A weekend in the nature – Weekend get-away

For some of us it was this weekend – get away from the urban jungle, loud noise and our beloved Vancouver… let’s go to Whistler, explore the incredible nature Canada has to offer.
We met really early in the morning at Waterfront station to start our journey. With two cars, that we rented in advance, it was easy to get to Whistler and honestly, even the car ride was, because of the incredible nature, a highlight.
Our first stop was the sea to sky gondola and Shannon Falls. Some of our professional hikers conquered the Sea-to-sky summit hike, while the other half of the group took the gondola up the mountain and hiked over there. We all had an amazing experience and a lot of fun. After taking about a thousand pictures on the summit under clear blue sky it slowly started to snow. Time for a hot chocolate and to enjoy the view from inside the restaurant. We stayed there for a while before continuing our way to Whistler.

It was already 5pm so headed straight to the HI-Hostel where we spent the night. The evening was filled with a walk through Whistler Village, dinner at one of the cheapest restaurants – by the way a small tip on a side: The El Furniture Warehouse offers food for only $7!, which is really really cheap especially since nothing in Whistler is cheap.- and a few rounds of pool.
We were all very exhausted, but happy, from the day and no one made it too late and went to bed early.
After a wholesome breakfast at the hostel the next morning, it was time for some of us to prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – bungee jumping. After we booked the tickets they had only 2 hours left to prepare mentally for the big jump!!
Of course, even though only a few took the jump the whole group was there to give emotional support and take pictures. The bungee jump was amazing – in Kato’s words: “It left me flabbergasted. The most incredible feeling ever and definitely totally worth the step into the deep (literally and figuratively) ;)”.

But that wasn’t enough adrenaline for the day. We headed directly to the next adventure – snow tubing in a real winterwonderland at the tubing park whistler Blackcomb.
Completely frozen, happy and grateful for this great weekend, we set off our way back to Vancouver.

Thanks everybody for the amazing time! 🙂

Cheers,

Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
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What to Do in Vancouver – in Winter

Even if the days are getting shorter and it’s often grey and cold outside there is still much to do in Vancouver. To convince you; I would like to give you an insight into what to expect in this sometimes uncomfortable but also cozy season when autumn changes into winter.
In addition to well known activities like going for walk or sipping a hot coffee or chocolate in a cute cafe there is definitely more to do at this time of the year…
Are you still in autumn mood or can you already feel the holiday spirit?

1. Firstly, one of the places definitely on my own bucket list. The illuminated Capilano Suspension Bridge. Maybe you already saw it on many of the instragram posts, but even if it is not the case I think it’s more than beautiful walking across the huge bridge in a “world full of lights”. Starting November 20 till January 23 you can experience a fully illuminated bridge as well as the environment like all the trees around it. I would recommend going there in the evening since the lights are more “bright” when it’s dark outside. It is a bit pricey but this is the best time of year to get your moneys worth here.

2. What’s better than having a cosy afternoon or evening strolling through a Christmas Market? Trying one or two or even more hot mulled wines – sometimes the one for children is also really delicious – and having a additional delicious snack like roasted chestnuts 😉 Maybe it’s also a nice place for Christmas shopping – imagine being in time collecting all the presents and not being late like every other year 😉 Vancouver Christmas Market with all its activities, snacks and drinks takes place daily from November 13 to December 24. So after this market ends you can directly move into the Christmas celebration with family and friends.

3. Seems like this post is all about lights – our next magically illuminated location is VanDuse’s Festival of Lights in VanDusen Botanical Garden. This one returns to Vancouver by November 26. You’ll get the opportunity to explore more than a million lights which takes you into a magical winter wonderland. Don’t forget to buy a ticket in advance and above all don’t forget to enjoy your time and take a few pictures 🙂

4. Vancouver isn’t always as cold as you may think, thus it is a great place for outdoor activities like ice skating. Besides watching a Canucks game you can try being sporty yourself on the ice.
There’s the huge and of course illuminated ice rink at Robson Square. Starting from early December until February you can enjoy outdoor ice skating over there. You don’t have any skates? No problem, just borrow a pair for a small price (cash only) directly at the ice-skating rink.

And even if right now it is the rainy season in Vancouver, don’t let a little rain drop stop you from doing amazing winter outdoor activities. What’s your favourite winter activity?

Enjoy your weekend 🙂

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New `Kids` on the Blog

Hello and welcome to our New Kids on the blog – and above all a really warm welcome to Sophie, our new candidate. Actually she’s already in Vancouver for two weeks but since she’s such a friendly and open-minded person I would not like to withhold her from you.

So let’s talk about Sophie. First of all we’re really happy that she found her way to beautiful Canada spending her time with us. 🙂
Sophie is 20 years old and originally from a small village close to Hannover in Germany. She’s staying in Vancouver for 2 months where she’s doing her best work while helping out in an animal shelter in Richmond. There are mostly little baby cats; doesn’t that sound cute???
In any case, she really enjoys her time over there. So Sophie is taking part in our volunteer program. Since she will be placed in a host family in Richmond she’s also really excited for all the upcoming adventures and to spend her time in places like Vancouver Downtown, Gastown or at the beaches such as Kitsilano or Sunset beach. Her bucket list also includes a bike ride with her host family through Stanley Park as well as a trip to Whistler.
As many of us did she already graduated from highschool and decided to do a Gap Year before continuing with university.
She always wanted to come to Vancouver to meet new people and learn more about the Canadian culture and way of life. As far as i can say Sophie has a really interesting point of view since she told me that with this stay abroad she aims to get a new perspective on things and new ideas; especially regarding her study plans.


Get out of your own comfort zone; she said to me and i think this is a very good starting point for a successful stay abroad. I really hope she’s enjoying her time and can pursue all her goals!!
She actually came to Canada without any specific expectation; and here’s the next inspiring opinion; without any expectation you will not be disappointed. She’s only hoping for a great time with many new experiences and opportunities and a great hostfamily. And the last point already came true.


Let’s meet at today’s pubnight 🙂 6pm at Tap&Barell Olympic Village!

Have a nice day 🙂

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to Do in Vancouver – the perfect fall day

It’s already the first week of october which means the trees are now shining in beautiful autumn colours and the leaves are turning red, yellow and orange – wonderful !
What could be better than enjoying a cozy autumn day with some typical fall acitivites.
So for now let me give you some inspirations for fun fall activities to try:)

1. Maybe you’ve checked our previous instagram story. It was all about the pumpkin patches which opened this week. These places are highly recommended for taking amazing pictures and enjoying your day ( maybe with new friends you met at the INTERNeX pubnight 😉 )
Great pumpkin patches are located in Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey or Langley.

2. Visit a Farmer’s Market
Just strolling around, tasting nice food or drinks and maybe you’ll find the perfect pumpkin for your pumpkin pie or as i like to do, to decorate your apartement. Sounds like a plan.
There’s this fall market right in Vancouver Downtown starting on November 6th.

3. Go for a long walk
Since going for a walk is one of the easiest things to include in a stressful work day you can just take your time to relax a bit. This also has a great affect on your health and may give you new ideas about what you wanna do on the next autumn day.
Additionally, it’s a great experience to take a hike, grab your running shoes or even take a bike ride through Stanley Park. But better do not forget your rain clothes.

4. Autumn and Halloween festivals
What’s fall without Halloween and thinking of where to go and what to wear as the perfect costume already a few weeks in advance 😉 ?
There are many (maybe this year less than usually, but still some) festivals taking place in Vancouver.
In addition, FlyOver Canada has some Halloween theme days till the end of October which are definitely worth a visit.
But don’t forget to bring your vaccination document as well as wearing a face mask all the time. Unfortunately, covid still exists but that doesn’t have to keep us from doing fun activities especially the outdoor ones.

…there are many more fun acitivites but for now i would love to share my perfect fall day with you.
Imagine you’re having a day off to do all the cozy fall things you always wanted to do.
Start your day with pumpkin pancakes and a loong brunch. Definitely a good start in a great day.
After that just grab your jacket and go for a walk in Stanley Park or at the beach. Maybe you can spot some animals or find beautiful leaves and chestnuts for your apartement decoration.
Decorate your place will definitely put you in fall mood 😉
After a long walk you might get a bit cold so it’s the perfect time for a warm coffee or hot chocolate in one of the many cute cafés in Gastown. Take a closer look at the menu… many cafes are offering fall specials such as pumpkin spice latte.
Back home it’s definitely time for changing into comfortable clothes. It’s movie time.
For this season a nice scary horror movie would fit best…but not for me i prefer a love story :D. So if you’re not such a “scared rabbit” (as we say in Germany) enjoy the movie!! A cozy evening at home 🙂
Are you excited for cozy season? I really am.

Luckily, for today you already found the perfect activity… It’s wednesday which means INTERNeX pubnight!! 🙂 7:30pm at Craft Beer Market, False Creek.

Happy autumn ! 🙂

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

And that’s definitely great news.
Welcome to a new blogpost and a really warm welcome to our three new candidates, from Germany, the Netherlands and from Wales. It’s really great to have you here with us!! 🙂

Ladies first, so let’s start with Lena. I just had an amazing long talk with her today where she told me many interesting things about herself. Lena is 23 years old from a small town close to Hamburg. She already finished her apprenticeship in trade forwarding a few years ago and was able to gain work experiences in this field of work. Since she quit her last job and has some free time until she will start her new job at the end of October she seized the opportunity to spend her time in beautiful Canada. The moment Canada opened the border she decided to travel as soon as possible – and that’s what she did 🙂
With INTERNeX she’s participating in the volunteering program in the area of ecological conservation for 2 weeks. After doing some great work for the Canadian natural environment she’s planning a trip to Vancouver Island. She already rented a car for this week – bold AND independent 😉 She wanted to see Vancouver Island especially Victoria and Tofino since school but what’s travelling without saving money first?
For this time in Canada she worked four years and is now finally able to travel on her own independently while gaining some experience and improving her language skills abroad. She always wanted to get to know the Canadian lifestyle, the culture as well as the experience travelling alone and doing things she never ever did before. Sounds like a plan!!!

The next newcomer is Nico, 22 years old from the Netherlands; or actually also Germany but since he’s studying at Fontys, Venlo and lives in the Netherlands we’ll leave it at that. As a marketing management student he’s excited to gain experiences while doing a placement in his field of study. This placement is part of his studies which I think is a great opportunity to live abroad while studying. He came to Canada on a friends recommendation – and he actually has the advantage of having friends from Germany here in Vancouver. Besides that, he also made the decision for Canada because he wanted to explore the mentality, the nature and the Canadian culture. Since he already fell in love with this city, after his 4 months long placement he’s planning to stay longer to explore the country. Isn’t that great?
With this experience he aims to develop personally and professionally which might be important for his future. And there are definitely some more places on his bucket list – how could it be otherwise; the Rocky Mountains as well as Vancouver Island. As you can see these places are very popular and definitely worth a visit 😉

To complete these three; Welcome Tom from Wales.

He’s 21 years old and just finished his bachelors in media and communication at Cardiff university. Which means the second marketing specialist in our round 😉 He’s doing his placement in the same organization as Nico which I think is pretty cool since these guys can work together. Originally his plan was to stay abroad last year but because of the pandemic he also had to postpone. He chose Canada for multiple reasons; firstly the fact that most of Canada is English speaking made the communication for him as a native speaker so much easier. He’s also really excited to finally be in the country he wanted to travel to for such a long time and getting a first insight into Canadian daily life. For him it’s definitely a great chance to add some new experiences to his CV while learning so much from the people he’s working with. Additionally, Tom told me that his goal is to improve his confidence as well as living independently. But Vancouver isn’t the only place he’s going to visit. He’s planning on going to Banff, Whistler and if he get the chance to do a Rocky Mountains trip. There’s more… his bucket list also says; Toronto after his time in Vancouver. Sounds like a perfect trip.

I hope all of you guys have an amazing time in Vancouver 🙂

Enjoy!!!

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com