INTERNeX Canada: Grouse Mountain records!

Good afternoon everybody, how is your week going so far? The weather isn’t that good as it was last week right now but perfect for a long working day I guess.

I live in a homestay close to Rupert Park where you have a perfect view of all the surrounding mountains. So last week, I asked my homestay family about climbing those mountains. There must be some awesome views of downtown Vancouver..

They told me that the Grouse Mountain can be seen as a challenge for the Canadian people living around Vancouver. From the base to the top it’s around 1,5 hour climbing for a normal fit person (Grouse Grind Hike). However, most Canadian people want to make it a more challenging thing. Every year they want to break there own record going to the top. You can even buy a card that will record your time to the top! But for us as students, the time of the walk to the top doesn’t matter that much..

When you are on the summit of Grouse Mountain (1127 meter) you have some beautiful views of the city of Vancouver. On clear days you can see as far as the border with the United States! In other words, it’s defiantly worth the climb guys. And if you are tired of the walk you can choose to take the tram back down. But if you want it cheap trust only on your feet. 😉

So the next time when the weather is clear and good again, grab your walking shoes and prepare yourself for a good workout!

I’m going to do it too sometime!
Have a great week!

Cheers,

Jelle

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

You think you prepared for your stay abroad by arranging accommodation and job, by googling street maps and city sights. It works fine at first, all the big stuff seems to be taken care of. But then you want to check the weather for tomorrow, get curtains for your new room or buy cheese at the market. And that’s where it gets difficult. It is said to be 68°F tomorrow, the curtains are 70 inches long, and the cheese is $5 a pound. Eeeeh, what?!?! Where are the degrees Celsius, the centimeters, the grams? So googling and memorizing starts again. Especially someone without a smartphone (yes, it happens) has to plan all the activities in advance and google all the measures that might be needed.

We went bungee jumping recently, so I memorized my weight and height in pounds and feet, just in case… Did you have a chance to go shopping for clothes and shoes in Canada? There are all kinds of different sizes, too! It works out in the end but it took me a couple of try-ons to find out that I need my boots in 37 ½. Ever noticed that Canadian use of dots and commas in numbers is different? Here you have $1,000.00 on your account and a coffee is $1.99, while Europeans have $1.000,00 and spend $1,99. Watch out for that when you handle your CAD$! Thanks God miles per hour are not used in Canadian cars to indicate speed! I was surprised to see the road signs in kilometers, too. Before my first drive I was prepared to be a little disoriented on the road not knowing how fast I am driving.

How fast did you adjust to these little differences? Did any funny incidents happen to you because you had no idea about the figures you were dealing with?

Xenia

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge!

One of the first things I saw when I came to the city was Vancouver’s oldest tourist attraction. The Capilano Suspension Bridge, originally built in 1889, stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. Since then much has been added to the twenty-seven acre park. Of the many things to do, Treetops Adventure is the park’s newest attraction – seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor.

Guided nature tours, the Kids’ Rain forest Explorer program and Living Forest exhibit enhance this unique rain forest encounter. Enjoy musical entertainment and First Nations carving demonstrations. Take photos at the Totem Park and with the Capilano Tramps. Top it off with a visit to the gift shop full of quality merchandise from all over Canada and great homemade fudge!

Check out some more of my pictures on our Flickr account!

For those of you wishing to go, I recommend going on a Sunday. You can take the sea bus with a one zone pass on that day! Here’s some  more  helpful information:

Rates:

Adult: $29.95
Senior (65+): $27.95
Student (17+ and with ID): $23.75
Youth (13 – 16): $18.75
Child (6 – 12): $10.00
Child under 6: FREE

Included in the cost of admission:

  • The world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Thrilling Treetops Adventure and dramatic Cliffhanger Walk
  • Interactive Living Forest exhibit
  • Seven acre West Coast rain forest
  • Complimentary guided eco-tours
  • World’s largest private Totem Pole collection
  • First Nations Artisans depicting their artistic techniques, skills and heritage
  • Story Center history walk
  • Seasonal indoor and outdoor dining venues for group & FIT meals
  • Shopping in the 1911 Trading Post Gift Shop
  • Get out there and have fun – and take as many pictures as you can!

    – Laura