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

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Ready for Salt Spring Island?

It is already this weekend! The countdown is on! The next INTERNeX trip to Salt Spring Island is just about to start. I hope you are already as excited as I am. Here is the last information to get ready for the trip.

We are meeting on Friday at 2.30pm at the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen. To get there, you can take the Canada Line to Bridgeport Station and then the bus 620. It will take you about 1.5 hours from downtown, so keep that in mind. We will check in on the ferry and enjoy a few hours ride on the sea. Once we arrived on Salt Spring Island, we are going to settle in in our house and make ourselves comfortable. Dinner and games are on the programme for the night. So if you have any fun games, please take them with you!

Saturday, we are going to start off the day with an awesome breakfast. With enough energy, we will depart for a hike or for a visit in a cider tasting room. After spending the whole day in nature, it is time to relax in the hot tub or on the terrace. Burgers will be on the menu this night, before we continue with some games.

Oh and by the way, the house you see in the background here is the real one!

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After a relaxed breakfast on Sunday, we will pack our luggage again and head to the ferry. We will be back in Tsawwassen at around 5pm. You might wonder what to put in your luggage for a weekend on an island. Most important: warm shoes and clothes in which you can hike well, games for the nights and bathing clothes (for the hot tub). You do not need to bring any bed sheets with you. Since are travelling by public transport, make sure that you can carry your luggage easily.

I am already looking forward to a great weekend! If you have any more questions, I am happy to help.

See you tonight at the Beaver Bar!

– 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?

And it is Monday again! Wow, that weekend passed by quickly. Before we are preparing our backpacks for our trip to Kelowna next weekend, I will tell you what I experienced in the last days.

My weekend started off Friday afternoon, when the office was suddenly full of enthusiastic people, ready for our game night. We laughed a lot about the creative inputs while playing “What do you meme?” and “Pictionary”. The game “Boys vs. Girls” showed which gender has the best skills. Hot discussions and tricky challenges later the winner was clear (girls, of course). The international mall was already empty, when we changed our location to Blarney Stone’s to enjoy some drinks and live music.

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The next day started early, but with a nice surprise: it did not rain! So, we took the opportunity to explore the nature around Vancouver. Half an hour in the bus and 20 minutes on the ferry later, we arrived on Bowen Island. This island pictures exactly what I had in mind when thinking about British Columbia before I travelled to Canada. We hiked around a lake for three hours, enjoyed the amazing views and took hundred of pictures.

 

Trees, ferns, mountains, sdrwaterfalls, squirrels – we have seen all what you can expect from a proper nature day. We deserveda good lunch after this active day, so we visited a cute restaurant in the small village on the island. It got already dark again, when we arrived back in Vancouver. What a great day! I am still surprised how easily you can escape the busy city life here.

 

My Sunday morning began with breakfast, before it was time to depart to the pub. To a pub on Sunday midday? Yes, Super Bowl it was. Of course, I did not want to miss this received_10213862331466114American sports highlight when I had the chance to see it in the middle of the day. Many of you showed up at the Malone’s to see the game, the 7-minutes Justin Timberlake half-time show or to have a good reason to drink beer on a Sunday afternoon. Some of us even joined the game of chance the pub organised, but no one was lucky enough to win. Nevertheless, it was really fun to follow the spectacle with you. So, what team are we supporting next Sunday?!

I hope you also had a great weekend. See you all on Wednesday for our PuBNiGHT at the Beaver Bar!

– 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?

Rain, sun, snow – I have seen it all this weekend!

The weekend started Friday earlier than usual: it was time for my first skiing day in Canada. We met at noon to take a bus to Mount Seymour where it still had snowed in the morning. Perfect conditions for us! After only 15 minutes driving, we could already spot the first snow on the trees. Ski, snowboard or snowshoes – everybody could choose himself how to get down the mountain. The weather was fine for most of the time,so we could enjoy the downhill runs to the fullest. After eating a burger in the mountain canteen, it became suddenly dark outside and we continued skiing under floodlights next to the slopes. From the very top, we even saw the city with all its lights.sdr

City and nature are so close by in Vancouver, amazing! In the bus back, I saw many happy faces, so I hope you had a great time, too. I am already looking forward to the next skiing adventure.  Thank you for joining us!

Saturday morning my alarm went off early, because the next adventure waited already. We picked up a car in the city center (renting a car is not that expensive here, so you can definitely do that when sharing the costs) and drove to Coquitlam. Destination: the davCrystal Falls. We found them! It took us about an hour of hiking, crossing trees, puddles and trickles until we reached the waterfall. Even though it rained the entire time and our clothes were as wet as the waterfall itself, it was a really cool trip. The forest around this area looks wonderful. Some spots look really magical and not even real. After hiking back again, everybody was hungry. The pizza was not even at our table yet, when the sun showed up. Of course!

So, we spontaneously continued our trip. Next destination was an abandoned hospital near Coquitlam. In a huge area, several great buildings are empty since years. We tried to spot some ghosts, but they were not at home unfortunately. Final destination of this digday trip was the Burnaby Mountain. From the top of this mountain, we could enjoy the sunset above Vancouver. We could also see the slopes on Mt. Seymour where we skied just a day ago. What an awesome view! If you have a car available once, you should visit Burnaby mountain. We brought the car back to the city, but the day was not over yet. A long night was just starting. Everyone made just a quick stop at our houses to change to dry clothes and warm up. Some drinks and games at Relish later, I finally got to know the famous Roxy’s. I already heard some stories about great nights at this venue before and I was not disappointed at all. The combination of live and club music was fantastic, so we danced until the lights switched on again.

Since the last days have been quite busy, I enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday. I used the free morning to skype with my parents, which were also curious about my first week in Canada. The rest of the day passed by fast with shopping, washing and cooking.

What a great weekend, I really had a good one with some of you! I am happy to hear about other weekend adventures at the next PuBNiGHT.

– 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

Candidate Exposé – Sebastian Herzog

Sebastian Herzog1I am Sebastian and I am 20 years old. Sweet 19 when I arrived from Germany. I am planning to study economics in October 2017.

I decided to come here since Canada, and especially Vancouver seemed to have a great variety of mountains, beaches and a beautiful city itself to offer. After staying here now for quite a long time I still haven’t explored everything around the area.

Internex was introduced to me by a German agency, where I applied for my time abroad. Using Internex is great, as the agency’s office is not back in your home country but just around the corner in the city where you stay.

I decided to do an Internship at a charity company. The management at Internex offeredSebastian Herzog (words) me specific and personalized Internship positions where to apply. This was great, as you end up in the right place and you likely do what you wanted to do. Having an appropriate level of English is necessary in this company. Always stay open minded to tasks that you might never did in you live as well as not being afraid of doing responsible assignments. I would definitely stress out that you grow with your tasks at the company. The practicum was not required for my university program, but I do find it still useful.

During my time in Vancouver I stayed with a host family. Looking back I am really satisfied. We did some trips together including camping and lots of hikes, which were awesome. Staying in a home stay where a fellow Internex candidate is staying is a bonus as well. Someone can show you around and later you can introduce Vancouver to the following student.

In the beginning Vancouver seems really big but by now I would say it feels like a familiar town where you now every second corner.

Sebastian Herzog4I attended lots of activities organized by Internex. They where well organized and there was lots of variety. It is even more an opportunity to get to know the country and know people from all over the world. The list of places I visited will never end, so some main places are; Whistler, the Rocky Mountains and Kelowna.

I cannot tell what I enjoy the most here, but there are quite a lot little things, which makes this time special. For example getting up every morning, seeing the downtown skyline with the bay in the background and all that in front of beautiful mountains looks just great.

Running out of money is a struggle that most of us have here I guess. I’ve probably never been that broke in my life than at some points here. Sorry mum for that.

Traveling to Whistler and seeing all the waterfalls and frozen lakes on the way will always stay in my memories. Besides that I saw a wild black bear next to our tent at the camping ground, which is awesome looking back on it.

The first thing I will do when I get back home is seeing all my friends and family again.

– Sebastian

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Smart Saver Vancouver

It’s November. That means a lot of rainy days are waiting for us. Of course you don’t want to sit inside the whole day. Because most of the indoor activities cost money, I wrote a blog how you can save some money and still have a lot of fun.

The Art Gallery

Go on Tuesday nights from 5 pm to 9 pm to The Art Gallery. This night is a “by donation night” which means give some change you have in your pocket. Every week there is a new artist showing his work. If you are lucky, you will see some cool arts inside.

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Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory

If it’s a clear evening in the weekend, you can go to The Observatory. Watch the stars with a big telescope. Or look up when the next meteor shower is coming, so you will have front seat spots. The Observatory is open on Friday and Saturday from 8:30pm and also here you pay by donation.

Hiking

You can do a lot of beautiful hikes in and around Vancouver. Even if the sun is not shining, these hikes reward you with some nice views. Do for example the BCMC trial, Grouse grind, Capilano Canyon, Lighthouse Park, Stanley Park, Lynn Canyon (with the free suspension bridge) or the Quarry rock.

Nightclubs

Nightclubs during the weekend are packed. They ask for a cover to get in. During the week the club is emptier. To attract more people during weekdays, these evenings are cover free. That means free entrance and if you are lucky also a free shot.

Watch a movie

If you want to see a movie, but after looking in your wallet deciding it’s too expansive, go on Tuesday! At Cineplex the movies on Tuesday are $7 dollars. Is Cineplex too boring for you? Spend $3 dollars or more and go watch your movie in the Morgue. A morgue is a building where dead bodies are kept before being cremated or buried. What’s scarier than watch a horror movie here? Every second Tuesday of the month you can watch a movie. Bring your own blankets and pillows for the best cozy experience. Or spend $8 dollars for watching a movie in the RIO theatre. They play a movie nearly every night, check it here.

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Granville Island

Go take the bus and get off at Granville Island. You can spend the whole day here walking around. Even when it’s raining, you can find a big indoor public market where you can taste some local products or go shopping in one of the many little shops.

Movie sets

As you maybe already know, Vancouver is the Hollywood from North America. A lot of movies are filmed here. Try to spot your favourite celeb by going to one of the sets. Decide which set you want to visit and if you are lucky, you can see your favourite celeb in action.

Whatever you decide to do, have a lot of fun! The last free thing you can do is coming to the PuB NiGHT tomorrow! Hope to see you there!

– Bart

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?

And it’s Monday again which means back to work, but not before I relive my amazing weekend just one more time. So if you would like to know what I did during my weekend than keep on reading.

So on Saturday, after sleeping for quit some while, I got up to do some grocery shopping and after that I got ready to go out that night since it was Marvin’s last night in Vancouver. We started off in The Morrissey pub where we had some drinks and food. After a while we decided to go to The Bourbon where we danced the night away and played some pool. At the end of the night it was time to say goodbye to Marvin, but I’m sure we will see each other again somewhere.

The next morning I had to wake up early since it would be an active day for me. David, Rebecka and I decided to go to Lynn Valley Park to do a small hike and to of course walk over the suspension bridge. So we took the bus after grabbing some coffee at Starbucks and drove to Lynn Valley Park. When we arrived there we bought some hot chocolate to bring with us during the hike.
23336325_1829823627045985_471869436_oOnce we had our drinks we walked to the suspension bridge and my first thought was, wow this is high and long, but eventually I had the courage to cross the bridge and we even took some pictures on there.

After we crossed the bridge we walked towards the river and drank some really clean and pure water from the river. We also did some rock climbing to see a small and hidden waterfall close to the place where most people swim during the summer.

Around 5 p.m. it started to get dark so we decided to go back and have some dinner before heading home.

23377101_1760953983946073_1264544648_oIn the meantime, Bart went with the other people from INTERNeX to Granville Island. After they had lunch it was time to see the sunset from up the hill. They went shopping for a hat and went to the public market before going to the brewery. At the brewery they got explained how different beers are made and what is important for the different tastes. Then it was time for the real work. They went in the brewery to see it actually happen and they closed the day by tasting different kind of tasters.

Thank you all for joining us either for the hike or for the Brewery Tour. We hope to see you all during PuB NiGHT this Wednesday.

-Mandy

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