How was your weekend?

It’s Monday, so sadly the weekend is over. I hope you are all doing well and enjoyed the extra day off. Here is a little recap of what happened over the weekend.

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Despite the weather forecast, it was great weather on Saturday and Sunday. So on Saturday, a few of us met up to ride bikes in Stanley Park. Once we got our cruisers, we were on our way. We followed the bike path around the park by the seawall. Thus, we had spectacular views the whole time. Further, we were able to see the water planes take off, which was quite impressive. We stopped a few times to take some nice pictures. One of our first stops was the Brockton Point Lighthouse.

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After a while we split up as some wanted to make more stops and also hung around at some spots and enjoyed the view. Some of us continued with the bike ride. We saw Lions Gate Bridge, which leads to North and West Vancouver. We also saw the Girl in a Wetsuit, which is a statue on a rock out in the water. Afterwards, we passed the amazing beaches the park has to offer. At Third Beach we had a break to have some ice cream. Towards the end of our bike ride, we passed by the Lost Lagoon, and there were a lot of cute baby geese. Overall, it was a fun and cool way to explore the park. Thanks to everyone who came and joined us!

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I actually enjoyed Stanley Park so much, that I went there the next day again. But this time I walked, which was a bit more relaxing. On Sunday, I also explored the center of Stanley Park. It was really neat and remarkable to see, how much nature there is, considering that we are in a big city.

Stanley Park is beautiful and has so much to offer. I highly recommend visiting the park, if you have not done so yet. Especially, if you want to get away form the stress of the city,  it’s the prefect place to relax.

Have a good day!

-Megan

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

INTERNeX Canada: How was your weekend!

Last Saturday we went for a fantastic Big Bus Tour around Vancouver. Vancouver has too many places to see, but if you don’t have enough time this bus is the perfect option for you!

It was a little bit cloudy at the beginning, but still we could enjoy the beautiful city and during the tour the sun showed up!

We started the tour in Water Street, in Gastown, and the bus took us to the most beautiful and important places in Van!

The bus from Gastown took us to Canada place and then continued its way to English Bay.

The bus continued to Stanley Park, and there we  changed to a special bus which goes over the whole park. There we could enjoy the Lost Lagoon, the Totem Poles and then we stopped to take pictures of Lions Gate Bridge!

This was one of my favorite parts of the tour because from some points of Stanley Park we could see the amazing skyline of Downtown Vancouver!

After Stanley Park, we continued our way to Granville Island, this amazing and peculiar place!

There we could take a ferry loop on False Creek from Granville Island to English Bay and return.

When we finished exploring a little bit the Public Market we came back to finish our tour, going over the Chinese Gardens and Chinatown.

I forgot to mention that during our tour we could enjoy 2 big events in Downtown: The Anime Revolution 2013 and the Vancouver Zombie Walk!

Without any doubt, it was an amazing afternoon !!

What did you do during the weekend guys? I hope you enjoyed it as I did !

See you soon!

Best,

Mercedes

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: Casual Friday

 “Bicycles, skateboards, rollerskates, self propelled couches, and any other form of human powered locomotion are all welcome! Bring your friends and families, bring costumes, noisemakers and signs.” This is Critical Mass!

Friday, bless Friday! Everybody has to be happy today, the weekend start in a few hours. Do you have plans for today?  Maybe, you would like to attend to the Critical Mass.

The last Friday of every month; with rain, snow or sunshine, a large amount of people gathering in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The main purpose of the event is to demand a public space to ride (for cyclists, long boarders, bmx-er…), celebrate non-polluting forms of transportation and have fun! Half-protest and half-flashmob, started in Sweden in the 70s and was adopted by the Vancouverites in 1998.

Everybody is invited to ride together and create car-free space. There isn’t a prearranged way; this is decided collectively while the event is taking place, like the length of the ride. This happens thanks to the “corkers”, the people who block traffic and let the mass through.

Normally, the mass goes to Granville Street Bridge, then to Burrard Bridge and Lions Gate Bridge. When all the people have arrived at the middle of the bridge, they start to celebrate, raise up their bikes, and shout loudly. After that, the bunch moves on to the next bridge. Sounds really fun, isn’t it?

WHEN: Friday, 26th July. Meet at 5 – 5:30, starts at 6 PM.

WHERE: Vancouver Art Gallery on the Georgia Street side [by the fountain] MAP

Have a nice weekend!

Clara.

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: ZipTrip Review

Yesterday the INTERNeX PR team took to the streets of Vancouver with the help of our awesome friends at Zipcar!  The weather was amazing and it was a perfect day to tour around the city and see what the Zipcar service has to offer.  We saw so many places and did so many things in a much shorter amount of time than we ever could have if we were taking public transit.  We tested out what it would be like making an IKEA trip, driving to the cheaper supermarket that is not normally accessible through public transit and of course had a great time driving around, blasting some tunes and making our own mini road trip!

 

If you guys are interested in doing your own trip or just want a car to grab some groceries or pick up some furniture, I highly recommend you consider doing it in a Zipcar.  The process was so much easier than going through the lengthy process of renting a car.  We didn’t have to book it far in advance or worry about fuel costs and paying for insurance.  With Zipcar, all of that stuff was taken care of and all we had to do was arrive at the car with our Zipcar card in hand.  

The system was so easy; all we had to do was place our Zipcar card on the top left corner of the windshield, which then unlocked our car.  The car keys were tethered to the dashboard so you never have to worry about using them.  Our car was a brand new Mazda 3 hatchback named Manseuto and it was perfect! We couldn’t believe how fuel-efficient it was for all of the driving we got done in our trip.  Speaking of gassing up, the process for re-fuelling couldn’t have been any easier.  All we had to do was find the closest gas station, go inside and show them our universal gas card that was ready for us in car.  Once the gas was paid for, we filled up to a quarter tank and we were good to go!

Here are a few photos of all the things we were able to do and see on our INTERNeX Ziptrip.  If you want to follow our trip, you can check out our Twitter page where we tweeted, checked in and posted pictures all along the way.  You can also view the rest of the pictures on our Flickr Page.

 
If you want more information about Zipcar and the process of taking a car out for the day or a even a weekend road trip you can check out our INTERNeX blog post about Zipcar, and of course, check out the Zipcar Website  for all of the details.

We had so much fun on our Ziptrip and we know that you guys would have just as much cruising around in a Zipcar 🙂

Cheers,

Your PR Team

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

Expose of the Week

This Week I had an interview with our own Claudio. He is part of the PR-team and on this Saturday he will go back to Germany. His parents are originally from Italy, but immigrated to Germany in the seventies. Although Claudio was born, raised, and still studying in Germany, he has the Italian citizenship.

How long did you stay in Canada?
My total stay in Vancouver is 9 weeks.

Why are you in Canada?
The first reason is that I wanted to have a great life experience, and it was indeed a great life experience. The second reason is to improve my English skills with the Internship that I do here at INTERNeX.

Why did you choose Canada?
I know many people in Germany who were already in Canada. Everyone told me how beautiful the landscapes are and how friendly people are  in Canada. Therefore I decided to go to Canada and make my own Canadian experience with all the beautiful landscapes and the friendly people. My friends were right!  Canada has so many beautiful places and the people are really friendly.

What do you like most about Vancouver?
There are many things that I like here, but I especially like the Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge by night. Furthermore I like all  the landscapes around Vancouver, it is unbelievable beautiful!!

How did you find INTERNeX International Exchange?
My University is working with INTERNeX since a couple of years and they recommended me INTERNeX!

How did you like your internship?
Oh yes I like my internship! I have lot of friendly colleagues and if I do not understand something, everyone is willing to help me.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on daily basis?
I worked in the PR-Department, I organized different events and I informed candidates about these events by writing blogposts. After a couple of weeks I got involved in the process of developing a new website, this was really interesting!

Is it related to the study you are doing back home?
I am studying business administration with the special subject taxation and auditing. I learned a lot about public relation and marketing,  and this knowledge is related to business administration.

Where have you been in and around Vancouver?
I have seen a lot of places in and around Vancouver and I have made all the INTERNeX trips and I can recommend everyone to join every INTERNeX event. I have been to  Whistler, Nanaimo, Tofino, Banff, Jasper, and I also went to Seattle.

What is the most memorable thing you did in Canada?
Try to surf in Tofino, the bungee jump in Whistler and the Sunset over Nanaimo. These things are just a few examples that I will never forget!

What is the first thing you will do when you return back home?
Visit my parents and eat the homemade pasta made by my mom.

What was the best thing about your Internship/your stay in Canada?I improved my English skills and I learned a lot about the Canadian culture. I also met many people with different nationalities,  and this is what Vancouver makes so special: The open mind thinking!

What was the worst thing about your Internship/stay in Canada?
The alcohol is  way too expensive and the beer tastes very bad! Furthermore I do not like it that all clubs and pubs close already at 3am, in Germany the Clubs are open until 5am or 6am

Would you recommend INTERNeX International Exchange?
Yes! I had a good experience with INTERNeX. INTERNeX  found a  great internship for me. Furthermore they arranged my accommodation, namely living in a home stay family. I felt welcome, because if I had questions, problems, or I wanted some advice I could come there and they would help me to fix the problem!

Thanks you Claudio for having this interview with us. We are sad that you are leaving on this Saturday, and we wish you all the luck of the world 🙂

Cheers, Lydia

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

Vancouver’s Must See Attractions – part IV

Stanley Park Horse–Drawn Tours.

Have you ever been to Stanley Park and wanted to experience the park in a rather fast and comfortable way?

Stanley Park Horse – Drawn Tours are the excellent opportunity to do so.

During the tour you will sit in one of these old-fashioned horse–drawn vehicles and experiences the beauty of whole Stanley Park, the number 1 attraction in Vancouver!

Throughout this one hour tour you can relax to the gentle clip clops of the horse’s hooves and take in a fresh scent of cedar and the sea while a professional tour guide will tell you everything to know about the park and its surrounding.

Other spots which will be visited during the tour include Deadman’s Island, Vancouver’s harbor, Lions Gate Bridge, a coastal Red-Cedar forest and Ross Garden in Stanley Park.

The Park Horse-Drawn tours are fully wheel chair accessible and depart every 20-30 minutes daily at any weather conditions.

The first Park Horse-Drawn tour departures already on the 15th of March! So just one month to go!!!

The Tours start from the horse-drawn tour kiosk on Park drive, just off the Georgia street entrance of Stanley Park. Accessible by foot, car or via public transport!

Cheers,

George

Stumped on What To Do for the Weekend?

Horse Drawn Carriages

Stanley Park Horse Drawn Carriages!

If it is expected to be sunny during the weekend, we have the beautiful horse-drawn carriages taking place in Stanley Park.

I will write some articles introducing Stanley Park in the near future, but for now, I would like to give you a closer look at an old tradition since the days where transportation was provided by horses.

The carriages give you a tour through the beautiful Stanley Park.  Included is a guide that explains the highlights, such as Vancouver’s Harbour, Lions Gate Bridge, the Rose Garden, and many other scenic landscapes.

Because the horse-drawn carriages are only available until October 31st, you would only have one more month to experience why we would call our place “beautiful british columbia” in broad daylight, and in the mosaic colors that only autumn would bring.

Keep in mind that the maximum seating capacity is for 20 passengers.

Click onto the following link for pricing and time information:

http://www.stanleyparktours.com/Schedules%20&%20Rates_Group%20Rates.html

CHEERIOS,

TRACY