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The Grad Finale – Part II

The day after the wedding my sister hosted a brunch for us and all of our guests. It was another lovely day where we hung out in a much more relaxed atmosphere than the prior day. We ended the day swimming ocean side at Christine’s Aunt Marg’s cottage. The cottage is an amazing place that Christine and now Dave love. A great end to a great weekend!

Chilling out the morning after the wedding

Chilling out the morning after the wedding

An easy afternoon by the water

An easy afternoon by the water

A very cool place to relax and swim

A very cool place to relax and swim

On Monday all the Moore’s packed into their rental cars and headed to Prince Edward Island. It took a couple of hours to get to the ferry and then a few hours on the other side to get to the White Sands Cabins. We expected the pristine and well manicured property that is PEI but instead got the leftovers after a huge music festival that happened over the weekend. However we made the best of it and the bright side was there were no other guests!

Hanging out with the Moores on PEI

Hanging out with the Moores on PEI

Our short time on PEI was filled with exploring the National Park and beaches, checking out Anne of Green Gables and eating and drinking in abundance. Lots of lobster, steak, scallops, Cow’s ice cream, along with some beverages in front of a camp fire. A great time was had by all!

We made it back to Halifax and then the departures of our family began. It was sad to see everyone leave and know that our Halifax wedding festivities were drawing to an end. However we did have more wedding celebrations to look forward to back in Melbourne! We had many departure dinners and lots of goodbyes (of course we missed some people!) before flying out on July 14.

At the airport, all ready to go

At the airport, all ready to go

We arrived in Melbourne and got geared up for our party on Saturday night. Christine and Dave even had friends fly in from Perth and Vietnam to help us celebrate! The party was at Agent 284 which is a cool bar/restaurant downtown in Melbourne. We had a private area and our own bar and we think everyone had a really good time! The wedding planners for this party were Dave’s parents and they did a super duper job.

Party time in Melbourne

Party time in Melbourne

Good times

Good times

with good friends

with good friends

The last week in Melbourne was filled with dinners, meet ups and lots of food and drink. We got to visit with lots of friends and family and even managed a winter bike ride on the rail trails. This made it very obvious that we need to get back in to the hiking and biking and a bit less of the eating and drinking!

Making pizza bases together

Making pizza bases together

Out biking with the parents - who left us in their dust

Out biking with the parents – who left us in their dust

Lovely family dinners

Lovely family dinners at home

And dinners out!

and dinners out!

and more dinners with good friends

and more dinners with good friends

and  their adorable kids

and their adorable kids

Exploring around Torquay

Exploring around Torquay

Loving a blue sky day

Loving a blue sky day

Beer and bubbly in the hot tub

Beer and bubbly in the hot tub

We wish to thank everyone who participated and helped us celebrate our wedding, our big grand finale to our trip. It was a very fitting way to end such a great year and we were so happy to be able to share it with everyone. A special thanks to our parents, Marg, our sisters and brothers who are so important to us everyday but especially on our big day. We couldn’t have imagined the day without any of them. Your help, generosity and time over the last month is greatly appreciated.

We are currently back in Singapore and trying to come to grips with the end of our amazing year and a half of travel and fun. It has been a wonderful adventure full of awesome experiences. And most importantly, we shared an incredible time in our lives together that we will always remember. People have told us that if we can survive in our little van for a year we can survive anything! Well bring it on!

Enjoying the delights of Singapore  - chilli crab - YUM

Enjoying the delights of Singapore – chilli crab – YUM

Getting our apartment and belongings sorted

Getting our apartment and belongings sorted

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Checking out the new sights of Singapore

Checking out the new sights of Singapore

The great sights of Singapore

The great sights of Singapore

We are now gearing up for our next adventure – DUBAI!!! Let the next adventure begin! This one however involves working and getting back to the 9-5 routine. It also involves getting paid which is a necessity after such a wonderful year.

Thanks for reading our blog and following us on this great journey. We hope to do it again sometime. We’ll keep you posted…

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New Bloggers!

Welcome to our new blog!

When we first decided to take a year and see the world a lot of friends and family asked if we would be keeping a blog, to which the quick answer was always no. We thought putting some of our better photos onto facebook would suffice to keep people up to date on our adventures.

However, after a major change of travel plans, and having decided to keep our own diary anyway, as well as enjoying and learning from so many other bloggers great sites, we have decided to give it a go. No promises on how frequently we will update, but we will do our best, and truly hope to get some news and a few pics up every week.

So, we have been in Canada for exactly a month now. A bit longer than planned, but we have been busy.  We have had some great times with Christines family, including a week on Prince Edward Island with her parents.

Mussels

Enjoying a fresh pot of mussels by the ocean

Fire on the jetty

Enjoying a fire on Margs jetty

PEI camping

Camping on PEI

The other major accomplishment is the purchase of our new campervan, which will hopefully carry us without breakdown all the way to Ushuaia in Argentina. We are planning on taking the next 8 months to get there (12 to 15 months if you ask Dave…), and will live in our new van as we go.

The new van

Christine and our new van at the end of the Cabot trail.

We will add some more information regarding the van in a separate page for those that are interested.

We had quite a scare at the start of the week when we put her in for a basic service and oil change etc at a large mechanics (part of a franchise chain). They rang us after only having her for an hour, and asked us to come down for a private chat… basically they thought that the underbody corrosion and some ‘at home’ repairs by the previous owners put her in a state beyond reasonable repair.  They knew we had just bought her, and felt a bit sorry for us I think, as they didn’t charge us anything for the time they spent, and sent us on our way with a gentle consolatory pat on the back.

Thankfully we didn’t just put her down then and there (though the thoughts were there), but booked her into a more local mechanic, who is known to work on older vehicles to get a second opinion. Thankfully they thought she was in great condition for her age. They changed a faulty O2 sensor, replaced a couple of shocks, tidied up some brake lines, and a few other minor repairs and wished us all the best with our trip!

So the lesson learnt here is to look for mechanics that have some experience with older vehicles, and don’t just do oil and filter changes on newer vehicles.

So, the van needs to go back to the mechanics for a couple of hours on Monday morning, but as soon as that’s done we should be on our way.

First stop is Fundy National Park, where they have the highest tides in the world!

Check back soon to see how the start of our trip went.

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