How was your weekend?

It’s beginning to look a lot like… summer! I did not expect to be able to wear shorts mid-May, but Vancouver continues to amaze me. Let’s look back on this fun, sunny weekend.

32266945_10156233996584647_4112762211934404608_nFriday night, it was time to go to our favorite country bar again: the Yale Saloon. And you know what that means… line-dancing time! Sadly, we were not wearing cowboy boots or hats, but that did not make it any less fun. Since we went line dancing before, we were not sure if we would learn a new choreography this time, or if we could show off moves we had already learned before. The choreographer did not let us down: we learned some new moves! When the line dancing ended, it was time to join some of you to the Bourbon. As always, we had a great time catching up with all of you and dancing to good music (sometimes even in a cage).

On Saturday, it was time to watch the Grand Final of 2018’s Eurovision Song Contest. I might have left Europe, but the European part of me has not left me. (Although, not only Europe participates in the contest, so what does being European regarding ‘Eurovision’ mean anyway?) My favorite thing about Eurovision is discussing the performances with friends, since most of the performances are quite, let’s say, unique. But hey, it would not be Eurovision if it didn’t include some laughs. I discussed the show with my Bulgarian friend from college, both of us supporting our own country. We figured neither of our home countries would win this year, but Israel’s “Toy” song winning the contest was definitely unexpected. Not only because of the song, but Israel is not even in Europe. Although, even Australia participates, so can we really be that surprised?

27241374947_326330bf27_nWhen I woke up on Sunday, I opened my weather app and saw that it was going to be 25 degrees Celsius that day. Great! Time to go to the beach! I spent the afternoon enjoying the sun and playing beach volleyball with some of you. At 4:30pm, we took the sky train to Planet Lazer: it was time to play laser tag with all of you! Playing three games was a lot of fun, yet exhausting as well. Water was our best friend when we finished. After hydrating ourselves, we all went home to rest. 

I hope you all had a great weekend!

See you on Wednesday at 131 Water!

– Angy

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INTERNeX Canada: Holy Labor Day!

Long weekend, that´s what most of you are thinking right now. Yeahhhhhh !! We are celebrating today the Labor Day !!

Labor Day  is an annual holiday celebrated along the globe to celebrate the achievements of workers.

This excellent day has its origins in the  labor union movement. (Specially the “eight-hour day” movement, which defended  eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest)

For many countries, Labor Day is  linked with the International Workers´ Day (May 1st) .

For some other countries, Labour Day is celebrated on a different date  than May 1st;  often one with special significance for the labour movement in that country.

In Canada, this day is celebrated today: the first Monday of September and is considered the official end of the summer holiday for most of the country, as public school and university students return to school that week or the following week.

I hope you enjoy this day, and if you want you can comment and tell us what´s the best way to spend the Labor Day !!

P.S. Just remember guys, that today  our office will be closed. 😉

Best,

Mercedes

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INTERNeX Canada: Fun Facts about Canada’s National Symbol

While Germany has a majestic eagle, Denmark a romantic swan and Spain a potent bull, Canada sends a beaver to enter the contest of national animals. Of all the amazing wildlife this country has to offer, it is a cute little beaver that represents Canada. One has to admit that there are fair arguments behind this choice. Back in 1975, when the beaver was announced to be the official national emblem, beaver fur trade had been the reason why a lot of Canada’s wilderness exploration had taken place at all and the animal used to be a symbol of industry in general. Apart from that, beavers are caring parents! Today however, people start talking about a replacement with an animal which represents the splendid beauty of Canada. Oh and there are so many to choose from! What about moose, grizzly or black bear, buffalo and polar bear for example! In my opinion, Canada just needs something more powerful, big and impressive to be symbolized by. What do you guys think about that? Polar bear? Moose? Rather stick to the furry little beaver? Leave a comment and share your opinion!

Cheers

Marianne

P.S. One more fun fact for you: A small, tasty, sugar-coated pastry is called a Beaver Tail (sometimes spelled Beavertail, in one word). It can be found mostly in the Ottawa area but you can also get it on top of Grouse Mountain!! Yumm! 🙂

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What to do on the weekend?

Thank god it’s Friday! Most of the INTERNeX interns and candidates in Vancouver will be in The Rocky Mountains at the moment. So if you are in The Rocky Mountains and don’t know what to do, meet other INTERNeX’ers! Let us know today! We can give you an itinerary, so you know where to meet us. Send an email to franziska@internexcanada.com

If you’re not in The Rocky Mountains, there are plenty of other things to do. Check this out!

VANCOUVER

Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair. May 20 -23, 2011
The 2011 Cloverdale Rodeo is gearing up for its biggest and best May Long Weekend yet in honour of its 65th anniversary. With some of the world’s top cowboys and cowgirls and more than $360,000 in prize money.

The Country Fair features the Fraser Valley’s largest Midway with tons of rides and games. The Fair also has mechanical bull riding, 4H and animal displays, live stage performances, lumberjack show, parade and much more!

I have to admit it will take 1,5 hour to go there from downtown Vancouver because it’s in Cloverdale (Surrey) but it will be a nice day out! 🙂

Go to their website for more information & tickets: www.cloverdalerodeo.com.

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WHISTLER

Bike Bash May 21 & May 22, 2011
Today the Summer 2011 bike season begins on Whistler Mountain. Whistler Mountain Bike Park is open daily from May 20 to October 10, 2011. Because of this there will be a 2-day opening weekend event; Bike Bash. Grand opening of the new Whistler Mountain Bike Park Demo Centre. Demo one of our awesome new bikes on May 21 or 22 and receive a complimentary Whistler Mountain Bike Park 1-day ticket. Click here for more information.


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TORONTO

Toronto International Circus Festival
A free festival  taking place at the Harbourfront Centre.

Experience side-splitting comedy, eye-popping acrobatics and daredevil stunts, featuring lunatic unicyclists, world class acrobats, unflinching fire eaters, sky-scraping stilt walkers, brazen chainsaw jugglers, genius balloon sculptor, harebrained clowns and characters everywhere!

For more information go to the website: www.tocircusfestival.com

Do you have any suggestions what to do this weekend? Share them with other candidates by leaving a comment. Enjoy your long weekend!

Cheers,

Your PR-team

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News Flash

I hope everyone had an awesome St. Patrick’s Day! The last couple of days we have been celebrating St. Patricks Day, but do you actually know what we are celebrating? I have to be honest, I didn’t know! So that is why I looked it up for you, so you will be ready for next year!

Saint Patrick was the patron saint of Ireland and one of the most celebrated religious figures around the world. When he was 16 we was kidnapped from his native land, England, by a group of pirates. They brought him to Ireland where he was sold into slavery. From his master he had to work as a shepherd and feed all the animals. He turned to his religion for comfort from the Lord and he prayed every day. After six years of slavery he escaped from his master. He returned to his home country England, where he decided to become a priest.

One night he had a dream about the Irish people calling him to convert them to Christianity. So, after finishing his study and preparing for several years Saint Patrick returned to Ireland as a Christian missionary. He was able to bring upon a massive religious shift to Christianity by converting people of power. He laid the groundwork for the establishment of hundreds of monasteries and churches that eventually popped up across the Irish country to promote Christianity.

On March 17 in the 5th century Saint Patrick died, which is now the day we celebrate St. Paddy’s day on! So, now you know why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You’re ready for next year!!

Cheers,
Claudia

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Winter is coming, take advance now!

Are you planning to be around for the winter? Looking to do some skien or snowboarding this winter? Than make sure you buy your winter passes now! Most Ski resorts have a early bird special, meaning if you buy your winter pass now you’ll save big bucks!

Snow rarely falls in the city, yet living in Vancouver gives you the chance to enjoy some of the best downhill and cross-country ski facilities in North America.

With mountains such as Grouse Mountain, Cypress and Mount Seymour, just outside Vancouver residents and tourists can hardly resist the urge to strap on snowboards, skis or snow shoes throughout the winter months.  Two hours north of Vancouver are the mountains Whistler and Blackcomb. The first mountain you might recognize as the host of the Olympics, Blackcomb is the neighbor mountain and since the opening of the Peak- Peak gondola it is easily accessible for all ski and snowboard fans!

Click on the following links to find out more about the ski mountains and their season passes:

Cypress Mountain

Mount Seymour

Whistler Blackcomb

Grouse Mountain

I wish I was still here when the winter starts, so I can ski one of these beautiful mountains! Be sure to get the winterpass soon most Pre-seasons sales close at Sept. 30th!

– Manouk

Is Canada on your bucket list?

As I was reading through the paper this morning, pictures of the annual “Running of the Bulls” festival in Spain filled the pages. As I flipped through the photographs, I couldn’t help but think that although some of people looked terrified (who wouldn’t with a 2,800 pound bull chasing them) – they had crossed something off of their bucket list, and it got me thinking.

What’s on my bucket list? What things do I want to conquer with every ounce of my being before my time here is over? This year alone has brought so many firsts for me and I really look forward to what the next six months will bring. If you’re reading this, that means you’re on the other side of the computer screen. You may already be in Canada or maybe you’re still in your home country. Either way, take the time to write down 5 adventurous things you want to do in your life, or how about this year!

If you’re not in Canada, then is visiting here on your bucket list? Do you want to see this beautiful country and experience the sight of mountains and city in the same glance? You can do it if you set your mind to it, and you can also come here on an internship, work placement or volunteer opportunity through any of INTERNeX’s programs.

What’s on my bucket list? (Not in any order)

Swim with sharks

Try Fencing

Play a round of golf in Scotland

Drink a round of beers in Scotland

Bungee jump

Solve a rubix cube

Skydive

Visit Africa

Get my motorcycle license

and Live in New Zealand.

Those are just a few things on my list of things to accomplish in my lifetime, and this list is always growing. In my opinion, it should never stop, because you are never done exploring and trying new things! So, start writing YOUR bucket list!

More about the Running of the Bulls Festival:

Every morning of the festival at 8 a.m., six bulls are guided through the narrow, medieval streets of Pamplona by an equal number of large steers — each wearing a clanking cowbell — whose task is to keep the pack tight and galloping at an even pace.

The run covers 930-yards (850-meters) from a holding pen on the edge of town to the central bull ring where the bulls will face matadors and almost certain death in the afternoon.

The final bull, a massive red-colored beast called Gavioto from the renowned Jandilla ranch, was coaxed into a pen at the bullring, the final destination. In the ring, Gavioto tossed a man in the air, partially removing his trousers with the tip of his right horn.

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