INTERNeX News – Remembrance Day

Travelling is not only about taking pretty pictures and meeting exciting new people, of course we all also want to learn something about the country and culture we stay in.


Therefore Public Holidays are just the perfect opportunity to widen our horizon and learn about what people are actually celebrating or thinking of.

As you might know and surely must have noticed when walking through town, next Monday is Remembrance Day. This is not only a topic we should gather some information about, because we are currently staying in Canada, but also because this is a topic each and everyone should keep in mind and think about from time to time. Therefore here some helpful information about what this day is all about.

Starting from scratch, the Remembrance day, or earlier known as the Armistice Day marks the end of hostilities during First World war. It is a day remembering all the fallen soldiers, not the victory or any political and/or military events.
Nowadays it’s not only supposed to remind on First World War, but all Wars!
Because it is and always will be very important to remember all the horror and grief wars drag along. Nobody should ever forget, how hard times like these effected each and everyones life. Even though the first world is long gone, we should think about it from time to time and never get lazy speaking about it.

Most ceremonies in Canada include certain things, like two minutes of silence, the playing of the ‘Last Post’, the recitation of ‘In Flanders Fields’, and the wearing of Poppies. ‘In Flanders Fields’ is a poem written by a Canadian soldier and became one of the most famous symbols of First World War. The poem embodies the sadness, the loss of loved ones, the worries, but also the faith that needs to be kept up. Within the poem John McCrae mentioned the Poppies, which were found on most of the western front. Throughout the bombed and destroyed landscape the poppies were the only thing giving colour to this tragic scenery. Later on the blood-red poppies overgrew many mass graves and therefore they became more and more symbolic for the fallen soldiers and tragedy of First World War. 

Almost in every part of Vancouver you will find different ceremonies, concerning this very important day. In downtown you’ll get one at the Cenotaph Victory Square (located on the corner of West Hastings Street and Cambie), starting about 9:45 am. Afterwards there will be a big parade.
Another big ceremony will take place in Stanley Park at the Japanese Canadian War Memorial, starting at 10:40 am.  

As this is a public holiday, I hope you’ll have a great day off and spent your free-time wisely, thinking about this very serious and important topic. 


— Nadja

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



Fun Fact Friday

Hello and welcome to another blog post of Fun Fact Friday! This is the time when we share facts with you that you (hopefully) do not know yet about Vancouver. Personally, I’ve been here for 3 months and I did not know many basic facts about Vancouver. Until now! I’ve googled myself smart and would like to share the most interesting and fun facts I found with you.

The lovely city we are living in is named after the British explorer Captain George Vancouver. He sailed into this area in 1792 and he – surprisingly – hated it here when he first arrived. I could not figure out why he did so, but I’m quite sure he would love the Vancouver we are living in today! (How could he not, am I right?!). And although Vancouver was discovered in 1792, it was incorporated only in 1886. This makes it a very young city. 123-year-old, to be exact. 1886 is actually the same year that Coca-Cola was founded in. Funny, huh? And Canada was the first country outside the United States where Coca-Cola was bottled in.

But here’s the twist with the name: before 1886, so in the 1870’s, Vancouver was actually called Granville. Crazy, right? So, during the incorporation they chose the name Vancouver to honour it’s discoverer George Vancouver.

But that is not the only city that had a change with the name. North Vancouver was not always North Vancouver. It used to be called Moodyville. Not a very attractive name, I must say. But it was named after Sewell Moody who established the Moodyville Sawmill in 1865. He also helped creating the first European settlement on Burrard Inlet.

I hope you enjoyed my new found wisdom. Have a great weekend!

– Nadine

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

Museum of Vancouver – Experience IT review

Yesterday we went to the Museum of Vancouver. It was great to explore the museum together with you. Thank you for coming!

The Museum of Vancouver is a museum about the history of Vancouver, located in Kitsilano. It is normally $18 (or $15 for students) admission. However, on Thursdays it is paid by donation, so you can choose how much you pay. Everybody immediately got their spare change out of their wallets after they heard that people sometimes only pay $1. Apparently, we are all changing a bit into Canadians ourselves, because all of us kept apologizing for giving so many small coins.

18190896_10203009258828182_926856067_nThen our journey through time began. We started off at the neon age of Vancouver. There were several cool neon signs on display, which used to be hanging in the famous streets of Vancouver. I could really imagine it in Vancouver, as I can still see some neon while walking around in Vancouver. After that we visited the “city before the city”, which we interpreted as the city before Vancouver. Here a few people of us got to meet the “Vancouverite”. I have seen the word quite often, but I was never sure if it is just somebody who lives in Vancouver or somebody who really likes Vancouver. After a bit research, I finally got the answer. A Vancouverite is somebody who was born in Vancouver or who is a resident of Vancouver. So now we know and can move on again.

18191086_10209376449070272_372199607_nNow it was finally time to go to the Rock ‘n Roll scene of Vancouver. In this room they displayed a seating of a snackbar. It immediately gave me the feeling that we were in the serie Riverdale, which also has been filmed in Vancouver. I also tried out the jukebox, but unfortunately it didn’t work anymore, so we weren’t able to listen to the classic hits of this great time. We ended off with the hippies. After seeing all these protest signs, we felt like protesting, which we all ended up doing too.

I hope you all had a great time and see you on our next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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

Olympic Winter Games 2014: Hockey

Olympic Winter Games 2014, 17 days of exhilarating winter games in Sochi, over 80 countries and around 2000 athletes will be competing against each other in almost 80 event. However for the Canadians only the ice hockey games count, be prepared for some crazy days. Extra for you I looked up some must-knows about the Canadian hockey culture. Just in case you stumble up on a bar full of Canadians watching hockey or to get some extra credit when your fellow workers are talking about hockey.

Hockey was invented in the mid 1850s by British soldiers, which were on duty in Canada. In 1879 students at the University in Montreal gave the game a set of rules. On March 3, 1875, the first indoor game was played at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink. Instead of using a ball, they used a puck, to prevent the puck form exiting the rink and hitting spectators.In 1893 the first Stanley Cup was played and awarded to the Montreal HC. The Stanley Cup was invented in 1888 by the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston, to award the best hockey team of Canada. The Montreal Candiens have won the most Stanley Cups, 23 times.The Canucks are named after the Canadian folk Johnny Canuck, who was a skater and hockey player in his spare time.

Beneath  you can find a short overview of the game time during the Olympic Games and especially for the ‘Sweds’ the games are marked blue.

Women shedule icehockey Men shedule icehockey

If you want to we can stream some games at our office, of course not the ones at 4 or 6 in the mornings. Just let me know in the comments if you are interested in watching the games and I will make sure that we can watch them.

Go Canada Go

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

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

What do you know about the short history of Vancouver?

Maybe at this stage you must to know a lot of things about Vancouver: the biggest streets, the local food, and which website is better for checking out the bus schedule. But how many things do you know about the history of this city? Maybe the first thing that you have to know is that Vancouver is an only 125 years old city!

If you feel curious, here you have a timeline with the most remarkable facts that happened in our lovely Van.

–       1791: The Spanish Captain Jose Maria Narvaez was the first European to explore the area.

–       1791: The second European was the British Captain George Vancouver.

–       1808: Simon Fraser arrived descending the river, which wears his name. He was the first European to settle down in the area.

–       1858: Colony of British Columbia was established.

–       1867: Hastings Mill was founded, was a sawmill on the south shore of Burrard Inlet.

–       1867: Gassy Jack made a deal with the Hasting Mill workers. They built a saloon and he provided them to whiskey. Around this saloon the first neighborhood of Vancouver was built. The name of that area is Gastown, in honor of Gassy Jack.

–       1869:  A large amount of people moved to Gastown to build the Canadian Pacific Railway. Gastown is surveyed as Granville Townsite.

–       1886: Finally the Canadian Pacific Railway was finished and Granville was renamed as the City of Vancouver.

–       1914: Panama Canal was opened and Port of Vancouver has become one of the largest in the world.

Gassy Jack statue in Gastown

So we are here, enjoying this beautiful city! If you are one of the lucky persons who won one of the free tickets for the Big Bus, you can come with us one day to learn more about the history of Vancouver.

Have a wonderful weekend,


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