How was the weekend?

This weekend was really great. On Saturday morning we went to Grouse Mountain to challenge the Grouse Grind trail. I’ve been longing for a hike for weeks and we finally got to experience this beautiful mountain and everything it offers. The average trail time was between 2-2,5h and some of us did it in 1.45h and the others in 1.55h. I knew we could beat the time! The hike was challenging but so worth it! I totally enjoyed every minute of it. Hiking and trail running was my everyday life back home in Sweden, when I was living a life among the northern mountains a few years ago, so of course I’ve missed every part of it and I am so happy to experience all that here in Canada!!

Once at the face of the mountain we enjoyed the view in search of the traditional Beavertails. Sadly we didn’t get any Beavertails because the booth was closed.. But hey, we saw two grizzly bears – Grinder and Coola!

Thereafter we saw a LumberJack Show – an outdoor set that features two logging camps from the early 1900s, such a cool show!! Right after the LumberJack show we took the chairlift to the mountain peak, and wow, the view from up there – the whole city surrounded by nature, incredible! I can’t wait for the ski season to start!

After a long but an awesome day we took the gondola lift and the bus back to Lonsdale Quay, as we mentioned before there was a Shipyard festival going on at Lonsdale Quay. The event offered live music, a lot of food, entertainment and so much more with a beautiful view of downtown. I took a day off yesterday so Tino will let you know below what he did on Sunday:

Yesterday, I was on Granville Island to do a little tour with a friend and to watch a show at the Fringe Festival. First, we headed towards the Granville Island Licorice Store to grab some sweet and salty treats for a hand-picked array for the tour. Afterwards we went to the Kids Market, a big place to buy anything you like for kids which is also a lovely place for adults to meet their inner child! The nearby craft house is great for those who love artificial crafts, so you should definitely check this out! Watch out for the Liberty Distillery, which offers awesome products to mix with your own drinks, just like a whisker spoon or a shaker :). Right next to the Distillery is the Railspur Alley, an artisan-lined alleyway full of creative businesses. After browsing around there, we headed towards the Public Market, which is home to so many good things like fruits, vegetables, meat, sweets, treats, baked goods, and more. It’s definitely worth a visit! Another highlight was the Popina Canteen where we went to grab a unique ice cream that you can only get there. The ice cream was sandwiched between a sweet bun and you got to choose special toppings on the side. You can see it on one photo:) We then headed towards the Net Loft, a place lined with intriguing boutiques where you can buy cool gifts for your family back home. After shopping and exploring the markets on Granville Island, we went to the Fringe Festival which is happening at the moment. It’s a festival with many theatre shows and we watched one of them. The show was about a war in the future and a woman who was living alone in a bunker for 10 years, which was interrupted by her action of saving a soldier’s life, but I don’t want to spoil too much, in case you’re still interested in going. 😉 To conclude the day, we jumped in the Granville Island Brewery to do a beer tasting! That was a lot of fun!

We hope you had a nice weekend as well! Maybe you can tell us about it next PubNight?

See you there! =)

Ida & Tino

What to do on the weekend

This is one of the things on my bucket list while I’m here in Vancouver: A hike up Grouse Mountain. I’ve missed hiking so much and finally saw an opportunity to leave the city for a couple of hours, just being in nature and inhaling fresh air. Wow, I can’t wait! 

The Grouse Grind, as you might have already heard of or visited, is a 2,5 kilometre trail up the face of the mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, how awesome is that? You should join us this weekend for a challenge! Remember to bring comfortable clothes, hiking/running shoes and a rain jacket (just in case, you all know Vancouver weather can’t be trusted), snacks and lots of water. We meet up tomorrow (September 17th) at Waterfront Station, 10am to catch the sea bus to Lonsdale Quay. From Lonsdale quay we take the bus to Grouse Mountain (approximately 25min ride). When we get there we will start our hike to the top together.

Here is some trail facts

Length: 2.5 kilometres

Elevation Gain: 800 meters

Base: 290 metres above sea level 

Summit: 1,090 metres

Total stairs: 2,830

On average it takes up to 2 to 2.5 hours to complete the hike (let’s see if we can do it in an average of 2 hours). I am so excited about this hike!! 🙂

At the top of the mountain there’s a chance to meet Grinder and Coola, two Grizzly bears who made Grouse Mountain their home. It is also possible to have FIKA (as we say it in Swedish) meaning; sitting down, having a coffee and a bun for instance. I recently heard there’s also a booth that serves Canadian Beaver Tails which is a must have while you’re here! Don’t worry they are not actual beaver tails. 😉 Find out yourself what kind of treat the Canadians like. 

Following hanging out at the top for a bit it’s time to take the gondola back down. It costs $20, but I heard it’s worth it after climbing up the mountain and it gives us nice views over downton.

After the hike we optionally have the chance to explore Lonsdale Quay known as a very popular marketplace with shops and a beautiful view of Vancouver. There is also a festival happening at Lonsdale Quay: Shipyards Festival this Saturday 17th, from noon till 10pm and this event is for free! The venue of the festival includes a large area along the Shipyards district in North Vancouver. This event features musical performances by various artists and there are also areas at the festival where +19 can enjoy craft beer while listening to music. Let’s check it out together! 

Other optional activities on the weekend: 

Visit (MOA) Museum of Anthropology at UBC. The museum is open daily between 10am-5pm. Tickets are available on spot or online. 

How to get to MOA by transit from Vancouver: The westbound 25,33,R4,44,49,84,99 B-line, and 480 buses arrive at UBC Exchange. Get off at UBC Exchange (the last stop) and walk northwest for 15 minutes. 

The Westbound 4 and 14 buses arrive at an depart from university Boulevard. Get of at University Boulevard (the last stop) and walk northwest for 20 minutes. 

Oh, and I won’t forget to mention that there is one more festival coming up at Main Street: A Car Free Day festival featuring live music, street performances, market vendors and thousands of people which takes place on September 18th, between 12pm-7pm. 

Here are some fun facts about the Car free Days: Since 2008, Car Free Vancouver Society has hosted Car Free Days along Commercial Drive, Main Street and the West End to nature and grow the car free culture. By blocking off major thoroughfares, Car Free Days gave people the chance to experience what cities could be like with more space for pedestrians, not cars. 

I really like the idea of it and I definitely want to check it out! Let me know if you’d like to join me. 🙂

See you on the weekend! 🙂

Cheers

Ida

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Yes, it’s time for more new kids on the blog again! This year they just keep coming and we’re loving it!

Let me introduce you to our Work and Traveler Anne. She’s 26 and from Brussels in Belgium. In her home country she already gained a lot of work experience as a social communications manager, now she’d like to start her own project and try something new. So far, she didn’t get quite a good impression of Vancouver, since she’s only been staying downtown, but I told her the hidden gems are outside the city close to the forests, mountains, lakes and the ocean, especially for her favourite free time activities which include playing soccer, climbing and biking. I’d say Vancouver is the perfect area to do such things. Maybe she’ll go to Whistler dog sitting, or do a 3-4 week road trip through Canada. There’s many options she’d like to explore before she settles for job in Montreal, where she’s been before. She liked it so much that she decided to come back! Montreal is more European, plus she already has friends over there, which is why she prefers the East Coast, at least so far ;). And if you’re thinking, oh no but they speak mostly french over there, so does Anne! I’m excited to see how long she decides to stay here and what her future adventures will bring. 🙂

Meret is 18 years old and close from Bielefeld in Germany. She loves animals which explains why she’ll be working at a cat sanctuary and a wildlife rescue in her two months time here. She just finished High School in Germany and after her stay on the West Coast, she’ll be traveling through the United States to visit some family, before returning to Germany and thinking about what to study. Her interests are very divers, on the one hand she’s super creative and thinking about studying Design, on the other hand she’s curious about medicine. I asked her if she could imagine being a vet since she wants to rescue lots of animals, but she actually isn’t quite sure about that. 😉 One of the reasons why she picked Canada is the nature with its mountains, lakes and wildlife. Her impression of Vancouver is big with many different parts that seem like different worlds, which she finds very impressive, plus she likes that the city is close to the ocean. In her free time she likes to paint, read, or dance many different styles like contemporary, modern, ballet, or jazz. Maybe she can teach us some dance moves. 🙂

Tamara, 20 years old from the near of Stuttgart in Germany will also be with us for two months. She’ll be doing a practicum related to her co-op studies in marketing and customer service at the same company Jessica is at. 🙂 Tamara studies Business Administration and Technical Management. The reasons she picked Canada are the scenery and a chat with Tim about her possibilities here, and honestly who could say no to that? 😉 The city so far seems big, but there’s a lot of nice people, she says. She doesn’t have a bucket list, but rather jumps in the cold water and takes whatever is given to her on the way, like exploring the mountains and wildlife. I like that attitude! In her free time she plays several instruments like the clarinet and saxophone. BUT, she’s not only playing music, she can also dance to it! Pre-Covid she was part of a dance group, but unfortunately they had to stop meeting with all the restrictions, which brought her back to an old hobby: horseback riding! I guess it all has some advantages and disadvantages to it. Anyways, we’re happy she’s here with us and has some time to jump into cold waters, climb some mountains and enjoy the Vancouver city life!

Next we have Fanny. She’s 18 years old and from Brussels in Belgium. Fanny is going to have English lessons for about 2 months and right after she wants to work at a Café in Vancouver. She just finished high school in Brussels and is now gaining some experience in Canada. After the time in Vancouver she wants to study Biology somewhere in Belgium. She chose Canada because she wanted to learn the english language and thought that Great Britain was too close and the US a bit too expensive! 🙂 So we are happy to have Fanny here! Her first impression of Vancouver is that the skyscrapers are super tall and the people are very friendly. Fanny doesn’t really have things on her bucket list, that’s why she’s very spontaneous and open for adventures here in Canada. In her free time she’s playing field hockey and for 2 years she’s also going to the scouts. Her favourite food is Pizza & Burgers, so Vancouver is a great place since you get those on every corner.

Ferdinand, 20 years old, from Bamberg in Germany is next on the list :). For the next 5 months he’ll be doing an internship in research about the clothing industry and the recycling of specific clothes. Back home in Germany he was already working at a warehouse and did some research for trucks and silos. This work is very important because it prevents accidents who can happen if you don’t do the research properly. After his time in Canada, he wants to study in the Netherlands in the same field. He chose Canada because it was his biggest dream to come here! We’re glad we’re a part of making that dream come true! 🙂 Unfortunately, his first impression from Vancouver was interrupted by the smoke of the wildfires on Saturday. Nevertheless, he thinks that the people here are very friendly and open-minded. If it’s possible at any time, Ferdinand would like to visit Toronto for 2-3 days, or go to Seattle because he’s a big Grey’s Anatomy fan. Any more fans amongst us? He likes to play soccer, basketball and tennis in his free time. I’m sure he can find many places to resume his sports here, maybe someone is down for a match? 🙂 His favourite food are some good old burgers. I recommended him “Fatburger”. What’s your favourite burger spot?

Last, but definitely not least is Lina. She’s 19 years old and lives in a city near Marburg in Germany. She’ll do a project for about 1 month with a rabbit rescue organization. After that, she wants to travel around Canada for about two weeks to see maybe Vancouver Island and Toronto. As if travelling in Canada is not enough, she then travels to Costa Rica to do a project with kids at a kindergarten :). She chose Canada because her uncle was here in January and was talking about his great journey quite often. She then thought about going to Vancouver it connects vast nature with big city. Her first impression was also that most of the people here are very friendly and caring. Since Vancouver is surrounded by many mountains, her biggest wish is to go skiing somewhere. Maybe the snow falls early this year? Back in Germany she just finished her high school and after travelling, she wants to study architecture in Kassel. She likes meeting her friends and going to festivals and parties. In her hometown she’s a lifeguard in the summertime. Her favourite food is Italian food and of course she wants to try some good pancakes with maple syrup at a traditional Canadian Diner. We’re happy to have Lina in our rows!

We’re very excited for you to meet our new kids at tonight’s pub night, 7.30pm at the Ballyhoo! See you there!

Cheers,

Tino, Ida & Laura 🙂

What to do on the weekend?

If you’re interested in fortune telling, moon gazing, arts & crafts, tea ceremonies and more we would recommend going to the Mid Autumn Moon Festival at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

Chinese Garden Portland

The festival is a historic event happening every year on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. This year it’s on the 10th & 11th of September. In this time, the moon is on it’s fullest after the autumnal equinox. It’s supposed to be an event for the families to believe that the full moon is an coincidence for a good harvest in that time.

The beautiful festival is celebrated with some cool dancing acts, a Guzheng performance (a typical chinese instrument) and is surrounded with the music from DJ Nina Mendoza. The combination of music and the beautiful lanterns in the garden at night will create a very special vibe, which you better not miss!

If you’re not that interested in Chinese festivals I have another great option for you: The weather should be nice on the weekend so why don’t you visit Lonsdale Quay at North Vancouver. Just take the SeaBus from the Waterfront Station for a 15-minute ride over to the Lonsdale Quay. Turn around and enjoy a breathtaking view over the skyline of Vancouver and Stanley Park. Strole down the Lonsdale Quay Market and head over to the Polygon Gallery, a symbol of the revitalization of the area. Head across to the Old Wallace Shipyards to have a great area with cafés and other restaurants. If you’re more into having brunch try a croissant and a coffee at the Lift Breakfast Bakery. If you want to take some cool pictures, there’s a fun alley right next door.

INTERNeX Ziptrip

Now this weekend is going to be pretty warm! With a sunny day and up to 28-29 degrees Celsius, you must go to a beach! Have you ever tried Kitsilano Beach before? Facing English Bay, Kitsilano Beach is one of Vancouver’s favourite summertime hangouts. Since we’re about to have autumn, going to the beach is kind of the last call :). You can play some volleyball or basketball or if you’re fine with the temperature have a dip n the sea. For those who are familiar with warmer temperatures, check out the Kitsilano Beach Pool.

Whether you want to go to a festival, the beach, or see something interesting from the city, Vancouver has so many things to do on the weekend. Consider hiking, shopping, meeting people in parks or going out for the night! You’ll find something suiting you, I’m sure!

I really look forward meeting you on next week’s pub night to hear from your perfect weekend!

See you!

Cheers,

Tino 😀

New ‘Kids’ on the blog

We have many new people joining us, yay!! I will introduce them here so you’ll all get to know them.

Name: Franziska

Age: 22 years old

From: Austria

What are you doing in Canada? Gaining international work experience within business improvement association.

What are you doing back home? Studying at university in Austria.

Why Canada? First time in Canada. I would love to go to the Rockies, nature, hikes.

First impression It’s really nice city, I explored most of my neighbourhood where I’m staying so far, since I arrived few days ago.

Bucket list? Visit Victoria Island, Lynn Canyon and to see more of Vancouver city.

Plans after this? Go back to Austria and continue studies at university in the beginning of October.

Hobbies? Travel, cooking, play music- guitar and piano. Hiking, play volleyball, hang out with friends.

Favourite food? Italian food.


Name: Selina

Age: 19

Where are you from: Austria

What are you doing in Canada? Practicum in law.

Why Canada? I always wanted to go here. Nature and the landscape and I do hope to see whales.

First impression: Beautiful city and so different from back home. Even more beautiful with the skyscrapers which is a bit overwhelming in a good way. It’s so beautiful.

Bucket list: Whale sightseeing. Go to the Rockies. Museum of anthropology at UBC. 

Plans after: I want to travel the world and I want to be active within organizations like Greenpeace.

Hobbies: Read books, write, being with friends, listening to music – I also played the flute when I was younger. 

Favourite food?: Ramen – Japanese noodle food. 


Name: Emily

Age? 18.

Where are you from? Germany.

What are you doing in Canada? Volunteer at an animal shelter.

What are you doing back home? Just graduated high school.

Why Canada? Mostly because of the nature. I want something different from back home in Germany.

First impression? Big city with cool skyscrapers.

Bucket list? To visit the Rocky Mountains.

Plans after Canada? Study veterinarian medicine back home.

Hobbies? I am a gymnast. I do also like to hang out with my friends.

Favourite food? Pasta with spinach, love it! 


Name: Julian

Age? 18

Where are you from? Germany.

What are you doing in Canada? I’m staying here for 2 months. I’m a volunteer, working in Stanley Park.

What are you doing back home in your home country? I am going to start my Air traffic controller training. 

Hobbies? In my free time I play football and hang out with my friends.


Name: Karolin

Age? 18 years

Where are you from? Berlin, Germany

What are you doing in Canada? Volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary.

What are you doing back in your home country? I just graduated high school

Why Canada? Because of the beautiful nature, the nice people and because it’s an english speaking country

First impression of Vancouver? I really like that Vancouver combines the sea, mountains and the big city. Many different people live here and there is a lot of diversity.

Anything on your bucket list while you are here? I would love to see some whales and fly with a seaplane.

Plans after this? I will start my studies at university.

Hobbies? Playing the violin and the piano, travelling, playing table tennis and badminton 

Favourite food? Every kind of noodles.


Name: Maja

Age? 18 

Where are you from? Düsseldorf in Germany

What are you doing in Canada? A practicum at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

What are you doing back in your home country? I graduated this year from school and I’ve worked in a bar.

Why Canada? Because of the nature, something different than USA or Australia.

First impression of Vancouver? Big city with beautiful nature around the city.

Anything on your bucket list while you are here? To visit Vancouver Island

Plans after this? Study at University 

Hobbies? Playing tennis, meeting friends, watching soccer

Favourite food? Pasta

Cheers

Ida