Smart Saver

Its sunday, so it is time for another Smart Saver. This week we are hoping the weather continues as its been earlier this week and we can save on some outdoor activities.

 

Have you ever heard of Geocaching?

It is an outdoor treasure-hunt type activity wherein participants use a GPS or mobile phone to track down containers (called ‘geocaches’) anywhere in the world. Typically, a geocache is a small waterproof container that contains a logbook where you would enter when you found it and any other comments. After signing the log, the cache must be placed back exactly it was found. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets.Searching for a Geocache can either be fairly simple (in someone’s backyard) to intensely hard (tied to a pinecone in a tree among hundreds of other trees in Stanley Park), so you can start with an easy hunt and work your way to the near-impossible.

Not only is geocaching a great way to spend some time outdoors, it also lets you explore areas of Vancouver that you would never have thought to venture to. There are classes that you can take to introduce yourself to the game. Or, you can log in to geocaching.com to begin urban treasure hunting whenever you want. Rumour has it that Vancouver has around 4,000 Geocaches located around the city and the surrounding suburbs, so get a GPS, grab a friend, and get geocaching!

 

River tubing in North Vancouver down to the Capilano River

Get yourself a tube, some friends, life jackets would be a good idea, a paddle or two would be handy, beer is essential, and make sure you start before high noon. Start out by the fish hatchery, bob down some rapids, cruise past the cliff jumping in Granny’s Cove, fly down some more crazy rapids (hold on to each other!), avoid the fisherman’s lines, get stuck in a large pool of still water, bump down more crazy rapids, and in the end – avoid the large turbine before getting spit out by Park Royal Mall in West Vancouver. You can buy a tube from Canadian Tire (~$15), most of them even come with a cup holder and bum netting. Tie your tubes together and jump in.

 

 Grouse Grind & BCMC Trail

If you either don’t like how packed the grouse grind is during summer or if you just don’t want to pay $10 to get down again, you should try the trail that runs parallel. It is called the BCMC trail (marked by tiny orange squares hammered to trees) and is a fine alternative to the usual Grind and you can walk down again, so its for free. Be careful though, go too far in a different direction and you may become lost. Take the trail that points right at the signpost that says <–GROUSE GRIND –>BADEN POWELL but do not go too far along the Baden Powell trail. Make sure the tiny sign you are following reads BCMC, not BP.

 

 

But if the weather stays bad and you just want to hide somewhere in a pub, we found this great page for you, with “the best happy hours in town”. It shows you where and when you can get the best offers for great food and drinks.

 

We hope you all had a great weekend so far and you will have some fun with our smart saver for the upcoming week!!

 

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

 

 

Distillery tour& tasting

This weekend we have the chance to take part in a tour through one of Vancouvers great distilleries, so we are going to postpone our trip to the grouse grind to another weekend. But don’t worry if you wanted to join us to our grouse grind hike, we will do it in a few weeks, on the weekend of the 9th of august.

However the tour on sunday will be in the Liberty Distillery on Granville Island. The distillery just opened in 2013 and is famous for their hand crafted spirits. We will have a ~40min tour through their distillery to see how they work and get their distillation process explained. Afterwards there will be a tasting for those people of age.

The tour will start at 1pm, and will be $10/ per person. Since we have to be there about 15min before the tour starts we are going to meet at 12.15 pm at the bus stop of line 50 towards “50 S. False Creek Via Granville Isl.”  WB Water St FS Abbott St. Please be in time, because the bus is leaving a few minutes later.

Please sign up on our event until friday if you want to join us.

Hope many of you will join us for this fun event!!

 

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

 

Time to say Goodbye

Today it is time for me to say ‘Goodbye’ to everyone. I stayed in Vancouver now for two months, at INTERNeX for one month. The time in Vancouver is gone so fast; it feels like I am just arrived. However, I had an amazing time in Vancouver, thank you all for this! I will go back home with a lot of new experiences and I am sure that I will never forget this great time in Canada, it really impressed me.

 

Of course I also want to say a big ‘Thank you’ to INTERNeX, thank you Tim, Simon, Lisa, Mina and of course the PR-Crew; Alex, Selina and Danie! Thanks for the great help and the nice days together in the office. I’m sure that this experiences which I could do because of you all will be useful in my further life.
The most impressed trip in Vancouver was definitely my trip to the Rocky Mountains for almost four days. I have never seen such an amazing nature like this before. I really hope to be able to go there again, if you did not go there before, you really shouldn’t miss it! But there were also some more trips which were really cool; of course the Grouse Mountain with the Grouse Grind, the hike on Bowen Island, to see whales in nature or just every single PuB NiGHT which was always fun. Actually every single day was an amazing day in Vancouver!

 

I hope you all will enjoy the rest of your time in Vancouver, especially the summer in this amazing city. I really hope to get the chance to come back some time.  But for now, it is time to say ‘Goodbye Canada’!

Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye,

Ole

 

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

 

Highlights of the month June

July welcomed us with sunshine and Canada day, it’s going to be a beautiful month! However before we really start July lets see what we did in June and we are going to do in July.

We started June with a White Water Rafting / Camping trip to Chilliwack with the one and only Lee. He picked us op on Saturday afternoon and we drove down to Chilliwack. There we set up our tents and enjoyed the night. The next morning it was time to go rafting and after an amazing time on the water we came back to the camp for lunch and a last game of volleyball.

On the 21th of June we went to the Pint to watch the soccer game Germany against Ghana. We had a nice little brunch before the game started and afterwards most of us decided to enjoy the sun by either going to the beach or for a bike ride around Stanley Park.

We ended the month with a Pub&Club night where we also sadly had to say goodbye to our intern Daniela. We will miss here, but we are sure she will have a blast traveling and wish here all the best for the future.

The first of July will of course be celebrated with joining the parade and watching the fireworks. On the 12th of July we will relax at the Khatsahlano street party with music performances, little markets and food trucks. On the 20th of July we will to for a hike at the Grouse Grind and on the last weekend of July it is time for our monthly overnight trips. This time to Victoria.

As you just heard we have many fun activities planned for you in July, so make sure you check Facebook regular or come to our pub nights to get the newest information about the activities. (ps: our next pub night will be on the beach again!)

We hope you enjoyed our little video and let us know what your favorites were in June and what you would like to do while you are here! 

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

Time to say goodbye…

Today it’s my last day at the INTERNeX office and I will end my 18-week internship at INTERNeX. Also that’s gonna be my final blog and I want to thank everybody for this awesome time here in Vancouver. During my 18-week internship I did awesome trips and activities but of course I also learned a lot of things, which are useful for my studies back home. That’s why I want to say a big THANK YOU to Tim and Simon. And of course thank you to Alexandra, Ole and well how can I forget him CRAZY Alex, you guys made my days in the office 🙂 

During my time here in Vancouver I saw a lot’s of amazing places such as Whistler, the breathtaking Rockies, the surfer’s paradise Tofino and had an adventure trip to Chilliwack for White Water Rafting. Also the hike’s here around Vancouver are amazing, the Chief, Bowen Island and of course the Grouse Grind, which you have to do while you here in Vancouver.

It will be really strange to leave Vancouver, because right now it’s like a second home for me. All the amazing people I met here made this time one of my best expierences so far.  After my holidays in the USA I will start my last year at the Hochschule Munich but I’m motivated and ready to go for this last year and afterwards of course I start traveling to see more from the world.

I want to say thanks and good-bye to everyone who I met during my stay here, I had one of the best 18-weeks here, THANK YOU!! 

 

Goodbye, Auf wiedersehen, Servus, Pfi’a de 🙂 

Cheers,

Danie

PS: Join me for my last Club & PuB NiGHT at the Cambie tonight!

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

Upcoming Events: July

We are nearly at the end of June, which means it is time to inform you about our events in July! July is going to be a fun summer month! Let’s see what we have planned:

Tuesday, 1st of July
Vancouver welcomes July with a several festivals around town to celebrate Canada day. On Canada day the Canadians celebrate the ‘birth’ of their country. In 1867 three colonies were united into to one country; Canada. We will meet at 6.30pm on West Pender and Broughton Street and will make our way to the Parade, afterwards we are going to try to find our self a spot to watch the fireworks at 10pm.

Sunday, 6th of July
You are going to love this activity we have planned for you! We, here at INTERNeX, are super excited for this special activity. We are going to North Van to play a round of paintball!! How excited are you eh!? The cost will be around $30 – 35 and we will leave Vancouver at Waterfront around 1pm. More information will be revealed soon!

Saturday, 12th of July
After the paintball activity it is time to relax an bit and therefore we will go to the Khatsahlano festival. Khatsahlano is a free festival which is held on 4th Ave from Burrad to Mcdonald street. You can enjoy the 50 music bands, over 100 vendor markets and there are more then enough food trucks to satisfy you tummy. More information will follow soon.

Sunday, 20th of July
The summer is arrived in Vancouver so it’s time to tackle the Grouse Grind. The Grouse Grind is a very popular hike up to Grouse Mountain on North Vancouver, but also very exhausting, however once you are on the top you have a beautiful view over Vancouver and you definitely deserved your dinner!

Saturday and Sunday, 26th and 27th of July
The last weekend of July is time for another overnight stay. This time we will take the ferry to Vancouver Island and enjoy an overnight at Victoria. Victoria is a beautiful city with many gardens, sights and activities. It is the perfect getaway spot after a hectic week at work!

We are already excited for July and we hope we will see you all at our events and of course our weekly pub nights (9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th of July)

 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

Yesterday was our favorite day of the week again, which does not include Saturday and Sunday of course. We had again a super nice pub night at the Cambie.

We actually planned to have our pub night at the beach, but since it was pretty windy outside we decide to go to the Cambie instead. The Cambie is nice pub, which has long tables and you can even sit outside! As usually our pub night started at 7pm. We were lucky enough the get one of the tables outside, so we could enjoy the sun a little longer. We ordered some food and drinks, I definitely recommend the burgers there however this time I went for a caesar salad which is also delicious. After a while it got a chilly outside so we went inside to continue to Pub Night.

We had a lot of laughs last night and we are all exiting for the summer months and the fun stuff you can do while you are here in the summer. For those we do not join us this weekend to the rafting trip, we would recommend you to go for a hike near Vancouver, maybe Grouse Grind?, and afterwards you can relax on the beach. Or maybe rent a bike for a day and go around Stanley park and bring some lunch so you can have a little break on one of the nice beaches.

We hope you enjoyed the Pub Night yesterday and we will see you on the Rafting Trip

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