Review: PuB NiGHT at the Charles Bar

Yesterdays Pub Night was at the Charles Bar in Gastown and we had a great night again! It is a more quiet bar then we are used to, but we still had a blast and we were happy to see you all again!

The Charles Bar is located in the famous Woodward’s building. It is a V-shaped pub with lots of choices in food and drinks. There are big TV screens around the whole pub, which makes it easy to watch sports. In the weekend it is pretty busy and it has local Vancouver DJs.

I18575359_1755589474456496_262144517_ot was a great night with lots of talking and some drinks. We had lots of fun hearing your travel stories. Unfortunately it was Nicholas’ last PuB NiGHT so we wrote some nice stories about him on his Canadian Flag. It is sad to see quite some people are leaving in May, but there are also quite some new people coming in and there are so many fun PuB NiGHTS coming up!

Thank you all for last night and hopefully see you guys in Stanley Park this weekend!

– Tess

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

Review: PuB NiGHT at 131 Water

Yesterday was my first time at INTERNEX’s PuB NiGHT and it was truly amazing. This time we played some games and had some drinks in 131 Water. I was amazed by the big group that showed up. Thank you all for joining our PuB NiGHT and creating this great experience.20170125_213621

131 Water is a pub in Gastown where you can drink, eat and play lots of games. Besides that they also host parties. When you are at 131 Water, you can simply enjoy a beer or go for a good cocktail or a glass of wine. There is also a lot of good food available in the pub.

In the beginning of the evening we decided to try Jenga. However, we noticed really soon that this game is really hard to play with a big crowd. Stones were flying everywhere and therefore we decided to pick another game. The second game, Pictionary, was a bit easier to play with a group, but still not durable for a group bigger than six. Everybody who joined could show all their talents in drawing and in a small time, we became true artists. More and more people joined us and started to play games as well. Eventually we started to play 20170125_213548Cards Against Humanity, as this
was the easiest game to play with a pretty big
group. While we were playing Cards Against Humanity, another table started to play Jenga. That table had more luck with Jenga and did play it for a while. On the other side there were people playing a nice game Male Vs. Female.

It was really nice getting to know all of you during this PuB NiGHT. I hope you are as excited as I am about these PuB NiGHTS and that I will see you this Sunday during the Chinese New Year parade or next week again!


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

Review: PuB NiGHT @ The Met

The Met was again amazing! Thanks to everyone! The Met gets busier every week, which makes it even better!

The Met is a pub in Gastown. On Wednesday it organizes karaoke night with an amazing DJ. You can also do lots of other activities like pool, table tennis and table soccer. Another good part is that the prices for drinks are pretty cheap.

16111142_1327339673971376_69836490_n.jpgIn the beginning of the evening we had a chat with each other and met the new INTERNeX candidates. One new candidate of us, Nils, has worked at a casino so he taught us how blackjack is played in casinos, which was great! After playing some card games, table tennis and table soccer, karaoke finally started at 9:30! We sang all kinds of different songs from High School Musical to the Script. It was also really nice to listen to the other people singing and singing their songs together from our table.

I had an amazing evening and I hope you all did too! See you Saturday at Cypress Mountain or next week!!

– Janel

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


Guess what we did last the weekend? The headline is actually already revealing about what we did, right?! IMG_3342Yeees; since it was my last weekend we had a Christmas Dinner in The Old Spaghetti Factory in the heart of Gastown in association with doing Secret Santa. It was so much fun!
Especially after unwrapping the gifts everyone was even more intended on a certain gift.

Okay … First of all I should probably explain the rules. We used dice for exchanging our presents and every ‘dice-number’ had it’s own rule, for instance when you diced #1 everyone had to pass his/her gift to his/her right. That was one of the easier/more boring rules but of course we also had rules, which made the game pretty thrilling. #5 for example: IMG_3338the person who diced could exchange all the presents, which means that you maybe already had your favourite gift but then you ‘lost’ your present. We played 3 rounds with wrapped presents and then another 2 with unwrapped ones. And as I already said: As soon as all presents were unwrapped everyone already had an eye on his/her favourite one and wanted to get that particular gift or wished that he/she wouldn’t get a certain gift … 😀

After the dinner we headed to The Cambie because one of my roommate had her bye-bye party there. Unfortunately the lineup was so long that we decided to go to another pub. Nevertheless we spent a very nice evening at the Steamworks Brew Pub until they closed.


On Sunday we certainly didn’t miss the chance attending at the annual Santa Claus Parade. Even though it was rainy and cold it seemed like all the volunteers and participants had a lot of fun entertaining all the spectators.

The Parade has more than 3,500 participants, over 400 volunteers and attracts around 300,000 spectators to downtown Vancouver every year. More than 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups featured this year’s parade. It’s also one of the largest food and fund raising events for the Food Bank. Since 2004, the Parade has collected $141,800 even though they don’t charge you any admission fee. In my opinion that’s quite impressive, don’t you think?


Yay! It’s Wednesday again, half of the week is almost done and that means it’s time for another PuB NiGHT.

This time we’re going to check out a new bar called The Charles. The bar is located in the heart of Gastown, in the ground floor of the famous Woodward’s building, in 136 West Cordova Street (between Cambie Street and Abbott Street).IMG_1960

Here a little background information about why the Woodward’s building is so famous:

Once the Woodward’s building was North America’s largest shopping center, situated in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver and built by Charles Woodward in 1903. First of all the store was famous for its Christmas window displays, its basement Food Floor and the “W” sign at the top of the building. In those days the area of Cordova Street was the primary shopping address in Vancouver. In 1993, Woodward’s went bankrupt and closed doors. During the same time, the area around the Woodward’s building started to decline socially and economically. In 2003 the City of Vancouver started to redevelop the building.

Hope I didn’t bore you too much with this.

See you tonight! We will meet up at 7:30pm, as usual.

By the way have you already seen the FlyOver Canada event on Facebook?


Another week is nearly over aaaand it’s time to get out and enjoy the weekend. Still haven’t decided what to do? Don’t panic I have some suggestions for you:

My weekend is already fully booked and according to the forecast it seems like we will all have awesome weather for some outdoor activity. Since it’s supposed to be very nice on Saturday I’m going to see a horse race at the Hastings Racecourse. You also would like to see a horse race during your time here? So than you have to be very quick! It will be the last horserace weekend for this year. The season ends in October and first starts in April 2016 again. I’m actually really excited because it’s obviously something you don’t do that often.IMG_1827

For those who haven’t done the “standard-tourist-activities-stuff” yet you should definitely make use of the weather by going to Stanley Park, Grouse Mountain,
Queen Elizabeth Park or Granville Island. These are amazing places where you have a gorgeous view on the skyline of Vancouver.

To get into the Halloween mood you should absolutely join the walking tours organized by Forbidden Vancouver. On Friday “The Lost Souls of Gastown”-walking tour is only available at 7:00pm; the other departure times are already full booked. 6511936281_baaf4f47d0_bThe tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. For Sunday you still have the opportunity to choose between the 7:00pm and 8:00pm tour. The tickets are around $22. You are transported back to the 1800s when Vancouver was a frontier town with lots of violence. Do not expect a conventional walking tour! You get to know Vancouver,
especially surroundings in Gastown, a little better with some of its dramatic, terrible and forgotten plagues.

Don’t miss our Aquarium event on Sunday! The Aquarium is located in the beautiful Stanley Park.If you’re a student, above 18 years of age and have a student card, you’ll be able to enter the aquarium for ~ $20. 12463370883_aefdac5219_bIf you do not have a student card it’s ~ $29. The aquarium hosts a huge number of different animals ranging from colorful fish to penguins, and there’s always various activities going on at the aquarium. Currently there is a special offer: You save $2 on admission when you display a valid transit pass, such as a FareCard (monthly pass).


We will meet up at 1:30pm at the bus stop WB w Pender St NS Granville St.


Thanksgiving is just around the corner associated with a long weekend. Tonight INTERNeX is celebrating this traditional holiday in the highest restaurant in the city. That means we can enjoy our Thanksgiving Dinner with an amazing panoramic view on the 42nd floor. 20842642862_a0b1884807_bUnfortunately the weather isn’t that good, actually it’s pretty bad. Therefore we are not able to see the gorgeous sunset. Nevertheless I’m pretty sure when the lights turn on in the whole city it’ll be awesome.
On Saturday I’m going to Victoria to explore a part of the beautiful Vancouver Island. Have you been there before? I’m looking forward to go there.
As I’ve heard it’s an amazing city where you can experience a lot. Especially the nightlife is known for the enviable cocktail and beer scene. If you’ve never been to Victoria before I guess it would definitely be worth it. On Monday I’ll have Thanksgiving Dinner with my homestay family. Most of you will certainly celebrate Thanksgiving with their homestay family as well.

But what else could you do on the weekend?
For those of you who love to celebrate one of the most famous German events Harvest House is organizing an Oktoberfest on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. It’s the last weekend so don’t miss your chance.
If you are interested in history you shouldn’t miss the Walking Tours hosted by Forbidden Vancouver. “The lost souls of Gastown” is a kind of Halloween adventure so it’s not just for those who are interested in history. Feel the creepy spirit even now.

Have a nice weekend!