How was your weekend?

Can I share a little secret with you? My weekend was most likely longer than yours. It existed of almost 3 instead of 2 days. Why and what did I do during those days? Well, here’s the story of my weekend:

On Friday, I stopped working at 12pm. Kerstin, Angy and I took the opportunity to see something special in the afternoon. We went to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. Located in the Fraser Valley, visitors get the chance to see a big field of tulips. Like, a really big field of tulips. We were lucky, because the flowers were in high bloom (and still are). Everywhere I looked, it was colourful. Words can’t describe the beauty of it. Fun fact: tulips are my favourite flowers, so being there was more than just super duper exciting for me.

In the evening, we went for dinner at 131 Water. After finishing a delicious meal, it was time to play some games. UNO and Rummikub were fun to play and everyone won at least once or twice.

Saturday, 1pm. It was time for our INTERNeX event: Dutchie for a Day. We started with delicious and typical Dutch food at De Dutch Robson. Some enjoyed pannenkoeken (pancakes), others tosti’s or uitsmijters. Then, it was time to be active. Like real Dutch people, we went biking. And where can you do this better than around the Sea Wall at Stanley Park? It was a bit rainy, but that made the event even more authentic. And of course, we tested the knowledge of our candidates about the Netherlands. At the end, team Batman won with 12 correct answers out of 20. Congratulations guys!

In the evening, we met up with some of you to go out. First, we all went to Bourbon in Gastown for some drinks, to play giant Jenga and to dance. Afterwards, we went to the Republic Night Club at Granville Street. But not by foot. Not by bus. Not by sky train. No, we decided to use a Limo! What a fun and cheap way to get from A to B.

At 3am on Sunday, we all went home. This time with a taxi. And Sunday was actually a day of recovery from the night before. My bed was my best friend until 2pm. But I didn’t want to waste a day inside, so I took a shower and went with Kerstin to Metropolis to do some shopping. And I was successful: 2 new T-shirts and cozy short pants to sleep in.

I hope you all had a great weekend, too (even though you ‘only’ had 2 days) and I’m looking forward to see you all at our PuB NiGHT at the Beaver on Wednesday!

– Nadine

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How was your weekend?

Monday… You have not been missed. But before I am going to face reality, let’s reminisce about last weekend. To celebrate the fact the weekend had started, me and a bunch of others treated ourselves to some tasty all-you-can-eat sushi at Hato Popo on Robson Street. Despite the fact we had to wait some time to get our food, the delicious California and Spring rolls were definitely worth it. After dinner we went to Bart’s place to have a few drinks and play games.

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On Saturday, I woke up the best way possible. The sun was shining! Considering this was the first morning (and afternoon) since I arrived that I did not have any plans, I decided to relax for a bit and watch videos on my laptop. This was the perfect day to have free time considering I watch a Dutch television show named ‘Wie is de Mol’ (Who is the Mole) and the finale was live on TV that day. Thankfully, I was able to watch it via a live stream.

When the show ended I decided to leave the hostel, walk around the city and enjoy the sun. In the evening I joined many others at the St. Patrick’s Festival Kick-Off Party at Blarney Stone. It was a great night filled with dancing, nice drinks and live music from the band The Shenanigans. If you were not there, you definitely missed out!

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On Sunday, I decided to go to the city centre and visit shops. One of my favorite shops I visited is definitely the Disney Store, which always makes me feel like a kid and as if I am living in a magical world. As a Dutch person, exploring and doing my practicum here in Vancouver is pretty magical to me too.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

I hope you all had a great weekend and I wish you a good start of the week. See you on Wednesday for PuB NiGHT at 131 Water!

– Angy

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

Hello Monday, my old friend. The weekend is over again and the serious working life is back on my radar. And because I don’t feel quite ready yet to face all this work ahead of me, I want to take a stroll down memory lane with you about my weekend. Ready? Then let’s do this.

First stop on Friday evening for drinks: Darby’s. Second stop for some more beers: The Bourbon. When we strengthened ourselves with enough drinks, we headed to the Roxy, where a live band was playing and people were dancing and singing along. We joined this fun until the club was closing.

On Saturday, it was time to go to Grouse Mountain. There, the ’24 hours of winter’ event was taking place and we decided to be part of this. It was AMAZING. We did a snowshoeing tour with S’mores and apple cider next to a cozy campfire, took a sleigh ride and enjoyed the beautiful view over Vancouver that Grouse Mountain was offering us. We had so much fun, we stayed at the après-ski party until 1.30am before we headed home to our warm beds.

Sunday was my well-deserved lazy day. I took my time to sleep in, do groceries, wash my clothes and watch series. The fact that my house lost its electricity for three hours in the evening did not affect my relaxed mood at all.

Have a good start into the week and I will see you all on Wednesday for our PuB NiGHT at 131 Water!

– Nadine

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

How was your weekend?

How my weekend was? Hmm.. I can’t decide which word describes this weekend the best: great, wonderful, awesome, perfect, gorgeous, fabulous, fantastic, spectacular or exceptionally good? At least I had a lot of fun, because this weekend was our trip to Kelowna. Oh, now I got your interest? Well, sit back and read all about our adventures in this beautiful city.

28080563_1888898747818262_1858428207_o1.jpgThe adventure started Friday at 12 pm at the Pacific Central Station. People showed up with their suitcases and bags to get in the bus. And there we go, a five-hour ride to Kelowna! We saw some beautiful views on our way. After a long sit we arrived in Kolowna. We dropped our stuff in our rooms and walked to this awesome steakhouse. One of the hardest decisions was: What are we going to eat? So many nice choices like burgers, chicken and ribs. When the hunger was gone and we finished our meals it was time to have a little party at the hotel. We played some fun games and, since it was carnival, we played some nice carnival music.

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*BIEP BIEP BIEP* At 6:45 the alarm went of. Time for all the skiers and snowboarders to get some breakfast and prepare ourselves for a day in the snow. After one hour in the bus we arrived at the Big White. In the lift to the top we realized how beautiful the view is from there. A sky as blue as a millionaire’s swimming pool. We went down a lot of times from different slopes. The area was very big, so we could do every time a different slope to see them all. The trials where not crowded at all, so many times we had the mountain for ourselves. We ended the day with a beer during the après ski next to the campfire. Then it was time for us to take the bus back to our hotel. We had a little time to prepare ourselves for another dinner and night out. This time we went to an Asian restaurant next to the hotel. Also here we enjoyed some delicious food. We decided to taste our wines we bought at the wine tasting tour and do another fun game before going to Sapphire, the biggest club in Kelowna. A 00’s party was going with a DJ who played all our classic sing-alongs.

27990347_1888900691151401_1024515969_oRise and shine, a new day has arrived. We woke up fresh and energetic to start the day with a boost. Ok, maybe not, but at least we stood up to have breakfast. When the rooms were clean and the luggage was packed, we took the bus to Kelowna downtown. In the city we did the scavenger hunt game. The groups had to do as many fun assignments as possible to get points. So we proposed, hugged, fished, danced and so on. After three hours, we met at the bus again to get our luggage and go home. This time we could enjoy a bus ride for 7 hours. Since we did not sleep that much this weekend, we could catch some sleep during the ride.

It was really great to hear that all of you had a great time! And so did we! Thanks to you, it was a really nice weekend. If you did not went on this trip, I am happy to tell you all about it tomorrow at PuB NiGHT in the Lamplighter. See you then!

– Bart

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

And it is Monday again! Wow, that weekend passed by quickly. Before we are preparing our backpacks for our trip to Kelowna next weekend, I will tell you what I experienced in the last days.

My weekend started off Friday afternoon, when the office was suddenly full of enthusiastic people, ready for our game night. We laughed a lot about the creative inputs while playing “What do you meme?” and “Pictionary”. The game “Boys vs. Girls” showed which gender has the best skills. Hot discussions and tricky challenges later the winner was clear (girls, of course). The international mall was already empty, when we changed our location to Blarney Stone’s to enjoy some drinks and live music.

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The next day started early, but with a nice surprise: it did not rain! So, we took the opportunity to explore the nature around Vancouver. Half an hour in the bus and 20 minutes on the ferry later, we arrived on Bowen Island. This island pictures exactly what I had in mind when thinking about British Columbia before I travelled to Canada. We hiked around a lake for three hours, enjoyed the amazing views and took hundred of pictures.

 

Trees, ferns, mountains, sdrwaterfalls, squirrels – we have seen all what you can expect from a proper nature day. We deserveda good lunch after this active day, so we visited a cute restaurant in the small village on the island. It got already dark again, when we arrived back in Vancouver. What a great day! I am still surprised how easily you can escape the busy city life here.

 

My Sunday morning began with breakfast, before it was time to depart to the pub. To a pub on Sunday midday? Yes, Super Bowl it was. Of course, I did not want to miss this received_10213862331466114American sports highlight when I had the chance to see it in the middle of the day. Many of you showed up at the Malone’s to see the game, the 7-minutes Justin Timberlake half-time show or to have a good reason to drink beer on a Sunday afternoon. Some of us even joined the game of chance the pub organised, but no one was lucky enough to win. Nevertheless, it was really fun to follow the spectacle with you. So, what team are we supporting next Sunday?!

I hope you also had a great weekend. See you all on Wednesday for our PuBNiGHT at the Beaver Bar!

– Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

Rain, sun, snow – I have seen it all this weekend!

The weekend started Friday earlier than usual: it was time for my first skiing day in Canada. We met at noon to take a bus to Mount Seymour where it still had snowed in the morning. Perfect conditions for us! After only 15 minutes driving, we could already spot the first snow on the trees. Ski, snowboard or snowshoes – everybody could choose himself how to get down the mountain. The weather was fine for most of the time,so we could enjoy the downhill runs to the fullest. After eating a burger in the mountain canteen, it became suddenly dark outside and we continued skiing under floodlights next to the slopes. From the very top, we even saw the city with all its lights.sdr

City and nature are so close by in Vancouver, amazing! In the bus back, I saw many happy faces, so I hope you had a great time, too. I am already looking forward to the next skiing adventure.  Thank you for joining us!

Saturday morning my alarm went off early, because the next adventure waited already. We picked up a car in the city center (renting a car is not that expensive here, so you can definitely do that when sharing the costs) and drove to Coquitlam. Destination: the davCrystal Falls. We found them! It took us about an hour of hiking, crossing trees, puddles and trickles until we reached the waterfall. Even though it rained the entire time and our clothes were as wet as the waterfall itself, it was a really cool trip. The forest around this area looks wonderful. Some spots look really magical and not even real. After hiking back again, everybody was hungry. The pizza was not even at our table yet, when the sun showed up. Of course!

So, we spontaneously continued our trip. Next destination was an abandoned hospital near Coquitlam. In a huge area, several great buildings are empty since years. We tried to spot some ghosts, but they were not at home unfortunately. Final destination of this digday trip was the Burnaby Mountain. From the top of this mountain, we could enjoy the sunset above Vancouver. We could also see the slopes on Mt. Seymour where we skied just a day ago. What an awesome view! If you have a car available once, you should visit Burnaby mountain. We brought the car back to the city, but the day was not over yet. A long night was just starting. Everyone made just a quick stop at our houses to change to dry clothes and warm up. Some drinks and games at Relish later, I finally got to know the famous Roxy’s. I already heard some stories about great nights at this venue before and I was not disappointed at all. The combination of live and club music was fantastic, so we danced until the lights switched on again.

Since the last days have been quite busy, I enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday. I used the free morning to skype with my parents, which were also curious about my first week in Canada. The rest of the day passed by fast with shopping, washing and cooking.

What a great weekend, I really had a good one with some of you! I am happy to hear about other weekend adventures at the next PuBNiGHT.

– Kerstin

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

Wow what an amazing weekend was that! We had so much fun in Victoria, so if you want to read al about my adventures there then keep on reading!

It all started on Friday after work when I went to Horseshoe Bay first to pick up David and to go with him to English Bay where we met up some other people from INTERNeX and enjoyed the beach and some drinks of course.2017-09-23 18.01.25.jpg

On Saturday we woke up pretty early to take the bus to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, where we took the bus to go to Swartz Bay. Once we were on the boat I enjoyed a nice coffee and luckily could get a little bit more sleep before arriving in Swartz Bay.

IMG_0480Once we arrived we took the bus to the hostel where we dropped off our stuff and went out for some lunch. After our amazing lunch at The Warehouse we took some coffee at Starbucks and went to The Canoe Club for our great dinner. The food was really delicious and after we had our belly’s full of amazing food we went back to the hostel to prepare ourselves for an amazing night out.

IMG_0476Me, David, Kyrola, Saskia, Nathalie, Lena and Maxine went to a Nightclub called Paparazzi where there was a happy hour which meant that all drinks were only $5,-. After the happy hour me, David, Kyrola and Saskia stayed in the club and went home after a while.

The next day we had breakfast at John’s Place where we had an amazing “hangover” breakfast, which I think everyone really needed. After our breakfast we explored Victoria a bit and I bought an amazing Victoria Sweater and some Dutch liquorice. After having some great food and drinks it was time for us to go back to Vancouver.

Thank you all for an amazing weekend and we are looking forward to see you at the PuB NiGHT on Wednesday.

-Mandy

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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