What to do on the weekend?

It is Friday again and you know what that means, right? Time to get out of the house and celebrate the weekend. This weekend will be a long weekend, so you will have lots of time to explore British Columbia and Vancouver.

18195054_10155240525552103_6049775120854058037_nWe were already really lucky with the weather and it is getting better and better, which is why it is time to do outdoor activities. In this way we can enjoy the sun to the fullest. Therefore is INTERNeX planning a bike ride through Stanley Park on Sunday. You may have already seen the totem poles, but there are so many other things to explore in this amazing park.

There are also several events taking place during this weekend, such as the Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair and the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival. The Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair is a festival which is 4 days in total. This event is especially for the cowboys and cowgirls in our group. So let your inner cowboy free during this great festival. The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival is a festival with several comic-related events. These include readings, presentations, discussions and a big exhibition area. If you like comics, then this is definitely the place to go!

Besides that you can also go to Tagore Spring Festival in Surrey on Saturday. There are various kinds of performances, including dance, music and poetry. Next to that you can also learn a bit more about the Canadian culture while you watch presentations about all the different traditions and heritages. The festival is paid by donation, so definitely worth checking out!

17352379_10208531571187759_1886154942491608944_nIf you would rather watch sports during this weekend, you could go to the BC Place Stadium on Saturday and watch the Vancouver Whitecaps play against Sporting Kansas City. Of course, you could also go to one of the great sports bars in Vancouver. When you would rather spend your time outside because of the expected good weather, then you could go to one of Vancouver’s great beaches such as English Bay, Jericho Beach and Kitsilano Beach.

I hope you will have a great weekend! See you in Stanley Park or at next week’s PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Parsonsfield at Fox Cabaret – Experience IT Review

Yesterday we went to a concert arranged by one of our placement companies and one of our candidates. It was great to see all of you there. Thank you for coming and thank you for pulling it off for us!

The concert took place in Fox Cabaret on Main street. Fox Cabaret is a venue like you have 16934280_1649179631764148_961061908_nnever seen before. There are a lot of lights in and outside the venue. This also creates a different kind of vibe than you are used to having at your usual concert venue. The venue is quite small, which creates a very cosy feeling. Like all concert fans know, it is normally a bit hard to get close to the artists. This was not the case at Fox Cabaret. The stage is low and it is therefore easy to get close to the artist. They definitely do not host any mainstream artists, so if you are done with all this mainstream pop music, Fox Cabaret is certainly the place to be! Even the drinks are not normal in this venue. They serve beers in cans, which gives you a casual feeling. Therefore, it is also easier to feel at ease while attending an event at Fox Cabaret. Fox Cabaret hosts different kind of events such as comedy nights, concerts and parties. Definitely worth to check out!

At first we started off with Luke Wallace. His music is based on conversation and environmental action, which is placed in the genre ‘folktivism’. He has worked with several native communities and uses this experience as an inspiration for his music. Luke Wallace has a very gentle voice, which he combines with several instruments. Together with his guitar, he will make you fall in love easily. There was lots of space in front of the stage, so we decided to go to the stage and dance to his music.

After some warming up it was time for the main performance, Parsonsfield. Everybody had been saying they play folk music, but we still did not really know what to expect. Parsonsfield is not 16933666_1649179598430818_1092914395_na typical kind of band and therefore a very good fit for Fox Cabaret, as they never have mainstream bands. Even though Luke Wallace’s music is from the same genre, both artists were very different and therefore we needed to take a minute to get used to this different kind of music. However, it did not take long before we all went to the stage again to dance the night away. The band uses all kind of different instruments and uses it in a way that you would not expect. They even used saws to make music. Going to Parsonsfield was an amazing experience and we were all really glad that we were able to have this experience.

Thank you, Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society for arranging this great evening for us! Hopefully you all had a great experience yesterday! Tonight it is time to share your hockey knowledge during the Junior Hockey Game. See you tonight or at next PuB NiGHT!

-Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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24 Hours of Winter – Experience IT Review

Saturday we went up at Grouse Mountain to experience a winter wonderland, where they celebrated their annual 24 hours of winter. In this weekend Grouse Mountain opened the slopes for 24 hours straight, so if you were up for it, you could go downhill the entire night. Besides skiing and snowboarding for as long as you wanted to, Grouse Mountain also organized other great activities and events. So if you were not a great skier, you could also rent snowshoes and hike on some beautiful trails they offer. Or if you are not a big fan of the snow, you were also able to hit the ice skating rink and show your moves on the ice while a DJ took care of playing some great hits. Besides these fun activities, you were also able to go snow sledding, doing a light walk, go ziplining, do a yoga session, and watch a junior hockey game and many other things!

lighttourMany choices, so decisions had to be made. Because I wanted to check out the slopes on Grouse, I went up a bit earlier to do some snowboarding. But later in the evening it became hard to see anything because of the heavy snowing and I decided to quit. So I parked my snowboard and met the rest of the group on the top of the mountain. After renting some snowshoes with one of us looking like a real pro, we started our journey on the light walk. We were totally amazed by all the lights, music and beautiful trails, we looked like real tourists making pictures of every single thing we saw. Unfortunately the trail came to an end after half an hour.

It was time for some food and drinks, while we were still amazed by all the beautiful things we saw earlier. And because it was still quite early in the evening, we decided to move ourselves to the bonfire besides the ice skating rink. Two of us got so inspired by all the people on the ice; they quickly rented some skates and gave it a try.

After some heating up at the bonfire again, the evening came to an end and we took the gondola downhill, where we got a beautiful view over the city. And that was the perfect way to end the evening with.

I am looking forward to see all of you again tomorrow at PuB NiGHT!

– Tess

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Time to rock your night away!

A special update on what you can do in the weekend! Are you looking for something to do on Friday? Then this is your chance!

This Friday The Quixotic Neurotics are going to perform at Studio Records. They will blow your mind with their alternative music! Their songs are mainly covers16521763_10154812412111421_670351408_n at the moment, so you may even know some songs as well! The concert is only $10 if you pay it in advance and $12 when you get tickets at the door. It is quite hard to find a concert for such a cheap price. Therefore, if you like this kind of music, you should definitely check it out! The doors open at 7.30 pm, so it is easy to combine with your placement. As this performance will take place in a pub, you are only able to go there if you are 19+.

That is not even all of it, The Quixotic Neurotics are supporting The Ashes together with Cheap Flavor and LoveLation. That means you get to listen to 4 bands for only $12! The Ashes is a French band with the genre Noisy Pop. They have been combining melodies of post punk and rock ever since 2012. Furthermore, the Canadian alternative blues rock band Cheap Flavor will give you the opportunity to get to know a music genre, which you do not hear that often. Lastly, LoveLation is a Canadian rock band which was inspired by the 60s and 70s music. This combined with modern grunge is their music like we know it today.

Together they are going to make sure that your night will be unforgettable!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Explorer Ep1 – 2017 Behind the scenes

This week we posted our first episode of the INTERNeX Explorer. We are planning to publish an episode every month. Our new show will include some cool spots in and around Vancouver, upcoming trips and events as well as a review of the previous month. We hope to inform and entertain you with our little show we call the INTERNeX Explorer.

It was lots of fun making the first episode. We started with writing our own scripts. The hardest part was coming up with some interesting fun facts about ourselves. However, with some help from each other, we all figured out what to write. ix-explorer_ep1-2017Afterwards the filming finally started. As it was the first time we were being filmed, we were all a bit nervous, which made us forget our text sometimes. Luckily, we had our scripts near by and quite some time available to shoot the video. Janel had the chance to practice her news reading skills and also had to point to pictures which were not here and added in post. As she never did that before, it was a bit awkward.

The most difficult part was the part of the future events. First Danielle kept touching the green screen, as she wanted to put her jacket on. We therefore decided it would be easier if she was already wearing the jacket. But of course that meant she was getting hot wearing the jacket the entire time while filming. It was sometimes hard to stop laughing when we were shooting the part of future events. Simon had to sit in a very uncomfortable position on his knees outside the view of the camera to give Danielle the ski sticks.

After the shooting was done Simon and Tess had to do the editing. The postproduction of the video seemed to be the hardest part of our whole process. A lot of footage had to be viewed and in the end some music had to be found. The final cut went to some reviews and the entire team had to be alright with it. Simon said we can be proud of our first video and also that we will improve with every episode. We hope you agree with him and look forward to produce the next episode with him.

If you haven’t already, check out our first episode of the INTERNeX Explorer:

I hope you will enjoy the video and I am looking forward to hearing your comments!

-Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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What to do on the weekend?

The week is almost over and people are starting to get ready for the weekend. I hope you all had a great week and are ready for an awesome weekend as well. Got any plans for the weekend yet? No? There is a lot to do this weekend, so that also means there is a lot of choice for you!

First of all, the INTERNeX family is going to celebrate Chinese New Year at the Chinese New Year Parade this Sunday. 15965745_10154886634952103_8586645978562399909_n
However, if you do not have time to go to the parade, there are plenty of events left to attend as well. It already starts at the 28th of January with a cooking demonstration in Lonsdale Quay Market. After that you can also watch the traditional Eye-Dotting Ceremony at 2 pm or the Lion Dance after.

On Sunday you can also show your best moves during the VSO New Music Festival: On a Wire! You can enjoy an amazing electric music performance of Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. If you love electric music, you should definitely check this out! The music festival takes place in Orpheum at 601 Smithe Street. It starts at 7.30 pm, so you can even plan other activities during the day. Please make sure to buy tickets beforehand to ensure a spot. Tickets cost $30 for an adult and if you still got a student card, you can get a ticket for only $22.50.

This weekend the event Cuisine & Confessions takes place in Vancouver Playhouse. The performance is a combination of a kitchen and circus. Make sure not to wear your nicest clothes, as their will be food throwing involved. Even though this performance is quite pricy, it is still worth your time. Prices range from $45 to $60.

Another event that you may have noticed this week is Street Food City. During Street Food City you can find over 25 food trucks in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The food trucks mostly offer local food for a pretty good price. This weekend will be your last chance to try local food at one of these food trucks. If you go there, eat as much as you can and tell your flatmates that you will not join dinner, as you will definitely leave the event with a full stomach. Time for a break? While enjoying your meal or taking a break, you can listen to some music.

I hope to see you on Sunday at the Chinese New Year Parade. If not, have a great weekend anyways and see you at PuB NiGHT!

-Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

PuB NiGHT REVIEW: The Keefer Bar

We spent a really lovely evening at The Keefer Bar, although we were just four people.

The Keefer Bar is a pretty cool place with a cozy atmosphere.IMG_2628 From the outside you wouldn’t really recognize that there is such a fancy place but as soon as you walk through the door everything changes. Compared to the “standard” pubs/restaurants/ bars here in Vancouver the bar is very special and the concept is completely different. They managed to create something extraordinary.

As we went there only a few guests sat at the bar but shortly every seat was occupied even so it wasn’t crowded. You could talk in a normal voice although they had a DJ playing cool music.

The staff was awesome, funny and friendly. In addition the cocktails I tried were pretty odd but very tasty. Hadn’t expect that it would taste that good.

We all can highly recommend this bar.