How was your weekend?

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018! I wish you all the best luck and more beautiful moments during all your adventures. May it be in Canada, may it be somewhere else in the world. Before we can start talking about 2018, I first want to tell you how I experienced the last days of 2017.

The Christmas party on Thursday in the office was a good start to begin the holidays. We drank some eggnog with rum, beers and a lot of food, we were ready to continue our night in the Blarney Stone and later on karaoke in the Bourbon.

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On Saturday we met up early in the morning to take the bus to the Rocky Mountains. It was a really cold trip, but what an amazing views! The first day of our trip, we drove to the cabins in Golden. We made S’mores above the campfire and we did a nightly glow-snow-shoe hike in the woods.

The next day we drove early in the morning towards Banff. We saw a lot of beautiful views along the way. The first activity we did today was snow tubing. After that, we stopped at Lake Louis to go Ice-skating. Later we also did a hike through Johnston Canyon to see the frozen waterfalls. We went back to the bus to make our last stop for today, we were in Banff! We dressed up nicely and went to a sushi place where we got served by a train. After the stomachs were filled, it was time to party. We began at a cheap pub before heading to nightclub Hoodoo.

IMG-20171230-WA0005Merry Christmas! It was the time of the year again. We started the day with viewing the sunrise at Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Both were frozen and very beautiful. Because the temperature was minus 30 degrees, we decided to warm up in the hot springs in Banff. It was really strange sitting outside in your swimming pants with temperatures colder than your freezer. After we warmed up, we went up to Sulphur Mountain with the Gondola. Here we had a 360 degrees view over the landscape. It was definitely worth the cold. When we were down again, we drove back to Golden to have our Christmas diner. Even Santa Claus came to give us our Christmas presents. I went with our new friends to the hot tub and did a polar beer roll (rolling in the snow in our swimming pants) before going to the sauna. We ended this Christmas day around the campfire. Then the day arrived we had to go back to Vancouver. We stopped at some nice places to take photos and we did some fun games in the bus (which our side of the bus won of course).

You would think that we were exhausted after our trip, but because we are diehards we keep going. We had to say goodbye to two of our friends, Dawid and Maxine, who were about to leave Canada after several months. We met up at Malones for some drinks and went to the Met afterwards for some karaoke.

20171228_183415The next day was the perfect day for Ice Skating. So we went to the Ice rank on Robson to try out the ice. For some it was very easy, for others this was one of the first times ever they stand on skates. Later on we did some games and we ended up in the pub for a beer.

Friday was the last day of Julia with her host family. Because of that reason, her host family decided to throw a party for her. We had a really delicious diner, a cake and champagne. After a lot of laughs it was time to leave Surrey and go back to Vancouver.

On Saturday we decided to go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The Capilano Light festival is still going on, so we enjoyed some nice views in the lighten-up park. When we were back in Vancouver, we met again with the rest of the group to play some games. After the games were finished, we went to the Roxy to close our night with some Jägerbombs and dances.

New years day! When the afternoon arrived, we did some games (surprise!) and popped a bottle of champagne. When the evening started, we headed to Canada place to see the firework show. When the show was over, it was time to go somewhere warmer, so the club it was. Once inside we counted down to the New Year with a balloon drop and some more champagne.

And now it is time to say hello to 2018! Let’s be real, no one is keeping their resolutions, so we might as well break them all in one night. So set aside that new gym membership, grab a beer and kick off the New Year with us during the first PuB NiGHT of the year tomorrow!

– Bart

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Queen Elizabeth Park – Experience IT Review

Yesterday we conquered the snow to visit the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park. It was very cold and we didn’t get to see much of the view, but the snow did make it into a pretty picture. Thanks to everybody who came out with us!17142375_1659777060704405_1158829939_o

We met up at the parking lot on the west side of the park. As a lot of people ended up running late thanks to all the snow coming down on us, we decided to meet up at the observatory instead (hoping there was a covered place to wait). Most of the viewing points were outside of the observatory, unfortunately we didn’t get much of a view. Luckily it was very pretty to see everything covered in a big layer of snow.

17148749_10208416120261558_413918612_oAfter making a few nice pictures outside, some of us decided to get into the observatory. We immediately started to warm up after entering this exotic area. In this place, we could discover  different kinds of plants and birds. All of them were just flying around or walking on the ground, so we had to watch our steps. When we finished our round and spotted almost all birds in the observatory, most of us went home.

Despite the snow we still had fun, but we would love to go back there when the weather is a little bit better to see the view. I hope to see all of you at PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle & Iris

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INTERNeX Canada: Smart Saver Vancouver

With our Smart Saver we search for the best deals or offers in Vancouver to make you stay in Canada more affordable!

Today we are talking about the Army and Navy Store on Cordova St. This store is one of the oldest in Vancouver and has been there for ages. It is not only a place to buy clothes and furniture, but it’s also worth a visit when you are searching for cheap food and drinks!

What do you think about a whole package of Chocolate Cockies for $1,50? Or a cold drink for $1-2? This place has more to offer than you think. The next time that you are in downtown make a short stop at this awesome place! MAP


Right now they are selling some cheap Canadian flag t-shirts or hoodies.
(under the $10!)

 
Because of the hot weather the last week, you can go to McDonalds for some cheap soda’s. For only $1 you have a large soda (Cola, Fanta etc.) and a free refill included. This price is not a offer, its always this cheap at McDonald’s Canada. Really worth a visit in my opinion.

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The last deal I found is also from McDonald’s. If you have a smartphone you can get %50 off off any size McCafé® Iced Frappé. How?
Visit mccafefraptap.ca on your mobile device. Ask a friend to do the same, and tap your phones together!

 
Have a great working day,

Jelle

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INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend?

Another Monday, another week. But this past weekend was awesome because yesterday, we went down to Chinatown and watched the Chinese New Year parade!

I can’t describe to you how cold, squished, and hungry I was while standing to watch the parade. But it was still a lot of fun being out there with hundreds of people! We saw people dressed up in traditional Chinese clothing, people with masks, dressed up as dragons, snakes, and tons more! We all found it really funny how there was so much corporate advertisement in the parade! For example, both CTV and CBC were involved with the parade and were giving out red envelopes with candy inside it… but the envelopes had their logos!

After we watched the entire parade, we made our way up to the Classical Chinese Garden and walked around. But the most difficult part of the day was trying to find a good Chinese restaurant which wasn’t insanely busy (definitely wasn’t going to happen). Which is why we made out way out of Chinatown and after much searching, we finally found a decent place for a late lunch! 

For many of us, including myself, the parade was a new experience! Personally, I thought it was so awesome how, not only Asians, but people from every ethnic background were involved in the Chinese New Year parade as well as there to watch it. It’s always a good thing to be able to open up to new cultures and experiences…and Canada is a perfect place for that!

After our lunch, we all decided to go to the Vancouver Public Library for a little sightseeing (since it was way too cold to be outside). And then to end the day, we went to Blenz for some hot drinks and to chat. For more pictures from our trip to the Chinese New Year parade, check it out at our Flicker page here!

What fun stuff did you do last weekend?

Cheers,

Flora

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INTERNeX Canada: Picture of the week!

This picture was taken when we went to the Granville Island Brewery tour last Saturday! Just look at Phi’s expression (bottom center), with his shoulders up and arms out, it almost seems like he is saying “oh well, what can you do?”. Why? Because it was so cold that day (just look at the greyness and fog in the background) yet we still braved the weather as we watched the street performer’s act all the way to the end. And we all even agreed to be photographed in the freezing cold without one complaint. But the smiles on our faces with the Canadian flag waving high above us is just so priceless in my opinion!

I hope you’re all enjoying the weekend! 🙂

Cheers,

Flora

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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday- Inuits!

Canada is the home of people all over the world…but it´s also the home of the Inuits…

Who are the Inuit? They are a group of people who live in some of the coldest parts of the world, such as Greenland or the Arctic regions of America, Canada but they are original for Siberia, in the northeastern Asia.

In the case of the Canadian´s Inuits, they have an autonomous territory called Nunavut “our land” since 1999. That region had been their home for 4000 years and since 1996 the desire of their autonomy was increased and the final result was the foundation of Nunavut .

They have managed to survive and adapt to their cold environment. That has been possible because they have certain physical characteristics. For example their eyelashes are heavier than the normal ones to protect the eyes from glare shining on the ice and his body structure is “designed” to keep them warm being small and robust.

Nowadays their life has been modernized but the Inuit struggle to perpetuate their traditions as well. For example they can be use dogsled or snowmobiles to travel around and they can alternate raw meat and ready meals in their diet.

The main activity they developed for subsistence is hunting but as you can guess the low temperatures and other conditions make life really difficult for the hunters and their families. They still hunt on the ice and when they go hunting it can take more than one month away from home, so during this period is when they use the igloo. The mental image of living in igloos is not real, are only temporary shelters for hunting.

They are also popular for selling soapstone sculptures.

I find amazing that such an intercultural country as Canada, where immigrants from all the corners of the planets live in, it´s also the home of native people, such as the Inuit…

Definitely Canada has everything!

Cheers,

Irene

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INTERNeX Goes Rockies – Review (Part II)

Hi people, as most of you probably already know, but I just can’t tell it enough – we’ve been rockin’ the rocky mountains last weekend with a group of 25 INTERNeX’ers and friends. In the previous blog post you can read everything about day 1 and 2 of our trip, click here to read it again! Here is the review of the last 2 days!

Day 3

We woke up in our hotel in Banff, a little bit hung-over from the party but ready to start the day again. From the hotel we directly went to the gondola to go up the mountain. We could walk from peak to peak once we got on the mountain. The view from the top of the mountain was absolutely breath-taking, we were just surrounded by huge mountains. When everyone was done taking pictures of the awesome view, we went down with the gondola again. We got back in Banff and had some time to eat lunch somewhere before we went to our next destination again.

The next destination was Lake Louise! We drove for a little while when we arrived at lake louise; it is this beautiful lake that was still half frozen. However the first few meters of the lake were defrosted, so some people who promised to go into the lake, jumped in!! After Lake Louise we had a little stop at Morraine Lake to take a few pictures.

Next stop Golden, where we had a bbq and campfire! In my opinion the most awesome night of the whole trip! Around 100 people were sitting around the campfire, first doing some games and later we got a guitar and everyone was singing! We did those things that are typical when you have campfire; ghost stories, singing songs, marshmallows etc. We sat there the whole night, because it wasn’t even cold! Also, during the night we had a quick lesson of line dancing by our tour guide Adam. It was so awesome to see about 80 people doing the same dance! It really added to the Rocky Mountain experience. Perfect ending of day 3!

Day 4

On the last day we woke up in Golden after an amazing night with bbq and campfire! We had a quick breakfast and we jumped in the bus again. We stopped at a place where they had the ‘Last Spike’. Our tour guide was telling us that they used to have golden spikes on the railway, but they always got stolen. At the place where we stopped they still had the “Last Golden Spike’’.
After seeing the last spike we jumped in the bus again and we drove to Enderby Flea Market. We were getting a name of someone else in the bus, and we had to find them the most horrible, ugly, weird gift that you can wear! When we got back on the bus everyone got their present and we looked hilarious! Some were wearing pajama’s, others weird hats and Klaas-jan had the honor to wear a bra! Meanwhile we were heading to Kelowna. We grabbed some lunch, took some pictures and got back on the bus again to, sadly, go back to Vancouver again!

We had the times of our lives on the INTERNeX Rockies trips and that is also thanks to you! So, we would really like to thank everyone that joined the trip and we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did!!

Cheers,

Your PR-team

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