How was your weekend?

Monday morning: I’m crawling to the office. No, it’s not because it’s a burden to be here, but rather because of the activities from the weekend that really overstrained my legs.

Well, let’s start with Friday: Thanks to several incidents, I could finish work early. So, happy-me leaving the office at 3pm thought it would be a great idea to do some workouts. Well, not the greatest idea if “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster” aka the Grouse Grind is scheduled for Sunday. But everybody makes mistakes and at least I didn’t think of it during my easy Netflix and chill evening at home.

37245582_1863586617036026_1984390210623897600_nSaturday morning, I woke up with a smile on my face because a beach-day promised a great time. Clever-me put on some sunscreen and headed off to Sunset Beach to meet some of you guys. When I arrived, a few of the Vargas-Gang were already enjoying the sun, playing some beach games and just had some easy and fun conversations. It was a really nice and relaxing day, I definitely enjoyed it. Despite burning my back and neck. 😦 At home I tried to bake some small flatbreads. Yes, “tried”. They turned out to be buns rather than flatbread, but oh well. They’re still edible. 😉

Of course, after Saturday, there is Sunday. This day I woke up quite early to watch the FIFA World Cup final. We met at Malone’s to see France conquer Croatia. It was an exciting match. At 11am it was time to meet at Waterfront for our big hike. I was really happy to see so many of you showing up. So, the 13 of us fought our way up to the summit.

2,830 stairs to take. 853m to gain. 2.9km to leave behind. And we made it! At the Top
It was quite exhausting, but the feeling we had when we arrived at the top was just amazing – not to forget the view, of course! We spend some hours on top of Grouse Mountain, saw some bears, had a good lunch (some schnäcks😂), took amazing pictures and had some fun talks. While waiting for the gondola to take us down, we met Cleo, the resident barn owl from Grouse Mountain. Half an hour plus a Gondola ride later, we all collapsed in the Shuttle-Bus heading to Waterfront Station. It was an exhausting day, but it was totally worth it. Thanks for joining our day trip and I hope to see you all soon!

Don’t forget – we are going to see The Lion King in the OpenAir Cinema at Ceperley Meadow in Stanley Park tomorrow!

See you then!

– Elisabeth

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Smart Saver Vancouver

Summer is getting closer, which means the days are getting longer and especially warmer. It’s the time of the year where people spend more time outdoors than indoors. And also, people are more active. Hiking is a great and cheap way to discover the beauty Canada has to offer. So, here are some ideas of great hikes to do.

In North Vancouver, there are many hiking trails. The Baden Powell Trail is one of the most famous ones. The trail is going through the entire North Shore mountain range. It is therefore linking several parks together along its way. The Baden Powell trail can be entered through different points. Depending on which entry is taken, a hike can take up to 5 hours. When entering the trail at Lynn Canyon Park, you can cross a suspension bridge (for free) and enjoy several wonderful views along the river.

The Grouse Grind hiking trail is another well-known hike in Vancouver. It is a 2.9km long trail that brings you to the top of Grouse Mountain. From there, you have a beautiful view over Vancouver. The trail is also known as ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster’ because there is a total amount of 2830 stairs to climb. The hike takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the skill level of the hiker.

If you would like to get out of Vancouver, how about doing a hike on Bowen Island? For around $18 and 20 minutes on the ferry, you get on the island. There, you can do the Mount Gardener hike. Mount Gardener is the tallest mountain on Bowen Island with 719m elevation. The trail is a 10km round trip that offers a panoramic view of Port Mellon, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. There are several routes one can take to get to the top. The hike is not an easy one: it can take 5 to 6 hours until you’re at the top of the mountain.

So, grab your hiking shoes, pack enough snacks and water in your backpack and discover one of many hiking trails Vancouver has to offer.

See you all tonight at the Library Square for PuB NiGHT!

– Nadine

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How was your weekend?

Mond… uh, Tuesday again. That means weekend is over and back to normal life. We could enjoy one extra day off because of thanksgiving. A day I spent well. If you are curious about what I did this weekend, keep reading and you will find out.

We celebrated Thanksgiving a little earlier than the rest of Canada. On Friday we went to White Spot to have diner together. For me a thanksgiving diner is not complete without turkey, so turkey it was. After we finished our meals, we took the bus to Granville to continue the night in the Yale Saloon. We learned how to line dance and we rode a bull. Yale saloon is a fun place where I will definitely go back again.

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This weekend I also did the Grouse Grind. Man, what a lot of stairs! It took us 1 hour and 8 minutes to get to the top. We enjoyed some food with a nice view. When we finished our food we went to the bears and saw the Lumberjack show. Afterwards we ate something at the Warehouse and we closed the day in the Bourbon.

On thanksgiving we rented a boat on Granville Island. We drove past the Lighthouse Park and Bowen Island all the way to Anvil Island. We saw a lot of seals laying on the rocks. Despite driving a boat was harder than I thought, it was a very relaxing day. I hope you all had a weekend as fun as mine and I see you at PuB NiGHT tomorrow!

– Bart

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Candidate Exposé – Nicholas Kesteloot

My name is Nicholas and I am from Brussels, Belgium. I am 21 years old and I am finishing my third year of my marketing bachelor. I decided to come to Canada mostly to experience a different working environment and mentality, but also because I like traveling in general. Besides that Vancouver specifically was a city I wanted to visit.

Nicholas Kesteloot

I found INTERNeX through a man named Jacques Allemeersch. He came to my school in Belgium talking about the possibility to do an internship in Canada or New Zeeland. So through him I came in contact with INTERNeX. I was placed for a practicum at a tour company located in downtown Vancouver. They do trips to the Rockies, Seattle, Tofino and more, and also organises parties and events. I really like it there! You need to be initiative and responsible here, and being charismatic and creative also comes in quite handy. The practicum is part of my university program and will very likely be a useful asset on my resume.

During my stay in Vancouver I lived in a homestay, which INTERNeX found. My first impression of Vancouver was not that great because I really did not like my first homestay and also because there was an unusual snowstorm when I arrived. However, I really like the city now and wish I could have stayed longer.

I have attended most of the pub nights the INTERNeX PR-team organises, and I think they are great (and necessary) as they allow you to meet other people in similar situations from all around the world. If I could give one recommendation, it would be to make some kind of introductory game at pub nights for new students so they get fully integrated. I didn’t participate in any trips however, mostly because I could do trips for free through my internship.

Activities I did and places I visit are; hikes on the Grouse Grind, Lynn Canyon, Deep Cove Nicholas Kesteloot (words)and Lighthouse Park, I have been on tours to the Rockies, Seattle and Whistler. What I like most about Vancouver and Canada are the great outdoors, and the possibility to hike in the summer and ski/snowboard in the winter. The most memorable thing I’ve done here is probably playing ice hockey on Lake Louise. There were also some challenges during my stay in Canada, like understanding the prices and especially finding good food for a good price.

I have already liked travelling prior to my stay in Vancouver, so it didn’t really inspire me to travel more, but I am definitely interested in coming back to Vancouver. INTERNeX was helpful for me because they helped me find an internship and a homestay, and it allowed me to meet more people from all around the world who are also doing internships or working, so I might recommend it to others.

When I get back home I will first get back in touch with my friends and family, but I also have some administration to do to get ready for next year.

– Nicholas

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What to do on the weekend

Only a few hours to go and then it’s weekend again! There is a lot to do this weekend, so make the best out of it by using this as an inspiration for your plans.

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This is the weekend of the festivals and street parties and some are for free. If you would like to experience one of the many festivals in Vancouver, then you can join INTERNeX at the Khatsahlano street party on Saturday. This is a huge one-day street party held in Kitsilano. During this street party you can listen to one of the many artists on one of the stages. Besides that there are also a lot of food trucks, an artisan market and many demonstrations and activities at this street party.

If you would rather practice your salsa moves, then you should definitely go to Carnaval del Sol on Saturday or Sunday. This festival is part of the Latin festival and features live music with about 400 artists and dance performances. Besides that you could enjoy the music at the Summer Sunday Concert Series in Burnaby. Are you more interested in classic music? Vancouver has that covered for you too! On Sunday you can go to Symphony in the Park where you can listen to a free concert of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

If you are more interested in theatre rather than music, then you could go to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival or Theatre Under the Stars. During Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival you can watch one of the Shakespeare plays in Vanier Park. If you would rather see a more modern theatre play, then you can go to Theatre Under the Stars this weekend. This weekend they are playing Marry Poppins. These performances are a bit more pricy, but are definitely worth it.

It is supposed to be good weather on Saturday and Sunday, so you could also try out the Grouse Grind, which opened 2 weeks ago. If you are planning on doing the Grouse Grind, do not forget to bring enough water with you, as it is a rough hike.

Whatever you are planning on doing this weekend, have a lot of fun! See you at the Khatsalano street party or at next week’s PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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What to do on the weekend

Sun is out and it is almost weekend! I hope you are excited as we are, since it is Canada Day weekend. That means there is a lot to do, especially since the weather forecast is looking great! Since there are a lot of places to go to on Canada day, it can be hard to choose.

If you have no clue yet, it is always easy and super fun to join our trip to Victoria on July 1st. We will meet at Tsawwassen ferry terminal at 8.30 am and from there we will take the ferry to Swartz Bay at 9 am. You can purchase your ferry ticket at the terminal. From Swartz Bay we will use public transport to get to Victoria. There will be free concerts starting at 12 pm at the inner harbour of Victoria and there is a lot to see in general. You can see all the details here.

When you decide to stay in Vancouver, a great place to go is Canada Place. The daytime SONY DSCfestival on Saturday will be held from 11.00 am to 10.00 pm and on Sunday from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Highlights are live performances, citizenship ceremony welcoming 150 new Canadians, the North Point Lounge serving beer and wine and on Sunday you can enjoy a nice pancake breakfast. But the best of it all must be the fireworks, which start 10.30 pm on Saturday.

If you rather escape the big crowds on Canada day, it can be nice to do some hikes this weekend. The famous Grouse Grind is open now and it will be a great challenge to complete during your stay here. You will find easier hikes in Deep Cove and Lynn Canyon, which will give you great scenery. Besides that the weekend is also there to relax a little bit, and therefore it could be nice to find some peace on one of the beaches of Vancouver. We just uploaded our new episode of the INTERNeX Explorer, where we show you Vancouver’s most famous beaches, so that might be worth checking out!

We wish you a happy (and for some of you long) weekend with a lot of sunshine, red and white shirts, and we hope to see you all in Victoria tomorrow!

– Tess

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Smartsaver Vancouver

Summer is finally here! During summer time there is a lot to do around Vancouver and there are some good cheap options for that! So to get your summer started here are some ideas.

From July 4th till August 22nd you can watch an outdoor movie for free on Second Beach. They are a part of the Evo Summer Cinema series and all you have to do is bring your own chair or blanket, or just sit on the grass if you don’t mind! You can download the free Outdoor Movies BC App to see the schedule!

They also show outdoor movies in Burnaby, North Vancouver and at Canada Place. Burnaby shows movies on Sundays from July 9th till August 27th. The dates for North Vancouver differ, so make sure to look that up if you decide to go. Every Thursday night there will be a movie at Canada Place from July 27th till August 31st. All of these movies are free to watch!

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If you would like to become a little more active this summer you can take Zumba classes at Canada place. Every Monday from July 24th till August 28th you can join the free Zumba class! Or hike the Grouse Grind to see the beautiful view from the top of the mountain. If you hike up, you only have to pay $10 to take the Gondola back down.

If it becomes too warm to do something active you can always cool down in the Kitsilano pool. The pool is located at Kitsilano Beach and the admission is only $5.86!

You might have been thinking about doing a boat tour around Vancouver, but these can be quite expensive, so a great alternative to that is taking the Aquataxi. The Aquataxi will take you around downtown, but it’s only around $6!

And let’s not forget that all the beaches around Vancouver are free and a perfect place to spend a lazy day!

I hope to see you all tonight on PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle

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