Winter isn’t for us..

You know, the thing that surprised us the most this last winter is how cold we’ve been in general. Being originally from Quebec, it’s a common occurrence for elders to go to Florida and spend the whole winter wearing shorts. Well somehow, being as far south as Texas doesn’t necessarily mean it will be as hot as the snowbird state. So we’ve had too many cold nights and days to our liking but having reached Canada by the end of March made us realized how lucky we were. Perhaps we shouldn’t have complained about the temperature back then as we have spend a few nights and days between -15 to -20 Celcius (around 0 Fahrenheit) here in Quebec. Good thing we have many friends and family members to visit to keep warm during the day! At night, as our sleeping bags were at their lower limit for comfort, we ended up using our down jackets for extra insulation for the feet inside the bags. In fact, once we figured how much extra clothing to sleep with, we had one of the warmest and most comfortable night even though it was our coldest one and didn’t use the heater.

Gets cold in the van.. she's not very winter friendly!

Gets cold in the van.. she’s not very winter friendly!

Now that we are back travelling through big cities, staying within budget can really be a struggle. Not only that, but visiting people you haven’t seen in a long time almost automatically involves going out, drinking booze or participating in social events. Alcohol in Canada is between 2 to 3 times more expensive even when we had to pay $1.25 CAD for $1 USD. We are still staying within budget but it’s only because people have been cooking a lot for us!

Saguenay is famous for their Big beers!

Saguenay is famous for their Big beers!

But the good thing is obviously the amount of socialization with have been having with everyone we don’t get to see very often and those we haven’t seen in years. We are very lucky to have amazing friends welcoming us warmly each time we show up on their door step! Thanks and we love you all!

Not van living food .. it was awesome!

Not van living food .. it was awesome!

We are now in my hometown/area of Saguenay, QC. We’ve been “living the life” lately, sleeping in heated homes with TVs, internet and stuff like microwaves and ovens. It’s really nice but we aren’t doing much physical activities to stay fit in the meantime.. hopefully we can still climb by the time we reach Thailand!! 😉 The ground here is still full of snow (like almost 2 feet) so it’s questionable whether we will be able to use our ropes before we leave.

 

Our  budget for this week is now $178.36 for food & fun.

March 26- April 1  : Weekly & Totals since we left 40 weeks ago.

Fuel: $219.59 / $5555.38
Food: $51.55 / $2686.31
Fun: $63.26 / $5038.33

Total for the week without fuel: $114.81
Total with fuel: $334.40
Total spent since the beginning: $13280.02

Total budget: $15756.21
Budget left: $2476.19

 

April 2 – April 8  : Weekly & Totals since we left 41 weeks ago.

Fuel: $0 / $5555.38
Food: $29.59 / $2715.90
Fun: $40.07 / $5078.40

Total for the week without fuel: $69.66
Total with fuel: $69.66
Total spent since the beginning: $13349.68

Total budget: $15756.21
Budget left: $2406.53

M & E

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Baby sitting 😉

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In a rest area .. catching some internet before heading on the road again

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Tyson, my dad’s boxer.. so pretty!

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At my sister’s birthday party in Alma, QC

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Elaine and her cousin Frank

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