What to Do in Vancouver – your favourite fall recipe

So the fall series continues…
Pumpkin spice everything nice 😉 from latte to pie; pumpkin has been added everywhere;)
Food, food, food – todays blogpost is all about an autumn recipe you’ll definitely love.

So let’s start with the famous pumpkin pie, which should not be missed during this season.
Take your time because baking an old-fashioned pumpkin pie will take time (60 minutes) to be perfectly delicious.
Here are the ingredients:
For the filling
– 21 oz (600g) pumpkin puree
– 2 large eggs
– 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/3 cup white sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons cinnamon (in my opinion; better too much than too little)
– 1 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
– 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
– 1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
– 1/4 ground cloves
and for the crust
– 1 1/3 cups (200g) flour
– 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp sugar
– 1/2 cup (120g) cold butter; 1/4 cup(60ml) cold water
– 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
First start with the filling.
Beat the eggs in a bowl; add the heavy cream . Then mix the sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamon and the lemon zest with the pumpkin puree until everything is well mixed.
If you are done with this step let’s continue with the crust. The pie crust lies around the pie and gives it hold and the delicious solid crust.

1. Start with mixing the apple cider vinegar with the cold water. Place in the fridge. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut the cold butter into even smaller pieces and put it in the bowl. For now gradually add the cold apple cider vinegar water. Be fast so that the dough and the butter do not warm up. Next step: knead everything until the dough starts to stick together. Since the dough should not be too wet, don’t add too much water.
Now it’s time to wait; wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge for about 45 minutes.

2. Aaaafter a loong (ok not that long) wait…
roll out the dough to a size somewhat larger than a 9 inch (23cm) pie dish. Put the dough into the dish and press it down on bottom and sides. Use your fingers to create a pattern. After that prick the dough using a folk several times and place everything in the fridge for another 20 minutes.
Now you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Put a piece of baking parchment on top of the dough and fill with rice. Bake the crust for about 20 minutes until the edges have got some colour. Remove from the oven and let cool down a bit.
After it’s slightly cooled down lover the temperature of the oven to 180 degree and put the filling into the cooled pie crust. Bake for another 50 minutes. It’s a wrap.
Tip: You really shouldn’t bake the pie any longer than written in the recipe. pay a little attention to your gut feeling. If it looks and smells good – it’s done 🙂
Cool the pumpkin pie for around 2 hours and don’t forget that the cake will come out of the oven puffed up and will deflate as is cools down. If you want feel free to decorate the cake with heavy cream, nuts or some pumpkin pie spice.


Now you’re ready to enjoy the best cake ever 😉
– and don’t forget to share with your friends and family even if it’s that tasty 😉

For those guys staying in Canada right now – hope you had a great Canadian Thanksgiving evening with family and friends:)


Maybe you’ll find the perfect baking buddy at tonights INTERNeX pubnight:)
6pm at the Cambie pub in Gastown.

Enjoy!!

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

And that’s definitely great news.
Welcome to a new blogpost and a really warm welcome to our three new candidates, from Germany, the Netherlands and from Wales. It’s really great to have you here with us!! 🙂

Ladies first, so let’s start with Lena. I just had an amazing long talk with her today where she told me many interesting things about herself. Lena is 23 years old from a small town close to Hamburg. She already finished her apprenticeship in trade forwarding a few years ago and was able to gain work experiences in this field of work. Since she quit her last job and has some free time until she will start her new job at the end of October she seized the opportunity to spend her time in beautiful Canada. The moment Canada opened the border she decided to travel as soon as possible – and that’s what she did 🙂
With INTERNeX she’s participating in the volunteering program in the area of ecological conservation for 2 weeks. After doing some great work for the Canadian natural environment she’s planning a trip to Vancouver Island. She already rented a car for this week – bold AND independent 😉 She wanted to see Vancouver Island especially Victoria and Tofino since school but what’s travelling without saving money first?
For this time in Canada she worked four years and is now finally able to travel on her own independently while gaining some experience and improving her language skills abroad. She always wanted to get to know the Canadian lifestyle, the culture as well as the experience travelling alone and doing things she never ever did before. Sounds like a plan!!!

The next newcomer is Nico, 22 years old from the Netherlands; or actually also Germany but since he’s studying at Fontys, Venlo and lives in the Netherlands we’ll leave it at that. As a marketing management student he’s excited to gain experiences while doing a placement in his field of study. This placement is part of his studies which I think is a great opportunity to live abroad while studying. He came to Canada on a friends recommendation – and he actually has the advantage of having friends from Germany here in Vancouver. Besides that, he also made the decision for Canada because he wanted to explore the mentality, the nature and the Canadian culture. Since he already fell in love with this city, after his 4 months long placement he’s planning to stay longer to explore the country. Isn’t that great?
With this experience he aims to develop personally and professionally which might be important for his future. And there are definitely some more places on his bucket list – how could it be otherwise; the Rocky Mountains as well as Vancouver Island. As you can see these places are very popular and definitely worth a visit 😉

To complete these three; Welcome Tom from Wales.

He’s 21 years old and just finished his bachelors in media and communication at Cardiff university. Which means the second marketing specialist in our round 😉 He’s doing his placement in the same organization as Nico which I think is pretty cool since these guys can work together. Originally his plan was to stay abroad last year but because of the pandemic he also had to postpone. He chose Canada for multiple reasons; firstly the fact that most of Canada is English speaking made the communication for him as a native speaker so much easier. He’s also really excited to finally be in the country he wanted to travel to for such a long time and getting a first insight into Canadian daily life. For him it’s definitely a great chance to add some new experiences to his CV while learning so much from the people he’s working with. Additionally, Tom told me that his goal is to improve his confidence as well as living independently. But Vancouver isn’t the only place he’s going to visit. He’s planning on going to Banff, Whistler and if he get the chance to do a Rocky Mountains trip. There’s more… his bucket list also says; Toronto after his time in Vancouver. Sounds like a perfect trip.

I hope all of you guys have an amazing time in Vancouver 🙂

Enjoy!!!

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to Do in Vancouver – hockey edition

Learn more about ice hockey – a summary of the basic rules – Go Canucks, go!!!
What’s Canada without hockey? There’s definitely something missing.
As indicated in the last blogpost; today’s posting is all about understanding (ice-) hockey 🙂
Taught by an expert like me 😀 just kidding but I’ll try my best

Let’s start with the basics 🙂 What is ice hockey (known as hockey in Canada) anyway?
First a historical fact but no worries I’ll keep it short. This sport was originally developed from field hockey in the second half of the 19th century. Hockey is a game played on ice between two teams of 6 players each, one of which is the goalkeeper. Of course, the teams consist of more players, substituted during the game. This normally happens every few minutes. Which means that hockey is definitely a really fast and intensive sport. The players use long curved sticks to hit the puck, a small rubber disk (weighing exactly 166 grams), to score goals.
As many of you may know the puck is really small. One surely wonders if it’s possible to follow the puck as a spectator in a big stadium at all? I think it’s kind of easy. Where there is the crowd of players there must be the puck 🙂 Also how do you know a goal has been scored? As in many professional sports you will see a light flashing behind the goal. So, everyone can see that a goal has just been scored. The game is played in three thirds of 20 minutes with breaks between every third. The time will be stopped in every interruption during the game. Additionally, there is a change of sides after every third. That’s why a game usually lasts much longer than 60 minutes (normally about 2-2.5 hours). Which also means you can enjoy watching longer than expected 😉 and don’t forget to join singing the national anthem at the beginning of every match.

The Rink: Have you ever taken a closer look at the hockey rink? It’s full of coloured lines with different meanings. The two lines on each end where the goal is located are called the goal lines. Unlike in soccer the players are also allowed to play behind these goal lines. The blue lines divide the surface into equal thirds, called zones. The zone right in front of the teams own goal is the defensive zone.
The opposite one is called attacking zone or offensive zone. Between the two blue lines is the neutral zone. The dots with circles around them form the face-off circles, which can be used as a start point after an interruption.

Penalty: In hockey, penalties or even brawls are certainly not uncommon. However, the use of the body is an important part of the game. Thus, it is allowed to “check” a player of the opposing team.
But of course, there are rules 🙂

A really common penalty is caused by using the stick inappropriately. This must never be held above shoulder height, especially to hit someone in the face. Also not allowed are fouls such as elbowing, fighting (when players drop their gloves and throw punches at each other), kneeing (fouling an opponent with the knee), slashing or tripping which can cause an opposite player to fall by using a part of the body or the stick or charging which is taking a long run at someone or specifically targeting the head with a hit. Penalties can be 2 minutes for a minor or 5 minutes for a major (or 10 minutes for fighting… or a game misconduct for something very serious); 5 minutes major penalties do not end when the fouled team scores as it does with a minor penalty… it keeps going for the full duration. Sometimes you will receive a double minor with is 2+2 minutes… this is often the case when someone gets a “high stick” to the face which is 2 minutes and another 2 if they drew blood during the hit. Crazy.

Powerplay and Man-Down: Of course, such a penalty situation is only bad for one team. The resulting overpowering situation for the other team is called powerplay. A good chance to score a goal. The penalized team is considered a “man-down” or “two-men down” if the play results in a 5 vs 3 scenario when they are double penalized

Offside & Icing: If a player enters the offensive zone before the puck that is considered offside. And I think that’s way easier than in soccer 😀 BUT if you shoot the puck the full length of the ice it is called icing and the play is called back to the defensive zone of the team that “iced” the puck. However if a team is a man down due to having received a penalty they are allowed to ice the puck so you will often see them shoot the puck the full distance to get it out of their defensive zone during the penalty.

So that’s it for now I hope I could give you a good first insight into the Canadian national sport.

Have a look at the upcoming season schedule. There are only 4 days left till the first game of the year.
Find further information on https://www.nhl.com/canucks

Cheers,

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Candidate Exposé – Tatjana Schmitt

Today I would like to share my own experiences and give you an insight into all the special moments I had when I visited Canada back in 2017.
Firstly, I have to say that Canada especially Vancouver, even 4 years later, is the best place I’ve ever been to.
My name is Tatjana, I am 23 years old from a small town close to beautiful Heidelberg in Germany. I already finished my bachelors degree this year and for now I’m very excited what to expect with my Master’s degree at the University of Tubingen.

After my graduation I primarily decided to go abroad to improve my language skills. While looking for the perfect place to stay my parents gave me the decisive hint. Since they had been to Vancouver before and highly recommended this city to me my decision was made. I chose the volunteer program because I wanted to explore Canadian nature and learn more about Canadian wildlife. The combination of 4 weeks language school and 3 more months of volunteer work was the perfect opportunity for me to reach my goals. I really enjoyed working at the Wildlife Rescue Association helping injured animals which were found e.g. on the street and brought to us. During my time there I learned before all that it can be fun working outside even if the weather is bad (yes, my time fell in October/ November – which means rainy season in Vancouver 😀 ) Anyway, I was able to acquire communication skills, learned interesting facts about Canadian wildlife and learned to handle new situations much better. It really was a successful stay.

For me, definitely the best memory was the Rocky Mountains trip right at the beginning of my stay. I was completely overwhelmed by the Canadian nature – it looks like it’s photoshoped but it’s real! I have to admit; I took like a thousand photos 🙂 Another memorable thing was spending many evenings at Sunset Beach or watching an open air movie at Canada Place. In view of my activities I have to say that I fell in love with hiking. My hiking adventure already started on day one with a hiking trip with my host family to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park. Not a bad start for a stay abroad at all 😉 I also enjoyed all the INTERNeX pubnights as well as the bike tour or inline skating in Stanley Park.

Furthermore, I want to say thank you to all the amazing people who made my stay this wonderful and also a huge thank you to INTERNeX who offered me the possibility for my current internship as an PR- Coordinator 🙂 If I had to describe my stay in 4 words I would say happiness, overwhelming, wonderful and a great chance to broaden my point of view.
Vancouver is a really interesting place where you can learn so much about Canadian culture and nature and much much more. And of course have a lot of fun with people from all over the world 🙂

Cheers,

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Candidate Exposé – Jakob Rodehorst

“Moin Moin” that’s how you say Hello really often in the northern part of Germany .
Today i would like to introduce you to Jakob, a 26 year old student from Germany.

Originally he’s from Hamburg but currently he’s living in Berlin doing his Master’s degree in political science.
Back when Jakob was planning his stay abroad in Canada his main motivation was to improve the chances to a masters degree. Additionally, since he did his internship at Amnesty International and this company still represents a future potential employer for him, this practicum was an ideal opportunity. For sure he also wanted to get some international experience after finishing his bachelors degree, get to know new people and improve his language skills. He really enjoyed working at Amnesty International, a well known human rights organization, where he organized the volunteers and helped them in planning the events. He was able to acquire skills such as working independently on his own topics, organizing different tasks as well as communication skills while finding new partners for the company. For him an additional interesting point was to learn a lot about and from the first nations in Canada.
He definitely had many unforgettable memories but meeting amazing people from all over the world while exploring the Rocky Mountains and the many other beautiful nature spots was the most memorable thing for Jakob. He joined several INTERNeX pubnights, did a bike ride in Stanley Park, went to Richmond night market and celebrated the typical German “Oktoberfest” at UBC with us. As I can say, it was a really fun time.

For him Vancouver, Canada presents the most beautiful and unique landscape he has ever seen in his life. Next to this there is this unique North American city which has so much to offer. The perfect place to be 🙂
Has this trip inspired him to travel more? Yes of course. He actually did right after his internship was over. He rented a car with his girlfriend and travelled to the eastern part of Canada, flew to New York and Mexico. This definitely sounds more than amazing.
During his stay abroad INTERNeX was a great support for him. We could help him to get in a social circle and he appreciated having someone to talk to with small problems. INTERNeX made the perfect start in this new and at the beginning even strange environment possible for him. And that’s definitely a thing everybody wants to hear.

Thanks Jakob for sharing your special Canada memories with us 🙂

Have a great week 🙂

– Tatjana


INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com