How was your weekend?

After shutting down the computers at the office on Friday afternoon, the weekend could start. We decided to behave like real Canadians this night, which means only one thing: watch hockey! So, Nadine and I headed to the sports bar Malone’s to meet some of you. At the moment, the playoffs of the Stanley Cup are broadcasted literally every day and as you can imagine, the pub was crowded. Everyone was following the intense game of one of the two Canadian teams in the competition, the Winnipeg Jets. Some fights later, we as well as the Jets could celebrate. We took it easy and called it a night after a few drinks.

sdrThe view outside the window on Saturday morning did not seem that promising. Time to escape cloudy downtown and take a walk in a tropical forest. That is possible in Vancouver? Yes! The Bloedel Conservatory is located right at the Queen Elizabeth Park. It feels like entering another world, warm and colourful. While walking around, Nadine, Angy and I could spot many exotic birds and plants. All information about the beautiful parrots and trees are mentioned in a guide that you receive when entering. Outside of the conservatory, I could enjoy a beautiful view of Vancouver and a little park with many flowers that are starting to flourish now. At the other side of the park, the preparation for the night began.

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We planned to visit the event that was happening later: the Spring Light Festival. As it was still too bright and early, we used the time to visit the Oakridge Mall, before heading back to the park. Lucky as we were, it started to rain the moment we walked out of the mall. However, we were happy to meet some of you hiding under your umbrellas. We followed the path that was guided by lights in all kinds of ways. It was nice to see the cherries and lanterns highlighted in colourful spotlights. After a while, the ground became all muddy and we were completely soaked, so we decided to warm up again. Famous place to do so is the pub Bourbon where we danced the night away.

I admit that it was quite tough to get out of bed on Sunday morning. But there was a good reason to leave the house again. Of course, I wanted to meet you for our tour in the Rogers Arena. A guide welcomed us in the empty hallway and we entered the heart of the stadium. But something was different than the last time I was there to see a game of the Canucks. There was no ice! Since the season is over, it already got removed so that the concert season can start. The tour continued to the media and press box, the hall of heroes and the luxurious suits. As a highlight of the tour, we could even enter the locker rooms of the guests (quite basic) and the Canucks (not basic at all), where we could still spot the gear of the famous Sedins. I was impressed by the diverse places you can see a game from and the huge organization behind the scenes. Since everyone was hungry after this exhausting tour, we visited Malone’s again for lunch and hockey, of course.

I had another great weekend with many of you! See you Wednesday at Steamworks Brewpub for our weekly PuB NiGHT!

– Kerstin

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What to do on the weekend?

Today is Friday, which means it’s almost weekend again! And guess what? It’s supposed to be another rainy weekend in Vancouver. Luckily, there are plenty of activities that can be done indoors. So, here are my suggestions for the weekend.

Listen up hockey fans: the Stanley Cup is on. There is a total of 8 games to watch during the upcoming two days. Four on Saturday and four on Sunday. But where? Well, you could go to one of the many pubs that are screening the games, for example the Lamplighter or Malone’s. Or you could invite your friends to your place, have cold beer and chips ready and watch it on TV or on your computer via cbc.ca.

For those that would like to enjoy some nature, but do not want to be outside in the rain: no worries! There’s a solution for that problem too. The Bloedel Conservatory is then the place to be. Within the dome, you can find three different climatic zones: Tropical, Subtropical and Desert. In total, you can find more than 120 free-flying exotic birds and more than 500 exotic plants and flowers. Enjoy the warmth and the beautiful nature on both days (and any other day of the week) from 10am until 5pm. The entrance fee is $6.50 only (tax not included).

And for the tough cookies of you that want to be outside no matter what: The Spring Lights Illumination is taking place in the Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday evening only! Many projections and a walkthrough experience are awaiting you from 8pm until 10pm. The best part: the entrance is free!

Enjoy your rainy weekend and I hope to see many of your faces at the Rogers Arena Tour on Sunday! If you didn’t sign up, but would still like to join, just meet us at 1pm in front of the Canucks Team store which is located at gate 6! See y’all!

– Nadine

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What to do on the Weekend

Another week is almost over and the weekend is practically around the corner. Any idea yet what you want to do in your spare time? Well, since the weather has not been that good, and the typical Vancouver rain has been as present as if it was never away – we decided to go somewhere this weekend where we can soak up some warmth and some nice atmosphere.

This Sunday we will go to the Bloedel Floral Conservatory. Wonder what that is? The Bloedel Conservatory is ‘an exotic blend of colors, sight, and sounds’. An exotic garden with colorful birds and fish, tropical flowers and trees – for me that sounds like a little piece of paradise in this rainy season. The birds are not in cages but fly around freely and some even talk, so don’t be surprised by a tiny voice saying ‘hello’ to you. Three different climate zones, the tropical rainforest, the subtropical rainforest, and the desert zone, are all under one roof in the Bloedel Conservatory.

Personally, I look very much forward to this visit, enjoying some nice warmth for once. We will meet on Sunday at 3 pm at the bus stop SB Cambie St FS w 33 Av (Stop ID: 50422). People under 19 pay $4.50 everyone else pays $6.50 for admission.

See you on Sunday guys,

Annika

 

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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: What to do on the weekend.

This weekend is going to be a typical wet one in Vancouver. But do not fear, spring is almost here (fingers crossed). In the meantime I have looked for things you can do on the rainy days. We have the Bloedel Conservator, Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical and Chinese Garden Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver. Furthermore in Toronto you could go to the Bloor-Yorkville IceFest. Read more about the activities below.

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Vancouver

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Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Where: 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver

Hours: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Price: Adults $12.00 and student with ID $9,00

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 Bloedel Conservatory

Even on a rainy day the conservatory is open. The Bloedel Conservatory is filled with exotic plants, tropical flowers, colorful Koi fish and over 100 free-flying birds of various species. Tropical plants include palms, bromeliads and many other exotic plants from around the world.

Where: Queen Elizabeth park, 33rd Avenue at Cambie Street in Vancouver

Price:  $ 3,48 Youth (13-18) and  $5,00 for adults (19-64)

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 Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is the biggest in Canada. They have over about 70,000 fish, whales, dolphins, jellyfish and other sea creatures.

Where: 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park in Vancouver

Hours: 9:30am – 5 pm

Price:$21 Adult, $16 youth (13-18) and $16 student.

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Toronto
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 Bloor-Yorkville IceFest

When: Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26

Where: Downtown

Hours:12 noon – 5 pm

Price: Free

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I wish you all a nice weekend.

Greets,

Petra

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