How was your weekend?

Weekend? What weekend? Still a little tired from all those days. I already hear some people think: What did he do? At the end of this blog post you will know exactly what was going on this weekend. So sit back and enjoy all my adventures I have been through this weekend.

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It all started on Friday. At 14:50 a plane landed at the airport of Vancouver. Not just a normal plane, but a plane with 7 German students on board who are going to study here in Canada for a semester or even longer. Because they didn’t know that much about Canada yet, it was our job to welcome them and show them Vancouver. After they landed, they had to get to the immigration to get their visa. Mandy and I already went to the hostel they are going to stay, so we can already check in and welcome them when they are arriving at the hostel.

So we got the keys and waited for their arrival. So we waited and waited and waited. Because the immigration was so busy, it took 5 hours to get them their visas. After a long wait they finally arrived at the hostel. We gave them some domino’s pizza, because they were starving. When they finished their pizza, they were so tired they took their luggage and went to bed. So now it was time for us to go to the Bourbon to say goodbye to Iris. After a night dancing in the cage, it was time for us to go, because we had a long day to go on Saturday.

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The alarm went off at 7 am, which means it was time to get ready for a busy day. We bought some bus tickets and drove to the hostel. We took the students to the bus and drove to the office. It was the first beautiful thing they were going to see today. At the office we prepared an orientation with a lot of facts about Canada and about the high schools here. During this orientation, they had a very Canadian breakfast from Tim Hortons, so they know how delicious Canadian food can be. After the orientation, we went to Stanley Park. We rented some bikes and did a bike ride to let them see how beautiful Stanley Park is. Of course we went to the totem poles, saw the beaches and the Lion Gate Bridge. After two hours cycling, we starting to get hungry again. We went to the Mongolian BBQ restaurant near the bike rental. What a delicious food they have there!

WhatsApp Image 2017-08-28 at 3.32.17 PMWhen we finished our bowls with meat and noodles, we went to the bus to go to Grandville Island. We did the scavenger hunt game, so they get to see the whole island in a funny way. The weather was nice, so our job was to get an ice cream and wait for them to come back. Because they did such a good job, we got really Canadian prizes for them: Maple syrup on a key cord. We went back to the beach next to the hostel. There was a volleyball net where we played a volleyball game. I don’t have to tell you how amazing my volleyball skills were. After our game we decided to have a BBQ on the beach with the master grill talent Tim. We ate out burgers and sausages during the sunset. To close the day, we had prepared a trivia game, to see if they paid attention today. After the trivia game it was time for us to say goodbye and get some sleep.

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Rise and shine, it was a new day. This day we went to the hostel again to have a breakfast at the cafe next to the hostel. After the check out, we went to downtown to do the Canada fly over. It is a simulation where you sit in a chair and fly above all kinds of landscapes you can find in Canada. It was really fun to do. After our flight, we went back to the hostel and so the students could be picked up to bring them to their home stay families. So we had a little bit weekend left.

After these active days, I decided to do some more relaxing thing. So I went to the Lynn Canyon to dive of a cliff. What a beautiful place here in Vancouver! Totally worth it to go there some day. Afterwards we ate some sushi and I finally went back to the hostel. It was a busy but very fun weekend. Hope your weekend was fun as well and you can tell me all about that the next PuBNiGHT. See you there!

– Bart

Fringe Festival Vancouver

Looking for something to do the next couple of days? Big fan of theatre but not of Broadway prices?Well then I have good news for you! Today the Vancouver International Fringe Festival, BC largest theatre festival will start!

The Vancouver Fringe Festival takes over Granville Island (and selected locations beyond) from September 9th to the 19th. This year’s Fringe has plenty of variety and is one of the best bangs for your buck for live theatre in Vancouver.80 groups will, in 11 days, provide 600 theatre performances! That means plenty of things to see and do!

Fringe offers a little something for everyone: there’s a wider variety of theatre than you’ll find in any other festival, artists workshops and nightly live music at the Fringe Bar. Need help figuring out what to see? Read on for some highlights, but make sure to visit the festival’s website or download the iPhone app for complete details.

Canary by Liesl Lafferty is a dark comedy about a young woman suddenly struck with a debilitating aversion to artificial light, leaving her living in a toxic world. Canary was originally read at the Cold Reading Series a couple of years ago and an early draft was performed to excellent reviews for both the script and the cast at last year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. Canary is at the Studio 16 theatre at 1555 West 7th Avenue.

Everybody loves a clown, and David Gaines’ 7(X1) Samurai is a one man retelling of the classic Japanese story of Seven Samurai in comedic form.  7(X1) Samurai shows at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.

Looks like you have your time cut out for you! There are plenty of performances for you to see! With prices starting from $5 per performance it is cheap to!

-Manouk