TOTAL RECALL 2022 – Part III

Here it is, the last week of 2022! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I’m always still in the holiday spirit a couple days after, so I’d love to tell you about our most recent Pre-Christmas events to let it last just a liiittle bit longer. 😉 If you haven’t read the first two parts of our year review here are the links for you:

Part I: https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2022/12/14/total-recall-2022-part-i/

Part II: https://internexcanada.wordpress.com/2022/12/21/total-recall-2022-part-ii/

So, here we go:

The closer winter came the more our Halloween activities shifted into Christmas/Winter. 😉 Have you been on the Christmas Market, or to the VanDusen Botanical Gardens Festival of Light? I love these kind of activities to get me in the mood for Christmas, they light up this dark cold winter time and help me stay sane. 😀 Or have you been to a Canadian Ice Hockey game yet? I can highly recommend it, even if you’re not too familiar with the sport it’s a great experience and who knows, maybe you’ll walk out of the arena as a new Canucks fan. 😉

Our last bigger trip this year was to Whistler, but this time for ski season! We had a nice hotel with a jacuzzi in every room which was really nice at freezing outdoor temperatures of -14 degrees! The weather was cold, but beautifully sunny. The first day we went on a stunning snow walk around the golf course, it looked like a real winter wonder land. The main event was obviously the skiing on the following day and for real it looked amazing, plus Whistler is also known for its great Apres Ski parties which many of us enjoyed. 🙂

Now 2022 is coming to an end and to conclude, the year has definitely been challenging with all the changes the pandemic has brought with it, especially in the tourism industry, but we can proudly say we had a great year with lots of adventures, learning curves, and most importantly awesome people.

We are grateful to be back and we want to continue helping you grow through your experience here with INTERNeX in 2023. Off to a new chapter! We wish you all the best for the next year and all the years to follow!

Did you set yourself any challenges for the next year? How has this year been for you? What was your favourite event/trip this year? I recommend sitting down for a minute and really think about what you’ve achieved and how much you’ve grown, it makes you really excited to see what’s coming next, doesn’t it? 🙂

Lots of Love,

Laura 🙂

What to do on the weekend?

We are getting closer and closer to Christmas, who’s excited for the Holidays?
I sure am. This weekend I have a few great suggestions for you on what to do.

The first one is the Christmas Cabaret which will be an immersive experience with the theme of Light, Love and Liberty. Guests will explore a labyrinth like space filled with live music, weaving voices, corridors of original paintings, movement artists, all flowing inviting the audience to come on magical journey for a few hours. There’ll be wine & cheese, coffee, hot chocolate, mulled apple cider and other Christmas goodies, perfect to get into the Holiday spirit. Be prepared for 11 musicians, 6 actors, 3 movement artists and 4 painters. See what Vancouvers art scene has to offer and maybe take a walk along the beach beforehand. 🙂 The price for this event is by donation, recommended is around $25, but really just see for yourself how much you’d like to give to support the artists. 🙂
Let me know if you’d like to join. 🙂

Link: https://youtheatresociety.com/2022/11/04/christmas-cabaret/

Maybe you’re not into arts? I have a few other events that could prevent you from being a Grinch this year. A bunch of you asked me about the Capilano Canyon Lights and it’s for sure nice to experience. If you want to go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge I’d go during this time rather than in summer time. It just has a nice touch to it, kind of like walking through fairy land if you ask me. But be prepared for crowded paths, like almost every event here in Vancouver it gets quite busy. The entrance fee is $62.95 plus tax. You can get there free with a shuttle bus that leaves from Canada Place. Make sure to buy your tickets online in advance for the planned date.

Link: https://www.capbridge.com/events/canyon-lights/

If your budget is low because you’ve been buying lots of Christmas presents I totally understand! How about a nice stroll through Stanley Park? I feel like that’s always a good idea to spend the weekend. There’s of course the seawall, or different paths through the forest, just make sure to stay on the path and give wildlife its space. 🙂 The weather will be sunny, so make sure to catch the sunset on your walk and maybe you could end up at the ‘Bright Nights in Stanley Park’. Volunteers of the Burn Fund set up their dazzling displays including an antique fire truck, a giant red reindeer, and a sparkling tunnel of lights in the plaza. There’s also going to be food vendors offering churros, pretzels, popcorn, hot chocolate and more for a cozy evening in Stanley Park. Enjoy some live entertainment and donate as much as you’d like to support the Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund when you leave this event. 🙂

Link: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx

Whether you decide to immerse yourself into the Holiday spirit, go last minute gift shopping because I just reminded you that it’s next weekend, or avoid it all by watching movies in bed, I hope you have a great weekend!

Let me know how it went at next week’s pub night. 🙂

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

New ‘Kids’ on the blog

This week we have some new candidates joining our INTERNeX Family! Let me introduce you to them! =)

Starting things off with Fran (short for Franziska). Fran is 24 years old, from a town near Cologne in Germany. Here in Vancouver, she’s doing her practicum for about 4 months at a company which runs its business in cultural development. Back home in Germany she’s currently studying multicultural communication at a university. After her internship she wants to go on a vacation for 1 month in Texas to meet a friend there. She chose Canada because she enjoys cold temperatures and the vibe they create. She skies since she was 3 years old and has a deep passion for the cold, plus she wanted a change of environment, which she’ll definitely have here in Vancouver. Unfortunately her first impression was influenced by a little sickness after her plane ride. It was totally different than she imagined it to be, but for the positive =). She thinks the culture and the people here are interesting. Since she loves the cold weather she really wants to go skiing. Another of her hobbies is photography which makes her want to travel around and go on adventures where she can collect memories with her camera, maybe she can start a blog with her pictures? I’d love to see that! Also on her list is watching a hockey game while she’s here. In her free time she also enjoys swimming or doing yoga, and when it comes to arts and crafts she likes to do macrame and DIY’s. The list of interests doesn’t end here, Fran also likes going to the movies. That calls for an INTERNeX movie night. When it comes to her favourite food she loves Pizza. Here in Vancouver she wants to try Beavertails and Canadian craft beer. We are happy to have Fran in our rows! =)

Moving on with Helena. Helena is 23 years old and comes from a town near Frankfurt in Germany. She’s here to do a 4 month-internship at a Hockey Club in Coquitlam. Back home she’s studying business administration online at a university in Stuttgart. After her studies and her time in Canada she wants to start working as a graphic designer. The reason she chose Canada is because Canada is the perfect fit for her: She can learn English, go skiing or watch a hockey game and also spend time in nature with super friendly people! Her first impression was that Vancouver is very big. She thinks that Vancouver is a mixture out of Germany, Austria and Italy because of the combination of things you can do here. I’ve never heard a comparison like that but I can tell it’s true! =) Except for watching an NHL game, she doesn’t really have a thing on her bucket list and just wants to go with the flow. In Germany she’s a supporter of the Ice Hockey team “Adler Mannheim”, she’s a real hockey girl, another reason Canada is the perfect country for her to visit. One of her favourite hobbies is to go to the movies once a week! For her favourite food she likes Italian food in general, what a good choice! Here she’d love to try Beavertails and some donuts. I suggested her the apple fritter from Tim Hortons, since that’s my favourite =). We are very glad we have Helena with us and that she will join our events!

Next we have Emma. She’s 19 years old from from a town in the south of Austria. Nice to see some other nationalities mixing up the Germans =)! In Vancouver she’s doing a practicum in the sports museum. Back home in Austria she graduated high school in 2021 and started studying business and economics but unfortunately it wasn’t the right decision for her and she decided to do a gap year here in Canada to gain some experience and grow beyond herself. During her time here she wants to find out which course she will be studying back home. She chose Canada as her gap year destination because the country has just so much to offer and the cultural diversity really fascinates her. Her first impression was very good since she thinks the city is very beautiful and also because it matches her imagination of the city. When it comes to her bucket list she really wants to visit Vancouver Island and experience the Vancouver lifestyle. I think Vancouver Island is a great choice! =) In her free time, Emma enjoys reading, cooking and also doing all kinds of sports. For her favourite food she likes a good Italian lasagna. We are so happy to have Emma with us and hope that she will have an amazing time in Canada!

We are very happy to have them on our events and in our INTERNeX Family! I hope that they enjoy the Tim in Vancouver but I’m pretty sure they will as everyone does!

Let’s meet them together at today’s Pubnight!

Cheers,

Tino

New ‘Kids’ on the blog

We have some new ‘kids’ on the blog again! Let me introduce you to them:

Let’s start with Leo. Leo is 18 years old and from Munich in Germany. Back home he just finished his high school and A-Levels. In Canada he’ll be studying business and communication in a college for 3 or 4 months. With this he hopes to improve his English. After his time in Vancouver, he wants to study business or law in Germany, but he hasn’t quite decided yet. He chose Canada because he wanted something different and not the ‘mainstream’ countries. Also, his cousin told him good things about Vancouver and he loved the vibe of Vancouver on pictures. When he got here, he experienced that all people are very relaxed & nice. He imagined the nature exactly as it is and got a warm welcoming feeling from the city. The things he really wants to see is Wreck Beach and Whistler. Since he’s staying during the winter, he really wants to go skiing. I think Whistler would be a nice choice for him =). He also wants to go to some sports events like ice hockey, or baseball. In his free time Leo likes to play soccer and tennis and visiting different cities. He loves playing his guitar and cooking as well. When it comes to his favourite food he prefers a good old traditional German Schnitzel with fries. Nevertheless, he wants to try lots of food here, like poutine, pancakes with maple syrup and some beaver tails! How awesome is that =) We are happy to have Leo with us!

Next on our list we have Jessica from Kiel in Germany. She’s 18 years old and has just finished her high school back home. She will be in Canada for 7 weeks and already traveled around here for 2 weeks where she saw places like Banff National Park. She’s now planning to go to Vancouver Island to work for a Wildlife Project in a rehabilitation centre for 5 weeks. She chose Canada because she wanted to be far away from home and to improve her English language skills. Of course she also loves being in nature which was another reason to pick this beautiful country. Her first impression of Vancouver was that it’s beautiful and that the people here are very friendly. During her time here, she discovered that she prefers nature over than living in the city. Nevertheless she thinks the city is pretty nice. Since she already was in Banff, she crossed one thing from her bucket list: The Rockies. Besides the Rocky Mountains, she also wants to visit Stanley Park and Granville Island. After her time in Canada she doesn’t really know what to do at home. She wants to take her time here to learn something about herself and figure out what she likes. In her free time she enjoys reading books and playing badminton and basketball. One of her favourite foods are dishes with pasta or potatoes. As a dessert, she likes to have some chocolate. In Vancouver she wants to try out some poutine and pancakes with maple syrup. I’m sure she can find many places to eat these Canadian Classics. =) Anyways, we are very glad to have her in our rows!

Let’s move on with Lukas. He’s 19 years old from a small town in the north of Germany. In Canada, he’ll go to a language school for about 2 months to improve his English, but he also got a working holiday visa to work here for 4 more months. Back home in Germany he just finished high school. When it came to deciding where he wants to go the organization gave him three options to choose from: Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He chose Canada because he thought that the others are too Mainstream =). Also nobody of his family was here before, so when he comes back he can tell them all about it! His first impression was that the city is very big but also very multicultural which he likes. One big thing on his bucket list are seeing bears, especially grizzlies, but also coming in touch with the Canadian culture and nature. Other things are seeing a hockey game and going skiing and surfing. After his time in Vancouver he wants to study Business Administration. In his free time he likes to play handball, going to the gym and meeting his friends, especially going out with them. His favourite food are ‘Spätzle’ with sauce, but here in Canada he wants to try some poutine and of course pancakes with maple syrup =). We are happy to have him in our rows and are excited for the events he’s going to join!

Last but definitely not least we have our work & travellers Marie and Lucas. They are both 24 years old and come from Braunschweig in Germany. They want to work and travel around Canada to meet new people and get to know the Canadian culture. They are not quite sure how long they are staying in Canada but maybe they want to apply for the young professional program to extend their time here. Marie was working as a kindergarten teacher back home and Lucas as a ski instructor. Lucas also worked in event marketing for a hiking brand. As they met at a fireplace in 2020 they talked about work & travelling in another country and both by coincidence were thinking about Canada =). As a ski instructor Lucas obviously wanted to work in the Rocky Mountains. But not only skiing is one of his interests, he also would like to go climbing. Marie always wanted to go Canada, the country is on top of her bucket list. Speaking of bucket lists, they both want to meet many people and make new friends here, but also see some ski resorts and nice natural environments.

Their first impression of Vancouver was that for a big city it’s quite clean and not too crowded. Also they mentioned that the people here are very nice. Since they want to work and travel they just want to go with the flow and didn’t make specific plans. When they eventually come back from Canada Marie wants to study film production and Lucas wants to become a teacher for sport and math. He also thinks about doing an apprenticeship to become a climbing instructor. In her free time Marie likes to hike on Sundays with her friends, seeing new places, and on top of that she also started to play soccer. Lucas just likes all kinds of sports like soccer, skiing, climbing, trail running and more. When it comes to their favourite food Marie likes rice pudding and for Lucas, since he’s vegetarian, Chili sin carne. 😉 In Canada they want to try out some poutine and beaver tails. We are very happy to have Marie & Lucas with us and wish them all the best for their journey!

These are our new kids on the blog! Be sure to meet them at the next Pubnight!

See you there!

Cheers,

Tino =)

What to do on the weekend?

For some of us it’s clear, we’re going to the Rockies! How exciting! Glacier lakes, Mountain ranges, Wildlife and more. This trip will be epic for sure! I wish we could take more people with us, but I’m sure this won’t be the last time we’re going. 🙂 If you’re staying in Vancouver however there’s lots of other cool stuff you can check out this weekend.

Monstercat Compound, an annual free block party produced by the Vancouver-based independent record label, returns for its fifth year on Saturday, August 20. Happening at Monstercat HQ in Railtown, the all-ages festivities will include live electronic music on two stages featuring local favourites, label newcomers, and globally renowned acts. Much more than just a day of music, the festivities will also include live art, interactive games, music technology, merch, food & drinks and much more totally free of charge! Sounds like this is the event to go to this weekend!


The Richmond Maritime Festival opens at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site on August 20–21, 2022, from 11am–6pm. The 19th annual festival will be free and open to the public with no advance bookings required. The two-day event will unfold across the eight-acre site, and will showcase a vibrant program of live music, historical characters and storytellers, heritage vessels, and displays by community groups. There will also be hands-on workshops this year, so if you’re interested make a whole day trip out of it and explore the shipyards in Richmond!

If you want to know about Canada’s History and its Indigenous peoples, then I recommend to visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum. They have several exhibitions, e.g. ‘Tapestry in Change: Inuit Art in Context’, or ‘We were so far away’. The ladder is a travelling exhibition by The Legacy of Hope Foundation and Archives Canada that uses first-person narratives and archival images to tell stories of the Inuit residential school experience. The exhibition highlights the stories of eight Inuit residential school survivors. Each survivor talks about their experience in their own words. The price is very affordable with $13.50 per person. Why not use the time you’re here to learn more about this country, its people and its history?

Whether you feel more like partying, hanging out at the beach, maybe playing some volleyball, watch a Baseball game, or learn more about Canada, I believe there’s definitely something to do this weekend for you!

I look forward to seeing everyone again next week at Pub Night!

Until then, have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂