How was the weekend?

A new week has begun and I can feel it’s going to be good one.

My weekend recap is rather boring, since I tried to cure my cold. I was resting a lot and couldn’t take part in any cool events, but I know some of you did! Since I haven’t done much, I will tell you about Marcel’s weekend instead. 😉

Guess where he went – Yes, he went to Ottawa. The flights were super cheap, so he decided to check out Canadas capital. From what he’s told me it’s a cool place!

Fun Fact: Ontario just lifted their mask mandate last weekend.

One thing he noticed is that it’s more bilingual than here in Vancouver. Everybody first starts speaking English AND French, and then chooses how to continue depending on your preferred language. For example, they’d say “Hello, Bonjour”, and see in which language you reply to proceed with the conversation. We think it might be because it’s so close to Quebec, the province in which French is the official language.

Compared to Vancouver, summer already arrived in Ottawa and Marcel took the opportunity to cruise around the rather small city, he says. His favourite thing was the view over Parliament Hill with its historic buildings and when I see this picture, I know why. 🙂

More things to do in Ottawa are a free tour through the Parliament building and a visit in one of the numerous museums the city has to offer. He thinks, there’s something for everyone. Since it is a smaller city, you can see all the main attractions within 2-3 days, so it’s a perfect destination for a weekend trip.
Pro tip: Go in summer, rather than in winter. Ottawa is very lush during the warmer months, whereas it can get very cold and grey in winter.

Another personal highlight for Marcel was the fast food chain Harvey’s. It’s Canadas second largest fast food chain, after Tim Hortons, and mainly present on the East Coast. He explained that it’s kind of like Subway, but with Burgers. And now I’m hungry. You might wonder why that’s a highlight, but he told me that he’s doing some sort of challenge, where he’s trying many different fast food chains, that are not existing in Germany, to compare which one’s the best. I already asked him to make a list based on his experience, so I could share it with you guys. 😉

What about you? How was your weekend? Would you go to check out Ottawa? Any plans for next weekend yet?

INTERNeX is going to do the Grouse Grind on Sunday, June 19! Are you up for the challenge?

Let me know if you want to join this workout with rewarding views at Pub Night this Wednesday, 7pm at Mahoney’s at the Convention Centre.

See you there!


Laura 🙂

INTERNeX Canada: PuB NiGHT Announcement

Time for another great PuB NiGHT experience at the Capitol. The Capital is a social establishment which offers cheap but fine food and drinks. It offers entire menus from $4.95. So there is no excuse for you not to come! We will meet at 6.30pm at the Capital on Davies street.

Please be aware that this Pub is 19+ and you need to show two pieces of ID.

Click here to join the event

See you at 6.30pm at the Capitol for another fun PuB NiGHT


INTERNeX Explorer: Empress Hotel Victoria

This weekend, we go to Victoria, and for that reason I would like to talk a little bit about a very famous building there: The Fairmont  Empress, one of the oldest hotels in the Capital of British Columbia!

For those who don´t know, it has been designated “National Historic Site of Canada” due to the significance along the Nation and it was opened the 20 of January of 1908, so it means this hotel is 105 years old !

Located facing the also famous Inner Harbour, this elegant hotel has 477 rooms and 4 restaurants inside, and it has received several accolades including Travel + Leisure Best Hotels of the World and recognized on Conde Nast Gold List.

The hotel also became Victoria’s first Five Green Key hotel as acknowledged by the Hotel Association of Canada for sustainability practices.

We’ll visit it for sure, because is a MUST VISIT in Victoria, but did you know why is also famous this amazing hotel?

For its  classic Victorian afternoon tea service: tea with tea sandwiches, fresh scones, preserves and clotted known as Empress cream in its “Tea Lobby”. I’ve heard that it is a really unique experience and it’s amazing, but you’ll be surprised with the price: Afternoon tea is approx. $60 per person. Now is even more delicious, right?

I am sure we’ll be impressed with this amazing hotel, and also with more fantastic places in Victoria.

See you soon guys !



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INTERNeX Canada: Stories from Toronto (1)

You think Vancouver is big? Try Toronto and you’ll know better. Often called Canada’s answer to the Big Apple, Ontario’s capital really is a huuuge city. When I first got there in late August this year, I was completely overwhelmed by how high the buildings were, how many people ran into me all the time, how awfully hot it was and how busy the streets were. Still, it felt just great.

After I had arrived at the hostel (and after about 13 hours of travelling), all I wanted to do is to check this place out right away. The taxi ride from the airport gave me a first impression but I knew I would only have three full days in Toronto, so why not take a quick shower and make use of this afternoon too. Of course, the city jungle captured me right away with its confusing transit system but somehow I managed to make my way to the waterfront where I then decided to take the ferry to the island. I have to admit, it was so weird waiting in line amidst families, couples and friends, which literally left me being the only person who didn’t have anyone to talk to. This tiny moment of loneliness was soon to be forgotten when the boat finally departed and slowly moved away from downtown. As we got closer to the island, the city’s skyline just blew me away. With an uncountable number of highrises and its two most prominent landmarks, the CN Tower and Rogers Centre right next to it, it was an amazing sight. A cool summer breeze in my hair and warming sun on my skin – this felt exactly like the freedom I had been looking for. For some reason I always tend to question my own decisions a lot (obviously even more so if they involve a relocation to another continent) but this was the moment when I realized that I had done the perfectly right thing.

My initial plan to go explore the beaches on the other side of the island was destroyed by a monster of a jet lag that kicked in with full force when I got off the ferry. With heavy legs, dark circles around the eyes and the urge to pass out on a bed, I dragged myself back to the hostel. Nevertheless, it was a great start to my 5-nights layover in Ontario. And by the way, Toronto is right on Lake Ontario, not the sea – it took me a while to accept the fact.

Stay tuned for some more of my Stories from Toronto. On the one and only INTERNeX blog of course.



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Come work in Beautiful Toronto!

The City of Toronto is the cultural, entertainment and financial capital of Canada. The city is home to more than 2.7 million people and is a great city to live, work and play in, boasting one of the highest qualities of life and offering one of the safest urban environments in the world. The city hosts some major landmarks for tourists and an entertainment shopping experience that will put other cities to shame. Toronto’s population is one of the most diverse in the world and nearly all of the world’s culture groups are represented in Toronto. Come and explore some of Toronto’s diverse neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality. Places such as Little Italy and Little Greek, feature some of the most unique cultural dining experiences.

If you are ready to explore an entirely new world and experience something totally life changing then INTERNeX Toronto is the perfect opportunity for you.

You can decide to work in one of Toronto’s many cafés or restaurants or decide to do your internship there! For more information about our City placement program, click here. Want some more information about the internship program, click here

“Toronto has maintained its place among the world’s greatest cities because it provides residents with a quality of life that is envied around the globe. In spite of the serious economic challenges we all face today, the Government of Toronto is committed to making the city a model of prosperity and livability where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.” – Mayor David Mille

We hope to meet you in Canada soon!

– Manouk