We decided that even though we live in another country,
we could still go for black friday shopping, minus the deals and such.
So, we packed up the van and headed to a large city about 3 hours away that has an IKEA!
We decided to leave around 7am to get to IKEA when it opened around 10.
Joanna napped in the car.
As we were driving we saw sheep everywhere,
some not so alive anymore.
This one was alive in the back of a car.
We knew it was a holiday (hence the sheep everywhere),
but it didn't occur to us that IKEA may not be open. We drove up to this!
After a little detective work we realized that it would not open until 1pm.
We dropped Josh off with a friend to watch some of the holiday festivities
surrounding the sheep not being so alive anymore and went on to our
second shopping destination across the city from IKEA,
to learn that it would not be open until 1pm also.
We then moved on to a 3rd destination and it was open!
We walked around a bit and then headed back to destination #2
to learn that it was actually 2pm that it was opening, so we went to a mall,
grabbed lunch and picked up Josh to go back a 3rd time (he was so excited he didn't miss it).
Success! It was finally open. We found a few good deals then headed on to IKEA.
It was packed.
Because of the holiday everyone was off from their jobs and evidently at IKEA.
We were able to pick up a few things for the house, grab some dinner
and head on out to finally get home around 12:30am.
Joanna woke up when we got out of the car and finally went back down around 2:30.
So, 19.5 hours,
500km (plus the trips back and forth to destination #2),
4 McDonalds meals (for lunch and dinner I had a happy meal with a milkshake
and Josh had 2 menus for dinner as they were buy one get one free),
lots of dead sheep
and several great purchases later
we finished our first black friday in another land.
Here is some of the aftermath: