We are so pleased with all the helpful suggestions that we have received about some of the items that we were thinking about taking/storing/chucking. The two of us have shown incredible restraint with new purchases so that we're not adding to items to debate about.
Alex and I have such a hard time surprising each other with gifts (or otherwise) since we're attached at the hip. With our new rule of 'no more purchases', gift giving was supposed to be on hiatus.
I was wrong and was pleasantly surprised. I received a package in the mail and I had no idea what it could be. It was so sweet! Alex saw me fawning over some photography taken with fisheye lenses over the last few months and got me a fisheye no 2.
So - the dilemma - should it stay or should it go? ...and by go, I mean, with us, on the trip. We bought this really awesome SLR camera and decided to return it because we want to be carefree during our travels and not have to worry about losing an expensive camera. We decided that the Canon point & shoot SD880 would suffice.
Now I've got this new toy that takes really neat pictures. I wouldn't use it as a replacement for the digital, but it would be fun to have the fisheye lens and try some new/old tricks. It's really light weight and not too big. Come on... can I take it?
While traveling, we'll likely be eating out a lot. Not only because we'd like to try different restaurants, but also because it can be more cost effective at times as well as convenient when we don't have the necessary appliances/utensils. We decided to attempt making pizza at home the other night...
We both like a saucy pizza. When we make it at home we don't skimp.
We've heard the pizza in Naples is amazing and are looking forward to having a slice or two (or ten) in Italy. Do you guys have any good pizza pie recommendations?
Last week we feverishly got some rooms painted before our first house showing.
Mina doesn't know how to paint without getting paint all over herself:
Painting can get really frustrating so we try to make it fun by listening to some tunes and dancing around while we're working. This time we threw some old podcasts into the mix - namely The Ricky Gervais Show.
The painting is all done and we've been steadily showing the house. I guess all we can do now is wait for the right buyer. How could they pass after seeing our mad painting skillz?
We put up posters for our house sale etc... at the university we attended. We both got our degrees at the University of Manitoba and have some fond memories of hanging out on campus. We figured it would probably be the last time we would walk the halls of our alma mater and decided to take some photos to remember the things we had to look at every day for four long years. The university buildings are connected by a series of underground tunnels. Most of the tunnels are filthy and boring:
...but some space has been set aside for "tunnel art":
The tunnels house a variety of dilapidated lockers.
The Batman logo has been on those lockers for at least 15 years. These tunnels come in handy during the winter. You basically don't have to go outdoors except when you're arriving or leaving for the day, which is convenient given that Winnipeg is known for it's -45 Celsius (-49 Fahrenheit) days.
Degrees is a cafe on campus that we occasionally went to when we were students.
We noticed the following note taped to the door:
Poor Andrea was robbed of her chance to tell Rhiannon that she is the father...
Despite our portrayal of the university thus far, some of the old buildings and surrounding campus are gorgeous.
Ask any child in Winnipeg where Westview Park is and we'll guarantee that you will be met with a blank stare. Ask them where 'Garbage Hill' is and each and every one of them will be able to point you in the direction of an oasis of elevation in an otherwise flat city.
We're not sure when it happened, or why, or how it happened - but somehow Winnipeg's landfill was turned into a park. The city was expanding into it's own dump and I suppose this was the best solution. Currently, the park is surrounded by a veritable industrial wasteland and is bordered by train tracks. Despite this, it makes a great location to spend an afternoon together.
Kids love tobogganing at this place in the winter, being the highpoint in Winnipeg, it makes for some great rides. We hadn't been here in years and wanted to check it out one last time.
We can't wait to start traveling so that our weekend activities do not include touring a retired dump.
With so many things that need to be done we've tended to forget all the things that we have completed over the past few weeks. We've finished our landscaping, we've had our second round of vaccinations, and we've (finally) listed our house for sale!
We've also purchased our laptop for traveling. We decided on a Macbook Air. Our two options were an ASUS EEE PC 901 laptop or the Macbook Air. Both laptops feature a solid state drive (no moving parts) and are designed for travel. There were a variety of reasons why we ultimately went with the macbook over the ASUS but it wasn't an easy decision.
We bought the Macbook Air refurbished from Apple and got a good deal. It's the first time that I haven't bought a computer brand new. A co-worker had an interesting theory on why it is better to buy refurbished. He suggested that each of the reconstructed products are quality tested by Apple whereas the new products are only randomly tested. So far we haven't noticed any aesthetic or technical defects and we're very satisfied with our purchase.