HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND?

One of the most exciting events is already knocking on the door. In case you haven’t realized all the decorated houses yet: Halloween is coming up! 
Since we all want to get to know the Canadian spirit, we started to get ourselves ready.  
And what is needed for the perfect Halloween Party after all? Right, an outstanding costume. So even though it was pouring rain, we got together and went all the way to Broadway to visit one of the places to get Halloween supplies. 
But calling it a store wouldn’t be fair after all. This was a Halloween-wonderland filled with everything you can imagine and even more.  
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So we got to know each others different faces, literally! In a paradise of wigs, masks, decoration, fake blood and monsters we had so much fun trying on everything that came into our hands. Some of us even discovered new matching hair colours for themselves ;-). Every time you turned around and/or entered a different aisle, new stuff was waiting to be discovered. Time just flew by and our bunch of happy, exhausted people got to leave this magical and scary place after quite a long time. Therefore it just seemed to be the right thing to recover with a coffee and some delicious snacks near by. We got the chance to have some nice chats and actually discovered many differences of how we are usually spending Halloween back in Europe. Wouldn’t it be great to discover the Canadian way all together? I am glad you asked ;-). We do have something prepared, which we are already very excited about. 
We are happy to announce the upcoming Halloween Party on October 31st. We’ll get together at the Blarney Stone! You’ll find all necessary information on our Facebook page as usual. And don’t forget to wear your costumes! 
For those of you who just can’t get enough, and those who need to get more Halloween injected and obviously those who just love having a good time …. so basically all of you guys: We also have the visit in a haunted house scheduled next weekend. As mentioned before, check out the INTERNeX Facebook Page and let us know if you are taking part! 
Hope you weekend was as great as mine. 
Any costumes inspirations can be discussed on Wednesday. Therefore see you at Pub-Night this Wednesday. 
Cheers, 
— Nadja 
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Newest addition to the PR-Team

So this is the new face, that will keep on popping up in the following months.

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My name is Nadja, I am 21 years old and just started working at INTERNeX.
Just like you, I am a big fan of travelling and simply can’t get enough. Therefore I took a break of my studies in Germany to explore the beauty of Vancouver.

I am studying Communicational Science and Psychology in my 3rd year. Don’t ask for the city, its super tiny and you won’t know it anyways ;-). So moving here from such a small city, has been quite a challenge for me. Luckily I am always  looking forward to new challenges. After doing my Bachelors degree I definitely want to work in Marketing and/or Public Relations, therefore I am very happy about the job as a PR Coordinator here at INTERNeX.

In my free time I enjoy playing soccer, go skiing and snowboarding. Therefore I can’t wait for the winter to come. I am absolutely ready for it!
I love to go out and meet new people and just enjoy life as cheesy as it sounds.

Since I want to keep some personal information for the upcoming face to face conversations, I am gonna end here.
So just a quick reminder, I am looking forward to meeting all of you at the upcoming Pub-Night and Halloween-Costume-Shopping!

Hope to meet you soon.

– Nadja

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 weekend full of fun and adventure lies brightly ahead of us, so what is there to do?

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Since it is the long Thanksgiving weekend, our weekly event deals with this holiday. On Sunday, October 13, you shouldn’t miss the Thanksgiving Potluck in our INTERNeX office. We will get together at 5 pm and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. If you make a typical Canadian Thanksgiving dish, something from your home country or simply something you have been craving for a long time, does not matter. The plan simply is to enjoy a variety of different dishes, cherish each other’s company, listen to music and have some fun. Please don’t forget to also bring your own beverages!

Another fun thing to do on Sunday is attending the Halloween Parade on Granville Street at 11pm. Lots of people usually join or watch this happening that runs for about an hour. At the parade you’ll find action heroes, zombies of all kinds as well as Japanese anime characters. An interesting fact is that you don’t have to pay to participate in the parade if your costume is at least 70% handmade. This is surely the right event to get into the Halloween mood!

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The Cranberry Festival on Saturday, October 12 is another seasonal event to be considered for the weekend. The festival takes place in Fort Langley, which is a beautiful historic town located in the Fraser Valley about a 45-minutes from Vancouver. The event usually features a market with dozens of vendors, cooking demonstrations, live music performances, food trucks and all kinds of cranberry-themed things to do and look at. Also, don’t miss having a look at the national historic site Fort Langley while you’re there (admission is free on that day!) to learn more about the site’s as well as Canada’s history. In the 19th century the location was a post of the Hudson Bay Company where fur traders mingled with California gold seekers on First Nation territory.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

– Felicitas

What to Do on the Weekend?

Another workweek has passed and the weekend is close at hand. So what is there to do on the upcoming weekend?

One of the greatest events this fall starts on Thursday, September 26. It’s the International Vancouver Film Festival (VIFF). The VIFF presents the world’s best cinema fused with related talks and events. Over 320 films are on display in a variety of movie theatres throughout downtown and approximately 400 industry professionals from around the globe are hosted. We will watch a Canadian Premiere on Sunday, September 29. “Burning Cane” depicts the stories of two Southern African-American men and their struggles in daily life as a pastor and unemployed father. The movie, which was written, photographed, and directed by someone still in high school (Philip Youmans), is surely worth a visit. We will meet on 2:30 pm on Sunday in the Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, in the shopping mall where also our office is located in.
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Apart from the world of movies, we also have other ideas for you for the weekend: 

Another great festival taking place is the International Vancouver Flamenco Festival with pop-up but also theatre performances on Saturday and Sunday. Also on Sunday, September 28th, the Shipyards Festival is held in the Lower Lonsdale District on the North Shore. The one-day event includes free admission, multiple stages, beer gardens and lots of different food to be discovered. Not to forget, the location also offers stunning views of the Vancouver skyline. Most conveniently, you can go there by sea bus which itself is always a fun thing to do.

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For those 19+, the Coquitlam Craft Beer Festival might also be an interesting event to attend. The festival takes place at the Hard Rock Casino featuring over 50 BC craft breweries, tasty appetizers and lots of interesting people to mingle with. In addition, it is Octoberfest time now all across the world. This weekend, on Saturday, one takes place at the Hastings Racecourse from 1 to 6 pm. You’ll find traditional fare, exciting horse races, live music, and of course, plenty of food and beer there.

Have a great weekend and see you at the movies on Sunday!! 🙂

– 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

How was your weekend?

Can I share a little secret with you? My weekend was most likely longer than yours. It existed of almost 3 instead of 2 days. Why and what did I do during those days? Well, here’s the story of my weekend:

On Friday, I stopped working at 12pm. Kerstin, Angy and I took the opportunity to see something special in the afternoon. We went to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. Located in the Fraser Valley, visitors get the chance to see a big field of tulips. Like, a really big field of tulips. We were lucky, because the flowers were in high bloom (and still are). Everywhere I looked, it was colourful. Words can’t describe the beauty of it. Fun fact: tulips are my favourite flowers, so being there was more than just super duper exciting for me.

In the evening, we went for dinner at 131 Water. After finishing a delicious meal, it was time to play some games. UNO and Rummikub were fun to play and everyone won at least once or twice.

Saturday, 1pm. It was time for our INTERNeX event: Dutchie for a Day. We started with delicious and typical Dutch food at De Dutch Robson. Some enjoyed pannenkoeken (pancakes), others tosti’s or uitsmijters. Then, it was time to be active. Like real Dutch people, we went biking. And where can you do this better than around the Sea Wall at Stanley Park? It was a bit rainy, but that made the event even more authentic. And of course, we tested the knowledge of our candidates about the Netherlands. At the end, team Batman won with 12 correct answers out of 20. Congratulations guys!

In the evening, we met up with some of you to go out. First, we all went to Bourbon in Gastown for some drinks, to play giant Jenga and to dance. Afterwards, we went to the Republic Night Club at Granville Street. But not by foot. Not by bus. Not by sky train. No, we decided to use a Limo! What a fun and cheap way to get from A to B.

At 3am on Sunday, we all went home. This time with a taxi. And Sunday was actually a day of recovery from the night before. My bed was my best friend until 2pm. But I didn’t want to waste a day inside, so I took a shower and went with Kerstin to Metropolis to do some shopping. And I was successful: 2 new T-shirts and cozy short pants to sleep in.

I hope you all had a great weekend, too (even though you ‘only’ had 2 days) and I’m looking forward to see you all at our PuB NiGHT at the Beaver on Wednesday!

– Nadine

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

How was your weekend?

It’s Friday, Friday, got to get down on Friday. Everybody’s looking forward to the weekend, weekend… I was super-duper excited about the fact that it was weekend. Why? Well, I had a bunch of fun activities planned and I will tell my story about the weekend now:

After work on Friday, there is no better way to celebrate the beginning of the weekend than with a good dance at a club. For me, this meant line dancing at the Yale Saloon in downtown. Every Friday, the club has Cowgirl Friday, which means free entry for women until 11pm. Additionally to that, there is line dancing from 8pm until 11pm. It was my first time doing line dancing, but I am already considering buying some cowboy shoes.

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Happy International Pillow Fight Day! On Saturday, we all gathered secretly in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, our pillows ready to be used. At 3pm sharp, the flash mob started. A few hits on my back, a few on my head, a few pillows into my side. People showed no mercy. OK, they did, since no one was harmed seriously and fluffy PILLOWS were used. After 20 fun, exciting and exhausting minutes, it was over again. So, what to do to keep the level of happiness? Of course, bowling! We went to the Commodore Bowling & Billiards and played for an hour. The two teams were boys vs. girls and luckily, both teams won once. Since all this playing is tiring and makes people hungry, we first enjoyed a coffee and later tasty sushi. With a full belly and a little headache (maybe the pillow fight did affect me more than I expected) I went to bed happily.

11am, I wake up after almost 12 hours of sleep. Wow, I think I really needed that. Best thing right after I woke up: my roommate brought me coffee to bed and pancakes were waiting for me to be eaten. Yep, I could get used to that. In the afternoon, we headed to the Vancouver Aquarium. We observed cute otters, were fascinated by jelly fishes, listened to the vocals of the sea lions and saw a 4D movie about sharks. Three hours rushed by extremely fast!

Hopefully, you all had a great weekend, too! See you on Wednesday at PuB NiGHT at the Portside Pub!

– Nadine

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

Museum of Vancouver – Experience IT review

Yesterday we went to the Museum of Vancouver. It was great to explore the museum together with you. Thank you for coming!

The Museum of Vancouver is a museum about the history of Vancouver, located in Kitsilano. It is normally $18 (or $15 for students) admission. However, on Thursdays it is paid by donation, so you can choose how much you pay. Everybody immediately got their spare change out of their wallets after they heard that people sometimes only pay $1. Apparently, we are all changing a bit into Canadians ourselves, because all of us kept apologizing for giving so many small coins.

18190896_10203009258828182_926856067_nThen our journey through time began. We started off at the neon age of Vancouver. There were several cool neon signs on display, which used to be hanging in the famous streets of Vancouver. I could really imagine it in Vancouver, as I can still see some neon while walking around in Vancouver. After that we visited the “city before the city”, which we interpreted as the city before Vancouver. Here a few people of us got to meet the “Vancouverite”. I have seen the word quite often, but I was never sure if it is just somebody who lives in Vancouver or somebody who really likes Vancouver. After a bit research, I finally got the answer. A Vancouverite is somebody who was born in Vancouver or who is a resident of Vancouver. So now we know and can move on again.

18191086_10209376449070272_372199607_nNow it was finally time to go to the Rock ‘n Roll scene of Vancouver. In this room they displayed a seating of a snackbar. It immediately gave me the feeling that we were in the serie Riverdale, which also has been filmed in Vancouver. I also tried out the jukebox, but unfortunately it didn’t work anymore, so we weren’t able to listen to the classic hits of this great time. We ended off with the hippies. After seeing all these protest signs, we felt like protesting, which we all ended up doing too.

I hope you all had a great time and see you on our next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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