How was the weekend?

This weekend was really great. On Saturday morning we went to Grouse Mountain to challenge the Grouse Grind trail. I’ve been longing for a hike for weeks and we finally got to experience this beautiful mountain and everything it offers. The average trail time was between 2-2,5h and some of us did it in 1.45h and the others in 1.55h. I knew we could beat the time! The hike was challenging but so worth it! I totally enjoyed every minute of it. Hiking and trail running was my everyday life back home in Sweden, when I was living a life among the northern mountains a few years ago, so of course I’ve missed every part of it and I am so happy to experience all that here in Canada!!

Once at the face of the mountain we enjoyed the view in search of the traditional Beavertails. Sadly we didn’t get any Beavertails because the booth was closed.. But hey, we saw two grizzly bears – Grinder and Coola!

Thereafter we saw a LumberJack Show – an outdoor set that features two logging camps from the early 1900s, such a cool show!! Right after the LumberJack show we took the chairlift to the mountain peak, and wow, the view from up there – the whole city surrounded by nature, incredible! I can’t wait for the ski season to start!

After a long but an awesome day we took the gondola lift and the bus back to Lonsdale Quay, as we mentioned before there was a Shipyard festival going on at Lonsdale Quay. The event offered live music, a lot of food, entertainment and so much more with a beautiful view of downtown. I took a day off yesterday so Tino will let you know below what he did on Sunday:

Yesterday, I was on Granville Island to do a little tour with a friend and to watch a show at the Fringe Festival. First, we headed towards the Granville Island Licorice Store to grab some sweet and salty treats for a hand-picked array for the tour. Afterwards we went to the Kids Market, a big place to buy anything you like for kids which is also a lovely place for adults to meet their inner child! The nearby craft house is great for those who love artificial crafts, so you should definitely check this out! Watch out for the Liberty Distillery, which offers awesome products to mix with your own drinks, just like a whisker spoon or a shaker :). Right next to the Distillery is the Railspur Alley, an artisan-lined alleyway full of creative businesses. After browsing around there, we headed towards the Public Market, which is home to so many good things like fruits, vegetables, meat, sweets, treats, baked goods, and more. It’s definitely worth a visit! Another highlight was the Popina Canteen where we went to grab a unique ice cream that you can only get there. The ice cream was sandwiched between a sweet bun and you got to choose special toppings on the side. You can see it on one photo:) We then headed towards the Net Loft, a place lined with intriguing boutiques where you can buy cool gifts for your family back home. After shopping and exploring the markets on Granville Island, we went to the Fringe Festival which is happening at the moment. It’s a festival with many theatre shows and we watched one of them. The show was about a war in the future and a woman who was living alone in a bunker for 10 years, which was interrupted by her action of saving a soldier’s life, but I don’t want to spoil too much, in case you’re still interested in going. 😉 To conclude the day, we jumped in the Granville Island Brewery to do a beer tasting! That was a lot of fun!

We hope you had a nice weekend as well! Maybe you can tell us about it next PubNight?

See you there! =)

Ida & Tino

What to do on the weekend

This is one of the things on my bucket list while I’m here in Vancouver: A hike up Grouse Mountain. I’ve missed hiking so much and finally saw an opportunity to leave the city for a couple of hours, just being in nature and inhaling fresh air. Wow, I can’t wait! 

The Grouse Grind, as you might have already heard of or visited, is a 2,5 kilometre trail up the face of the mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, how awesome is that? You should join us this weekend for a challenge! Remember to bring comfortable clothes, hiking/running shoes and a rain jacket (just in case, you all know Vancouver weather can’t be trusted), snacks and lots of water. We meet up tomorrow (September 17th) at Waterfront Station, 10am to catch the sea bus to Lonsdale Quay. From Lonsdale quay we take the bus to Grouse Mountain (approximately 25min ride). When we get there we will start our hike to the top together.

Here is some trail facts

Length: 2.5 kilometres

Elevation Gain: 800 meters

Base: 290 metres above sea level 

Summit: 1,090 metres

Total stairs: 2,830

On average it takes up to 2 to 2.5 hours to complete the hike (let’s see if we can do it in an average of 2 hours). I am so excited about this hike!! 🙂

At the top of the mountain there’s a chance to meet Grinder and Coola, two Grizzly bears who made Grouse Mountain their home. It is also possible to have FIKA (as we say it in Swedish) meaning; sitting down, having a coffee and a bun for instance. I recently heard there’s also a booth that serves Canadian Beaver Tails which is a must have while you’re here! Don’t worry they are not actual beaver tails. 😉 Find out yourself what kind of treat the Canadians like. 

Following hanging out at the top for a bit it’s time to take the gondola back down. It costs $20, but I heard it’s worth it after climbing up the mountain and it gives us nice views over downton.

After the hike we optionally have the chance to explore Lonsdale Quay known as a very popular marketplace with shops and a beautiful view of Vancouver. There is also a festival happening at Lonsdale Quay: Shipyards Festival this Saturday 17th, from noon till 10pm and this event is for free! The venue of the festival includes a large area along the Shipyards district in North Vancouver. This event features musical performances by various artists and there are also areas at the festival where +19 can enjoy craft beer while listening to music. Let’s check it out together! 

Other optional activities on the weekend: 

Visit (MOA) Museum of Anthropology at UBC. The museum is open daily between 10am-5pm. Tickets are available on spot or online. 

How to get to MOA by transit from Vancouver: The westbound 25,33,R4,44,49,84,99 B-line, and 480 buses arrive at UBC Exchange. Get off at UBC Exchange (the last stop) and walk northwest for 15 minutes. 

The Westbound 4 and 14 buses arrive at an depart from university Boulevard. Get of at University Boulevard (the last stop) and walk northwest for 20 minutes. 

Oh, and I won’t forget to mention that there is one more festival coming up at Main Street: A Car Free Day festival featuring live music, street performances, market vendors and thousands of people which takes place on September 18th, between 12pm-7pm. 

Here are some fun facts about the Car free Days: Since 2008, Car Free Vancouver Society has hosted Car Free Days along Commercial Drive, Main Street and the West End to nature and grow the car free culture. By blocking off major thoroughfares, Car Free Days gave people the chance to experience what cities could be like with more space for pedestrians, not cars. 

I really like the idea of it and I definitely want to check it out! Let me know if you’d like to join me. 🙂

See you on the weekend! 🙂

Cheers

Ida

What to do on the weekend?

If you’re interested in fortune telling, moon gazing, arts & crafts, tea ceremonies and more we would recommend going to the Mid Autumn Moon Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

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The festival is a historic event happening every year on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. This year it’s on the 10th & 11th of September. In this time, the moon is on it’s fullest after the autumnal equinox. It’s supposed to be an event for the families to believe that the full moon is an coincidence for a good harvest in that time.

The beautiful festival is celebrated with some cool dancing acts, a Guzheng performance (a typical chinese instrument) and is surrounded with the music from DJ Nina Mendoza. The combination of music and the beautiful lanterns in the garden at night will create a very special vibe, which you better not miss!

If you’re not that interested in Chinese festivals I have another great option for you: The weather should be nice on the weekend so why don’t you visit Lonsdale Quay at North Vancouver. Just take the SeaBus from the Waterfront Station for a 15-minute ride over to the Lonsdale Quay. Turn around and enjoy a breathtaking view over the skyline of Vancouver and Stanley Park. Strole down the Lonsdale Quay Market and head over to the Polygon Gallery, a symbol of the revitalization of the area. Head across to the Old Wallace Shipyards to have a great area with cafés and other restaurants. If you’re more into having brunch try a croissant and a coffee at the Lift Breakfast Bakery. If you want to take some cool pictures, there’s a fun alley right next door.

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Now this weekend is going to be pretty warm! With a sunny day and up to 28-29 degrees Celsius, you must go to a beach! Have you ever tried Kitsilano Beach before? Facing English Bay, Kitsilano Beach is one of Vancouver’s favourite summertime hangouts. Since we’re about to have autumn, going to the beach is kind of the last call :). You can play some volleyball or basketball or if you’re fine with the temperature have a dip n the sea. For those who are familiar with warmer temperatures, check out the Kitsilano Beach Pool.

Whether you want to go to a festival, the beach, or see something interesting from the city, Vancouver has so many things to do on the weekend. Consider hiking, shopping, meeting people in parks or going out for the night! You’ll find something suiting you, I’m sure!

I really look forward meeting you on next week’s pub night to hear from your perfect weekend!

See you!

Cheers,

Tino 😀

The New Kid on the Blog

Hey Friends!

I want to introduce myself to you: My name is Tino and I’m 20 years old. I live in a small village near Stuttgart in Germany. For the next two months I am a new member of the PR Department of the INTERNeX team for an internship for the next two months.

Right now I’m studying Business Administration with the focus on banking and finance. As part of my practical phases, I’m doing an internship here in Vancouver.

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In my freetime I love making music like playing the trumpet at an orchestra, the guitar at a fireplace with some friends or making music with the DJ-Pad. I also love photographing and spending time in the nature! My biggest wish is to travel the world and I’m glad that I can make some experience of that here in Canada.

I decided to do an internship in Canada because the country and it’s culture impressed me.

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself” – Danny Kaye

My first impression of Vancouver was the combination of many things in many ways: On the one hand a big city with unlimited opportunities and on the other hand the beauty of nature around the town. On top of that the people in this city are so caring and friendly. This combo is breathtaking, trust me!


My biggest wish in Canada is to travel to Yukon to do some dogsledding and to (hopefully) see the northern lights!

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I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to be part of INTERNeX and to get involved with new people. I’m so excited where the journey guides me. See you in Vancouver!

Cheers,

Tino

What to do on the weekend

This short week is already over but that means we’re closer to this weekend which is going to be great! – Vancouver International Flamenco Festival is coming up which starts off with an free outdoor event this Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th. There will be performances of local and provincial flamenco dance and music artists on the Picnic Pavilion stage at Granville Island. How awesome is that? 

If you’re staying in Vancouver, Granville Island is a must!! Granville Island is known for it’s amazing food and you will find plenty of places to grab a drink, dinner, snacks, ice cream or coffee and if you’re interested in local, national and international food, arts and crafts this is definitely a great place to visit. Its especially great that the festival will be held on the island; so much to do between shows. This will be my second time going to Granville Island and I am super excited about everything that Vancouver Flamenco Festival will offer.

Other things Vancouver has to offer include Stanley Park. Rent a bike or go for a walk, have a picnic with a nice view and enjoy the waves from the ocean and the huge trees along the park. You could also go for a hike in beautiful Lynn Canyon. There is plenty of “swimming pools” carved out of the rocks, so bring your swimwear with you, it can get hot during your hike!

Hope you will have a great weekend!

Cheers

Ida