INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

For this Casual Friday, I want to tell you about Emily Carr. The most important artist in Canada. Sometimes you even can think that is the only one. The Art University of Vancouver was called Emily Carr for some reason. The Canadian Encyclopedia describes her as a “Canadian icon” for a reason. Canadians LOVE Emily Carr.

Emily Carr was an artist and writer inspired by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast at the begging and Canadians landscapes after. She was kind of obsessed with paint threes scenes, and she’s very famous because it’s said that she’s the only one who could capture the real essence of the forest.

She was the first painter in Canada to adopt a modernist and post-impressionist painting style.

As a writer, Carr was one of the earliest chroniclers of life in British Columbia.

You can visit hers childhood house in Victoria. Emily Carr House, is a National and Provincial Historic Site located at 207 Government Street in Victoria, B.C. Canada. The birthplace of the internationally renowned Emily Carr, they are an interpretive centre dedicated to her art, writings and life.

This weekend the weather is not going to be very cool, so we decide to include something inside and we will invite all the people to go to the Emily Carr House!

 

See ya!

Clara.

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INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

I had a real culture shock a couple of weeks ago when we went to the Richmond Night Market and I saw a food cart offering… deep fried Mars bars! Really, fried a chocolate bar in hot oil is one of the most unhealthy things that I can imagine.

So I decided to investigate a little about this strange custom… The dish is said to have been invented in 1995 in the Haven Chip Bar in Scotland. The recipe consists in cover a Mars with a batter commonly used for frying other kind of food like fish or meat. The trick is to chill the bar before fry it, because if not the chocolate can be melted into the frying fat. Yummy.

But this isn’t the only deep-fried thing that you can find! Basically, you can find any chocolate bar brand like Snickers or Twixs. But you can find a big variety of deep-fried foods… like deep fried Twinkies, deep fried Oreos, deep fried ice-cream and even deep fried pizza!

Another strange food that I found is… Maple bacon donut (a donut with bacon and maple syrup on the top). This “original” combination was originated in Nebraska. It seems like in USA and Canada there is an obsession called bacon mania . Inside this phenomenon I also found bacon bubble gum, baconnaise, chocolate covered bacon…

I don’t know you guys but I really want to try something of this, only for the experience, but I don’t know if I will be able of try that… What do you think?

 

Take care!

Clara.

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INTERNeX Canada: Smart Save Vancouver

Well, bad weather is back, and this a good new! Why? Because we don’t have to take care of our figure anymore! Throw your bikini out the window and let’s go to celebrate with a list of places where you can eat for $7 or less. Sounds impossible? Continue reading!

 

The Cambie

We already went many times to this place, located in Cambie Street. Perfect for students, big tables to hang out with all your friends, good music, the food is really good… and the pitchers over there are one of the cheapest that you can find in Downtown. In fact, the last time we went there, I found the following notice at the door:

I asked the gatekeeper if this was a joke. He looked at me with a very serious expression and he told me: “Of course not, girl, is The Law”. Ok, no more questions for the gatekeeper.

But today is not about beer (we already have too many posts about beer, I guess) is about food! You can eat until 6 PM!

The Metropole

We have our pub night today in this place! Today is hockey night, and they have a very good food deal: $ 6’49 Burger & Beer! Not bad! We will tell you more about this place tomorrow.

 

The Warehouse in Hastings

Annika’s quesadillas

Everything on the menu is $4.95! We went there in our last pub night and I have to say that the food is delicious. You have a lot of options to choose: quinoa wraps, burgers, chicken wings, poutine… and the decoration is… curious.

Mysterious Lamp

What about this lamp? Isn’t it very funny?

Take care!

Clara.

 

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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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INTERNeX Canada: Hospitality Program

Today, we would like to introduce you the Hospitality Program. Do you want to travel but you don’t have enough money?

The Hospitality Program allows you to travel abroad, improve your English and earn money at the same time. But there are not the only benefits that you can obtain:

– Enjoy the best locations inside one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Our Hospitality Program offers our candidates job opportunities in several different areas in Canada; like the Rockies Mountains, at places like Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise.

We work with many resorts located in the Rocky Mountains

– Get experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. And of course you will improve your English very fast.

– Be more than a tourist: You will live inside the Canadian community, sharing the same way of life and learn the real Canadian culture.  You will work approximately 30 hours in the week. And the rest of the time you can explore and discover Canada!

You can do many things in your free time

– Decide about your future while you improve your skills: it doesn’t matter if you are just taking a break from school or recently graduated.

– Become more independent: work and earn your own money, live and travel by yourself… this is the beginning of your independent life.

But this isn’t all. As you can read in our website:

Upon completion of the Hospitality Program, candidates take with them a level of authenticity and professionalism which can create an array of opportunities down the road. Hospitality produces daily experiences like no other work environment. One can find themselves preparing a banquet for a high end conference in the morning, handling the luggage of a professional sports team by lunch and be greeting members of Royalty later that day.

There’s no telling which direction this exciting field will have you moving on any given day. That’s what separates life in Hospitality from most other repetitive workplaces which offer little or no daily diversity. A day in the life is never stale. With new challenges and situations to conquer each day, an experience in the Hospitality Program shows to be a rewarding one with benefits that can last a lifetime.

For more information contact us at pr@internexcanada.com

 

Cheers,

 

Clara.

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Some famous and stupid Internet trends that made us laugh! Anything better to start the weekend in a good mood.

lori

God save the absurd humor. Tumblrs, Facebook pages and YouTube videos full of cats, fatty little boys, pictures with a comment below, hilarious gifts,… The main source of time wasting, the only thing that you really need to enjoy an amazing evening with a friend (except a computer with network). The main reason that explains why I didn’t finish my bachelor with honors.

Do you have to study, to clean the house, to write that email to your mother….But finally what do you do? Go to the computer to waste many hours doing… anything. Only watching stupids things in Internet. That’s sound familiar to you?  Don’t worry, you are not a simply and boring lazy person, you are a victim of the Procrastination. What does that strange word mean? According to my good friend Wikipedia:

Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.Chronic procrastination may be a sign of an underlying psychological disorder.

After this you feel kind of better, isn’t it?

Anyway, I want to update you about the hottest, craziest and why not, stupid trends that have happened during this extremely short summer which is now very close to the end.

Hot dogs or legs?

Somebody very tired about that trend of upload pictures to Instagram with a pair of legs and the sea/swimming pool/garden in the back, created that Tumblr where you have many examples about how difficult is to see the difference between a pair of legs and a pair of hot dogs. AWESOME.

http://hot-dog-legs.tumblr.com/

Hungover Owls

Well, I think that this Tumblr doesn’t need more comments… How can an owl looks so sad? Don’t you feel the need to bring them a large amount of ibuprofen and a two liters of water?

http://hungoverowls.tumblr.com/

Ugly Renaissance Babies

Basically, you can find here a wide range of Renaissance Art where the babies look very ugly. And then you have very funny comments below. Simple but effective

http://uglyrenaissancebabies.tumblr.com/

Funny Lori

That video is quite old… maybe the Real Frikies of Youtube will hate me to be too obvious, but this so so so so cute that I couldn’t resist about maybe one of the best videos in Youtube. ♥

So, I hope I have given you enough tools for don’t do anything productive in the next two weeks!

Cheers!

Clara.

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INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

If you are a beer-lover, I’m sure that you already have thought about this.  The beer is one of the most representative things in a country. It’s part of the culture, everybody is so proud about his own beer (even if they don’t like it). If you are in a group with people of different countries, try to start a conversation about which country make the best beer. The friendship will disappear very fast.

Moose Head, one of the most famous Canadian beers!

I had a lot of very deeply conversations about this topic. Everybody is agree with me about one fact: Canadian beer is stronger than in other countries. Somebody told me that the Spanish beer tastes too soft. I said “no way, are you crazy?!” But after three months in Vancouver, I tried a Spanish beer the other day and oh my god! It’s taste like water for me (I hope anybody from Spain will read this, or I will have to ask for political asylum in Canada).

The smell is so different to. During my first weeks I was wondering all the time why the pubs had this strange smell, like some kind of clean product. Then I realized that it was the beer.  Now I like that smell, and it’s one of the most representative things in Canada for me.

Other thing that surprised me was the different things that they put in the beers. It’s very common to find beers mixed with honey or fruits (mango, strawberry…) the other day I discovered one fantastic brand: Seedspitter, made with watermelon! At the beginning you can think “oh… this is not form me” but it’s pretty good! And the label is amazing.

Other thing that really surprised me… the designs of the bottles and labels… they are so cool and modern. In my opinion, you can see that Canada is a young country in this kind of things.

Bottle Rock, looks like a pop, but it’s beer

So what do you think? It’s Canadian beer better that in your country? Which brand do you prefer? Leave us a comment about this controversial topic.

Okole maluna! (Cheers in Hawaiian).

Clara.

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
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