Once again, this last week has been filled with good time spent with family and friends. We are still here in Chicoutimi, spending our days chatting away and eating good food. Tough life!
One notable moment was when a good friend of mine refused to try food we had found in a bakery’s dumpster, here in Chicoutimi. His only argument was that it was one of his principle to not eat food from a garbage can. Then the following analogy came out. Elaine is a vegetarian and doesn’t eat meat as a principle.. not allergic to it or anything, she just doesn’t like animals to get put down for calories. The analogy kind of made sense… it’s not that bad to eat meat once in a while, and it’s not that bad to eat good food from the dumpster once in a while. A challenge then popped up. If Elaine would eat two bites from a meat sausage, the friend would eat a big piece of a baguette from the dumpster. He didn’t expect Elaine to agree but she went all out and ate meat for the first time in about 6 years. I bet you she wished the challenge would have been with Bacon or Ribs as it’s what she misses the most from eating meat! I feel like each time I get home(my first home.. where I grew up), I end up realizing how much I have changed since my last visit. Since I only visit once or twice a year, I get to mention what has been keeping us busy and sometime what values may have changed over time. The biggest change this time has to be our view towards dumpster diving. It generated discussions on a daily basis and it was always entertaining to explain why we did it, how we did it and where we did it. Although all agreed that dumpster diving was a good thing to help reduce food waste, not too many would be willing to be the ones going in the dumpster or even eat food from the dumpster.
Although the snow has begun melting, it’s still super cold here.. highs of 4-7 Celcius.. nights dropping below minus 5 C. We have moved inside houses most nights to get more comfortable sleeps. The only good thing about it is that our upcoming trip to Thailand is going to be that much more enjoyable!
After stopping for a few days in Quebec city to visit Elaine’s sister, we are leaving for Thailand tomorrow for a whole month. We are super stoked to finally be wearing shorts and t-shirts all the time. We’ve mentioned it before but the thing that shocked us the most last winter wasn’t how hard it was to live in a van or live a simple life on a tight budget, it was the lack of super warm weather. We though spending the winter months in the USA would mean climbing shirtless but that hardly ever materialized. Furthermore, our time in Quebec was fun but we need to start moving again as we are loosing our fitness quickly with all the gastronomy and the numerous drinks we’ve been having daily.
We aren’t bringing the laptop to Asia so we probably aren’t going to update the blog until we come back. At best we will try to post some pictures. On the other hand, we will still keep track of our expenses with the intent of staying within budget.
Have a good spring you all and hopefully summer will be here when we get back at the end of May!
Our budget for this week is now $172.37 for food & fun.
April 9 – April 15 : Weekly & Totals since we left 42 weeks ago.
Fuel: $98.00 / $5653.38
Food: $40.61 / $2756.06
Fun: $8.10 / $5086.50
Other: Dentist exam for the two of us: $190.00
Total for the week without fuel: $238.71
Total with fuel: $336.71
Total spent since the beginning: $13685.94
Total budget: $15756.21
Budget left: $2070.27
Our budget for this week is now $174.42 for food & fun.
April 16 – April 22 : Weekly & Totals since we left 43 weeks ago.
Fuel: $40.00 / $5693.38
Food: $66.90 / $2822.96
Fun: $87 / $5363.50 ($87 in travel insurance for the Thai trip and $190 in total amount for dentist cleaning for the both of us)
Total for the week without fuel: $56.15
Total with fuel: $183.15
Total spent since the beginning: $13870.84
Total budget: $15756.21
Budget left: $1876.37
M & E