How was your weekend?

Living in a house on an island in the middle of nowhere with an awesome group of people. Far away from the big city life, any Starbucks, McDonalds and Skytrain stations. But close to trees, birds and the sea. Sounds crazy? It was!

Everyone found the way to the ferry terminal of Tsawwassen on Friday afternoon, ready to start this adventure. The award for the biggest luggage goes to… Bart (who carried our food)! Two hours on the water passed by quickly with fun stories until we arrived on Salt Spring Island. Let’s get back to nature! That is exactly the feeling I had when we drove to our house. Hidden between the trees, we found our accommodation for the weekend. A huge wooden house with everything you could wish for: a big kitchen, a cozy living room, bedrooms with a view, luxurious bathrooms and all this surrounded by a terrace with a hot tub. Perfect! Once everyone explored the house, we settled in and prepared delicious spaghetti. With full bellies, the evening could start off with games and drinks. After a few exhausting games, it was time to relax. What could be a better spot to rest than a hot tub? Well, it was quite ‘cozy’ with 12 people in one hot tub and definitely fun! What a great night!

Salt Spring week 6

Rise and shine, the next day started. The sunshine outside promised a lovely day. For some, it was harder to get out of the bed than for others, but we all managed. After we strengthened ourselves with breakfast, we explored the island with a small hike. We walked through a park where we spotted some fairytale doors in the trees and had a nice view over the forests of Salt Spring Island. We ended up having lunch in a park next to the city center of Ganges, a cute place with lovely stores.

The next activity was a tasting of Salt Spring’s famous Wild Cider. Surrounded by nature, we learned more about ciders and we tried ten different kinds, from dry to sweet ones. The sun was shining, so we could even take off our jackets. Back at the house, it was already time for dinner. The burgers were quickly prepared and even quicker eaten. The night continued with driving a bus, destroying the circle of death or trying to get plastic balls into cups.

Salt Spring week 6-2.jpgWhat a lovely view I had when waking up on Sunday: trees and sun! The view inside of the house was not that promising, as the last night left its traces. But as teamwork makes the dream work, the living room was soon shining again. So, Sunday started off easy with some fresh pancakes and fun stories of last night. Lucky as we were, we could get two of the three taxis that are available on the island. This time, the sun deck on the ferry earned its name and we could enjoy beautiful views on the way back to Vancouver.

I really had a good time with you and I am already looking forward to our next trip to the Rockies. See you on Wednesday to share all the fun stories of the weekend during our PuB NiGHT.

– Kerstin

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INTERNeX Canada: Stories from Toronto (1)

You think Vancouver is big? Try Toronto and you’ll know better. Often called Canada’s answer to the Big Apple, Ontario’s capital really is a huuuge city. When I first got there in late August this year, I was completely overwhelmed by how high the buildings were, how many people ran into me all the time, how awfully hot it was and how busy the streets were. Still, it felt just great.

After I had arrived at the hostel (and after about 13 hours of travelling), all I wanted to do is to check this place out right away. The taxi ride from the airport gave me a first impression but I knew I would only have three full days in Toronto, so why not take a quick shower and make use of this afternoon too. Of course, the city jungle captured me right away with its confusing transit system but somehow I managed to make my way to the waterfront where I then decided to take the ferry to the island. I have to admit, it was so weird waiting in line amidst families, couples and friends, which literally left me being the only person who didn’t have anyone to talk to. This tiny moment of loneliness was soon to be forgotten when the boat finally departed and slowly moved away from downtown. As we got closer to the island, the city’s skyline just blew me away. With an uncountable number of highrises and its two most prominent landmarks, the CN Tower and Rogers Centre right next to it, it was an amazing sight. A cool summer breeze in my hair and warming sun on my skin – this felt exactly like the freedom I had been looking for. For some reason I always tend to question my own decisions a lot (obviously even more so if they involve a relocation to another continent) but this was the moment when I realized that I had done the perfectly right thing.

My initial plan to go explore the beaches on the other side of the island was destroyed by a monster of a jet lag that kicked in with full force when I got off the ferry. With heavy legs, dark circles around the eyes and the urge to pass out on a bed, I dragged myself back to the hostel. Nevertheless, it was a great start to my 5-nights layover in Ontario. And by the way, Toronto is right on Lake Ontario, not the sea – it took me a while to accept the fact.

Stay tuned for some more of my Stories from Toronto. On the one and only INTERNeX blog of course.

Cheers

Marianne

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INTERNeX Canada: News/Fun fact Vancouver´s neighbourhoods Part I

Vancouver is not that big, but is divided in different neighborhoods;  Do you want to know more about a couple of them? Continue reading…

Chinatown

A neighborhood full of colors, exotic cuisine, festivals, parades…full of vibrant culture. It´s the third largest Chinatown , right after New York and San Francisco.

Really interesting to visit, you will feel like in the Real China with all the typical Chinese shops, restaurants…

Take care during the nights, there are a lot of homeless in the zone, they are not usually dangerous, but better be aware.

Here is the page for Chinatown: http://www.vancouver-chinatown.com/

Gastown

The historic district of Vancouver, really interesting to do a good sightseen. It started growing up around a tavern founded in 1867. Right now is the old district where you can find exclusives boutiques, souvenir shops, and different restaurant.

You can know more here: http://www.gastown.org/

Grandville Island

In the early 1900s, Granville Island was actually Industrial Island. But things have changed, and right now is a good place to visit, especially because of the Public Market and the huge offer of restaurants, attractions, theatre and culture.

Check this out to know more: http://www.granvilleisland.com/

Grandville Street

If you want to have fun or go shopping, welcome to your perfect street!

Grandville has countless restaurants, bars and nightclubs that make the district perfect to go out, especially on the weekends.

In Robson Street you will find all kind of shops.

http://www.granvillestreet.com/

West End

West End is a quiet and nice area to live, near Stanley Park, English Bay and all the attractions of Downtown.

This area includes Davie Street, the gay district and Denman Street where there are multiethnic restaurants.

http://www.westendvancouverguide.com/

The best way to know a city is walking, walking, walking… so you know what you have to do!

Next week the next part with more neighborhoods will be published! So keep an eye to our blog, internexers!

Cheers,

Irene

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INTERNeX Explorer: Victoria Trailer

Are you like us and want to do something special in the weekend? Then watch this trailer because it is made especially for you!! Watch and be inspired to join us to Victoria and think this is the best weekend  in the year to go there because this is Victoria Weekend

We worked really really hard to make this movie trailer the most special ever. Let us know what you think of it, feedback always wanted . Enjoy the video…


We are going with Discover Canada Tour to this amazing Vancouver Island.

This is going to be a 3 day trip from Saturday 19 May until Monday 20 May.

Do you want to join us or want more information about this trip check our blog

There are only a few places left.

SIGN UP TODAY.

Greetings,

Petra

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INTERNeX Canada: Fun Facts

This month’s big trip to Victoria is coming up very soon!  We are all very excited to visit the Province’s capital, so our fun fact for this week is about Victoria!

Victoria is home to one of the best places to eat in all of the country!  It is an outdoor waterfront eatery that serves delicious dishes from an up-cycled cargo container right on a wooden pier in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.  So what’s so special about this place, besides the fact that of its national reputation of tasty, sustainable seafood?  Did you know that the owner of this joint was a contestant on this season of Top Chef Canada?  The very fact this chef made it as a competitor amongst the best chefs in all of Canada, is proof enough that Red Fish Blue Fish is worth grabbing a bite at.

Want to taste some of the nations best fish and chips? All you have to do is sign up for our Victoria Trip and head over to Red Fish Blue Fish on one of your free afternoons.  There are only 7 spots left on our trip to Victoria, trust us… You do not want to miss out on this!

Happy Sunday 🙂

Cheers,

Kristina

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News / fun facts

So you think you can cross Vancouver off your list as “been there done that”? I have gathered 5 things I am sure you have not done yet and might still be a lot of fun!

1. First up you can go on a tour where you get an insight into Vancouver’s darker side. Murder, prostitution, and the drug trade, it is all a part of the tour. The tour is organized by the Vancouver Police Museum’s “Sins of the City” walking tour.

2. Do you like to sing and show of your skills to people who really appreciate it? Then maybe you should try one of the many Japanese-style karaoke bar’s around Vancouver.

3. With summer knocking at the door it is time to get into that wonderful nature and experience “the real Canada”. One way is to go hike, another one is the Zipline between the mountains at Grouse Mountain. With a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour it is sure to get your adrenaline up.

4. Have you always dreamt of mastering a sword? Then you are definitely in the right place! Learn how to master sword arts such as the rapier, side sword, sword and shield, and long sword at Academie Duello.

5. It is dificult not to fall in love with Sushi while living in Vancouver, but the Japanese food and drink culture has much more to offer. Sample three different types of locally handcrafted sake at Osake on Granville Island.

There you go, a few tips for those of you, who are looking for a different Vancouver experience.

Cheers,
Your PR-team

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How was your weekend?

Hey guys, I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather yesterday! My weekend was absolutely awesome! As some of you may already know; I am from the Netherlands! This Saturday there was a huge party in my country, because it was the queen’s birthday. You can probably compare it to Canada Day here. When it is Queensday in the Netherlands everyone is dressing up in orange (our national color) and we are celebrating the queen’s birthday in every city of Holland! Here is a picture to give you an idea…


Since I and some other people in my house are Dutch, we had to celebrate this of course!! 😀 So, on Friday night a bunch of Dutchies went to the Roxy’s and celebrated Queensnight together. Most of them were of course wearing orange clothing and drinking Dutch beer!

On Saturday we had to wake up really early in the morning, because some INTERNeX candidates and I were going to make a boat trip! We woke up at 6 in the morning to go all the way to Deep Cove, where the boat was located. It was pretty good weather and we were sitting on the front part of the boat in the sun. We had a beautiful view, fresh air, some drinks and music. It was a perfect day and the experience was amazing!
We saw an amazing waterfall which you can only access by boat! The owner of the boat had a BBQ on this boat, so for lunch we made delicious burgers! Unfortunately the rain kind of ruined our lunch, but it couldn’t ruin our day anymore!  It was a really unique boat trip and also a little bit a farewell for Bart, because he will be leaving us this Tuesday!

 

On Sunday I had a nice relaxing day. Finally the weather was so good that I’ve been outside the whole day, just lying in the sun with some of my housemates! I even got a little sun burn – that is how beautiful the weather was on Sunday!!

 

Now I am curious how your weekend was! Tell us by leaving a comment :D!!

Have a good beginning of the week!!

Cheers,
Claudia

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