Hello Monday!

Hello Monday, Hello INTERNeXer!
I am sorry, for being so awfully quiet these past days. Due to a personal reason, I had to step back for a few days.
However I am back on track now, so lets see what happened these past days. There was a lot going on, so here is a quick overview of the breaking news:

(While reading the following part, please imagine a deep, male voice, reading it to you in a overly dramatic way and a typical breaking news music in the back).

 

>>INTERNeX became very famous among the Chinese community in Vancouver; Vancouver didn’t know how to stop – we wanted snow, we got snow and catastrophically panicking INTERNeXer, what is going on?!  Read more to get all the juicy details 😉 
Starting off, with the new cultural extension we’ve currently reached in social media. Yes, as you might have seen. The weekly INTERNeX events reached an outstanding new level. 460 people responded to this weekends event of the Chinese News Years Celebration together with the INTERNeX gang! Apparently putting myself in the mouth of a Chinese dragon, is the secret to successful marketing on Social Media ;). So if you are planning on going this weekend, you better be there early. The McDonalds entrance of the International Mall might be incredibly packed :P.
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Moving on to the incredible amount of snow, surprising Vancouver last week. If you got the chance to actually leave your house last Wednesday, you can count yourself to the lucky ones – or not, depending on your perspective. Walking through downtown, kinda brought up memories of the first episodes of The Walking Dead. No, there weren’t any zombies involved, no blood or any of that nasty stuff, it was more like we’ve already moved past that stage. Vancouvers Downtown was quieter and more peaceful than I have ever seen it before. Basically no cars, no busses and no people were on the streets and everything was covered in beautiful, calming white. And there was no end in sight! I absolutely loved it, but easy to say for someone who doesn’t depend on public transport right?!
I hope you got to enjoy the beautiful white as much as I did. And I am absolutely sure you did, as most of you got a “snow-day” anyways.
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And of course, this post is also meant to calm down all the panicking INTERNeXer among you! I know I have been triggering your nerves extremely.
I have been challenging you and I have been testing your patience to the last bit! But now I finally got very good news for you people.
As I wasn’t in the office these past days I wasn’t able to put the information online concerning the upcoming Pub-Night. My deepest apologies for that, I know you have been waiting for this ever since the last Pub-Night was over and especially because some of you weren’t even able to join because of the snow!
Anyways, Pub-Night is not cancelled nor did I forget about it (how could I, it’s always been my priority :P).
This weeks Pub-Night will be at ‘The Two Parrots’ on Granville Street. We’ll meet there at 7pm. And the best part is, that all minors are more than welcome to join as well. So please don’t forget to bring your ID’s.
Have a wonderful week.
See you soon!
Cheers,
— Nadja xx
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

INTERNeX News – Black Friday!

ix-news-logo.pngThe most popular shopping day is just ahead of us – The one and only Black Friday!
And because we want you to be prepared for this, here are some information about the Black Friday itself and a few useful tips you might want to consider before getting yourself into this crazy shopping day! 
Black Friday is always the day after the U.S. Thanksgiving, which happens to be the last Thursday in November. It is officially known as the official start of the Christmas season. And because of this, this day has always been very important for sales, even if it wasn’t referred to as ‘Black Friday’ in the first place.
In fact, the day goes all the way back to 24 September in 1869. Two U.S. financiers tried to be so smart and bought a significant amount of U.S. gold, obviously hoping for an overall price soaring, so that they’d be able to sell it again for huge profit. Well long story short, this plan didn’t work out as you might guess. Eventually the U.S. gold market crashed and their actions left the the Wall Street Barons bankrupt. From there the U.S. was set into a really bad financial crisis.
The name ‘Black Friday’ actually came from the way American shops recorded their accounting details, as they’d note profits in black and losses in red. Over this hard time most shops only got to write red number, only after the day of thanksgiving they finally ‘went into black’ again. 
If you are currently getting ready to take part in this very crazy shopping experience, here are a few things you might want to consider.
When does it make sense to wait until black Friday itself and when should one of the current deals be taken. Obviously this is always a question of how lucky you’ll be on the day, but if it is a very specific product you are waiting for, in a specific colour or size, you may want to consider buying it before the time. I don’t want to disappoint you in this, but the chances are high that you aren’t the only person waiting for a deal on this product. If you are just waiting for the highest possible discount, you may want to wait until Black Friday.
Before you get yourself out there, getting lost in all the discount signs, you should do some research. Check out RedFlagDeals and RetailMeNot for some brilliant deals, coupons and special offers first. blackfriday.png
Even tho all of  these offers, just seem too good to be true, please don’t forget that we are living in a time of climate change and an absolute consumption overload. And you buying unnecessary stuff  like crazy, is a part of this very big game, even tho if it seems to be just you!
Just think about where these product are coming from, that they need to be produced, and packed and that there is a whole chain reaction after this. I don’t want to be the Party-Pooper in this, but I guess especially our generation has a very good understanding of this and should proof this in actions! 
Not to doubt, this is the perfect time to make some great deals, but try not to loose your head over this. 
And make sure you’ve got some money left since next PuB-Night isn’t too far away and you still want to be able to pay for your drinks right? 
Till then, Happy Shopping you all!
Cheers, 
— Nadja
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX News

As we already talked about the current strike situation here in Vancouver, the situation could get a bit worse next week. ix-news-logo.png
Just a little information, in case you haven’t read the previous post about it. 
The operators are striking for better working conditions, as they are having very hard days at the moment. Schedules are very tight so that there aren’t any bathroom or lunch-breaks. As there was still no agreement achieved so far, job action will be taken from now. 
There is a serious possibility that all buses including the SeaBus and Skytrain will go though a complete shutdown starting on Wednesday (27th November). Shutdown as in no public transport will be operated during this period of time!
For now, it seems like the shutdown will last for 3 days. But it might end up being shorter or longer depending on decisions that will be made in that period of time. It may also not happen at all.
Of course we will keep you up to date in this. 
Make sure to find alternative ways to get to work and Pub-Night (;-)) for that period of time and keep your eyes and ears open for news. 
Cheers,
–Nadja
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Welcome Simon! 

After no new faces in the last week I am happy to introduce you to Simon today. He came all the way from Sweden to take part in the INTERNeX Hospitality program.  So far what I can tell, this young man is ready and excited for all the upcoming adventures ;-). 9caa171b-0899-44dd-8c14-fab3b04c59df.jpg

As for many of us, this is his first time living on his own. So I am sure he’ll be happy to get your tips and tricks on this one. Simon will be placed in Vancouver for his 6 months stay, but of course he doesn’t want to miss out in getting to see some other great destinations too. And again, I think he’d be happy to hear about all of your  experiences and even get inspired by them!
Simon we hope you’ll have a great start here in Vancouver and I promise you, everyone will be very excited to meet you tonight – that’s for sure. There will be many challenges you’ll get the opportunity to grow on, but finding friends doesn’t need to be one of them! We are very happy to take you in our INTERNeX crew! And I think we are quite a nice and fun bunch of people to spend time with. ;-).

Therefore make sure to welcome Simon at tonights Pub-Night at the Moose’s Down Under.
As the weather gets colder and winter is just around the corner, we’ll escape to the warm Australian vibe tonight. 
See you tonight ,Mates’! 

Cheers,

–Nadja

International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Big warm welcome to our newest arrival, the charming Nathalie!
Nathalie is 22 years old and from the Netherlands. Since she is the only one arriving this week, she is gonna get all the attention ;-). IMG_5116.jpeg

Nathalie is taking part in the practicum program, working for the Cancer Society in the upcoming 5 months. So she’ll actually stay here for quite a long time. With her 22 years, she already got a very impressive resume. Back home she just finished her masters. Yes, you heard right!

Since the job is the perfect fit to make use of the knowledge she gathered during her studies, she isn’t only here to have fun. Nathalie wants to promote a healthy lifestyle to actually help to make life better.
Feels like we need some more Nathalie’s in this world!

Obviously this is not only about an “useful travel experience”, but also about getting to know the culture, meet new amazing people and just having a good time in Vancouver.
So what could be better, than joining the INTERNeX family?!
This is Nathalie’s first trip outside of Europe, all by herself, so it’s our job now to make her feel home asap.
So don’t miss out to welcome her at tonights PuB-Night at the Cambie Bar & Grill!

See you there,

Cheers,
–Nadja

International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX News – Remembrance Day

Travelling is not only about taking pretty pictures and meeting exciting new people, of course we all also want to learn something about the country and culture we stay in.

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Therefore Public Holidays are just the perfect opportunity to widen our horizon and learn about what people are actually celebrating or thinking of.

As you might know and surely must have noticed when walking through town, next Monday is Remembrance Day. This is not only a topic we should gather some information about, because we are currently staying in Canada, but also because this is a topic each and everyone should keep in mind and think about from time to time. Therefore here some helpful information about what this day is all about.

Starting from scratch, the Remembrance day, or earlier known as the Armistice Day marks the end of hostilities during First World war. It is a day remembering all the fallen soldiers, not the victory or any political and/or military events.
Nowadays it’s not only supposed to remind on First World War, but all Wars!
Because it is and always will be very important to remember all the horror and grief wars drag along. Nobody should ever forget, how hard times like these effected each and everyones life. Even though the first world is long gone, we should think about it from time to time and never get lazy speaking about it.

Most ceremonies in Canada include certain things, like two minutes of silence, the playing of the ‘Last Post’, the recitation of ‘In Flanders Fields’, and the wearing of Poppies. ‘In Flanders Fields’ is a poem written by a Canadian soldier and became one of the most famous symbols of First World War. The poem embodies the sadness, the loss of loved ones, the worries, but also the faith that needs to be kept up. Within the poem John McCrae mentioned the Poppies, which were found on most of the western front. Throughout the bombed and destroyed landscape the poppies were the only thing giving colour to this tragic scenery. Later on the blood-red poppies overgrew many mass graves and therefore they became more and more symbolic for the fallen soldiers and tragedy of First World War. 

Almost in every part of Vancouver you will find different ceremonies, concerning this very important day. In downtown you’ll get one at the Cenotaph Victory Square (located on the corner of West Hastings Street and Cambie), starting about 9:45 am. Afterwards there will be a big parade.
Another big ceremony will take place in Stanley Park at the Japanese Canadian War Memorial, starting at 10:40 am.  

As this is a public holiday, I hope you’ll have a great day off and spent your free-time wisely, thinking about this very serious and important topic. 

Cheers, 

— Nadja

International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

 

INTERNeX New’s

IX-News-Logo.pngSince it is affecting all of us, public transport is definitely a topic worth talking about. As you might have heard and experienced in the past, the situation is not absolutely perfect at the moment. Many of the operators are not happy about the conditions they are currently working under.

Long story short:
Mostly, time schedule are very tight and won’t leave space for breaks during busy days like these. So if there isn’t any agreement with the Coast Mountain Bus Company by tonight, there will be a strike starting tomorrow morning, obviously affecting everybody using public transport. Certainly not everything will stop driving by then, but it’s most likely to experience delays as well as cancellations. Therefore, please stay updated and find potential alternatives, to get wherever you need to go, in time!

Cheers,

–Nadja

International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com