Rocky Mountains Trip!

What a breathtaking weekend! The INTERNeX group set off on one of the best trips of the year on Friday. We went to the Rocky Mountains. Together with Moose bus adventures we created a Rockies trip individually planned for INTERNeX and it was just incredibly cool!

On Friday we hit the road. There was a long bus trip ahead, but everybody was super motivated and was ready for the trip.  Mike was our driver and guide and brought a bit of atmosphere into the group. After everything was stowed away in our bus, we were ready to go and set off!

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We spent our first night in Kelowna, but already on the way there we stopped at many exciting and beautiful places like the Bridal Veil Falls in Rosedale. Then we made our way to Kawkawa Lake, when we arrived there, we all jumped into the water and then we had a brilliant idea…why not make a challenge out of it. The challenge was to swim in every lake we visited! I took this challenge very seriously during the trip (I was the only one who really swam in every lake) because Mike (guide) and I came up with the idea, but the others also enjoyed the idea even if they didn’t swim in every lake.

Hope, a small city east of Vancouver, is known for his wooden figures and we happened to witness the famous competition where the candidates carved wooden figures with a chainsaw.

On the way to Kelowna we also visited the Othello tunnels, which also belong to one of the most famous sights and fo20190816_143420.jpgr reason. Unbelievable that these tunnels were created only with dynamite and manual work.

Arrived in Kelowna it was time to check into the hostel and everyone could hardly wait for dinner. Even though it was very windy at the beach in Kelowna we decided to eat pizza and enjoy the view of the water. For me it meant swimming in the water again! The challenge must go on!

Some of us, despite the fact that it was a long and exhausting trip, went for a drink in the evening, which led to the fact that the next morning it was nice and quiet in the bus 😛

Now it was time for us to head to Banff and on 20190817_180527the way there Mike showed us many breathtaking places. We stopped at Kalamalka lake and then we went to a lake that really took my breath away. Emerald Lake, a glacial lake that looks like it’s photo-shopped. Small glacial minerals make the water look turquoise. Due to the fact that the lake consists of glacial water it has a water temperature of only a few degrees Celsius. This didn’t stop Mike and me from jumping from the bridge into the ice-cold water. We were a little attraction, and no one could believe that there are actually two crazy people jumping into such cold water, some of the tourists even walked around in winter jackets. Nevertheless, we jumped, and I think my heart stopped beating for a moment, but I’ve never felt so good about anything. A unique experience that I will be talking about for a long time to come.

After we arrived in Banff, we spent a relaxed evening together.

On Sunday we had a pretty early start into the day, because we had a lot ahead of us. We started with a small hike to the waterfalls in Johnston Canyon. Arriving at the upper waterfalls Mike did a little meditation with us which made us appreciate what we have. After that we went to Lake Louise, where almost everybody took part in the lake challenge and to top it off, we all went to Lake Moraine and jumped into the water. We asked the staff of the canoe rental what the water temperature of the lake was, and it was 6°C, yes you read correctly, 6°C. It was very cold, but I am proud that all of us have made it. Both Emerald lake, Lake Louise and Lake moraine look as if someone had coloured the lake blue, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life, unbelievable! In the evening we went to the Banff Hot pools, which were a good change after the cold lakes.
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The trip was nearing its end and yesterday we made our way back to Vancouver. A short stop at the Natural Bridge made the trip complete and we made it back to Vancouver safely.

The trip was simply breathtaking and unique!

 Hope you have a great week and to see you at tomorrow’s PUB NiGHT at the Yale Saloon!

-Lilly

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

PUB NiGHT at the Beaver Taphouse!

PUb Night yesterday was once again THE event of the week. The one evening everyone is waiting for all week!

The Pub night took place yesterday at WhatsApp Image 2019-08-15 at 21.44.18.jpegBeaver. The pub is located right in the center of downtown on Granville Street. A well known bar area with super cool locations to eat and drink. You should go there if you have time. The beaver itself is worth a visit, but what makes it even more special is that Wednesdays are always music bingo nights. You can’t imagine how funny it gets when a whole bar plays bingo. We were again a relatively large group of about 25 people, which made it a bit difficult to talk to everyone, but with a little effort it worked quite well 😉

The poor employees who had to take our orders all the time, especially since we had our own floor and they always had to go up and down the stairs. But oh well, we had a great time there again.

Unfortunately it was the last pub night for many people. Some will start exploring Canada and the other part will make their way back home. It was definitely great that you spent your last pub night with us and showed our newcomers what’s going on in Vancouver.

Have a great trip wherever you are heading and hope to see all the others next week!

Some of us are about to head to the Rockies and I am super excited for that!!!

 

-Lilly

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

You still don’t know what to do on the weekend? Then let’s give you some ideas.

This weekend a lot of cool events are happening in and around Vancouver and there is something for everyone. For all those of you that want to be active and do some sport, I have the perfect event for you.

At Kitsilano Beach there is the KitsFest. It takes place all weekend long and ranges from playing basketball, volleyball, tennis to a lot of other activities, like sunset yoga. Sound’s pretty fantastic to me! The downside of it is, that for some activities you have to pay admission, but maybe it is still worth checking it out.

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I personally would love to go to the next event that I want to share with you, but it takes a little road trip to get there. It is the Abbotsford Airshow this weekend, which is one of the biggest airshows in Canada. I think looking at all the vintage planes and military aircrafts is super interesting, if you think the same make sure to go there!

I know some of you live here on a pretty tight budget and there are also some options for you. This weekend there are a lot of free music events happening in Vancouver, for example free live music in North Vancouver or Mission Twilight Concerts at Fraser River Heritage Park at 7PM. Having a relaxed evening listening to live music with your friends is always a great way to spend the weekend.

But now let’s come to a really great event hosted by INTERNeX. If you don’t have plans for your Sunday, make sure to join us for a game of Disc Golf at Elizabeth Park. It is a really cool group activity with a huge fun factor.

Is there a better way to spend the weekend than with friends? I don’t know. 62551251_2245194065792281_6647863583201820672_n

Whatever you decide to do make sure to enjoy your weekend! See you soon (hopefully on Sunday 😉)!

 

Lilly

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

20th Anniversary!

It was a really special Wednesday for all of us Internex people. Because you won’t believe it but Internex has already celebrated its 20th anniversary. Many people from all over the world came to experience this special moment with us.

But let’s start at the beginning. To celebrate the 20th anniversary a surprise party for Tim has been planned for years. Former participants and employees came to Vancouver especially for this day and had to hide for years that they will come to Vancouver. It took a lot of strategy from Simon to keep Tim from finding out.

After years of planning it finally happened yesterday. The party of the year could finally take place. Now the biggest challenge was to get Tim out of the office. Ann, who is in charge of the Ranchstay, called Tim and asked for a spontaneous meeting as she was in town. Of course, everything was planned in advance !😉

After Tim agreed after some hesitation, the surprise party, which took place in the pint, could begin. Tim didn’t suspect anything and was more than surprised when he saw all the familiar faces from all over the world. After he realized what was going on, it was finally time to celebrate. We had a very enjoyable evening in the pint with both current and former Internex People. The party was moved to Yale in the course of the evening and continued there diligently.

 

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It was definitely a successful evening and a fantastic surprise party!

-Lilly

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

How was your weekend?

What a wonderful weekend! Hope everyone enjoyed the super nice and hot weather this weekend.

On Saturday I went to Squamish to hike the Sea to Sky Summit Trail, you should 20190720_122327.jpggo hiking there. On the way to the top you have wonderful places where you can take incredible pictures and where you are able to just enjoy the breathtaking view. The path leads you through the almost untouched forests and you even pass a waterfall with unbelievably clear water. The path stretches over 7.5 kilometres and you climb 885 metres of altitude. You can imagine what a feeling it is to arrive at the top and have the best view ever. Most people take the gondola down and when you see how high the mountain is you can hardly believe that you have hiked all this before.

On Sunday it was time to do something with our INTERNeX students. We did a picknick at the VanDusen Botanical Garden with a small group of people, but it was really fun to meet up with all the others and to talk about what was going on that week. We met at Waterfront Skytrain Station and took the Canada Line to King Edwards Station. From there it took us a 20-minute walk to the botanical garden. We searched a perfect little spot to sit down in the grass and enjoyed our food. After that we had a stroll around and looked at all the amazing flowers and plants.

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The weekend has to end and now the week starts.

I wish you all a good start into the week and I hope to see you all at this week’s PUB NiGHT!!!

-Lilly

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

How was your weekend?

The weekend is over, and it was a really special one for me and 14 other participants.20190712_195950

It was the weekend where we left for Vargas Island and went Camping. An island where you are all by yourself, no running water and where you are surrounded by the ocean, forest and yep…there are some wolfs too. But other than that, you are able to have the most beautiful time with friends in a really calm and just breathtaking atmosphere.

 

We started our trip on Friday (12 July 2019) at 10am and before we were able to head to the ferry, we had to pack all IMG-20190715-WA0007our stuff into the cars. 3 cars with 5 people each and then all the camping gear, you can imagine how packed the cars were. We actually had to play Tetris with all the stuff we had to take with us. At around 11am we were finally able to hit the road. It took us a while to get to Vargas Island, but after two car rides, a ferry ride and a trip with a water taxi we finally managed to get to the Island. The sun started to set, and we had to hurry a little bit to build the tents and to get the fire started and then it was time for our first dinner on Vargas Island. We ate burgers, which were really tasty and after that we made some S’mores as you have to when you are going camping. IMG-20190714-WA0020

The next day we just relaxed, played some volleyball and discovered the island a bit more. We ate Pancakes and burritos as snacks in between and then hot dogs for dinner. By now you may have noticed we had a lot of food. Time passed and after the sun set it was time for our last night on the island. It was fantastic. Our own private little beach party was really something no one will ever forget. On Sunday we took the water taxi back to Tofino and spend the rest of the day there. Some of us went surfing, the others just ate lunch and had a look at Tofino. Sadly, every weekend has to end, and it was time for us to head back to Vancouver.

 

 

We were all super tired when we got back, but we are all back safe and sound.

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It was a weekend to remember!

See you at the next PUB NiGHT at The Beaver!

-Lilly

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

The PR Team has a new member!

I am not the best one when it comes to writing about myself, but I will try my best. So, lets start at the beginning. My name is Lilly-Therese, but everybody just calls me Lilly, guess it is easier that way. I am 19 years 20190704_164449old and I normally live in a small town near Berlin (Germany) together with my mom and my chocolate Labrador called “Maja”. And yes, she is the cutest 😉 and I will miss her! My older sister already moved to a different city to become a doctor in medicine, that is why it is only my mom and me.

Why am I in Canada? Well, in Germany I am studying European Management and I know what a lot of people might say:” then what is she doing in Canada and why isn’t she in Europe”. The answer to that is quite easy. For my studies a compulsory internship of 3 months is necessary, and we have to do it abroad, no matter if in Europe, Africa or America, the main thing is to do it outside of Germany.

From the moment I knew that I have to do that internship it was clear to me that I would loooove to do it in Canada, especially in Vancouver…city, mountains and seas all at once, sounds pretty great. As you might know, it is really difficult to find an internship in Canada, so I searched my way through the internet and came across INTERNeX. Which, looking back was the best that could have happened. I will now support the PR team for the next 3 months in organizing all the events and trips. I hope I will meet a lot of you guys there and that we have a great time together.

I think that were enough information for now, see you at this week’s PuB NiGHT at the Colony!

-Lilly

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com