What to Do in Vancouver – in Winter

Even if the days are getting shorter and it’s often grey and cold outside there is still much to do in Vancouver. To convince you; I would like to give you an insight into what to expect in this sometimes uncomfortable but also cozy season when autumn changes into winter.
In addition to well known activities like going for walk or sipping a hot coffee or chocolate in a cute cafe there is definitely more to do at this time of the year…
Are you still in autumn mood or can you already feel the holiday spirit?

1. Firstly, one of the places definitely on my own bucket list. The illuminated Capilano Suspension Bridge. Maybe you already saw it on many of the instragram posts, but even if it is not the case I think it’s more than beautiful walking across the huge bridge in a “world full of lights”. Starting November 20 till January 23 you can experience a fully illuminated bridge as well as the environment like all the trees around it. I would recommend going there in the evening since the lights are more “bright” when it’s dark outside. It is a bit pricey but this is the best time of year to get your moneys worth here.

2. What’s better than having a cosy afternoon or evening strolling through a Christmas Market? Trying one or two or even more hot mulled wines – sometimes the one for children is also really delicious – and having a additional delicious snack like roasted chestnuts 😉 Maybe it’s also a nice place for Christmas shopping – imagine being in time collecting all the presents and not being late like every other year 😉 Vancouver Christmas Market with all its activities, snacks and drinks takes place daily from November 13 to December 24. So after this market ends you can directly move into the Christmas celebration with family and friends.

3. Seems like this post is all about lights – our next magically illuminated location is VanDuse’s Festival of Lights in VanDusen Botanical Garden. This one returns to Vancouver by November 26. You’ll get the opportunity to explore more than a million lights which takes you into a magical winter wonderland. Don’t forget to buy a ticket in advance and above all don’t forget to enjoy your time and take a few pictures 🙂

4. Vancouver isn’t always as cold as you may think, thus it is a great place for outdoor activities like ice skating. Besides watching a Canucks game you can try being sporty yourself on the ice.
There’s the huge and of course illuminated ice rink at Robson Square. Starting from early December until February you can enjoy outdoor ice skating over there. You don’t have any skates? No problem, just borrow a pair for a small price (cash only) directly at the ice-skating rink.

And even if right now it is the rainy season in Vancouver, don’t let a little rain drop stop you from doing amazing winter outdoor activities. What’s your favourite winter activity?

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New `Kids` on the Blog

We’re happy to announce a new member of the INTERNeX family, who arrived this week. A really warm welcome goes to Samantha. I really had a great chat with her where she told me some facts about herself. Of course I’ll share them all with you guys 🙂

Samantha is 22 years old and originally from a small village, only 90 inhabitants as she said, close to Frankfurt in Germany. I’m sure you’ve already heard of Frankfurt because of the huge international airport as well as the fact that it is an important financial centre. Just a side fact; now back to Samantha. After finishing her apprenticeship and subsequently her diploma (in Germany it’s called “Fachabitur”) she decided to become a full time traveller for the next months.
In my opinion that definitely sounds amazing. After spending a few weeks in Iceland she has now seized the opportunity to gain more experiences and grow beyond herself in Canada.

Samantha is participating in our volunteer program for 5 weeks and works in the same animal hospital as Sophie. You know? The one with the cute baby cats 😉 Seems like this is the place to be 🙂
And there’s more to it; her motto is definitely “great times ahead”. After her time in Canada she plans to travel to 7!!! more countries all around the globe.
But for now she’s really interested in spending time in the Canadian nature, get to know the Canadian way of life and experience Canadian culture herself every day.
Since right now she’s still a bit afraid of spending time alone in such an unknown city, which is understandable in any case, feel free to form a group and spend some time together. It’s so much fun getting to know new place or try unknown activities together. Such a new place can always create a strange feeling but as time goes by you’ll get used to it and in the end one don’t want to leave anymore. I can assure you from my own personal experience .

That’s it for now – I’m sure you’ll get the chance for another chat with Samantha at today’s pubnight at Malone’s Taphouse, 6pm 🙂

Have a great day:)

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New `Kids` on the Blog

Hello and welcome to our New Kids on the blog – and above all a really warm welcome to Sophie, our new candidate. Actually she’s already in Vancouver for two weeks but since she’s such a friendly and open-minded person I would not like to withhold her from you.

So let’s talk about Sophie. First of all we’re really happy that she found her way to beautiful Canada spending her time with us. 🙂
Sophie is 20 years old and originally from a small village close to Hannover in Germany. She’s staying in Vancouver for 2 months where she’s doing her best work while helping out in an animal shelter in Richmond. There are mostly little baby cats; doesn’t that sound cute???
In any case, she really enjoys her time over there. So Sophie is taking part in our volunteer program. Since she will be placed in a host family in Richmond she’s also really excited for all the upcoming adventures and to spend her time in places like Vancouver Downtown, Gastown or at the beaches such as Kitsilano or Sunset beach. Her bucket list also includes a bike ride with her host family through Stanley Park as well as a trip to Whistler.
As many of us did she already graduated from highschool and decided to do a Gap Year before continuing with university.
She always wanted to come to Vancouver to meet new people and learn more about the Canadian culture and way of life. As far as i can say Sophie has a really interesting point of view since she told me that with this stay abroad she aims to get a new perspective on things and new ideas; especially regarding her study plans.


Get out of your own comfort zone; she said to me and i think this is a very good starting point for a successful stay abroad. I really hope she’s enjoying her time and can pursue all her goals!!
She actually came to Canada without any specific expectation; and here’s the next inspiring opinion; without any expectation you will not be disappointed. She’s only hoping for a great time with many new experiences and opportunities and a great hostfamily. And the last point already came true.


Let’s meet at today’s pubnight 🙂 6pm at Tap&Barell Olympic Village!

Have a nice day 🙂

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Canada facts – movietime

Where are all our movie lovers? People who’re always up to date with the newest movie and practice binge watching as a professional sport? This blogpost will definitely be something for you 😉

Is it New York or our beloved Vancouver? Maybe you’ve seen Vancouver in many movies you’ve watched in the last years 🙂 But did you recognize that it isn’t New York or Seattle but Vancouver? Might be difficult so let us have a closer look ;).
Firstly, I’d like to tell you a short story about something that happened to me during my time in Vancouver. Back in 2017 on my way to my daily language classes on W Hastings street, Vancouver Downtown I saw camera teams everywhere. The people weren’t allowed to cross the street – except us language school students. It felt like being a celebrity for like 5 minutes 😉 So I continued walking straight to the language school building to not disturb the shooting. Right before entering the building I turned around and saw Ryan Reynolds on his motorcycle ready to shoot the movie Deadpool 2. Pretty cool and exciting moment. Believe me – here’s the evidence photo.

So that’s it from my own experience; let’s continue with some popular films and series that take place in Vancouver.
How many movies were filmed in Vancouver? Do you know any of these movies? I’m pretty sure you will…
Beside Deadpool, there is one of the most successful movies you’ve probably seen or at least heard of. Getting a little naughty we can talk about 50 Shades of Grey. Have you noticed the huge building called ” Bentall 5 tower”? In the movie it’s transformed into “Grey Enterprises” where many scenes take place. Maybe you’ve had dinner at Peckingpah BBQ in Gastown (like I did) or visited the Fairmont Hotel. Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele have been there as well. 😉 It’s true; in the movie it seems like everything takes place in Seattle but as in mentioned before it’s often not like this; this movie is a good example for Vancouver which stands in for Seattle.

The famous action blockbuster I, Robot with Will Smith is also shot in Vancouver. You can spot filming locations of the futuristic city in the movie by the Marina City Towers, Wrigley Building and Pier 94.
There are famous movie locations at every corner. Even right on the arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you can spot a well known movie scene. This place was featured in the horror classic “Final Destination” as New Yorks JFK Airport.
Love is in the air – movies such as Always be my maybe or one of my favourite movies Love guaranteed are being filmed in Vancouver too. It’s pretty cool watching movies in which actors enjoy their time in Downtown or on a walk in Stanley Park. If you haven’t seen this movie it’s highly recommended by me.

Surely you know the Twilight Saga? Also this one was filmed at different locations in British Columbia especially Vancouver and Tofino – of course as it is typical for these movies, mostly in the forest.
Certainly, there are many more great movies but some series you might know are shot in Vancouver as well. The famous classic Suits as well as Arrow or Riverdale found their perfect filming location in this Canadian city.
Hope I could give you some “that’s amazing oh I didn’t know” moments 😉
Enjoy watching you favourite movies or series and if you already visited some of the filming locations – let me know!!!

We’d love to see you at tonight’s pubnight:) 6pm at The Beaver pub!
Cheers

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to Do in Vancouver – your favourite fall recipe

So the fall series continues…
Pumpkin spice everything nice 😉 from latte to pie; pumpkin has been added everywhere;)
Food, food, food – todays blogpost is all about an autumn recipe you’ll definitely love.

So let’s start with the famous pumpkin pie, which should not be missed during this season.
Take your time because baking an old-fashioned pumpkin pie will take time (60 minutes) to be perfectly delicious.
Here are the ingredients:
For the filling
– 21 oz (600g) pumpkin puree
– 2 large eggs
– 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/3 cup white sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons cinnamon (in my opinion; better too much than too little)
– 1 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
– 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
– 1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
– 1/4 ground cloves
and for the crust
– 1 1/3 cups (200g) flour
– 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp sugar
– 1/2 cup (120g) cold butter; 1/4 cup(60ml) cold water
– 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
First start with the filling.
Beat the eggs in a bowl; add the heavy cream . Then mix the sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamon and the lemon zest with the pumpkin puree until everything is well mixed.
If you are done with this step let’s continue with the crust. The pie crust lies around the pie and gives it hold and the delicious solid crust.

1. Start with mixing the apple cider vinegar with the cold water. Place in the fridge. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut the cold butter into even smaller pieces and put it in the bowl. For now gradually add the cold apple cider vinegar water. Be fast so that the dough and the butter do not warm up. Next step: knead everything until the dough starts to stick together. Since the dough should not be too wet, don’t add too much water.
Now it’s time to wait; wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge for about 45 minutes.

2. Aaaafter a loong (ok not that long) wait…
roll out the dough to a size somewhat larger than a 9 inch (23cm) pie dish. Put the dough into the dish and press it down on bottom and sides. Use your fingers to create a pattern. After that prick the dough using a folk several times and place everything in the fridge for another 20 minutes.
Now you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Put a piece of baking parchment on top of the dough and fill with rice. Bake the crust for about 20 minutes until the edges have got some colour. Remove from the oven and let cool down a bit.
After it’s slightly cooled down lover the temperature of the oven to 180 degree and put the filling into the cooled pie crust. Bake for another 50 minutes. It’s a wrap.
Tip: You really shouldn’t bake the pie any longer than written in the recipe. pay a little attention to your gut feeling. If it looks and smells good – it’s done 🙂
Cool the pumpkin pie for around 2 hours and don’t forget that the cake will come out of the oven puffed up and will deflate as is cools down. If you want feel free to decorate the cake with heavy cream, nuts or some pumpkin pie spice.


Now you’re ready to enjoy the best cake ever 😉
– and don’t forget to share with your friends and family even if it’s that tasty 😉

For those guys staying in Canada right now – hope you had a great Canadian Thanksgiving evening with family and friends:)


Maybe you’ll find the perfect baking buddy at tonights INTERNeX pubnight:)
6pm at the Cambie pub in Gastown.

Enjoy!!

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com