Location: Toronto, Canada
Had a great time in New York but the time we were there flew in. We flew from Toronto through Porter Airways and it was just brilliant and so handy. It took only an hour and 10 to get there. It cost $80 to get from Newark Airport to downtown in a taxi so we decided to get the train, it was a bit of extra bother but it only cost $30 so it was well worth it.
We stayed in the Edison Hotel on 47th Street. The Hotel was just basic but perfect and in a perfect location been 2 seconds away from Times Square. When you see Times Square for the first time its just amazing, its lit up so much, its blinding. The day we got there it was lashing rain but it didnt stop us from walking around New York we were absolutely drowned. On the Monday we went to a place called Jersey Gardens , Its an Outlet shopping centre and it was just brilliant, Usually Id have trouble getting Paul into shops but I couldnt get him out of these. We bought loads of new stuff and didnt really spend much because everything is so cheap. We brought an empty suitcase with us and it was full leaving. We arrived there at 10 a.m and left at 7 p.m so we were wrecked after all the shopping.
The Second day Tuesday was my Birthday so we decided to do some touristy things for the day so we headed to the Empire State building. I am absolutely terrified of Heights but I new I had to do it so we went up the lift and it stopped at the 80th floor. When we got out I couldnt believe that we had to get another lift higher and at this stage my legs where like jelly already but it wasnt to bad as it was only another 6 floors to the top. When you walk outside its just the most amazing view of New York. But because its so high its freezing cold, we got some cool photos which Paul will put up tonight.
After the empire state building we went to ground Zero. Its mostly closed off because they are in the middle of building another building on the site with 2 memorial pools. We went into the ground zero museum and that was soooo sad. They had different things on show like part of one of the airplanes and a big twisted peace of metal which was once part of one of the towers. Things like phones and laptops all wrecked and found after 9/11. On one of the walls they had pictures of each of the people who died in 9/11 and it was just so sad.
Later that night we went to O'Luneys Irish bar for dinner with my mates Erica and Sinead and flew home Wednesday.
We both found that New York was an amazing city but we both rather Toronto. We both felt a sense of uneasiness in New York and the people just came across as been mad. Toronto is cleaner and ye feel safer but in New York the shops are better and the food is nicer so they both have good and bad qualities and we are just delighted to have seen both places.
Toronto is freezing at the moment and covered in snow. Yesterday I think was the coldest yet at -10 degrees and it really felt it. My ears and face were so sore with the cold I dont know how Paul works in it all day.
Well hope everyone is keeping well and looking forward to Christmas.
Sinead and Paul.
WELL AS YE ALREADY KNOW PAUL ISNT VERY SAFE ON HIS FEET, WELL HERES A VIDEO OF THE FECKER ON ICE,
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Location: Toronto, Canada
We are into our 6th month here now and its so different to when we first came over. The weather is freezing cold and yesterday it started snowing and didnt stop so it was lovely and white when we got up today. We were both like 2 little kids running to the window to see if it had stuck over night. Ha Ha. All the Christmas decorations are up around the city and the snow just makes it look great. Its going be hard on poor Paul cause he works outside. When its really bad hes sent home but doesnt get paid for the day so ye cant win either way.
We are both really looking forward to New York next Sunday. Im meeting Paul after work today to go change our Canadian Dollars into American Dollars because the Canadian Dollar is getting worse by the day. Wait till you see well change it today and then tomorrow it will be better. Ha Ha. Meeting friends Erica and Sinead in New York so cant wait because it feels like we havent seen friends and family in ages. Probably because we havent so it will be cool. Its also my birthday while were there so atleast I have a couple of familiar faces to have a few drinks with on my B day. Also going to buy loads of presents for myself.
Havent really got up to much in the last couple of weeks as we have been saving like mad for NY except for the Tina Turner concert and a mad night out in PJ OBriens with the Irish crew. Tina Turner was absolutely brilliant. I would deffo recommend anyone to go see her when she goes to Dublin in March if its not already sold out. She puts on an amazing show and jumps around the stage as if she is still in her 20s. I still cant believe shes 69. PJ Briens was a good night too. Paul and Barry put on a great show at the end of the night by grabbing the mikes and getting on stage to sing The Jumbo breakfast Role by Pat Short. The pub was packed and the faces on the poor Canadians was hilarious because they hadnt a clue what they were singing. It was very funny.
Other than them 2 nights the last 2 weeks have been pretty quiet. No plans for this weekend as NY is next week so Im looking forward to a relaxing weekend.
Well put up another entry after NY to let you know how we got on. Paul put more photos up last night so have a look when you have time.
Take care everybody
Sinead and Paul
Location: Toronto, Canada
Theres another two weeks flown by. Still getting on great and working away.
Poor Paul had another incident at work involving a Stanley knife, He Spent 5 hours in hospital and got 5 stitches on his hand but hes fine. He went straight back to work after he came out of the hospital. He is such a cluts, he falls or trips at least once a day. Poor thing :)
As you can see from the new photos weve put up, we had a very interesting weekend. Friday night as it was Halloween we decided to go to the gay village because we heard that it was mad and because there is nothing more terrifying than a load of old men that actually believe they can pass for woman. It was crazy. Paul met his old Pal from a few months ago the He/She with the boobs. It was so excited about seeing Paul it wrapped its legs around his neck. Paul didnt seem to mind to much tough. Ha Ha. We met some very crazy people that night.
Went out Saturday night and met up with a load of Irish. Weve been here 5 months now and not one Canadian friend between us. There must have been about 15 of us out and we had a really good night. We were both dieing on Sunday for the day so we arent doing that for a while. Havent really got much planned this week but we are up early saterday at 7am for the arsenal man united game, paul and barry might get a game of golf in after if the weather is still gud. We have Tina Turner coming up next Thursday so at least we have something to look forward to.
The weather hasnt been that bad the last few days and it even reached 19 degrees yesterday. But im sure the freezing cold weather will back soon enough. Saturday was lovely so we headed to the Toronto Island but everything was closed for the winter but we got some nice photos of the Toronto Sky Line and sure it was a nice walk.
Keep in touch and thanks for all the messages.
Sinead & Paul
Cant believe its been over 2 weeks since I put up an entry. Time is flying. We are both doing really well. I'm still working as the filing clerk for LRI and Paul is still working away across the road. He has this week off as the construction is running behind and there was no work for the carpenters this week. So he's bored stupid at home and dieing to get back into work on Monday. He had a little incident last week when one of the fellas on the site let a big metal bar fall, poor higgo happened to be walking under it. It knocked him flying and he just had stars flying around him for a few minutes but thank god he was wearing his hard hat so don't worry he's fine. He cant get any worse anyway.
I'm getting on well in the new job. The work is just straight forward and easy. You cant have the same crack as you could back home and the people just aren't as nice but it pays the rent and I just keep my head down and get dug in and the day seems to fly.
The weather is really cold at the moment. It was -2 degrees last night and it snowed for the first time. It didn't stick but it was just a warning that its coming. I walked the shop last night which is 2 Min's away and when I got home I couldn't feel anything. I was numb with the coldness. But then I did walk over just wearing a huddie. We just have to wrap up well and we'll be fine.
Things are easier since meeting Coleen and Barry who live just 2 floors up. Its nice to have someone you can just pop up to for a cup of tea and a chat. Barry is so much like Paul its mad. Not a minute goes by without one of them doing impressions from Father Ted and Pat Short.
Barry wanted to get his hair cut the other day so we walked over to the Eaten center to see how much it was cause Paul wanted his cut too. It was $30 dollars and Paul's is usually $15 so he said he'd wait and get it done in his usual place. Barry felt he really needed his done so paid the $30. We left the Eaten center and walked up the road to get groceries when there was this tent set up as if they were promoting something. We went over and you will never guess what it was. Only a barber given fellas free hair cuts to promote the new Gerard Butler film. It was sooo funny. That would only happen to Paul. Poor Barry but we all got free tickets to see the film. Going on Thursday night.
No plans for the weekend as we are sitting in and saving for New York, going in 5 weeks. We booked the flights this week and have our hotel booked a couple of months. Tina Turner is only 3 weeks away as well so we have a busy month coming up. I cant wait and I know theres a secret Tina Turner Fan in Paul somewhere.
Well keep in touch and I'll talk to you all soon.
Sinead & Paul
Hope all is well back home. We are doing great, I started my new job on Tuesday and so far its going good. They havent had a file clerk in months so theres such a big backlog but it keeps me busy which makes the day fly in. I also got my first pay cheque on Friday and my wages are so much better than what I was getting with the temp agency so we were delighted. Those temp agencies are robbing feckers.
The weather over hear is soooo cold at the moment. If feels like its going to snow any day now but it doesnt usually start till November but you never now. Its amazing cause last week we could walk around in a little top and still be warm but now we need hats and scarfs. We had to go out yesterday and buy Paul proper work wear for working in extreme weather. We bought him work boots and a work jacket which should have come to $200 but wait till I tell you what chancer did. He brought his boots that he bought 2 months ago over with him which were absolutely in bits and told them that he wanted to exchange them because they shouldnt be in the state that they were in and they actually gave him his $90 back. Then we bought a jacket which was $29 but was scanning in at $32 so Paul told her and had the girl so confused because nobody can understand us over hear that she made the mistake of actually taking off $29 so we got it for $3. As my dad would say to him " If he fell into the Liffey he'd come out with a salmon in his pocket" He's gas :-) We spent $70 instead of $200 and got him the best boots we could, so he'll be nice and snug in work now in the winter.
We went to Niagra Falls yesterday with my brother Richie and a couple that we know from back home who are living hear the past 4 years Kelly and Stephen. The Falls were amazing. We'll put photo's up but the photo's dont do it any justice at all. We went behind the falls and had to wear these stupid looking yellow rain coats cause other wise you'd be soaked but well worth it cause its just something you'd never experience at home. Its so big. The water is falling so fast and from so high up that it creates this mist that you can see from miles. And even when youre not close to the falls it feels like its raining because the mist is falling on you. Its really cool and we really enjoyed it. Niagra itself is like a real little cartoon town with loads to do. Were deffo going to go back because we wonna go on the boat trough the Niagra and we also wonna have a look at the casino's.
We met a lovely couple last week from Northern Ireland Coleen and Barry. They live on the 14th floor of our building and are really nice. They also introduced us to another Irish couple Sinead and Daniel who are also lovely. They found it hard to find Irish people over hear to hang out with so its cool that we have an nice little Irish group now to go the pub. We were actually out last night in an Irish bar called Grace O'Malley's. Great night but the two of us are in bits today. The alcohol content in the drinks over hear is soo much higher than back home, like a smirnoff ice is 7% alcohol hear and only 4.5% back home. I find I have to drink much slower than back home and also I find the hangovers are just horrendous. Im writing this to you now while Paul is asleep beside me with a white face cloth soaked in cold water over his forehead. He's such a drama Queen. Ha ha (He's gonna kill me when he reads this).
Anyhow, thats all the news I can think of at the moment we will talk to you all soon.
Sinead and Paul
if you click on above link you will get a clip of the rollercoaster we went on,
king size pampers needed for me
Location: Toronto, Canada
Sorry its been a while since weve put an entry up. Sometimes were better off waiting a while so that we actually have something to tell yez. As usual we are bout doing great. Hear over three months and still happy. I finish up hear at CAMH on Friday so Iv been trying to find a job for the last while. I had a second interview last Tuesday and really had a good feeling even at the first interview I went to with them. I got back to the office after the interview and a half hour later got a call off them telling me I could start next Tuesday. The company is called Leber | Rubes. Its a fire safety company that does fire drills and things like that. Well, Im there new Files Clerk and Administration Assistant. The best thing about the job is that the wages are much better at $17 an hour instead of just $13. Even dough its a annual salary Job but I worked it out. Also because its a salary job I get paid for all holidays. The only thing is that my office is on the 27th floor and I hate heights but maybe it will help conquer my fear. So its all good. Paul is still doing great at his new job. He has never done this type of work before so he is finding it really interesting and learning a lot. Its great us both having Monday to Friday jobs as it allows us to do alot of things at the weekend. This weekend we sat in all day on Saturday and watched the football as we pay $15 a month for Setanta and its well worth it. Sunday we decided to go to Canada's wonderland. We went with Paul's Cousins, Girlfriends brother James and his girlfriend Michelle who are over till Friday. The four of us had a great time we got on every rollercoaster even dough im terrified of heights. And as usual Paul screamed like a woman on everything we got on. On one particular Rollercoaster we were told to put all cameras away and in no circumstances were we to take them out but Paul couldnt help himself. We were heading up the high part of the rollercoaster when everything stopped and some woman started shouting at Paul over the microphone to put his camera away and show her his empty hands. Me, James and Michelle just put our heads down with shame, we were so mortified even the little kids were shaking there heads in disgust at him while we were getting off. I can always trust Paul to make a show of me. It was very funny. The rollercoasters hear are 10 times bigger than back home. I dont think we will ever be able to set foot in funderland ever again after this. Paul is going to put some photo's up of it later on tonight.
We can really feel the different weather coming in now. I had to buy a hoody the other day because I was freezing. Its more in the morning time and the nighttime but you can really tell that the winter is coming. Soon well be putting photos up of us in wellies and with snow up to our arses. We'r both actually looking forward to just seen what its like and experiencing the different season.
So I think thats all we have to tell you at the moment and we will put another entry up soon. If any of you have any news , we would love to hear it, so just send us a little message we wont display it so dont worry. We love getting little messages.
Hope every one is keeping well
Sinead and Paul