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

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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

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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

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INTERNeX Canada: Culture shock

One of my favorites things has been always walk around and get lost. Yes maybe it can sound weird but I firmly believe it’s the best way to know the city, the neighborhood, the essence of some place. When you see the real behavior of the people who are living there, where the people usually buy …streets where there are no tourist at all, where there are no one taking pictures… that’s for my the real essence of a city. When I used to live in Rome I just started walking around and maybe spend four or five hours just walking and never realized all the time that I spent.

When you live in your city or you’ve been living for long time in the same place, the most of the times you just walk the same streets just to go to your office, gym, house… and you don’t have enough time to discover a new way to arrive.

My personal recommendation… just give yourself some time to get lost in your city and walk for first time in some street you never walk before. Open your eyes and your ears and just enjoy the feeling of discovering something new in your own city!

I don’t know you but I would spend my whole life just traveling and discovering new places, but sometimes it’s just not possible to be all the time traveling! So if you feel in the same way, and right now you are back home, go out and discover all the special corners that your city offers.Get lost in your city or if you prefer, you can always come back to Vancouver 🙂

Cheers,

Irene

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INTERNeX Canada: Smart Saver Vancouver

Sometimes esphoto (5)specially when you walk back home after partying hard, you just feel like eating something and what is open at that time? 7 Eleven!  For some things it can be kind of pricy, but it’s always good to have someplace always open!

They have different offer and right now they have special promotions on Wednesday where you can buy a coffee no matter which size for just 1 dollar!

Probably you might have noticed how much coffee Canadians drink! So if you want to join them and for just 1 dollar you know where you can go 😉

Cheers

Irene

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