Olympic Winter Games 2014: Hockey

Olympic Winter Games 2014, 17 days of exhilarating winter games in Sochi, over 80 countries and around 2000 athletes will be competing against each other in almost 80 event. However for the Canadians only the ice hockey games count, be prepared for some crazy days. Extra for you I looked up some must-knows about the Canadian hockey culture. Just in case you stumble up on a bar full of Canadians watching hockey or to get some extra credit when your fellow workers are talking about hockey.

Hockey was invented in the mid 1850s by British soldiers, which were on duty in Canada. In 1879 students at the University in Montreal gave the game a set of rules. On March 3, 1875, the first indoor game was played at Montreal’s Victoria Skating Rink. Instead of using a ball, they used a puck, to prevent the puck form exiting the rink and hitting spectators.In 1893 the first Stanley Cup was played and awarded to the Montreal HC. The Stanley Cup was invented in 1888 by the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley of Preston, to award the best hockey team of Canada. The Montreal Candiens have won the most Stanley Cups, 23 times.The Canucks are named after the Canadian folk Johnny Canuck, who was a skater and hockey player in his spare time.

Beneath  you can find a short overview of the game time during the Olympic Games and especially for the ‘Sweds’ the games are marked blue.

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If you want to we can stream some games at our office, of course not the ones at 4 or 6 in the mornings. Just let me know in the comments if you are interested in watching the games and I will make sure that we can watch them.

Go Canada Go

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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What to do on the weekend? Vancouver & Montreal

How about another Asian event? Or do you prefer to see the world’s best action sports photography at night? Mabye you feel more like food and beer? And if you do not feel like any of those events, why not heading out to Grouse Mountain to celebrate the start of the Olympic games all night long? Ofcourse you are more than welcome to join us to visit the Vancouver Aquarium.

The LunarFest will be held on the Art Gallary Plaza. The LunarFest is a festival that brings together Soul, Art and Life, it celebrates one of the oldest traditions for many Asian cultures, Lunar New Year. LunarFest starts on Friday and ends on Sunday evening, during the event different shows will be given, such as Latern Palaces or The meeting of Drums, which are free. Do not worry, there is also enough food available, especially dumplings.

Had enough about the Asian events? Why not heading down to the Jack Poole Plaza to see the Redbull Illume photographs on Friday or Saturday night. Redbull Illume shows the world’s best action sports photography on illuminated 2m x 2m light boxes. It starts every night around 5.30pm and is open until 10.00pm. Big plus: there is no entrance fee.

Feeling more like enjoying food and beer this weekend, then the Hawker’s market is where you should be on Saturday. The Hawker’s Market is a vibrant and exciting place with local food, loud music, beer and more. You can find the Hawker’s market at the East Van Studios, 870 E  Cordova. However you need to buy a ticket at the door $15 or in advance $10.

And for those who do not want to stay in downtown Vancouver or like winter sports/apres ski, they should head out to the Grouse Mountain to celebrate the start of the 2014 Olympic Games with fun games, Djs and many more things to do all night long. Yes, all night long, Grouse Mountain will be open 24h from Saturday till Sunday.

And do not forget, Monday is Family Day in British Columbia, another day off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

For our friends in Montreal we also have an overview of the events this weekend.

If you like the famous Canadian Poutine Dish, you should definitely not miss out on the La Poutine Week. La Poutine Week is a unique dining experience where you discover the different and best Poutines in Montreal. A list of the particpating restaurants can be found here

Once you had enough Poutines it is time to PARTY at the Igloofest 2014 down at the At the Quays of the Old Port. A party you do not want to miss out on. Ps: the event is 18+ and to avoid waiting lines buy your ticket beforehand.

Also for those who do not want to party, why not going to the Parc Jean-Drapeau for a nice day out with different activities and a lot of fun?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

You are also more than welcome to join our event on Saturday, when we are visiting the Vancouver Aquarium, read more here and here

Enjoy the weekend!

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International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday !

The Olympic Games,  leading international sporting event considered the world’s foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating, are held each four years.

If you remember the last ones,the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were held in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia.

But now a small quiz for you guys, what do you know about the Olympics and Canada? Let’s see !

  1. Do you know the names of the official mascots of the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics? The mascots were:
    • Miga – A mythical sea bear, part whale and part spirit bear living off the coast of Vancouver island. (Olympics)
    • Quatchi – A sasquatch who comes from the mysterious forests of  Canada. 
    • Sumi – An animal guardian spirit with the wings of the Thungerbird and legs of an American black bear living in the mountains of British Columbia.
    • Miga and Quatchi represented the Olympics and Sumi the Paralympics.
  2. Do you know when and where did Canada participate for first time in the Olympics?It was in Paris in 1900. That year Canada won one gold and one bronze !
  3. Which Canadian city host for first time in Canada the Olympic Games? Montreal in 1976! And now that you know it, you know which one was the second ? Calgary in 1988 ! (By the way, the “Big O” stadium in the 1976 games is well-known because of it’s poor quality like roof collapses interrupting a few performances)
  4. Name of the first Olympian from Canada to win a total of six medals ! It was Cindy Klassen, speed skater.
  5. Who was the Canadian women hockey team’s fiercist competitors from 1998 to 2006 in the Olympic Games? USA and Sweden! ( Canada won the gold in 2002 and 2006)
  6. Last question and  a little bit more difficult: What was Ian Millar’s, well-known Canadian horseback rider, horse’s name that accompanied him in many Olympic Games? Big Ben!

The quiz is over guys, how many answers did you know? I hope you know a little bit more about the participation of Canada in the Olympics, and don´t be shy to make us a question too ! 🙂

Have a nice weekend everybody!

Best,

Mercedes

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

What do you know about Vancouver?

Read further to find some more fun and interesting facts about Vancouver.

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  •  Established by Captain George Vancouver in 1886.
  • Situated at an altitude of 71m/236ft.
  • Population: 603,502 (growing at a steady rate of 3%)
  • More than 35% of the population of Vancouver is foreign born.
  • Vancouver has the highest per capita proportion of Asians of any North American city.
  • A resident of Vancouver is called a Vancouverite.
  • Ranked one of the most liveable cities in the world and one of the 10 cleanest cities on the world.
  • It is the largest city in the province of British Columbia
  • The third largest city in Canada after Toronto and Montreal.
  • Largest film production center in North America after Los Angeles and New York City.
  • Port of Vancouver is the largest in Canada (and second in North America)
  • The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics were also held in this beautiful city.
  • Vancouver hosts one of the country’s largest annual gay pride parades.
  • Vancouver is the birthplace of the one of the world’s largest environmental organizations, called Greenpeace.
  • There are three ski hills in Vancouver: Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain.

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Best,

Mercedes

INTERNeX International Exchange

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

News/Fun/Facts – George is going to Toronto

Hey Guys, it is me, George one of the five INTERNeX interns here in Canada.

I have been working for INTERNeX in Vancouver now for more than 6 months. I had a great time in Vancouver and it was great working together with the INTERNeX crew there. I also made various friends which I will be missing very much.
But people, Life goes on, and I am also looking forward to the future.

The last three weeks of my internship, I will be working for INTERNeX in Toronto. The office there is smaller but there is also a lot to do because also here in Toronto a big INTERNeX community exists and has to be taken care of.

INTERNeX employees are world citizens.
That is why I will live up to our reputation and start traveling after finishing my internship in Toronto. I have been to many places in the world but I have never made it to the east coast of North America, except of New York. My trip will start in Toronto; I will step by in NY again to visit a friend. Thereafter my destinations are Philadelphia, Washington, Florida (including Miami, South beach, Key west, The everglades, Tampa and Orlando). Afterwards I will fly back to the holy land of Canada, to name the exact place: Montreal. I friend of mine which I met on my travels through Central America will accommodate me for one week and show me again town. It is great to have contacts all over the world, so keep your friends you met here close.
This will be the end of my glory time in Canada. But it definitely won’t be the last time I will be here. I will come back, for sure!

Live your dreams and enjoy the moment as long as it lasts. I will never forget the great moments I had within the last 6 months and Canada will always be one of my favorite places in the world.

Cheers,

George

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Candidate Expose-Anja

So lucky you! This week you have two candidate exposes. Anja is actually currently participating in the hospitality program. She was gracious enough to take the time out of her busy schedule to sit down with me (over the Internet of course) and answer a few of my questions in regards to her experiences in Canada. I think she is a perfect example of how beneficial our programs can be for our candidates future goals. So keep reading and see if the hospitality program might be for you!

What is your name?
Anja

Where are you originally from?
Munich Bavaria, Germany. I have lived there since i was born, so around 21 years ago.

Why did you want to come to Canada in the first place?
I had just recently finished up with my apprenticeship in Germany which i had been doing for the past three years in a hotel. I needed a change and so i decided to go abroad. Honestly at first i had no idea as to where i would like to go so i went through an agency back home and they gave me the option of either Canada or Australia and so i chose the former.

How did you find out about INTERNeX?
Well i applied in Germany through the agency known as StepIn and they are working together with INTERNeX and they said that INTERNeX was the company to work with if i was really interested in working in Canada.

Why did you choose to participate in the Hospitality Program?
I signed up for this program because i wanted to gain some invaluable experience in the international hotel business. I have already had some amazing experiences with my company and my language skills have improved drastically.

For how long were you participating in this program?
I will be working for one year in total. I started organizing everything last year in February with StepIn in Germany and in March I got in contact with Internex and 4 weeks later I found out that i would be going to Vancouver soon. And in May 2009 I finally arrived in Vancouver and had my meeting with Marien and she gave me all the details and than I was on my way to Banff. All happened very quickly!

What position do you currently hold at your site of employment?
Front Desk Agent.

What kind of tasks are you responsible for on a daily basis?
Checking in and checking out guests, making reservations, dealing with complaints, giving information about all our resort has to offer, preparing check in packages for arriving guests, dealing with lost and found items and of course making our guests happy!

Do you feel that this experience has helped in terms of your future goals both professionally and personally?
I really do because it has helped me to learn so much about people, both Canadians and Americans, and how to deal with different situations which can be a challenge for me because i am not an English native speaker. Before i came here my English was really bad but now it makes me so happy when guests are telling my how great my English sounds!
When i worked in Germany i was very much focused on other people and what they need and i would always forget to ask myself what i really want. I never would do things just for me and now that i am here in Canada i am doing what i love and i am learning things about myself that i never really acknowledged. I would really like to open my own restaurant and hopefully have locations all over the world…and my experiences here are taking me one step closer to my dream.

What was one of the most memorable moments you have had in Canada so far?
By far when i met Connie, the president of the Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours. I had the pleasure of accompanying her on one of her many trips with her wolf Shaman. That was just amazing for me! I never in my life thought that i would meet a wolf face to face…but i can check that of my list now.

List the top three reasons why you would recommend others to participate in the Hospitality Program?
Everyday is different, you get to travel to lots of different places and you meet so many people from different cultures.

Have you managed to do any traveling? And what is the one place that you recommend people to visit in Banff?
So far i have managed to visit Vancouver, Jasper, Edmonton and lots of places around Banff of course. But at the end of my trip i am going to head over to Montreal, Toronto and Quebec. One place that i would highly recommend is The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel it is one of the most spectacular looking hotels i think i have ever seen-it truly looks like a castle!