New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Yay, it’s time to introduce you to more new ‘kids’!

Let me start with Clara from Berlin, Germany. In Vancouver she will do her volunteer practicum at an Art Gallery, gaining some experience in event planning and organization, before she goes back to Germany to study Psychology. She says she’d love to learn more about arts, culture and community in Canada and is very excited to start her practicum. She picked Canada amongst all the countries because she wants to improve her English, she like the combination of nature and city, plus it’s nicer here than in the USA she heard from a few friends. 😉 Her first impression of Vancouver was ‘big’. While Clara is here she’d love to meet lots of people, explore the nature and maybe go to the Rockies. In her free time she likes to dance (street jazz) and read. Did you notice we’ve got a lot of dancers here at the moment? Maybe we can start an INTERNeX Flash Mob? 😀

Our next candidate is Benjamin from Frankfurt, Germany. He’ll be doing a volunteer practicum in event planning and administrative work. In Germany he graduated High School and now he’s not quite sure what his plan will be, maybe studying? He’s here to figure it out, I think the practicum is definitely useful to get one step closer. 🙂 His parents told him about Vancouver, since they loved it he decided to give it a try. I’m sure it was the right decision. 😉 The city is bigger than he expected, but very beautiful, he says. In his free time he likes to go to the gym and meet his friends, hopefully he can make some new friends to meet here as well. 🙂

Finally, another non-german (no offence, I’m German myself :D) to bring a little diversity to our INTERNeX crew! Martin from Västerås in Sweden will be doing some work and travel in Canada and he’s starting here in Vancouver, so we’ll have lots of time to get to know him more. After that he might go to Whistler for the ski season, since he really likes winter sports. He started ice skating and ice hockey last winter and enjoyed it very much. He also plays the piano in his free time. Martin has actually been to Vancouver before when his brother did the same thing 5 years ago, he loved it so much that he wanted to come back. 🙂 His first impression was that Vancouver is really big and smells like Cannabis. 😀 I can’t blame him. While he’s here he wants to go to Tofino and try out surfing. Who else is in?

Fourth in our round is Luisa. She lives near Munich in Germany and already has a job she loves with children and teenagers. She’s here during her three week vacation break to gain some international work experience at Stanley Park. So far she thinks Vancouver is a cool city and she really likes it. 🙂 When I asked her why she picked Canada she said that she’s never been here so she wanted to go to try something new. Luisa doesn’t have a bucket list, she will just go with the flow while she’s here which I think is a good idea. In her free time she plays the flute in an orchestra, she loves sports, especially gymnastics and hiking. Good thing we’re going on a hike this weekend!

So excited for you to meet them at tonight’s Pub Night at The Ballyhoo, 7pm! It’s 18+ till 10pm, so I’m expecting a lot of people. 😉

See you all there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

How was the weekend?

A lot of fun! Friday I went to a free Argentine Tango dance class at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. It’s one hour of learning the basics and afterwards there’s time to dance and practice some more. If you are intrigued now let me tell you that there’s one more class for Argentine Tango this Friday at 6.30pm at the same spot! All you need to bring is some water. You’ve got nothing to lose, so I encourage you to swing by and Tango! Maybe we can do an INTERNeX Tango night soon? 😉

Saturday INTERNeX went to Queen Elizabeth Park (seems to be a theme this weekend) and played Disc Golf. It was everyone’s first time, but after a couple baskets we got the hang of it! The weather was nice and sunny, the court had lots of trees for shade, or throwing your disc in. 😀 Since our discs got caught in the trees multiple times, we decided to skip the baskets that stood behind the big pond. We had a lot of fun and decided to walk around Queen Elizabeth Park some more after our game to see the beautiful gardens and the lookout over the city. 🙂


A few of us visited the Conservatory where you can see lots of tropical birds and plants, others went to grab a bite on Main Street, which is a really cool and hip area here in Vancouver. They have lots of different cuisines and craft breweries along the street, as well as art and artisan shops. If you haven’t been there yet, I recommend you check it out. 🙂 Camilo and I went back home on our bikes and made a quick stop at Rain or Shine Ice Cream, one of my favourites here in Vancouver. They make their cones fresh in house, so good! Another thing to try this summer if you haven’t done it already.

How did you spend your sunny weekend? Let me know in the comments, or tell me at our next Pub Night, Wednesday 7pm at The Ballyhoo.

See you there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

What to do o the weekend?

The short week is already over, it’s FRIYAY! I know the weather hasn’t been the best but good news, this weekend is going to be sunny again!

Perfect weather for a little bit of Disc Golfing in Queen Elizabeth Park! It’s kind of like Mini Golf, but with discs (heavy frisbee’s), super fun. Last time only two people got hit by a disc. 😀 Jokes aside, it’s a great way to start your Saturday, plus Queen Elizabeth Park offers beautiful gardens with an amazing view over downtown, it’s definitely worth checking out. Remember to bring lots of water. 🙂 We are meeting 11am at the Disc Golf course in Queen Elizabeth Park!

The Vancouver Mural Festival started on August 4th with daily celebrations and over 30 new murals across the city. It will continue for 11 days and is an awesome way to discover Vancouver’s creative side with an incredible line-up of 150+ visual and performing artists. Vancouver Mural Festival will host daily mural tours, public talks, daily live performances at the all-new City Centre Festival Hub, plus a spectacular all-ages festival closing street party in downtown Vancouver, so if you like arts, you should definitely check it out!

If you’re more into sports, there’s a Baseball Game going on this Saturday and Sunday at The Net Bailey Stadium. The Vancouver Canadians are going to play against the Tri-City Dust Devils. Grab a hot dog, a beer and cheer on your team, get the whole stadium experience! On Saturday there’ll even be fireworks over the stadium. You could go after our Disc Golfing to have the ultimate sports day. 😉


Another cool event this weekend is the Brewhalla Beer and Music Festival in Port Moody. There will be more than 60 craft beers from local breweries, as well as performances from local musicians. The event will also bring in food trucks and other refreshments, like local cider, kombucha, seltzer, and wine. Festival-goers can also expect some fun activities like lawn games, as well as giveaways. It’s a great way to explore areas around Vancouver that are more rural.

I hope I see lots of you on Saturday! If not, enjoy your weekend and as always let me know how it was!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Another week with a growing INTERNeX family, yay! Again, we have many new people joining us (10!!!), so to introduce them all to you in this blog post, I will use bullet points instead of paragraphs (like a German ‘Steckbrief’), that way you have the chance to get to know them all. 🙂

Name: Miriam
Age: 18
Home: Munich, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Practicum at an orchestra
Why Canada?
-> To improve English skills; Canadas diversity
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Big and hot (lucky she just came in time for summer) 😉
Future Plans?
-> Study anything with music
Bucket list while here?
-> Leaves the planning to Hannah and will join her on her bucket list
Hobbies: Playing the piano and the violin, Dancing, e.g. Modern and Contemporary

Name: Hannah
Age: 18
Home: Dortmund, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Practicum at a radio station/ journalism
Why Canada?
-> Been in Canada (Quebec) before and liked it a lot
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Likes the city and the mountains
Future Plans?
-> University for social studies/ politics & society
Bucket list while here?
-> Vancouver Island including Victoria; Seattle
Hobbies: Wants to play field hockey again (maybe her and Paula can set up a match?) 😉

Name: Fee
Age: 18
Home: Düsseldorf, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Finished language school; now 6 months practicum in Stanley Park
Why Canada?
-> Didn’t really know where to go at first, Canada was the only available option at the time, but doesn’t regret it, thinks Vancouver is amazing 🙂
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Breathtaking
Future Plans?
-> Home for Christmas, then travel to Bali and visit her best friend in Australia; study, but not sure what
Bucket list while here?
-> Hawaii; Rocky Mountains
Hobbys: Tennis, Piano

Name: Larissa
Age: 25
Home: Stuttgart, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Semester abroad for her co-op studies; her German company sent her for a practicum/ International Business/ Development/ Marketing
Why Canada?
-> Australia and New Zealand wasn’t possible, so she chose Canada
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Big!
Bucket list while here?
-> Nothing specific, goes with the flow
Hobbies: Loves action, hikes in nature, any kind of sports, riding motorcycles
Random fact: Larissa speaks Spanish

Name: Kathi
Age: 20
Home: Münster, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Practicum in law
Why Canada?
-> Nature; not as mainstream as the USA or Australia
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Beautiful city with kind people, but sad about the homelessness and drug issues
Future Plans?
-> Finish law degree
Bucket list while here?
-> Explore nature; take it as it comes
Hobbies: Horseback riding, Gym, Hiking

Name: Hanna
Age: 25
Home: Near Stuttgart, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Language school and Ranch Stay
Why Canada?
-> Since she was a kid she told her mom that she needed to come to Canada, it was always a dream
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Big; lots of different cultures
Bucket list while here?
-> Nothing specific, just going with the flow 🙂
Hobbies: Saxophone, Horseback riding
Random fact: Her grandpa had a farm

Name: Sebatian Upegui
Age: 18
Home: Munich, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Practicum wildlife rescue
Why Canada?
-> English, nature, people, outside of Europe
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Beautiful mountains and nature around city
Future Plans?
-> Travel to Thailand, travel around Europe; study, maybe Biology, Medicine, or Geography
Bucket list while here?
-> Vancouver Island
Hobbies: Parkour, Basketball, Paint (mostly sketches)
Random Facts: His parents are from Colombia, so he speaks fluent Spanish; he’s been travelling to the Rockies already, Moraine Lake was his favourite

Name: Marie
Age: 18
Home: Near Heidelberg, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Practicums at the Cat Sanctuary and Stanley Park
Why Canada?
-> Nature and wildlife
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Beautiful city with nature around
Future Plans?
-> Travel to Singapore; study, maybe Economics and Sustainability
Bucket list while here?
-> Whale watching, Victoria, Seattle, explore nature
Hobbies: Piano, Athletics, Climbing

Name: Merle
Age: 19
Home: Flensburg, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Work and Holiday/ Hostel or coffee shop
Why Canada?
-> Nature, friendly people, English
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Surprisingly peaceful
Bucket list while here?
-> Skiing, travel East Coast, visit National Parks
Hobbies: Volleyball, Handball
Random fact: Her and Levke came here together 🙂

Name: Levke
Age: 19
Home: Flensburg, Germany
What are you doing in Canada?
-> Work and Holiday/ Coffee shop/ Service industry
Why Canada?
-> Mix between big cities and nature; improve English and French
First impression of Vancouver?
-> Not as busy as expected; nice and calm
Bucket list while here?
-> Seeing a Grizzly; getting to know Canadian people and culture
Hobbies: Handball, spending time with friends and family


If you want to know more join us for our next Pub Night and get to know them better. 🙂

See you there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

How was the weekend?

It was long, but felt so short. 😀

On Saturday INTERNeX went on a little hike in Lynn Canyon, over the Suspension Bridge, through the lush forest, along the river and multiple waterfalls. It was a hot day, but the trees gave us a nice cool shade, so it wasn’t half bad. Another thing that cooled us down was the natural pool with its refreshing water, some just dipped their feet in, others were full on cliff jumping! Tim and Daniel had so much fun jumping that they stayed longer while the rest of us went on with the hike. On our way we saw more people cliff jumping from a different spot, it looked quite dangerous, so we were holding our breath for the jump. Fortunately nothing happened! The guys seemed to have experience. I could never imagine jumping into the water from such a height. Maybe because I’m afraid of heights? What about you? Are you into the thrill and adventure? Would you do cliff jumping? After the adrenaline kick from watching them jump, we had a hard time getting up the last couple of stairs before ending our hike, maybe because I told everyone there were no more stairs coming, but then oooppssiieee, surprise, more stairs! In the end they forgave me (I think) and we went back downtown. I don’t know about you, but I always feel weird being back in the city after a day in nature. It’s so calm and peaceful, versus so fast and exciting.


Exciting was also the Pride Parade on Sunday. We met on Davie street and walked all the way down to English Bay where we found a great spot to watch the parade. Again, it was a hot day but we had some trees covering us with shade and the firefighters in the parade were sprinkling everyone with water which was super refreshing. The display went on for 2-3 hours and it was so fun cheering everyone on, seeing all the different groups showing colour and celebrating diversity! There was lots of music and performances, good vibes and great people. We started collecting stickers, buttons, and other things they gave away. After a while people went and grabbed some food, while others went to the after-party at Sunset Beach. There were food trucks, two stages with live music and other booths around the area, the perfect set up for an awesome day.

I would tell you more, but this week is really busy at INTERNeX, so I’ll stop writing for today. I have to introduce you to a lot of newcomers on Thursday, so keep posted! 😉

We can also chat more tomorrow at Pub Night, 7pm at the GPO Kitchen and Bar, so you can tell me about YOUR weekend! 🙂

See you there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂