Smart Saver Vancouver

Summer has arrived, so it is time to go outside and do some fun activities. Good news is that you don’t have to spend (too much) money to join the fun. Here are some ideas for your free time.

I am sure you have already heard about the famous outdoor cinema, which takes place every Tuesday at Second Beach in Stanley Park. We just went there yesterday and watched The Lion King, it was a lot of fun! Next week, Mean Girls is on the program. Just take a blanket and some snacks with you and enjoy the movie.

37298454_1806962999396722_1371304262142787584_nDo you always have plans on Tuesday nights? No problem, you can also watch an outdoor movie on Thursdays at the Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place. Movies are shown until the end of August. Tomorrow, from 9.10pm on, the movie COCO will be on the screen. You can find the entire movie line-up here. Make sure you arrive early to reserve yourself a good spot.

Another great activity for hot summer days is of course swimming or at least splashing. You can cool down in one of the five outdoor swimming pools that are spread over the city:

  • Kitsilano Pool
  • Maple Groove Pool (South Vancouver)
  • Hillcrest Aquatic Centre (close to Queen Elisabeth Park)
  • New Brighton Pool
  • Second Beach Pool (Stanley Park)

You can check out all location details and opening hours here. Admission fee for one visit is $6.10, except for Maple Grove Pool – only $3 for this one. If you are planning to go more often, you can also purchase a 10-visit pass for $48.80. You get 25% off the regular price, when you show up with a group of 10+ people. So, time to gather your friends and save some money!

14583004328_d24ee0c590_nWhy spend the evening in the gym when you can also work out in the fresh air? Just dance the night away during free Zumba classes. Canada Place is again the place-to-be for this activity. The one-hour classes take place every Monday until August 27 and start at 5.30pm. And no worries – you don’t have to be a dance pro. Everyone is welcome to join the fun workout with a view.

Next to Zumba, you can also enjoy free Yoga classes. Mat Collective Yoga offers outdoor classes at diverse great locations in Vancouver. You can either join a class downtown in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, in East Van, at Kits Beach or even on Granville Island. Different kinds of classes are offered every day until the end of August. So you could even go daily without even spending a loonie. Check out the live schedule here. Keep in mind that you need to sign a waiver before you join a class. However, you don’t need to sign up, just get in your sport clothes and take part in the class at unique locations!

I hope I could help you save some money! See you tonight at The Relish – where you get a beer for $3, by the way ;-).

– Kerstin

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?

Oh Canada! 🇨🇦🎶 Happy 151th Birthday and a huge thanks for the long weekend you gave us. It was great to have three days to relax, spend time with friends and enjoy the excitement about the True North. 👍🍁 So, what did I do?

I started my weekend off on Friday with our INTERNeX event. We watched the Baseball match Vancouver Canadians vs Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.  42466192184_aaaa776d29_nIt was the first Baseball match I ever watched and I have to say it took me some time to fully understand the specific rules. But after patient explanations by Billy and Samuel and observing the field, I was able to follow the game. In the end “our team” (the Vancouver Canadians) won. The three hours we spent at the stadium got us freezing and the majority was ready to head home and get some rest. The 50 minute-journey home turned into a nightmare ride of 1.5 hours, because the Skytrain seemed to be experiencing some operational/technical problems. But in the end I arrived safely and happily.

On Saturday I went shopping. It was time to get some supplies for Canada Day which was celebrated on Sunday. The afternoon I spent in Stanley Park and I tried my first Poutine! Absolutely delicious, but definitely not something I could eat on a daily basis. 😉 In the evening we celebrated Nadine’s birthday with a small group at the Bourbon which was a lot of fun. 🎉

And then it was already Sunday. It was the 151th anniversary of Canada and like each year there were celebration all over the country. Different options to celebrate this special day could be found all over Vancity. INTERNeX decided to join the biggest celebration, which was at Canada Place.
41373994940_708a55f554_nWe met at 4.30 pm and watched the life performance by Jojo Mason. I really enjoyed the songs and covers he performed. His attitude was just so positive! And as he sang the national anthem, everything somehow stopped. Nothing but his voice filled the air and you could hear the Vancouverites sing along with pride. It felt as if the world stood still. Just for a moment. I definitely got goosebumps.

After he finished his last song, we went to get some food from the food trucks. The group somehow split up and I settled down at the steps down at the Olympic cauldron with a small group of people and we were waiting for the fireworks. Unfortunately, it started raining and we had to move. It took us ages to find a coffee-house that was open and not totally packed. So, once we found one, we already had to leave again, to be on time for the fireworks. At 10.30pm the fireworks started and lasted for around 20 minutes. 41373970840_f54bca9152_nIt was really beautiful and shapes like smileys and hearts lit up the sky over Coal Harbour. After that, it was a real struggle getting home, because it felt like the entire population of Vancouver was at Canada Place and now tried to get home. The line for the Expo Line was several hundred metres long. But I succeeded and once I got on the train I got home quite quickly.

The Monday was a day to relax. I just stayed home, watched the soccer games and Netflix. Well, it was a busy weekend, so the free Monday was well-deserved. 😊

I hope you enjoyed the past three days and enjoy the short work week. See you all tomorrow for the PuB NiGHT at Dublin Calling Rooftop.

– Elisabeth

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

Before I tell you about any potential plans for the weekend, I would like to share the best news with you: WE HAVE A THREE-DAY-WEEKEND AHEAD! 🎉 Since Canada Day is on a Sunday this year, the Canadians decided to have the Monday off. Isn’t that amazing? 😀 So, I now have to cover three days of free time. 7510330800_fdb23aed9e_n

Starting off with Saturday:
Just looking at the forecast, this seems to be quite a grey day. But nevertheless, fun activities can definitely be found in Vancouver. Did you think about going to the cinema? There are a lot of good movies to watch right now:

• Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Science Fiction/Action/Adventure)
• The Incredibles 2 (Superhero Fiction/Adventure/Comedy)
• Deadpool 2 (Fantasy/Science Fiction/Superhero/Action)
• I Feel Pretty (Comedy)
• Despicable Me 3 (Science Fiction/Adventure/Comedy)
• Darken (Fantasy/Science Fiction)
• Overboard (Romance/Comedy)
• The First Purge (Fantasy/Crime/Science Fiction/Horror)

You don’t feel like going to the cinema and want some action for yourself instead? What about Go-Karting? Speed along the race course and compete against your friends. The indoor place can be found here and has a lot more fun games to offer besides go-karting. In case you want to get even more active, you could head to a climbing gym and get your adrenaline pumping while reaching the top. In The Hive you can get to your limit – no matter if you are a newbie, expert or somewhere in between.

Sunday:
I do not have to tell you what to do on this precious day! Each and every year, since 1917, we celebrate the Birth of Canada in 1867. 🇨🇦️ This year it’s the 151th birthday and all of you should participate. There is a lot to celebrate: Aren’t you happy to be here? Aren’t you pleased by this beautiful country? Aren’t you embracing the easy, yet exciting lifestyle over here? I bet you are. But where to celebrate it best? The biggest celebration will take place at Canada Place. 🎆 But you will find smaller events on Granville Island, in Burnaby, in Surrey and basically all over Vancouver.

Monday:
8262151914_5eea36c8ea_nIt’s the last day of the weekend already and I’d advise you to take it slow and relax a little. Fortunately, not everyone is as lazy as I am, so for those active among you, here are some tips for the perfect ending of the long weekend: How about some more action at a Paintball combat with your friends? Grab them and head out to North Vancouver where you can get another adrenaline-kick. If you want the rather “light” version, you can play Archery Tag in Richmond. You won’t get hurt, but it’s the same amount of fun!

Have the greatest weekend, guys. I’m looking forward to seeing you on Sunday for the Canada Day celebration at Canada Place!

– Elisabeth

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 Seattle!! Information

Only a few more days to go until our trip to Seattle will start! For the people who will join us, we will give some useful information about the trip in this blog post. So if you would like to know what we are going to do then keep on reading!

The trip will start on Saturday at 7:00 am and we will meet and departure from 999 Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. After we are all there we will drive to Seattle and our first stop will be at the Seattle Premium Outlets to shop for some good deals. After the shopping we will arrive in Seattle and check in to our hotel and after that you have the possibility to enjoy free time in the city or to meet our guide for dinner and experience Seattle’s nightlife but keep in mind that the drinking age is 21+!!!

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On the second day we will enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and after that we will have a guided tour of Seattle downtown. When the tour is done you will have the option to visit the Space Needle or explore the Museum of Pop Culture. After this we will have some more free time for sightseeing or shopping in downtown Seattle.

When we are all done with shopping and sightseeing we will meet up with our guide again to go back to Vancouver but the plan is to stop close to the border to do some duty free shopping as well. We will arrive back in Vancouver approximately 9:00 pm.

Please also make sure to bring the following items:
• Passport
• Your permit/visa
• US $6,- (for the Border Processing Fee, it needs to be the exact amount)
• Credit card and/or Debit Card
• Cash

We are looking forward to see all of you tonight at Malones for our weekly PuB NiGHT!

– 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

Review: PuB NiGHT at Mahony & Sons

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Yesterday’s PuB NiGHT was at Mahony & Sons. Thank you so much for joining us last night!

Mahony & Sons is an Irish pub at Canada place. On Sunday they have Irish Sundays, which means that all Irish pints are $6.00 all day. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays they also have live music.

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On Wednesdays, it’s wine Wednesday since all bottles of wine are 50% off. We took advantage of this deal since it was Iris’ her last PuB NiGHT and she wanted to celebrate her last PuB NiGHT in a good way. There was only one problem, Iris forgot her Canadian flag so me and David decided to buy her a small one on a stick so she was still able to get some signatures from the people at the PuB NiGHT. David was also planning on getting some signatures on his Canadian flag but there was only one problem, apparently they sold him the flag of Liberia and not the one from Canada.

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After Mahony & Sons we decided to continue the party at The Met where we sang You’re the one that I want from Grease and because of Iris’ last PuBNiGHT we also sang a Dutch song.

I hope you all had an amazing night and we hope to see you at the next PuB Night!

 

-Mandy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Review: PuB NiGHT at Mahony and Sons

Yesterday’s PuB NiGHT was at Mahony and Sons at Canada Place. It was great to see you all there! Thank you all for coming!

Mahony and Sons is a pub which gives you a bit of an Irish feeling, as they use a lot of wood in all of their pubs. You also have the possibility to sit outside, as they have terraces at all 3 locations, which is great on a sunny day. The pub is one of our favourites in Vancouver, because they have a pretty good deal on Wednesdays, namely Wine Wednesday. This means that all the wine bottles are 50% off. Mahony and Sons also offers great food, so it is definitely worth checking out.

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This time we were placed on a long table next to the window, which would normally be a great spot for a nice view of the mountains. We started off talking about your plans in the weekend and about your week so far. After a while we also started to talk about the gifts we bought for family and friends. As it was Blanca’s last night, the books showed up and she had to write a few messages in them. To finish her last night well, some of you went to the Met for karaoke.

It was great to catch up with all of you again! I hope to see you on Sunday at the Vancouver Pride Parade!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Review: Victoria trip

On Saturday we went to Victoria to celebrate Canada Day. It was great to explore Victoria together with all of you! Thank you all for coming!

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We started our journey pretty early with the 9 AM ferry to Swartz Bay. Once we got on the ferry, we went outside to enjoy the view. After a while it got pretty windy and we decided to go inside again where we just chilled out for the rest of our trip. At Swartz Bay we got a bus to downtown Victoria. When we arrived in Victoria, tour guide Tess (also known as TT) took over and she guided us to the visitor’s centre. At the visitor’s centre we transformed into real Canadians, as we got cute little badges with the Canadian flag, tattoos and a small Canadian flag.

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In Victoria it was packed with people and therefore we had to watch out that we didn’t loose anybody. There were also several street artists that were playing music and there was one that did tricks. We watched one of the street artists for a while and then decided to move on to the Fisherman’s Wharf. We started our search for seals, but unfortunately we did not find any. Luckily, there were a lot of good food venues at Fisherman’s Wharf so we decided to go lunch there. The hunt for a table for 9 people was even harder, as it was busy at Fisherman’s Wharf as well. In the end we conquered one table and ate our delicious food.

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Then we went back to the free festival at the Parliament building. There was a big variety of performances from a dance performance to a choir which sang the national anthem. Besides that there were a lot of food trucks where you could get amazing food. While enjoying the different performances, we chilled out on the grass. We got to see how many different cultures are actually present in Canada. After a while some of us went back to Vancouver to enjoy the fireworks at Canada place. The others stayed in Victoria to enjoy the fireworks there.

I hope you all had a great long weekend and hope to see you all on 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