How was your Weekend?

Welcome back to the last weekend of January. Can you believe that it’s only 11 more months till Christmas?! Time is flying…
However, before we could possibly think of Christmas again (even though I always do), there was another big event to celebrate first.
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Therefore the INTERNeX gang made their way all the way to Chinatown to see the famous Chinese New Years parade. And it was overwhelming and beautiful to see all these people in their costumes, presenting Chinese culture. Over 90 minutes we saw so many dancing dragons, beautiful women in stunning dresses doing different traditional dances, as well as people presenting martial arts. In fact, it also felt a little bit like Christmas, as we got so many gifts and traditional Chinese New Years cards from people taking part in the parade. Apparently those gift cards say ‘good luck’ (my Chinese is a bit rusty, so they could have told me anything ;-)) and the chocolate money is supposed to be symbolizing a successful year. IMG_6047.PNG
Therefore thank you very much, with all these gift cards and chocolate dollars, I guess I’ll have the best year ever.
Afterwards we made our way to the Chinese Garden. However, we ended our visit after only a few minutes – lunch needed to come first!
Because, whoever knows me, can tell how important food is to me haha. And I am incredibly happy, that you guys share that passion.
Eventually, we were ready to take in more cultural input and went back to the Chinese Garden. Personally, I am a very big fan go the decoration, joined with vibe of the gardens itself, it was simply beautiful. And just in case you ever come close enough to one of those red lampions, do yourself a favour and touch the threads on the bottom, I swear that is what clouds would feel like. Forget about ASMR-Videos, this should be a thing!
Furthermore, we also got a slight insight of the Chinese language, as we got to write our own good-luck-cards in Chinese symbols. And I’ll have to say, it is a lot harder than it looks like and I am not sure if a native speaker would actually be able to read what we IMG_6048‘created’. After having some freshly brewed tea, we stopped by a little bakery. Some of us decided to stay there for a cup of hot chocolate, but most of us just got something to eat (obviously).
From there we had some time to talk about life and the stuff that happens in-between, especially since a few new faces joined the group, it was so nice to get to know everybody a little bit better. We found a lovely spot at the waterfront, talking and watching the sky turning into the calming dark and lights of the buildings glowing up like little stars.

I had a beautiful Sunday and I am very happy that some many people joined in.
The weekend is over now, but the good thing is, it’s only two more days till Pub-Night.

And I think I mentioned it a couple of times by now, but THIS WEDNESDAY WE ARE GOING TO THE CAMBIE. It’s not only a pretty cool bar with nice drinks and good food, but also the place to be for a good beerpong-tournament.
No pressure, but I personally really REALLY want to see the (symbolic) cup in the hands of INTERNeX. And by really wanting to, I kinda mean – guys we need to win this. This is about pride, dignity and beautiful Cambie-Shirts :-D.

IMG_6031.JPGI honestly can’t wait to see you guys there. Please don’t forget to sign up on Facebook, as it will make my life a little bit easier.

Have a fantastic week.

Cheers,
— Nadja xx

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

 

 

What to do on the Weekend?

Another week is over and gives us the great opportunity to explore the beautiful city we get to live in.

As you probably already noticed, this weekend is all about the Chinese New Years festival. Wherever you go, you will find the red lanterns and probably some Chinese signs with a rat on it. Obviously, Chinatown will be hosting the most spectacular events, this weekend. But you won’t be able to escape it any other place in town either ;-).
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As the Chinese culture is a very important part of Vancouver´s community, I strongly recommend walking around with your eyes wide open. There are many cultural differences, which we might not always understand. But all the myths and story’s (yes, I’ve done some research), are beautiful and remind me why I love travelling so much. It gives you a different perspective, you don’t just get to learn facts, but also feelings and the meaning that are transferred through ceremonies, traditions and beliefs.
However, instead of buying a ticket to Beijing, we get to go with a way cheaper option instead. The festival starts off today (January 24) with a ceremony at the Buddhist Temple, which is the largest one in North America. So, besides the celebrations this weekend, it might be very interesting to see and explore.
Followed up by Saturday, which is the actual New Years Day! As the tradition wants it, you have the chance to see the famous Lion Dance at the River District. I don’t really have words to explain it, as I am not an expert myself (obviously). But just give it a Youtube search, trust me it is a very interesting thing to watch! And last but not least there will be a big parade happening on Sunday.
And this is were the INTERNeX gang will get together again (Sunday, January 26). Apparently together with 700 other people, that also decided to join the INTERNeX community. Seems like we’ve gone very big all of a sudden :D. (For the ones that don’t know what I am talking about, just check out the Facebook event.) We will meet up in front of the International Village Mall and from there we’ll try to find the perfect spot to watch everything that is going on. Afterwards we will explore the Chinese Gardens. And besides the fact, that is quite beautiful around there in the first place, we also get to see some unique shows and of course fantastic Chinese food that will be on sale. I am just hoping our 700 new friends, don’t have the same idea.

As you might see I am super excited to see all of this in person, to see the stunning costumes and the slight insight of a very different culture and I am very happy to do it together with you guys!

But no matter if you are celebrating the year of the rat this weekend or not, I hope you have a fantastic one.
See you all soon!

Cheers,
— Nadja xx

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

How was your weekend?

Once again, the weekend was just flying by and we are back to our daily routine. And personally, I am looking back at a crazy weekend.
I’ve got a very special visitor from Germany here at the moment, so we spent the weekend with all the stuff you “need to see” around here. And for once, I actually get to be a tourist here in Vancouver one more time. IMG_5701.JPG
On Saturday our lovely Sophie invited us to a very special occasion, she finally turned 19! Therefore once again, Happy Birthday from the whole INTERNeX family!
On Saturday, the INTERNeX crew went to play Lasertag. One of the events I have been waiting for, for a while now. 
And to be frank, I only had one mission: Beating the Swedish self named “Lastertag-king”, just you know … because :D.
Anyways we got to play in an huge area over 3 floors and with new and overwhelming equipment. In three different games, we got to prove our fighting skills, by not only shooting with laser, but with using different special features as well. Turned out, no shield could have saved me. And if there would be any important Lasertag-war ever, you should probably not let me fight in it. Except if you are trying to loose, or challenge yourself :D. So you might figure, that I failed my very personal challenge to beat Bertil. 508c336f-fa65-4c9b-ac5e-0f16373806fa.JPGAnd not only that, I think I came last in pretty much every game. And yes I was very disappointed about myself, please be kind and don’t rub it in my face, even if I do deserve it .. at least a bit!
However, we had a fantastic time and I wouldn’t have thought that this would be sooo exhausting. I actually had to change my clothes afterwards, as all of this hiding, hunting and running around was worth a weeks work-out :D. On the way home, we took a nice  long sightseeing trip in the bus towards the opposite side of downtown. Now you might wonder, why would she do that? Well, I do have two explanations… either the bus driver randomly went the wrong direction or someone (maybe me) decided to take the wrong bus… I think the answer is obvious .. it was option 1 :P.
Thank you guys so much for joining, it was great seeing you all again.
Anyways, I am currently taking my time to recover from this active and adventurous weekend and hopefully see you all on Wednesday at Steamworks, 7pm. Till then, go out and enjoy the beautiful snow <3. 
See you soon 
Cheers, 
— Nadja xx 
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

New “Kids” on the Blog!

New Year. New Week. New “Kids”!
So let’s send out a warm welcome to the first 4 candidates of 2020.
Yes 4 candidates, a fantastic start into the year, even if we are still trying to get over the heartbreaking goodbyes we had to face just before and after Christmas.
Heads up to the future:

8ca54f1d-eab8-4e40-b3d5-f4da7ff71410Starting of with our lovely Laura here (first on the right hand side), 24 years old and from Germany. Laura is taking part in the Practicum Program, but not just in any placement … nooo, all I am saying is, it’s got a lot to do with chocolate! So besides being everyones new best friend, Laura is planing on keeping herself busy and get to see as much as possible. In fact she already spent the last 5 months in Ottawa, so almost a Canada expert I’d say! So now the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver Island and many more are still on her bucket list. And rumours occur she is still looking for some travel companions ;-). 

Next up are the twins. Okay well, maybe not exactly twins, maybe not even siblings, or even the same age – but I like it, so I’d say we just go with it.
Nathalie and Victoria are also from Germany and came here to take part in the Practicum program as well. These two power-ladies came here together and are gonna stay for the next three months. Also they are working in the same placement which is a child development centre. (Do you see now where I am coming from?! :P). Victoria has actually been here in our beautiful Vancouver before, but as 3 days just weren’t enough (I think we all agree on that with you Victoria), she decided that she had to come back. I am glad your plans have worked out ;-).
From there these two are planning on doing some travelling and already have a very exciting trip planned to Hawaii at the end of their stay … I am very very jealous! So if you guys find some space in your luggage, I’d be more than happy to squeeze in! 

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To complete the German squad of the week, we’ve got Christian joining us as well. He is one of our Work&Travelers and therefore obviously up for facing some great adventures.
Christian got inspired by his French-teacher to come and visit this beautiful country, oh yeah right he also speaks French, as he has lived there in the past 3 months. Very impressive! So if you are lucky, you might get to catch up with your french skills in the upcoming 5 months. Unfortunately after that he will have to go back to Germany to go to University. 

Therefore guys, don’t loose any time and meet these 4 fantastic newbies at tonights Pub-Night at the La Casita.
Same as always – 7pm, two pieces of ID and minors are welcome! 

Can’t wait to see you ❤ 

Cheers, 

— Nadja xx

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

 

 

How was your Weekend?

The first full week of January is about to start, and this means for most of you – let’s get back to work!
Let’s do it guys! 

This weekend the INTERNeX crew went to the Stanley Park Brewery. Located right in Stanley Park (as the name might have spoilered already), this very romantic, beautiful place provided us a beautiful evening. 

IMG_5613.JPGWe got to eat a fantastic dinner and of course got try out some different sort of beers brewed right there. One fly included 4 different kinds of beers, which you got to choose from a menu of 16 different beers. A variety I was clearly overwhelmed with. Whereas others actually made  logical decision based on the very fancy descriptions for every beer, I sticked to trusting the waiter with all my heart or just going for wild, slightly random picks. Cleary I am not a professional beer taster yet, even tho this little fancy glasses made you feel like one.  However, have you ever tried Coffee-beer? I just loved it, so in case you don’t know what to choose, this is definitely something I can recommend. And trust me, I actually sounds wilder than it tastes. 

After the dinner we went on to The Cambie, where we went back to the beer-classics and had some nice chats, while listening to a bit strange mix of music.
Thank you guys for a lovely Saturday!   

Next weekend we will be playing Lasertag, so whoever isn’t afraid to face my very professional ninja-skills is more than welcome to sign up for it on Facebook. And yes, once again  you will have to agree to this very huge and intense commitment of clicking the going button on Facebook (I know I am asking a lot here), if you want to be part of this battle of a century. 

If you have any question you can always message us or ask me at this weeks Pub-Night at the La Casita!

Have a wonderful week, 

Cheers 

—Nadja xx 

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

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Big warm Canadian welcome to our newest arrivals Sarah and Antonia. 1898132d-dc84-4ac1-ac5d-8c050e835890
Sarah is 23 and joining us from the lovely country of Germany. She is also taking part in a practicum program where she will be learning all about marketing and event planning. At home Sarah studies Economics and she focuses mostly on marketing. She has been to London and in one month she completed an english course.
Sarah doesn’t have an exact idea of what she expects from Vancouver so its our job here to help her discover the most and have the best experience.
3ffcb1ed-71cf-499e-bce7-02d1c73a124fAntonia is also from the beautiful country of Germany and will be attending language school here in Vancouver and has many plans to travel and work. During her time here she is open to new experiences and would love to see the beautiful sights here and also around Rocky Mountains.
Antonia has told us lots about how she has been skiing in Italy and Austria and would love to experience skiing here too.
We are looking forward to Sarah and Antonia joining us tonight for their first PuB Night so please help them feel welcomed. See you all at 7pm at The Spaghetti Factory!!!
Cheers,
Sabrina xx
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-

Newest Addition to the PR – Team

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My name is Sabrina, I am 22 years old and I just started working here at INTERNeX.

I love my home country Australia but I also love to travel and experience different cultures. I study my Bachelor of Business in my home town Brisbane and I am working towards gaining experience in Human Resources and Public Relations.

I am currently in my first year of studying but I love to get out experience things in the real world (that’s why I couldn’t wait to travel). Since starting my Bachelor of Business I have also been involved in a university society where I have had experience in event planning and team building exercises. I am very excited to work with the INTERNeX team over the next 2 months.

In my free time I like to go to the beach, spend time with my friends and relax at a park. However, when I travel I love the winter and I can’t wait to see snow and go skiing.

Please don’t hesitate to come say hi at the upcoming events, I’m very friendly and I don’t bite! And I will happily tell you about how we ride kangaroos in Australia J

I am looking forward to meeting you at all the Pub-Crawl events every Wednesday!!

See you soon!

–   Sabrina xx

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