What to do on the weekend?

This weekend, we are all wearing green! It is St. Patrick’s Day and even if Ireland is a few kilometres away, this is a huge happening in Vancouver. Here are some ideas where to celebrate, but also how to avoid the green craziness.

St. Paddy’s Day, as the Irish call it themselves, will be celebrated in several places in the city. It doesn’t matter if you’re Irish or not, it is definitely going to be fun. The INTERNeX crew is going to drink some green beers with Vancouver’s students at the UBC. This party is nearly sold 5535679756_798fe4019e_nout, so be fast if you still want to join us.

Next to that, every Irish pub in Vancouver is hosting a green party. There will be a huge one at Blarney Stone, where we celebrated the kick-off of the festival past Saturday (some of you might remember that awesome night). You can spend your entire day there, from brunch in the morning to live music at night.

Another famous location for Saturday is ‘Doolin’s Irish Pub’ at Nelson Street. You can get breakfast from 10 o’ clock on and dance to live music throughout the day and night. So, get your green clothes out of your closet or buy some cheap accessories (Dollarama or Dollartree) and celebrate like the Irish.

Or does all this seem a bit too crazy and you are not in party mood this weekend? Then I have another idea for you: take a walk and take some beautiful photos. The Cherry Blossom Festival is starting right now. You can find many Whitcomb cherries that are blooming already. To find the best spots, you can take a look at this map. Just grab your camera and put on your walking shoes, there you go!

My outfit is ready and I am really looking forward to seeing you at the UBC party tomorrow! For the rest of you, have fun celebrating St. Paddy’s or enjoying the sun outside this weekend!

– Kerstin

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Candidate Exposé – Blanca Alanis

Blanca AlanisI am Blanca, 22 years old, from Monterrey in Mexico and I am studying International Marketing at UDEM. This is my last summer as a student, so I decided to come and do my internship and have an international experience. Internex has an alliance with my school and I was looking for an internship program in Canada, and so my teacher of international experiences gave me this option.

I chose an internship because you have the chance to work in another country where the culture is so different than your home. So besides working in the things you like and what you want to do, maybe the rest of your life, you can also learn here how the work-environment is in a different part of the world. Besides that you will be able to bring your culture here as well, and take good things from the place you worked at to your country.

At my placement you have to be a person who enjoys to work, being proactive will helpBlanca Alanis (words) you to gain their confidence so they will trust you to do tasks that they don’t give to an intern normally. If you have creative skills and know how to work under pressure you will make it in this job. I have to say that being an outgoing person will help you to make friends at work and it makes an easier going environment. And the last thing that has helped me a lot is being efficient. They love it when you do your tasks well and fast and when you keep asking for more tasks.

My first impression when I arrived, I remembered I said “It’s super green here”. Every time you are walking or sit in the bus, wherever you turn your head, there are trees and gardens everywhere. At first, I was scared of being by myself at night but you get used to it and you realize that Vancouver is a safe place.

I attend quite some activities and pub nights, and I really like that they organise these things. It helps you in making friendships and to go out. They are such good persons, if you have a question you can ask them and they will help you, they make you feel part of the group from the beginning. I have been to the pub nights, the different museums, beaches, grouse mountain, garibaldi lake, victoria, Lynn Canyon, etc.

What I like most about Vancouver is that the people are kind, the city is super clean and green, the recycling system, how the economy here is thanks to small business and that the city is made for public transportation and bikes, not only for cars.

I didn’t really had difficulties, at first it was just getting used to use the public transportation and feel comfortable knowing that they are safe and always on time.

The most memorable thing I did so far I have to say that being on the top of the garibaldi lake made me feel great, I was tired of waking up so early and I was just about to not going, because I just wanted to sleep but I knew I had to go. It’s a long hike and takes you the whole day, so if you are patience you will enjoy the great and beautiful view. That’s how life works, patience is a virtue and if you learn to wait and being perseverant, at the end everything will be worth it.

This experience inspired me to travel more. Now I know that I want to work in different places, because I like to understand and live the different cultures. I don’t have a specific place, life takes you where you need to be, and so if the opportunity comes to me I’ll go anywhere.

Internex was helpful for me because they help you in the process of finding an internship in what you really want to do. They have different events that give you the opportunity to meet friends and they help you also during your stay to make you feel comfortable and answer all your questions.

The first thing I will do when I get back home is see my family, friends and my dog!!, they are the one who I miss the most, also my food of course, ill see them while we eat some tacos.

– Blanca

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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St. Patricks Day Review

That was one insane night…

We met in front of Joseph Richards on Granville street at 9pm to go into the club. After a short queuing line we hang our jackets and went for our free green beer, which by the way taste like normal beer. The club was already busy and we joined the others on the dance floor. Even that it was St. Patricks Day the DJ did not play any Irish music, good for us and our dance moves.

Of course we had our regular dance battles in the INTERNeX circle, which is so much fun. If you do not know what I mean, I mean the times we are standing/dancing around in a circle and someone is dancing in the middle of the circle.

If you want to see more pictures of the ‘Green Party’, click here  and if you have some pictures you want to share, upload them on Facebook or send us a mail and we will upload them for you.

We hope you all had a great evening and we will see you on Friday for the Mexican Dinner

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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PuB NiGHT Review

Yesterday it was time to meet for a after-whistler-beer and a pre-rockies-beer. Also a great discount on the rockies trip was given away to the winner of the quarters tournament and some other nice prizes were won.

We met at the Bismarck where we were welcomed with free nachos and 3$ beer, what else do you want? Some of us ordered food and once everyone was finished eating we started the quarters tournament with Lesley from Westtrek. Pairs played against each other and the winner went trough to the next round. In the finals Fredrikke played agains Mohammed and after some intense moments Fredrikke won the $50 discount for the Rockies trip. However Mohammed did not go empty handed he won a big bus tickets for two days.

After everyone was calmed down and has some more drink we started our quiz. Charlotte was the winner of the quiz and won a big bus ticket for two days and a very green lucky cup. Claudia and Fredrikke won some great sunglasses and Lisa won a nice INTERNeX shirt.

More pictures can be found here.

See you at our next pub night or at the Giants game on Friday!

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International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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St. Patricks Day

St. Patricks Day is coming up on March 17th another excuse to let crazy-you out. We will celebrate Paddy’s day by joining the party at Joseph Richards, one of the hottest clubs in Vancouver.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland, he brought the christianity to Ireland. And that’s a reason to celebrate. The Shamrock is ‘the sign’ of Ireland and St. Patricks day, because Saint Patrick used the Shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagans. Paddys day is every year on March 17th, because that is the day he died and to honor him the Irish folks celebrate him. And if you missed it, green is the color to wear on that day.

If you want to join us for this remarkable event please buy you tickets before March 12th at our office or Pub Nights. The ticket cost $10 and includes the entrance fee and one free green beer. The dress code for this Party is of course green.

We will meet at 9pm in front of the Joseph Richards were will give you your ticket and will than all go in and have our first green beer together.

We hope you will join us for this green party

ps: we will not have a Pub Night on March 19th

INTERNeX Canada: Highlights of the week Ep12

This week’s episode of Highlights Of The Week is going to be about a couple of smaller things, which are still exciting and not to be overlooked, even though they are more part of the daily life in Vancouver.

Me not being in town for that long yet, I found it very noticeable on how many of the bigger houses in town the people seem to have designed little parks. They planted big trees on their houses, right there. I found that very peculiar, but it also makes me realize how ‘green’ a city Vancouver is and to what great length its inhabitants are willing to be creative that it is and stays this way. So this is a little daily highlight for me, because I can see many of these ‘parks’ on my way to the office each morning.

Another thing which I found absolutely adorable and which would come in very handy as a souvenir are these Red Vancouver Mittens. For $10 each, about $4 go to the Canadian Olympic foundation and therefore support the Canadian athletes during the next Olympic games in 2014. For me, this would be a souvenir highlight, which you can actually use in your daily life. Because winter will come as sure as the sun will set down tonight.

Concerning the more active highlights this week, I shall not forget to mention our very successful PuB NiGHT on Wednesday. We went to The Warehouse downtown which was especially great for our candidates under 19. The Warehouse is primarily a restaurant and therefore you can enjoy some time there, even if you are under age. We will try to do that once in a while now, to not leave you guys behind, so to speak. Upcoming events and things to do are the first Vancouver Color Run today, where you can celebrate life and happiness while watching how others stay in shape. And of course last but not least, the Giants hockey game we will go to on Sunday. Meeting point is Waterfront Station at 12.10 pm, so don’t forget. Go Giants!!!

So I hope you will enjoy the weekend and I will see you guys at the next PuB NiGHT, right?

Best,

Annika

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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INTERNeX Canada: Raincouver or Suncouver?

Everybody knows about Raincouver, we always make jokes of that  in the orientations with our new candidates…  But lately what is my surprise? The most of the newcomers says oh no, it’s ok, actually is not that bad, it’s better than home … What???

https://i0.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8331/8090958288_89ac2863d7_m.jpgIn Spain everybody has the mental image of Canada like the North Pole…even after 5 months here, and a perfect and sunny summer at Vancouver, my friends still advise my Irene please wear proper clothes, Canada is extremely cold!

And as Spanish, and more if you live in Madrid where the average temperature of the year is around 20 grades Celsius of course is not that crazy to think that Canada is pretty cold! But grandma, friends… Canada in general is cold, but Vancouver is kind of warm. It rains yes, I won’t deny, but it’s not (so far) a heavy rain, so the most the times you can walk without umbrella.

Vancouver has around 160 days of rain per year…do you know how many days in Madrid?  58!!But investigating a little bit  about the rainiest European cities; here is the top ten!

1.Copenhagen, Denmark 251
2. Oslo, Norway 232
3. London, UK 226
4. Brussels, Belgium 220
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands 214
6. Helsinki, Finland 203
7. Stockholm, Sweden 164
8. Vienna, Austria 160
9. Prague, Czech Republic 143
10. Dublin, Ireland 139

Now I understand! We have so many people from Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands… and it rains more there that here!!!But not more, it rains almost 100 days more…oh god! I don’t know why Spanish people we always associated Canada like the rainiest and coldest place in the world…and then you just got surprise that not that far from home it can be much colder and rainier!https://i0.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8423/7790295924_67847e6f8a_m.jpg

Speaking in general the weather in Vancouver,  is not that bad!( I am Spanish..remember 20 grades, 58 raining days… so trust me!)It’s even warm! Of course I am not going to wear flip flop or sandals like some locals…but I am not lying, you can live perfectly here! And in some point you will even like the rain! Why do you think Vancouver is so green?

So for some people will be Raincouver but for other people can be Suncouver.. Oh god I love differences!

Enjoy the rain or the sun!

Cheers,

Irene

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