The Amazing Rockies Trip by Tess

It is Monday, already a week after our Big Rockies trip and I am still a bit in the clouds of it because it was so amazing to experience with you!

So on that Friday morning when we left for the Rockies, I had some struggles. It is typical me to not have everything prepared like I wanted it to be, so before I catched my bus it was an hour of stress with taking a shower, baking eggs for sandwiches (like my mom always did when we went on trips), straighten my hair and filling the other half of my bag with clothes. Because of that I had to ran and wave to the buss driver with my entire luggage to get on it. Luckily the buss driver was so nice to stop for me and let me in and I could relax for a bit.

When I arrived at Canada place my hair was already not straight anymore because of the pouring rain, but I was glad to see all of you! Luckily everybody showed up on time and we were good to go. It was a long drive, but I had lots of fun in the back of the bus and luckily we had some nice stops along the way.

The first big stop was in the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops and although I was excited to see bears I felt a bit sorry for the animals. I normally don’t like to go to zoos and stuff because I rather see the animals in the wild but I am glad we had fun together there. After that we went further to our hotel next to Little Shuswap Lake.rockies3

I loved the view there from my hotel room and the nice breeze it had. It was time to sit around the campfire and listen to the First Nations stories. I was really amazed by all the stories he told us, especially by the fact that they don’ t tell stories from other tribes. It sounds really respectful. Besides that, like many of you, I totally fell in love with the little puppy and I think one day he will be a rockies6great hunting dog. After the campfire we had a little party in the hotel room where I introduced a drinking game I often play with my friends back home. And this is actually really funny since I don’t like drinking games at all, except for this one. So back home we call it “Skull” but we made it into a more English version here and called it “cheers”. So we all counted to 21 or cheers and made up the most ridiculous rules along the way. Maybe we can try to do it again sometime on PuB NiGHT. ☺

So the next day was the big day: we were heading to Banff and I was so excited for this one. After walking on Emerald Lake and seeing some people falling a bit through it I was rockies4glad to sit in the bus again. We went for lunch, just before we went to Lake Louise. It was quite a new lunch for me since I tried the Elk / Wapiti stew. I thought it would be a really different kind of flavour then the meat I am used to, but it actually kind of tastes like beef. After this new adventure I was ready to walk all across Lake Louise. I think it is really amazing that the lakes are still frozen this time of the year, but it also gives you an awesome perspective rockies5when you stand in the middle of it. It was a long and slippery walk to the frozen waterfall and of course I fell down on the ice, but once I reached it I was really amazed by the view. Oh and from that point you could also see the Fairmont Hotel really well, which really looks like a Disney castle to me haha.

When we finally arrived in Banff after that, I immediately fell in love. I think it is just a rockies2really cute town, with the beautiful mountains surrounding it. I really liked we all went out for dinner together because you could really feel the bond of the group. After some quick clothing changes and a view pre-drinks we were ready to party! I was so excited, especially because my friend was able to go too since there is another drinking age in Alberta. It was so good to finally be in a place where you can dance and just be a little bit crazy.     I really laughed my ass of and stayed till the really end.

rockies 3Because it was such a long night out for us, we didn’t had much time to sleep really, since we had some horseback-riding to do in the morning. When the alarm went off I thought “ Nooo please” but once I had some breakfast and saw how nice the weather was outside I was super excited. And especially when we drove up the ranch and we saw the horses, I knew it was going to be a great day. And it was! The only thing I was thinking every five seconds was “WAUW”. Those views were truly amazing and the horses were really nice. Along the way we even saw an Elk standing behind the trees and I really felt sorry for eating it for lunch the day before, but luckily it is normal to eat it in Canada.

After the lovely ride it was time for the Banff gondola. I decided to gorockies1 up there the very
last moment when I got off the horse actually. Because I am a snowboarder I felt like I already had seen these views from many mountains but I was so wrong and so happy I still spend the money. It is really different then the views you get from ski areas and although it is a busy attraction,   it feels so peaceful up there.

rockies7After this beautiful scene it was time to say goodbye to Banff and go to Golden, our final stop. I felt a bit sad to leave this amazing town but I was also excited for the campfire and to end the trip in good harmony. When we arrived at the hotel I first chilled out in the hot tub for a little while. When my hands started to look like a grandma and my stomach started rumbling it was time to get out and get some take-out pizza. After going to Boston Pizza, my roommates and me joined the campfire with some drinks and very delicious slices. We played the counting game again and we all had a big laugh. It was just the perfect ending for me and I was very happy I had enough time to catch some sleep on the bus the next day.

I want to thank you all for joining us on this amazing trip. It is definitely one I would never forget.

– Tess

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
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INTERNeX goes Rockies May 2015

Visiting the Rocky Mountains is for almost everyone of our candidates on the top of their to do lists while in Canada. We are therefore very happy to announce the INTERNeX goes Rockies Trip for May 2015. We already created a FB Event Page for you which you can find here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/881856458552296/

On this page we will inform you about everything you need to know. Joining the event will give us an idea how many people are interested in this trip and we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Please be aware that joining the event on Facebook will not guarantee you a spot, but it will show others who is joining this amazing trip.

Like in previous years we are going with WestTrek Tours, one of our closest partners. If enough people are interested, WestTrek will try their best to get all of our INTERNeX Clients onto the one Bus. This trip is one of the most popular trips and many are usually joining, especially if it is a long weekend like the one in May.

Your Rocky Mountains adventure will begin on the 15th May and you will be back on the 18th May. We expect the price will be around $400 and will update you with the exact price on Facebook. Beside the tickets you should give yourself a budget how much you want to spend in addition while in the Rockies.

We hope many of you will join us for this amazing trip and if you have any questions let us know.

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Rockies Trip: Song

“Music is the universal language of mankind”. So we went on a music hunt to find our INTERNeX GOES ROCKIES 2014 SONG. 

We decided to go for a song from Avicii , Wake me up. We think it fits good in with the trip and what we are about to experience. So get ready to hear this song 24/7 for the easter weekend and learn the text by heart! If you can think of an even greater song, please let us know! (We prefer an older song as well, like Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, etc). Oh and do not worry, you will hear a lot of the backstreet boys, spice girls and the rest of the ‘oldy gang’.

 

Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can’t tell where the journey will end
But I know where to start
They tell me I’m too young to understand
They say I’m caught up in a dream
Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes
Well that’s fine by me

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself, and I
Didn’t know I was lost

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself, and I
Didn’t know I was lost

I tried carrying the weight of the world
But I only have two hands
Hope I get the chance to travel the world
But I don’t have any plans
Wish that I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life’s a game made for everyone
And love is a prize

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself, and I
Didn’t know I was lost

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself, and I
I didn’t know I was lost

I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know.

Our next pub night will be on Tuesday at Mooses Down Under on Pender Street. We will inform you on friday about the exact address and time.

Rockies we are ready for you! 

ps: if anyone has a guitar don’t forget to bring it for our campfire night!

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

Review of the Year: July, August, September

July

July 1st, and it was the 146th Anniversary of this amazing land. If you didn’ t know, this national day it´s a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1st, 1867 (Constitution Act, 1867, which confederated the country of Canada). You can find celebrations everywhere across the country for Canada Day, usually outdoor events, such as barbecues, parades, fireworks, free concerts, carnivals and different kind of shows.

Friday the 19th was the last day we were working in the old office. It was time to say goodbye and move to a better and nicer one. On Monday 22nd, we were moving to a new location, a better location. Our new office is very close to the old one. It’s at Tinseltown- International Village Mall (a ten minute walk from our former location). A bigger and nicer location with all the amenities of the mall including a food court, cell companies, coffee shops, clothing stores, discount stores, pharmacies, cinemas, convenience stores and much more all next to the Stadium Skytrain station and literally steps from the middle of Downtown and Gastown.

August

August started off with one of the best trips this year had to offer. Summer, sun, and one of the most beautiful landscapes of the planet. You know what I am talking about: The Rockies!

Valemount, Mt. Robson (this HUGE mountain is with 3954 meter the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies), Jasper, the Icefield Parkway, Athabasca Falls, Columbia Icefields, Peyto and Bow Lake, Banff, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. These two lakes are absolutely stunning and one of the highlights of this weekend! The blue color, the snowy mountains and the endless trees makes these lakes one of the best in the world. We had an awesome, amazing, funny, crazy and really great weekend with everybody!

And as August comes to an end, we had to say good bye to Jelle. His 15-week internship at INTERNeX is now over. After his holidays in the USA he started his third year at Tio University. No more weekly pub nights and big trips. Instead of that he continued his international tourism education.

One of the local highlights this summer was the Stanley Park 125th Anniversary. So many activities were organized in the park! Fortunately, the weather was amazing and we could enjoy the beautiful park more than ever. The first thing that we saw was the Vintage Car Display just next to Lost Lagoon. Then we visited the Rose Garden, where we could see a group of children making a Shakespeare show. A music festival was organized in Second Beach, so we went there to have fun.

September

Summer ends and fall starts off with a public holiday. 🙂 We were celebrating the Labor Day, an annual holiday celebrated along the globe to celebrate the achievements of workers. This excellent day has its origins in the labor union movement. (Specially the “eight-hour day” movement, which defended  eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest) For many countries, Labor Day is linked with the International Workers´ Day (May 1st). For some other countries, Labor Day is celebrated on a different date than May 1st; often one with special significance for the labor movement in that country. In Canada, this day is the first Monday of September and is considered the official end of the summer holiday for most of the country, as public school and university students return to school that week or the following week.

And right after the long weekend, our new PR intern Annika started her internship with us. For the last year, she participated in the master’s program ‘North American Studies’ in Bonn, which is located in the Rhineland and part of Germany. So being an intern in one of the supposedly most beautiful cities in North America was exactly spot on for her. And already a few weeks later, we welcomed Tobias into our team. He was a student from the South of Germany, doing a dual education course.

On the cultural side, the PR team had the chance to experience something new this September. WHY? Because we were invited to attend two very special events. The first one was – the Vancouver Fashion Week! The Vancouver Fashion week (Sept 16th to 21st) was about Spring & Summer 2014 and took place at the Chinese Cultural Centre at 50 East Pender Street, very close to the INTERNeX office. The VFW is the fastest growing fashion week in the world and every year the event is attended by over 20,000 guests! It’s a diverse and innovative fashion experience that features both emerging and established designers, e.g. international award-winning designers from very popular fashion capitals.

Apart from that, we went to an event organized by the Greeting Fluency initiative. This is a project, thought of and supported by the former mayor of Vancouver, Sam Sullivan. Due to Vancouver being such an intercultural city, the project aims at helping people to overcome difficulties in communication with their neighbors. Many people might be shy approaching someone from a foreign culture, because they simply do not know how to do so. And the other way around, someone new to Canada might feel a bit more welcome, if neighbors would be able to greet him or her in the native language. Making them feel a bit more at home. Besides getting  an idea about the project itself, which is a very interesting approach at how to support integration into Canadian society, we also had the chance to listen to a few very interesting short speeches. It was an imaginary journey through Germany, Asia, Egypt and several Arabian countries. The guest speakers offered everything from fun anecdotes over musical performances to actual small delicious snacks. All of us were able to actually get a feeling for the culture we were introduced to. The most practical aspect of this event was the introduction of an app for smart phones, downloadable for free, which offers users the most useful phrases, like for example hello, thank you, and good bye, in a vast amount of different languages. Including a sound sample and a phonetic description for better understanding (the name of this app is ‘Greeting Fluency’). Absolutely practical if you wanted to greet somebody in their native language. Besides, it’s fun to look up different phrases and to try them out aloud. The PR team and INTERNeX thought this was a really nice project worth supporting!

As fall proceeded, we finished the third quarter of this year with one of our monthly trips. This time we went to Victoria. And it was quite the adventure. It was a trip with many special moments and experiences. Everything was fine, but then something unexpected happened….And the trip turned into a little (but funny) mess. However, what would be some time abroad, if we would not experience a small adventure from time to time, right? So this was a good way to start into the fourth and last quarter of our INTERNeX year.

 

 

 

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Review of the Year: April, May, June

April

And as the first quarter of the year ended with some anticipation, we could start into the second one with the review of our amazing trip to the Rockies. Watching the beautiful scenery of snowy mountains and lakes really made me think how much one takes Canada for granted sometimes. Another great thing about this trip was the gorgeous weather. We really were a lucky bunch because it was sunshine and blue skies everyday! During this trip we went to so many beautiful places such as Lake Louise, Bow Lake, Emerald Lake, and of course Banff Gondola!

After the legendary Rockies trip, we had to say good bye to yet another friend and intern of our PR department. Flora had been with us for a quarter of a year and for her it was back to being a student for the moment. Yep, that meant textbooks and exams (no more pub nights for her on weekdays…no tequila shots).

However, as most often the case, one beloved face vanishes and another person is right at the threshold. Mercedes started her internship with us in April. She was born in a Spanish city called Vigo, right in the Atlantic Coast, and that’s probably the reason why she loves the sea and the beach so much. She studies Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Vigo and wants to achieve a career in International Relations and Marketing.

Only a few weeks later, Mercedes was joined by Clara. She was from Mérida, a very beautiful city in the Southwestern part of Spain, with a large amount of old Roman monuments and famous for its ham, red wine and other delicious things and the last four years she lived in Madrid. So April really was a month of change…

May

And the new month started off with another new intern as well. We welcomed Jelle into the team, a Dutch student, living close to Amsterdam in a small town called Enkhuizen. For the last 7 years he studied in Amsterdam. The first 4 years graphic design, and in April he studied international tourism management. Because of his studies he likes to travel a lot.

Other than that, we had a public holiday in May, the Victoria Day. Victoria Day (French: Fête de la Reine) is a national Canadian pubic holiday celebrated on the last Monday before May 25, in honor of Queen Victoria’s birthday. Queen Victoria was born on May 24th, 1819 and is still the longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. (During her life, the British Empire expanded substantially). The monarch’s birthday has been celebrated in Canada since before the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign. After her death, on January 1901, May 25 became “Empire Day”, and for many reasons the Monday before the 25th became Victoria’s Day! In some cities, fireworks are displayed or parades are held to mark Victoria Day. One of the most notable parades is held in the capital of British Columbia; Victoria, which was named because of the Queen Victoria!

June

June, the last part of the second quarter, started of summer and to get in the mood, we decided to announce another Rockies trip for August. What better way to start of this season than with anticipation for this great adventure…

 

 

 

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Review of the year: January, February, March

January

2012 was gone forever and 2013 could only be better!!! The PR team had a lot of events and activities planned for the first month of the year and of course we started the year off with the first PuB NiGHT after Christmas.

For all sports fans among us, the January brought good news: Finally the NHL was back on! The excitement was obvious all over town! As you probably know, hockey is huge here in Canada and what happened was that the owners (NHL) and the players (NHLPA) had an enormous disagreement over the player’s salaries and contracts (collective bargaining agreement), resulting in a strike of the hockey players. As frustrating as it was with four long months of no hockey, the lockout was finally over.

And, of course always an exciting event, the PR team got a new member. We welcomed Flora into our team. She was born in Korea but moved to Vancouver when she was only seven years old. She was majoring in Communications at Simon Fraser University hoping to achieve a career in Public Relations and Human Resources. Besides studying and writing term papers, she loved meeting new people and traveling to different places… or even to places she’d already been before because she believes that you can make new memories each time you’re there.

Also, one of our former colleagues, Simon launched a new website of his own company, teccrab. If you want to start selling your products or have your own presence online, teccrab can help you to develop your website. Whether you are looking to improve your presence on the World Wide Web, planning to have an event, need a promo video for your event or are interested in knowing a little bit more about all the  the World Wide Web world, teccrab can help you out with all of this.

On the sad side, we had to say good bye to yet another colleague and friend. Our PR intern Irene completed her internship with us we were letting her go with mixed feelings. Irene has been with us for seven month and we wished her all the best for her future but were also sad to let her go.

February

As January ended, February began with yet another good bye for us. Queenie, also part of our PR team, had to say good bye as well. And as with Irene, we were dreading her final day. She had been with us for five month, so we got to know her quite a bit and would miss a friend.

Other than that, February was a very active month. The INTERNeX crowd went for a Granville Island Brewery tour; they skied and snowboarded at Cypress Mountain, celebrated Chinese New Year, and went to the Vancouver Aquarium.

March

March, the last month of our lively first quarter of 2013, was marked by St. Patrick’s Day and everybody’s anticipation for our big Rockies trip.

INTERNeX celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by going out to watch the parade in downtown Vancouver and drinking green beer! Crowds of green people, green food and drinks and a good parade – what do you need more?

After this, everyone was basically only passing time until we could finally go to the Rockies over Easter! Four days of sightseeing, exploring, and partying in Valemont, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, Johnston Canyon, National Parks… And so ended the first quarter of another year full of adventures!

Cheers,

Annika

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: PuB NiGHT Announcement @ Blarneystone

It´s time to go crazy.
The biggest and wildest After Party & PuB NiGHT is waiting for YOU!

> 2 EVENTS on one day
> FREE Drink
> FREE Entrance and the PLACE 2 BE in Vancouver
> Playoff Canucks Game Round 1
===> EVENT OF 2012!

Of course you are also very welcome if you can´t come with us to the Rockies Trip !!! Bring your friends and let´s have a few drinks together!!

 

Everybody who joins the Rockies Trip (100-200 people !!!) will come to this Event so you shouldn´t miss out!

 

 

We will combine the Rockies After Party and PuB NiGHT!!!
It will be one crazy Event so everybody is welcome!!!

Sign up for the Event of the Year!

Read about the “INTERNeX Goes Rockies 2012” by clicking here!

Cheers,
Hannes

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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