Highlights of the Year 2016: October, November and December

Last but not least the fourth quarter of 2016. I hope you guys had as much fun as I had looking back on all the things we did!

October

October started of with a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium and a great Thanksgiving dinner at Ten Ten Tapas. We also had a lot of PuB NiGHTS organized. And a special night for Halloween.

October.jpgThe weekend trip of October was a trip to the Rocky Mountains. During this trip we went to the National Parks Jasper and Banff. We also went to Lake Louise, Mount Robson and Colombia Ice Field. We also enjoyed a night out in Banff and enjoyed a night at our Mountain View Cabins with a BBQ party around the bonfire. It was a great trip!

Also that weekend we went to Grouse Mountain for the ones that stayed in Vancouver. We did a great hike on the Grouse Grind and enjoyed the amazing view.

November

In November we started of with great PuB NiGHTs. We also went to CandyTown in November. It was raining a lot but still lots of fun to enjoy the Christmas spirit already!

In the last week of November a big group of Scandinavians were coming for a few days. The first day was full with orientations and of course a PuB NiGHT. The second day a Stanley Park Tour was planned. And on the last night we had a PuB NiGHT planned in the Blarney Stone. It was a great week!

December 

December was filled with PuB NiGHTs. We had lots of fun at the Met and the Bimini.christmas

On the third Wednesday of December we had a Christmas Party. We first went out for dinner at the Spaghetti Factory, which was great! When we all finished our dinner, we started with Secret Santa, which was lots of fun too! After the dinner and Secret Santa some of us went to the Met to end the night with some karaoke!

A big thank you to Sara, Andreas and Janel for organizing the PuB NiGHTS, events and trips in these months!

We hope you all will have a great New Years Eve and an even greater 2017!

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Highlights of the Year 2016: July, August and September

This week it is time to start on the second half of the year 2016! Let’s discuss the months July, August and September!

July

July was the month of the European Soccer Championships. We watched a lot of games together in different pubs, which was really nice!

We also organized a food weekend. In one weekend we went to an Italian Night Market, did a BBQ the next day and on Sunday we went to a Sushi restaurant. This was a really fun and delicious weekend.

The weekend after the food weekend we wanted to do some sports. So we went to Deep cove and did some kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddling. There was also a possibility to do the Quarry Rock trail. We had a great and sporty day! The next week we had some great activities like the Festival of Lights and a Pool and Picnic day. And of course, the weekly PuB NiGHTS.

We closed July off with a great weekend of camping and river rafting, organized by LJuly Rafting.jpgee from Big Wolf Tours, which definitely was a weekend to never forget! We took a swim after getting our tents up, played some beer pong and beach volleyball and had a delicious BBQ. After that we partied till late around the bonfire. The next day it was time to go river rafting. Half way through we sailed to the bottom of a 5meter tall cliff and climbed up and jumped back into the river again. This was definitely scary but lots of fun! After the rafting we packed up our tents and bags and went back to Vancouver.

August

August started of with the Night Nation Run, it was a 5K run with music, lights and DJs, which made is a huge party!

Another event in August was a day trip to Lynn Canyon. We started by walking over the Suspension Bridge, after that we went exploring the park by hiking and searching for some black bears in the forest. Unfortunately we didn’t find any bears, but we had a great time hiking and ended up bathing in the cool water at Lynn Canyon.

The weekend trip of August was to the Rocky Mountains. We organized this trip together August Rockies.jpgwith West Trek Tours. On the first day we went to Hope, Kamloops, Spahats Falls and the
Cowboy Ranch Experience during our trip to Valemount. On day 2 we went to Mount Robson, Jasper, the Athabasca Falls, Bow Lake and arrived in Banff to spend the night and go to the nigtclub Hoodoo. On day 3 we did a Banff tour, went to Lake Louise, Emerald Lake and checked into our Mountain View Cabins in Golden. We had a great BBQ and a bonfire party. On day 4 it was time to go back to Vancouver, but not before we went to the Last Spike, the Okanagan Valley and had a picnic on the beach in Kelowna.

In the month August we also had our weekly PuB NiGHTS, which included one Karaoke party.

September

September started of with a fun Poker Quiz Night, a Scavenger Hunt in Vancouver and a Bowling and Billiard night. All these events were lots of fun and definitely has to be in the program for next year again!

14330079_10154512816572103_2438674369225802898_n.jpgWe also had a weekend trip in September to Portland. On Friday morning we drove two minivans out of Canada and started our trip to Portland. Our first event in Portland was going to the Rose garden, which is the oldest public rose test garden in the US. After that we ate dinner at Pacific Pie and checked in into our hotel, where we had a great evening chilling in our pajamas or having a room party. The next day it was time to go shopping. After a whole day of shopping we had dinner at Clyde’s Prime Rib and checked out the nightlife of Portland. On Sunday we went to the famous Voodoo donut shop and walked around the Portland Market, where we could buy all kinds of different handcraft from local people. After that we had a walking tour around the city called “Secrets of Portlandia” which was a stand up comedy tour about Portland’s history and culture. And after the tour it was time to get back to Vancouver.

We want to give a special thank you to Sofie, Sara, Klara and Phillipp who organized the PuB NiGHTS, events and trips in this part of 2016.

We want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!

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Highlights of the Year 2016: April, May and June

Another week, another part of 2016. This week the months April, May and June are to discuss.

April April Bränboll.jpg

April started off with Bränboll. Bränboll is a game played in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. The rules are different in every area, so I am not able to explain them. If you ever want to play it go to Google, YouTube or ask someone who knows the game. We had a great day and lots of fun playing this game!

We also enjoyed the PuB NiGHTs and the Beer Pong Night at Cambie.

In April we also had another Rocky Mountains trip! This one was different from the one in February. The first day we travelled to Valemount. After arriving there we had a dinner and played some Hockey in the Rockies. The rest of the evening we sat around the campfire. On day two we drove to Banff. On our way there we stopped at Mount Robson, travelled through Jasper, visited the Athabasca Falls, stopped at the Columbia Icefields and saw Peyto and Bow Lake. After arriving to the hotel we had dinner and went on a night out at Hoodoo in Banff. The third day was a drive to Golden. On our way we stopped at Lake Louise. When we arrived in Golden we checked in into our Mountain View Cabins and enjoyed a BBQ dinner. On the fourth day we already had to drive back to Vancouver. During this drive we stopped at the Okanagan Valley for lunch and joined the Highway 5 to drive through the Coquihalla Valley, where we say the Last Spike and Othello Tunnels.

In April Rebecca joined us in the INTERNeX team, which was great! She is already doing a great job in developing and marketing the Outbound INTERNeX Program.

Lasertag.jpgMay

In May there was a Color Me Rad 5K Race in Surrey, some of us joined this race and had a great time! We also played laser tag in the end of May. It was definitely lots of fun! And like every month we had PuB NiGHTs this month which were great evenings!

June

In June it was a great month to go to the beach, the weather was finally good enough so we made use of that!

We also had another Rocky Mountains trip this month, because some missed the trip in April. We had the same program as the trip in April, which was a great success!!

Another trip in June was the Tofino trip. We went there by bus and had two great days! Some of us went with the Water Taxi Tour to the Maquinna Provincial Park to see the natural hot springs, whales and other wildlife.

We also went to the movie Finding Dory as it just came out in the theaters. Which was lots of fun! We also had our weekly PuB NiGHTs again and went to the Beer Pong Tournament in Cambie.

In the second part of the year the PuB NiGHTS, events and trips were organized by Sandra, Julia and Veronica thank you for doing a great job!

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Highlights of the Year 2016: January, February and March

The last month of the year has started and that means that we will start with the Highlights of the Year 2016. This week we start with January, February and March!

January

January, the beginning of this eventful year. It started of great with the first PuB NiGHT of the year at the Bismarck Bar. Later that week we had a great time ice skating at Robson Square.

At the end of January we had our first monthly trip. Skiing and Snowboarding in Whistler. January Whistler weekend.jpgThe weather forecast was perfect for this weekend, it promised a lot of new powdery snow. On Friday we got on the bus and drove to Whistler on the Sea to Sky Highway, which was a spectacular ride with great views. When we arrived we got ready to go on a night out in Whistler Village. The next day we went up to the Whistler Mountain and started skiing and snowboarding. After a long day we sat down and enjoyed some Après Ski. On Sunday we got up early again to enjoy the mountain again before the bus was leaving at 4.30. Everyone fell asleep on the bus, after a long but fun weekend!

February

The events in February were again exciting! In the middle of this month we went on a trip to the Rocky Mountains with West Trek Tours. On the first day we had a long ride to make. We got on the bus at 7 am and arrived in Golden at 6 pm. We checked in to the Mountain View Cabins and all enjoyed our evening together. The second day we made our way through Yoho and Banff National Parks. We stopped at Lake Louise to watch or ice skate on the frozen lake and after that we ice hiked through Johnston Canyon and see frozen waterfalls. After that we arrived in Banff and got ready for our first night out together at Hoodoo Nightclub. On the third day we went to Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Making our way back to Golden we stopped at Emerald Lake and after that have a big BBQ a
t our Mountain View Cabins. Day four was the day to get back to Vancouver again. But before that we went to the Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch and travel through the Okanagan Valley.

March Pub Night.jpgAnother event was the Special Edition of FlyOverCanada. We enjoyed a flight over Canada and over China! This was in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

And of course we can never forget the PuB NiGHTs and the Beer Pong Night at the Cambie.

March

In the beginning of March we enjoyed the view over Vancouver at the Vancouver Lookout! And a few weeks later we celebrated St. Patricks Day by going to the parade and have a party at Blarney Stone! It was lots of fun! Also all the other PuB NiGHTs were really nice!

A big thank you to Sandra and Vivien who organized the PuB NiGHTS, events and trips in the first months of 2016!

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HIGHLIGHTS REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2015: October, November, December

OCTOBER

Last but not least the fourth quarter of 2015. I hope you guys had as much fun as I had looking back on all the awesome things we did.

October started with our amazing overnight trip to Whistler with a group of 22 people. whistlerThe trip was the perfect opportunity to get to know everyone better and I must say that those people are just amazing. Therefore it’s no surprise that we had an awesome time in Whistler with a lot of fun. Additionally we were pretty lucky with the weather.
The sun was shining the entire weekend. On Saturday and Sunday most people did zip lining, some did bungee jumping and some just explored the amazing view on top of the mountains when hiking. We also had two birthdays to celebrate that means we had a good excuse to party.

Canadian Thanksgiving, one of the most famous holidays is celebrated at the second Monday in October. It is similar to the English and European Harvest festival, symbolizing people’s gratitude for everything given by nature or God that sustains them. ThanksgivingdinnerWhile the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians may gather for their Thanksgiving Dinner on any day during the long weekend. The traditional dish for the Thanksgiving dinner is roasted turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie.In celebration of the Canadian Thanksgiving the INTERNeX group certainly had a Thanksgiving Dinner. We spent a lovely evening on top of Vancouver’s roof. While enjoying our Dinner at the revolving restaurant in Robson Street we had an incredible view down on Vancouver.

 

NOVEMBER

 
In November 11 Canada  ‘celebrated’  Remembrance Day. We remember soldiers fallen in the line of duty, especially those during World War I and World War II. The date and the time on which the festivities are taking place certainly have a special meaning: The hostilities of World War I ended officially on the eleventh day of November 1918, in the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour. seattle space needleSo, every year at that time is at least one minute of silence to honor all those, we need to remember. Connected to this day is also the custom of wearing a red poppy the weeks leading up to the eleventh of November. This symbol evolved due to the popularity of a poem written by a Canadian writer and soldier John McCrae, In Flanders Fields. It is one of the most famous pieces of Canadian literature and represents the emotions connected to Remembrance Day.

 

We could also cross Seattle off our to-do list since we crossed the border to the States for a day trip to Seattle. As you can see on the photo we had amazing weather! And not only the weather was good. We had super yummy fresh fish at Pike Place Market and quite a lot to explore in downtown Seattle.

 
DECEMBER

Since a bunch of people will be here for Christmas we decided to enjoyed a nice Christmas Dinner together in association with doing Secret Santa. Besides that we also didn’t miss the chance attending at the annual Santa Claus Parade. We went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park seeing the hundreds of thousands of lights, the ‘German” Christmas Market and to the Bright Nights in Stanley Park23532018931_e42a616597_o

December and also 2015 are slowly coming to an end as well as my practicum here at INTERNeX. No reason for freaking out, being sad or becoming desperate though! Vivien, one of our candidates is taking over and is managing and organizing a couple of pretty cool events and trips for January and February. Of course we also won’t leave you in the lurch on New Years Eve!

For all the upcoming events check out our Facebook page and stay turned on our social media sites.

The only thing left to say is: HAPPY NEW YEAR! Hope everyone will have a good start in the New Year 2016! Wish you all the best.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2015: July, August, September

JULY

It’s time for reviewing the third quarter of this year. There was a lot going on here in Vancouver and we organized a lot for our INTERNeX group. Here we gooo:

The very first day in July is a special day here in Canada. It’s Canada’s Birthday6003103020_914fbc43d0_oThis year Canada became 148 years old. In 1867 the British North America Act (today called Constitution Act) united the three colonies Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a single federation. The first event of the day, called Waterfront Party, started at Canada Place and was featuring various entertainments like live music, activities for children, street hockey, an armed forces show, a circus show and lots of food carts, as well. Next up was the Canada Day Parade. To finish the day with a bang, there was a firework, which we had a great view of from Canada Place.

15136227569_8fa90356b9_oIn July we had a couple of nice alternatives to our regular Pub NiGHTS. We went to one of Vancouver’s most beautiful places: Queen Elizabeth Park and had a picnic-dinner together with pancakes, fruits, meatballs, salad, … and the list went on! After stuffing ourselves we played ball, chatted and laughed a lot.

We also set up a Scavenger Hunt, which was extremely funny! For a little summary of what we had planned please click here.

Have you ever seen a firework competition? Well, you actually get the chance once a year at Vancouver’s English Bay. 19331623013_dbca09e7b4_oAside from the fireworks competition, called Celebration of Lights, there was a festival at Sunset Beach with various entertainment, vendor stalls and musical showcases.

Mid July we escaped the Vancouver city life for doing a camping trip to
enjoy the great outdoors. Click here to find out more about our camping trip.

 

 
AUGUST

August ended with another incredible trip to the Rockies but this time in summer. We just did and experienced so much but let me summarize our itinerary:

Our adventure started outside the Waterfront station early in the morning. We stopped in Hope, Kamloops, Valemount and the Spahats Falls. The next day our journey went on by heading to Banff. On our way we had short rests at Mount Robson, Jasper, Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefields and some stunning lakes. rockies conoeThe following day we had a little bit more spare time where we could decide whether we would like going up the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountains or simply exploring Banff before heading to Golden. On the way to Golden we stopped at Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, which are regarded as two of the most famous places in the Rockies. The last day of our amazing tour we traveled back to Vancouver but not without passing Okanagan Valley to see the Last Spike and Othello Tunnels.

You can easily imagine how much fun we had. Not forgetting all the nights we partied so hard so that it was even harder to get up early in the morning. For a more detailed version of our Rockies trip, click here and here.

And for seeing some pictures, among others from our polar bear swim, click here.

The weekend before we had planned a day trip to Victoria. It felt like day of vacation because everything looked quite different compared to Vancouver. No skyscrapers far and wide. Victoria is definitely worth a visit!camping trip
Just as FlyOver Canada. We virtually flew over Canada, from East coast to West coast. It was intense!

A Whistler day trip was also on our to-do list for August. Our first destination took us to Shannon Falls, which is located right before Squamish before heading to our original goal. Arrived in Whistler some of us did zip-lining and the rest checked out the highest and longest lift in the world that took us up to Whistler Mountain from where we took the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Blackcomb Mountain which connects and Blackcomb Mountain.

 

SEPTEMBER

After a great trip to the Rockies August came to an end and September started with the traditional Rockies Reunion at Malone’s where our tour guide from WestTrek already had some seats reserved for us. After arriving, we immediately started talking about the trip and how much fun we had. We also spoke with people from the other tour bus and compared experiences. West Trek put together a video of our whole Rocky Mountains trip in just a couple of days. And it was pretty cool to see all the fun things we did over the weekend.

Mid September was a CONCACAF game, which can be compared with Europe’s whitecapsChampions League. The CONCACAF league includes all soccer teams from North and Central America as well as the Caribbean. That means the match between the Vancouver Whitecaps against Olympia from Honduras was quite a big deal. Before we marched together with many other Whitecaps supporters to BC Place we met up with the language school students at Doolin’s Irish Pub.

In the beginning of September we had to say goodbye to our awesome PR Coordinator Natasja. But we will definitely meet again some day!

Because of Labor Da Canada had a long weekend where we took the chance to head down to Richmond to the Extreme Air Park.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2015: April, May, June

APRIL

In our first review post last week we started talking about what was going on in the first three months of the year; let’s have a look what we did in April, May and June!

April started with another new INTERNeX-PR-Coordinator-face who joined the INTERNeX community: PNNatasja, a 23-year-old student from the Netherlands, who came to Vancouver for doing a practicum as part of her Bachelor study program. As a PR Coordinator she was responsible for organizing trips in and outside Vancouver, organizing Pub NiGHTS but also the contact person when a candidate encountered difficulties.

Especially our weekly Pub NiGHTS give our interns the opportunity to meet new people and extend their social network. Pub NiGHTS at Blarney Stone, Marlone’s, The Lamplighter, Steamworks Brew Pub and The Cambie are always popular. Therefore we certainly had to show our new arrivals the ‘hottest’ pubs in town.
MAY

The long weekend in May offered our candidates the perfect opportunity to join the four-day trip to the Rockies. INTERNeX usually goes to the Rockies with West Trek twice a year; once in spring and then later in the year where we experience a part of the Canadian Rockies. rockies5The itinerary is basically the same: we first stopped in Hope, Kamloops, then Valmont, Jasper, Golden and Banff. Among others we visited Mount Robson, the Last Spike, Lake Louise and many other highlights you need to see when you are in the Rockies. To make a long story short we saw tons of gorgeous places and had an amazing time with our tour guide who we called Papa Wolf. To get more information about our Rockies trip, click here for INTERNeX goes Rockies – Part 1 and here for INTERNeX goes Rockies Part 2.

Other than going to the Rockies we also set up Pub NiGHTS every week. For instance we participated in the Trivia Night at Moose Down Under. Surprisingly, we did not know a lot of answers, but I don’t think that affected the fun we had!
JUNE

Vancouver is a very multicultural city therefore it has a lot of cultural diversity to offer. In the middle of June the annual Powel Street Festival, a special Japanese-Canadian festival, was on and exhibited Japanese art, culture and heritage. I know … doesn’t sound that interesting but you get the chance to learn something about the Asian culture in the heart of Vancouver. AND, as you probably already noticed, Vancouver has a huge Asian community that means a lot of people are proud to present a part of their history.celebrationoflight

Additionally one of Vancouver’s largest and most well known festivals called Celebration of Lights, an annual musical fireworks competition with an estimated attendance of 1.4 million people each year, started in June.

The forecast for the last weekend in June promised good weather. And there we go! We had sun, blue sky and around 30°C the entire weekend. That called for a BBQ! second beach BBQ1Everyone brought food, drinks and snacks. Chris brought a volleyball and Laura a Frisbee so we could throw around. Proudly I can say that we enjoyed the summer to the fullest!

Another highlight in June was the appearance of Amiel, a 24-year-old student from Germany in his senior year working on his Bachelor in International Business Administration, who supported Natasja with the different tasks a PR Coordinator has to face. Hey Amiel!