INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Today it’s all about books and why MacLeod’s Books is the best place ever! If you were frustrated about too much rain and desperately tried to figure out how to spend your time, then you should check out this store.

It is no ordinary book store, mind you. It is a paradise for everybody who likes reading. Not just reading; this place brings to mind nice afternoons in a cozy room, with a storm outside. You, being captivated in an imaginary place fighting dragons, falling in love with a knight or being the world’s most famous detective solving dozens of murders.

MacLeod’s Books is all that and more. I actually could move in there. Once you enter the store you can smell the books. For everybody who is not that much into books: Older and used books have a certain smell to them. And actually this smell itself already tells you a story. In the store you can see piles and piles of books. Books in shelves which are as high as the ceiling and books piled up in little corners, filling every little room available in this store. While wandering wide eyed through the room, I noticed that even though it looks quite chaotic at first, it actually is pretty well sorted. They basically have a section for everything, marked with little pieces of tape on the shelves. It goes from books about music, philosophy, language and science over books on warfare, criminal novels and love stories. Like I said before: MacLeod’s is a paradise for myself and everyone who loves to disappear into another world if the actual world is too busy or stressful or – if it is raining. And honestly, even if you do not enjoy reading as much – this store is still something to see.

 

MacLeod’s Books

455 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V2, Kanada

Tel.: 1 604-681-7654

Mon. – Sat. 10:00- 6:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 – 6:00 pm

Holidays 12:00 – 5:00 pm

 

See you soon,

Annika

 

International Village
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Hallo y’all

Today’s Casual Friday post is going to be about two people. Germans and Canadians. You wonder how I thought of this? Well, me being a German staying in Canada right now, well what do you think? Ok, no seriously… Being in Vancouver for about three weeks now, I met a few new people already. And guess what, at the moment most of our participants are German. Surprise surprise… Every time I go abroad, I feel like at least every second person I meet is from Germany as well. You kind of get the feeling that Germany itself must be somewhat deserted by now… or as I like to say, you cannot escape us 🙂

With a lot of us travelling, our customs travel as well. You all know, that the most frequent assumptions about Germans are that we are basically all Bavarians, that we love love love our beer and that we eat a lot of Bratwurst. Thinking about all this, I actually found out a few funny things: If you really want to eat a Bratwurst in Vancouver, you do not need a rustic traditional German restaurant. No, you can just go to Chinatown and eat at Bestie’s!  It has, as advertised, ‘Chinatowns finest Currywurst’!!! And if you thought we love our beer, well – think again. Because obviously some Canadians love it even more. You wonder how I figure this? Well, they even brew a special beer for their dogs! Check out this article I found and you’ll see that Germans have to kick it up a nudge to keep up with this.

So what about us trying to be a little more like Canadians for a change? I saw this YouTube video the other day and found that actually quite fitting. So take this as an instruction to blend a bit more in with the natives 🙂

I would say: Challenge accepted!  I expect to see a few more Canadians at the next PuB NiGHT.

Best,

Annika

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Hello you guys

Last week’s post being about the newest YouTube trends, the idea for today’s post came to me while looking for interesting things to do around the city. While working through my guidebook of Vancouver, I came across the name of one ‘Gassy Jack’.

Vancouver’s John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton is supposedly one of the very founders of the city and you can find his statue located near Carrall and Water Street. Now guess what made him a founding father? In 1867, he built one of the first houses of the original settlement Gastown, which is now one of Vancouver’s most famous neighborhoods. The interesting catch here is that this house was a pub – the Globe Saloon. Gassy Jack even built it up within 24 hours of his arrival. If you ask yourself how in the world he possibly managed that, I can tell you: He offered free whisky to the workers of the only other building in town, the sawmill. The only other drinking hole being over 25 miles away, the men readily jumped at this opportunity and had the pub ready for business the next day.

I guess this shows us once again what people need in their life: A place to work and after that – some nice conversation and  a good drink with friends. This gives our weekly PuB NiGHT a completely different spin, don’t you think? So if you would like to honor one of Vancouver’s, as it seems, oldest traditions then come and join us next Wednesday again at PuB NiGHT!  To get in the right mood for it you should check out this fun video I found on YouTube The Evaporators – Gassy Jack 

Talk to you again next week,

Annika

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

 “Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcome! Bring your friends and families, bring costumes, noisemakers and signs.” This is Critical Mass!

Friday, bless Friday! Everybody has to be happy today, the weekend start in a few hours. Do you have plans for today?  Maybe, you would like to attend to the Critical Mass.

The last Friday of every month; with rain, snow or sunshine, a large amount of people gathering in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The main purpose of the event is to demand a public space to ride (for cyclists, long boarders, bmx-er…), celebrate non-polluting forms of transportation and have fun! Half-protest and half-flashmob, started in Sweden in the 70s and was adopted by the Vancouverites in 1998.

Everybody is invited to ride together and create car-free space. There isn’t a prearranged way; this is decided collectively while the event is taking place, like the length of the ride. This happens thanks to the “corkers”, the people who block traffic and let the mass through.

Normally, the mass goes to Granville Street Bridge, then to Burrard Bridge and Lions Gate Bridge. When all the people have arrived at the middle of the bridge, they start to celebrate, raise up their bikes, and shout loudly. After that, the bunch moves on to the next bridge. Sounds really fun, isn’t it?

WHEN: Friday, 26th July. Meet at 5 – 5:30, starts at 6 PM.

WHERE: Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side [by the fountain] MAP

Have a nice weekend!

Clara.

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday -Today’s Horoscope!

Hey guys. How was your  week?? I hope it´s fine, anyway today it´s FRIDAYYYY !! Yeahhh !!

Do you believe in horoscopes? I think even if you are a skeptic reading horoscopes is entertaining for everybody. Sometimes it may be truth, and sometimes you can´t stop laughing because it didn’t get right in any single word. So read what the horoscopes says for you today and judge by yourself if it’s true or not:

Aries (3/21-4/19)

Today you might feel a little depressed and apathetic, like you don’t care what happens right now. You might try to get your mind off those feelings by spending money. This works, Aries, but don’t spend any more than you have to. These feelings really have more to do with the past than the present. If old pain wells up, let it go. Tomorrow all will seem a lot better!

Taurus (4/20-5/20)

Today you might be with friends who want to go out on the town and spend money. Shopping, eating in fancy restaurants, or going to dance clubs could be in their plans. This is fine, Taurus, as long as you don’t get caught up in the excess. Find a happy medium between spending too much and acting like a party pooper.

Gemini (5/21-6/20) 

Pressure and worries involving home and family could get in the way of your concentration today, Gemini. There may have been a quarrel with a household member that weighs on your mind. The best way to deal with this is to give yourself and everyone else time to cool down. Later you’re likely to find that it has all blown over.

Cancer (6/21-7/22)
Organizing your office and paying bills are likely to be on your agenda today, Cancer. You could feel overwhelmed by the tasks, and you might be tempted to put them off. It’s better to take it slowly until you get everything done. You don’t have to do them all at once. This should lessen the stress. Spend a quiet evening at home.

Leo (7/23-8/22) 

Excessive food and drink could have you feeling rather sluggish and indifferent to everything. This can get in the way of your usual kindness and affection, but it shouldn’t. Get some rest, take a stomach remedy, and get back to your old self! You might also be tempted to overspend at some point. Think about it first!

Virgo (8/23-9/22)

Today a number of chores around the home could have you feeling overwhelmed, Virgo. Family members might abandon you, leaving you disgruntled. Do the most pressing and leave the rest for when they’re home! There might be a difference of opinion between you and your mate. Try to see both sides of the issue and circumvent any serious disagreements.

Libra (9/23-10/22) 

Some minor but annoying communications could interrupt your routine today. You won’t appreciate the distraction, Libra, but it’s best to take care of whatever it is and then go back to your tasks. You might have to spend part of the day running errands. Traffic might have you frazzled. Spend the evening relaxing at home. You’ve worked hard and you deserve it!

Scorpio(10/23-11/21)

Boredom and apathy could tempt you to run to the mall and spend a lot of money on luxuries. You might overindulge in food and drink. This can make you feel better temporarily, Scorpio, but in the end all you will have is an empty wallet and a stomachache. Treat yourself, but don’t throw caution to the wind. This feeling will pass by tomorrow, and you don’t want to regret your day!

Sagittarius ( 11/22-12/21)

A lot of activity could take place around home today. It could involve a number of visitors, or it could simply be a lot of work that needs doing. Either way, you might feel a bit frazzled, and the temptation to run away from it all might be almost irresistible. Relax! There’s no need to stress out. Just do what needs to be done and enjoy the rest of the day.

Capricorn (12/22-1/19)

News of unforeseen success could come your way today, leaving you reeling and breathless. You might feel a bit dazed, Capricorn, like you don’t know what to do with yourself. It might take a while to gather yourself. A lot of letters and phone calls may come your way, some routine, some congratulatory. You could write or call a number of your friends. Some errands may be necessary.

Aquarius (1/20-2/18) 

Social events or group activities may prove draining today, as a lot of people might want to take advantage of your talents. Your kind, accommodating nature might cause you to try to make everyone happy, Aquarius, but this isn’t realistic. You might stress yourself to the point of not caring what gets done. Be discriminating about what you commit to doing.

Pisces (2/19-3/20)

Excess is the word for today, Pisces. You may feel overly optimistic and enthusiastic about everything, and you could throw yourself into it all a bit too eagerly. You could take on more than you can handle. There is the danger of tiring yourself out physically. You could also go the other way and become very lazy, not wanting to do much of anything. Remember, moderation is the best approach.

Have a great weekend everybody and join us in our future events. We’ll be really glad on getting to know you a little bit better!!

Best,

Mercedes

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

This weekend is a long one guys, because it’s Easter! When I hear Easter, I automatically think of bunnies, basket full of eggs, chocolate (of course), and flowers. But I always wondered why there are such thing as Easter bunnies? Why do they lay eggs? Where are the hens?

According to an old legend, Easter began with the pagan celebration of the goddess Ostara. She was associated with the Spring season and fertility. The goddess entertained children by turning her pet bird into a rabbit. The rabbit then gave colorful eggs as presents to the children.

If that wasn’t enough, I came across a short story for children that “tries” to explain…

Why the Easter Bunny Brings Eggs (adapted by Jean Warren)

Once upon a time, there was a King who had a very powerful magician at his court.  One day, the magician gave the King a hen that laid beautiful eggs for a present. The king liked the eggs but he was greedy and he told his magician that he would like the hen better, if she could lay eggs of gold.  So the Magician worked another magic spell and sure enough the hen started laying eggs of gold.

The king was delighted.  He became very rich and the envy of the other kings.  He kept his special hen in a golden cage next to his thrown.  He knew that someday, someone would try to steal his hen, so whenever visitors came,  he would have his magician come and hide the special hen and substitute an ordinary hen in the cage.

Sure enough, one day someone ran off with the hen in the golden cage.  The king was glad he had had his magician switch the hens.  He sent word for the magician to bring back his hen.  But the next day, when the king looked in his golden cage all he found was a white rabbit.  “What’s this!” said the King.  “Little rabbit, how did you get in here?  The King opened the cage and had his footman take the rabbit back out to the woods where he belonged.  Then he called for his magician.

“Where is my magic hen?”, asked the King.  I told you to bring her back. “I did bring her back,” said the magician.  “I put her in the cage”, I just didn’t have time to change her back into a hen.”

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This is Rolo 🙂

They never did find the little white rabbit, but from that day forward, children found colorful eggs hidden all over the kingdom.  And some say, that every once in a while someone found a golden one.

Yeah right, I don’t think so. Actually, I have two rabbits at home named Rolo and Coco..maybe they will leave trails of golden eggs and make me filthy rich 😉

Happy Easter and have a great long weekend!

Cheers,

Flora

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

Did you know it’s Valentine’s Day next week Thursday February 14th? Uh oh. If you have that special someone in your life and you haven’t thought of what to do or get them, you are in big trouble! Just kidding 😉  If you are having trouble figuring out what to do for your special date, this might give you some ideas! We asked some people from INTERNeX (girls AND guys), on what they thought to be the PERFECT Valentine’s Day date in Vancouver, and here is what they had to say!

The “IDEAL” Valentine’s Day date from the guys perspective:

Guy #1: “I’d start the date by a nice stroll along the Seawall, then dine her at a restaurant (preferably not too expensive). Then I’d ask her to come back to my place”

Guy #2: “My ideal version of a Valentine’s Day date would be to first take a walk somewhere beautiful and scenic. Then we’d have a small picnic. If the weather gets chilly, I’d take off my jacket for her (a man of chivalry, perhaps?). Then I’d walk her home…”

Guy #3: “I’d take her to Granville Island, it’s really nice there and take a walk and maybe check out the market. After, we’d take a water taxi back to Vancouver. Then we’d go back to my place and I’d cook her dinner”

The “IDEAL” Valentine’s Day date from the girls perspective:

Girl #1: “I’d like to take a walk along the beach, followed by a romantic candlelit dinner. After dinner, we’d go to watch a movie. But after that, I’d like to go home and sleep”

Girl #2: “I’d start the day by being treated to a really nice breakfast at home. And by that I mean, the breakfast table has to be all decorated, with coffee, orange juice, pancakes, and everything!  We then will take a walk through a park if it’s nice weather and rent a boat. After, we’d have a really nice dinner at a restaurant. Then I’d end the day by watching a movie of MY choice”

Interesting…very interesting. What will you do on Valentine’s Day for that special someone? Or rather, what would YOU like to do?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Cheers,

Flora

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