Time to say Goodbye

Today it is time for me to say ‘Goodbye’ to everyone. I stayed in Vancouver now for two months, at INTERNeX for one month. The time in Vancouver is gone so fast; it feels like I am just arrived. However, I had an amazing time in Vancouver, thank you all for this! I will go back home with a lot of new experiences and I am sure that I will never forget this great time in Canada, it really impressed me.

 

Of course I also want to say a big ‘Thank you’ to INTERNeX, thank you Tim, Simon, Lisa, Mina and of course the PR-Crew; Alex, Selina and Danie! Thanks for the great help and the nice days together in the office. I’m sure that this experiences which I could do because of you all will be useful in my further life.
The most impressed trip in Vancouver was definitely my trip to the Rocky Mountains for almost four days. I have never seen such an amazing nature like this before. I really hope to be able to go there again, if you did not go there before, you really shouldn’t miss it! But there were also some more trips which were really cool; of course the Grouse Mountain with the Grouse Grind, the hike on Bowen Island, to see whales in nature or just every single PuB NiGHT which was always fun. Actually every single day was an amazing day in Vancouver!

 

I hope you all will enjoy the rest of your time in Vancouver, especially the summer in this amazing city. I really hope to get the chance to come back some time.  But for now, it is time to say ‘Goodbye Canada’!

Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye,

Ole

 

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 Canada: What to do on the weekend!

Middle of August and we have to make the most of the summer and Vancouver !

If you don’t know what to do during the weekend here I give you some ideas.

Big Bus Route Map

On Saturday, we  go to the Big Bus Tour around Vancouver (Remember that the 3 winners of the “Best Rockies Trip picture” win a 2 day pass for free).

This hop-on, hop-off bus offers you the opportunity to go all over the wonderful and most important places in Vancouver and the best part of it is that you can hop on, hop off as often as you want to take pictures, to enjoy the views or just simply to drink a coffee.

Meeting point:  Gastown Big Bus Welcome. Stop #1  (On Water Street just 20 steps from the Steam Clock )

When:  Saturday 17th August, at 1.30 p.m.

Price: Student pass for 1 day: $37. Student pass for 2 days: $42

For those who prefer a frenetic journey, I have another idea, but this one crazier. The annual Zombie Walk is here. This walk has going for years, and each one is getting bigger and bigger.

Please, do not vandalize anything and obey the police. That’s very important !

If you want to survive to the Zombie Walk, check it out this map, which will tell you where to go to get the supplies necessary to battle the brain eating zombies.

Survival Map Downtown

Date: August 17, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (assemble around 3 p.m.)

Where: Starts at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the walking dead then proceed to roam the streets of downtown. The zombie infestation travels up Robson towards Denman Street. It continues to English Bay and ends at the laughing men statues.

Best,

Mercedes

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 ‘The East Van Cross’

Hello readers!

Today I want to share the story behind a famous sign in Vancouver.
I try to learn a lot about Vancouver when I’m here. Sometimes after work I take a bit of a detour with my bike to see some neighborhoods of this awesome city..

East-Van-CrossLast week I spotted the East Van Cross while cycling after work. I was really impressed by this massive piece of art so I looked up the story behind.

So this sign can be found at the corner of Great Northern Way and Clark Drive. As you can see on the picture it’s a big cross filled with letters.. Written vertically in massive letters is the word East.  Intersecting that horizontally is the word Van. (from Vancouver)

This iconic cross dates all the way back to the 50’s. At the time Ken Lum designed the cross. He reflected the art on the large Catholic population in East Vancouver at that time. But around the 60’s people from the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ adopted the sign as a symbol for there graffiti and gang style..

East%20Van%20Collage%20copyNowadays the sign has become an important symbol of East Vancouver.  According to a lot of writers the cultural part of Vancouver has officially moved from west of Cambie Street to east of Cambie Street.  East Van is home to some of the city’s most exciting new districts like Chinatown and Main Street, with all her eateries and restaurants.

You can take a really cool picture from the sign with downtown in the background..
And maybe you know some interesting spots, art etc. in the city as well? You can always share it in leaving a comment!

Have a great weekend,

Jelle

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: Spanish stereotypes part II

Hey guys!

How is your weekend going? I hope you’re doing well and you are having a lot of fun!

As you remember last week I wrote a few things about Spain, and I explained a few stereotypes. I talked about Flamenco and bullfighting, so I still have a few tings to tell you guys.

Fiesta españaLet´s start with the “fiesta”: Well, we like to party a lot, but not everybody in Spain likes to party…And what I experienced is that Europeans in general like to party like us. So I don´t  find us totally different..Maybe the only thing is that we usually go out later and of course we come back home during the morning (For example is normal to go out around 12pm or 1am…and come back at 7am or 8am)

Another interesting thing about fiestas is that almost every city, town or village has its own fiesta at least once a year.

antonio banderasDark hair and dark eyes:  It´s not the first time I read something like “Spaniards  have dark eyes, long eyelashes and wavy dark hair, therefore they are very magnetic and sexy”. Well, we have to think that not everybody looks like Antonio Banderas or Penélope Cruz. And of course, not everybody has dark eyes or hair, because there are also blonde people and so people with green or blue eyes too.

Lazy and untidy people: I think that’s the worst stereotype ever for us.  I know a lot of people in Spain who are obsessed with cleanliness.There are lazy people everywhere, but Spaniards work hard like everybody does, and in Europe Spanish workers are really welcome.

This is my particular vision, and probably maybe you don´t agree. So don´t hesitate on comment, giving your opinion or asking whatever you want to know.

Have a nice Sunday everybody.

Best,

Mercedes

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: About INTERNeX!

Life is full of so many wonderful opportunities, don’t you think? But it’s whether or not you decide to grab hold that really counts in the end. Sometimes, we let the most important chances slip by! INTERNeX offers these chances. But possibly the greatest aspect of INTERNeX is that there are so many options!

Do you consider yourself an animal lover? Do you like working for a cause  that really matters? The volunteer program offers you an unique experience working and helping injured wildlife! If you can’t get away from the city, there are volunteer opportunities in animal rescue centres!  But let’s say you’re more interested in different cultures. There are even chances to work with First Nation’s community where you’ll get to learn and experience their culture!

Maybe our internship program might interest some of you. This program gives you the chance to gain practical work experience in an international company! Not only will you get to learn about the skills in that specific work industry, but you get to see new things and live an exciting new life abroad!

Not looking for anything specific but working in a new country? Hospitality program invites you to do just that! Work in the hospitality sector and become a tourist in a new city!

All of the opportunities here at INTERNeX are unique and tailored to meet your needs and wants. But each opportunity always has one thing in common…an amazing and valuable experience. 

 

So I urge you to take chances, and make the most of your life! Don’t waste it, just by sitting in front of your computer! Check out our website here for more information on different programs we offer!

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

INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend?

For those of us who went to Cypress last Saturday, we had a fantastic time skiing down the snowy slopes!  It was quite foggy in the morning and early afternoon so I couldn’t see where I was going (which really made it difficult)  but the first run I went on was green so it wasn’t that bad. And when I was first going up, I was dreading the fall after the lift chair but I actually didn’t (which really surprised me). As I was going down, I kept slowing down some of the people so I felt really bad but it was still so much fun. After couple of hours, everyone met up at the Cypress Creek Lodge cafeteria for lunch and we took a really nice break. As we were eating and chatting, everyone agreed to go up to the Peak together. I was so scared because I actually haven’t been up there wasn’t sure if I’d make it down alive! But they convinced me by telling me that there would be a really nice view to take photos.  When we got up to the Peak, it was still foggy so unfortunately I couldn’t see the amazing view they were talking about… but I did get awesome photos and the snow there was much better than the lower parts of the mountain! I also loved how we would wait for each other during certain points so that no one would get left behind or getting lost.

Speaking of getting lost, Ilse and I somehow managed to do just this. We went down a different path and ended up almost going off a seriously steep hill (even some of the pro skiers who were standing beside us were contemplating on whether or not they should go down this way). After much consideration, Ilse and I both decided it was best to hike back up and go down the other way (which we should have taken). Even though it was such a pain to hike back up in our ski/board gear, Ilse and I were laughing so much. We really found this whole situation hilarious and after much struggle, we made it back down without a problem. The others were waiting at the bottom all worried, oops!

We all decided to take another big break after that incident, and Ilse and I stayed behind at the lodge while the others went back for another round for night skiing. It was great bonding time, I thought. Then we all gathered around at the front of the lodge to watch the fireworks (it was short but sweet)! And to end this awesome day, we went to the look out to see the beautiful glowing city lights 🙂 it was perfect!

What did you do this past 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
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Explorer: Granville Island – Part 2

Last week we learnt a little bit about the history of Granville Island, but let’s be a little more practical and explore what you can actually do there if you visit today.

Granville Island is a must visit place if you are in Vancouver. It usually the place to be when it’s hot and summer, but I don’t see why we can’t go now! Let me tell you a list of reasons why…

  • Granville Island Brewery Tour – We got this first “to do” planned for you. Join us this Saturday February 2nd to tour British Columbia’s first “cottage” brewery and learn how the famous Canadian beer that you drink at every pub night is made. How can you say no to beer?
  • Public Market – Everything happens here. You will find the freshest fruits, breads, meat and seafood from our local farmers. A wide assortment of crafts to bring home as gifts. Or street performers who are always here to entertain you.
  • Eat, eat and eat! – Granville Island is famous for its food; you can find everything from waterfront cafes, gourmet restaurants or a small snack from the market. I love every kind of seafood out there and this is definitely one of the best places for that.
  • Ride a boat – My friends and I did this back in September and when you split the costs, it’s not so expensive. It’s the perfect way to see the beauty of False Creek and North Vancouver. You can also go kayaking or paddle boarding.
  • Events & Festivals – There is always something going on, make sure you keep yourself updated with their events schedule. Chinese New Year is coming up and you don’t want to miss the annual Lions Dance!
  • Arts and Crafts – It’s a haven for you art lovers. You will find local handmade jewelry, photography, pottery, stained glass, soaps, decorations and much more.

Basically, Granville Island is a great way to get out of the city when you need a break. Here’s a hint for the gentlemen: it’s the perfect place for a date! Sigh, if only I had a date…

Cheers,

Queenie

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