How was your weekend?

Hello Monday, my old friend. The weekend is over again and the serious working life is back on my radar. And because I don’t feel quite ready yet to face all this work ahead of me, I want to take a stroll down memory lane with you about my weekend. Ready? Then let’s do this.

First stop on Friday evening for drinks: Darby’s. Second stop for some more beers: The Bourbon. When we strengthened ourselves with enough drinks, we headed to the Roxy, where a live band was playing and people were dancing and singing along. We joined this fun until the club was closing.

On Saturday, it was time to go to Grouse Mountain. There, the ’24 hours of winter’ event was taking place and we decided to be part of this. It was AMAZING. We did a snowshoeing tour with S’mores and apple cider next to a cozy campfire, took a sleigh ride and enjoyed the beautiful view over Vancouver that Grouse Mountain was offering us. We had so much fun, we stayed at the après-ski party until 1.30am before we headed home to our warm beds.

Sunday was my well-deserved lazy day. I took my time to sleep in, do groceries, wash my clothes and watch series. The fact that my house lost its electricity for three hours in the evening did not affect my relaxed mood at all.

Have a good start into the week and I will see you all on Wednesday for our PuB NiGHT at 131 Water!

– Nadine

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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What to do on the weekend?

Aaaand the countdown is on: the weekend is just a few hours away! Nothing planned yet? There is a lot going on the next two days, so we have here a collection of ideas for you.

On Saturday, we get the chance to spend a night on the mountain. Grouse Mountain is hosting the event ‘24 hours of winter’ with many fun snow activities. 16649071_10154994489892103_3549995912275574191_nYou can ski or snowboard the entire night under the floodlight installed near the slopes. As we already skied last weekend, we will try something different this time! Let’s rent a pair of snowshoes and walk around the Blue Grouse Lake where stunning light installations guide us the way through the night. Need more action? Then we can rent a sled and slide down the slopes in the dark. You can check out all the activities offered here. After all these activities in the snow, it will be time to warm up again. Dinner is waiting for us in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants on the mountain. It does not matter if you really had skis under your feet before, but après-ski is always fun! Grab a cold beer or a hot cider and dance to the sounds of a live DJ.

Sounds good? Then meet us at 3.45pm at the skytrain ‘Vancouver City Centre Station’ and we will take a bus to Grouse Mountain. The admission fee for this night is $45. Extra shuttle busses will bring us back to the city centre late at night or early in the morning.

For the ones who have seen enough snow by now, there is a warmer option to do on Sunday. A huge event is happening in Vancouver’s China Town this weekend. 8486830562_ee38bc01e1_oWelcome the year of the dog. A bit later then we did, the Chinese population is celebrating their New Year this weekend. The international Village Mall, in which our office is located, is already decorated and full of different stands. Everyone who wants to see the parade on Sunday can meet Mandy in front of the International Village Mall on the Chinatown side at 10.45am. Be there on time, so you do not miss the start of the parade at 11am. After that, you have the possibility to explore the activities in the International Village Mall. A dog star show, multi-ethnic craft tables and live stage performances are waiting for you.

I hope to see some of you this weekend! Let us know if you are joining us to the mountain or the parade, so we make sure we meet each other.

Enjoy your weekend!

– Kerstin

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

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

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

I am Nicola Beilhack from Germany/ Bavaria. I am 18 years old at the moment and finished school last year. I am taking something like a gap year at the moment, but I start with my study in October. It is going to be a dual study for sports, health and rehabilitation.

Nicola Beilhack

I decided to go to Canada for its unique landscape and the spirit of people there. I also wanted to improve my English, so it had to be an English speaking country. In that case Canada was just the most interesting for me. I planned my trip with a German organization and they mediated me to INTERNeX.

At the moment I am doing an internship here in Vancouver, to gain experience on how companies work in other countries and to expand my general knowledge. I really like it, since the people are so kind and really try to include me in their work. I am placed at a sports club. They organise competitions and big events for the club. It is really interesting to see how a big sports club is working. I really like it here because everybody is super friendly and made me feel welcome since day one.

To work and to be successful here you should be very open-minded and able to speak to unknown people. Luckily this is not really a problem for me. Furthermore communication is very important in the company. You also need good computer skills like word, excel and power point, because we make scoring sheets and other stuff like that. Besides that you should also be a creative thinker since you have to solve unexpected problems. This practicum is not part of my study, but I think it is very helpful, especially for me, to see the other side of sports. For example I now see more the organisation and administration part and not only the medical part of it, and that is where I will be focusing on in my upcoming study.

For the first four weeks I lived at a homestay family, organised by INTERNeX. They were very friendly and we always had lots of food at home, but unfortunately it was a bit expensive for me. I decided to look for an accommodation on my own and found a house with six other roommates, so it is always fun and I never feel alone here. I actually met these people on the buss when I started chatting with them about my big search for a house. They told me they were looking for a new roommate and from that point everything went quite fast and I moved in. So yeah you could say I found my house in the buss, but that is not really common haha.

My first impression of Vancouver was that it is really rainy, but luckily that already changed a bit! I also experienced that the people are really kind and friendly and always try to help you. I think Vancouver and the surrounding landscape is beautiful!

The PR-team of INTERNeX organises activities and trips and I am really trying to attend every event since it is really cool to meet people who are doing the same thing like you. It also feels like it is my home here, because you can make friends really quick and do a lot of activities with them. So far I joined the big Rockies trip in April. I also went to Lighthouse Park, the museum of Vancouver and a Frisbee game of the Vancouver Riptides. I visited Deep Cove and Burnaby Mountain Park on my own and of course I attend almost every pub night on Wednesdays.

Nicola Beilhack (words)

 

What I like most about Vancouver and Canada is the spirit people have here and theopportunity to live in a big city surrounded by a gorgeous landscape. This combination is unique and really cool because you can spend your whole day in the middle of nowhere and in the evening you can go out with friends to have a great party night! The most memorable thing was my trip to the Rockies and Deep Cove. It was also amazing to be able to go skiing at the end of April on Grouse Mountain.

This trip really inspired me to travel more. I really want to come back to see more of Canada, but there are so many beautiful destinations around the world that I can’ t really decide right now. I would prefer a country where the sun is shining all the time and not to cold, because summer all year is just great.

The first thing I will do when I get back home is spending time with my family and buy really good bread, buns and pretzels at my domestic bakery, since bread is just not really good here…

– Nicola

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

Yay! Just a few hours left and it will be weekend again! Although it is rainy and cloudy today, it’ s supposed to be quite sunny this weekend so enough outdoors activities to do!

On Saturday morning we will go to Lighthouse Park to start the weekend of with some exercise. The views are amazing from that area so we hope to see you come along! For details please click here.

Because it is supposed to get sunny I would advise you to go outside! Go up to Grouse grousemountainMountain for example. I did this last weekend and the views were absolutely amazing. You are still able to go skiing by the Eagle Express. Besides that the grizzly bears Grinder and Coola who live in a habitat on the mountain, woke up from their hibernation period. They are in full action again and you are able to take a look at them. So it is definitely worth your money to go up the mountain!

From May 6 to May 13 it is Bird Week in Vancouver. This is a weeklong series of events to celebrate the birds of Vancouver. During this week there will be bird-related workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions and lectures across Vancouver. You don’t need to be a bird fanatic for this one, also if you just like the outdoors you are welcome to join. Best part is that most of the events are free, so check out their website to see if something suits you.

On Sunday the annual BMO Vancouver Marathon is happening. This is a really big event, which goes all across the city. Because of the marathon on Sunday there is a free Health & Sports Expo in the Vancouver Convention Centre till 6pm on Saturday. When you want to catch all the action at the finish line, you have to go to West Pender Street between Bute and Thurlow Street. There is also a Street Festival located on West Hastings between Bute and Burrard Street. Check out all the events and details on their website 🙂

Have a great and shiny weekend everyone!

– Tess

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

24 Hours of Winter – Experience IT Review

Saturday we went up at Grouse Mountain to experience a winter wonderland, where they celebrated their annual 24 hours of winter. In this weekend Grouse Mountain opened the slopes for 24 hours straight, so if you were up for it, you could go downhill the entire night. Besides skiing and snowboarding for as long as you wanted to, Grouse Mountain also organized other great activities and events. So if you were not a great skier, you could also rent snowshoes and hike on some beautiful trails they offer. Or if you are not a big fan of the snow, you were also able to hit the ice skating rink and show your moves on the ice while a DJ took care of playing some great hits. Besides these fun activities, you were also able to go snow sledding, doing a light walk, go ziplining, do a yoga session, and watch a junior hockey game and many other things!

lighttourMany choices, so decisions had to be made. Because I wanted to check out the slopes on Grouse, I went up a bit earlier to do some snowboarding. But later in the evening it became hard to see anything because of the heavy snowing and I decided to quit. So I parked my snowboard and met the rest of the group on the top of the mountain. After renting some snowshoes with one of us looking like a real pro, we started our journey on the light walk. We were totally amazed by all the lights, music and beautiful trails, we looked like real tourists making pictures of every single thing we saw. Unfortunately the trail came to an end after half an hour.

It was time for some food and drinks, while we were still amazed by all the beautiful things we saw earlier. And because it was still quite early in the evening, we decided to move ourselves to the bonfire besides the ice skating rink. Two of us got so inspired by all the people on the ice; they quickly rented some skates and gave it a try.

After some heating up at the bonfire again, the evening came to an end and we took the gondola downhill, where we got a beautiful view over the city. And that was the perfect way to end the evening with.

I am looking forward to see all of you again tomorrow at PuB NiGHT!

– Tess

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

What to do on the weekend

Now that it finally stopped snowing, there is no reason to stay inside anymore. This time some of us even got an extra day of weekend, as Monday is Family Day. So get outside and get the most out your extra long weekend!

First of all, there is 24 hours of Winter on Grouse Mountain this weekend. It starts at Saturday and continues till Sunday. During this event you can ski during the day and night together with the INTERNeX family. It will be a totally different experience with skiing for sure! However, there are also a lot of other events such as the Light Walk, snowshoeing and ziplining. Some of us are going to do the Light Walk instead, so if you are not feeling like skiing this weekend, you should definitely join us on the Light Walk.

You don’t feel like seeing any snow after this week? We definitely get that as well! Instead of the 24 hours of Winter, you can also go ice skating at Robson Square for free or $4 if you have to rent some skates. You are able to do this from Friday till Monday. Is ice still too cold for you? Then check out the Second-hand Book Sale at Nikkel National Museum & Cultural Centre in Burnaby between noon and 4 pm.

After all that cold, you should definitely get a hot chocolate during the Hot Chocolate Festival. There are lots of hot chocolates specials throughout Vancouver the whole weekend long. Furthermore, Saturday is the first day of the International Wine Festival in Vancouver. The International Wine Festival contains a lot of events such as auctions, dinners and tastings. After a long week, this may be the perfect way for you to prepare you for next week again. However, if you do not have time for the International Wine Festival this weekend, you can still check it out till the 19th of February.

On Family Day there are also a lot of events such as Family Day at Grouse Mountain and Skiing at Manning Park. At Family Day at Grouse Mountain you get 50% off from the admission to the mountain and at Skiing at Manning Park you also get 50% off on ski and trail tickets. This is a cheap way for you to get active and make the best out of your stay!

Have a great weekend and see you on Grouse Mountain!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com15894550_10154886703232103_8147579186120184536_n