What to do on the weekend?

The Sun is back and this means we will have a good opportunity to do some outdoor stuff this weekend. Take your jacket and shoes and go out to enjoy the good weather! ☀️

816398946_378d83fd9bFriday evening, the week will come to an end, so why don’t just take some seconds to enjoy the beauty of a sunset in Vancouver? Go to the English beach, sit down, spend some time watching the water moving and observe how the sun sets. In my opinion a very good possibility to forget about all your problems and all the stress you had in between last week and just relax for some minutes, while enjoying the beauty of Nature. Afterwards you maybe find your way to North Vancouver for the Friday Night Live- Event. Enjoy some live Music, storytelling and a guest artist at 3201 Mountain Highway.

When you are not interested in coming with the INTERNeX Crew to the Trampoline Park in New Westminster, why don’t check out Granville Island? Take a water taxi at Science World and go to Granville Island. There are two positive aspects in this: First you can enjoy the beautiful Skyline Vancouver has while sitting on a boat and you are even faster in arriving the Island instead of going by feed. Granville Island is a great possibility to buy some food, sweats or Souvenirs. So you should just have a look at on Saturday 😊

13984644929_3542462a4bSunday is the last day of Apple Festival. It is a family event for all ages, the UBC Apple Festival celebrates one of BC’s favourite fruits. From learning about the diversity of apples to tasting rare and unusual varieties, the Apple Festival is a great opportunity to discover more about this delicious fruit. It takes place on  Saturday, October 13th & Sunday and  Sunday, October 14th 2018 from 11:00am – 4:00pm at UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research. Or when you want to be more active then go out for hike at Lynn Valley Creek and see the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge.

However, I hope you all have a great weekend and maybe we see us next week at the 131 Water for our next Pub Night ! 🙂

-Michael 

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

How was your weekend?

The Thanksgiving weekend is over. Four days of relaxing, eating and spending time with family and friends! Unfortunately the time runs so fast. Now it’s Tuesday and the only thing we can do, is having a review of the things we did:

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My weekend started Friday in the evening. After finishing work, we had a Thanksgiving Potluck in the INTERNeX Office. Everyone prepared something for the evening and so we had a mix of different food out of different countries in there. It was pretty cool. We listened to music, played some karaoke, talked about a lot of different things and enjoyed the time together. Afterwards some of us decided to go to the Metropole Pub, where we also had some good hours. This is how the Friday came to an end!

The Saturday morning was a tensely morning. Due to the long night, I was very tired but I promised my roommate to go on a hike. So we took the bus to Grouse Mountain and started the hike. It was exhausting and not as easy as I hoped! The moment we arrived at the top was awesome. The beautiful view was the reward for the strenuous hike. We were lucky. Based on the good weather conditions on Saturday, we were able to see Downtown, the Stanley Park and a lot of more places in Vancouver. Really, you should go to the top of Grouse Mountain. It’s terrific!

The Sunday was about relaxing and getting some rest. In the evening I went out to meet some friends at the Pint. There was a “Oktoberfest evening”. It’s a german topic, so we decided to check it out. The evening in common, was pretty cool, but not really what we expected. However we had a lot of fun! 😀

Special for this weekend was the day-off on Monday. It was time for me to have a look at the Vancouver Aquarium. It was one point on my bucketlist. It was really likely and I can recommend it to everyone who is interested in Sealife.

This was my weekend! Hope you had a great weekend too and maybe we will see us tomorrow at the Mahony & Sons for our next Pub-Night 🙂

-Michael

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

What to do on the weekend?

The week is over again and it’s time to chill out or explore Vancouver! What is special about this weekend?  It’s Thanksgiving!

This means 4 instead of 3 days to do something: 🎉

A good start of this weekend is the Vancouver Halloween Parade and Expo. It’s the 5th annual Vancouver Halloween Parade, which is about three days of festival inspired by comics, anime, video games and mythologies.  It is for all ages and welcome everyone to the world’s largest Cosplay stage. Some parts are free and other are ticketed. Prices are between ($8 to $10). You can book online or pay at the door! When you want to surprise yourself, just go to the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, 850 W Georgia St., Vancouver for the Outdoor Performance.

40766590765_816f8d3e57Saturday should be sunny, so it’s a perfect possibility to check out Vancouver: Go to Stanley Park, sit down at English Beach and watch at the Sea or go for a walk at Queen Elizabeth Park and enjoy the sunny day. You could also go the BC Place and support the Lions against the Toronto Argonauts. However, just enjoy the beautiful weather and go out for a hike.😊

23927167588_7c8ef77358_zSunday is again Halloween time in Vancouver. The mid-october Halloween Parade is taking place. Parade entries in the Vancouver Halloween Parade aren’t particularly scary or gruesome – they’re mostly superheroes, Japanese anime characters and non-frightening girls dancing with zombie makeup – so it’s very kid-friendly. The parade route goes down Howe Street from around Davie to Smithe, then along Smithe to Granville Street, and then up Granville to Drake. Thousands of people turn out for the Halloween Parade each year, which usually runs for just short of an hour. Richmond night market is going to close their doors for 2018 so you should use this last chance to go out and have a beautiful evening on the night market at 8351 River Road in Richmond.!

🎶🎶🎶Tell me why I don’t like Mondays🎶🎶🎶…But this Monday will be a likely one, so why do you not use your day off to go to Granville Island and be part of the Granville Island 10 km Turkey Trot? It doesn’t matter if you are a participant or just there as a supporter, it will be fun for everyone!

So have a nice weekend and maybe I will see you at our Pub Night next week in the Mahony & Sons! 🙂 🙂 

Adios, amigos!

Oh guys.. Now it’s also time for me. Time for me to leave. Time for me to say goodbye.
It’s been a great time and I cannot call myself luckier to have come to Vancouver and live those 13 weeks of awesomeness!

I know it’s just been three months, and there were just a few of you that were present the entire time, but I feel that I’ve known so many of you for more than just a couple of weeks. I cannot count the many moments that I will keep in my mind forever, that made 37192266_10156379462734647_3702215724152913920_nme smile, that I’m thankful for and that just showed me how easy it is to make friends and bond over some random, weird stuff.

So many events, so many PuB NiGHTs, so many trips that kept me busy during my stay in Vancouver. It was tiring and exhausting from time to time, but there was not one single moment that I regret spending with you guys.

The trip to Portland, Oregon, which was also my kick-off event with the INTERNeX-gang, was just incredibly funny. Even though, we were missing out on sleep and were quite unlucky with the weather, I enjoyed discovering the American city with you and spending the evenings playing “complicated” card games. Who would include “Kiiiii” and “Queeeen” in a card game, if not us? 😂

Speaking of weird neologism, our trip to Vargas Island was definitely one of my favourite moments. The introduction of the word “Schnäck” and all the achievements we made during that trip really left their mark. The successful attempt of lighting up a fire out of wet wood, building up the tents in pouring rain and installing the tarp from scratch was something I will never forget.

And last but not least, our four-day trip to the Rockies. It wouldn’t have been the same without you guys. Just enjoying the breath-taking views of the beautiful nature was amazing. But spending the journeys in the bus with fun conversations and games made the trip so much more valuable. Thanks for joining all of this craziness with us.

35646874_1761660767260279_3469225791433211904_nBut there was way more that brought value to my time in Vancity than these three big trips. There were so many more funny moments that I either can’t remember or that are just too insignificant to list now! But I guess you all have your own favourite moment and will keep it in your memory!

As the orientation video announces, the PR-team  “will make your stay unforgettable”… but I have to say that it was you – every single one of you, that made my time here unforgettable. The office-team at INTERNeX, you candidates at events and in general the City of Vancouver (or the Day 2Country Canada). I don’t even know, what was the most special of all! I guess it was the composure of it all: Having the incredible nature in and around Vancouver, having you to discover it with, and having the INTERNeX-team that made all of it possible.

I can just say, that this chapter of my life has a very important spot in my heart. I grew profesionally but also personally. As I said, I am thankful for every single one who was part of this. I will really miss the times.

Keep up the craziness, I definitely will. And all of you: Stay the way you are – keep travelling, keep exploring!
Chances are that we meet again!

– Elisabeth

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

Hello everyone!

Hi! My name is Julia and I’m the newest team member here at INTERNeX. 🙂
I arrived in Vancouver about one month ago and I’m already in love with this beautiful country! But let me tell you a little bit about myself first.

I’m 21 years old and live in a small city in Germany, more or less near Frankfurt. I study Business Psychology in Frankfurt and I came to Canada to gain some practical experience and to get to know this amazing country.

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I already did an study abroad semester in England and was fascinated by getting to know a foreign culture by actually living there. Everyone tells you that you’ll get a whole different view on the culture when you don’t come as a tourist but live there for a while. And what can I say… it is absolutely true.

That’s why Canada is so interesting to me. Not only the nature is stunning but also the people and their culture. I already explored Vancouver, the area around the city and a little bit of the Rockies and I’m so impressed. There were so many places that simply made me speechless. Canada is such a beautiful country! Especially Vancouver has it all: mountains, ocean, skyline and breathtaking nature just nearby. Now I get to know new people with different mindsets, cultures and experiences and I’m already excited to hear their stories. 🙂

I’m happy to help others to also experience this adventure with INTERNeX. Getting to know the culture, the scenery and the atmosphere in Canada is a once in a lifetime experience and I’m looking forward to this unique time. 🙂

-Julia

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

How was your weekend?

After finishing work it was time to go to Granville Island. I took a water taxi and spend some time enjoying the beautiful weather while walking around and take a look on the market. Fish, meat, fruits, vegetables, biscuits…I got the impressions, that there is nothing you can’t buy! This was also the chance to buy the first souvenirs. Afterwards I had some diner in the Sandbar Restaurant. It was delicious!  This was definitely not a bad start of the weekend.  

Unfortunately the weather changes completely on Saturday. This is why I preferred to stay at home and spend some time with my homestay guys. There is nothing interesting to tell about, this is why I prefer to tell you something about my last Saturday: I went out for a whale watching trip! At first I was a bit concerned about the weather conditions. It was cloudy and it looked like rain. Lucky me! Sitting on a boat and enjoy the rain and watch some whales, sounds worse than sitting on a boat, being dry and watch some whales! 😀 However, everything was fine and after some seals and see-lions, I saw three humpback whales. It was awesome!! Unbelievable how giant they are! 

Back in the harbour I was really happy have done this trip. Beautiful day!

Time to get back to the last weekend. The Sunday was about using my brain while solving difficult  riddles in the escape room! Together, with seven other participants we went to Smartypantz Escape and we tried to solve the Dreammaker. It was very hard to do all the stuff in just 45 min, but it was pure fun for everybody!

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Hope to see you guys at the Pint this week! 🙂

– Michael

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

 

Time to say goodbye

So, this is it. It’s time to say goodbye. After spending 7 months in beautiful British Columbia, I am writing my last blog post. With a heavy heart, obviously… And not knowing where to start, because there are way too many great stories to tell.

I got a very warm welcome when I entered the world of INTERNeX. Not so warm was the weather in Vancouver at the beginning of my stay though. I remember a lot of snow, more than the city was apparently used to. I also remember hiking through the Lynn Valley during that time with shoes that weren’t winter and especially not water proof. So, guess who had wet and cold feet at the end of that day and a bit of a bad mood? Yep, me.

Nevertheless, the longer I stayed in Vancouver, the more I started to love the city, its weather and its surrounding. Looking back at my time there, I cannot imagine anyone who does not love this place. Vancouver is such a multisided city that has everything you need: a busy downtown, beaches, mountains, beautiful nature, a great nightlife and many wonderful people to meet.

So many wonderful people, indeed… I am a very lucky person who can say now that I have good friends coming from Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, England, and so many more countries. You made my stay unforgettable and my favourite memories include you guys! To name some of them with their insider jokes: DO YOU WANT CHICKEN WINGS?! – Aiiiiiiiis – whoop whoop! – Vodka quoi? – Kiiiiii!… I know, for most of you readers, this might sound very confusing and weird… But I also know that some of you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

BUT, those words only won’t be enough to describe the awesome things I did and saw. Thanks to INTERNeX, I could go twice (!) to the Rocky Mountains, for example. Once during winter and once during summer. Both times, I was stunned by the beauty of the country. I was especially mesmerised by the view and the colour of the water Peyto Lake, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake had during summer. But one of my favourite moments was doing the Polar Bear swim in the 4-degree cold Bow Lake. Brrrrrr, I’m glad that so many of you joined me in this craziness.

However, not only did I go on trips with INTERNeX, I also had the chance to organise one on my very own. And so, the PR-team and I decided it’s time to get out of the country. My task became to plan a weekend in Portland, USA! What a challenge, but totally worth doing so. We visited the Chinese Garden, ate Voodoo doughnuts and played mini-golf in black light, to name some of the activities we did. Let me tell you guys: the city itself is simply great!

You know what else is great? That every Wednesday, we had our famous PuB NiGHTs! It gave me the chance to chat the nights away and to enjoy the delicious Canadian beer with you. I also loved that sometimes, we could play (music) Bingo during some of these evenings.

Play hard – work hard. Or something like that, right? The time I had at the office was just as awesome as my time outside of it. This, on the one hand, thanks to the possibility that we could organise so many weekly events like playing laser tag, a pillow fight or hiking. And on the other hand, because I had the honour of working with a fun and wonderful team! This practicum gave me many opportunities to learn and to grow. Thank you!

And now, it’s definitely time to say goodbye. Goodbye INTERNeX, goodbye candidates, goodbye Vancouver, goodbye Canada. Thank you for all the fun times! To quote Doktor Kosmos: ‘Oh, everybody, now. Don’t look at photographs ’cause photographs is not going to change the world. You can’t look back, no no. You must look forward, yes (…)’.

I see you all soon again and I cannot wait to create some more exciting memories. Scherbatsky out!

– Nadine

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