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

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How was your weekend?

It’s Monday, so sadly the weekend is over. I hope you are all doing well and enjoyed the extra day off. Here is a little recap of what happened over the weekend.

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Despite the weather forecast, it was great weather on Saturday and Sunday. So on Saturday, a few of us met up to ride bikes in Stanley Park. Once we got our cruisers, we were on our way. We followed the bike path around the park by the seawall. Thus, we had spectacular views the whole time. Further, we were able to see the water planes take off, which was quite impressive. We stopped a few times to take some nice pictures. One of our first stops was the Brockton Point Lighthouse.

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After a while we split up as some wanted to make more stops and also hung around at some spots and enjoyed the view. Some of us continued with the bike ride. We saw Lions Gate Bridge, which leads to North and West Vancouver. We also saw the Girl in a Wetsuit, which is a statue on a rock out in the water. Afterwards, we passed the amazing beaches the park has to offer. At Third Beach we had a break to have some ice cream. Towards the end of our bike ride, we passed by the Lost Lagoon, and there were a lot of cute baby geese. Overall, it was a fun and cool way to explore the park. Thanks to everyone who came and joined us!

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I actually enjoyed Stanley Park so much, that I went there the next day again. But this time I walked, which was a bit more relaxing. On Sunday, I also explored the center of Stanley Park. It was really neat and remarkable to see, how much nature there is, considering that we are in a big city.

Stanley Park is beautiful and has so much to offer. I highly recommend visiting the park, if you have not done so yet. Especially, if you want to get away form the stress of the city,  it’s the prefect place to relax.

Have a good day!

-Megan

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

Weekend? What weekend? Still a little tired from all those days. I already hear some people think: What did he do? At the end of this blog post you will know exactly what was going on this weekend. So sit back and enjoy all my adventures I have been through this weekend.

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It all started on Friday. At 14:50 a plane landed at the airport of Vancouver. Not just a normal plane, but a plane with 7 German students on board who are going to study here in Canada for a semester or even longer. Because they didn’t know that much about Canada yet, it was our job to welcome them and show them Vancouver. After they landed, they had to get to the immigration to get their visa. Mandy and I already went to the hostel they are going to stay, so we can already check in and welcome them when they are arriving at the hostel.

So we got the keys and waited for their arrival. So we waited and waited and waited. Because the immigration was so busy, it took 5 hours to get them their visas. After a long wait they finally arrived at the hostel. We gave them some domino’s pizza, because they were starving. When they finished their pizza, they were so tired they took their luggage and went to bed. So now it was time for us to go to the Bourbon to say goodbye to Iris. After a night dancing in the cage, it was time for us to go, because we had a long day to go on Saturday.

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The alarm went off at 7 am, which means it was time to get ready for a busy day. We bought some bus tickets and drove to the hostel. We took the students to the bus and drove to the office. It was the first beautiful thing they were going to see today. At the office we prepared an orientation with a lot of facts about Canada and about the high schools here. During this orientation, they had a very Canadian breakfast from Tim Hortons, so they know how delicious Canadian food can be. After the orientation, we went to Stanley Park. We rented some bikes and did a bike ride to let them see how beautiful Stanley Park is. Of course we went to the totem poles, saw the beaches and the Lion Gate Bridge. After two hours cycling, we starting to get hungry again. We went to the Mongolian BBQ restaurant near the bike rental. What a delicious food they have there!

WhatsApp Image 2017-08-28 at 3.32.17 PMWhen we finished our bowls with meat and noodles, we went to the bus to go to Grandville Island. We did the scavenger hunt game, so they get to see the whole island in a funny way. The weather was nice, so our job was to get an ice cream and wait for them to come back. Because they did such a good job, we got really Canadian prizes for them: Maple syrup on a key cord. We went back to the beach next to the hostel. There was a volleyball net where we played a volleyball game. I don’t have to tell you how amazing my volleyball skills were. After our game we decided to have a BBQ on the beach with the master grill talent Tim. We ate out burgers and sausages during the sunset. To close the day, we had prepared a trivia game, to see if they paid attention today. After the trivia game it was time for us to say goodbye and get some sleep.

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Rise and shine, it was a new day. This day we went to the hostel again to have a breakfast at the cafe next to the hostel. After the check out, we went to downtown to do the Canada fly over. It is a simulation where you sit in a chair and fly above all kinds of landscapes you can find in Canada. It was really fun to do. After our flight, we went back to the hostel and so the students could be picked up to bring them to their home stay families. So we had a little bit weekend left.

After these active days, I decided to do some more relaxing thing. So I went to the Lynn Canyon to dive of a cliff. What a beautiful place here in Vancouver! Totally worth it to go there some day. Afterwards we ate some sushi and I finally went back to the hostel. It was a busy but very fun weekend. Hope your weekend was fun as well and you can tell me all about that the next PuBNiGHT. See you there!

– Bart

Experience IT review- Stanley Park Bike Ride

Yesterday we had an amazing bike ride at Stanley Park. Thank you all for joining!

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We met at 2 p.m. at Spokes Bike Rental and once everyone was there we took our bikes and started our bike ride to Stanley Park where we biked along the seawall. Our first stop was at the totem poles where we took an amazing group picture.

After that we went on to the prospect point, which was a big climb with the bike, but eventually when we all arrived, we enjoyed a nice and big ice cream and also the view of the Lions Gate Bridge where we took another group picture with a festival going on in the background.

Once we were done with our ice cream we cycled a bit off road along the seawall where I unfortunately fell off my bike but I got back up and cycled together with the group to Spokes Bike Rental.

I hope you all had a great weekend and hope to see you on PuB NiGHT!

– Mandy

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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What to do on the weekend

It is finally Friday and it only takes a few more hours till we finally can enjoy the weekend. If you don’t have any plans for the weekend yet, then check out this blogpost for some inspiration!

36466811465_3540120658_oOn Sunday the INTERNeX gang is going to explore Stanley Park by bike. By doing this, we can cover more ground, which means that we will be able to see more of Stanley Park. Besides that you will finally experience Vancouver in the most Dutch way!

If you rather do sports, then the KitsFest is the place to be! This is a 3 day sports festival taking place in Kitsilano. You can do yoga, volleyball, water polo, basketball and many other sports. Besides that there is also a DJ playing music throughout the day. The festival starts today and will take place till Sunday.

You can also watch the great baseball team of Vancouver, the Vancouver Canadians. They will have a match against Everett Aquasox at the Nat Bailey Stadium. If you are not able to get a ticket anymore, then you can also watch the game in one of the sports bars in Vancouver.

This weekend is the opening weekend of PNE. The whole weekend you are able to get in for only $1.50 if you wear red or a Canadian maple leaf and arrive between 11 AM and 1 PM. Normally PNE is pretty expensive, so by going this weekend you will save quite some money. There are also shows, vendor markets and live music, so it is definitely worth checking out!

I hope to see you all at the Stanley Park bike ride!

– Iris

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Experience IT Review – Stanley Park bike ride

Last weekend we went for a Dutch adventure around Stanley Park. It was great seeing all of you again. Thank you for coming!

Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s icons and probably one of the first things you go to when you get to Vancouver. There are a lot of places you can explore within the park. All of these places are hard to discover in one day if you go by foot. However, this weekend we all became Dutch and went for a bike ride in Stanley Park. This gave us the opportunity to cover more ground and to see more of Stanley Park.

IMG_3796We were really lucky with the weather and it was just the perfect day to do something outside. You could see that a lot of people were having the same idea, as it was really busy on the bike path around Stanley park. We got our bikes at Spokes bike rental and biked from there to the seawall. There we started our journey and biked over the seawall around Stanley Park. Soon we reached our first stop where we had a great view over downtown Vancouver. Here we started a small photoshoot with our bikes. After we took the pictures we continued to Brockton point lighthouse where we got our second stop. Once we got the pictures, we got back onto our bikes and passed several nice viewings such as the Shiwash rock and Third beach. As I am always quite unlucky, it was no surprise that my bike broke and I had to leave all of you from there on. Luckily, you were more lucky and went to the Lost Lagoon. After that you brought your bikes back and went for an ice cream at Dairy Queen to cool off again.

Thank you all for bringing a bit of the Netherlands to Vancouver for us and I hope to see you all on PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
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What to do on the weekend?

It is Friday again and you know what that means, right? Time to get out of the house and celebrate the weekend. This weekend will be a long weekend, so you will have lots of time to explore British Columbia and Vancouver.

18195054_10155240525552103_6049775120854058037_nWe were already really lucky with the weather and it is getting better and better, which is why it is time to do outdoor activities. In this way we can enjoy the sun to the fullest. Therefore is INTERNeX planning a bike ride through Stanley Park on Sunday. You may have already seen the totem poles, but there are so many other things to explore in this amazing park.

There are also several events taking place during this weekend, such as the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair and the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is a festival which is 4 days in total. This event is especially for the cowboys and cowgirls in our group. So let your inner cowboy free during this great festival. The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is a festival with several comic-related events. These include readings, presentations, discussions and a big exhibition area. If you like comics, then this is definitely the place to go!

Besides that you can also go to Tagore Spring Festival in Surrey on Saturday. There are various kinds of performances, including dance, music and poetry. Next to that you can also learn a bit more about the Canadian culture while you watch presentations about all the different traditions and heritages. The festival is paid by donation, so definitely worth checking out!

17352379_10208531571187759_1886154942491608944_nIf you would rather watch sports during this weekend, you could go to the BC Place Stadium on Saturday and watch the Vancouver Whitecaps play against Sporting Kansas City. Of course, you could also go to one of the great sports bars in Vancouver. When you would rather spend your time outside because of the expected good weather, then you could go to one of Vancouver’s great beaches such as English Bay, Jericho Beach and Kitsilano Beach.

I hope you will have a great weekend! See you in Stanley Park or at next week’s PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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