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

What to do on the Weekend?

“I don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday too. Thursday I don’t care about you. It’s Friday I’m in love with.“ – Unknown
Ohh Friday my Love nice to see you again! Another week is over and it’s time to focus on the weekend activities. But What can I do?

Music sounds better on a Friday. That’s why the Mid-Autumn Moon festival or the Friday Night Live music event in North Vancouver are great possibilities to start your weekend. If you want to stay in Downtown, then you should enjoy food, music and various cultural activities at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Otherwise live music, storytelling and a guest artist in North Vancouver at 3201 Mountain Highway are waiting for you. Cost is $10 and free for children 12 & under.

Saturday and all trouble fade away.
So why don’t go out for a movie night at the River District? Saturday’s double-feature is Ant Man & The Wasp and Solo: A Star Wars Movie. The event is free, but you need to reserve tickets in advance. (Note: Both movies are now SOLD OUT. However, more tickets may become available and you can always just walk in with your lawn chairs.)
Not in mood for a movie night? It doesn’t matter! Just check out the Maple Ridge Food Truck Festival. Food trucks, live music and market vendors will offer you a unforgettable evening!4942510331_8e4f5879b6_z
The sports fans among you will have a meeting at BC Place Stadium at 7 pm. The BC Lions play against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

So now we finished 2 of 3 days of weekend. We had food, sport, music and movies…What else is missing? Why don’t pay some attention on domestic art? On Sunday dozens of artists are on display at the Seine Net Loft at 5180 Westwater Drive at the Britannia Heritage Shipyards from noon until 4 pm to present their paintings.
The sports fans are not forgotten as well on Sunday.The Vancouver Whitecaps play against FC Dallas at BC Place Stadium.

Hope y’all will have an interesting and exciting weekend!
– 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

Allow me to introduce…the new men in the PR-Office!

A week full of new people and their stories, a week of new impression and exercises, a week of fun and curiosity, a week of… There are so many possibilities to describe my first week in Vancouver. It ran so fast, that I actually forget to introduce myself…

…My Name is Michael and for the next two month I’ll be the new INTERNeX PR-Coordinator. I’m 21 years old, born and raised in Germany and since the 8th of September in Vancouver. To sum it up: the next german in the office! 😀

I’m part of a dual education. I try to explain it in a few sentences. My semester is divided in two parts: The first part is about going to universtity, where I study Economics and Logistics, and second is about working for my company: Apprenticeship and studies at the time. This international practicum is part of my education, but I was my choice to go to INTERNeX in Vancouver. I travelled a lot around the world, saw so many beautiful places, but North America and espacilly Canada always has been a dream of mine. The beautiful country, the different landscapes, the diversity of nature and culture. I think I don’t need to tell you why, just I have a look on a few pictures and you can understand my point of view!

IMG-20180912-WA0010What else can I tell you about me?
This is the third time I leave my home for a longer period of time. The first time I left my home country was in school. I went to France for 3 month. The second time I went to South Africa for half a year and now this will be my third trip. I really enjoy listening to peoples stories and learn more about the reasons why they’re doing what they’re doing. This is the reason why I want to work as a PR-Coordinator for INTERNeX. Working together with people, coming out of different countries, with different backgrounds and Imaginings, is always the basement for great experiences.

I’m looking forward for great days, new adventures and experiences and of course learn to know a lot of cool people! 🙂

I hope I will meet y’all as soon as possible – maybe tomorrow at The Lamplighter!

– 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?

Wow…I have to review my first week here in Vancouver and I’m stunned.
What a first week! So many new people, stories and impressions. I’m still not able to find the right words to describe it… but let me risk an attempt to tell you about my weekend. 😀

IMG_2268Friday was the start of my first real weekend here in Vancouver and we planned a game night in our office. With a group of ten we played taboo, pictonary and chatted a lot. After two hours of gaming, we went again to the Moose Down Under for a few drinks. Soon afterwards the day came to an end… A very funny evening!

Saturday I had to pay tribute to the exhausting first week. I was really tired and I needed to calm down a bit. The rainy weather didn’t improve my mood neither so I decided to stay in bed and watch some movies. To sum the day up..I was really lazy. 😀

Based on my lazy Saturday I needed to be active on Sunday. I don’t want to waste any valuable time! I got up early, talked to my family and went to a mall to get some stuff for my trip to Lynn Valley Creek. It was still rainy, anyway I met two others at the Creek and we passed two hours by hiking, talking, laughing and enjoying the beautiful view. It was really interesting to stand on the suspension bridge, trying not slip on slippery ground and enjoying the impressions at the same time. To be honest, it was not easy. 😀 😀
After finishing our hike, went went to “Off the grid waffles” to get some waffle shakes. It was so tasty!! You should try it out. Really, give it a try!
Repleted and a bit tired we went home and I just collapsed in my bed.

 

I hope you had an interesting weekend too! See you on Wednesday for the 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?

Rainy, Cloudy, Rainy, Cloudy…The weather does what it wants. However another week is over and the weekend is ahead..For sure, there are a lot of people, who want to chill in their apartments trying to stay dry, what can be pretty cool too… But for the more crazy ones the upcoming days giving a lot of possibilities to be active.

Friday is all about music. The Hip-Hop fans should pay attention to the city’s Festival Lawn in Deer Lake Park. Ms. Lauryn Hill stopped for some songs in Burnaby as a part of her North American tour. If Hip-Hop is not your favourite kind of music, you shout have a look on the 34th AMS Welcome Back BBQ. Music for everyone, food, a 19+ beer garden and giant dance floor. Sounds like party, doesn’t it? Interested in? Have a look at 6133 University Boulevard from 4 to 9:30 pm and enjoy the show!

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Viva la vida!!!! The Mexican Market takes a stop in Vancouver on Saturday again. It’s a one day celebration of all the music, culture, food, and drinks of Mexico. Why don’t have a look at? Afterwards you can support the Vancouver Whitecaps against Seattle or check out one of Vancouver’s Pubs. A day you really should have experienced!

Now there is only missing one day of the week- Sunday. A lazy Sunday, laying in bed, watch some movies and eat pizza? No way! Why laying in bed, when you could be part of the Greater Vancouver Food Truck festival? Enjoy around a dozen trucks with food and beverage for purchase, plus live entertainment, and artisan market vendors. Interested in? Then come to the Concord Pacific at 88 Pacific Boulevard and enjoy this special event. Admission is free.

I wish you a great weekend and hope you’ll enjoy it!

– 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

Candidate Exposé – Vanessa Greiner

My name is Vanessa and I’m 21 years old. I’m from Germany and I’m studying taxation and auditing in Villingen-Schwenningen. 6E9A33E1-CEF1-4F45-ABE7-5A3C92B9DC04 - Vanessa Greiner.jpeg

I decided to come to Canada because going on a placement abroad was part of my studies and I wanted to improve my English skills. A friend of mine told me that Canada is a beautiful country and she recommended INTERNeX to me as well. I did my placement at the accounting department of a company in Burnaby. In order to be successful there, it is important to have accounting and taxation skills. Personally, my placement has been very helpful for my career goals so far.

My first impression of Vancouver was not that good, because I walked through East Hastings/Main Street, which is not the best place to go to. However, I now love Vancouver and all the nature around the city.

I enjoyed every event I did with INTERNeX. They always offer different activities, such as hiking tours, pub nights, visiting an outdoor cinema and of course, the Rockies trip (my favorite). The girls from the PR-team were always in a good mood and the activities were a lot of fun with them. Not only did I visit the Canadian Rocky Mountains, but the Sea to Sky Gondola, Lynn Canyon Park and Deep Cove as well, so a lot of walking and hiking.

What I like the most about Canada is that the people are so friendly. What I love about Vancouver is that you really have everything here: the big city feeling, beaches, forests, mountains and parks. The most memorable thing regarding my stay is the trip to the Rocky Mountains with INTERNeX. If I would have to describe my experiences in Canada in a few words I would say; nice people and breathtaking nature.

I would absolutely recommend going abroad with INTERNeX, because they helped me with every issue I faced, such as getting a work permit and crossing the border to the United States.

The first thing I will do when I am back home is buy some German bread.

– Vanessa

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