CANUCKS VS. SHARKS

Yesterday evening was an amazing night IMG_3114for all of us and especially for me. I have never seen an ice hockey game before and I guess for most of you it was also the very first time you saw an ice hockey game here in North America. That’s actually a chance you don’t get that often. In addition to that I got to know all of you and I had the chance to talk to some of you. I hope we will enjoy a lot more events and trips together.

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But now back to the game last night. Unfortunately the Canucks lost their second pre-season game without a goal although they had much more chances to shoot a goal than the Sharks. However I would say we could be happy to join at least one match of the Vancouver Canucks during our time here. It was just such an amazing feeling to be part of it (although I didn’t get and still don’t get the rules).

What I can tell you, but only because I did some research is that, there is an overtime period, IMG_3124which takes five minutes with 3-on-3 hockey players. If the score is tied after this overtime, it results in a shootout. But as we all know the score wasn’t tied so we couldn’t see a shootout. But that doesn’t matter because there were so many other things to see and to experience. For me it was a gorgeous start to my time here in Vancouver. I hope they will play better during the regular season.

GO CANUCKS!

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Pub Night Announcement

Hello there, good people!

Another week, another pub night! This Tuesday we are meeting up at The Portside Pub. Aaaand the time will be 7 pm. as usual!

portside_pubThe Portside Pub is a lovely pub, with 24 craft brews on tap representing local, North American and international breweries. Their menu is simple, good and cheap – which is a perfect combination for us. You can choose the Philly Cheese Steak or the Barbeque Chicken Sandwichfor only 14 dollars. Take a look at the rest of their menu!

The pub is located in Gastown, on 7 Alexander Street. Click here to view the map and don’t forget to sign up on our Facebook event!

For those of you who want to get free tickets for Joe’s Apartment this Wednesday, meet up and collect your tickets.

Looking forward to seeing all of you!

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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INTERNeX Canada: The secret of the Canadian Happiness

A recently studio says that Canada is the 6th happiest country in the world (the first one is Denmark, if you feel curious). The study, supported by the United Nations, contemplates many factors like life expectancy, GDP per capita, social support, generosity of fellow citizens, state of the economy, perceptions of corruption and freedom to make life choices.

This result doesn’t surprise me at all. Everybody has a smile here, everybody is polite and nice. Even the police.

I’m here for almost 5 months and I still feel surprised about the kindness of the people. Is very common that somebody come to you in the middle of the street only to say you: Hey! I really love your tights! And the other day I found the following notice in a Liquor Store:

“We are obligated to ask for two pieces of ID to all the people under 30. So don’t be angry with the employees if they ask you for your documents, it’s a compliment”.

After a while, is logical to realize that if they are so nice, is because they feel happy.

So, I decided to make a sociological investigation about the factors that explain why the Canadians are so happy.

– Obviously, one of the main reasons is that Canada is a rich country. They have a good economy, it’s easy to get a job and there are a lot of resources for a small population.

– The social cover is pretty good here, other reason to feel safe. Have universal health care and public education is one of the foundations of a happy society. This is one the biggest differences when you compare Canada with USA.

– Equality and tolerance. It’s also a country where the differences between the social classes are not very big, and other cultures are usually welcomed. I repeat, in general, it’s impossible to extend one opinion over a whole country. There are stupid people everywhere.

So up to now, we can find these factors in others countries with a good position into the ranking. But, what factors are exclusively Canadians, what makes Canada so especial, what is impossible to find in other place?

– The amazing nature. With all this beautiful landscapes around you is impossible to feel bad. And practicing outdoor activities, be in contact with the nature, is very easy even if you live in a big city.

– Hippie culture heritage: maybe is my impression, but I think that some concepts of the 60’s hippie culture are still present in the global values of the Canadian society. Apart of be nice and take care of the environment, there are other things. For example, be easy-going is almost a must here, at least into the young community. And is very common to hear expressions like “good o bad vibrations” or “harmony” and they have a strong sense about being a community.

– Avoid the critics or negatives comments are another very common features inside the Canadian society. This behavior sometimes drives the Europeans crazy, because is impossible to know if they really think that you are so amazing or they really hate you.

– Freedom: in my opinion the social codes are more relaxed here. For example, the other day I went to a hospital and my nurse was completely full of tattoos and she had green hair, which is completely impossible to find is Spain.

Anyway, this is only a personal opinion. If you want, you can share with us you more shocking experiences with the Canadian way of life.

Take care!

Clara.

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday – Proud of being canadian!

It´s interesting to see how proud canadians are of their Nation. Canada Day is coming, and Molson Canadian did an awesome commercial in Europe to promote the Canadian beer.

Molson Canadian has been known as a great advertising company, specifically known for advertising the lifestyle of Canadians with phrases like “This is our Beer” and “this is our land.”

In this ad, you can see how Molson Canadian distributed Red fridges through Europe with a white Canadian Leaf.

Everybody tried to open the fridge, but unfortunately it had a passport reader, so just those with a Canadian Passport could open it. (lucky them ..hehe). Then beer for everybody!!

I personally think that it was a good guerrilla campaign..very attractive and creative. I hope this Company surprises us with a guerrilla campaign very soon.

What do you think about it?? Did you see another interesting one that you want to search?

I hope you enjoy this commercial, and I wish u a wonderful weekend !

Best,

Mercedes

INTERNeX International Exchange

Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: PuBNiGHT Review

Hello there,

Last night we had our weekly night in the pub. This time we went to a small pub named The Black Frog. It’s location, just 20 meters from the Steamclock in Gastown! Really easy to find 😉 The Black Frog is a warm feeling, and cozy pub, where you can drink Canadian beers, but also European ones. They have a lot of choices!

So the place was really nice. The drinks were fine (not cheap but also not expensive). We began our night around 7.30. They reserved a special place in the pub for us. We could sit on small couches with all the people.

This was a fun night. Already my third pub night, time flies here in Canada! I really liked to talk to everybody of you. It’s nice getting to know everybody by having a good chat!

When we left the place is was raining outside.. But that did not affect on the fun night we had with each other! First we ate a piece of pizza, then we took the bus back home.

So thanks for having fun with us last night guys.
We hope to see you again soon!

Best,

Jelle

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: PuB NiGHT Announcement

The start of a new month is always great to celebrate, don’t you think? So tomorrow we will be gathering at The Railway Club at 7:30 pm! This place is great for a night out because not only you get to eat and drink, but they have live music performances as well! You don’t need to be drinking to enjoy your time here! There will be a special event featuring an indie/alternative music performance:  The Accordion Noir Festival presenting Ingrid Gatin+ Twin Voices!  The show has a live-looping guitar, violin and ethereal vocals, with accordion, piano, soul-style vocals and harmonies. Also joining them at the Railway is Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Zaac Pick so come and have a listen! If you want to know more about the event check it out here or visit our Facebook event page!

Please arrive on time for free entry because there is a cover charge of $8 at 8:30 pm.

When: Wednesday (tomorrow) March 6th 7:30 pm

Where: The Railway Club Located in the heart of Vancouver, BC, at 579 Dunsmuir St. on the corner at Seymour

See you tomorrow 😉

Cheers,

Flora

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: It’s not an adios, it’s just an hasta luego

I can’t believe my days at the office are gone and this is actually my last blog post. I still remember the first time I arrived here. It was a mix of feelings. I was at the same time nervous and excited but in the other hand I was kind of insecure with all tasks that I’ll have to do during my internship here…

Better or worse, I managed to do everything and enjoying doing it. These weeks gave me the opportunity to grow up in a professional way and have a good start in my future career. If I have to sum up my experience at the office  it will be something like  “When you think you can’t do something, just do it” That’s the best way to learn, putting yourself in new situations where you’ ll have to work hard to achieve what you want.

I am kind of excited to go home and remember how was and is everything there. It’s not the first time that I live alone abroad, but definitely these seven months have changed me completely.

Everybody that really knows me, knows how I would describe my ideal city… green, with beach and lakes, where you can walk everywhere but still have independence of living the way you like. So what was my surprise when I arrived here and this city offers me everything that I was always looking for. If you add another passion of mine which is meeting people of different cultures, this whole experience was just a dream.

I am not going to say goodbye. Because a part of me has gone with those who already left and another part I hope will remain with those who will stay. I got the extraordinary chance of knowing exceptional people with whom right now the only thing that separate us is just the distance. That kind of real friends with whom it’s not necessary to speak with everyday, but no matter when you’ll see them again that everything will be exactly like it was before.

So the only think I can say is thank you, thank you for all the good moments, inside and outside the office, thank you for the lesson and the life lessons, for the parties, for all the crazy things that I had the chance to do here, as wake boarding or snow tubing or awesome trips as The Rockies or Whistler.

By the way, this is not a goodbye post  I’ ll be one month away, but my time in Vancouver hasn’t finished yet, so even I won’t be at the office anymore, I hope to see all of you around soon!

A chapter has finished, but another one is just going to start..

It was my pleasure,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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