Road Trip to Portland

Last weekend INTENReX went on a Road trip to Portland. Early Friday morning we drove two minivans out of Canada and reached the pacific coast highway in The United States. We drove along, made some pit stops on the way until we finally reached Portland in Oregon. The city is known for their parks, bridges and as well for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Someone would call it the hipster city of USA. We made it to Portland around 6 pm and our first destination was the Rose garden, the oldest public rose test garden in the United States which features more than 7000 rose plants of 550 varieties, were we enjoyed the sunset. After a long day we were all hungry and it was time for dinner at Pacific Pie where we got some delicious handmade Australian Pies. Thank you all at Pacific Pie for your pleasant service at your awesome restaurant🙂 After the dinner we checked in to our Hotel, Aladdin Inn and Suites. During the evening people had a good time at their hotel rooms, either chilling in their pajamas with a beer in their hand or having a room party🙂

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If you ever go to Oregon, you should know that there is no sales tax, so Saturday morning it was time to go shopping. Just 20 minutes out of the city you find the Woodburn Premium Outlet where you find more than 100 stores with exclusive brands at savings of 25-65%. After we almost emptied our credit cards we had a big surprise for the group and invited everyone for dinner at the elegant restaurant Clyde’s Prime Rib. The food was delicious and the place was fantastic. Later on we had time to explore the city, and check out the nightlife in Portland. Sunday morning we left our hotel early and headed down town. First of all we went tpoertland1o the famous Voodoo donut shop, known for their good unusual donuts, and believe me they were good😉  Than we took a walk around Portland Saturday Marked were we could see and buy all kinds of different handcraft from local people. Afternoon before we drove back to Vancouver, we had a guided walking tour around the city “Secrets of Portlandia” a stand up comedy tour about Portland’s history and culture were we learned about Portland’s fascinating evolution into the culture capital that it is today.

We found Portland an interesting city, and I’m sure someone would found it weird, so it’s nothing that we wouldn’t have missed. Thank you all guys for joining us on the trip, and we hope you found Portland as interesting as we did🙂

Vancouver Fashion Week

fashionweekHey everyone. INTERNeX  have some free day passes to Vancouver Fashion Week. If you are interested to get a ticket for the fashion week you can come to the office and get it for FREE (the normal price is $75). We will go on Friday, so hope you can all join us there. If not we have tickets for the whole week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to). So come to the office, get your ticket and get dressed up for this fabulous event.

 

 

(Ps. the tickets have different timing, 4:30pm, 5pm 5:30pm and 6pm and we can not guarantee tickets for everyone at exactly the same time)

 

See you  on Friday🙂

Roadtrip to Portland is coming up soon…

As you probably you know by now, INTERNeX is going to Portland on a roadtrip.
Our accommodation in Portland for the trip is the 3 star, newly renovated motel Aladdin Inn and Suites, located 10 minutes from down town. We will stay 4 persons in one big room with two queen size beds. Among other things the hotel offer free continental breakfast (which is included), free wireless internet, free local calls, guest laundry and free coffee all day :) It’s 100% non-smoking hotel and there are many restaurants within walking distance.
You can check out their website her on the link below:
http://www.aladdininnandsuites.com/reservations.html
Down below you can read an extended overview of the program of the trip.

Friday

We’ll meet at Avis Rentel Car on Hornby street down town

INTERNATIONAL ROSE TEST GARDEN
The IDEAL place for Instagram enthusiasts!
As we land in Portland the first activity we’ll do is the very beautiful rose garden (just take a look at the picture, woaw right?!) Portland’s international Rose Test Garden is the olderose-gardenst public rose test garden in the United States and features more than 7000 rose plants of 550 varieties. The rose garden came to be nearly a century ago when a citizen convinced the local government to set up a rose garden to preserve the species of European roses that would be killed off during the World War one bombings. It opened in 1917 and from the beginning hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world have come and enjoyed the sights and scents of the beautiful garden. No wonder why Portland got the nickname, “City of Roses”
DINNER TIME AT PACIFIC PIE
The most delicious pies you can get!
After visiting the rose garden it will be time for some food and what could be better than a Classic Chicken Pie or an Apple Pie Sundae for dessert? The Pacific Pie restaurants started back in 2009 when the owner from Australia was missing delicious meat pies from his home country. Since then the restaurant has kept on serving amazing handmade pies to the citizens of Portland. If you can’t wait to see the yummy pies, click on this link http://www.pacificpie.com/
PS. If you are not really into pies the restaurant also makes other delicious meals like soups and salads

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EXPERIENCE PORTLAND – Friday night after dinner we will have some free time in Portland. The city has a wealth of vibrant places and neighbourhood to experience and explore all of them unique. In Portland, people hang out in coffee shops, ride bikes, visit the art gallerie14192081_10154450800292103_3573164015685164374_ns or enjoy the variety of brewpubs with generous happy hour menus.

You can check out this coffee shops: World cup coffee, Coffee time, Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Vivace or Anna Banana’s (for the Vegans)

If you are 21 or over, we recommend these brewpubs: The Blue Moon, Lucky lab beer hall, Bridge Port or The Rogue Brewery & Ale.

Saturday

FUN SHOPPING EXP14196127_10154447942092103_6605411704838309856_oERIENCE AT WOODBURN PREMIUM OUTLET MALL
On Saturday it’s shopping time! We are going to visit one of the largest tax free outlet centers in the west of the US. With more than 100 stores include Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Fossil, the North Face, Guess and much more… And the best thing? You can find exclusive brands at savings of 25% to 65%! So don’t miss the chance to catch your perfect deal and save money!

DINNER TIME IN PORTLAND
On the Saturday night we will go out for a dinner at the restaurant Clyde’s Prime Rib in Portland. The place is one of Portlands oldest and most distinguished restaurant were casual elegance and classic style come together. Their number one goal is to delight their guests, with a wonderful dining experience in there elegant dining room, with a roaring fireplace and dazzling chandeliers, and enjoy their live jazz, R&B and blues. It’s a guaranteed an evening that we’ll not forget anytime soon. The menu offers slow Rosted Prime Rib of Beef, tender steaks, fresh seafood, succulent chicken and pork, pasta, salads, sandwiches and other fine dishes and deserts. See more about the restaurant on the link below :)
http://www.clydesprimerib.com/#about

THE HOLLYWOOD THEATRE 14212680_10154454700052103_7042996371040716907_n
Have you always dreamed about stepping into an old Hollywood theater where people dressed up for seeing a movie and had an amazing night. Saturday evening we will go few years back in time and visit the Hollywood Theater in Portland. It’s a true Hollywood theater back from 1926, where we will go and see an old vintage movie preserving a historic Portland landmark. Check out their website on the link below :)http://hollywoodtheatre.org/

NIGHT OUT IN PORTLAND 
Saturday night we will go out to a very special nightclub in Portland. The club is named THE ESCAPE were there will be a special “7 fa14222141_10154455149447103_2643802467215780766_nces of the apocalypes” theme for the night. Don’t worry if you are younger than 21 because it’s open for all ages.

 

 

 

Sunday

WALKING TOUR – SECRETS OF PORTLANDIA
Sunday morning we will go on a walking tour around Portland. Think of the tour as stand-up comedy about Portland’s history and culture were we will laugh our butt off and learn about Portland’s fascinating evolution into the culture capital that it is today. The tour is about 2 hours long so remember comfortable shoes.

LETS GET A SUGAR SHOCK AT VOODOO DOUGHNUT SHOP – of course you know doughnuts but these ones are crazy! On Sunday after the walking tour we are going to Voodoo Doughnut shop. This shop is known for their unusual doughnuts as well as for their electric décor and their iconic pink boxes. They m14241666_10154474185532103_445804381674756105_oake for example vegan doughnuts and bacon doughnut that are just so yummy!
In total the Voodoo Doughnut Shop offers over 100 different varieties so there’s plenty to try.
 

 

 


PRACTICAL INFORMATION 

  • To be able to drink alcohol in Portland you need to be 21 or older
  • No sales tax = cheaper prices
  • Based on information provided to us, you might not need the ESTA visa however you should check it out before leaving
  • Remember good walking shoes and toiletries
  • Remember Passport and your work permit if you got one

The PR team is excited and we hope you are too!

Rocky Mountains

TownAlthough driving more than 2.000 kilometers in four days, without too much sleep, nothing will ever replace Internex’s amazing trip to the Rockies.  Early Friday morning a group of people from all over the world stepped into a bus, left Vancouver and took out on a journey to The Canadian Rocky Mountains.  Our tour guide was Hayley from West Trek Tours, who made this trip as unforgettable as it was, together with our bus driver Handsome Ian. We drove along the highway until we reached the beautiful town Hope where we had some pit stop and we already were surrounded by mountains. Next stop was in Kelowna were we had a picnic on the beach, enjoyed the hot sun and took a swim in the refreshing Kelowna Lake.  Back on the Canadian Okanakan highway we drove along the Okanakan lake until we made another pit stop at a farmers market to pick up some delicious fruits to enjoy on the way.huts

 

Finally before sunset we made it to the Mountain View Cabins in Golden.  After a long drive we were all hungry so the cabin hosts made us a BBQ dinner and after the dinner we grilled some marshmallows on a bonfire. Can you imagine sitting around a bonfire up in the mountains in RockiesCampfiremiddle of nowhere were you can smell the nature all around you?  Surrounded by forests and wild animals and being told stories of people running away from a bears? The night turned into a bonfire party, were our lovely guide Hayley sang country songs and played her ukulele and we all sang along. What a wonderful night!

 

 

 

 

Early Saturday morning we drove back on the highway until we reached rockies1Alberta State and guess what?  We drove back in time. We arrived into Banff National Park where I’m pretty sure the most beautiful nature on this earth exists. First we went to see Emerald Lake and Lake Louise, a stunning beautiful lakes, as blue as the sky, with mountains all around them. Almost like standing in front of a picture. Then it was time to see Lake Louise from above. We drove down to the Lake Louise ski resort and had a lunch buffet before we took the gondola up to a mountain were we got the most amazing view ever. sheepOn our way up, we searched for some wild animals in the forest, but I guess they were hiding.  However we got lucky on our way back.  We found them.  Yes guys, up in the wild nature on our way back in the bus we finally saw some bears. Not just one or two, no we saw seven bears.  A black bear mother, feeding her two little cubs and the cutest grizzle bears hiding between the trees. I actually didn’t know that on this earth there existed a place where wild bears could just chill along the road, but now I know🙂

 

Next we drove to the cute little mountain town Banff to check in to our hotel and have some relaxing time before dinner. It was Saturday night, so people were in mood for partying. We went to a pub for a drink or two and then we found a nightclub in town. Have you ever visited a nightclub up in the mountains? If not, there is one in Banff ;)

Sunday morning we woke up early and had our breakfast from Tim Horton. We had a long day ahead, the biggest sightseeing day on the trip.  We went to see Lake Minnewanka / Two Jack Lake, Bow lake and Moraine lake, which was even more stunning than Lake Louise. What a nature and what a place. The last lake we saw was Peyto Lake, were we took a polar bear swim were the water is only  5,5 degrees.  That was pretty awesome.  Then we drove in to the Jasper National park were we had the highlight of the day, The Columbia Ice field. The largest ice field in the Rocky Mountains which is about 325 square kilometres (125 sq mi) in area, 100 metres (330 ft) to 365 metres (1,198 ft) in depth and receives up to 7 metres (280 in) of snowfall per year. RockisCarOur glacier adventure began with an opportunity to ride on the surface in the all-terrain Ice Explorer – a massive vehicle specially designed for glacier travel, and there are only 23 of them in the whole world. When we came up to the glacier, we walked on the ice and filled our water bottle with fresh glacier water. Defiantly the best water we’d ever taste. It was a perfect time to capture the beauty of the Ice field’s breathtaking mountain setting.clatier

Back on the highway on our way to Mount Robson, we made a stop at the Athabasca Falls, the most powerful waterfall in the Rocky Mountains which was pretty amazing. It was cold so we found a Belgium waffle man and had some hot drinks and waffles there. Then we kept driving and were we almost reached Mount Robson, the highest peak of The Rocky Mountains, we unfortunately drove into a thick black fog where our beautiful sunny weather changed into heavy rain. Too bad for a view on Mount Robson. Before dinnertime, we made it to our country hotel in Mt. Robson, were we checked in and had a nice warm shower. kowboysA real country night was about to start, yes ladies and gentleman we were now all ready to see some real cowboys. We were picked up of the cowboys and their cowgirls who drove us to their ranch and served us a dinner and drinks. The dinner party soon changes to a wild cowboy party were we all danced line dance late into the night. Monday morning we drove back to Vancouver.

Thank you all for joining us on this unforgettable Rocky Mountains trip. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as the PR team.

 

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PR Team

 

 

What is so special about Portland?

portland downtownWhat’s so special about Portland, you might think? Why should I go on a roadtrip there? Well my friend let me tell you. Portland is the largest city in the state Oregon and is best known for its many parks, bridges, microbreweries and the International Rose Test Garden. You might have heard of Portland as, Rose City, PDX or Stumptown, but what makes this city special and fun to visit is the hipster vibe. You can run into fully grown men with big beards sewing their clothes on an old fashioned and non electrical sewing machine. Portland is a city that embraces self-expression and the inner artist! The city is all about getting down to earth which is clear in the many different cafes, breweries, bakeries where only the finest ecological ingredients are used. It’s homemade, fresh, delicious and WORTH A TRY.
Portland is really serious about being casual and about not getting caught up with things. The atmosphere is low key and supportive of those who are different. The citizens of Portland definitely want their city to be like no other and their unofficial slogan for the city is “Keep Portland weird” which is something you will quickly notice when you are there. We have put all the best things Portland has to offer into our 3-day trip and we are so much looking forward to it.picture portland
Down below you can see an overview of the program for the trip.

PORTLAND PROGRAM OVERVIEW

FRIDAY
*International Rose Test Garden

*Dinner

*Free time in Portland

SATURDAY
*Woodburn Outlet Mall (no sales tax here = much cheaper price)

*Hollywood Theatre (optional)

*Dinner and a SURPRISE

*The Escape Night Club (15$ – all ages – optional)

SUNDAY
*Walking Tour:Secrets of Portlandia

*Voodoo Doughnut shop

*”Keep Portland Weird” group photo

We hope this blogpost came you a better idea of what kind of city Portland is and remember you can already come to the INTERNeX office and secure your seat on the trip.
For more information on the trip follow this link -> Roadtrip to Portland
The ticket price is ONLY 260$

We hope to see you! – PR Team at INTERNeX

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

Legends of the Traveler – A game of choice

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Legends of the Traveler is an upcoming action adventure video game developed by R. Simon Kaebe, who is managing the INTERNeX PR department since its creation in January 2009. He officially started with Jannik, his lead developer, last year Augusts and has been working on this project since then. Caleb, who is the community manager and writer, as well as Alex, the character designer have joined the team later and helped moving the project forward. During the interview Simon mentioned also the help from talented individuals such as Karl, who provided some of the early artwork based on Simons more general description of the main characters. I had the pleasure to interview the team and ask them a few questions.

What is the game about?
The game takes place in the mystical world of Reed. Reed is for the most parts a rather peaceful world aside from some fights and insignificant wars between smaller Kingdoms. Reed is a world full of variety. Ranging from cold fjords of the northern regions to dry and endless deserts of the south. Species on Reed also varies in terms of race and abilities. Each region will have a noticeably unique culture, evident in the buildings, the people, the roads and many other visual clues, making it a new experience each time the player travels through different regions, countries and even cities. Through interactions with the player and NPC’s throughout the game, the player will begin to understand the various cultural and political happenings in the world. Throughout the game, The Traveler can choose to fulfil the quests, or complete them in a way that only benefits himself. It’s with this freedom that The Traveler develops either a solitary or social standing in the world, and future encounters will be different based on The Travelers reputation. The game changes depending on choices made by the player.

Caleb – “It’s about people coming together to defeat an enemy despite their differences. Two friends going on an adventure, but the adventure twists and turns out to be far from expected”

How did you get the idea for the story?

Simon – “I used to play a lot of pen and paper games when I was younger and was even writing adventures for our group. It was back then I had the first time the idea for this epic story.”

The story around “The Traveler” and the character itself stems from the Simon’s early adulthood. Simon played a virility of pen and paper games with a group of his friends and many core ideas of Legends of The Traveler were born during that time. Over the years, Simon has re-written the story countless times, had attempted to write a book and later developed his own pen and paper game. Simon and his team spent days play testing the game, balancing the 150+ monsters and many races including their possible occupations.

How does the future look like for Legends of the Traveler?
Legends of the Traveler should be done in 2 years time, if everything goes as planned. The team is currently working part time on the game. However depending on the success of the upcoming Kickstarter campaign, planned in October 2016, the team will begin to work full-time on the game. Two more titles have already been thought of in addition to the first one. Therefore Legends of the Traveller could become a trilogy.

We are wishing the Legends of the Traveler team all the best and hope they will have a successful Kickstarter. If you like to know more go to these links:

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LegendsOfTheTraveler
Website:  http://legendsofthetraveler.com/

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

Lynn Canyon

Lynn Canyon sign

Last weekend the sun was shining in Vancouver and we went on a little trip to a beautiful nature park called Lynn Canyon, located in North Vancouver. The park was amazing with a lot of hiking trails, waterfalls and the famous Lynn Canyon suspension Bridge.

 

LynnCanyonBridgeAfter walking over the bridge we went exploring the park by hiking and searched for some black bears in the forest.  Unfortunately we didn’t saw any bears, but hopefully next time🙂 On our way through the park, we saw people jumping in the water from cliffs and Holy Jesus, the rescue theme was in action.  After a relaxing hike it was time for coffee and snack at the delicious Lynn Canyons Coffee shop.  It was a hot day so we ended up bathing in the cool water. What a perfect day in a beautiful Canadian nature.

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Thank you guys for joining us on this amazing day trip.

Cheers🙂