What to do on the weekend? – When it rains and you’re broke

It’s a typical Raincouver weekend according to the weather forecast, so it’s not much fun spending time outside. And if you are like me on a budget because you spent too much over the Holidays, or because Vancouver is simply expensive, then it seems like staying home would be the best alternative. But you’re not here to spend time alone in your room, so I want to give you a few suggestions that are not too pricey and get you out of the house this weekend!

Number 1: Come join us for a round of bowling or a game of pool on Friday night at the Commodore Lanes on Granville Street. We’ll have a little competition and the winner gets a free drink. ๐Ÿ˜‰ For 1 hour of bowling we only pay $12 per person, plus $4.75 for the shoe rental. If you prefer playing pool, it costs you $19 per hour and you can of course share the cost with the other players. ๐Ÿ™‚ You are even allowed to bring your own food inside with you, that way you don’t have to spend anything on expensive restaurants, plus it’ll be loads of fun! Have you been bowling before? Are you a beginner like me, or a pro?


Number 2: If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend you go ice skating at Robson Square! It’s free and the skate rental only costs $5, plus it’s covered by a roof, so it’s rain proof. You can stay as long as you want, the music and some colourful lights make it feel like a disco on ice. A few of us went last week and we had a blast! None of us was really experienced which made it a lot of fun. ๐Ÿ˜€ One tip though, choose the time you go at wisely as it can get pretty busy on the ice! Another idea would be combining it with a nice snack from one of the food trucks at Robson Square after – I personally like the one that sells Shawarma and Falafel – or just wander along Granville Street, maybe go window shopping?


Number 3: If you like reading check out the Vancouver Public Library on West Georgia Street. Grab a coffee, pick a book and relax in one of their comfortable chairs. (I love to go to the highest floor it’s really pretty up there). They have a vast selection of books and genres, the atmosphere is quiet, but not like you could hear a pin drop, you can probably even hear the rain drops crashing against the glass. There’s some really nice coffee shops around and to be honest, what is cozier on a rainy day than sitting inside, reading a book, drinking a hot beverage and watching the rain fall down on the city?


No matter if action or relaxation, I hope you find the motivation to go out and explore a little bit this weekend, thus all the rain!

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you soon.

Cheers,

Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

TOTAL RECALL 2022 – Part II

Welcome back to our flashback trilogy! Walk with me through late summer and fall of 2022.
If you haven’t checked out the first part yet here’s a link:
https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2022/12/14/total-recall-2022-part-i/

As the summer continued we had a rainy bike ride through Stanley Park which gave us ‘real Canadian’ vibes with the fog lifting above the water and the trees coming through the white walls of clouds, so even though it rained we enjoyed our little bike ride, and not sure if you know it yet, but rain is not very uncommon in Vancouver. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The rest of the summer was quite sunny though, ideal for an outdoor movie night at Second Beach, a fireworks extravaganza, a hike through the beautiful nature of Lynn Canyon including some cliff jumping in ice cold water, a disc golf tournament and the Vancouver Pride Parade! Looking back I gotta say I miss summer!

In August another big challenge was awaiting me, I had to plan a program in Toronto for High School exchange students from Germany, so I was gone for quite some time while Ida arrived in Vancouver and took my place here. First thing she had to do is go on our summer Rockies trip, not too bad of a start I believe. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Until now she said that it was her favourite trip in Canada, so I’m glad she managed to go all by herself getting used to her new role, she did amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m kind of sad I couldn’t join, the photos looked amazing!!! See for yourself:

But there’s always a next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Shortly after Tino joined our team and made sure everyone had a great experience. He only stayed for two months, but let me tell you, he gave it all he got and we love that about him. ๐Ÿ™‚

Another of our favourites this year was the Vancouver Island trip in September, where we explored BCs raw rain forests, long beaches and wildlife. In Tofino everyone had the chance to go surfing, and whale watching which was a magical experience for many. On top of that we ended our day with a bonfire at the beach and stargazing, nothing better than that. ๐Ÿ™‚ The next day some of us went Bungee Jumping near Nanaimo, so brave! I heard they loved it and wanted to jump again ๐Ÿ˜‰ Would you do it? The trip ended with a beautiful stay in Victoria. Luckily we got blessed with a rather warm and sunny early fall!

Perfect for more fun events like another hike up Grouse Mountain, a visit at the Richmond Night Market, a Canadian Country Night, a day trip to Whistler, and a hike at Joffre Lakes. INTERNeX was pretty active this summer, I can tell you! I would talk more about it but pictures speak louder than words or how was that again? ๐Ÿ˜‰ So here’s a little slideshow with event highlights:

And what would this year have been without ANOTHER trip to the Rockies? Yes, you see this one’s pretty popular and if you’ve missed out so far don’t worry there’ll be a couple of those next year also. In case you still don’t have enough (like me, I can never get enough Rockies content), you swell in memories, or you want to mentally prepare to see this beauty in real life, here are some impressions from Tino’s Rockies trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

As fall settled in, it got a little more quiet (well at least compared to all the summer action) We visited a bunch of Halloween events to get into the spirit and we had our own Thanksgiving potluck at the beach with games and lots of food, it was delicious!

Speaking of delicious food, are you ready for Christmas this week? What are your plans so far? What do you normally eat on Christmas? Do you have any Holiday traditions? Whatever you end up doing I hope you have a wonderful time!

Merry Christmas,

Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

What to do on the weekend?

We are getting closer and closer to Christmas, who’s excited for the Holidays?
I sure am. This weekend I have a few great suggestions for you on what to do.

The first one is the Christmas Cabaret which will be an immersive experience with the theme of Light, Love and Liberty. Guests will explore a labyrinth like space filled with live music, weaving voices, corridors of original paintings, movement artists, all flowing inviting the audience to come on magical journey for a few hours. There’ll be wine & cheese, coffee, hot chocolate, mulled apple cider and other Christmas goodies, perfect to get into the Holiday spirit. Be prepared for 11 musicians, 6 actors, 3 movement artists and 4 painters. See what Vancouvers art scene has to offer and maybe take a walk along the beach beforehand. ๐Ÿ™‚ The price for this event is by donation, recommended is around $25, but really just see for yourself how much you’d like to give to support the artists. ๐Ÿ™‚
Let me know if you’d like to join. ๐Ÿ™‚

Link: https://youtheatresociety.com/2022/11/04/christmas-cabaret/

Maybe you’re not into arts? I have a few other events that could prevent you from being a Grinch this year. A bunch of you asked me about the Capilano Canyon Lights and it’s for sure nice to experience. If you want to go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge I’d go during this time rather than in summer time. It just has a nice touch to it, kind of like walking through fairy land if you ask me. But be prepared for crowded paths, like almost every event here in Vancouver it gets quite busy. The entrance fee is $62.95 plus tax. You can get there free with a shuttle bus that leaves from Canada Place. Make sure to buy your tickets online in advance for the planned date.

Link: https://www.capbridge.com/events/canyon-lights/

If your budget is low because you’ve been buying lots of Christmas presents I totally understand! How about a nice stroll through Stanley Park? I feel like that’s always a good idea to spend the weekend. There’s of course the seawall, or different paths through the forest, just make sure to stay on the path and give wildlife its space. ๐Ÿ™‚ The weather will be sunny, so make sure to catch the sunset on your walk and maybe you could end up at the ‘Bright Nights in Stanley Park’. Volunteers of the Burn Fund set up their dazzling displays including an antique fire truck, a giant red reindeer, and a sparkling tunnel of lights in the plaza. There’s also going to be food vendors offering churros, pretzels, popcorn, hot chocolate and more for a cozy evening in Stanley Park. Enjoy some live entertainment and donate as much as you’d like to support the Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund when you leave this event. ๐Ÿ™‚

Link: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx

Whether you decide to immerse yourself into the Holiday spirit, go last minute gift shopping because I just reminded you that it’s next weekend, or avoid it all by watching movies in bed, I hope you have a great weekend!

Let me know how it went at next week’s pub night. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheers,

Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

How was the weekend?

The INTERNeX gang visited the Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Garden on Saturday and it really was a bright, colourful evening. ๐Ÿ™‚

With over one million lights decorating the 15 acres of the Garden there was no dark spot! It was like walking through a magical winter wonderland, just the snow was missing. ๐Ÿ˜‰ There were many themed areas, like Reindeer Meadow for example, or a path filled with Candy Canes, another one with a lot of colourful lights, and as the theme song of Bridgerton was playing we walked past a garden of bright white lights sparkling like snow in the dark, so yes not only are there lots of lights, but also music to enhance the experience, mostly Holiday themed of course. ๐Ÿ™‚ They also served treats like mini doughnuts, or chocolate fondue, hot chocolate, coffee, and tea throughout the garden so you can stay warm on your walk along the lakeside and the lit up gardens. My favourite parts were the tunnels because you’re completely surrounded by lights and the Candy Canes shimmering in red and white among the trees. ๐Ÿ™‚
After taking in all the glimmer and sparkles a few of us went downtown to grab dinner before going home. It was a great relaxing evening that brought me little more into the holiday spirit. ๐Ÿ™‚

The rest of my weekend was pretty chill with inviting friends over for brunch and going for a nice Sunday stroll around West Point Grey. It’s one of my favourite areas to walk in, the Pacific Spirit Regional Park is beautiful and quiet with views over the ocean at some points along the way. If you haven’t been yet I recommend you check it out when you seek some peaceful quiet time in nature away from the city. Listening to the wind rushing through the trees and the waves of the ocean can be medicine. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How was your weekend? What did you do? Have you been to the Festival of Lights yet, or is it on your bucket list?

Can’t wait to hear all about it at Pub Night on Wednesday!

Until then, have a great week!

Cheers,

Laura ๐Ÿ™‚

What to do on the weekend

Hereโ€™s some inspiration of what you can do on the weekend:

The Holiday Spirit continues and INTERNeX is going to The Van Dusen Festival Lights. This magical winter wonderland has more than one million lights decorating this beautiful garden. Wander around the lakeside and experience all themed areas that offer their visitors tasty treats, unique light features and holiday music. Let us know if you wanna experience this event together on Saturday evening. Price: $21 + taxes and tickets are available online only. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Then thereโ€™s The Big Elf Run at Stanley Park on Saturday, December 10th. This holiday themed run is suitable for all ages and offers a 5km, 10km, 15km run around Stanley Park. Run together with hundreds of elves, enjoy DJ, โ€œelfie stationโ€, prize giveaways and more. The run starts at Lumbermanโ€™s Arch and goes on a trail that passes the Vancouver Aquarium and winds its way along paths surrounded by old oak trees, the seawall with views of Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet. Check-in opens at 11.30 and you can read more about their timeline on their website for more details. Let’s check it out! Admission: from $35

Last but not least: Steveston Festival of Trees at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Richmond. This event is perfect for getting into the holiday spirit, exploring a display of illuminated holiday trees inside the historic cannery at Steveston Festival of Trees. This event is an ongoing event and runs from December 1st until the 24th. The Christmas Trees are designed and sponsored by local merchants, so let’s vote for our favourite ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you find it inspiring and whatever you decide to do on the weekend, we hope you will have a great weekend!

Cheers

Ida