How was your weekend?

Monday. Time to look back on the weekend. Here we go!

sdrFriday. I started off the weekend with a relaxed evening at Sunset Beach. Many joined INTERNeX’ spontaneous ‘Pizza & Sunset’ event. Favourite action of the night involved throwing around wooden sticks. The game is called Kubb, which is a famous Swedish outdoor activity. Even people walking by the beach stopped, took pictures and asked for the rules. I’m sure we’re setting a new trend here with this game. The night passed by quickly with eating pizza, playing card games, chatting and watching the stunning sunset. When it got dark and a bit cooler, a few of us went to a pub on Davie Street for a pint (greets to our English guys) and some more card games.

Saturday. Time to sleep in and take it easy this morning, before the next INTERNeX event of j4.jpgthe weekend started. ‘Honda Celebration of Light’ was planned for the evening. Many people were expected to attend this great event, so we already headed to English Bay in the afternoon to reserve a good spot. Not the worst place to spend a hot day like Saturday, especially with good company. More and more people of our gang arrived and settled down. We bridged the time until the firework started with games, music and snacks. Then, it was finally time for the big show, which was prepared by a team from South Africa. They did a great job! It was beautiful to see the fireworks lightening the sky for nearly half an hour. On our way home, we accidentally walked along the Relish, so we took the chance and got ourselves a pint, of course.

Bike blog.jpgSunday. Literally. To cool down a bit, I decided to visit the Metropolis shopping mall for a few hours. A great place to find everything you need, including 888 paper mache pandas. These are part of an exhibition that is traveling around the world. However, the weather was too nice to spend the entire day indoors. A great outdoor activity for hot days? Cycling! The place-to-be to do so is definitely Stanley Park. After a short stop at the bike rental, we got our one-speed-cruisers and biked relaxed around the seawall. I was, again, impressed by the beautiful nature so close to busy downtown. Amazing! The weekend ended with Sushi (no pint this time ;-)) and a lovely sunset on the way home.

That’s how I spent another perfect weekend in Vancouver. I hope you had a good one as well! See you at Wednesday’s PuB NiGHT at The Lennox Pub.

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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PuB NiGHT Review: 131 Water

Ready, set, let the game begin! The card deck ready in her hands, Nadine started to ask questions into the round. Black or red? Higher or lower? That’s how we began our PuB NiGHT at 131 Water yesterday. Some of you might recognize the questions – they are part of the game ‘bus driver’.42757303295_511babd74e_n

Shortly after 8pm, more and more people joined our table and the game as well. Some were lucky in the game, some not and others got so excited that they even spilled their beer all over the place. In the meantime, a new table opened up where some of us played the German game ‘Schummeln’. Fun times!

I was happy to see many new faces who we just welcomed in Vancouver last Monday. One topic of the night was of course our big trip to the Rocky Mountains next week. Many of you are excited to see the famous blue lakes in real life. Others did already and shared their experiences of the Rockies. Personally, I’m really looking forward it!

A few drinks later, it was time to change the location and introduce our new crew to the popular Met. As every Wednesday, karaoke was on the program for the night. So, we sang along to great and less great performances. Of course, the INTERNeX classic ‘500 miles’ couldn’t be forgotten on a night like this, so we gave it our best to entertain the pub.

Yesterday was great and the fun continues this weekend. I hope to see you on Friday for our picnic at Sunset Beach and on Saturday for the Celebration of Light!

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

How was your weekend?

Yes, I’ve been broken-hearted…  Blue since the day we parted… Why, why did I ever let you go? Mamma mia, now I really know, my, my, I should not have let you go. Those words pop into my head when I think about the weekend. It was a long and fun one, so before we head back to work, I will tell you all about it.

My weekend started Thursday evening. The day was finally there: ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ was released in the Canadian cinemas! Officially, its release date was July 20th, but we were lucky enough to watch it a day earlier. My opinion on the movie? Well, let’s say I would be up for rewatching it. More than once. If you loved the original, I think you will definitely love the sequel too. I laughed a lot and even shed some tears. Yes, I completely immersed myself in the movie. After a fun evening filled with ABBA songs and popcorn, it was time to go home.

Victoria July 2018On Friday, I had another fun day ahead of me. I went to Victoria! Antonia and I took the ferry to Swartz Bay and from there; we took the bus to downtown. Once we arrived, there was one word that described the city perfectly: cute. We spent the day strolling around the city. We saw the BC Parliament Buildings, Fisherman’s Wharf, the beautiful coastline and many cute shops. Taking the ferry and bus for a couple of hours was definitely worth it.

28708528597_2ef377d88c_nSaturday, it was time for our INTERNeX event: Deep Cove. We went on a nice hike in the forest and had lunch with a view when we arrived at Quarry Rock. Since the weather was amazing, we relaxed at the beach for a while when we finished the hike. After that, we got ourselves some delicious ice cream and headed back to Vancouver. When I arrived at home, I took a shower, made dinner and then it was time to leave the house again. This time, the destination was the Bourbon in Gastown. I spent the evening dancing and playing beer pong and giant Jenga with some of you.

After walking a total of 30 kilometers during the weekend, I decided to take it easy on Sunday. I spent the day reading a book in my backyard and watching YouTube/Netflix. I hope your weekend was just as great as mine was!

See you on Wednesday for our PuB NiGHT at 131 Water!

– Angy

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

Oh no, it is Monday already? Time to head back to the office. But before I start working, let’s look back on my fun and relaxing weekend.

42108452055_035e6cabf4_nOn Saturday, I celebrated Swedish Midsommar with some of you. Why? Well, we have some Swedish candidates among us! Including Billy, who turned 22 on this day. Happy birthday Billy! At 12pm, we met up at Cooper’s Park. We decorated the nearest tree with blue and yellow streamers to make the area look as Swedish as possible. The first tradition on our list: making flower crowns. Within more or less an hour, most of us walked around with a bunch of flowers on our head.

Then, it was time to play the game of the day: Kubb! For those of you who don’t know it, I will give a short explanation: Kubb takes place on a rectangular field. This field consists of wooden blocks and a king. Basically, players have to throw wooden sticks at the wooden blocks from the other team, with the intention of knocking them down. This needs to happen without accidentally hitting the king (or another player, for that matter). Once the first team has knocked down all five blocks, they need to knock down the king and if they succeed, they win. It was my first time playing the game and I really liked it.

42960537872_c861440113_nAfter we played a few rounds of Kubb, it was time to have some food. Considering a strawberry cake is part of the Swedish Midsommar tradition, Elisabeth baked one for the event. Well done, Elisabeth, it was delicious! Besides a cake, we had more treats including Swedish (veggie) meatballs and wraps. When our stomachs were filled, we were ready to play some more rounds of Kubb. Fun fact: my “team”, which consisted of Antonia and me, won this time! ☺ We were slightly exhausted after the latest round, so we decided to sit down and relax for a while. A couple of conversations about life later, it was time to head home.

On Sunday, I started the day with a FaceTime call from my mom and stepdad. We talked for a couple of hours, so you can tell we had a lot to catch up on. Later that day, I decided to go to the park near my house and read for a while. After a few hours, it seemed like it was going to rain, so I went home and spent the rest of my evening talking to friends and watching One Tree Hill.

I hope you all had a great weekend! See you on Wednesday at the Beaver Bar for PuB NiGHT!

– Angy

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

PuB NiGHT Review: 131 Water

Oops we did it again… PuB NiGHT at 131 Water! I’ve heard great stories about this pub from all of you, which is why going back there once again seemed like a good idea. I think we can all agree that it was! The coziness, shelves filled with games and Happy Hour assured that it would be a great night.

40787832372_cbb1471c13_nSince it was Roslyn’s last PuB NiGHT, we started the evening with a game she loves: What Do You Meme? This game is reminding us of all the hundreds of memes that have been brought into the universe and that can serve as a quick reply to texts, rather than using words. Simple, but effective. Others played the non-meme version of the game ‘Cards Against Humanity’.

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When everyone finished their beers, cocktails and Happy Hour snacks, it was time to show off our singing skills at the Met. We sang along to, of course, 500 Miles and, to showcase how international we are, some even sang a Swedish song.

All in all it was a great night with good people, good food and good music.

I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did!

See you all at the UBC Party on Saturday!

− Angy

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

Living in a house on an island in the middle of nowhere with an awesome group of people. Far away from the big city life, any Starbucks, McDonalds and Skytrain stations. But close to trees, birds and the sea. Sounds crazy? It was!

Everyone found the way to the ferry terminal of Tsawwassen on Friday afternoon, ready to start this adventure. The award for the biggest luggage goes to… Bart (who carried our food)! Two hours on the water passed by quickly with fun stories until we arrived on Salt Spring Island. Let’s get back to nature! That is exactly the feeling I had when we drove to our house. Hidden between the trees, we found our accommodation for the weekend. A huge wooden house with everything you could wish for: a big kitchen, a cozy living room, bedrooms with a view, luxurious bathrooms and all this surrounded by a terrace with a hot tub. Perfect! Once everyone explored the house, we settled in and prepared delicious spaghetti. With full bellies, the evening could start off with games and drinks. After a few exhausting games, it was time to relax. What could be a better spot to rest than a hot tub? Well, it was quite ‘cozy’ with 12 people in one hot tub and definitely fun! What a great night!

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Rise and shine, the next day started. The sunshine outside promised a lovely day. For some, it was harder to get out of the bed than for others, but we all managed. After we strengthened ourselves with breakfast, we explored the island with a small hike. We walked through a park where we spotted some fairytale doors in the trees and had a nice view over the forests of Salt Spring Island. We ended up having lunch in a park next to the city center of Ganges, a cute place with lovely stores.

The next activity was a tasting of Salt Spring’s famous Wild Cider. Surrounded by nature, we learned more about ciders and we tried ten different kinds, from dry to sweet ones. The sun was shining, so we could even take off our jackets. Back at the house, it was already time for dinner. The burgers were quickly prepared and even quicker eaten. The night continued with driving a bus, destroying the circle of death or trying to get plastic balls into cups.

Salt Spring week 6-2.jpgWhat a lovely view I had when waking up on Sunday: trees and sun! The view inside of the house was not that promising, as the last night left its traces. But as teamwork makes the dream work, the living room was soon shining again. So, Sunday started off easy with some fresh pancakes and fun stories of last night. Lucky as we were, we could get two of the three taxis that are available on the island. This time, the sun deck on the ferry earned its name and we could enjoy beautiful views on the way back to Vancouver.

I really had a good time with you and I am already looking forward to our next trip to the Rockies. See you on Wednesday to share all the fun stories of the weekend during our PuB NiGHT.

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Ready for Salt Spring Island?

It is already this weekend! The countdown is on! The next INTERNeX trip to Salt Spring Island is just about to start. I hope you are already as excited as I am. Here is the last information to get ready for the trip.

We are meeting on Friday at 2.30pm at the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen. To get there, you can take the Canada Line to Bridgeport Station and then the bus 620. It will take you about 1.5 hours from downtown, so keep that in mind. We will check in on the ferry and enjoy a few hours ride on the sea. Once we arrived on Salt Spring Island, we are going to settle in in our house and make ourselves comfortable. Dinner and games are on the programme for the night. So if you have any fun games, please take them with you!

Saturday, we are going to start off the day with an awesome breakfast. With enough energy, we will depart for a hike or for a visit in a cider tasting room. After spending the whole day in nature, it is time to relax in the hot tub or on the terrace. Burgers will be on the menu this night, before we continue with some games.

Oh and by the way, the house you see in the background here is the real one!

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After a relaxed breakfast on Sunday, we will pack our luggage again and head to the ferry. We will be back in Tsawwassen at around 5pm. You might wonder what to put in your luggage for a weekend on an island. Most important: warm shoes and clothes in which you can hike well, games for the nights and bathing clothes (for the hot tub). You do not need to bring any bed sheets with you. Since are travelling by public transport, make sure that you can carry your luggage easily.

I am already looking forward to a great weekend! If you have any more questions, I am happy to help.

See you tonight at the Beaver Bar!

– Kerstin

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