How was the weekend?

This weekend was so amazing! Let me tell you what happened.

Let’s start with Friday. I went to another Vancouver Canucks game, this time they played against the Arizona Coyotes. The atmosphere and the people cheering for the Canucks were amazing. The team performed well in this game and won 4-0. One of the highlights was that the actress Cobie Smulders, who plays Robin Scherbatsky in the world famous sitcom “How I met your mother” was in the Rogers Arena to watch the game. When it comes to food I recommend the Nacho & Hotdog combination, trust me it’s so good! Hockey is a very special thing for Canadians, so be sure to check out one game while you’re here!

On Saturday, we had another great event for some of the Internexers. We went together in cooperation with Moose Travel Network to Joffre Lakes which is located in the north of Pemberton in British Columbia. We went for a hike with a group of 12. The first stop was at the lower lake of the three lakes we were about to see. It was beautiful with the mountains in the background and the sun shining through the leaves. Approximately one hour later after some steps and steep parts of the hike we arrived at the Middle Joffre Lake. There we saw even more beautiful scenery and landscape. The clear blue turquoise water and the trees around it in combination with the sun gives you a real Canadian wild life experience, which was amazing. There were even some super cute birds that would come and sit on your hand if you extended your arm. Not a moment that you experience often in your life! The trail guides you to the next sight of the hike which were the amazing Holloway Falls in the middle of the forest. After seeing the falls we completed the hike with the view of the third Upper Joffre Lake which was just breathtaking! Sitting on the rocks we had our lunch break, amazed by the beauty of nature! Some of us went even further down the trail to the point were the glacier of Mount Matier meets the water of the lake. We even learned why the lakes are so turquoise. The melting and rubbing of the glacier ice on the rocks of the mountains create a thing which is called rock powder. When the rock powder mixes with the melting water from the glacier and the sun shines through the water it reflects the sun and thus creates the turquoise colour. How amazing is that? As we hiked back we took many photos and got picked up again by our bus driver. What an amazing day!

Since in Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 10th of October and many of the candidates got their own Thanksgiving at home in their hostfamilies, we thought about making our own INTERNeX Thanksgiving at the Kitsilano Beach with a potluck and a traditional turkey on Sunday. We had food like casseroles, chips with guacamole, salads, snacks, desserts, bread, turkey with stuffing, vegetables and other tasty things. We gathered with about 25 people and played some games, e.g. Kubb, soccer, basketball, volleyball and some card games. Everyone had so much fun and we celebrated the Thanksgiving all together, which was so amazing! Also the location at the Kitsilano Beach was great, together with the sunny weather you couldn’t tell if it’s summer in July or Thanksgiving in October. All in all it was an amazing event with lots of fun and laughs throughout the day.

To conclude, I can say that the whole weekend was packed with lots of fun events!

Let me know about your past weekend, or your plans for the upcoming one!

See you at PubNight,

Tino =)

How was the weekend?

What a packed weekend! We did lots of things from Thursday until Sunday!

Let’s start with Thursday. I went to a Hockey game with some friends of mine, which was so great! It was the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena against the Seattle Kraken. The whole vibe and the experience there was amazing! You definitely know that this sport is a national sport for the Canadians. Some shows in the break and an exciting game with some fist fights made that event super special. There were also some representatives from the indigenous peoples showing a cultural music performance, in special regards to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the day that  honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Unfortunately the Canucks lost in the overtime against the Kraken 3-4. But overall, it was such a great experience!

On Friday, I was thinking about spending time in nature. So therefore I met with a friend of mine to go to Lynn Canyon Park with its suspension bridge. The park with its nature was so amazing! The weather was nice, so I even needed to cool myself with the fresh spring water from Lynn Canyon. In the evening, nearly 30 people from INTERNeX got together to go to the Richmond Night Market, which was also a great event. So many colourful lights and lamps illuminating the night sky, and even a live-band was playing there! We got to try so much food like flower-onions, Takoyaki (fried squid balls), grilled meat on a stick and finally the best thing for me: Beaver Tails! It’s like a long fried dough with some cinnamon and sugar, but you can also try some other flavours. I was waiting so long to try those and I got the chance on Friday. It was so yummy, you need to try it! The night market is going to be open until this Sunday, so if you don’t want to miss this special experience, go there on the weekend!

Since you never get enough of Vancouver’s Nature, I went to the UBC Campus on Saturday to visit the Botanical Gardens with a friend. The quiet place of Nitobe Memorial Garden is a true masterpiece in the ever busy town of Vancouver. With the head full of the experiences of the Hockey game, the night market and the gardens, I met another friend group to watch the Vancouver Whitecaps this time at BC Place. This was also a special experience because I can compare the soccer situation here pretty well to the situation in my home country Germany due to the fact that I’m supporting a club there. The quality of the soccer is not comparable to the soccer in Europe, but then again you also can’t compare the hockey quality in Europe to the quality here. =) I guess both Europe and North America have their own national sports. In the end, the Whitecaps scored two goals and won 2:0. That’s what you call a successful evening!

On Sunday we went to Whistler Village. This village is about 2 hours north of Vancouver and we went there by bus. I did find it very easy to hop on the bus and then 2 hours later you are there, voila! Whistler is known for its nature where hiking and mountain biking are the highlights during the summer season and during winter you can go skiing and snowboarding. 

We started the day in Whistler with a short coffee break and then we headed to one of the bike rentals to get some mountain bikes for our activity – biking to Lost lake and Green Lake. We were so lucky with the weather, the sun was shining as we were biking along the trail in the forest. When we reached Green Lake, we totally understood how the lake got its name. The lake is fed by glacial streams and the water was freezing cold but so refreshing. Definitely worth a swim if you are up for it on a sunny day! The location of both lakes had such a stunning view, a big recommendation when you are going to Whistler in summer!

After a great time by the lakes, we went back to the village to return the bikes as we were exploring the village in search of lunch. We bought some classic poutine, salad, a lot of water and some soft drinks to keep us hydrated in the warm weather. In the centre of the village we found a park table with a parasol so we took the chance to have our lunch there enjoying Whistler Village. 

For the next activity we went up to the mountain with the Black Comb gondola. It took us about 25 minutes to go up with the gondola, and hey; what a view! We stopped at the first mountaintop taking in the beautiful view before we went to the next gondola, the Peak 2 Peak with a 360 degrees experience which provided a perspective of British Columbia’s rooftop with views of Whistler Village, volcano peaks, coastal rainforests and glaciers. The Peak 2 Peak gondola is 4,4km long which is the world’s longest unsupported span for a lift of this kind at 3.025km height. It’s the world’s highest lift at 436m above the valley floor. So cool!! When we reached the other top we saw the Olympic Games statue shining in the background so we were totally in for another group photo in front of that statue. On the mountain they had a lodge serving coffee, food and other beverages. They even had a game in the centre of that patio which was a lot of fun for us and other visitors. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go up to the face of the mountain where they had a suspension bridge because of preparations for the upcoming winter season, so let’s go to Whistler as soon as the winter season starts!

After a few hours our visit on the mountain reached an end and we decided to go back to the Village with the two gondolas to meet the rest of the group and do some shopping before going back home to Vancouver. I can tell that Whistler is such a beautiful village that offers a lot of sightseeing and activities, so if you are going to Whistler in the near future, I’m sure you will enjoy every second of it, like I did!

We hope you had a great weekend and we hope to see many of you on Pub Night this Wednesday 😀

Cheers

Ida & Tino =)

What to do on the weekend?

A busy weekend coming up? Don’t have anything to do? Or maybe you just want to do nothing? Well here are some ideas for you no matter what kind of weekend you were planning.

img-20190319-wa0017.jpgVancouver Fashion Week is in town and some of us are going to spend some fashion time tonight and tomorrow. I myself have never been to a fashion week so I’m really looking forward for this. To everyone who is coming remember to dress up, be on time and bring two pieces of ID. I will be updating the Facebook event about schedules so be sure to check that out.

The ski season is coming to an end so if you have the urge to ski I’d suggest doing it sooner than later. Good places to go are for example Mt. Seymor, Mt. Grouse or Mt. Cypress. Don’t worry if you did not bring your own ski gear from home or if you don’t own any because you can for sure rent all the necessaries from the ski resort. Some places also offer a shuttle to the mountain so you don’t have to worry about how to get there.

Another thing you might want to consider of doing before it is too late is going to the Canucks game. There are a handful of home games left and the future depends on how well the Canucks will fight to get through to playoffs. So make sure to buy your tickets and go cheer the Canucks for win!

Btw you can find an event for the Rockies Trip now in Facebook, make sure to check that out. I wish a great weekend for everyone!

-Jasmin xx

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

Beloved Monday is here and it is time to talk a little about what went down during the weekend. Ice Hockey, Hot Springs and Seattle; for me it was one the busiest weekends in my life but it was totally worth it!IMG_20190315_190624.jpg

Weekend started off with a Canucks game at Rogers Arena. It was my first ice hockey game here in Vancouver and as I had assumed the atmosphere was very similar to our games in Finland. I was accompanied with Sara and Carolin who I met two weeks back at our orientation. The game was entertaining although we didn’t get to see any good fights (the part I was most excited about). Sadly Canucks lose to New Jersey in the end with penalties but we still had a great time with the girls.

On Saturday I was facing a super long day. We headed to Keyhole Hot Springs with few friends of mine. Day started off with a four-hour car drive including one hour of driving the bumpiest road I’ve ever seen. In case you don’t have a jeep don’t even think of going because the car won’t survive. After the drive it was time for the hike and since none of us had been there before we got lost at first. In the end we managed to find our way to the hot springs and it was time to step into the steaming hot water. After chilling in the ponds for couple hours and making some new friends it was time to head back home. You have to hike back before it gets dark since the trail is pretty challenging already during daytime (also there are bears and other animals in the area). On our way home we decided to stop by for dinner at Whistler, which was pretty much half way. It was my first time in Whistler and by the short time we spent there it seemed like a Winter Wonderland.

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Sunday Funday in Seattle! The INTERNeX gang headed to Seattle on Sunday with a tour organized by West Trek. Buss started from Vancouver Downtown at 8 am. It took about an hour to get to the boarder where we had our passport check and then about two hours until we arrived to Seattle. First we had a quick tour with the West Trek guide and after that there was about five hours time to do what ever. The guide listed us the main attractions such as the Space Needle, MoPop Museum, Gum wall and the first Starbucks. We also checked the Seattle Great Wheel which was only 16 dollars and absolutely amazing. All in all St. Patrick’s Day treated us very well and the sun was shining the whole day.20190317_042411_0

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and the amazing weather!

This week’s PuB NiGHT will take place at the Beaver bar @8pm on Wednesday.

-Jasmin xx

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?

As you all (hopefully!) know, we are going to the Rockies this weekend! Very, very exciting! Unfortunately, not everyone is able to join us. If you are one of those people, this blog post is for you! Let me tell you about all the fun things you can do this weekend that will make up for missing out on the trip!

Did you enjoy going to a fun fair when you were younger? Going on rides? Eating cotton candy? Well, this weekend is your chance to be nostalgic and feel like a kid again! All weekend long there will be a pop-up carnival in Surrey, where you can enjoy the view when going on a Ferris wheel, bump into people when using the bumper cars and go on more adult like rides that induce adrenaline, such as the Zero Gravity ride. And even if you’re not the I-love-carnival-rides-type of person, you can still have a great time at the food court eating corn dogs, snow cones or cotton candy.

Assuming not everyo15451755782_d1b6792647_n2ne enjoys carnivals, maybe the next activity is more soothing for you. Have you ever wanted to feel Canadian? Why not go to a game of one of Canada’s national sports?! You can even choose which one! Cheer on the Canucks at their hockey game in the Rogers Arena or the Stealth at their lacrosse game in Langley, all while being surrounded by sport fanatics!

5641828620_2dd923ef30_nSunday! Which means… it’s EASTER! Although looking for hidden chocolate eggs and painting boiled eggs might seem a little childish when you’re an adult, that doesn’t mean you cannot celebrate Easter! Meet up with a friend and enjoy an Easter brunch at one of the many places offering them (Seasons in the Park, The Wild Fig, Teahouse). And if you still enjoy celebrating Easter the way you did as a kid, be my guest! Let someone hide eggs around the house (or around town if you’re feeling adventurous) and go look for them! Tip: Use plastic eggs and fill them with alcohol, drink whenever you find one!

See you all on the Rockies trip! And to those who aren’t joining: have a good weekend and enjoy Easter!

– Angy

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