How was your weekend?

My weekend was great! Thanks to you! You made this weekend a weekend I will remember. Everyone survived, except our new friend Bob. Are you curious what we all did in Whistler? Good! Keep reading and you will find out.

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It was an early Saturday morning. Time to get up and prepare myself for a fun weekend. We took the bus and drove a beautiful road all the way up to Whistler. Right after check-in it was already time to go to the bungee jump office. We drove with a van into the mountains where we stopped at a bridge. This is it, there is no way back now. We nervously waited on the bridge till it was our turn to jump from it. I got even more nervous when it was my turn to jump. I still remember the instructor saying: “Just look at the treetops and try to catch them”. So I did. Without thinking I jumped and a second later my view went from the treetops to the river underneath me. At that time I realized how high this was. Those were the most terrifying seconds of my life. Then I felt the rope that broke my fall and I felt so relieved and free. I did it! After everybody jumped and saw their pictures we went back to the apartments.

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We decided to do a more relaxing thing now, so we decided to go in the hot tub. While the rest of the group was in a minus 32 degrees room to taste some vodka, we were swimming in a 32 degrees hot tub. There have to be some difference. When we went back to the apartments, we made some delicious spaghetti and did some fun games. When the time was ready, we decided to explore Whistler village to check out the clubs. We went to Tommy Africa’s, a small but fun club were we enjoyed ourselves on the dance floor, in the pole or at the bar.

IMG-20171029-WA0019_previewNext day, everybody woke up happy and full of energy. Maxine and Marvin made us some really tasty eggs. After breakfast we went to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to learn all about these two different cultures. We watched a movie, did the tour and made a bracelet out of wood. When the tour was finished we went to the village to get some lunch. The last few hours in Whistler we played the Scavenger Hunt Game. Besides people proposing strangers, doing a dramatic earthquake scene, dancing the Macarena, earning money as a street musician and doing a breakdance on the street, nothing weird happened. Unfortunately, time was already there to go back to the bus.

I hope you enjoyed the Whistler trip as much as I did. Thanks again for being part of this experience, it wouldn’t be that fun without you. You all get the greetings from Bob as well. There will be no pub night at Wednesday, but I hope to see you all tomorrow at the Halloween party!

– Bart

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

Whistler trip!

Just three more days till all the craziness starts. To make sure you are going well prepared to Whistler, we have made a planning of the Whistler trip. Read through and decide what to bring. We have our heated hot tub, so don’t forget to bring your swimming suit. Keep in mind there is snow now in Whistler, so bring also some warm clothes with you.

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On Saturday we will meet at 9:30 am in front of Burrard Station. Be on time, otherwise the bus is leaving without you. We will arrive at 12 pm in Whistler. We have some little time left before the daredevils are going to bungee jumping and the alcoholics are going to the -32 degrees room to taste some vodka. After these activities it is time to go to the apartments to prepare ourselves a nice diner. After the diner it is time to check out the pubs and clubs in Whistler.

Rise and shine. It is time to have breakfast at 10 am. Afterwards we go to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to do some fun activities. When we are finished, we have the rest of the day to see what Whistler has more to offer. After everyone did their shopping or sightseeing, we will meet again at the apartment. We get our luggage and go back to the bus. We will be back at Burrard Station around 7 pm.

We hope you are all as much excited as we are and we will see you Saturday (and also tonight at PuB NiGHT)!

– Bart

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?

Wow what an amazing weekend was that! We had so much fun in Victoria, so if you want to read al about my adventures there then keep on reading!

It all started on Friday after work when I went to Horseshoe Bay first to pick up David and to go with him to English Bay where we met up some other people from INTERNeX and enjoyed the beach and some drinks of course.2017-09-23 18.01.25.jpg

On Saturday we woke up pretty early to take the bus to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, where we took the bus to go to Swartz Bay. Once we were on the boat I enjoyed a nice coffee and luckily could get a little bit more sleep before arriving in Swartz Bay.

IMG_0480Once we arrived we took the bus to the hostel where we dropped off our stuff and went out for some lunch. After our amazing lunch at The Warehouse we took some coffee at Starbucks and went to The Canoe Club for our great dinner. The food was really delicious and after we had our belly’s full of amazing food we went back to the hostel to prepare ourselves for an amazing night out.

IMG_0476Me, David, Kyrola, Saskia, Nathalie, Lena and Maxine went to a Nightclub called Paparazzi where there was a happy hour which meant that all drinks were only $5,-. After the happy hour me, David, Kyrola and Saskia stayed in the club and went home after a while.

The next day we had breakfast at John’s Place where we had an amazing “hangover” breakfast, which I think everyone really needed. After our breakfast we explored Victoria a bit and I bought an amazing Victoria Sweater and some Dutch liquorice. After having some great food and drinks it was time for us to go back to Vancouver.

Thank you all for an amazing weekend and we are looking forward to see you at the PuB NiGHT on Wednesday.

-Mandy

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? (Victoria!)

What? One more day?! Yes, just one more day till the Victoria trip. Have you already packed your stuff? Said goodbye to your roommates? To be even more prepared we have wrote this blog post with some practical information about the Victoria trip.

We will meet each other at 9:30 am at the Tsawwassen Terminal. Keep in mind the ride will be more than an hour by public transit from downtown. Be on time, otherwise the ferry will depart without you. After we arrived on Vancouver Island we take the bus to the hostel where we will drop our stuff. Afterwards we go to check out Victotria Downtown. A nice thing to do is going to Beacon Hill Park for a soft ice cream, walk to the beach,  go through Fan Tan alley and make a quick buzz through Chinatown and Market Square. Irish Times or Bard and Banker are also cool for daytime drinking. We will have diner all together in a really nice restaurant/pub where 18+ are allowed to go. Afterwards everybody is free to stay there, go back to the hostel or check out the other pubs/clubs in Victoria. Local recommendations are the Garriks head, Irish times or Bard & Banker.

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The next day we have an amazing breakfast planned. A must do when you are in Victoria, the breakfasts are legendary famous here. Because of that, be prepared there will be a line in front of the restaurant, but in the end it will worth it. After breakfast there is enough time to do some optional activities. You can go to the Royal British Colombia Museum, Butchart Gardens or The Craigdarroch Castle. In the afternoon we will meet in the hostel again, where we are going back to Vancouver. We will be in Vancouver in the beginning of the evening.

For the people not joining Victoria, we have also listed some nice thing to do in Vancouver. This weekend the Fashion Week takes place. You can watch a runway show the whole weekend or look at the fashion camp at Vancouvers Community College’s Fashion Labs. Of you want to enjoy the last summer days, the End Of Summer Tropical Boat Cruise is something you may want to do. If you are not going to Victoria but still wants to see the gardens, you can go to the Darts Hill Garden Park this Sunday. If you din’t do the Grouse Grind yet, it is also a possibility to do that soon before the weather gets bad. For people who like sports, this weekend the BC Lions are playing on Friday. Vancouver Giants are going to play a game on Saturday. Also the Whitecaps play a match on this day. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and the ones who are joining Victoria, see you tomorrow!

– Bart

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?

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!

Upcoming Portland trip

Only one month left until we’re going to Portland, so we want to give you some more information about what to bring for crossing the border to the US.

-Passport (Passports must be valid and be Machine-readable). All passports issued from 2006 and after are Machine-Readable. The date of issue is stated in your passport.

-Everyone must pay US immigration $6 USD at the border to process entry (please have exact change)

– Proof of medical insurance. Not required but definitely recommendable in case you accidentally get ill or injured (although the trip does not include hazardous activities).

– Any kind of proof that you’re going back to Canada. Can be a document proving that you’re participating in a study program in Canada, proof of work in Canada, or proof that you’re doing a practicum in Canada.

– In case your country is included in the visa waiver program you don’t need to apply for any other visa documents. A lot of countries are included in the visa waiver program. You can check the list here.

– Since we’re driving across the border you don’t need the ESTA tourist visa. This is only needed when entering the US on an air or sea carrier.

– Also important are some good walking shoes

Also remember to always have your passport on you when you go out in the US. Some places only accept your passport as ID.

A reminder what is included in the price of only $229:

• All Tips & Taxes
• Deluxe Coach Transportation
• 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation
• 2 Continental Breakfasts
• A Cool Canadian Guide
• & Much More!!

Hope many of you will join us for this great trip.

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

INTERNeX goes Portland-14th November

Portland

Yaaay we’re going to Portland.

On November 14th to 16th we are planning to go to Portland, also known as the “City of Roses”. On Friday, November 14,we’ll meet at 7 am at Waterfront Station. After crossing the Border to the US we’ll have lunch in Southern Washington. The expected approach time in Portland will be 5 pm. You’ll have the opportunity to watch a Basketball game for $25 on Friday as well as on Saturday. Those who don’t want to watch a game can enjoy their free time in Portland.
After included breakfast at the hotel on Saturday, we are going to shop at Woodburn tax free Outlet Mall. Take a look here to get an overview of all the nice shops in the Woodburn tax free Outlet Mall. You’ll be able to get your first Christmas presents in all these different shops.

Later on we’ll have a Portland walking City tour with our friendly tour guide.
On Sunday we’ll leave Portland at 9am after our included breakfast. Before our lunch break in Southern Washington we’ll stop at Multnomah Waterfalls, which is the tallest waterfall in the State of Oregon and the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. At the Canadian Border you’ll be able to do some Duty Free Shopping before we’ll be back in Vancouver at about 8 pm.

For a price of just 229$ you’ll get:
• All Tips & Taxes
• Deluxe Coach Transportation
• 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation
• 2 Continental Breakfasts
• A Cool Canadian Guide
• & Much More!!
As you maybe already noticed, the US always thinks you’re a killer or something like that if you want to cross the border. So you need some paper stuff which you have to bring with you for crossing the border:

  • Passport (Passports must be valid and be Machine-readable)
  • Everyone must pay US immigration $6 USD at the border to process entry (please have exact change)
  • Copy of Airplane Ticket or Student Registration
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Government photo ID for proof of age
  • Also important are some good walking shoes

You can sign up for this trip in our office and please remember to pay cash. Make sure to sign up as soon as possible because the tickets will be sold out based on that low price very fast.
Join the event here.

Hope many of you want to join us for this amazing trip, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions!

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