TOTAL RECALL 2022 – Part I

Wow, what an eventful year! INTERNeX came back from the ashes like a Phoenix. Even though the company officially reopened for candidates in September 2021, the real deal started with the reopening of the office in early spring, 2022. A new office in the same building, a small team with lots to do! As this year is coming to an end we’d like to walk down memory lane with you and look back on some experiences we’ve had.

First of all thanks to everyone who chose to join our INTERNeX Family this year, you made it so special. More thanks go out to some of our older candidates who decided to come back and visit this beautiful city one more time, once with INTERNeX, always with INTERNeX, you’re welcome here any time. 🙂

For me as new PR and Program Coordinator here at INTERNeX it was a challenging but rewarding year and I won’t forget to mention all the amazing help I’ve received through Tatjana who was the PR coordinator before me and helped me figure out many things to make my start smoother, and of course my awesome Practicum Students Ida and Tino. Their positive attitude was contagious and made working with them so easy. I think I speak for everyone when I thank you all for the great events you organized, the crazy pub nights you made people feel welcome at, and the exciting trips you managed.


But let’s rewind and reflect on what actually happened this year. For me it all started with the first Rockies trip in April. Frozen lakes, snowy mountains, camp fires, hot tubs, slippery hikes, scenic Banff with lots of possibilities to explore the cold spring in Canada. If you ever get the chance to go, I recommend taking the Gondola up Sulphur Mountain, it gives you breathtaking views over mountain ranges and the valleys. Another nice activity was a hiking trail at Lake Louise which gives an amazing outlook on the lake and the Fairmont Chateau, reminding me a little bit of Hogwarts from above. 🙂 Please keep in mind to dress properly for this hike in winter since it’s really icy! Even though we had a lot of fun sliding down the mountain I believe the experience is better with proper shoes. 😉 Let me tell you, the Rockies are always a good idea no matter if winter or summer, and so was this one. See for yourself:

The next trip didn’t wait long. In May a small group of us went to Whistler which is only a two hour bus ride from Vancouver. We were relaxing in our condo with it’s own hot tub, played games by the fireplace, went out for lots of partying and even managed to go on a bike ride the next day to explore Whistlers beautiful nature. 😉 A lot of times Whistler is associated with skiing, but it’s also a great place to visit during summer time for hiking, biking, or simply escaping the big city life for a couple of days. 🙂


In June the first large group arrived and only had a limited time of 4 weeks to enjoy Vancouver so that meant events after events! We’ve climbed the challenging Grouse Grind (I dare you to do it), played a heated BubbleBall match (sooo much fun), celebrated Canada Day at the beach, saw an awesome performance at Theatre Under the Stars in Stanley Park, and got wet in a kayak at Deep Cove! On top of that INTERNeX went to Las Vegas for the 4th of July, yes I know it was such a crazy time, but I’m grateful for all the experiences that came with it and that no one actually got lost. 😀

Another of my favourite days was probably the day trip to Victoria with Moose Bus in July. We had amazing weather and our tour guide Mike was a real specialist in the area, so he made sure we get the best out of our short stay in the capital of British Columbia. We wandered through the Fisherman’s Wharf, enjoyed wide ocean views along a pier where we also saw some otters, and had free time to walk around the city, I personally really liked the little hidden alleys in China Town. I realize that BC just has so much to offer, it never gets boring!

What was your favourite summer event? Are you ready for next summer yet, or do you enjoy the colder winter weather?

Stay tuned to go with me through last fall in our next year review blog post.

Until then, have a great week!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

What to do on the weekend?

All good times somehow come to an end and unfortunately this weekend is going to be my last one. I’ve made so many good friends here with INTERNeX and will miss them a lot when I’ll be back in Germany. But there is a phrase which goes like: We will see us a second time in our lives. And for me, I truly believe in that phrase. Nevertheless, I want to give you a last time some recommendations on what to do on the weekend.

Dunbar Haunted House

Starting with the first one: Fright Nights! =) Since Halloween is around the corner, why not get the spooky season started with a Fright Night at the PNE Playland? You can go to 7 haunted houses and get thrilled all the time. I’ve heard from a friend that there are some guys chasing you, how awesome but terrific at the same time! If you are not scared enough by that you can put up your adrenaline level with some night ride attractions. Be sure to not miss this event since Halloween is only one time in a year and why not experiencing it in another country? 🙂

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If you want a more resting or more quiet weekend you can also go to the Capilano River Regional Park exploring the Capilano Cleveland Dam, Capilano Canyon and the Salmon Hatchery. With trails and paths along the river you have lots of opportunities to see beautiful nature. The easiest way to get there is taking the sea bus from Waterfront to Lonsdale Quay and taking the bus to the Park. Besides the fact that you can walk through some of the best nature places in Vancouver, you can also see some fish there by visiting the hatchery. Right now is Salmon Running Season and your chances of seeing them jump is high. You could see the typical salmon with the red and green colour named Sockeye Salmon. For the ones of you who watch Disney movies: It is the same fish that the two bears in “Brother Bear” fish together =). But also if you don’t like watching fish you can walk up a trail and enjoy the view at the Cleveland Dam. I’m sure you’ll find a nice activity to do in the Capilano River Regional Park.

Vancouver Fashion Week 2013

Since Vancouver is also a very high fashion city with lots of trendy shops we can recommend you going to the Vancouver Fashion Week this weekend. Depending on the show you want to see and the brands showing up the tickets can range from 30-150$. It’s a nice experience to see the new trendy clothes presented on a catwalk with the models walking by. I personally think some styles and old looks will be trendy right now and have a rebirth on some models. What is your fashion prediction?

Now caused by the weather of Raincouver this weekend, I have another fun recommendation for you! Why not spending time in the Extreme Air Park in Richmond with an indoor trampoline park? You can have fun jumping around, playing some jumping games or being a ninja warrior. With 42000 square feet room inside their walls, they can offer some awesome jumping areas. You can expect somethings like zero gravity basketball, air zone, foam zone, a half pipe, 3D dodgeball, bounce balls or vertical volleyball. I’m pretty sure you’ll find something fitting for you and your personal jump ability =).

Extreme Air Park

Whatever you are going to decide on, we wish you a nice weekend with everlasting memories and a lot of fun!

See you next week!

Cheers,

Tino =)

Hiking Survival Guide

Canada, especially the West Coast, is known for its beautiful mountains, vast nature and numerous options of outdoor activities. It would be a shame not to make use of it while you are here. A popular pastime is hiking, since there are thousands of great hiking trails around, that offer stunning views. But there are some precautions you should keep in mind when going on a hiking trip, since it can get quite dangerous if you are ill prepared. Don’t panic, I’ve got you covered. I will share some tips with you that are worth considering when going out into the Canadian wilderness.


I) Inform people where you are going
Always let someone, who is not going with you know, where you are and when to expect you back. Better, try not to go on a hike all by yourself. A lot of people underestimate the power of nature. Sometimes the trails are not properly marked, there can be unexpected changes in your route, difficult parts of climbing, or potential falling, etc., and sometimes it can take hours for another hiker to come by. It is good if someone knows where you are, in case you get hurt.

II) The right outfit
To minimize possible injuries it is recommended to wear some proper hiking clothes, especially shoes are important. If you are planning on going for a few hikes this season, it is worth buying some hiking boots, if you don’t have them already. They are a game changer. Compared to runners they are less likely to slip or sprain your ankle. I just bought some proper hiking boots myself and I love them. They make it way more comfortable for me to go up and down the mountains. I feel more safe for sure. Appropriate clothing would be non-cotton, functional wear, depending on the weather a rainproof jacket, a hat, or a toque, and a backpack.

III) Equipment
Some gadgets you should take with you are:
– A light: It can get dark really quickly, and I wouldn’t trust your phone flashlight on this one
– Water and food: It’s important to hydrate and have some high energy food bars, etc. with you since you are physically exercising
– Cell phone for communication and navigation: It’s recommended to also take other navigation devices like a compass and a map

IV) Survival Kit
There are some extras you should consider taking with you, especially when you go on longer, more advanced hikes:
– Signalling device, like a whistle
– Fire Starter
– Warm clothes (Layers are a good idea)
– Pocket knife
– First-aid kit (Always good to have for emergencies)

In the end it’s always better to be safe than sorry!


V) Another topic I’d like to talk to you about is Wildlife. Canada is not only widely known for its diverse nature but also for its furry habitants, like bears, cougars, wolves, coyotes, and many more. Encounters with animals are low and attacks are very rare. They usually only happen as a result of people’s careless actions. It might happen though that you encounter some animals while you are a little outside of the city and it’s good to have an idea on how to behave in such situation. So here’s what’s most important.

Try to avoid a close encounter from the beginning by:
– Hiking as a group
– Watching for signs
– Never approaching wildlife! Maintain a distance that respects the needs of wildlife
– Not trying to take selfies with wildlife. Selfies are not safe and not encouraged
– Not feeding wildlife.

Here’s a source that gets more specific on how to behave in case of a rare encounter with different animals: https://bcparks.ca/conserve/bearsandcougars.pdf?v=1654715287939

I know this is a lot of information, but it might come in handy 🙂 I don’t know about you, but the German in me likes to be prepared for any possible scenario. 😀

I hope this post is helpful to you and prepares you for your next adventure.

Have great day!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

Meanwhile in Vegas…

You might wonder why it was so quiet on the Blog this week. The answer is, INTERNeX went to Las Vegas for the 4th of July celebrations and I obviously couldn’t miss out on that. Still tired, I feel the last couple of days in my bones while sitting back at my desk in Vancouver. It was my very first time in the city that never sleeps and I understand now, why people say that. Here’s a little POV from our trip.


We’re on the plane early in the morning, excited to arrive at the shiniest place on earth. The city is so big you can see the flickering ads on the buildings from up in the sky. After refreshing ourselves at the hotel we decide to take the Monorail (kind of like a skytrain that runs parallel to the Las Vegas Strip) and go down to the famous ‘Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas’ sign to take a nice group photo. The last station of the Monorail however, is a bit further away, which means we have to walk quite a bit to get to the sign.

At first that seems totally fine, but it is 42 degrees pure sun shining on us, so it gets harder with every minute of walking. I really feel that I’m in the middle of a desert. In the distance we see something… is that a Fata Morgana? A yellow ‘M’ appears on the horizon and it whispers ‘Air Condition’ and ‘food’. Thankfully we are right, it’s a McDonalds that was going to save us. It feels really good to cool down, eat and drink an iced beverage before continuing our journey.

Surprisingly we all made it to the sign, just to find out that there’s a long queue of people waiting in the heat to take a photo. We find a way to sneak to the side and skip the line by taking a photo there instead of right underneath the sign. If you are ever planning on going, keep that in mind! Another thing we’ve come to realize, it’s cheaper to take an Uber or Lyft when you are travelling with a group than it is taking a bus, plus it’s more convenient as well.


After spending some free time we all meet again at a nice Mexican restaurant to have dinner and drinks together. The tacos are amazing! The first day has been successful, but tiring. Matt plays a round of Black Jack at the Casino but gives up pretty fast, I guess it’s time for bed. We decide to keep it chill and save our energy for the next day.

A few of us are going to a pool party, the perfect place to be on a hot sunny day, and indeed it is so much fun! I’d recommend buying tickets in advance as well as eating and drinking lots before going because prices are insane; $57 for a cocktail… Everything else is totally worth it though, we’re having a blast! Another group of us is taking the day to explore the city some more.

In the evening everyone is out to see the Independence Day fireworks! My favourite view is from the Bellagio Fountains. There’s a fountain show with light, music and the fireworks in the background. Even at night it’s nice and warm in the city. I actually prefer the night over the day in Vegas! Everything is sparkling in bright lights, and the sun doesn’t burn you. 😀


There’s definitely always something to do and the time of our departure came too fast. After two days it’s time to say Goodbye to Vegas. We all agree it’s a very unique place. It doesn’t seem like a regular city, it’s its own little world. I still feel like I need to process the past days, so much happened in such little time, and with barely any sleep. But I guess that’s how it is when you visit Las Vegas. 😉

Have you ever been to Vegas? Would you go? What do you think of it?

I’d love to chat more about it at tonight’s pub night, 7pm at The Blarney Stone! See you there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂

What to do on the weekend – Sunny Edition

We’ve all been waiting for it and finally it’s here: Summer. At least this weekend the weather is expected to be spectacular in Vancouver! Here are some ideas on how to enjoy the sunny days.

I) BC Bubble Ball with INTERNeX Join us for Bubble Ball this Sunday, 1pm at Charleston Park! We are going to play a bunch of fun games encased in transparent big bubbles. It’s recommended to everyone who is comfortable playing sports, falling over and laughing until their abs hurt. 🙂

II) The VIMFF in North Vancouver Also on Sunday, from 3pm-9pm there’ll be the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, celebrating Canadian Multiculturalism with a free outdoor event at the Shipyards, right at the Londsdale Quay in North Vancouver. We’ll head over there after our Bubble Ball match, so if you’d like please join us! There’ll be award-winning mountain films, live music, giveaways, fun activities, like an outdoor climbing wall, a beer garden, snacks and more! A perfect way to end a sunny weekend.

III) Beach day Of course the sun screams for a beach day! Vancouver has a lot of them! Take a buddy and tan, play volleyball, or go swim in the ocean. For a more relaxed beach atmosphere with a little more space I recommend to go to Spanish Banks. The beach is wider and the water clearer than at the other beaches, plus you have a great view of the mountains and the city skyline. If you want to stay close to bars, restaurants and other shops I recommend Kitsilano beach. It’s such a hip area! A lot of younger people go here to play some beach games and enjoy the sun. At night you can sometimes find street artists playing their music and people just start dancing to it. To me, that really feels like summer.


IV) Lake day If you’re not into salty water, there’s also a few lakes around. You’d have to go a little further, but you could make a whole day event out of your trip. My recommendation is Cultus Lake in Chilliwack! Nearby there’s also the Cultus Lake Water Park, Castle Fun Park in Abbotsford and more. It’s a nice little getaway from the city and popular amongst many locals. A good way to explore the Canadian country side a little more. If you’re hungry on your way back stop by at Brodeur’s Bistro in Abbotsford for the best Chicken Waffles you’ll ever have (trust me on this one). The only downside: you’d probably need a car, since the public transit is not too good outside of the city.

V) Get some ice cream! Vancouver has a bunch of (n)ice cream shops. Here are my top 3 must-tries this summer:
1.) While you are in Kits, get some Rain or Shine ice cream before, or after you go to the beach and thank me later. 😉 They have some really good vegan options as well and all cones are made in house! You can smell it when you get close to the shop.
2.) Earnest Ice Cream is one of Vancouver’s favourites when it comes to the frozen dessert. They have rotating flavours that make you return all summer (and winter) long.
3.) If you are looking for a place with many many different flavours, you should check out La Casa de Gelato, with it’s 238 varieties of ice cream! This place actually won a world record.


Which ice cream are you going to try first? Are you Team Beach or Team Lake? Are you excited for summer, or are you more of a winter person?

I’m definitely excited!

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂