Queen Elizabeth Park – Experience IT Review

Yesterday we conquered the snow to visit the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park. It was very cold and we didn’t get to see much of the view, but the snow did make it into a pretty picture. Thanks to everybody who came out with us!17142375_1659777060704405_1158829939_o

We met up at the parking lot on the west side of the park. As a lot of people ended up running late thanks to all the snow coming down on us, we decided to meet up at the observatory instead (hoping there was a covered place to wait). Most of the viewing points were outside of the observatory, unfortunately we didn’t get much of a view. Luckily it was very pretty to see everything covered in a big layer of snow.

17148749_10208416120261558_413918612_oAfter making a few nice pictures outside, some of us decided to get into the observatory. We immediately started to warm up after entering this exotic area. In this place, we could discover  different kinds of plants and birds. All of them were just flying around or walking on the ground, so we had to watch our steps. When we finished our round and spotted almost all birds in the observatory, most of us went home.

Despite the snow we still had fun, but we would love to go back there when the weather is a little bit better to see the view. I hope to see all of you at PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle & Iris

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INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend?

I honestly tried hard not to start off talking about the weather again, but this time it involves sunshine, so I hope I am forgiven!! 🙂 For our little trip to Queen Elizabeth Park on Sunday, our group of 12 was happy to probably get the nicest of what fall in Vancouver has to offer. Colored leaves in every shade from red to yellow and almost perfectly blue skies made this afternoon all the better! It is not only one of the prettiest parks in Vancouver but also the former geographical center of the city as well as its highest point in elevation. Stunning views over downtown and all the way to the north shore mountains were a highlight for sure. Once up there, we also entered the Bloedel Conservatory, which is a tropical garden under a dome-like roof and home to hundreds of free-flying birds and exotic plants. For a small admission fee, we got to see tons of cool stuff and felt like little explorers looking for hidden animals and walking under giant banana leaves. We even found some real bananas but they were not all that giant… 😉 Check out all the pics on facebook and Flickr!

I’m sure you know that last weekend was the Halloween weekend too! Have you lived it up already or rather wanna save yourself for the actual Halloween on Wednesday this week? I am not the biggest fan of carnival at home, so I was a little hesitant to get dressed up but in the end, looking ridiculous was so much fun and I am excited for Wednesday at The Blarney Stone already! It will be our very last chance to take part in this North American tradition – we better go nuts and rock this place!! 😀

What did you do on the weekend? Anything cool or special you would like to share with us?

Have a great week!

Cheers

Marianne

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INTERNeX Canada: Volunteer Program

You always dreamed of feeding young animals, take care of wild ones and be an important part of the rescue-team? INTERNeX makes it happen!

On beautiful Vancouver Island, around 30 minutes away from Victoria, the Capital of British Columbia, is one of the most exciting volunteer program ever.

Your mission is to work with wild animals (for example squirrels, raccoons, songbirds and waterfowl), take care about them, feed them and be part of the crew!
And these are only a few things you are responsible for!

 

Depending on what you can do best, they will find an exciting and fun task for you!

It´s definitely rewarding as well as physically demanding and you will love it!
The main season is between April and September, but of course they also need YOUR help during winter.
Each animal is treated individually and perhaps you safe the bird’s life and can send him back to the wilderness.

 
Read more about this project!

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If you have any other questions, write us an email, we would love to help you!

 

Cheers,
Hannes

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Bike Ride Through Stanley Park

Hi,

I want to thank everyone that came to the Bike ride yesterday. I had a great time.

We started our day at the Bayshore Bike Rental company so that those of us that did not have a bike could rent one. Rentals cost are $6.00 per hour or if you are a student $4.00 per hour. You can also rent roller skates for only $5 pe0r hour.  For more information about Bayshore Rental, see their website.

After getting our bikes we started our journey to Stanley Park. Before reaching Stanley Park we biked on the Seawall. The Seawall is 22 km in total and takes you all over town, including Stanley Park. For more information about the Seawall can be found here.

When we arrived in Stanley Park we decided to first bike around the park so we could enjoy the beautiful scenery. When biking around Stanley Park you will come across the the totem poles, the girl in the wetsuit and many more.

The bike ride is pretty easy throughout the park, although at one point the hill we had to bike up was to steep for me and I had to walk the rest of it.

After riding all around Stanley Park we decided to also go through the park. That turned out to be a great idea as we saw a lot of wild life. We saw a raccoon, squirrel, a woodpecker and many other birds. Especially around Bever Lake we saw a lot of birds.

After a day biking through Stanley Park we still have not seen everything so we will definitely go back another time, hopefully you will join us next time!

– Manouk

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English Bay

Coming from a little town in Ontario, I’m still getting used to the amount of activities available in British Columbia.  Where I lived, downtown consisted of a gas station, one grocery store and an arena. I absolutely love that everything is at your doorstep here in Vancouver!

On Friday, I went out to the Blarney Stone in Gas Town, where people danced the night away to Irish music and enjoyed the company of good friends. I had a really good night there and think I’ll go back soon!

Not wanting to waste a minute, I woke up Saturday morning and hustled downtown. The shops on Robson Street were whispering to me… “Look at the nice shoes I have,” …”Come in, you need some new clothes Laura.” Needless to say, I  ended up with many shopping bags in my hand by noon that day!

Sunday I went to the Vancouver Lookout with Jan, who found an internship through INTERNeX and just flew in from Germany. I think he will like Vancouver a lot! After taking the bus home, around 6 p.m I had dinner. However,  I still wasn’t ready to let the weekend end.

I had always heard that English Bay was a nice place to watch the sunset, so off I went! I arrived around 8:20 p.m., where many other people had also gathered to take in the view. English Bay is the downtown core’s most populated beach – attractive to people of all ages. If you haven’t been there yet, I suggest you go! Bring a friend and a frisbee, there’s lots of space to run around.

Here are a few pictures I took, beautiful isn’t it?

Hope you get the chance to see the sunset at English Bay. If you’re an early riser, I’m sure the sunrise is just as beautiful!

Bye for now,

Laura

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Toronto Music Garden

A taste of summer is just lingering around the corner for us! Usually when I step outside after class, I’d be welcomed by dark skies and howling winds. But now, I’m glad I don’t see much of this. The day light is extending further into the night and instead of being greeted by whips of wind, the air is much warmer and gentler.

Now, is the perfect time for us to visit the recreational parks in our neighborhood as all plant life is in its budding stage. But, a garden is just a garden, why bother spending your time in these gardens you may ask? Well, the truth is, there is an exquisite garden in Toronto that deserves your visit as it tries to visually unfold musical movements through the use of landscape.

This garden is known as the Toronto Music Garden.  The Toronto Music Garden was an inspired design by YoYo Ma, a famous cellist, and Julie Moir Messervy, a landscape architect. The garden depicts the musical movement of Bach’s Suite No.1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello. For those who are music lovers or those who are curious as to how such a garden can be ‘music’ of any sort, a visit to the Toronto Music Garden is a must.

The Toronto Music Garden is divided into 6 sub –gardens that correspond to the 6 movements of Bach’s music:

  1. Prelude: Bach’s first movement sets the mood for what is yet to come. The movement is fluid and tender which provides the audience with a sense of serenity and security. Visitors at the garden will find themselves strolling along the river bank lined with low growing plants, granite rocks and a corridor of Hackberry trees.
  2. Allemande: Allemande is a duple meter dance that originated from Germany. It is a very expressive and grave movement, but still tries to indulge in a sense of calm and gracefulness. Visitors strolling through this movement will be greeted by wandering trails and Dawn Redwood trees.
  3. Courante: Courante is a colorful, quick-paced and lively form of French and Italian dance. To captivate the essence of this mood, the garden features a swirling path of wildflowers and luscious green fields leading up a hill to the Maypole (designed by Feir Mill Design Inc.).  Here, you may find exotic, dancing butterflies and musical, singing birds.
  4. Sarabande: Based on the Spanish, slow triple time dance, the Toronto Music Garden portrays this movement through a series of tall evergreen trees lined along an inward-arc.  A huge stone is placed in the centre of the garden acting as a “poet’s corner”.
  5. Minuets: Minuets is yet another French dance. However, the difference between Minuets and Courante is that the style of Minuets is much more structured and symmetrical. As a result, visitors will find that the garden features several formal floral arrangements that circle the Music Pavilion, designed by Canadian artist, Tom Tollefson, for small orchestral and dance performances.
  6. Gigue: The Gigue takes its name from an English dance. The Gigue is cheerful, lively and very merry. The architect depicts this joyous movement through the use of vast green lands that looks onto the harbor and uses small bushes and perennials to frame a stone stage for summer performances.

When you visit Vancouver or Toronto or any big cities for that matter, you will find that typical “Botanical Garden” you should visit. How often would you find a garden designed primarily for the sake of music? The Toronto Music Garden is definitely a must see. I’m a bit disappointed that the last time I went to Toronto, all I saw was the Toronto Botanical Garden and not the Toronto Music Garden.

The Toronto Music Garden is located at 475 Queen’s Quay West between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue.  The cost? FREE ADMISSION.

For more information, please visit: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/thewaterfront/parks/musicgarden.cfm#gen