How was your Weekend?

I really hope all of you had a good weekend, despite all the news around COVID-19 and the insecurity that we are all facing at the moment…I know it’s just crazy and as you will see a little further below, this will also affect our events and activities in the near future. At the moment our top priority is to ensure that everyone is safe and healthy.

For me also, it’s really sad since I just started to get know all of you and I was looking so forward to our next Pub Night. But let’s make the best out of it! And as soon as it is possible again, we will meet again for sure! 🙂

In this spirit let’s talk about our Pub Crawl on Saturday which we were still able to do. We met at Waterfront station and from there we made our way to Gastown which is known as a good spot for bars and restaurants.


Our first stop was “The Lamplighter”. I think it’s a great pub and we started our evening with some drinks and shots.
After about 2 hours we moved on without having another destination in mind. We just wanted to walk around and see which pub attracts us the most. So the “Local” it was.
We continued where we stopped at the Lamplighter – we ordered more drinks (but what else to do at a pub, right ?! :D)

All in all it was a really fun evening and we had a lot to laugh about, even in these gloomy times.
On Saturday we also made spontaneous plans for the next day:
We planned on going to Squamish and hike up the mountain and then take the Sea-to-Sky Gondola back down. We even booked our shuttle to Squamish at the pub. But unfortunately we got disappointed the next morning because the gondola was closed due to high winds. At least we could reschedule our shuttle and we will do it on another time, when it is possible again to mingle with others safely.

Since we were prepared for a longer hike a new plan had to come up. So we went to Lions Bay and did a hike there, where we had some great views. 

We also want to give you some important further information:

Due to the developing situation concerning COVID-19 and our first and foremost goal of prioritizing the safety of our candidates and staff, we will temporarily cancel all of our planned events for the coming weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated as the situation changes continuously. 

Additionally we would encourage you to avoid going to any large events or venues with 50+ attendees. In general it is better to stay home, avoid transit or gathering places and if possible see if you can undertake your placement activities from home.

Please keep informing yourself about the current news in Canada and the world:, but also on symptoms and measures against the virus on the following government page:

We also encourage you to reach out to your insurance organization to ensure you are covered if you choose to remain in Canada and contract the virus. We also ask those whose original departure dates are within the next month to consider contacting your travel agent/airline to check the possibility of departing sooner.

We will stay connected with you online while we go through this challenging time, stay safe and remember: We are always here to help! J

Hope to see you soon again, take care and be safe!


-Alina & The INTERNeX Team

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-


INTERNeX Canada: News/Fun facts – My top 3 in Vancouver!

So my last weekend in Canada has finally arrived.. Therefore I want to write and share my top 3 things to do in Vancouver!!

#1 – Rent/Ride a bike!
Really the coolest way to see this amazing city is by bike. The last 14 weeks I rode over 1000km through the city of Vancouver! The best way to rent bikes is around Stanley Park (Denman/Robson St.) There are lot’s of renting facilities around this street. Normal prices are between 30-40 dollar for one whole day and 20-30 for half a day. Below you can find some companies that I recommend:

The best thing to do is make a tour in and around Stanley Park. You can take the easy seawall to make a round (12km). If you have more time bike the Lion’s Gate Bridge as well!

Last Friday, my very last day riding my bike to the office, I discovered a flat tire! How peculiar? 😉

#2 – Go by ferry to Granville Island MAP
This spot is one of my favorites! The island is easy-going with lot’s of special food and other things to buy. They have an enormous market with more local products then you can imagine! The best way to get there is with the False Creek Ferries! These small boats are sailing all over False Creek. The oneway fee is between $3-5 dollar.. But for this price you get a great view of the harbor, boats and the Yaletown skyline!

#3 – Visit Gastown and all his pubs!
A awesome place for me during my stay in Canada! Because the office is in the middle of Gastown, it was not that hard for me to discover this place.. I was really surprised by the Irish and British culture influence in this area. Most of the pubs and bars are built in this style. Maybe that’s the reason that I like this place so much!

The places I like and recommend in Gastown are: LampLighter Public House, The Black Frog, The Blarney Stone & The Steamclock.

So that’s it. Hope you like my small list. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!



INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

INTERNeX Canada: PuB NiGHT Announcement!

You all thought I was gone, didn’t you? Nah. I’m up for one last pub night…who’s with me?? Tomorrow we will be meeting at the Cambie for our usual pub night! 

This place is known for cheapest beers and food in town! Got off work just before and you’re starving? Don’t worry, this place has got everything you’ll need to sit back and relax after a long day! This place brings around all different kinds of people, travelers as well as locals who are all looking for beer and tasty food -a great hangout place!


Where: Cambie Bar and Grill, 300 Cambie St Vancouver

When: Tomorrow Wednesday April 17th 7:00 pm

Lastly, please bring your passports and a second piece of ID! Drink responsibly 😉 



INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

INTERNeX Canada: Your Guide to Skiing/ Snowboarding in Vancouver!

We might have to endure an average of 161 days of rain every year, but living in Vancouver in the winter certainly has its perks. One of them being a short bus ride from downtown Vancouver to three local ski mountains: Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour.


Known as “The Peak of Vancouver,” Grouse Mountain is probably the most popular of the three. Grouse Mountain offers four chair lifts with 26 runs that is accessible by taking the skylift up the mountain. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, you can go snowshoeing, sleighrides, ice skating and many other activities that is included in the purchase of your lift ticket.

How to get there? Take the Seabus to North Vancouver and then switch to Bus 236 at Lonsdale Quay which will take you directly to Grouse Mountain. Travel time approx. 40 minutes.

Cost? Beginning of the season:$39.95 (until December)
Full Day lift ticket: $58
Night Skiing: $48 (4pm – 10pm).

Discount tickets: They offer season passes, night/one night per week passes, and multi-day snow packs.

Operation Times? 9AM to 10PM

For more information, check out the website HERE.


This is my personal favorite mountain that I’ve been going to regularly since I was 10. Cypress Mountain was the official Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard Venue for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, so you will be going down the slopes that many of the Olympians were competing on. It is the highest and largest mountain of the three with 53 downhill runs with 6 chairlifts and 2 surface lifts. As well, if skiing is not your thing, they have a great snow tubing park and snowshoeing tours.

How to get there? Cypress offers an express bus that leaves from Lonsdale Quay or departs from the corner of Davie and Thurlow.

Cost? Full Day: $60
Afternoon: $50 (2pm – Close)
NiteOwl: $40 (5pm – Close)

Discount tickets: Gold Medal Passes or Groups and Season Passes. Also, it’s free on your birthday, just show them your ID!

Operation Times? Currently9AM -4PM  (but will be extended later in the season)

For more information, check out the website HERE.


If you are new to skiing and snowboarding, Mount Seymour is the perfect mountain for you to get started on. You’ll love the new Mystery Peak Express chair lift and they offer other activities like snow tubing, tobogganing and snowshoeing!

How to get there? A shuttle bus is available at Lonsdale Quay.

Cost? Full Day lift ticket: $51
Night Skiing: $39 (4pm – 10pm).

Discount tickets: They offer season passes and book of 5 tickets.

Operation Times? Closed, soon to be open!

For more information, check out the website HERE.



INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

INTERNeX Canada: SmartSaver Vancouver

Want to engage in local activities and get a free meal?

The Irish Heather Restaurant offers free dinner and a beer in exchange for pitting cherries in the restaurant. It’s called “Pit for Your Supper” and is part of the Long Table Series taking place at the Irish Heather. It was originally created as an alternative dining experience during recession and, being a unique  experience, has lasted until today. You can get the LTS communal dinner Sunday through Wednesday for $18 but it’s free Wednesdays for a couple of hours of your help.

The activity takes place every Wednesday starting at 7pm. About 50 people sit around a long 40-foot communal table in the restaurant, pit cherries for two hours, and receive a free meal afterwards. It’s like a dinner with 50 new and old friends but nobody needs to clean up after the meal! Next Wednesday the Irish Heather will serve Spiced Pork Loin with Potato Salad & Fresh Cut Slaw; a vegetarian version of the meal is also available.

The fruits to be processed are from a farm in Naramata, BC. Later in the season the cherries will be replaced by other fruits like apricots, peaches, apples and pears. Participants will see the fruits in the restaurant’s dishes and drinks later!

The offer will last until the fall, for reservations please e-mail



INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149