Vancouver Island – Weekend Recap

What a weekend trip!

Some of us got to experience such a nice weekend on Vancouver Island! We went there with Moose Travel Network, with whom we’ve done many trips together in the past!

We were meeting on Friday morning to head towards the ferry terminal at Horseshoe Bay. After enjoying the natural hair dryer on top of the ferry deck from the blowing wind we arrived in Nanaimo and got some groceries for lunch. The spot at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park let us take in a beautiful scenery while having lunch.

Afterwards, we got to see some of the biggest trees in Canada at the MacMillan Provincial Park! One tree is 75 metres high and some trees even 800 years old. Guess they survive all of us =). A true highlight was the stop at Wally Creek, where you can see one of Canada’s most beautiful nature places. Rivers and sources who go through rocks and a big valley of trees around it. Such a vibe! After seeing the big trees, we headed towards Long Beach on Vancouver Island, on which parts of the Twilight Saga were filmed, how cool is that? 🙂

In the evening we arrived at our first destination: Tofino is a nice little harbour city with a quiet, calm, but at the same time overwhelming atmosphere, caused by the surrounding nature of the sea, the mountains, and the forests. We all had a nice meal at a restaurant in the evening and a little gathering at a pub with some live music!

With the tummy full of a great breakfast we went to the beach to go surfing on Saturday morning. The fresh air, the 4 metre tall waves, the cold salty water, and the sun shining through the trees was definitely an experience we will never forget! Some of us chose a calmer option and went kayaking instead. 🙂 Luckily, due to our super tour guide Terence, we get to experience not one, but two events on Saturday! We drove with a boat out on the sea to see some grey whales! It’s a super extraordinary feeling to see such an enormous animal in the depth of the blue ocean! Some of us got to experience bear watching, which I heard was also amazing. To finish up the day we gathered together at a beach with a clear sky for stargazing and a cozy bonfire where we made classic Canadian S’mores, right after we watched the sunset. That was a whole day of events there!

Early in the morning on Sunday we left Tofino with everlasting memories and drove back to Nanaimo. We stopped at Sproat Lake to see old fossils which could be seen in a stone wall. Slowly bumping up our heartbeat, we headed towards the Nanaimo Wildly Park to go Bungee Jumping! I can tell you, it was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. Overcoming your fears gives you so much energy! The bridge over Nanaimo River was 150 ft (45 meters) high and they were doing bungee jumps since 1990! I guess we can be sure the bungee doesn’t tear apart =). With adrenaline still in our veins from the bungee jump, we went to Mount Douglas. This mountain is right before Victoria, our second destination on the trip. From this mountain you can even look over to the United States! Such a breathtaking view! Arriving in Victoria, we ended our evening with a tour from our bus driver Terence and a Pub Night in Victoria.

Waking up in Victoria gives you many options on what to see. We decided to go to the Royal BC Museum which has an exhibition about Natural History and the animals there. The animals were displayed in their original size. Can you imagine how big a mammoth is? Me neither until I saw it there. One exhibition was also about how the climate change can affect the biodiversity and the vegetation in British Columbia. They even believe that with the year 2080, the degrees climb up by 8! Walking out of the museum you can see the parliament building and next to it the Beacon Hill Park with access to the beach. After seeing the beach and the sea, we went to some souvenir shops and to a restaurant to grab some food. Sad that the trip came to an end, but also grateful for the many experiences, we took the ferry from Sidney to Tsawwassen to go home to Vancouver. On the ferry, we got many chances to spot some sea otters in the water and see the beautiful islands around us.

To conclude I must say that this experience and the whole trip will last forever in my heart because I got to see so many things and make memories every day. I’m very glad I joined this trip and I’m so excited for the next one.

We hope all of our participants in this trip could enjoy the Island just like I did. Maybe we can talk about it during the next Pub Night? =)

See you there! Have a good one!

Tino =)

How was your weekend?

Sunny, Sunny, sunny….Due to the very good weather conditions at the weekend it was a great possibility to go out and explorer Vancouver a bit: ☀️☀️

IMG_2794Friday, after finishing work, I went out to the Granville Square and enjoyed the beautiful view on the Skyline of North Vancouver by night! It was awesome!. While listening to some music, I stared at the moving lights at the other side.. It was a great way to relax a bit and calm down after this week. Afterwards I went out with some friends and enjoyed Vancouver’s Nightlife.

On Saturday it was time for the weekly Internex activity so, after sleeping out, I went out to the Trampoline Park in New Westminster. Out of the skytrain you had a beautiful view on the Water and on Burnaby in general. Arrived at the Trampoline Area, we started bouncing around, playing basketball or dodge ball and had a great time together. It was exhausting and a very strenous activity but it was total fun! Back in North Vancouver I spent the evening together with my roommates, while enjoying the beautiful sunset in North Vancouver.

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Sunday didn’t start as nice as the day before. It was time to say Goodbye to one of my roommates. A sad moment and because of that and the fact, that I’m not very good in saying goodbye, we tried to keep at as short as possible. So we changed some last words here in Vancouver (surely not the last words forever! :)). Afterwards I went out for a souvenir shopping trip. This was the moment I had to realize, that my time is also coming to an end. A lot faster then I want to… However, loaded with a lot of stuff I went back to my homestay and finished the weekend by watching a movie.

Hope your weekend was as interesting as mine! 🙂


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

Adios, amigos!

Oh guys.. Now it’s also time for me. Time for me to leave. Time for me to say goodbye.
It’s been a great time and I cannot call myself luckier to have come to Vancouver and live those 13 weeks of awesomeness!

I know it’s just been three months, and there were just a few of you that were present the entire time, but I feel that I’ve known so many of you for more than just a couple of weeks. I cannot count the many moments that I will keep in my mind forever, that made 37192266_10156379462734647_3702215724152913920_nme smile, that I’m thankful for and that just showed me how easy it is to make friends and bond over some random, weird stuff.

So many events, so many PuB NiGHTs, so many trips that kept me busy during my stay in Vancouver. It was tiring and exhausting from time to time, but there was not one single moment that I regret spending with you guys.

The trip to Portland, Oregon, which was also my kick-off event with the INTERNeX-gang, was just incredibly funny. Even though, we were missing out on sleep and were quite unlucky with the weather, I enjoyed discovering the American city with you and spending the evenings playing “complicated” card games. Who would include “Kiiiii” and “Queeeen” in a card game, if not us? 😂

Speaking of weird neologism, our trip to Vargas Island was definitely one of my favourite moments. The introduction of the word “Schnäck” and all the achievements we made during that trip really left their mark. The successful attempt of lighting up a fire out of wet wood, building up the tents in pouring rain and installing the tarp from scratch was something I will never forget.

And last but not least, our four-day trip to the Rockies. It wouldn’t have been the same without you guys. Just enjoying the breath-taking views of the beautiful nature was amazing. But spending the journeys in the bus with fun conversations and games made the trip so much more valuable. Thanks for joining all of this craziness with us.

35646874_1761660767260279_3469225791433211904_nBut there was way more that brought value to my time in Vancity than these three big trips. There were so many more funny moments that I either can’t remember or that are just too insignificant to list now! But I guess you all have your own favourite moment and will keep it in your memory!

As the orientation video announces, the PR-team  “will make your stay unforgettable”… but I have to say that it was you – every single one of you, that made my time here unforgettable. The office-team at INTERNeX, you candidates at events and in general the City of Vancouver (or the Day 2Country Canada). I don’t even know, what was the most special of all! I guess it was the composure of it all: Having the incredible nature in and around Vancouver, having you to discover it with, and having the INTERNeX-team that made all of it possible.

I can just say, that this chapter of my life has a very important spot in my heart. I grew profesionally but also personally. As I said, I am thankful for every single one who was part of this. I will really miss the times.

Keep up the craziness, I definitely will. And all of you: Stay the way you are – keep travelling, keep exploring!
Chances are that we meet again!

– Elisabeth

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

Time to say goodbye

So, this is it. It’s time to say goodbye. After spending 7 months in beautiful British Columbia, I am writing my last blog post. With a heavy heart, obviously… And not knowing where to start, because there are way too many great stories to tell.

I got a very warm welcome when I entered the world of INTERNeX. Not so warm was the weather in Vancouver at the beginning of my stay though. I remember a lot of snow, more than the city was apparently used to. I also remember hiking through the Lynn Valley during that time with shoes that weren’t winter and especially not water proof. So, guess who had wet and cold feet at the end of that day and a bit of a bad mood? Yep, me.

Nevertheless, the longer I stayed in Vancouver, the more I started to love the city, its weather and its surrounding. Looking back at my time there, I cannot imagine anyone who does not love this place. Vancouver is such a multisided city that has everything you need: a busy downtown, beaches, mountains, beautiful nature, a great nightlife and many wonderful people to meet.

So many wonderful people, indeed… I am a very lucky person who can say now that I have good friends coming from Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, England, and so many more countries. You made my stay unforgettable and my favourite memories include you guys! To name some of them with their insider jokes: DO YOU WANT CHICKEN WINGS?! – Aiiiiiiiis – whoop whoop! – Vodka quoi? – Kiiiiii!… I know, for most of you readers, this might sound very confusing and weird… But I also know that some of you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

BUT, those words only won’t be enough to describe the awesome things I did and saw. Thanks to INTERNeX, I could go twice (!) to the Rocky Mountains, for example. Once during winter and once during summer. Both times, I was stunned by the beauty of the country. I was especially mesmerised by the view and the colour of the water Peyto Lake, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake had during summer. But one of my favourite moments was doing the Polar Bear swim in the 4-degree cold Bow Lake. Brrrrrr, I’m glad that so many of you joined me in this craziness.

However, not only did I go on trips with INTERNeX, I also had the chance to organise one on my very own. And so, the PR-team and I decided it’s time to get out of the country. My task became to plan a weekend in Portland, USA! What a challenge, but totally worth doing so. We visited the Chinese Garden, ate Voodoo doughnuts and played mini-golf in black light, to name some of the activities we did. Let me tell you guys: the city itself is simply great!

You know what else is great? That every Wednesday, we had our famous PuB NiGHTs! It gave me the chance to chat the nights away and to enjoy the delicious Canadian beer with you. I also loved that sometimes, we could play (music) Bingo during some of these evenings.

Play hard – work hard. Or something like that, right? The time I had at the office was just as awesome as my time outside of it. This, on the one hand, thanks to the possibility that we could organise so many weekly events like playing laser tag, a pillow fight or hiking. And on the other hand, because I had the honour of working with a fun and wonderful team! This practicum gave me many opportunities to learn and to grow. Thank you!

And now, it’s definitely time to say goodbye. Goodbye INTERNeX, goodbye candidates, goodbye Vancouver, goodbye Canada. Thank you for all the fun times! To quote Doktor Kosmos: ‘Oh, everybody, now. Don’t look at photographs ’cause photographs is not going to change the world. You can’t look back, no no. You must look forward, yes (…)’.

I see you all soon again and I cannot wait to create some more exciting memories. Scherbatsky out!

– Nadine

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

Goodbye for now

All good things must come to an end they say, and that also means my wonderful journey here in Vancouver must come to an end… And that end is here.

My life changing journey started 7 months ago at the airport in Amsterdam. It was going to be the first time for me flying alone and living on my own and boy I was scared. I remember crying and being really sad to leave my friends and family even telling them that I was not sure if I could do this. I’m really happy and proud that I can tell the Mandy of 7 months ago that she had nothing to worry about and that a beautiful journey was waiting for her.

I call it a journey and not a destination or simply a stay since I have been through so much. I have learned a lot about myself and who I am all with the help of INTERNeX and without them I would not be the person I am today. IMG_0328

It all started 2 days after I arrived here in Vancouver with the amazing Rocky Mountains trip. It was so amazing to see the beautiful nature that Canada has to offer and the beautiful blue lakes. Not only the nature was amazing but all the people that I met were wonderful.

But that was not it, as a PR-Coordinator for INTERNeX I had the opportunity to travel to Whistler, Victoria, Salt Spring Island and my biggest dream Seattle. I even had the opportunity to take a trip to Los Angeles, a city I have always dreamed of visiting. We also went to amazing events like Halloween, New Year’s Eve, the Canucks games and of course all the nice and fun PuB NiGHTS. I even celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time in my life and went Black Friday Shopping in Seattle.

IMG_1119But for me it does not matter how many places I visited or how many things I did, the most important thing for me is that I was able to do that with all of you! Without any of you, my journey here in Canada would not have been the same and I want to thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.

Now that it is only days away from saying goodbye I am having mixed feelings about leaving. I am really looking forward to seeing my friends and family again and to hug my sweet Labrador dog. I am looking forward to tasting my favorite Dutch dishes again but I know that my life back home will never be the same again since a piece of my heart will always stay here in Vancouver and another piece will stay with the people I have met here.
Again I wanted to thank every single one of you that have been there for me and have made my stay here unforgettable. I would also like to thank Tim and Simon for even giving me this opportunity since without them I would not have been able to experience all of these things.
For anyone reading this who is doubting whether to go away from home for such a long time I can only give you one advice…. Just do it! Trust me it will only make your life much more richer with all the life lessons you take with you when being on your own.

This is not a goodbye but a see you later! I am looking forward to seeing some of you in Sweden later this year and for the rest, we will meet each other again somewhere in the world!

~ Mandy

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