INTERNeX Camping Trip Review

We survived the camping trip and have returned as real men and women! After 3 hellish days of running through the wilderness, foraging for food and fighting bears we….Alright, alright of course I’m kidding!

We had tons of fun though!

 

Day 1. We arrived at our camping site at around 4:30pm without a hitch – or so I would like to say. Actually, it took us a while to find the hidden passage to our site. But eventually we found it and the place looked amazing! We were also lucky to have a couple of friends bring our sleeping bags and set up the tents. Thank you Michael and Steve!

Finally arriving at our destination we immediately opened our first beer which was long overdue. Then we stowed away our bags and took another look at our location with the view on the ocean. Interestingly enough there was an island right across from us with smoke constantly rising from its forested area. There was even a helicopter or two flying into it. Pretty scary huh? According to our campground ranger, we were safe though – as long as we didn’t start a fire ourselves. Because of the fire ban in place all across BC, we sadly couldn’t have any campfires.

Oh well, we made due with a portable gas grill. We fired it up and made hamburgers and sausages for everyone, eating it together with lettuce, tomatoes, chips and beer. Now that’s what I call a great camping dinner!

Afterwards we kept the alcohol flowing, chatted to get to know each other better (there were some new faces) and played lots of fun games, one of which was called Jungle Speed. That one got really intense! With people falling over each other and a couple of scratches here and there.

We played several more games long past dark until sleep finally claimed us one after the other.

Day 2. We all got up feeling kind of groggy, debating if we should take showers. But who cares? It’s a camping trip! Instead we made an excellent breakfast with bacon and eggs. Oh yes, it’s not a typo we actually had bacon and eggs! Followed by this was making sandwiches in preparation for our hike.

We took off around 12:30, excited to begin hiking and of course that’s when it started raining. Unperturbed, we soldiered on, wanting to complete our goal. What awaited us turned out to be no easy hike. It was set at intermediate level and beginning was really steep!

Still, we moved on and after about 2 hours of rigorous hiking we were rewarded with our first of many amazing views right under the gondola towers. We even had tourist waving down to us from their passing cabins.

Moving on we found the next view further up which was even better because there weren’t any gondola towers and lines obstructing our sight.

And finally! We reached our initial goal of getting to the Upper Shannon Falls. It only took 3 hours! The scene before us was absolutely incredible and definitely worth all our effort up to this point.

So what now? We had 2 options: Go back down the way we came or continue on the Sea to Summit Trail where the gondola rides end. Although already pretty exhausted we had tasted blood. There was no other alternative than keep going up!

During the next 2 hours of hiking (and the occasional climb) we were able to enjoy a couple more breathtaking views down onto the ocean before we reached the top, at last. Mission accomplished!

We rewarded ourselves with coffees and hot chocolates before returning to the camp. This time we took the gondola though.

Back at camp what we needed was beer, a shower and food. In exactly that order!

We fired up the grill once more to finish most off the food we had left, but leaving enough for breakfast the following day.

We had also stocked up on more alcohol earlier since we had been running low.

Now all set we were ready to party again! After a little while it seemed the rain really had it out for us because it began pouring once more. In defiance, we quickly decided to move to one of our 4-person-tents and managed a squeeze 9 people in there!

When the clock struck 12 we had yet another reason to party. That night we celebrated into Laura’s birthday. We had a hilarious time!

Eventually, we ran out of booze and sleep took us again soon after. We also had to get up quite early in order to catch our bus at 11am.

Day 3. The next morning we packed, fired up the grill one last time for bacon and our leftovers and made our way back home to Vancouver.

We left no trace of this amazing camping trip except for what was etched into our memories.
Thanks to everyone who came along. It was truly awesome!

 

Cheers

 

Your PR Team
Natasja&Amiel

PuB NiGHT Review

Beer Pong @ Cambie’s

 
Beer Pong is one of the most popular drinking games at the moment. So, we thought we’d give it a shot, as well.
Last PuB NiGHT we went to Cambie’s on Tuesday to join the West Trek sponsored Beer Pong tournament with 2 teams: The Housewives and Why Not. Ironically, The Housewives only had a single female member out of a total of 4 per team which was our very own Natasja!

In round 1 we unfortunately already had our first casualties, after Why Not’s opponents just barely won with each team only having 1 cup left standing at the end.IMG_1360

The Housewives were a bit more successful though. We absolutely crushed the first and second opponents and that had us really psyched So naturally, we went to the semifinals full of confidence. However, then came the Italians! The Reigning Cambie Pong champions! We fought and struggled to our best abilities but ultimately, we had no chance.

Following this defeat, we drowned our sorrows in more beer and watched the final match where our enemies of the evening finally got a taste of divine retribution! The opposing team kicked the Italians off their throne and took the prize for themselves. They won 4 tickets which can be used for a West Trek tour to either Seattle or Whistler.IMG_1498We had an extremely enjoyable time at Cambie’s and joining the tournament!

Hope to see you all next time!

 
Your PR Team

Natasja&Amiel

Pub Night Announcement

WOW! Thanks guys, what a nice weekend! And such a good barbecue on Saturday!

No time to rest, get in shape, because tonight we’ll play BEER PONG at the Cambie organized by West Trek! We guess most of you are off on Wednesday (Canada day), so no need to go home early or to hold back! Besides, what better way is there to bond with your fellow INTERNeX’ers than playing a drinking game?!

Entry is $15 and this includes beer!! The winners win a free day trip to either Seattle or Whistler. Please bring cash, card payments for beer pong are not possible.

Teams are to be made up with a minimum of four players, but we’ll make them tomorrow once we get there.

There are limited spots available, but we have reserved some spots for you guys. However, in order to make sure that we have got our teams settled and ready, please come around 7.30 p.m.

The Cambie only allows 19+ so do not forget to bring two pieces of ID.

The Cambie Bar & Grill is located in Gastown on 300 Cambie Street.

CHEERS!

Pub Night Review

Who would have thought that some of us got most inspired by the movie Into The Wild?

Speed friending was good fun yesterday at the Morrissey! We know now what colour underwear some of us were wearing and that we love our parents so much that we all see them as our heroes, sweet!

Lately we have been seeing some new faces and it is nice to get to know each other a little better. So that’s what we did. We paired up and started a conversation using a whole bunch of prepared questions. Each talk took four minutes and after this given time everyone moved one seat in order to talk to the next person. Four minutes seems quite long but after a few rounds we found out that chatting for four minutes is not enough and passes by so quickly that we decided to make it five minutes (and sometimes even longer).

Tell us, what is the most interesting you found out about someone you talked to yesterday?

After Speed Friending we hung around a little and some of us decided to go to English bay to check out the Northern Light. Unfortunately, we did not get a tiny glimpse the of this so-called aurora borealis.

Next week we’ve planned great stuff for you guys! Pub night will be on Tuesday, guess where we are going and what we will be doing! Wednesday is Canada Day and we are going to have a blast!

Hope to see all of you on Saturday for our barbecue!

 

Pub Night Announcement

Russel Crowe once said: “I have respect for beer”. And who has not?

Let’s put that respect into practice on tomorrow’s pub night.

We would love to take you to The Morrissey on Granville and Davie St. (1227 Granville Street) this Wednesday at 7.30 p.m.

Pretty cheap drinks I’d say:
1516 Lager – $5,75
Black Buck Ale – $5,25

And many more beers enjoy.

For those who crave food: a veggie burger for only $6,00

Good news for wine drinkers too:
$4,50 for either a glass of red or white wine 😀

And, we have been thinking.. Guys, bring your ultimate travel photo, which holds a great story, and be ready to share it! We’ve got some new faces in our group and it would be nice to get to know each other a little better, wouldn’t it?

Catch up later fellas!

PuB NiGHT Review

BOURBON BINGO!

Last night’s Pub Night at the Lamplighter turned out to be Bourbon Bingo night, cool surprise on our Wednesday night! We all got our sheets and a huge marker and while we were enjoying our Pale Ales and Witbiers the DJ explained the rules. Another surprise was the waiter who had four beer samples left from a Northern Vancouver brewery which we could try. Free is always a good thing, however this beer was no one’s favourite except for Maude’s haha.

Back to bingo; every round a different figure was required in order to win, once one would have that figure that person had to shout out loud ‘BOURBON BINGO’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the first round we only had to get one line in any of the three squares on our sheet to win beers for the whole group. Shame that non of us won, nevertheless the second round made up for that! Our new Swedish friend Rasmus won shots of Bourbon for the whole table by being the first one to have a cross on his sheet! Awesome! As for the next round we needed a full square on our sheet, the prize was a round of beers, a round of shots and a 25 dollar gift card.

Well, after that second round non of us won anymore, but it was good fun anyhow! It is quite nerve wrecking to almost have bingo and see someone else win instead.

Thanks for coming folks! Catch up soon!

Cheers,

Your PR-Team, Amiel & Natasja

What to do on the weekend?

Can you hear the weekend whispering your name? Are you in doubt what to do? Vancouver offers many indoor and outdoor activities and I understand that it may be difficult to choose what to do. Soooo, read and decide!

BREAKFAST

A good breakfast is the best way to start the day. The Elbow Room on Davie Street: “Food and service is their name. ABUSE is their game (so have some fun)”. This place is known for their verbal abuse and their awesomeness at the same time. Their service is not the most polite and if you don’t finish the food on your plate a donation will be collected for a charity. But it is said that they have the best breakfast in town and going there would be a real experience. They serve meals from eggs to pancakes and from sandwiches to burritos and quesadillas. Defenitely worth a try!

“We love our customers and make them feel right at home. Whether you are famous or not, we will treat you with same abuse! All our staff are efficient and fun, just make sure to be open-minded and be prepared for great food and Fun, Fun, Fun!!!” (www.theelbowroomcafe.com)

Address: 560 Davie Street

FESTIVAL


Hands up if you do not like beer! Ha, that’s what I though. Okay, I guess most of you have already seen or read it somewhere, but this weekend is Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival. It is the biggest craft beer festival in Canada with over 100 breweries and up to 400 beers to sample.

 

Tickets can be purchased for either Saturday June 6th or Sunday June 7th and will roughly cost you 40 dollars and gets you entry to the festival, entertainment and a souvenir tasting glass. Inside tokens only cost $1,25 each.

Check out their Facebook event for more info

Address:PNE Centre Grounds
2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 5J1

YOGA

Are you keen to join yoga classes but not able to afford it? You can now join free yoga classes on Kits beach and in Dude Chilling Park.

Until August 31st free yoga classes are offered on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on Kitsilano beach between the pool and the tennis court by the big trees from 7 to 8 p.m.

Last summer, the community gathered 3 times a week and sometimes up to 75 of us flowed together in the sunshine! In total offered 37 free classes to 1080 people! The only thing you need to bring is a mat or a beach towel.

And then there is free yoga at Dude Chilling Park daily at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. This yoga class is offered by yoga instructor Solomon Montijo who believes that the practice of yoga is so priceless that it should be available to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay. As they state in their mission statement: “We do not believe in the commodification of an ancient spiritual tradition. Yoga cannot be commodified, as it is nobody’s to sell.”

You are encouraged to show up as often as you would like! Isn’t that awesome?

These classes ask you to bring:
– A hydrated body + water bottle
– Yoga mats (bring extras, if you have them!)
– Towels, blankets

Both yoga classes do not require any previous yoga experiences. So why not join? I am keen! Let’s go together sometime!

MARKET

This Sunday, June 7th you could visit the Kitsilano Farmers Market at Riley park. A market filled with organic and conventional products: meat, cheese, seafood and plants. Also, they offer tasty baked goods, beautiful crafts and musical entertainment by local musicians. You must wake up early though, because this market is only from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ADVENTURE – ZIP LINING 

For the adventurers out there, go zip lining on Grouse Mountain! How awesome is that?! They offer two different types of tours: a 5-line tour and a 3-line tour. The 5-line tour includes a sky-ride, mountaintop activities and Peak Chair access and costs $109, whereas the 3-line tour includes a sky-ride and mountaintop activities and costs $70.

Both tours will give you a unique perspective of Grouse Mountain! Tours are departing every 30 minutes. Visit this link to book your tour.

HAVE FUN!