A weekend in the nature – Weekend get-away

For some of us it was this weekend – get away from the urban jungle, loud noise and our beloved Vancouver… let’s go to Whistler, explore the incredible nature Canada has to offer.
We met really early in the morning at Waterfront station to start our journey. With two cars, that we rented in advance, it was easy to get to Whistler and honestly, even the car ride was, because of the incredible nature, a highlight.
Our first stop was the sea to sky gondola and Shannon Falls. Some of our professional hikers conquered the Sea-to-sky summit hike, while the other half of the group took the gondola up the mountain and hiked over there. We all had an amazing experience and a lot of fun. After taking about a thousand pictures on the summit under clear blue sky it slowly started to snow. Time for a hot chocolate and to enjoy the view from inside the restaurant. We stayed there for a while before continuing our way to Whistler.

It was already 5pm so headed straight to the HI-Hostel where we spent the night. The evening was filled with a walk through Whistler Village, dinner at one of the cheapest restaurants – by the way a small tip on a side: The El Furniture Warehouse offers food for only $7!, which is really really cheap especially since nothing in Whistler is cheap.- and a few rounds of pool.
We were all very exhausted, but happy, from the day and no one made it too late and went to bed early.
After a wholesome breakfast at the hostel the next morning, it was time for some of us to prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – bungee jumping. After we booked the tickets they had only 2 hours left to prepare mentally for the big jump!!
Of course, even though only a few took the jump the whole group was there to give emotional support and take pictures. The bungee jump was amazing – in Kato’s words: “It left me flabbergasted. The most incredible feeling ever and definitely totally worth the step into the deep (literally and figuratively) ;)”.

But that wasn’t enough adrenaline for the day. We headed directly to the next adventure – snow tubing in a real winterwonderland at the tubing park whistler Blackcomb.
Completely frozen, happy and grateful for this great weekend, we set off our way back to Vancouver.

Thanks everybody for the amazing time! 🙂

Cheers,

Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
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From pub night to cultural sight

Last weeks pubnight was a bit different, in a good way that is. We decided to cultivate ourselves outside of beer tasting and Canadian finger food. Instead of meeting at a pub, we gathered to see and incredible art performance at The Cultch.
For those of you who might not know, The Cultch is a historic theatre in East Vancouver that offers programming in theatre, dance, music, circus and visual arts. If you’re interested check out some more details right here: https://thecultch.com/
Maya, who is currently doing her practicum at The Cultch kindly organized us tickets for opening night of the BOW’T TRAIL Retrospekt performance by an talented choreographer-documentalist.
With her performance she received among other achievements the Grand Prix and Envol Award. No wonder why so many people were interested in going. After all Vancouver offers a great variety of cultural
programs too, so it would be a shame to not check some of them out while you’re here.

Arriving at the Theatre it was a rather small and cozy looking place, with a red carpet rolled out at the front door and little cute light chains around the building. In the entrance you could smell fresh flowers and inside people were mingling while having some drinks or snacks before the show started.
A really great atmosphere.
So back to the play. The description says that in this performance was a conversation between the present and the past, voiced through the channelling body of the choreographer, where more than 130 testimonies collected on 7 lands of the Americas still reside, are represented.

Our group didn’t really have many expectations nor could we really imagine what this performance was about to look like. Entering the actual theatre room the lights were dimmed, a big screen was showing a night sky with many stars and soft music started playing. A magical first impression. We all enjoyed the performance a lot – there was something relaxing about it. Right after the performance ended, we had the opportunity to stay for a “stay and talk” where the audience could ask the performers questions. This helped many of us to understand and comprehend the actual theme and meaning of this play.
After the show, we shared our experiences and impressions. We all made different interpretations which made it even more interesting to talk about.
As a conclusion we can say that it is definitely worthwhile to sometimes dive into the cultural world as well. This performance leaves space for interpretation and to create your own picture of a certain situation.
For this Wednesday, we are looking forward to see y’all at our well-known pubnight
at the Colony: https://colonybars.com/entertainment-district/


Enjoy your day!

Tatjana & Laura

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
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How was Pubnight ?

Finally! Restrictions are already lifting, no more limits on tables, mingling is allowed, and INTERNeX pubnights are coming back to life. This is certainly what we all have been waiting for – just to spend some quality time with people from all over the world.
If you are new to Vancouver, it must’ve been not easy to make friends in this foreign city at first. But we’ve got good news! For the past weeks we’ve been able to host our beloved pubnights again with more than 6 people on a table. That means the time for cold after-work-drinks, chats with cool people and getting to know thecity a little better, is back. We from the PR-Team are super excited to hear that there’s so many people in Vancouver with INTERNeX right now, and we’d love getting to know all of you.
Throughout my years (Laura’s speaking ;)) I’ve met a lot of great personalities that become my friends. I’m also always a little sad when people leave, but then Ialways meet new people, we built bigger groups and I can tell – it’s so much fun!
Going to a new place, far away from home can be scary, especially when you don’t know anybody, but our pubnights can help you a lot making that connection with other like-minded people. I remember, and this is completely normal and ok, I was a bit nervous too before going to my first pubnight, but I realized very fast that I had no need to be nervous. We are all in the same boat. From my own experience I can tell, everybody was open, willing to engage and to meet new people. Pubnights are also a great place to plan other activities together, eg. hikes on weekends, or upcoming INTERNeX trips such as the Rocky Mountains trip in April!!
(We’ll talk about that in more detail in one of our next blogposts and on
Instagram, so stay tuned!) You just pitch your idea and there’s always somebody who’d like to do it with you or even had the same plan as you. It’s very comforting to know that even if you’re far away from home you don’t have to be lonely. I would rather say a stay abroad is more like a growing your own strong, personality and having the time of our lives thing 😉

Last week’s pubnight was at The Cambie which is especially known as a hostel, but it also has a popular bar. Here you can meet lots of internationals, as well as locals. Sounds like the place to be, right? We love how to go to different bars each week. It helps to get to know Vancouver and its night life better. We were around 12 people last week and everybody had a really good time. It’s nice that everything slowly feels like it’s getting back to normal.

Can’t wait to see y’all at the next pubnight!
Also, have you seen our first Tiktok? Check it out and leave a like !:)
https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMLD4mvMs/

Cheers,
Laura and Tatjana

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

New `Kids` on the Blog

I know it has been kind of quiet last week – but this week we’re back with “double-power”!
Today I’m happy to introduce you to our two amazing newbies arrived in Vancouver in the last few days. We’re glad Ina and Dennis found their way from Germany to beautiful Canada.
So let’s start with Ina. Right at the beginning of our interview we found out that we’re from the same small town close to Stuttgart in Germany – really cool! But for now a few interesting facts about her 🙂

She already finished her apprenticeship and worked for a few months in her hometown; but there’s more to it. Since one apprenticeship wasn’t enough for her she already finished two – one in the commercial department and another one as a media designer. Right now she’s looking for her dream job in the media design industry. During her 5 weeks long stay in Canada she aims to improve her professional experience with a practicum in the field of marketing /design right in Vancouver Downtown. She’s really into traveling but would love to combine getting to know a new country with useful experiences for her career as well. So she uses her time in Canada to learn a lot about the country and its people and also as a time-out before starting back into her professional life in Germany. Since she has never been to Canada before she’s really excited to see new places, meet new people, and experience everything Canada has to offer. Since Canada was one of the first countries on her bucket list opened the border, it wasn’t a difficult decision for her to choose this place for an experience abroad. Ina also really enjoys her time in the office because she’s able to achieve a lot of new tasks and as she said: “the tasks are very helpful for my career and a lot of fun”. In my opinion this is how a practicum should look like 😉

Now let’s talk a bit about Dennis. He’s 28 years old and from Stuttgart as well. He came to Canada as a part of this cooperate study program. Since his studies include a combination of studying and working he seized the opportunity and asked his workplace in Germany if there is a possibility for him to do a stay abroad – and as you can see it worked out! In Vancouver he’s participating in our practicum program in a security system company. He’s staying for 6 weeks – seems like these guys want to be back home for Christmas with their families 😉 Actually Dennis had planned to do his stay in Tokyo but something changed his mind and he chose Canada… and as he said he doesn’t regret it.
During his last vacation in Mexico he made some great friends which are now staying in Vancouver as well. So these guys are able to meet and spend some time together again – pretty cool!! With this stay abroad he aims to get an insight into an international working environment especially in comparison to the German.

I really hope they both have an amazing time in Canada with us.

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

– Tatjana


INTERNeX International Exchange
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

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