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Monday 30 November 2015

Goodbye Vancouver, Hello Los Angeles


Liam picked us up at 09:00 and drove us to the airport. Typical morning rush hour traffic, but no worries because we left with plenty of time to spare.

The check in process is now fully automated and a bit daunting for us who haven't flown to a US destination in a very long time. You scan your passport, your face and your fingerprints just after you drop off your luggage. Then in becomes a bit more familiar with the trays for your stuff and the body scanner. Everything gets a good checkover and we're okay with that. Safety first.

We walked through the "fare paid" zone after checking through customs and I was once again blown away by the beauty of Vancouver International Airport. What a classy place! We sat down for a bit to regroup and put all our stuff back in its place.

Then hunger struck. Shelagh had seen an Orange Julius and said they have the best hot dogs. So we each had a hot dog and a classic orange drink, not bad actually, but I'm not going to make a habit of it. Then buy two bottles of wine at the duty free and stop for a glass of white wine at the Canucks pub and soon it was time to board the plane. We left right on time and landed in Los Angeles at 16:00. It took a while to figure out where the hotel shuttle buses stop but we were soon on our way to the hotel. Check in was a breeze, and we were soon moved into our room. After some relaxing we walked to the Denny's restaurant next door and had a delicious caesar salad with chicken and avocado.

Now a glass of wine in our room, and then we start tomorrow's leg into Mexico.

Stay tuned for more news...


Sunday 29 November 2015

Prep time! Tomorrow we head south.

Sunday, November 29th 2015, the day before our departure.

Tomorrow our son Liam will drive us to the airport and we will go to Los Angeles where we will stay the night and then continue on our way to Léon, Mexico for a three month stay in beautiful San Miguel de Allende.

Today, however we must get packing and clean the house. Then on Monday morning we turn off the water, turn down the heat, give keys to neighbours in case there is an emergency and cross all the T's and dot all the I's.

It's hard to believe that the day is finally here, after renting the house of Barbara ( It was just a fluke, really... Babs had posted on her blog that she was looking for a long term tenant for her guest house in the back. I commented that we were looking for something for a three month term and she offered us her main house! I took us about three seconds to make the decision.

Three loads if laundry done and the suitcases are full. Cameras are tested and ready. Little bluetooth speaker is charged. Tickets and hotel reservation are printed and in the carry-on bag. All that's left to do is try to have a good night's sleep so we can hit the road running...

Next post on Monday from our hotel in Los Angeles...