How was your weekend?

Living in a house on an island in the middle of nowhere with an awesome group of people. Far away from the big city life, any Starbucks, McDonalds and Skytrain stations. But close to trees, birds and the sea. Sounds crazy? It was!

Everyone found the way to the ferry terminal of Tsawwassen on Friday afternoon, ready to start this adventure. The award for the biggest luggage goes to… Bart (who carried our food)! Two hours on the water passed by quickly with fun stories until we arrived on Salt Spring Island. Let’s get back to nature! That is exactly the feeling I had when we drove to our house. Hidden between the trees, we found our accommodation for the weekend. A huge wooden house with everything you could wish for: a big kitchen, a cozy living room, bedrooms with a view, luxurious bathrooms and all this surrounded by a terrace with a hot tub. Perfect! Once everyone explored the house, we settled in and prepared delicious spaghetti. With full bellies, the evening could start off with games and drinks. After a few exhausting games, it was time to relax. What could be a better spot to rest than a hot tub? Well, it was quite ‘cozy’ with 12 people in one hot tub and definitely fun! What a great night!

Salt Spring week 6

Rise and shine, the next day started. The sunshine outside promised a lovely day. For some, it was harder to get out of the bed than for others, but we all managed. After we strengthened ourselves with breakfast, we explored the island with a small hike. We walked through a park where we spotted some fairytale doors in the trees and had a nice view over the forests of Salt Spring Island. We ended up having lunch in a park next to the city center of Ganges, a cute place with lovely stores.

The next activity was a tasting of Salt Spring’s famous Wild Cider. Surrounded by nature, we learned more about ciders and we tried ten different kinds, from dry to sweet ones. The sun was shining, so we could even take off our jackets. Back at the house, it was already time for dinner. The burgers were quickly prepared and even quicker eaten. The night continued with driving a bus, destroying the circle of death or trying to get plastic balls into cups.

Salt Spring week 6-2.jpgWhat a lovely view I had when waking up on Sunday: trees and sun! The view inside of the house was not that promising, as the last night left its traces. But as teamwork makes the dream work, the living room was soon shining again. So, Sunday started off easy with some fresh pancakes and fun stories of last night. Lucky as we were, we could get two of the three taxis that are available on the island. This time, the sun deck on the ferry earned its name and we could enjoy beautiful views on the way back to Vancouver.

I really had a good time with you and I am already looking forward to our next trip to the Rockies. See you on Wednesday to share all the fun stories of the weekend during our PuB NiGHT.

– Kerstin

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

INTERNeX Canada: How to escape from/get rid off Raccoons!

Yesterday Clara was telling that we saw some wild Raccoons during the night after our weekly Pub Night. Now, what we did not know is that these animals can be really dangerous. They look really cute but they have some strong claws.

There are lots of them in Vancouver. So the best idea: keep them away from your home!

To that we made some easy to follow steps. These tips or steps also work for other types of animals that are hanging around your place. Vancouver is a city with more wild animals such as Skunks and even some Coyotes..

Step 1
Check all the areas around your home and clean them up. I’m talking about garbage, paper, food or even berries that are felling from your trees! In other words, totally clean the area. After that do even a double check! You never know, right?

Step 2
All of your garbage cans should have lids, closed and attached. During the night (when most of the Raccoons gets active) place some heavy stones or other things on top of your cans.

These 2 steps will defiantly keep the Raccoons away. A last tip from us is to clean your garbage cans sometime. They can be smelly and that attracts Raccoons!

Ok, now you all done! Have a good Sunday everybody!


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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

INTERNeX Canada: PuB NiGHT announcement – Burger time @ PIVO Public House

New week, new bar. Looking for a sweet B&B (burger and beer) deal? There you have it. We went and checked out this place last Friday and I definitely want to go back with you guys, so why not make it a Burger PuB NiGHT this time? Get a delicious burger and a beer for only $11 (regular price just for the burger is $12.50) – I don’t know about you but this sounds like a great idea for a Wednesday night to me. Also, by then the Thanksgiving turkey should eventually have made space for some more food I hope! 🙂

Here’s all the information you need:

Where? PIVO Public House (526 Abbott St, keep on walking a bit further when you go past the Cineplex theatre on Abbott St and you’ll find it easily. Just look for an orange PIVO sign.)

When? Wednesday, Oct 10th 2012, 7.30pm

So come on out and join us for another international, yummy and fun night with the INTERNeX crew (and guess what, you can also join the event on facebook if you want 😉 ).

See you there!



INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

Picture your Life (example)

Hi everyone,

As you might know we have an awesome INTERNeX Contest, namely picture your life and win Canucks Tickets! Today I would like to show you my life, I hope it inspires you to participate in this awesome contest!

My New Work

Since the beginning of August I work in the INTERNeX office. On this picture you can see me working on my desk in the beautiful INTERNeX office! When you walk in the INTERNeX office then you will see me first. I really like to welcome all the candidates.

My New House

On this picture you can see the house in which I rent my room. The view from my window is awesome, because in the evening I can see the lights on Grouse Mountain! I live together with Will, my Canadian house mate! I really enjoy living here.

My Favorite Place in Vancouver

It is very hard to pick only one picture, since there are so many great places in Vancouver. But I decided to use this beautiful picture of Second beach in  Stanley Park. Last summer I went there very often!

My Favorite Leisure Activity

It is very easy to choose my favorite Leisure activity, namely snowboarding. Last weekend I went to Grouse Mountain, the weekend before I went to Whistler, and upcoming weekend I will go to Lake Louise! It really enjoy it that I can go snowboarding every weekend! In my country, Holland, are not mountains at all! So this is paradise for me!

My Favorite Trip

The last four months I visited many different places, such as Seattle, Victoria, Bowen Island, and many place in the Rocky Mountains. My Favorite trip was going to the Rocky Mountains! I went there together with my sister. on this picture you can see me making pictures of the beautiful Lake Louise!

Picture your life! and win Canucks tickets, click here for all the details! But hurry up because the DEADLINE is already TOMORROW!

Cheers, Lydia

INTERNeX International Exchange

Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

Smart Saver Vancouver

Today I would like to introduce a great new online service, called RentGeek. A service that can help you find a place to live in Vancouver. The system is easy, you provide RentGeek with some information about yourself and RentGeek will show you available accommodation possibilities, based on your preferences. If you, for example, like movies, the system will show you neighborhoods where a cinema would be close to your new apartment.

Please read here what they say about themselves.

RentGeek – Home Renting Made Simple
Moving to another city can be overwhelming. Everything becomes new to you such as culture, people, and places.  The first part of the transition is looking for a home. Being unfamiliar with the city can make finding an apartment or home for rent a challenge. Questions such as which neighborhoods are safe, closest to hotspots and the nearest public transit are difficult to know if you’re not from the city.

RentGeek is a personalized rental site that helps answer these questions. You can think of them as a local friend who knows your lifestyle and can safely recommend you areas that would fit your needs. You complete a fun and easy survey that allows RentGeek to understand your profile to recommend appropriate neighborhoods that matches your requirements. Whether it’s determining the commute times, or the areas with the best nightlife, RentGeek computes the analytics to find you the perfect area.

Recognizing that neighborhood information can be overwhelming, they display relevant information while hiding the rest.   The site provides data on demographic statistics, traveling times, local reviews and neighborhood info including safety scores.  All of the data is pulled organically through reliable government sites and sources.  The best part is that the site displays everything in a clean and slick layout. Once you’ve determined your neighborhood, you can continue searching for apartments and homes for rent. The personalized information is continued through the search and RentGeek helps you rate each listing based on your lifestyle needs for an easy comparison.

The company’s goal is to provide the best user-experience and to make renting simple.  Let’s face it, we’ve all been through the frustration of the rental process, and it shouldn’t be this hard.  RentGeek hopes to help individuals coming from around the world a simple way to understand a city without being here and make a smart moving decision.

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