How was your weekend?

It’s just another manic Monday… Once again, the weekend went by in what feels like a heartbeat. But how can we be sad about that when we had such great weather the past couple of days? As I am writing this, the sun is still (!) shining, so sit back and enjoy the weather while I tell you about my sunny weekend.

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On Saturday, Vancouver celebrated Earth Day by organizing a parade and having food trucks and live music ready in the park afterwards. Sounds cool, right?! That’s what we thought too, which is why we planned to go there with some of you. When we arrived, we discovered the parade was actually a march. Lots of people were walking around with self-made signs about climate change and how it affects our planet. It was very inspiring. However, the parade did not last that long, which is why we decided to make use of the good weather and go to the beach. We got ourselves some snacks at the supermarket and spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sun at English Bay.

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On Sunday, my alarm went off at 7am. It was time for me to volunteer at the cat sanctuary again. In other words, petting cats whilst cleaning their litter boxes and providing them with food, water and a cosy place to sleep in. Trust me when I tell you scooping litter boxes isn’t that bad when you are surrounded by a dozen of adorable balls of fur. When I finished my tasks, I took the bus home and enjoyed the weather from my backyard. Since Sundays are meant for relaxing, I ended the day with watching Gilmore Girls on my laptop.

I hope you all enjoyed the weather the weekend! See you all on Wednesday for PuB NiGHT at The Lamplighter!

– Angy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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PuB NiGHT Review: Steamworks

Wow, I think that was a new record last night. After 30 minutes into PuB NiGHT, 90% of the seats at our table were already full! So many of you showed up, new and old faces – it couldn’t have been any better. Last night’s PuB NiGHT was at Steamworks Brewpub. Located in Gastown, the pub offers a variety of self-brewed beers as well as many cocktails. And for the hungry ones, delicious food like burgers, pizza and salads can be found on the menu.

Everyone has a drink? Good. Skål! The Swedish part of the group knew how to motivate everyone to have another sip of their tasty drink. And so, after raising our glasses, we continued the conversations we just had. There were so many people at yesterday’s PuB NiGHT, I decided to change my seat several times so I could have a chat and laugh with as many of you as possible.

Oh look, it’s already 11.30pm. Time for those that have to work early the next day to go home. And for the rest: Well, we decided to make a detour to the Bourbon before it was time to go to bed. Reggae music was being played by a live band and the atmosphere was relaxed. The beer pong table was free and ready to be used. Eirik and Kerstin vs. Linus and me. Unfortunately, my team lost. But we had no reason to hang our head. There will be a next time and then, we’ll win!

I hope to see many of your faces this Saturday at the Earth Day Parade!

– Nadine

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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What to do on the weekend?

Today is Friday, which means it’s almost weekend again! And guess what? It’s supposed to be another rainy weekend in Vancouver. Luckily, there are plenty of activities that can be done indoors. So, here are my suggestions for the weekend.

Listen up hockey fans: the Stanley Cup is on. There is a total of 8 games to watch during the upcoming two days. Four on Saturday and four on Sunday. But where? Well, you could go to one of the many pubs that are screening the games, for example the Lamplighter or Malone’s. Or you could invite your friends to your place, have cold beer and chips ready and watch it on TV or on your computer via cbc.ca.

For those that would like to enjoy some nature, but do not want to be outside in the rain: no worries! There’s a solution for that problem too. The Bloedel Conservatory is then the place to be. Within the dome, you can find three different climatic zones: Tropical, Subtropical and Desert. In total, you can find more than 120 free-flying exotic birds and more than 500 exotic plants and flowers. Enjoy the warmth and the beautiful nature on both days (and any other day of the week) from 10am until 5pm. The entrance fee is $6.50 only (tax not included).

And for the tough cookies of you that want to be outside no matter what: The Spring Lights Illumination is taking place in the Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday evening only! Many projections and a walkthrough experience are awaiting you from 8pm until 10pm. The best part: the entrance is free!

Enjoy your rainy weekend and I hope to see many of your faces at the Rogers Arena Tour on Sunday! If you didn’t sign up, but would still like to join, just meet us at 1pm in front of the Canucks Team store which is located at gate 6! See y’all!

– 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

Winter in the Rockies: Part 1

I’ve had the time of my life and I never felt like this before, yes I swear it’s the truth and I owe it all to YOU!

Time flies when you’re having fun! The Rockies trip we were so excited about has already ended… Sad. But what a great weekend we had! We knew it was going to be impressive, but the real life experience exceeded my (high) expectations. There is so much to talk about, but let’s start at the beginning…

41175779622_efacb8c211_n We all met at the bus at 7am to mark the start of our adventure. It was early, but luckily the long bus ride made sure we could all catch up on some sleep. Our first stop was Hope, where we could admire wooden sculptures of bears and a beautiful rainbow. Next stop: Kamloops. Lunchtime! Back on the bus, we played the ‘Moose or Beaver’ game, where everyone had to choose whether the loony (another word for a Canadian dollar) that Erin, our fantastic tour guide, flipped would land on the loon bird or the queen. Everyone looked hilarious, but we were all in this together. Right before we arrived at the hotel in Valemount, we went to visit Rearguard Falls Provincial Park. The entire park was covered in snow, which was breathtaking. Then we checked into the hotel, had dinner at a nearby restaurant and to end this busy day of traveling, we had a little party in our room.

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Saturday: 7:45AM. Time to get on the bus again! We started the day with a stop at Mount Robson. It was cold. Like, REALLY cold. But it was so worth it! We had the most beautiful view and there was not a single cloud in the sky, which is really unusual during this time of year. Then, it was time to warm up again and travel to our next stop: Jasper. Time to get some fresh air, get a coffee, get lunch, buy souvenirs and enjoy the view of the mountains.

Unfortunately, due to an avalanche, we had to take a detour and therefore we were not able to see all the things we had planned. Once we arrived at the hotel later in the evening, we wanted to get a drink and have dinner at the pub. Long story short: We did not have dinner and the only thing saving many candidates from starving was the vending machine. It was a long day, but in the end, we still had fun and we knew Sunday would make up for it!

Curious about the last two days of the trip? Come back tomorrow to read Nadine’s post!

See you all at PuB NiGHT at The Beaver Bar tonight! (Mmm, K!)

– Angy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
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Candidate Exposé – David Kabat

My name is David, I’m 21 years old, from Sweden and originally born in Poland. My future study it’s going to become a high school teacher in biology/chemistry.

20170812_153305 - david kabatI decided to go to Canada because I want to learn and improve my English and explore the second biggest country in the world. I found INTERNeX from another organization in Sweden. It was thanks to my school back home as well. I got very good support through the whole process from applying for a working holiday visa to having a place when I arrived in Vancouver and an introduction about the city, transportation, tax.

I chose the work & travel program. It was the best option for me, because back then I just finished high school. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I had the possibility to work, get new experience and learn to be more independent. The best part was to meet new friends from almost  all around the world.

Right now I live with a roommate in downtown. I found it thanks to a friend.

My first impression was great. The nature, mountains and my biggest surprise was how open and kind people are here, completely different from back home.

David KabatThe events INTERNeX organized were the best. I attended lots of INTERNeX events. This is the best time for spending time with your friends, making new friends and welcome new people. Of course I had lots of fun during pub nights and trips. I did lots of hikes in places close to Vancouver. I have also been to Tofino, Victoria, Rocky Mountains and Whistler.

Vancouver is a safe city, there is a lot of nature and art in the city. It is a very multi-cultural city I could feel free in. The most memorable thing I did was bungee jumping in Whistler and the Rocky Mountain trip. The first thing I will do when I am going home is meeting friends and family and starting school again from my break.

– David Kabat

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

How my weekend was? Well, the past two days, I saw a lot of the colors green and grey, but a bit of yellow and pink as well. Seeing colours sounds weird? Uuhm yea, I totally get that. But maybe, when you give me some of your time and let me explain it to you, then it will make more sense. So, here it goes.

As we all know, green is the color of nature, but also of jealousy and of course, the IRISH! This Saturday, it was St. Patrick’s Day and I celebrated this event for the first time in my life. And how did I do that? First of all, I dressed up with a lot of green accessories. Secondly, I met up with many lovely and fun people that wanted to party with me. Thirdly, we all went to the Koerner’s pub where a St. Patricks party was located at. And lastly, we danced and sang. All. Night. Long.

The colour grey followed me somehow throughout the whole weekend. And if you have ever lived in Vancouver or you are living here at the moment, then you might have an idea of what I am talking about. Yes, it is obviously the weather I am referring to. A grey cloud here, a grey cloud there. Covering now and then the blue sky. OK, always and constantly covering the whole sky. BUT, there was a short moment on Sunday where the sun (so that bright, yellow thing in the sky) came out and brought me some happiness. This was also the time when I went for some more yellow as well as the colour pink in my weekend. Have you ever heard of the pink alley in downtown? It is located between Seymour and Granville and as the name is hinting already, the alley is pink. But also yellow. So I went there, took some pictures to add to my Vancouver collection and went home for an easy Sunday evening.

I hope you all had a great weekend too, even though it was a bit grey!

– Nadine

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Goodbye for now

All good things must come to an end they say, and that also means my wonderful journey here in Vancouver must come to an end… And that end is here.

My life changing journey started 7 months ago at the airport in Amsterdam. It was going to be the first time for me flying alone and living on my own and boy I was scared. I remember crying and being really sad to leave my friends and family even telling them that I was not sure if I could do this. I’m really happy and proud that I can tell the Mandy of 7 months ago that she had nothing to worry about and that a beautiful journey was waiting for her.

I call it a journey and not a destination or simply a stay since I have been through so much. I have learned a lot about myself and who I am all with the help of INTERNeX and without them I would not be the person I am today. IMG_0328

It all started 2 days after I arrived here in Vancouver with the amazing Rocky Mountains trip. It was so amazing to see the beautiful nature that Canada has to offer and the beautiful blue lakes. Not only the nature was amazing but all the people that I met were wonderful.

But that was not it, as a PR-Coordinator for INTERNeX I had the opportunity to travel to Whistler, Victoria, Salt Spring Island and my biggest dream Seattle. I even had the opportunity to take a trip to Los Angeles, a city I have always dreamed of visiting. We also went to amazing events like Halloween, New Year’s Eve, the Canucks games and of course all the nice and fun PuB NiGHTS. I even celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time in my life and went Black Friday Shopping in Seattle.

IMG_1119But for me it does not matter how many places I visited or how many things I did, the most important thing for me is that I was able to do that with all of you! Without any of you, my journey here in Canada would not have been the same and I want to thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.

Now that it is only days away from saying goodbye I am having mixed feelings about leaving. I am really looking forward to seeing my friends and family again and to hug my sweet Labrador dog. I am looking forward to tasting my favorite Dutch dishes again but I know that my life back home will never be the same again since a piece of my heart will always stay here in Vancouver and another piece will stay with the people I have met here.
Again I wanted to thank every single one of you that have been there for me and have made my stay here unforgettable. I would also like to thank Tim and Simon for even giving me this opportunity since without them I would not have been able to experience all of these things.
For anyone reading this who is doubting whether to go away from home for such a long time I can only give you one advice…. Just do it! Trust me it will only make your life much more richer with all the life lessons you take with you when being on your own.

This is not a goodbye but a see you later! I am looking forward to seeing some of you in Sweden later this year and for the rest, we will meet each other again somewhere in the world!

~ Mandy

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