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Going down south tomorrow

I feel a lot of relief about getting the new job, and I am a lot more at ease about spending the money on this trip, and the one to Vancouver next month. I’ll also be able to contribute a lot more into my RRSPs, and I’m going to put $1000 into a GIC with Outlook Financial as soon as I can save that much up. I want to eventually have five 5-year escalator GICs on rotation, so one matures every year. The interest rates are amazing, so I’m excited to invest.

Anyway, at 5:30am tomorrow morning, I’m leaving to go to Seattle. I won’t be back until Monday, but hopefully I’ll get a chance to post during the weekend since the BF took my laptop down with him when he left yesterday morning (we’re meeting down there).

If I don’t get a chance to post, then I hope you all have a great Canada Day long weekend. :)

What would you do?

Okay, I’m in a bit of a pickle here. I need to find accommodation for when I’m in Vancouver for the concert. The family that I have over there is not going to work out, as they are out of town that weekend. I have friends, but I don’t really feel comfortable asking to stay at their place when I really wouldn’t be able to have a proper visit with them … and it just seems weird (and kinda like I’d be using them) to go off to a concert by myself, and then expect the friend to wait up for me until I get back, only for me to crash and go home the next morning. I know I wouldn’t really like it if a friend did that to me.

So, I’ve been looking at my options, and here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  • Hostel – Private Room w/bathroom ($100): I’ve already booked this because they fill up fast and I didn’t want to lose this as an option, but I can cancel my reservation at any time. I like that the hostel is down the block from the concert hall, so I wouldn’t have to walk downtown Vancouver alone at night … and I also like the fact that it’s a private room because, well, it’s private. But that comes at a cost.
  • Hostel – 4-person room ($30): The cheapest option (at the same hostel as the above option), but I really hate the idea of not being able to have my quiet time to read a book or write, etc. Plus, people that usually stay at hostels like to go out to the bars and stuff, and I don’t like the idea of being woken up in the middle of the night by a bunch of drunken girls. I mean, I suppose I could suck it up for just one night. There’d really only be 3 other people in the room with me, afterall.
  • YWCA – Private room w/shared bathroom ($90): About 1KM from the concert hall. I’ve stayed at the Y a bunch of times with field hockey teams, and I like the location. That being said, for an extra $10, I could just stay at the hostel with my own private bathroom, and it’d be closer to the venue.
  • Suck it up, and ask a friend if I can stay with them (free): I really really really don’t want to have to do this … unless the friend offered their place to me (without me having to resort to hinting about needing a place to stay or anything), and even then, I’d feel bad.

So, what would you do? Would you try another option that I haven’t thought of before?

Trip to Seattle is getting closer!

The BF finally agreed to go on the trip to Seattle with me at the end of the month (June 29 – July 2) … and he’s even agreed to stay at the Green Tortoise Hostel! I know people have warned me about this hostel, but the Hostelling International closed down, so I didn’t have much of a choice since I’m too cheap to go to a hotel. Plus, the hostel was a really good deal. We reserved a double bed for only $20 each/night (they said they couldn’t gurantee us a double bed, but that they’d try – at the very least we’ll be in the same room together), they serve a free breakfast in the morning, and they’re right smack in downtown Seattle. This is shaping up to be a pretty cheap trip so far!

I can’t believe the BF even agreed to go. I was all set on going myself, and then meeting up with my friend on my last night there. He even said yes, after I told him I’d be spending a lot of time looking through Macy’s, and all the other wonderful American stores I’ve never been into before, and that he’d better not rush me! I especially don’t want to be rushed when cruising through Pike Place Market. But I promised to take him to the Museum of Flight to make up for it though, and he seemed quite satisfied with that arrangement.

We also decided to see all three Toronto Blue Jays games while we’re down there. The first night, we’re just going to get the cheap $7 outfield bleacher seats, and then for the next 2 games, we’ll splurge and get the $16 seats. It’s still undecided if we’re going to really splurge and get the good seats for $50. We probably won’t, but I really want to … I’ve never sat at field-level before, and it’d be a wonderful opportunity while watching my favourite baseball team.

Anyway, I’ll post the final breakdown for the cost of the trip once I get everything organized and confirmed!

Also, to anyone who’s following the NHL playoffs right now … even though I’m a proud Canadian, and I love my country to bits … QUACK QUACK, baby! :)

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