Stepping off the plane in Vancouver I realised that my flip flops may not be appropriate footwear for the Canadian winter climate.
In the past fifteen hours we have boarded three separate flights to travel from the tropical heart of Costa Rica to the bitter winter in British Colombia, our itinerary of travel in Central and South America has changed in the past few weeks as we have been asked to look after a modern town house just outside Vancouver over Christmas and New year.
Our travel plans are never set in stone and we always said that we would consider each opportunity as it presents itself and base our itinerary on the merits of those we feel would benefit our RTW experience.
We have been asked to house sit for a little over two months while the owners fly back to the UK to visit family and take a trip around France, our amendment to our previous itinerary means that we will now be flying out of Canada to Australia at the end of January 2012 to activate our Australian working holiday visas.
In retrospect the logistics will be slightly easier, we had toyed with various routes that would take us through South America to enable us to get a direct flight out of Chile however all of them meant rushing around and spending a large proportion of our monthly budget flying from country to country.
Our home for the next two months is just stunning, we are to care for a three story town house in a suburb just north of the city.
The owners have very kindly left their car so we are excited to get out and explore the surrounding countryside, with Christmas fast approaching it is great to be back in the cold weather and we are looking forward to snow and festive activities.
Being in a house for Christmas is something that we both wanted and house sitting has provided us with the opportunity to spend Christmas relaxing and planning the next stage of our adventure.