What to do on the weekend?

For some of us it’s clear, we’re going to the Rockies! How exciting! Glacier lakes, Mountain ranges, Wildlife and more. This trip will be epic for sure! I wish we could take more people with us, but I’m sure this won’t be the last time we’re going. 🙂 If you’re staying in Vancouver however there’s lots of other cool stuff you can check out this weekend.

Monstercat Compound, an annual free block party produced by the Vancouver-based independent record label, returns for its fifth year on Saturday, August 20. Happening at Monstercat HQ in Railtown, the all-ages festivities will include live electronic music on two stages featuring local favourites, label newcomers, and globally renowned acts. Much more than just a day of music, the festivities will also include live art, interactive games, music technology, merch, food & drinks and much more totally free of charge! Sounds like this is the event to go to this weekend!


The Richmond Maritime Festival opens at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site on August 20–21, 2022, from 11am–6pm. The 19th annual festival will be free and open to the public with no advance bookings required. The two-day event will unfold across the eight-acre site, and will showcase a vibrant program of live music, historical characters and storytellers, heritage vessels, and displays by community groups. There will also be hands-on workshops this year, so if you’re interested make a whole day trip out of it and explore the shipyards in Richmond!

If you want to know about Canada’s History and its Indigenous peoples, then I recommend to visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum. They have several exhibitions, e.g. ‘Tapestry in Change: Inuit Art in Context’, or ‘We were so far away’. The ladder is a travelling exhibition by The Legacy of Hope Foundation and Archives Canada that uses first-person narratives and archival images to tell stories of the Inuit residential school experience. The exhibition highlights the stories of eight Inuit residential school survivors. Each survivor talks about their experience in their own words. The price is very affordable with $13.50 per person. Why not use the time you’re here to learn more about this country, its people and its history?

Whether you feel more like partying, hanging out at the beach, maybe playing some volleyball, watch a Baseball game, or learn more about Canada, I believe there’s definitely something to do this weekend for you!

I look forward to seeing everyone again next week at Pub Night!

Until then, have a great weekend!

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 🙂

What to do on the weekend?

This weekend INTERNeX is going to the Honda Celebration of lights, an annual musical fireworks competition between different country representatives. The first one will be Japan this Saturday! We are meeting at 8pm at Sunset beach to set up some blankets, play some games, watch the sunset and then enjoy the fireworks, which are shooting from a boat located at English Bay. Bring some snacks and layered clothes since it’s still getting cold at night.

On Sunday INTERNeX is planning a trip to Playland which will be so much fun! We’ve got Thrill passes that allow us to go on almost all the rides. This day is only for the brave ones amongst us. 😉 Are you coming? Which ride are you looking forward to the most?

Are you more into chill activities, like arts and crafting? I’ve got the perfect activity for you. The Eastside Arts Society (EAS) presents CREATE! Arts Festival taking place on July 23rd at Strathacona Park. It brings together local visual and performing artist and the community to explore, learn, and create art together through a series of affordable workshops and public art activities. There’s also beer and wine trucks around 😉 Tickets and information: createartsfestival.ca


Have you been to Granville Island yet? If not, then I’d recommend you go. It’s a really nice area underneath the Granville bridge with a big market, cute shops and really good food! The area reminds me a small fisher town, surrounded by water with industrial manufacturing. I like to go to the food court, but there’s also many restaurants around. You can get almost everything there, e.g. Salmon candy. Yes, that’s right I said Salmon candy. In fact, my quest for you is to go to Granville Island, find it and try it! Let me know what you think. 😉

I look forward to hearing about your weekend!

See you around.

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

What to do on the weekend?

This weekend INTERNeX is going on a bike ride along the sea wall around Stanley Park. Definitely a must do while you are here. The route offers beautiful views, close to the ocean and the parks forest, while technically being in the city. It’s a unique park with lots of different areas to explore. We could of course walk around as well, but that would take a long time and it’s not quite as fun as biking. Don’t worry you don’t need to have your own bike, we can just rent them right at Stanley Park. 🙂

Another great activity for weekends is hiking. Vancouver is perfect for a day in the nature since it’s so close and has so much to offer. There’s numerous trails around that you can choose from. I recommend getting the AllTrails app. It shows you maps, routes, difficulties of the trails, time, etc. There’s also comments and tips from others that have been hiking those trails which can be really useful. Make sure to check out our ‘Hiking Survival Guide’ as well before you head out to your adventure.

If you like Music Festivals at the beach this one’s for you. The Vancouver Folk Music Festival takes place at Jericho Beach this weekend. It’s a unique, community-based celebration of contemporary and traditional folk and roots music. There’ll be artists from Korea, Chile, Mexico, Taiwan, India, Finland, the USA, and Canada. A day pass is $68.60.

In case you want a cultural program, but are short on money, you can get a free guided tour through one of the most beautiful and historic concert halls in North America. Vancouver Civic Theatres offers a 90 minute walking tour, led by the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame at the Orpheum theatre, which was built in 1927 and is now a National Heritage site. Fun Fact: Frank Sinatra got kicked out of the theatre once, for breaking one of the dressing room lights while practicing his golf swing.

Looking for something to do in the evening? Good news, the Richmond Night Market is still going on till October! It is the largest Night Market in North America and attracts over 1 million visitors each year. There’s lots of booths and unique food, sometimes live music on the stage and other fun activities. General Admission is only $6, so I’d say if you have the chance you should definitely go and check it out. These are their hours of operation: Friday: 7PM-12AM; Saturday: 6PM-12AM; Sunday: 7PM-11PM

So, what are you going to this weekend? Are you team active or team culture? Or maybe both?

I look forward to hearing about your weekends next Wednesday at pub night. Hopefully I’ll see lots of you on our bike ride. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

Hiking Survival Guide

Canada, especially the West Coast, is known for its beautiful mountains, vast nature and numerous options of outdoor activities. It would be a shame not to make use of it while you are here. A popular pastime is hiking, since there are thousands of great hiking trails around, that offer stunning views. But there are some precautions you should keep in mind when going on a hiking trip, since it can get quite dangerous if you are ill prepared. Don’t panic, I’ve got you covered. I will share some tips with you that are worth considering when going out into the Canadian wilderness.


I) Inform people where you are going
Always let someone, who is not going with you know, where you are and when to expect you back. Better, try not to go on a hike all by yourself. A lot of people underestimate the power of nature. Sometimes the trails are not properly marked, there can be unexpected changes in your route, difficult parts of climbing, or potential falling, etc., and sometimes it can take hours for another hiker to come by. It is good if someone knows where you are, in case you get hurt.

II) The right outfit
To minimize possible injuries it is recommended to wear some proper hiking clothes, especially shoes are important. If you are planning on going for a few hikes this season, it is worth buying some hiking boots, if you don’t have them already. They are a game changer. Compared to runners they are less likely to slip or sprain your ankle. I just bought some proper hiking boots myself and I love them. They make it way more comfortable for me to go up and down the mountains. I feel more safe for sure. Appropriate clothing would be non-cotton, functional wear, depending on the weather a rainproof jacket, a hat, or a toque, and a backpack.

III) Equipment
Some gadgets you should take with you are:
– A light: It can get dark really quickly, and I wouldn’t trust your phone flashlight on this one
– Water and food: It’s important to hydrate and have some high energy food bars, etc. with you since you are physically exercising
– Cell phone for communication and navigation: It’s recommended to also take other navigation devices like a compass and a map

IV) Survival Kit
There are some extras you should consider taking with you, especially when you go on longer, more advanced hikes:
– Signalling device, like a whistle
– Fire Starter
– Warm clothes (Layers are a good idea)
– Pocket knife
– First-aid kit (Always good to have for emergencies)

In the end it’s always better to be safe than sorry!


V) Another topic I’d like to talk to you about is Wildlife. Canada is not only widely known for its diverse nature but also for its furry habitants, like bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, and many more. Encounters with animals are low and attacks are very rare. They usually only happen as a result of people’s careless actions. It might happen though that you encounter some animals while you are a little outside of the city and it’s good to have an idea on how to behave in such situation. So here’s what’s most important.

Try to avoid a close encounter from the beginning by:
– Hiking as a group
– Watching for signs
– Never approaching wildlife! Maintain a distance that respects the needs of wildlife
– Not trying to take selfies with wildlife. Selfies are not safe and not encouraged
– Not feeding wildlife.

Here’s a source that gets more specific on how to behave in case of a rare encounter with different animals: https://bcparks.ca/conserve/bearsandcougars.pdf?v=1654715287939

I know this is a lot of information, but it might come in handy 🙂 I don’t know about you, but the German in me likes to be prepared for any possible scenario. 😀

I hope this post is helpful to you and prepares you for your next adventure.

Have great day!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂