What to Do on the Weekend?

Wow…How is it possible that my first week is already over? I was able to collect so many new impressions and I kind of still can’t believe I’m in Canada now. But I am really relieved and glad that my jetlag wasn’t too bad. That’s why I’m ready to explore Vancouver and if you don’t have any plans for the weekend yet you should keep on reading as I’m giving you some ideas what you can do in the next few days. 🙂

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESTomorrow is gonna be the first INTERNeX trip I planned for you guys and for this occasion I chose Granville Island. I think it’s good to start with and it’s supposed to be one of the must-go places while being in Vancouver. The main reason why lots of people go there is the public market where you can get loads of food. Besides fruits, fish, cheese and more we can check out several shops. I also got the hint to try out “salmon candy” – it’s a must for all fish lovers! (Even if I don’t like fish at all, I’m thinking about trying it out!)

10141355853_c875c15f1f_o
We meet at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station at 2:30 pm and afterwards we’re going to take the aquabus to get to the island. So I hope to see some of you tomorrow!

 

 

 

Another event you can check out this weekend is the Vancouver International Dance Festival. It celebrates its 20th anniversary in march and offers lots of shows and dance classes. Some of them are even for free. If you’re into dancing this might be something for you!

For those of you who just feel like going for a relaxed walk – you should check out Queen Elizabeth park. It’s a nice spot to explore some gardens or just catch some views and I guess it’s a good place to watch a sunset.

15136227569_8fa90356b9_o

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers,

– Alina

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

Alina’s First Pub Night

My very first Pub Night with the INTERNeX family!

Yesterday was my first time at Pub Night and I still can’t believe how many of you INTERNeXers were there. First of all, I want to thank you for such a warm welcome! Obviously I didn’t get the chance to talk to everyone, but I’m pretty sure I will get to know all of you shortly and I can’t wait! When I tried to take a group picture, I realized I had to take two, from each end of the table, because I couldn’t get everyone into one. 😀

So last night we went to the Beaver. It’s a really nice Pub on Granville Street, which I was told is THE street downtown to go out. And actually I was pretty impressed by how much was going on there on a Wednesday night, because where I come from it’s not common that a street is still so crowded late on a weekday. We started our evening with some food and drinks and because we became more and more people over time the waitresses had to add another table again and again.

Later at night we played bingo. I was really excited because it was a music bingo and I haven’t played it before and some of you couldn’t even wait for it to start. It was so much fun even though I didn’t even know most of the titles of the songs but others did and then we just helped each other. Great team work guys! Three of us even won a price. They got a pitcher and a shot for free. Lucky you! I definitely want to come back to the Beaver because I really want to win too. 🙂

img_5065
After that a part of the group continued their night and went somewhere else afterwards, but others just headed home since they had to get up early this morning.
So a couple of us could take the same skytrain back home and this ride was a little adventure for itself. We were standing there and all of a sudden the train made an emergency stop. It was actually fun because we fell onto each other kind of like dominos. And even the door opened a little, but fortunately nothing happened and we just stopped for about a minute and then we could continue our ride. We just didn’t expect it at all. 😀
All in all I had a really fun night and I’m even more looking forward to the other Pub Nights and of course our trips on the weekends.
Furthermore, I can’t wait to get to know all of you more and spend lots of time with you guys!

So have a great day and see you soon!

Cheers,

– Alina

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

 

What to Do on the Weekend?

How nice to have a long weekend ahead of us thanks to Family Day! 🙂

So you might be wondering how to spend your weekend and if there is something special going on. Of course there is…!

The Fan Expo from February 15 to 17, clearly is a good choice on the weekend for all pop-culture lovers. As one of British Columbia’s biggest events in that field, the Vancouver Convention Centre will be flooded with comic book fans, cosplay fanatics, video game enthusiasts or simply movie fans. Don’t miss the chance to get an autograph and/or photos with celebrities like Brendan Fraser and Christina Ricci, as well as don’t miss to check out the live entertainment and activities offered. Tickets are available online.

41175778762_c2925503d2_o

For all the culture lovers out there, there is also Black History Month Family Day going on at the Mackin House in Coquitlam. They celebrate African culture in Canada with a Family Day weekend event. Enjoy food, live performances, an interactive drum circle, crafts, and a presentation by the African Descent Society of BC on February 15 starting at 12 pm. As admission fee, an individual donation should be given.

And for the Oscars were just taking place in Los Angeles last Sunday, this weekend offers the best chance to catch up on all the remarkable and worthy movies that were awarded like e.g. the Korean first time winner of the “Best Film” category “Parasite” – a historic moment of itself. Manifold cinemas in and surrounding Vancouver offer screenings of this movie, e.g the Cineplex located in the International Village Mall.

49229650618_a64b92c9fd_oAlso, being concerned with Family Day, keep in mind that not every store might be opened on Monday. While smaller businesses will likely be closed or running shortened hours, the bigger malls and stores like the Canadian superstore will remain open and give you the opportunity to still get some groceries in case your fridge looks sad after the weekend.

This being sad, it’s going to be a great long weekend – predictions look well, we should be able to catch some sunlight, too!! Have a magnificent time and hope to see you all for our next Pub Night at Malone’s, as always, on Wednesday at 7 PM!!

Cheers,

– Felicitas

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

What to do on the Weekend?

Another week is over and gives us the great opportunity to explore the beautiful city we get to live in.

As you probably already noticed, this weekend is all about the Chinese New Years festival. Wherever you go, you will find the red lanterns and probably some Chinese signs with a rat on it. Obviously, Chinatown will be hosting the most spectacular events, this weekend. But you won’t be able to escape it any other place in town either ;-).
82533518_10157870555187103_4341269646201061376_o.jpg
As the Chinese culture is a very important part of Vancouver´s community, I strongly recommend walking around with your eyes wide open. There are many cultural differences, which we might not always understand. But all the myths and story’s (yes, I’ve done some research), are beautiful and remind me why I love travelling so much. It gives you a different perspective, you don’t just get to learn facts, but also feelings and the meaning that are transferred through ceremonies, traditions and beliefs.
However, instead of buying a ticket to Beijing, we get to go with a way cheaper option instead. The festival starts off today (January 24) with a ceremony at the Buddhist Temple, which is the largest one in North America. So, besides the celebrations this weekend, it might be very interesting to see and explore.
Followed up by Saturday, which is the actual New Years Day! As the tradition wants it, you have the chance to see the famous Lion Dance at the River District. I don’t really have words to explain it, as I am not an expert myself (obviously). But just give it a Youtube search, trust me it is a very interesting thing to watch! And last but not least there will be a big parade happening on Sunday.
And this is were the INTERNeX gang will get together again (Sunday, January 26). Apparently together with 700 other people, that also decided to join the INTERNeX community. Seems like we’ve gone very big all of a sudden :D. (For the ones that don’t know what I am talking about, just check out the Facebook event.) We will meet up in front of the International Village Mall and from there we’ll try to find the perfect spot to watch everything that is going on. Afterwards we will explore the Chinese Gardens. And besides the fact, that is quite beautiful around there in the first place, we also get to see some unique shows and of course fantastic Chinese food that will be on sale. I am just hoping our 700 new friends, don’t have the same idea.

As you might see I am super excited to see all of this in person, to see the stunning costumes and the slight insight of a very different culture and I am very happy to do it together with you guys!

But no matter if you are celebrating the year of the rat this weekend or not, I hope you have a fantastic one.
See you all soon!

Cheers,
— Nadja xx

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

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Half the week is already over and once again it’s finally the day of Pub-Night.
And Wednesday, also means you get to meet the new INTERNeXer, that joined us at the beginning of this week. 
IMG_0289
And this week you might have to take some notes, as we got 5(!!!) new people joining. 
Therefore lets not loose anymore time and let’s talk about our Newbies! As a group, I would like to refer to them as “the Islanders” (I’ll explain that later on).

The bright smiling sunshine on the right hand side, is called Anton. Anton is 19 years old and from Germany. He actually made a very brave step moving from a small village to our beautiful Vancouver, intending to find out if he is made for the city life. And yes, some of you be like “Vancouver isn’t even that big”. But as a person moving here from a small village myself, I absolutely get it. And I think it is quite a decision to make. So welcome from one ‘villager’ to another. I hope you will have a wonderful time here and you will hopefully fall in love with the city, as fast as we did.

Moving on to Maria. With her sweet 18 years, she is the youngest one out of the Islanders. Luckily, tonight, your age won’t stop you from meeting the INTERNeXer, as the Two Parrots welcome minors as well. Maria was looking for an english speaking country to improve her language skills. Because of a family recommendation she decided to come to Vancouver and from here, this lady is ready to go on some adventures, like traveling to Seattle and doing Bungee Jumping (soo cool!).  

Next one in line is Lina. She has been dreaming of this for such a long time. But because of university and life always getting in her way, she wasn’t able to do it earlier than now. But hey, I am actually very glad it worked out this exact way. Otherwise we might have never met you, so let’s call it faith. Plus she got to finish her masters in psychology, which is (just after meeting us) also a pretty good turnout :P. She also mentioned, that she is here to meet new people and is open to new experiences – well Lina, it seems like you are a perfect fit to our group then :).
 
The young men on her left hand side is Felix and yes you might have guessed it – he is also from Germany. And I get the feeling, that we can learn a lot from this one, as he proved to have a very creative mindset! The reason why Felix is here, is everything but one of the regular stories you get to hear.
As we all have had a job interview before, we know the struggle that comes with it.  Technically it’s all about presenting your best possible self and Felix here, is clearly a master in that! As he got asked why is only applying for the job in 2020 and not 2019, he clearly couldn’t admit that he might have missed the time slot for it. So mentioning a planned gap-year seemed like the perfect excuse instead. And once it was said, he was being a men of his word, got in a plane and now joined the INTERNeX gang for a practicum! Felix is very interested in sports and can’t wait to see the Super Bowl. I promise you, you will meet our enthusiasts tonight, that will be very happy to watch it with you! 
Last but not least is Theresa. Guess where she is from? … Ha, got ya – she is from Austria. Anyways Theresa here also just graduated and is now gaining some practical experiences here in beautiful British Columbia. Theresa didn’t really feel like working yet, so she said goodbye to her previous job and to Austria, packed her bag and made her way across the ocean to have an incredible time here. And fun fact, I think she has the coolest voice ever! I am sorry, for pointing that out like this, but I love it!

Anyways as we where sitting together getting to know each other, it turned out all of these guys have Vancouver Island on their bucket list. As this is a classic, please pass on helpful tipps and tricks as you have already been there or simply sign up to the adventure-bus of the ‘islanders’ to see Vancouver Island together with them.
However now that the snow is gone, there won’t be anything getting in the way to get together at tonights Pub-Night at the Two Parrots.
To the Newbies: don’t be shy, everybody is already very excited to meet you! 
Have a wonderful day/night. 
See you soon, 
Cheers, 
— Nadja xx
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

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

It’s finally time to meet our three new travellers joining the INTERNeX family this week!
Luckily you’ve got enough time to read all about our new girls, now that most of you are stuck at home anyways. Yes right, that is another funny story – Vancouver and snow? No Nadja, don’t even hope for it, it won’t happen anyways. Here we are, public transport being cancelled and downtown in chaos as if an apocalypse is about to happen. 
So I got my day started with a little snow-hike to actually get to work.
Anyways, this is not about me ;).
Let’s take a look at the three newbies. 
image1Starting of with Kris, she is a Canadian expert already. As she used to live here during her exchange year in high school. Very impressive and the living proof, that people are always coming back to our beloved Canada at some point. Kris found herself a second family during her last stay, which made the accommodation pretty easy this time! We are very glad, that you decided to also join the INTERNeX family! Welcome home! 
The next new addition is Julia. Just as Kris, she came all the way from Germany to gain some precious work experiences over here. And a very interesting fact is, that she already stayed in Korea for quite a while. I hope, you are prepared to answer many questions about that, because personally I am very very interested to hear all about that. Besides getting to know the city life of Vancouver, Julia also has Seattle and Victoria on her bucket list. So if you have any kind travel advices or must sees, I am sure she will appreciate it!
Our last newbie of the week, is not from Germany for a change, but from Austria! Lovely Sophie over here, just finished high school and is taking her time off now to figure out what she wants. Great choice to come here Sophie, and what this will be a great and unique experience – I can promise you that. But be careful, Vancouver or Canada in general are very addictive :). As this is her first long-time stay abroad, lets make her feel like home already.

I am sure you guys are going to love these three lovely ladies!
And ladies, don’t worry, the INTERNeX family is always happy to welcome the new members <3.
Obviously I would love to see you guys at tonights Pub-Night at Steamworks at 7pm. But as the snow continues to fall (like crazy btw), please keep in mind that your safety is the priority here. Please consider that before  leaving the house tonight.
If there are an questions/problems whatever don’t hesitate to contact us! 
I hope to see you soon. 
Cheers, 
— Nadja  xx
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

What to do on the Weekend?

Thanks for asking ;).  
As the snow and the freezing weather has finally reached Vancouver, you might just think about cuddling up on the couch with a hot chocolate in your hand a overly dramatic romance on Netflix accompanying you. But there is way too much happening this weekend, so I guess you’ll have to ditch Netflix for now. 
82140236_10157844476222103_1811123683645718528_n.jpg
Starting off with the battle of the year happening this very Sunday. And yes once again, I might take it way too serious, but I simply love winning, so don’t expect any mercy from my sides, when you see yourself going down on the battlefield of lasers! 
Therefore, I am honestly looking forward to the Lasertag event this Sunday.
But besides that, there are some other great things to keep you busy in this very cold winter days.
North Vancouver just opened a new giant Ice-rink, just 5 minutes walk from Lonsdale-Quay. It’s outside, it’s covered and it’s for free. You want to be outside and enjoy the B.C.-Winter – then here you go ;-). 
Another world famous thing is the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and currently they still got the beautiful lights up. So besides getting to see one the most well know bridges, you also feel like you are in a fairy wonderland, far away from any problems and sorrows! You might want to check out the ticket prices, before you decide how badly you need to escape from reality, but one thing is for sure – it is definitely worth it! If you are more the tuff and sporty kind of person, you might want to get yourself a ticket to the UBC Tunderbirds Women’s Hockey Game on Saturday. And these ladies will show you how it’s done!
To escape the cold, grey weather a good hour or two of laughing also helps you to get over the winder blues. As the House of Comedy is presenting Derek Gaines this weekend, get yourself a ticket and work out those stomach-muscles! Derek Gaines is well known for is sarcastic and (obviously) funny perspective of a African American living in the Suburbs.
As you might have noticed, there are many celebrations going on at the moment, to be specific the Chinese New Years is just around the corner. And in celebration of the year of the rat, the CNY Vancouver Carnival is happening on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-7pm. Taking place at the Aberdeen Square you get to see some outstanding cultural performances as well as authentic food to fill your belly. Besides that, the admission is free, therefore you’ve got nothing to loose here :D. If you are looking for a wild night out, the Vancouver Glow Party is happening tonight at the Republic. Described as an event with high energetic music, back lighting, laser lights and a combination of perfect balanced sound systems mixed with spectacular light shows, this seems like the place to spent your night in. 
Have a fantastic weekend and don’t let the winter blues catch you! 
Cheers, 
— Nadja xx 
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