. Poutine is a dish originating in Canada consisting of French fries topped with a gravy-like sauce and cheese curds (perfect for curing late night munchies and preventing the following day's inevitable hangover). Topped off with a bucket of ice cream we stumbled home to what was an awesome night and no better way to finish it off then to listen to Dhileeps hilarious failed online dating conquests.

    Tomorrow we're off to the suburbs for Suki's laser eye surgery!
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    Chris Farley

    Mmmmmmmmm Poutine.

  • Day5

    She's Blind!

    March 26, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    No, not her usual intoxicated state ? Suki had her 'No Touch' PRK Laser Eye Sugery today Recommended by her friend Daniel in Vancouver, she saved almost $4000 to have the operation here. The London Eye Centre has been brilliant to deal with and very professional. Very exhausted and drowsy, Suki is doing well and is getting more attention than a puppy. With 4 types of eye drops required every 30min to 4 hour intervals, im surprised the antibiotics hasnt started flowing out her ears! Anyway off to the shops to be the chef for the next few days of recovery.Read more

    James Brooman

    Good luck Suki!! And the blog is looking GREAT!!! :)

  • Day9

    I can see!!

    March 30, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    I'm recovering!! Eyes are still a bit blurry and sensitive to light but just a quick note to document the whole laser eye experience, which in one word, was SCARY.

    In case anyone is thinking about getting it done, I went with the PRK option, which has a more painful/ longer recovery time than the equally popular lasik/ Intralase option. The benefit being its meant to be marginally safer and also recommended for people who do impact sports (such as being punched in the eye).

    The worst part about the whole thing was the fear of something going wrong. Chances very slim I know, but the thought of not being able to see is pretty scary, and don't forget you are getting a LASER IN your EYES (getting your eyes prised open by scalpels and then the burning tissue smell afterwards was not nice.. fortunately the clinic was professional and amazing). The pain is moderate but bearable, what got me was barely being able to open your eyes and not knowing if that was normal or not. Getting the reassurance after the first follow up appointment was a huge relief. Also being so dependent on someone else is not something I'm used to, fortunately Travis was there and amazing, would have been pretty horrible without him :-)

    Remarkable improvements yesterday and as of last night I could see almost 80%! 2nd follow up appointmemt today and then we're off to Whistler!!

    Not too much to report since I've been blind/ bedridden however please find find a photo of;
    1. a root vegetable we got served by our Vietnamese airbnb family in new Westminster that Travis refused to eat (it was not bad!)
    2: all my glasses/ contacts which I will no longer need (yaaay!).
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    Amie Abela

    Hi Suki, Good to see you and see :-)

  • Day9

    We're in Whistler!

    March 30, 2015 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    And its awesome!
    Travs old school friend Blake came and picked us up from Vancouver (thanks so much Blake!) and we enjoyed the beautiful drive up... Known as the Sea to Sky high way its famous for its stunning scenery.
    Blake has been living in whistler for the last 7 years... Initially planning on coming over for a season and ended up not leaving. We can see why, its a pretty awesome lifestyle!
    He even managed to get us staff discount on an amazing chalet so we are living the high life for the next few days ☺
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    Amie Abela

    Nice :-)

  • Day10

    Keyhole Hot Springs

    March 31, 2015 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    What an amazing day!
    Today we set off to Skookumchuck hot springs (i love the names of things over here!). About an hour drive out of Whistler passing through Pemberton and the Mount Curry native township. Made it almost all the way there only to discover the road was closed so we set off for Keyhole hot springs instead. About 70mile out again but sooo worth it.
    Driving down the gravel tracks we passed no other cars other than some construction vehicles, eventually pulling into an obscure area on the side of the road with a tiny "parking" sign (where are we? I started to wonder). "Its just a 2km hike this way guys" Blake says. Sure thing! So off we set. It wasn't long till we realised we may have veered off the track a little.. because there was no track. Scrambling up and down rocks, steep slopes, along the river, under and over logs, through puddles and under a waterfall.. it was a bit more rugged than planned. But we made it! And wow.. what a reward.. Out in the middle of nowhere with not a single other person in sight we were at a set of 3 naturally formed hot pools set against the river. And the water was steaming hot.
    Completely priceless :-)
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    Amie Abela

    Looks amazing!!!! From you 1# Fan :-) Can you tell im board at work hehe

    Trav and Suki

    Haha, you are definitely our number one (possibly only) fan Amie :-)

    Amie Abela

    HAHAHA :-)

  • Day11

    Whistler Mountain

    April 1, 2015 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    With snowboards under our arm we jumped aboard the Gondola with excitement as we slowly ascended the famous Blackcomb mountain. This journey gave me plenty of time to remember my previous crashes, lack of confidence, and how little 5 year old kids would zoom past me like I was standing still. Suki also helped lighten the mood by saying it would be unfortunate if I was to break my wrists at the start of a 9 month holiday.

    As it came time to strap in, adrenalin started to flood my vains as I started the descent. After a few nervous stacks, I was back on the 'bike' and started enjoying the perfect weather and magnificent views of Whistler Village below. Before lunch we caught the 'peak to peak' gondola joining Blackcomb to Whistler displaying a panoramic view of the mountains as Blake shared his bear stories with the rest of the group.

    After a greasy burger and can of red bull for lunch it was time to up the ante of my skills with my personal snowboard couch Kate coming to the rescue and teaching me the 'toeside falling leaf'. Looking stupid, but feeling a like a pro - I felt I had mastered the technique and was one step closer to becoming a true snowboarder. Big thanks to Suki, Jay, Kate and Blake for hanging out with the new kid on the block.

    With aches and pains and feeling like I had just completed a weeks worth of crossfit classes we headed down the mountain to what was an awesome day, with brilliant weather.

    Back at our accommodation, Kate and Suki whipped up a monster feast of thug kitchen lasagne with ceasar salad and garlic bread. With a handful of beers and countless glasses of red wine - it was a perfect way to finish off our time at Whistler.
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    Amie Abela

    Its only the start and your holiday already you have done so much. Looking forward to reading more.