PuB NiGHT Review: The Relish Pub

Another PuB NiGHT, in another pub, but with familiar faces. Yesterday, the INTERNeX candidates and the PR-team had a seat in the Relish Pub. For the first time since January, this pub was the place to be on a Wednesday evening.

And being in this pub was not the only first-timer of the night. It was the first PuB NiGHT for our new PR-team member Elisabeth, too. As well as for several candidates, who have only been here for a few weeks or even days so far. We were sitting at 3 different tables, because we were with so many people! This is also why I decided to switch my spot every now and then. It’s nice to talk to all of you and I enjoy listening to your stories about your life here in Vancouver.

But as sad as it is, there were also people that joined our PuB NiGHT for their last time. Linus and Lore are leaving Vancouver soon. Their time here with INTERNeX has come to an end, unfortunately. So, we had one, two or three (maybe even more) last beers together. We even signed a Canada flag with our names and personal messages that serves as a memory. We’ll miss you guys! Have a safe trip, I’m sure we’ll see each other again somewhere in this world!

I hope you all enjoyed the PuB NiGHT as well!

– 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

Smart Saver Vancouver

Hands up, who starts the day with a freshly brewed coffee? If you are a coffee lover, then Vancouver is certainly a paradise for you! Coffee places are literally at every corner. Even if you wouldn’t mention coffee as your favourite drink, a coffee place is an awesome place to meet people, clear your mind or even take your laptop and get some work done. The downside of all those visits is of course the costs. So here are some tips to lower your coffee place expenses!

34628291_1746856278740728_6024587850580754432_nFirst of all, you can save some money if you order a regular coffee instead of a fancy latte. Just pimp the simple coffee yourself with as much milk, sugar, cinnamon or cacao as you want. All these extras are usually available for free here, so just be your own barista!

Starbucks is one of the most famous coffee brands in the world and they are just everywhere in Vancouver. At Starbucks, you can already receive a small discount if you bring your own mug. It does not only help the environment, but you also have to pay ten cents less for your drink. Doesn’t seem like a lot, I know, but if you do that ten times you already saved a loonie for your next coffee. 😉

You can easily join the Starbucks Rewards program. All you need to do is register a physical Starbucks Card, Teavana Card, Evolution Fresh Card or Starbucks Card eGift online and create an account. Once you have registered, you collect stars for every dollar you spent, which you can redeem for free food and drinks. Also, you can profit from monthly special offers. Last month for example, we enjoyed cheap, delicious Frappuccino’s at the office. Next to that, you get a reward for your birthday and free in-store refills. You can check it out here.

There are also plenty of delicious non-coffee drinks available at coffee places. Blenz is currently offering a special to celebrate the start of the summer season. Bring your friends and enjoy one of their Iced Tea Lemonades. The flavours sound delicious: mango ginger, strawberry cucumber and melon berry. You pay one and get the second lemonade for free! This offer is valid from June 5 to June 18 between 2 – 5pm at all Blenz Coffee locations.

I hope you enjoy some good coffees and lemonades, guys!

See you tonight at The Relish!

– Kerstin

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

Keep Portland Weird!

It’s finally time again: INTERNeX’s next monthly trip is taking place! In 2 days, we’ll all be sitting in a bus. And not only are we going away, we are going out of the country! Goodbye Canada and hello USA. Portland is our destination.

We’ll meet on Thursday, June 7th, at 6:15pm in front of the Pacific Central Station. From there, we will take the bus. A super exciting and fun 11-hours bus ride is ahead of us! The perfect time to talk to your seat neighbour, to listen to your favourite music, to read a fascinating book, to have a good night sleep, etc.

Rise and shine, it’s 6am and it’s a new day. Welcome to Portland Ladies and Gentlemen. We’ll go to the hotel directly to store our luggage (because check in is not open until 4pm). And because it’s so early and we’re all most likely starving, we’ll fill our bellies at the hotel buffet. At 10:15am, we’ll gather in front of the hotel. Time to go to downtown! A 2-hour walking tour will give us a first impression of Portland. Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to discover Portland on your own for 3 hours. At 4pm, we’ll meet up again so we all find our way back to the hotel. At last, we can check in! And now that you’re finally in your hotel room, you can rest for a while and freshen up! The next meeting time is 6pm, where we’ll gather in front of the hotel (once again). We’ll go for a delicious dinner in a restaurant. We’ll end the evening relaxed by chilling in the hotel. Games, laughs and talks included!

Good morning dear candidates! It’s for you to decide at what time you’ll enjoy breakfast. As long as you’re in front of the hotel at 10am, it’s all good. On Saturday, everyone gets to choose an activity (the choices are: the Chinese Garden, Pittock Mansion or the USS Submarine). After the activity, everyone has free time, the whole afternoon. Try to plan in some time to get snacks and drinks for the bus ride the next day. We’ll meet at 6pm at a restaurant in downtown (which will be announced at a later time). After our tasty dinner, we’ll head to another activity. It’s for you to decide whether you’d like to go roller skating or play mini golf in blacklight. After that, the 21+ people have the chance to discover Portland’s nightlife. Yay!

On Sunday, it’s time to go back to Vancouver. It’s up to you again at what time you want to eat breakfast. Check out time at the hotel is latest 11am. We will also meet at that time to go to the Greyhound station, so make sure you’re ready on time! This time, an ‘only’ 9.5-hour long bus ride is ahead of us! We arrive back at the Pacific Central Station at 10pm.

Don’t forget to bring:

  • Passport (must be valid)
  • $6 USD in cash to cross the border
  • Your documents to re-enter Canada (work permit etc.)
  • Umbrella or rain jacket (unfortunately, the weather forecast doesn’t seem great)
  • Your bikini / swim shorts (there is a pool we could use)

So, Keep Portland Weird! (That’s the unofficial motto of the city, by the way) And I’ll see you tomorrow for our PuB NiGHT at The Relish or latest on Thursday at 6:15pm!

– 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

A new face in the PR-Team

Elisabeth

It was no usual start of the week for me. Not a usual weekend either. Last weekend I arrived and this Monday I started a new chapter of my life here in Vancouver.

To be more precise: From this week on until the end of August, I’ll be joining the INTERNeX PR-Team. But first things first: My name’s Elisabeth, I’m 21 years old and coming from Germany – sorry, nothing very exotic.

Back in Germany I am studying International Business Management and this practicum here in Canada is a mandatory part of my studies. It might sound like I am forced to be here – that’s absolutely not true. Ever since little-me discovered that there is more to the wide world than the things just in front of my house, I wanted to come to Canada and see the country of snowcapped mountains, emerald green lakes, and endlessly long rivers and forests. I wanted to come to Vancouver the city of which the quality of live is incomparable and diverse cultures are as normal as the sun rising in the morning. I wanted to escape the daily life from home and jump into more and more adventures.

But at first I didn’t make it that far. The first time I left home for a longer period of time was after I finished school. I spend 8 months in the beautiful city of Bournemouth. That is in the south of the UK – white sand, palm trees and loads of fun. YES – IN THE UK. Then, last summer I moved to western Germany to do a practicum and this winter I returned to the UK. To a small city in the north of England to complete a semester abroad for my economic studies. Not that much fun, tbh. And now I am here in Vancouver.

But still, it is a totally new experience to be here, and I am so excited to contribute to the work of INTERNeX and, of course, have a great time!

I guess I will meet y’all soon – yes, its PuB NiGHT on Wednesday!

– 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

 

How was your weekend?

Although it has been a slightly cold weekend, I had a lot of fun. Let me tell you all about it!

Cinema June 1st 2018On Friday, I left the office at 6pm, as usual. This time, I did not take the bus home right away. Instead, Kerstin, Nadine, Nadja and I went out for sushi at a place called ‘Momo Sushi’. Unexpectedly, our sushi was served within approximately 10 minutes after the waitress took our order. It is safe to say that the service was amazing. Just like our sushi. Our favourite: the avocado roll. And personally, I love the yam and vegetable tempura as well. The plan was to go to the cinema after dinner, however, the movie did not start until 9:35pm, so we decided to play Rummikub at 131 Water for a while. A few rounds of losing later, it was time to watch ‘I Feel Pretty’ at the cinema. A hilarious feel-good movie with an amazing message. I definitely recommend watching it. At 11:30pm, the movie ended and it was time to head home.

41842966624_2de5485e03_nI did not do anything special on Saturday, so let’s move on to my Sunday. On this day, I spent my morning sleeping in for the first time in weeks. When I was ready to say goodbye to my bed, I FaceTimed with one of my Dutch friends for a few hours. At 3.15pm, it was time to leave the house and go to the Extreme Air Park. Time for this week’s INTERNeX event! We spent the early evening jumping from trampoline to trampoline, playing dodgeball and basketball and jumping into foam pits. We even got to wear special glow-in-the-dark socks. I wouldn’t call it fashion, but they ensured our safety and whenever the lights went off, the socks were the only clothing items that remained visible. We jumped around for an hour and since we were all very sweaty, it was time to go home and have a shower. I spent the rest of the evening watching a movie and then it was time to call it a night.

I hope you all had a great weekend! See you on Wednesday at The Relish for PuB NiGHT!

– Angy

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?

Although it looks like Mother Nature is planning to hydrate many plants this weekend, rather than blessing us with sun, that will not stop us from having fun. Here are a few ideas on what to do this weekend, indoors as well as outdoors.

35632322844_211194ba23_nAre you 19+? Lucky you! The Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival opened its doors again last Friday and this weekend is your last chance to visit it. The festival has been taking place for almost 10 years and it attracts many visitors. It consists of 100+ craft breweries and cideries, to ensure every visitor will find something they like. Not only does this festival include beer; it offers a variety of food, art and live music as well. The festival is located at PNE/Playland (2901 E Hastings Street) and it is opened from 2 to 7pm on Saturday and 12 to 5pm on Sunday. Day tickets are $39 excl. tax.

Looking for a cheaper, yet similar activity? On Sunday, the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival is back in town. This festival includes a dozen trucks offering food and beverages. Besides that, visitors can enjoy live entertainment and there will be artisan market vendors all around the festival area. You can find the festival on Sunday, June 3rd at Concord Pacific 88 Pacific Boulevard. The best thing: admission is free! You only have to pay for food and beverages at the event.

39482802191_63ec9b6d21_n.jpgSince it might rain most of the weekend, why not plan a fun activity indoors? Call your friends and visit an escape room together! SmartyPantz offers many different rooms to choose from, for example escaping from a dream, a murder or a ghost. Costs are $25 and you will receive a discount if you go with a group.

 

In case you just want to take it easy this rainy weekend: invite a group of friends to your house and let them bring games, movies and snacks. A great day guaranteed!

Have a great weekend everyone! See you on Sunday when we go to the Trampoline Park!

– Angy

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

PuB NiGHT Review: Beaver Bar

One more and we’ll have Bingo. We just need Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song and we’ll be saved from the bad luck we faced tonight. The next song starts to play… ♪ “We come from the land of ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow” ♪ Wait… That’s the song! BINGO!

40674780400_90cdc6f611_nPuB NiGHT at the Beaver Bar meant it was time for Bingo again! Dauber in hand, everyone was ready to play at 9pm sharp. First round: normal Bingo. Fun, but of course less exciting than singing along to songs. A few rounds of normal Bingo and non-existing wins later, it was time for music Bingo. We sang along to many great throwback songs, including Beyoncé’s Halo, Paramore’s crushcrushcrush and The Jackson 5’s I Want You Back. During this round we had more luck. Felix had Bingo and won a pitcher of beer! Congrats Felix!

When the Bingo ended, it was time to get back to our conversations. You know, about tasting different kinds of chocolate at work and spotting bears in the forest. Just the regular. Most of us went home around 12:30am, others still had energy to release and went to the karaoke bar.

I had a great evening with you all! See you this Sunday at the Trampoline Park!

– Angy

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