INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Destination Ireland

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” By Miriam Beard
I really like this quote, because I can actually feel myself changing every time I go out to a different place. It’s an incredible feeling!

Welcome back, Amiel here. After talking about Australia and New Zealand last week, let’s dig a tunnel right through the center of the Earth back to Europe.

Ireland, the country where you can find a leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow or get 3 wishes if you manage to catch one. It’s a magical with lots of myths and an amazing culture. I’m sure you’ve already heard about or even might have seen Riverdance. It’s a breathtaking theatrical show with traditional Irish dance and music.
There’s also the capital city Dublin, home of the famous Guinness Brewery. Speaking of Guinness, here’s a fun fact! Did you know that the Guinness family moved to Vancouver and built the Lions Gate Bridge in 1937? And this is only one of the many connections Canada and Ireland share. Even more than 14% of the whole Canadian population are of full or partial Irish descent.
Ireland is one of my favorite countries I’ve been to in Europe. It has many beautiful coastlines and places to visit and the people are extremely friendly. You should go check it out some day and let yourself be enchanted as well.

If you want to know more about a placement in Ireland, have a look at the INTERNeX website at www.internexworld.com
Next, we’ll be going back to the Americas. More specifically, to South America, Colombia.

 
Sláinte

INTERNeX International Exchange – PR Coordinator
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INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Destination Germany

Amiel here. Mark Twain once said: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” So, have a taste of that “Ignorance”!
The last couple weeks you’ve been reading about the main programs INTERNeX has to offer, those being Practicum, Hospitality and Ranchstay. But that was only half the deal. What about location?!
That’s right! In the upcoming posts I will be showing you what great places you’ll be able to explore with the help of INTERNeX.

First up we’ll begin with my home country. Drumroll please….Goooo Germany!

Germany is a really great country to live in for a few weeks, months or maybe even longer? You’ll learn so much and there are many old cities and castles and villages everywhere. You only have to drive for a few minutes and you’ll encounter another village right away. Very different to the vast open spaces of Canada!
As Germans we pride ourselves on being at the top of many things. We build the best cars, brew the best beer, bake the best bread and the list keeps going on and on. But there’s also so much culture. Germany has brought forth many of the greatest artist and minds in history. Famous figures like Mozart, Beethoven and Handel in classical music or scientists and philosophers like Albert Einstein and Immanuel Kant. Still not convinced? How about this? Germany is located pretty much at the center of Europe. This means you’ll be able to travel anywhere easily in a matter of a few hours. Weekend trips to amazing cities like Paris, Prague, Rome and Barcelona are no problem at all!

So yeah, that’s all well and good, what about the people though? First of all there’s no need to learn the German language. Most people will know English, especially the younger generations since it is already taught in most primary schools. Also, I often hear of the German stereotype being kind of rude and unsocial. The thing is we really don’t like beating around the bush. We like something? We’ll tell you directly – We don’t like something? We’ll tell you as well. I won’t go as far as saying that it’s because of some principal of honesty. It just often makes dealing with people easier. German efficiency!
The unsocial part is a little more difficult to explain. In Germany there is usually a big fat lineseparating private life and work. Even if you meet someone in their off-time, it usually takes a while for most to open up and consider you a friend. But once you’re in their “circle” – let’s just say we know how to have fun. We have lots of experience in partying hard. After all, you only need to be 16 years old to legally drink beer and wine.

I could keep going on forever conveying Germany’s awesomeness, however let’s leave it at this. If you’re interested you should definitely check it out. Living in Germany for a bit will be an experience you’ll never forget. By the way, many of the INTERNeX foreign participants are actually German. Why not meet them at one of our PuB NiGHTs or other events. Check us out on www.facebook.com/INTERNeX

Stay tuned for the next destination, Canada’s loving neighbor, the USA!

Cheers!

 

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INTERNeX Canada: Smart Saver Vancouver !

In this side of the world, flights are not precisely cheap. If you compare with Europe, where we all can flight with those low cost companies which you can take a flight for just 30 Euros round trip, in Canada and USA we don’t have such a deals !

For that reason, I’m gonna try to give you a few advices to travel with a reasonable price while you are here in Canada!

One of your options if you wanna travel a little bit in the  States West Coast  if you are in Vancouver is going to Seattle or Bellingham. You can check  Boltbus out; they have bus tickets from $1! A plus of the boltbuses is that all of them have power outlets and wifi available, so the trip is more enjoyable for all of us !! Another bus company with reasonable fares is Greyhound. If you book in advance you can get a round ticket for less than $40 !!

These companies also travel to Portland, if you are interested !!

If you wanna travel further, you can travel to the amazing Las Vegas. Sin City is always one of the most affordable options (well, if you don´t like to gamble a lot of course). You can find always good deals of flight + hotel in Expedia, to visit one of the most famous and visited cities in USA !! You can get as good deals as $400 dollars for a flight and 3 or 4 days of accommodation ! Is good, isn’t it ??

If you wanna relax, and you don´t like to gamble or you just don´t like the heat of SinCity, you can always take a flight to San Francisco ! With Lufthansa or Air Canada, you can get a round trip flight for less than $300 ! For that, you can check Skyscanner out. I find this website very useful when I just wanna look for a flight !

I hope you liked this post, and don’t be shy to comment if you found also a good deal that you want to share with all of us !

Have a nice day, and ENJOY TRAVELING !

Best,

Mercedes

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock!

After a long time with perfect sunshines and temperatures, the clouds came back for a few days in the middle of August to Vancouver ! I should admit that Vancouver has greatly surprised me because I didn´t expect this great summer !

Of course, is not as hot as I would like..Everybody knows in Spain is hotter, but still, I think is a perfect temperature, neither too hot, nor cold ! Warm nice summer !

But what I wanter to share is that the other day I got surprised when talking with a few people from northern european countries told me that this weather is better than home.  At some point, I thought they were kidding or they wanted to make fun of me, so I decided to take a look on the internet, and that´s what I found.

  • Copenhagen, the capital of Denmarkexperiences the highest number of rainy days.It has a maritime climate due to Denmark being almost encircled by water.
  • Amsterdam is the most humid city. The city experiences 214 rainy days a year.
  • The european cities with the higher average of sunlight per day are Lisbon, Madrid and Athens (Also less rainy cities in Europe)

As I could realize, Vancouver with an average of 166 days of rain per year, has almost 100 days less of rain if you compare it with  the 251 days per year of Copenhagen. Now I understand !!

If you compare it with the top 6 of this list I won´t call it Raincouver again !!

And I found this quite interesting because the Spaniards have the perception that Canada is a very cold and rainy country, and they don´t know those places in Europe have more rainy days per year !!

What do you think? Is the weather in Vancouver better, or at your home City?

My conclusion is that Vancouver is a perfect place, not too cold and not too hot. Warm temperatures in summer and enough sun !

Best,

Mercedes

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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INTERNeX Canada: Fun Facts about the Canadian border!

Hi everybody,

Are you enjoying your Sunday? Today I want to share some fun stuff I found on YouTube. Actually it’s not only a fun video to watch but it’s also informative.

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When you go to Google Maps you will think that the Canadian border with the United States is one horizontal line. If you look closer this line is made out of many points. There are not only some points, they also carved 6 metres of trees between the border to make it more clear. This video is going quick, but they’re telling the information in a funny and interesting way:

 

 

If you have more time, check out other videos on this channel. I recommend the explanation of The Netherlands and how to become a pope! Enjoy your Sunday, and have fun tomorrow on Canada Day!!

Cheers,

Jelle

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday – Proud of being canadian!

It´s interesting to see how proud canadians are of their Nation. Canada Day is coming, and Molson Canadian did an awesome commercial in Europe to promote the Canadian beer.

Molson Canadian has been known as a great advertising company, specifically known for advertising the lifestyle of Canadians with phrases like “This is our Beer” and “this is our land.”

In this ad, you can see how Molson Canadian distributed Red fridges through Europe with a white Canadian Leaf.

Everybody tried to open the fridge, but unfortunately it had a passport reader, so just those with a Canadian Passport could open it. (lucky them ..hehe). Then beer for everybody!!

I personally think that it was a good guerrilla campaign..very attractive and creative. I hope this Company surprises us with a guerrilla campaign very soon.

What do you think about it?? Did you see another interesting one that you want to search?

I hope you enjoy this commercial, and I wish u a wonderful weekend !

Best,

Mercedes

INTERNeX International Exchange

Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock!

When I asked around our INTERNeX candidates what they thought to be a culture shock to them, I found out that it was tipping. So you can imagine me, having lived in Canada for almost all my life, finding this hard to believe. For North Americans, it is so natural to tip whenever they get some kind of service, even if it’s optional. Should we really feel bad for tipping though? If you were in the server’s shoes, wouldn’t you want to get tips? It is common courtesy and tips are very appreciated in the service industry, especially in Canada.

However, at the same time, tipping is a choice. You won’t go to jail for not giving a tip to a waitress. And of course, why should you if the service was terrible? But personally, I think it’s courtesy!

When I went on a trip to Europe three summers ago, it was very different not having to tip the servers when I was at a restaurant. Even if I don’t think the server deserve any tips, I still want to give something…because I feel a little ‘bad’ if I don’t. Perhaps this is different in other places.

What do you think? Is tipping the right thing to do?

Happy Sunday!

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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