How was your weekend?

This weekend was a special one for me. I went to the Rockies for a 4 Day Trip and it was awesome. Let me tell you a bit more about it: 

We started Friday in the morning at Waterfront, prepared to go on our journey. While sitting in bus we were listening to our tour guide introducing himself. He told us some information about our trip before he asked us where we all are from. It was very interesting out of which parts of the world the other guys are coming. We had a lot of Brazilians, Germans, Mexicans…It was a very diverse group, but this made it a unique trip and experience! However, back to the story. After stopping in Hope, Kamloops and Golden we arrived at the Mountain View Cabins for our first overnight stop. After having lunch, we stayed for a few hours near the campfire and started to learn to know each other.  The first day was going to an end, so everybody went their cabin and fall asleep after this long day of travelling. 

Saturday in the morning we wanted to leave the camp before the sunset, so we had to get up early. After having breakfast (it was sooooooo cold!), it was time to leave the camp towards Lake Emerald and this was by the way one of the most terrific views I had in my entire life. I saw the sun coming up behind the mountain, pushing away the fog and discovered the beautiful view on the lake. It was unbelievable awesome! After, in my opinion a too short, period at this Lake we went ahead to Lake Louise, where we had lunch. Lake Louise is also a very beautiful place with an unbelievable turquoise water. You could lose your mind in this colorful lake! In the Afternoon it was time to go Banff, where we took the Gondola to go to the peak of Sulphur Mountain. On top you had a fantastic view over Banff and the surrounding area. Back at the foot of the mountain we checked in the Hotel and prepared everything for this evenings Pub Night at the Devils Gap. We played billiard, had a lot of interesting conversation and I learned to know many new people.  So this was how the Saturday came to an end, a very long ending! 😀

After having a very short night, we picked up some food at Tim Hortons and started our day “Lake”-Day. We stopped at Lake Two Jack, Lake Minnewanka, Bow Lake and the Peyto Lake. It was unbelievable to see all these wonderful places and none of them was waste of time! Afterwards we went to the Athabasca Glacier and especially for the South American Guys it was an unique experience. For some of them it was the first time they saw ice and snow and even when you know snow and you already have seen a glacier, it was a stunning view! Our last stop this day was Mount Robson. Due to the unbelievable weather conditions and the cloudless sky, we were able to the all of it. A very cool moment. Afterwards we had dinner and spend the evening sitting together and talking or playing soccer in front of our Hotel. In my opinion, a great evening! 

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Monday was already the last day, so we checked out, had an outdoor breakfast (-8 Degrees!!!) and started our trip back to Vancouver. After a few stops and a long journey we arrived at Waterfront. I had to hurry up, because I had an appointment in front of the Rogers Arena. It was time for my first NHL Game: the Vancouver Canucks against the Washington Capitals.  The result was not the anticipated one, but the experience was very cool!

To sum my weekend up: it was amaaaaazing! I only can recommend the trip to the Rockies. It is kind of life-changing activity!
While I spend my time in the Rockies, Lukas and Julia went out with some other guys to the Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver! They hiked along the trail, stopped at some viewing points, where thy enjoyed the stunning view. At there last stop they had some lunch together. It was a successful day!

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I hope your weekend was great too and maybe we will see us today for the next Pub Night at Steamworks 🙂

-Michael

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How was your weekend?

Oh wow, it is already Monday again. Time flies when you are having fun, they say. I guess that is exactly what happened to me this weekend. I escaped busy downtown for a couple of hours and enjoyed Vancouver’s nature to the fullest.

But first of all, it was time to party on Friday night! We even had a good reason to go out this time: it was Angy’s birthday on Saturday. Blarney Stone was the place to celebrate that Angy is officially no teenager anymore. We enjoyed a great mix of live band and DJ and danced the night away.

My Saturday started off with a breakfast with a view. Traveling 1,5 hours by bus was totally worth to enjoy a coffee at Horseshoe Bay’s Blenz Coffee. This was our meeting place for the day, since we wanted to take the ferry to Bowen Island. After Angy received her birthday muffin, it was time to take off. We could even sit outside on the ferry and enjoy the sun during the short ride. Angy decided to spend her birthday on the water – not swimming, but paddling. So we headed to the kayak rental on the island. It was quite windy that day, so the rental company was hesitating sending us out. But only one hour of playing cards later, we received the official go to enter the sea. So that is what we did! Equipped withKayaking PFD’s and paddles, we sat down in our double kayaks and paddled out of the bay. We could spot mountains with snowy tops and houses hidden in the forest while paddling along the coastline of the island. What an awesome panorama! Some waves were a challenge and a few even entered the boat, but no one had to take an involuntary swim. Three hours on the sea went by really fast with paddling, singing and taking pictures. When we arrived back on land, most of us were soaked. So we got a hot drink and took the next ferry back to Vancouver. Bowen Island is always worth a trip!

On Sunday morning, I found myself back in the same bus we took the day before. Destination this time: Lighthouse Park. A hike and picnic were on INTERNeX’ program for this weekend. Apparently, we were not the only ones who had this plan on this sunny Sunday. But instead of taking the direct path to the famous Lighthouse, we used some smaller ways along the coastline that were not crowded at all. We stopped several times 42417160101_0ca19d5d2b_nto take pictures of the amazing view with small Vancouver on the other side of the water. For our lunch break, we found a spot on a huge rock at the end of East Beach Trail. What a great place for a picnic! We hiked back on the other part of the park until we reached our bus stop again. Spontaneously, we decided to enjoy the sun a bit more instead of going home directly. So, we took the bus in the other direction, to Horseshoe Bay, and chilled in the park for the rest of the day.

That was a great weekend and I hope you had a good one too! See you on Wednesday at the Beaver Bar.

– Kerstin

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Highlights of the Year: April, May and June

Today it is time for another part of the highlights 2017. This week we will look at the months April, May and June!Today it is time for another part of the highlights 2017.

This week we will look at the months April, May and June!

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April

In the month April we created our 4th episode of the INTERNeX Explorer where we talked about the past events, upcoming events and we had a very special PuB NiGHT which was the Kingsday PuB NiGHT. We also talked about “How to throw a frisbee” and explored North Vancouver with Iris. You can watch the INTERNeX Explorer Episode 4 here. Other blog posts we want to highlight are:

 

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May

In the INTERNeX Explorer of May we talked about the past and upcoming events. We also gave you some handy tips in our “How To Camp” and we explored Stanley Park with Janel. To watch the INTERNeX Explorer you can click on the link right here. There were also some other great things going on that we want to highlight:

 

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June

In the month June we has a special INTERNeX Explorer because it was Janel’s last episode! Besides her goodbye interview we also talked about all the past and upcoming events and also “How to celebrate Canada day”. Besides that we also explored all the beaches in Vancouver with Tess. Check out the INTERNeX Explorer Episode 6 here! Other Blogposts we would like to highlight are:

Thank you Iris, Danielle, Tess and Janel for organizing all the PuB NiGHT, events and trips!

Next week will we look at the months July, August and September. If you haven’t read the Highlights of the Year Quarter 1 of 2017 go check out the blog post now!

-Mandy

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Experience IT Review – Lighthouse Park

Last weekend we went to Lighthouse Park! It was really beautiful and great to explore the park with you guys! Thank you!

Lighthouse Park is a park in West Vancouver. It is one of the most amazing scenic parks on the West Coast. There are lots of douglas firs and you can stand next to those giant trees. You can hike on lots of trails in the park and there are lots of amazing viewing points.

18361253_10209461065385627_85185842_n.jpgWe first started walking on one of the trails and got to a viewing point that showed us the sea and behind that the skyline of Vancouver. It was really amazing to see. Then we went to the lighthouse viewing point where we sat down. We had some lunch and enjoyed the great weather. After that we went on another trail trying to get closer to the lighthouse. We couldn’t get closer, but we did find a viewing point where we could see the whole lighthouse! We went on an adventure on the big rocks that were there and made some amazing pictures.

After 3 hours in the park we took the bus to Horseshoe Bay to get a coffee at Starbucks and enjoy the sun and view there.

I had an amazing day with all of you!! Hope to see you on the next PuB NiGHT!

– Janel

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What to do on the weekend?

Yay! Just a few hours left and it will be weekend again! Although it is rainy and cloudy today, it’ s supposed to be quite sunny this weekend so enough outdoors activities to do!

On Saturday morning we will go to Lighthouse Park to start the weekend of with some exercise. The views are amazing from that area so we hope to see you come along! For details please click here.

Because it is supposed to get sunny I would advise you to go outside! Go up to Grouse grousemountainMountain for example. I did this last weekend and the views were absolutely amazing. You are still able to go skiing by the Eagle Express. Besides that the grizzly bears Grinder and Coola who live in a habitat on the mountain, woke up from their hibernation period. They are in full action again and you are able to take a look at them. So it is definitely worth your money to go up the mountain!

From May 6 to May 13 it is Bird Week in Vancouver. This is a weeklong series of events to celebrate the birds of Vancouver. During this week there will be bird-related workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions and lectures across Vancouver. You don’t need to be a bird fanatic for this one, also if you just like the outdoors you are welcome to join. Best part is that most of the events are free, so check out their website to see if something suits you.

On Sunday the annual BMO Vancouver Marathon is happening. This is a really big event, which goes all across the city. Because of the marathon on Sunday there is a free Health & Sports Expo in the Vancouver Convention Centre till 6pm on Saturday. When you want to catch all the action at the finish line, you have to go to West Pender Street between Bute and Thurlow Street. There is also a Street Festival located on West Hastings between Bute and Burrard Street. Check out all the events and details on their website 🙂

Have a great and shiny weekend everyone!

– Tess

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Review: PuB NiGHT at the Lamplighter

Yesterday we went to the Lamplighter for PuB NiGHT! Once again, so many people that showed up. Thank you all for coming!

18337202_10209426544842635_1581636809_nThe Lamplighter is a pub in Gastown. It is part of the Donelly group, which you immediately feel when you step into the pub. This also gave me a familiar feeling, as we have been going to pubs from the Donelly group a lot. Lamplighter might not be the most cheapest place for drinks, but the atmosphere is good for sure. The pub has a cocktail of the week. This week’s one was the Gin Tonic, which was $2 off. Besides that they have a lot of beers and ciders, so there is something for everyone.

There were several screens in the pub that showed us a game of the Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks. This meant that a lot of Canadians went to pubs to see the game. The Lamplighter was also very busy, but luckily we had our own spot in the corner of the pub. During the breaks the pub was playing “Bourbon Bingo”. You could get free sheets at the bar and could win bourbon shots, a $25 gift card and a beer. Almost everybody started to play bingo, as it was free anyway and we simply love bingo. One of our group won the bourbon shots and others were close to win the $25 gift card.

18336958_10208904603233327_1425945733_nAfter the bingo we ended in the Met. Everybody immediately started to write down songs that they wanted to sing. Obviously, we had to sing the INTERNeX song “We are all in this together” of High school musical too, because a night at the Met without an INTERNeX song does not exist. Others were daredevils and sang a song without the whole INTERNeX group. I am glad that I finally had my karaoke experience in Vancouver.

Overall, it was an amazing night. I hope to see you all this weekend at Lighthouse Park or at next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Review: PuB NiGHT at Lions Pub

Yesterday’s PuB NiGHT was at Lions Pub. It was great to see so many of you at the pub. Thank you all for joining us!

Lions pub is a British pub near Canada Place. When you first get in, the pub might surprise you, as it looks much smaller from the outside than it actually is. The pub has several screens to watch your favourite sports while enjoying British food and beverages such as parmesan potato fries, bangers and mash or Yorkshire pudding. In summer you can also sit outside and enjoy the sun!

17522867_10155163085437103_4618912296578746765_nWe had a cosy spot in the corner of the pub. As we were with so many people, it was not hard at all to find the INTERNeX gang in the pub. You just had to spot the big group in the pub and there you go, the INTERNeX group! People just kept showing up, so we started moving tables. As you might know, this almost cannot be avoided at INTERNeX’ PuB NiGHTs. Eventually we even ended having a U table, so that everybody could sit with us.

There were new and old faces among us, which mixed up really well. It was great seeing you get along and welcoming the new candidates like we always do. I got to exchange stories with you about your week at your internships and the plans for the weekend. As new candidates are joining us, other candidates are leaving too. So the Canadian flag showed up again and people were writing sweet messages to each other. It was great seeing you again.

See you at the Lighthouse park or at next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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