How was your weekend?

Maybe we experienced the last bit of sun this weekend. But let’s see what we or I did this weekend.

My Friday evening was quite relaxed. I spent a wonderful evening with my host family in White Rock. First, we had a look at the renewed pier, because it was closed for a while. After that we went to a cool and well known restaurant, at least in the area. After nachos and something to drink, we enjoyed the clear evening air and drove back home.

Saturday it was time to meet with the INTERNeX crew. We went on a bike tour with some of you. We met at the Waterfront Station and rented bicycles. Then it started for us. We drove the complete sea wall. Thank God, we got good weather and the thunderstorm that came later didn’t affect us. We needed about an hour and 15 minutes and after we had finished our bike tour everyone went their own way. Since I was already in Downtown, I thought that I could browse a bit in the shops and yes, of course I bought something. I couldn’t hold myself back. Then I headed home and watched a movie with my host family.

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On Sunday I went for a brunch in Fort-Langley in the morning. If you’ve never been there before, Fort-Langley is a super sweet little town with lots of small antiques shops where you can experience a real journey through time. At least I found it really exciting to see objects from 1920. I spent a few hours in Fort-Langley before I made my way back. And then it was finally time to eat something German again, I was invited to eat, and it was cooked extra traditional German food. After three months in Canada, which I do not want to miss in any case, there are times in which one misses the food from the homeland. I was really full after I finished the food, on the train I almost napped, but I managed to wait until I got home.

Hope you all had a nice weekend and even if it’s rather dull weather today, I wish you a good start into the week.

See you at the PUB NiGHT on Wednesday!

-Lilly

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 long weekend is over, let’s see what we’ve been up to.

For me the weekend started on Friday when I went to Victoria with my host family. We stayed with the father of my host father. It was really cool to meet the family of my host family. Because of the long way there, I was pretty tired and went to bed early. Saturday was a very relaxed day for us, we spent a lot of time in the garden and barbecued in the evening. So, I didn’t see much of Victoria, so I’ll have to head there again.

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On Sunday I went back to Vancouver and I went to the hairdresser. I was sitting there for four hours, yes for some unimaginable, but we women can spend a very long time at the hairdresser. Personally, I think it’s super relaxing to go to the hairdresser, but I guess it’s different for everyone. So now I’ve got a new look that I’m really happy with.

My night from Sunday to Monday wasn’t quite as relaxed as the hairdresser’s visit. At 2am people suddenly started singing Dirty Dancing songs, although to be honest it was more like screaming than singing. So I had a rather sleepless night, which led to me oversleeping almost the whole month and yes I know in this weather you should rather go out and enjoy the sun, but we all have days when we are so tired that we just can’t get out of bed. Don’t worry, I got up at some point and cleaned up a bit and watched Grey’s Anatomy as well. I’ve already watched the series in German and now I’m going to watch it again in English. No matter in which language, if you find medical series cool, then it is exactly the right thing for you 😉

Hope you have a great start to your week and see you at tomorrow’s PUB NiGHT!

-Lilly

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 week has started again and even though most of us are probably not very happy about the fact that today is Monday, we can look back on a nice weekend.

For me personally it was a rather relaxed start into the weekend. We had some good weather on Saturday but somehow, I wasn’t so enthusiastic to get out of bed. We all have those days, don’t we? At some point I got up and did some chores and went shopping. I finally wanted to cook something again that I sometimes ate at home in Germany. So, I left and got all the ingredients, at least that’s what I thought, until halfway back home I noticed that I had forgotten an important ingredient. So now I had most of the ingredients in my fridge and was not able to cook, but I hope to get there this week 🙂20190825_140339

My Sunday was a bit more productive in comparison. I left quite early to meet the INTERNeX crew at the Waterfront Station. When the group was complete, we made our way to Deep Cove. The bus ride really takes a while, but we were really lucky with the weather and were rewarded with a sunny and warm day. When we arrived in Deep Cove, we had to hike to Quarry Rock, of course who wants to miss the view? It didn’t take us long to get to the top and admire the view. After that we spent some time in this little sweet town and not to forget we also tried the donuts of Honey Doughnuts and Goodies, one of the most famous donut shops in Deep Cove. Everyone told me before that I had to try these donuts and they were really delicious!

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We still had a long way to go back to Vancouver, but we all came back fresh and happy.

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I hope you had a wonderful Weekend, a good start into the week and to see you at the PUB NiGHT on Wednesday at Moose’s Down Under!

 

-Lilly

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

Rocky Mountains Trip!

What a breathtaking weekend! The INTERNeX group set off on one of the best trips of the year on Friday. We went to the Rocky Mountains. Together with Moose bus adventures we created a Rockies trip individually planned for INTERNeX and it was just incredibly cool!

On Friday we hit the road. There was a long bus trip ahead, but everybody was super motivated and was ready for the trip.  Mike was our driver and guide and brought a bit of atmosphere into the group. After everything was stowed away in our bus, we were ready to go and set off!

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We spent our first night in Kelowna, but already on the way there we stopped at many exciting and beautiful places like the Bridal Veil Falls in Rosedale. Then we made our way to Kawkawa Lake, when we arrived there, we all jumped into the water and then we had a brilliant idea…why not make a challenge out of it. The challenge was to swim in every lake we visited! I took this challenge very seriously during the trip (I was the only one who really swam in every lake) because Mike (guide) and I came up with the idea, but the others also enjoyed the idea even if they didn’t swim in every lake.

Hope, a small city east of Vancouver, is known for his wooden figures and we happened to witness the famous competition where the candidates carved wooden figures with a chainsaw.

On the way to Kelowna we also visited the Othello tunnels, which also belong to one of the most famous sights and fo20190816_143420.jpgr reason. Unbelievable that these tunnels were created only with dynamite and manual work.

Arrived in Kelowna it was time to check into the hostel and everyone could hardly wait for dinner. Even though it was very windy at the beach in Kelowna we decided to eat pizza and enjoy the view of the water. For me it meant swimming in the water again! The challenge must go on!

Some of us, despite the fact that it was a long and exhausting trip, went for a drink in the evening, which led to the fact that the next morning it was nice and quiet in the bus 😛

Now it was time for us to head to Banff and on 20190817_180527the way there Mike showed us many breathtaking places. We stopped at Kalamalka lake and then we went to a lake that really took my breath away. Emerald Lake, a glacial lake that looks like it’s photo-shopped. Small glacial minerals make the water look turquoise. Due to the fact that the lake consists of glacial water it has a water temperature of only a few degrees Celsius. This didn’t stop Mike and me from jumping from the bridge into the ice-cold water. We were a little attraction, and no one could believe that there are actually two crazy people jumping into such cold water, some of the tourists even walked around in winter jackets. Nevertheless, we jumped, and I think my heart stopped beating for a moment, but I’ve never felt so good about anything. A unique experience that I will be talking about for a long time to come.

After we arrived in Banff, we spent a relaxed evening together.

On Sunday we had a pretty early start into the day, because we had a lot ahead of us. We started with a small hike to the waterfalls in Johnston Canyon. Arriving at the upper waterfalls Mike did a little meditation with us which made us appreciate what we have. After that we went to Lake Louise, where almost everybody took part in the lake challenge and to top it off, we all went to Lake Moraine and jumped into the water. We asked the staff of the canoe rental what the water temperature of the lake was, and it was 6°C, yes you read correctly, 6°C. It was very cold, but I am proud that all of us have made it. Both Emerald lake, Lake Louise and Lake moraine look as if someone had coloured the lake blue, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life, unbelievable! In the evening we went to the Banff Hot pools, which were a good change after the cold lakes.
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The trip was nearing its end and yesterday we made our way back to Vancouver. A short stop at the Natural Bridge made the trip complete and we made it back to Vancouver safely.

The trip was simply breathtaking and unique!

 Hope you have a great week and to see you at tomorrow’s PUB NiGHT at the Yale Saloon!

-Lilly

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?

You still don’t know what to do on the weekend? Then let’s give you some ideas.

This weekend a lot of cool events are happening in and around Vancouver and there is something for everyone. For all those of you that want to be active and do some sport, I have the perfect event for you.

At Kitsilano Beach there is the KitsFest. It takes place all weekend long and ranges from playing basketball, volleyball, tennis to a lot of other activities, like sunset yoga. Sound’s pretty fantastic to me! The downside of it is, that for some activities you have to pay admission, but maybe it is still worth checking it out.

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I personally would love to go to the next event that I want to share with you, but it takes a little road trip to get there. It is the Abbotsford Airshow this weekend, which is one of the biggest airshows in Canada. I think looking at all the vintage planes and military aircrafts is super interesting, if you think the same make sure to go there!

I know some of you live here on a pretty tight budget and there are also some options for you. This weekend there are a lot of free music events happening in Vancouver, for example free live music in North Vancouver or Mission Twilight Concerts at Fraser River Heritage Park at 7PM. Having a relaxed evening listening to live music with your friends is always a great way to spend the weekend.

But now let’s come to a really great event hosted by INTERNeX. If you don’t have plans for your Sunday, make sure to join us for a game of Disc Golf at Elizabeth Park. It is a really cool group activity with a huge fun factor.

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Whatever you decide to do make sure to enjoy your weekend! See you soon (hopefully on Sunday 😉)!

 

Lilly

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

20th Anniversary!

It was a really special Wednesday for all of us Internex people. Because you won’t believe it but Internex has already celebrated its 20th anniversary. Many people from all over the world came to experience this special moment with us.

But let’s start at the beginning. To celebrate the 20th anniversary a surprise party for Tim has been planned for years. Former participants and employees came to Vancouver especially for this day and had to hide for years that they will come to Vancouver. It took a lot of strategy from Simon to keep Tim from finding out.

After years of planning it finally happened yesterday. The party of the year could finally take place. Now the biggest challenge was to get Tim out of the office. Ann, who is in charge of the Ranchstay, called Tim and asked for a spontaneous meeting as she was in town. Of course, everything was planned in advance !😉

After Tim agreed after some hesitation, the surprise party, which took place in the pint, could begin. Tim didn’t suspect anything and was more than surprised when he saw all the familiar faces from all over the world. After he realized what was going on, it was finally time to celebrate. We had a very enjoyable evening in the pint with both current and former Internex People. The party was moved to Yale in the course of the evening and continued there diligently.

 

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It was definitely a successful evening and a fantastic surprise party!

-Lilly

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?

What a wonderful weekend! Hope everyone enjoyed the super nice and hot weather this weekend.

On Saturday I went to Squamish to hike the Sea to Sky Summit Trail, you should 20190720_122327.jpggo hiking there. On the way to the top you have wonderful places where you can take incredible pictures and where you are able to just enjoy the breathtaking view. The path leads you through the almost untouched forests and you even pass a waterfall with unbelievably clear water. The path stretches over 7.5 kilometres and you climb 885 metres of altitude. You can imagine what a feeling it is to arrive at the top and have the best view ever. Most people take the gondola down and when you see how high the mountain is you can hardly believe that you have hiked all this before.

On Sunday it was time to do something with our INTERNeX students. We did a picknick at the VanDusen Botanical Garden with a small group of people, but it was really fun to meet up with all the others and to talk about what was going on that week. We met at Waterfront Skytrain Station and took the Canada Line to King Edwards Station. From there it took us a 20-minute walk to the botanical garden. We searched a perfect little spot to sit down in the grass and enjoyed our food. After that we had a stroll around and looked at all the amazing flowers and plants.

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The weekend has to end and now the week starts.

I wish you all a good start into the week and I hope to see you all at this week’s PUB NiGHT!!!

-Lilly

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