INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend?

Another week at the office starts today. But before we start, let’s take a look on the awesome weekend we had.

On Saturday we went to the Lynn Canyon Park in North-Vancouver.  We started hiking around 11am in the morning. In this park you can do some nice hikes. We saw waterfalls, bridges, fast flowing rivers, great views and of course the famous suspension bridge.

After a few minutes walking we went down to the river. The water was to cold for swimming, but with our shoes off we could climb to some of the big rocks. From there we took our shoes back on and continued our hike. Minutes later we arrived at the 30 foot pool. This is one of the main attractions of Lynn. It’s is a small canyon with some amazing blue and deep water.

  

Via a lot of stairs we came on a higher point. From there we hiked through the forest to the last thing on our list: the Twinn Falls. This is another waterfall you can visit (from the same river).
At the start point we took some lunch and enjoyed the (dry) weather. After the lunch we took the bus or bike back to our homes! Thanks for coming, we had a fantastic day with all of you!

Yesterday was also a busy day for me. I rented a car for one day to make a small roadtrip. First we went to Whistler, north of Vancouver. On our way we stopped at some awesome waterfalls. From Whistler we drove further north till we arrived at Pemberton. The temperature was amazing: 31 degrees Celsius! There was a small lake where some of us took a swim.

  

After a nice and full day of sightseeing is was time to go home. First we had some dinner in Squamish. After that we drove via the Sea to Sky highway back to (a rainy) Vancouver. I can recommend this trip to everybody; just rent a car and enjoy!

Have a great week,

Jelle

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: Picture of the week

Have you crossed a suspension bridge? INTERNeX went to Lynn Canyon last Sunday and we had the opportunity to get this photo of Jenny, one of our candidates crossing it!

It is awesome, isn´t it?

Don´t miss the opportunity of joining us in all the events we have planned for you!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend?

This weekend was like the most of the weekend in Vancouver a non-stop weekend!

Saturday was Lies’ farewell! Lately the most of the girls of the PR team are coming back to their houses! Lies will be the last one in leaving us and she wanted to say good bye organizing a farewell party in her place!

Farewells are always fun but sad, you enjoy because it can be the last time you see that person and you don´t have time to waste but it´s so sad to say” goodbye” and not a “see you tomorrow”!

Sunday a bunch of INTERNeX people went to Lynn Canyon! The place was like the most of the parks of this city, amazing!  We crossed a suspension bridge; we walked around some trail until we arrived to a natural swimming pool where some people jumped from different and highs rocks!  It was so crazy to see that! The place was plenty of rocks! A bad fall would become a real tragedy!  But in the time we were there, everybody was having fun, jumping or just looking how the people jumped in that incredible place!

After the park we came back to the civilization and have lunch/dinner (in Spain eating something before nine is not dinner!) to recover some energy!

Thanks for the people that came yesterday! Visiting amazing places are always better with good company!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend?

We expected a full water fun weekend doing Rafting at Chilliwack, unfortunately it was cancelled but of course it doesn’t mean to stay at home! A weekend in Vancouver is not enough time for enjoying all the attractions that this city offers!

Saturday a bunch of people went to Capilano to see the Suspension Bridge! Have you ever been there? Well, the place, like the most all the places in Vancouver, was absolutely amazing! The bad thing was that it was plenty of tourists! There was a line for waiting to walk across the bridge! Sometimes it seemed like we were in the train station in the rush hour! There were other bridges and attractions in the area and we took a lot of typical tourist pictures!

At least we had fun and we can always say that we´ve been in Capilano Suspension Bridge!

At Saturday Night is always mandatory to go out! Sleep a couple hours and spend the day doing sightseen is not a problem! Important stuff like going out goes first! We finished our day at The Pint dancing a little bit!

Sunday was quiter! I went to night market in Chinatown where there were typical Chinese thing and music in live! It was curious!

Whatever you want to do, do it! And please invite us to join you! 🙂

Happy week everybody!

Cheers

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Picture of the week

Today Petra would like to share a beautiful picture with you guys! Petra just arrived in Canada and she made already lots of beautiful pictures!

I took this picture on Thursday when I was walking towards downtown Vancouver. The view was so amazing and I just needed to take the picture. I love how the sun shines on the skyscrapers and how the boats look in the harbour. This is my first real visit to Vancouver and I find it beautiful that you are able to see the mountains so close to the city. When you would walk on Granville street bridge on a day without clouds the mountains are just so close that you can see the snow on top. I am looking forward to finding out more about this beautiful city.

 

I would like to thank Petra for sharing this beautiful picture with us!

Do you have a beautiful, funny, interesting picture? Yes? Then send it to us, because you can win awesome prizes, and we might post your picture as ‘picture of the week’!

Cheers, Lydia

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: www.internexcanada.com

 

INTERNeX PuB NiGHT Review

Hi everyone, how are you all doing? Yesterday we had our Special International PuB NiGHT again. We started at 9 pm at The Bourbon. The INTERNeX PuB NiGHT was together with SWAP and Moose Travel and all travelers in and around the city of Vancouver. The theme was bunnies & beer because Easter is coming up.

There were a lot of games including beer, pennies and a lot of fun! Some people won a trip to Whistler and tickets for the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. We were with a big INTERNeX group again, I’m happy that so many INTERNeX’ers show up every week 🙂 I had a great evening!

Hope to see you all next Wednesday! Enjoy your Easter weekend.

Cheers,

Your INTERNeX PR-team

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Go Camping at an AMAZING location!

Okay, if you haven’t been camping this summer – or at all for that matter – you NEED to go. Why? Two words: Garibaldi Lake. You may be thinking “Well, I don’t have car, it would be impossible to get there.” WRONG. Come on, where is your sense of adventure? What the heck are you doing in Canada if you’re not willing to go an extra mile, lose yourself in the wilderness and take a few risks? You’re here to have the time of your life so with a little effort, you may just have the experience of a lifetime like we did this past weekend, at Garibaldi Lake.

Our adventure went a little like this…

After work on Thursday, we made our way over to the local grocery store to get some food for our trip. Want a quick and easy lunch? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So easy, and so good. We were staying for two nights, which was three lunches, two breakfasts and two dinners. In total, our grocery bill was around $75.00 CAN. That’s $35.00 each for 3 days worth of food! We ate some pretty great food but be forewarned, cans of soup are very heavy…enough said.

Thursday night was spent packing our backpacks for the adventure to the campground. Believe it or not, camping doesn’t have to be expensive. Mette and I had no camping gear before this weekend. We borrowed two sleeping bags from a coworker (and bear spray) and bought a tent from Army and Navy for only $30.00 CAN. Because campfires are banned in many provincial parks, we had to plan accordingly. We were able to buy a package of small cubes that when lit, would provide flame for 15 minutes. These could be used to cook food and were very inexpensive. These would prove to be very handy in the wilderness. A few other things we bought were flashlights (from the dollar store – worked great)  a tarp (if it rained), a fishing rod (optional – $30.00 Army and Navy as well) and some cards. For the ENTIRE weekend, we only packed ONE pan. That’s right. When you carry everything on your back, you need to pack light. If you’re going to camp, also bring only one set of cutlery per person and one plate, you don’t need anymore than that.

As for clothes, we each brought very little. Again, when you carry everything on your back, think light. Bring a couple pairs of pants, a couple shirts and sweater and that’s it. You won’t need more than that. Some other things to bring are a first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. After we were done packing for the night it was time to get some shut-eye before we embarked on an awesome adventure!

It was early Friday morning when my alarm clock went off and the sunlight was streaming through my bedroom window. I was still a bit tired from last night’s packing but knew the day ahead would be so much fun. Rolling out of bed, we both put on the most outdoorsy camping outfit we had – a plaid shirt. I also added a bandana for an added outdoorsy effect. The shirts were bought at value village – we wanted to look and play the part so we had fun rummaging through second-hand clothes. 🙂 Try it yourself!

At 7 a.m. we were on the bus downtown, and at 7:15 a.m., on the skytrain to catch the Greyhound. I told you you didn’t need a car to go camping! We bought round trip greyhound tickets for $35.00 CAN that would take us close to the Garibaldi Provinicial Park Parking lot. Some of you may be living in a home stay. You can always ask if they would be willing to drive you to your camping destination as well. Or, if there are enough of you wanting to go, you could rent a car for the weekend! We however chose greyhound.  At 7:50 a.m. we were boarding the bus, grinning from ear to ear.

Note: If traveling to Garbialdi Provincial park, the bus stops in Pinecrest, about 4 kilometres from the park. But, we politely asked the bus driver to drop us off at the entrance, which he did, and you can do the same. Most of the time they are very nice and happy to help out. As we got off the bus, we were ready to begin our adventure!

The Garibaldi parking lot was 2.5 kilometres from the highway. Once we arrived there, we were ready to begin the REAL hike – a 9 km journey to our campsite. Before we left, we registered ourselves in, and camping for the entire weekend was only $20.o0 CAN. Pretty cheap when you think of the costs of a renting hotel room or an apartment.

As we began the trek up the mountain, the scenery was breathtaking. Green trees, natural waterfalls and terrain stretched as far as our eyes could see.

Of course, with 50 lb bags on our backs, we worked up a sweat. The natural waterfalls kept us hydrated though.. Once we reached the top, after a 4 1/2 hour hike, the views were spectacular. After seeing these pictures you can imagine how fantastic our weekend was!

This picture was taken after we crossed a river and hiked up a few rocks. The trail was so beautiful! Mette can be seen in this picture! What a trooper! While on the way up, hikers were both ascending and descending, but each one that passed gave us a chipper “Hello!”. Of course they were in a good mood, it’s impossible not to be with such a great environment around you. We met hikers and campers from all over the world at this campground. Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and of course, Canadians!

View from the bridge. Spectacular isn’t it? On the right, a glacier can be seen that has been frozen for over 10,000 years! While we were camping we saw a deer, birds, a lot of fish (trout are spawning right now), and even some insects like black and yellow millipedes!

There is no other place I wanted to be at the moment this picture was taken. I felt relaxed, humble, and lucky to be standing in front of this magnificent view. I forgot all about the city, cars, traffic, work, home – everything, when I was away at Garibaldi Lake. Camping is an amazing way to strengthen relationships and create memories that last a lifetime. It is also a good time to take a few moments for self reflection. I learned a lot about myself this weekend – my capabilities, my goals and aspirations.  I am so glad that myself and the “insane dane” took the time to plan for a trip like this, as it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Thanks Mette for making this trip possible, I couldn’t have done it without you! And also, thanks to the INTERNeX Staff for lending us some gear, and for giving us a day off!

If you have a real sense of adventure, and want to hop up and go, a camping trip is the perfect thing for you. If you’re not in Canada, but are eager to travel and experience new things, why not do it through one of INTERNeX’s many programs? Work in the city, on a resort in rockies, or, complete an internship in your field of study. INTERNeX even has volunteer opportunities! Then, while you’re here, plan your camping trip ;). For more information on INTERNeX programs, visit our website!

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com