Review: Portland trip

Aaand we’re back from our fantastic Portland trip. Here’s a little review of the trip. We went off from Vancouver bright and early at around 7:15am, Friday, November 14th. It didn’t take long before we reached the US/Canadian border where we had to go through the security control. Our bags were scanned, the border control officers needed to scan our fingerprints, and we had to fill in a slip including personal information. Luckily we got through the control pretty fast. On our way to Portland we also got a quick glimpse of Seattle.

At around 4pm we arrived at the shopping mall Woodburn Premium Outlets just outside Portland. Five hours at a shopping mall sounds like a lot but actually the hours past by very fast. This mall is just massive, and perhaps there were a bit too many shops for the girls to handle 😉 Most of the shops had very good offers, so when we had to leave the mall at 9pm a lot of us arrived back to the bus with our hands full of shopping bags. Sometimes the selection was just overwhelming… just look at all the colourful shoes at the picture. Hmmm, what to chose?

The next day we headed to downtown Portland where we had a little sightseeing tour. The slogan for this city is “Keep Portland weird”, and the weirdness of this city was something we quickly noticed… the citizens of Portland definitely want their city to be like no other. After our little tour around the city, we had some free time to walk around and discover what this city has to offer. Most of us went to the Voodoo Doughnut store. We were lucky to arrive a bit early. It’s not unusual that people wait in line for a least 1 hour! And of course there’s a reason for the long line… the doughnuts here are amazing and comes in all kinds of shapes and colours. Some people just couldn’t get enough, so they bought several boxes filled with doughnuts.

After a great time at the Voodoo Doughnut place, we continued shopping around Portland. Most of us also went to a big Apple store. There’s no sales tax in Portland, so everything is just sooo much cheaper compared to Vancouver and Canada in general.

In the evening we went to watch a great NBA match. It was the Portland Trail Blazers against Brooklyn Nets, and of course Portland won 🙂 The match was very entertaining but the energetic crowd and the entertainment during the breaks just made this match an awesome experience! There really was no limit to the craziness… There was a trampoline show, a big inflated car was flying around the stadium and dropped off coupons, small kids cycled around the basket court in a competition to win a weekly Happy Meal for one year at McDonald’s… No wonder why there are so many big Americans, hahaha! After the match some went downtown to party. Others stayed at the hotel to try out the hot tub and the warmed up swimming pool, niiiice 🙂

Sunday morning we headed off from our hotel at around 9am. We didn’t have to drive for long before we arrived in front of the 2nd tallest year-round waterfall in the US, the Multnomah Waterfalls. It was very cold and windy but the view of the waterfall was just incredible! We had some time to walk around the trails around the waterfall… it was a bit icy, so you can imagine that we had lots of fun trying to keep the balance.

After visiting the waterfall we hit the road back towards the US/Canadian border, got a bit to eat and did a bit of tax free shopping… of course,  and then went back to Vancouver.

Thanks to everyone for a great trip, and thanks to our driver Bruno and our tour guide Adam for making this a superb trip. What an amazing tour!

Check out all of the pictures from this awesome trip here.

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 Announcement

It’s time for another cool and cozy pub night. This time we’re going to The Beaver at 1018 Granville Street. You can look forward to nice and affordable food… all burgers and all mains for just $9.95! Is that a good deal? Oh yes it is. The daily special is spaghetti bolognese with parmesan and garlic bread for $4.99. The daily drink special is a pint of Russell Pale Ale for $5.25. And all the domestic bottled beers are nicely served for you at the price of just $5.50. Have a look at the food menu here, and check out the drinks menu here. The Beaver is located at the ground level of the Samesun hostel, so don’t be afraid when you see the Samesun logo above the entrance. No need to worry, you’ve arrived at the right place. Of course a lot of the people staying at the Samesun hostel are visiting The Beaver, so you’ll most probably see a few young internationals 🙂

The Beaver is located conveniently in downtown Vancouver only 550 metres (6 mins walk) from Vancouver City Centre Station. Hope to see a lot of you for another great pub night. You can sign up for the pub night here.

And remember we’re getting closer to the Portland trip. You can also make your payment at the pub night but remember to bring exact change ($229 for the trip + $30 if you want to watch an NBA match). The INTERNeX office will be closed on the public holiday Remembrance Day, Tuesday. But we’re open for payments today and Wednesday. Read more about the trip here.

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

Review: FlyOver Canada experience

Last Saturday we went to the great FlyOver Canada experience. Luckily we didn’t have to worry about the terrible weather… the FlyOver Canada experience takes place indoors. We met outside in the pouring rain and tried to take shelter as quickly as possible.

Of course we went through some extra rooms where the theme was all about Halloween. Going through these different rooms you’re also starting to get in the mood for the final virtual ride. We were all a bit exited when going in to the room for the experience that we had been waiting for… the ride across Canada.

After we got seated in the chairs, the floor underneath the chairs was being rolled back and we could see the full size of the giant screen. To make the experience feel even more realistic the chairs were moving around, a bit of wind and water was blown into our faces, and of course we could also hear the sound of a helicopter. We were all amazed how real it actually felt, and for sure it was worth approx. $18 that each of us paid. Thanks to all of you who joined and made the experience even better.

This experience can definitively be recommended to those of you who didn’t have the chance to join last Saturday. Bring a couple of friends, and for sure you won’t get bored.

We’re getting closer to our amazing Portland trip. And this is not just a virtual ride 🙂 So don’t hesitate to sign up through our Facebook event page where you can also read more about the trip. It’s only $229 for a 3 day trip (November 14th – November 16th) + $30 for an NBA match! And you can also get your Christmas shopping done in advance. It’ll be awesome!

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com