The Rockies Summer Trip by Iris

On Monday we came back from our amazing Rockies trip. Once again, it became one of my highlights of my stay. Thanks to everyone who joined on our Rockies trip, Westtrek, our great busdriver Darren and our amazing tour guide Janel.

20170811_091446Friday was finally the time to go to the Rockies and I was so excited that I barely slept the day beforehand. I could see that more people lacked some sleep, as a lot of people were getting coffees in Tim Hortons or tried to catch some sleep in the bus. The drive to Valemount was pretty long, so luckily we had enough stops along the way. Our first stop was at Hope, where everybody had time to get a coffee, breakfast and explore the town. We went to see the river and made a few pictures of it. After that we continued our journey to Kamloops, where we could get lunch in the mall. When all our stomachs were filled, we started driving to Spahat Falls. This is a cute little waterfall near Clearwater. As it was so small, you could take pictures with it with the water coming from your nose or mouth. Then we continued our journey to Valemount. On the way to Valemount, we were a bit unlucky, as there was a forest fire. The police blocked the road and we weren’t able to get to our hotel. According to the news, it would take about 2 hours for the road to open again, so we went back to Blue River to wait for new updates. After an hour we heard that the road would not open till the morning, so Janel tried to arrange an hotel in Kamloops. We tried to make the best out of the situation, so some of our group even started dancing on the music. When Janel could not arrange a hotel in Kamloops, he called the police for us. Apparently the road was open again, so the decision was made to get back to the hotel again. We were really happy 20170811_145832that we still could get to the hotel, because if we would have gone back to Kamloops, we would have needed to wake up 3 hours earlier. This made the bus drive even longer, but not less fun. During our long bus drive we played games with the whole bus. One of the games was called “Speeddating”. Basically, one side was just switching seats and you had a short time to get to know them. It was really nice to get to know people besides our INTERNeX gang. We also played another game during our long bus ride. While playing the game, Janel would mention a certain item. This item had to be brought to the back of the bus and then back to Janel. The row that managed to do it first won. Besides that we also sang a lot together and turned the bus a bit in a party bus. When we finally got to the hotel, we still went to the Cowboy ranch where we ate dinner, did line dancing and tried to catch a bull with a lasso.

On Saturday our adventure in the Rockies really started. We drove a short way to Mt. Robson where we had breakfast. Then we drove further to Jasper. On the way to Jasper something special happened, we drove into another time zone. The clock had to be forwarded 1 hour. This was sometimes confusing, because one of my phones didn’t change automatically while the other one did. In Jasper we could get lunch for at the Columbia icefields, as it can be really expensive there. I chose to do the Snocoach on this day, which was one of the optional activities. During the Snocoach we drove in a big tank up to the glacier. It was really nice to see all the snow in Canada again, because in a way I missed it a bit. Here we could try out the fresh water from the glacier. Besides that we also made a few great pictures in front of the mountain. After the Snocoach we drove up to Peyto lake, which was the first really blue lake that we saw on our journey. 20915875_1862323020449807_1096242011_nI was amazed by the amazing blue water and made some great pictures in front of the lake. Then it was time for the second lake of our big trip: Bow Lake. At Bow Lake we could do the Polar Wolf Swim. Basically, we ran with the whole group into the water, because that seemed easier. However, in my opinion the water did not get warmer while I was swimming in it, so I got out of it really soon. We all quickly changed back into our normal clothes and drove to our second hotel. We did not stay really long at that hotel, as we had to get dinner and then had to meet at the pub for pre-drinks. The drinks in the pub were really cheap, so a great place for pre-drinks for our big party in Banff. After getting some drinks we went to the club to dance the night away.

20170813_080315The next day a lot of people were still recovering from the day before. We already had to leave really early in order to see all the lakes that day. Our first stop was at Lake Minnewanka where we had breakfast again. After I finished my food, I decided to explore the lake for a bit and make pictures together with Lea. On the way back to the bus we also saw big horn sheep walking away and luckily I got the chance to make a picture of them as well. Then we drove further to one of the more famous lakes of the Rockies, Lake Louise. We first did a hike to a hidden spot. From this hidden spot, you could make a beautiful picture of the lake without all the tourists on it. After I got pictures from the lake, I decided to go back to the lake and enjoy the view from the bottom. However, I could not spend a lot of time there, as I already did a long hike before that. After time at the lake itself, we could either choose to go to Lake Louise village or do the Lake Louise gondola. I decided to do the Lake Louise gondola, which meant that I could also enjoy the 20170813_122705all you can eat buffet beforehand. The food was really good and after I ate I was ready to go up to the top of the gondola. Franz, Alex and I took the open gondola, as we wanted to make sure that we could make nice pictures if we would spot a bear on the way to the top. Unfortunately we didn’t see any bears. Once on the top, we did a hike which took us to a really nice viewing point. From there you could see the mountains on the back and the clouds also added something mystical. As I was a bit late, I had to sing a song in front of the bus. I decided to sing “Het is een nacht”, which is a famous Dutch song. It was fun to see Danielle and Bart singing along, which made it less awkward for me. After enjoying the amazing view at the top of the gondola, it was finally time to go to the best lake in the Rockies, which I think is Moraine Lake. Moraine Lake is the most blue lake in the Rockies and great for pictures. We hiked a short time to get a better view of the lake and made a picture there. I was so amazed by the blue color of the lake. I also tried to make one on the rocks, which was really scary for me. After Moraine Lake we 20170813_160458continued our way to another amazing lake, namely Emerald Lake. A lot of people decided to do canoeing. I went together with Lea and Merle. We all got a paddle and I think we were doing a pretty good job with directing the boat. On the lake we were enjoying the views of the mountains and the beautiful lake. After that we drove up to the Mountain View Cabins. There were only a few cabins, which basically meant that we were the only one at the cabins. We had a great BBQ and then I explored the area a bit. After that I played a game with Dawid, Marko, Mandy, Tess and Nathalie. I ended that night early, while others decided to party.

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After getting breakfast we already had to drive back to Vancouver. It was a long way back to Vancouver, so we played some games again, watched a movie and also had a few great stops. We had one stop at Kelowna to get lunch. We got pizza and ate this next to the lake. We also had one more stop next to a beautiful mountain. On our way we got a bit unlucky again, as there was an accident on the highway near Chilliwack. At the end of our trip it was an emotional goodbye, as Danielle, Tess and Merle are almost leaving.

I hope you had a great time in the Rockies, because I certainly did! See you soon at PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Rockies Tour Guide: Practical information

Only 2 more nights till we are going to the Rockies! We have been giving you a lot of information over the last couple of weeks, so make sure to read our previous blog posts if you want to know more. This time we are giving you some practical information.

On Friday we are meeting at Tim Hortons at 6.45 AM. The bus will leave from there or from the other side of the road, but we will see that as soon as we get there. Please make sure to be on time, as the bus will leave at 7 AM. As we are not in charge of the tour we can’t make a whole bus wait if you are not on time.  However, if for some reason you are delayed, please contact us so we can share this with our tour guide.

Make sure not to forget to bring:
– Your passport
– Medical insurance card
– Medication if necessary
– Bathing suit, so you can join us for the Polar Wolf Swim
– Good walking shoes
– Clothes for both warm and cold weather, as it can become quite cold in the night
– Sunglasses
– Enough money to avoid credit/debit card problems
– Toiletries such as shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
– Sunscreen
– Aftersun
– Camera for all the beautiful pictures you are going to take
– Bug spray
– Phone charger
– Towels

Below you can see a small overview of our schedule and the packing list:

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If you have any more questions, then you can always contact us. I hope to see you all on PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
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Experience IT review – Vancouver Pride Parade

On Sunday INTERNeX went to the Vancouver Pride parade. Thank you for joining, we had a blast!

We got together at 12pm to ensure a spot along the parade. Unfortunately it was already really crowded, so we didn’t get the best spot in the beginning. Still we were able to enjoy the parade and saw some spectacular acts along the way! Someone even walked on his hands for a few minutes and closed it off with a backflip. It was really good to see everybody so happy and being themselves.

20727902_10155579174907103_5004251810395811518_nThe parade went on way longer then we thought and people in front of us started to leave, so we suddenly had great spots. The festivity lasted about two hours full of joy. After standing and celebrating for so long our stomaches were empty, so we decided to have a nice lunch. Because it was really busy everywhere, they let us wait a while for our food, but it was all worth it in the end since the food was great!

Everybody felt good again, so it was time to party on. We headed to Sunset Beach for the 20664531_10155579174902103_5102332067839628401_nfestival and went over Davie street in between to see what was going on there. After taking a swing on a cloudy swing set we arrived at Sunset Beach, which looked amazing! There were many vendors and two stages. After getting some rainbow paint on our cheeks we decided to go to the stage in the beer garden. It was a blast dancing there with everybody, so it was very unfortunate when we found out the festival was already over at 6pm.

I had a very happy Sunday and I hope you all did too! I hope to see you all next PuB NiGHT since it is mine and Danielle’s last one!

– Tess

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Experience IT Review – Celebration of Lights

This weekend we had a relaxing beach day, barbecue and watched the Honda Celebration of Lights. Thank you all for coming!

We first met up on Jericho Beach at 4 PM to enjoy the sun and relax a little. Jericho is the perfect spot for that as it is way less busy than the beaches closer to downtown. Some of us had a big party the night before so they got some sleep on the beach.IMG_6432

After the beach we went to a private location to do the barbecue. We wanted to do it at the beach but unfortunately we only had a coal barbecue, which are currently not allowed due to the wildfires. Luckily we found another place to do it and although some preferred other food then the barbecue, it was still fun to eat together.

When it started to get dark it was time to go back down to Jericho Beach to watch the fireworks, but first we got to watch a really pretty sunset. The Honda Celebration of Lights is a yearly event. Three countries compete in the firework competition and on Saturday it was Japans turn. The fireworks started at 10 PM and lasted about 25 minutes, it was so pretty and mesmerizing to watch.

I hope to see you all on PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle

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Rockies Tour Guide: Schedule

Moraine Lake Midday WT

This week is the last week to sign up for the Rockies! We have already informed you about what we are going to do and what optional activities are available. This time we wanted to give you a bit more practical information that gives you an overview of what is going to happen!

Friday – Vancouver to Valemount
– Meet at the Tim Hortons at Waterfront at 6:45 AM
– Stop in Hope
– Lunch in Kamloops
– Spahats Falls
– Check into hotel in Valemount
– Cowboy Ranch Experience (dinner included)
– Hockey in the Rockies

Saturday – Valemount to Banff
– Breakfast (included)
– Depart around 8:00 AM
– Stop at Mount Robson
– Drive to Jasper
– Stop at Athabasca Falls
– Stop at Columbia Icefields > Glacier Snocoach tour (optional activity)
– Peyto Lake
– Bow Lake (Polar Wolf swim)
– Check into hotel in Banff
– Free time for dinner
– Having drink at a pub
– Night out in Banff!

Sunday – Banff to Golden
– Breakfast at Tim Hortons (included)
– Lake Minnewanka
– Two Jack Lake
– Cascade Ponds
– Lake Louise > Lake Louise Gondola + buffet (optional activity)
– Moraine Lake
– Emerald Lake > Canoeing (optional activity)
– Mountain view cabins
– All-you-can-eat barbecue dinner (included)

Monday – Golden to Vancouver
– Breakfast (included)
– Stop at the last spike on the trans-continental railway
– Lunch in Kelowna
– Beach stop in Kelowna (weather permitted)
– Arrive back in Vancouver around 7:00 PM

21056419972_55ee0af293_oAs you can see there are currently no campfires planned as a result of the province wide ban on campfires. Fortunately, the rest of the tour has not been affected by the wildfires.

This PuB NiGHT will be a special Rockies PuB NiGHT, there will be some people from West Trek to answer any questions and tell us a bit more about the tour! If you sign up before or at PuB NiGHT you have the chance to win a free optional activity!

I hope to see you all at PuBNiGHT!

– Danielle

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Experience IT Review – Museum of Anthropology

On Thursday evening we went to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC for a more cultural evening, thank you all for coming!

20217312_10203374196551397_520178885_nThe Museum of Anthropology houses one of the world’s finest collections of First Nation art from the Pacific Northwest. Besides that they also have big collections from different cultures from all around the world and a wide range of temporary exhibitions.

When we got to the museum we first walked into an amazing room with a lot of totem poles and first nation stuff, then we went to the Amazones and saw a lot of accessories. After the Amazones we saw calligraphy from different cultures and we went into a black box where they made the calligraphy come alive, which was amazing to see. They also had a lot of object from cultures all over the world and we saw different kind of plates, like the Dutch Delfts Blue.

After the museum we decided to go to Wreck Beach where we got to watch an amazing sunset.

Thank you all for coming and I hope to see you at PuB NiGHT!

– Tess

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Experience IT Review – Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Last night we went to Vancouver Folk Music Festival. It was great to share this experience with all of you! Thank you for coming!

Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a yearly festival held at Jericho park. This year the festival was organized for the 40th year. To celebrate this they added an extra day to the festival, which was free entrance.

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We started off at our meeting point and walked from there to the festival. Once we got to the festival, some of us were surprised about the way the festivals are organized in Canada. There were special areas for sitting, dancing and walking. Besides that there were also a lot of people who were taking chairs to the festival. We immediately went to the Beer garden where we got a free wine taster, foot scrub and a key chain. When a few of us went to the bar to get drinks, they even gave away sunglasses. After that we just chilled out in the beer garden while talking and listening to the music. It became really busy in the beer garden and after a while and there was even a line up for the bar till the entrance. When it got darker, there were people walking around with lanterns, which made the atmosphere really nice. At the end there was also an artist that started to sing the song “Hallelujah” and a lot of us sang along.

We hope you all had a great time at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. See you at next week’s PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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