Are you ready for Kelowna?

Count away the nights! Just two more days before we are in the bus to Kelowna! That means time to start packing your suitcase. But what to bring? What are we going to do? No worries, I will tell you all about the trip in this blog.33230138645_8d468ed5dd_z

We meet on Friday 12:00 pm at Pacific Central. We drop our baggage in the bus and prepare ourselves for a five-hour ride to Kelowna. At approximately 5:30 pm we arrive at the hotel. After checking in, we prepare ourselves for a dinner in Kelowna. The rest of the night is yours. If you want to ski or snowboard, keep in mind that the bus will leave early the next morning to the Big White.

Rise and shine, next day arrives! Breakfast is ready from 7 am till 10 am. For the ones who want to ski or snowboard, the express bus to the Big White departs at 8 am. This shuttle will cost you $25 dollar for a round trip. You can pay a ticket in the bus. After one hour you will arrive at the mountain where you can spend the whole day in the snow. A lift ticket will cost you $95 dollar (or $80 dollar for students). Bring your own skis or rent them on the mountain for $45 dollars. After spending the day in the snow it is time to go back to Kelowna. At 4pm the express bus will depart from the big mountain back to Kelowna.

For the ones who are not going to the Big Mountain, there are a lot of activities to do in and around Kelowna. One of the options is doing a wine tour. Kelowna is very famous for the many wines they produce there. Other options may be zip lining, doing the tree obstacles tour, go for a hike or just chill in the hot tub at the hotel. We meet back at the hotel at 5pm to prepare ourselves for the second night in Kelowna. After dinner it is time to party in one of the pubs or clubs Kelowna has to offer.

On Sunday, unfortunately our last day already in Kelowna, we are going to discover the city by daylight. After our breakfast we will head to the city and do a scavenger hunt. After the great success from the Whistler scavenger hunt, we have a new version 2.0 ready for you! After the craziness we will get back to the hotel to pick up our language and go to the bus. At 4 pm we will take the bus back to Vancouver. At approximately 10 pm we will arrive back in Vancouver.

I hope you are all as excited as I am. Don’t forget your passport and a second piece of ID. Also for the people who want to swim in the hot tub, don’t forget to bring your swimwear. Keep in mind that the office will be closed from Friday till Monday. I can’t wait to see you all on Friday! And of course tonight at PuB NiGHT as well!

– Bart

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How was your weekend?

My weekend was great! Thanks to you! You made this weekend a weekend I will remember. Everyone survived, except our new friend Bob. Are you curious what we all did in Whistler? Good! Keep reading and you will find out.

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It was an early Saturday morning. Time to get up and prepare myself for a fun weekend. We took the bus and drove a beautiful road all the way up to Whistler. Right after check-in it was already time to go to the bungee jump office. We drove with a van into the mountains where we stopped at a bridge. This is it, there is no way back now. We nervously waited on the bridge till it was our turn to jump from it. I got even more nervous when it was my turn to jump. I still remember the instructor saying: “Just look at the treetops and try to catch them”. So I did. Without thinking I jumped and a second later my view went from the treetops to the river underneath me. At that time I realized how high this was. Those were the most terrifying seconds of my life. Then I felt the rope that broke my fall and I felt so relieved and free. I did it! After everybody jumped and saw their pictures we went back to the apartments.

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We decided to do a more relaxing thing now, so we decided to go in the hot tub. While the rest of the group was in a minus 32 degrees room to taste some vodka, we were swimming in a 32 degrees hot tub. There have to be some difference. When we went back to the apartments, we made some delicious spaghetti and did some fun games. When the time was ready, we decided to explore Whistler village to check out the clubs. We went to Tommy Africa’s, a small but fun club were we enjoyed ourselves on the dance floor, in the pole or at the bar.

IMG-20171029-WA0019_previewNext day, everybody woke up happy and full of energy. Maxine and Marvin made us some really tasty eggs. After breakfast we went to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre to learn all about these two different cultures. We watched a movie, did the tour and made a bracelet out of wood. When the tour was finished we went to the village to get some lunch. The last few hours in Whistler we played the Scavenger Hunt Game. Besides people proposing strangers, doing a dramatic earthquake scene, dancing the Macarena, earning money as a street musician and doing a breakdance on the street, nothing weird happened. Unfortunately, time was already there to go back to the bus.

I hope you enjoyed the Whistler trip as much as I did. Thanks again for being part of this experience, it wouldn’t be that fun without you. You all get the greetings from Bob as well. There will be no pub night at Wednesday, but I hope to see you all tomorrow at the Halloween party!

– Bart

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September Event List

The first week of September is already over…Time sure flies!
But what is there to do for the rest of the month?

Check it out. The link below will lead you to our Event Calendar of September:

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We also have another overnight trip coming up. We’re going to Whistler for a whole weekend! The dates are October 2-4.
Plans are currently being made for the details but here a quick overview of what we’d like to do:

  • transit via Greyhound
  • 2 night stay at a hotel suite or lodge with hot tubs, kitchen, etc.
  • optional activities such as mountain biking, hiking, zip-lining, bungee jumping, gondola ride
  • experience Whistler Village night life
  • have fun and enjoy the time in Whistler

We’re trying to keep the price under 200$ which will include transit, the overnight stay and food to cook while at the suite/lodge.

We’ll keep you updated on more details over the next few days.

 

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Rockies Trip Spring Review III

The third morning – a tough morning – we had to leave the hotel at 9am to make our way to the Gondola that takes us up to the Sulphur Mountain on 2,281 meters. From there you had a beautiful view once the clouds cleared. Some of us made jumping pictures that turned out really awesome. After spending some time up in the air we had to take the Gondola down again and drove back to Banff to meet up with the ones who did not join the Gondola trip. In Banff we had another 2 hours free time to stroll along the river and to get some food for the drive to Golden.

Our first stop after leaving Banff was Lake Louise. Since we had some trainees from Westtrek on the bus Lee told them that they have to swim in the lake. Of course some of our crazy INTERNeX members heard this and joined them, Crazy Alex and Anders. So once arrived at the lake they stripped down to their swim clothes and took a refreshing bath in the still half frozen Lake Louise. I think they set the bar very high for a next crazy Rockies Trip.

Back in the bus we gave them a big cheers and made our way down to Emerald Lake. The Emerald Lake is frozen most of the year from November to June due to the high attitude. At the lake we all took a moment for our selves to embrace the nature and to relax for a moment. After everyone had some quite time for themselves we went back in the bus and drove to Golden for our last overnight.

Arrived in Golden we went straight into the hot tub and guess what…they had a waterslide as well, so much fun! After playing around like children in the swimming pool it was time to get our burgers and drinks for the campfire nights with music and stories.

 

 

Stay tuned for the next Rockies review and do not forget to join the After-Rockies-Party by clicking here.

The highlight of this day was definitely Crazy Alex and Anders going for a swim in Lake Louise, what about you?

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Rockies Trip: Hotel Series III

During the Rockies trip we will stay in three different hotels. The premier Mountain Lodge in Valemount, Mount Royal or The Banff International in Banff and the Travelodge in Golden. In the Rockies trip: Hotel series we will give you more information about every hotel. In our third episode we will take a closer look at the Travelodge in Golden  In our last episode we took a closer look into the hotels in Banff and Valemount.

Golden is a town in the southeastern part of British Columbia, 713 kilometers east from Vancouver.It is surrounded by five National Parks Yoho National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Glacier National Park and Kootenay National Park. We will visit a couple of those parks during our trip. As Valemount and Banff, also Golden economy is based on the tourism and hospitality sector. Golden has a population of 3,701 and is the only town which as 9 automobile repair shops compared to similar sized towns.

The Travelodge is located off the Trans-Canada Highway and only 10 minutes away from all the outdoor activities. Restaurants and beer & wine stores are within walking distance. The Travelodge is the only hotel in Golden which has a saltwater pool. The pool also has a waterslide, hot tub and sauna. The rooms feature a microwave, mini-fridge, coffee-maker and hairdryer. Furthermore the Travelodge offers free wireless internet and free continental breakfast.

This will be the last hotel we stay in during our trip, but we are not done with telling you guys what to expect of this amazing trip. Stay tuned for Thursday to find out to which club we will go in Banff.

Enjoy your monday and don’t forget to pay for the Rockies!

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Rockies trip: Hotel series I

During the Rockies trip we will stay in three different hotels. The Premier Mountain Lodge in Valemount, Mount Royal or The Banff International in Banff and the Travelodge in Golden. In the Rockies trip: Hotel series we will give you more information about every hotel. In our first episode we will take a closer look into the Premier Mountain Lodge in Valemount.

Valemount is the nearest community to the west of Jasper National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park, which we will visit the next day. Mount Robson is the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Valemount has around 1,065 residents on an area of 4 square meters. Valemount’s economy is based on the growing tourism industry and hospitality. It offers over 500 hotel rooms to the visitors of the Rocky Mountain.

The Premier Mountain Lodge is one of the largest accommodation facilities in Valemount and offers you breathtaking views of the mountains from every suite. The hotel includes a indoor pool, sauna and hot tub, exactly what you need after a long day of driving and sightseeing. The rooms are equipped with satelitte TV’s and hair dryers. In the whole hotel you will have acces to the free WI-FI.

Since it will be our first night in the Rockies we will celebrate this by a BBQ dinner in the Canadian way.

We hoped you got a better impression about the hotel accommodation and stay tuned for the next episode about the hotel in Banff

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Whistler Trip Review

There should be a holiday dedicated to all the brave people who show up to work on Mondays, especially after spending an awesome weekend in Whistler.

We started our Trip to Whistler at 7am at Canada place were we waited for the bus to pick us up. However for most of us we had to wake up at 6am, which is way too early for a Saturday morning. We were with 12 INTERNeX candidates and around 10 others. Once we were on the road, everyone had to decide what they want to do during our stay in Whistler. There are so many activities you can choose out; bungee jumping, zip trekking, snow tubing, skiing/snowboarding, peak2peak gondola. Three brave candidates decided to go bungee jumping, a couple others decided to go zip trekking and going on the peak2peak gondola and then there was a group who decided to go and shred the fresh powder snow.

Once arrived in Whistler we had to take a shuttle bus to Whistler Village. Our Tour guide hooked us up with all the tickets for the day and we were ready to enjoy our first day in Whistler. The weather was not to bright, but still everyone had a great time. We met each other again at 5pm to go to the Coast Hotel, take a relaxing moment in the hot tub while it was snowing, have a nice home-cooked dinner and chatting about our day. At 9pm it was time to take the free shuttle bus down to whistler village for a wicked party at tommy Africas.

The next morning most of us slept in and enjoyed the breakfast before checking out and than made their way to the next activities. The once who went on the peak2peak gondola had a beautiful sunny view, the zip trekkers enjoyed a three hour walk/zip trek through the forest on the mountain and the skiers and boarders shredded the fresh snow. At 4pm everyone managed to be in Whistler village and we went for a last beer before heading back to Vancouver.

For more picture click here and if took some pictures you want to share, send them to us or post them on Facebook. This was definitely on of the best weekends we had so far and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Who is up for another crazy weekend in the Rocky Mountains next month?

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