Smart Saver Vancouver

It’s Wednesday again, which means it’s time for the Smart Saver! We found some great deals for you to help save some money.

If you would like to go out to watch a movie, it’s a good idea to do that on a Tuesday at Cineplex since they offer cheaper tickets for “Cineplex Tuesdays”. Instead of the regular $ 11.99 admission you will only have to pay $ 7.99, which is a pretty good price for going to the movies. If going out to watch a movie is something you like doing more often I would also recommend becoming a SCENE member, this will give you an additional 10% discount and you can earn points to get rewards.

When you’re doing groceries it might be a good idea to check out certain products at 7 Eleven. They have great deals on soda’s and chips. They also serve food such as hotdogs and pizzas that are cheap and a good option if you’re in a hurry or just looking for a quick snack.

Using a foreign bank account can become quite expensive if you take a look at the fees, so a lot of people choose using cash instead. When you withdraw money there is usually a fee attached as well, but Iris found out that the HSBC machines charge you only $2 instead of the usual $3. However, you might be one of the lucky ones that can use Scotia banks Global ATM Alliance, which means you won’t get charged any extra fees at all. Only certain banks are a part of the Global ATM Alliance, click here to go to their website to check if your bank is part of the alliance.

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Going out for dinner doesn’t have to be expensive in Vancouver, you just got to make sure you go to the right spot. Something everybody likes is pasta and we found two great places to go. First off there is Ciao Bella, a real Italian restaurant where you get 50% off on meals every Monday and Tuesday night and everyday at lunch. Then there is The Old Spaghetti Factory, here you can get a three course menu for only $15.

You might have noticed that yesterday was Valentine ’s Day, so if you really like chocolate like most of us in the office do (except for me), you might be able to score some that are on sale!

Hope to see all of you tonight at Tap & Barrel!!

– Danielle

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Highlights of the Year 2016: October, November and December

Last but not least the fourth quarter of 2016. I hope you guys had as much fun as I had looking back on all the things we did!

October

October started of with a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium and a great Thanksgiving dinner at Ten Ten Tapas. We also had a lot of PuB NiGHTS organized. And a special night for Halloween.

October.jpgThe weekend trip of October was a trip to the Rocky Mountains. During this trip we went to the National Parks Jasper and Banff. We also went to Lake Louise, Mount Robson and Colombia Ice Field. We also enjoyed a night out in Banff and enjoyed a night at our Mountain View Cabins with a BBQ party around the bonfire. It was a great trip!

Also that weekend we went to Grouse Mountain for the ones that stayed in Vancouver. We did a great hike on the Grouse Grind and enjoyed the amazing view.

November

In November we started of with great PuB NiGHTs. We also went to CandyTown in November. It was raining a lot but still lots of fun to enjoy the Christmas spirit already!

In the last week of November a big group of Scandinavians were coming for a few days. The first day was full with orientations and of course a PuB NiGHT. The second day a Stanley Park Tour was planned. And on the last night we had a PuB NiGHT planned in the Blarney Stone. It was a great week!

December 

December was filled with PuB NiGHTs. We had lots of fun at the Met and the Bimini.christmas

On the third Wednesday of December we had a Christmas Party. We first went out for dinner at the Spaghetti Factory, which was great! When we all finished our dinner, we started with Secret Santa, which was lots of fun too! After the dinner and Secret Santa some of us went to the Met to end the night with some karaoke!

A big thank you to Sara, Andreas and Janel for organizing the PuB NiGHTS, events and trips in these months!

We hope you all will have a great New Years Eve and an even greater 2017!

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Review: Christmas Dinner Party

The Christmas Dinner Party was perfect! Thank you for coming!! The plan of the evening was to first have a great dinner at the Spaghetti Factory, then do Secret Santa and then go to a pub afterwards. christmas

The Spaghetti Factory is an Italian restaurant, which you probably already thought because of the name. It has a perfect deal on food. If you order a main dish, you will get a salad or soup as a starter and even ice cream afterwards as dessert for free. It is a really big restaurant, but at the same time really cozy.

So, the night started with the dinner, which was delicious. During the dinner we talked a lot and had lots of fun telling some jokes. When we all were almost exploding from all the food we had, we started doing Secret Santa. It was really difficult to think of a present that could fit for a girl and a boy, but we all managed to do it.

After the Christmas Dinner and Secret Santa some of us went to the Met to end the night with a last drink.

– Janel

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Pub Night Announcement

Ladies and gentlemen!

Are you guys ready for a new pub night? This week we have a treat for you. Tuesday at 8 pm. (not 7 pm. as usual) we are are going to The Old Spaghetti Factory in Gastown!

The Old Spaghetti Factory offers great food at reasonable prices. All of their entrees come complete with a crisp green salad, sourdough bread, coffee or tea, and spumoni ice cream at no spaghetti_factoryadditional charge. It’s almost too good to be true!

This is the place to go if you want a quality meal without ruining your monthly budget. Get the highly recommended Penne with Chicken for only $13.75 or the more classical Spaghetti with Meatballs for only $12.50! And they of course offer a variety of drinks as well. Check out the rest of their food and drink menu here.

As mentioned The Old Spaghetti Factory is located in Gastown, on 53 Water Street, about ten minutes walk from Waterfront Station. Don’t forget to sign up on our Facebook event!

See you there!

 

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Smart Saver

It’s smart saver sunday again! This time we have another delicious money saver for you in Vancouver’s beautiful Gastown!

Who doesn’t like to go out for lunch, to escape the office for an hour and to enjoy a good meal? Well, we just found the perfect spot for you to do so, the old spaghetti factory in Gastown. During lunch hour (noon – 2.30pm) the OSF offers you a $10 lunch, including a salad or soup as starter a main dish and an ice or coffee as dessert. Can you imagine this all for $10! For the main dish you can choose one of their 10 special lunch offers:

– Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich with Fries

– Flatbread Pizza and Caesar

– Lasagna

– Manicotti

– Seafood Lino

– Hot Roast Beef Sandwich with Fries

– Chicken clubhouse Sandwich with Fries

– Philadelphia Cheese Stak Sandwich with Fries

– Chicken Dippers and Fries

– Soup and Salad

Well if you are not mouth watering by now, I don’t know it anymore. And no worries you can have all of this delicious food within the 1 hour of your luck break.

How knows, maybe we see each other at the OSF next week 😉

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Fun Facts

With Halloween coming up, I learn more and more interesting things about this awesome town. Did you know that Vancouver is not only one of the most livable cities, but also a city that is pretty haunted? Basically it seems to be that nice a town; people don’t even want to leave it once they died. Vancouver seems to have its fair share of ghostly inhabitants.

One of the most haunted places seems to be The Old Spaghetti Factory down in Gastown. Can you believe that? This nice cozy place is supposedly haunted by a uniformed tram conductor, who likes to sit in the old trolley train inside the restaurant after hours. And according to some sources, this is not the only ghost there…

Also very strange is the so called ‘Lady in Red’ of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. She seems to be a good ghost and they even named a drink after her, but I would sure feel weird, if the elevator just stops in the 14th floor without anyone pushing button and her appearing in the distance…spooky!

And all of you know the Waterfront Station, right? It seems that it is no good idea to be there late at night, because furniture could actually start moving. Imagine that, going by the wooden benches in the entrance hall and one of them suddenly coming alive and walking towards you… whooo, nope, not good!

However the absolute highlight seems to be the Hycroft Manor. Today it is part of Vancouver’s college campus, but from 1911 to 1942, it was the home of WW1 hero General Alexander Duncan McRae and his wife Blaunche McRae. They used to throw luxurious parties with lots of VIP guests, apparently even including some royalty. Both, the ghost of the general and his wife, have been seen on the grounds. But not only them: It has been reported that there are up to seven different ghosts haunting the old mansion at night, one of them being a crying man, who can be heard sobbing in the basement… gruesome!

These are just a few examples. There are many websites dedicated to all the haunted places in Vancouver, if you want to check them out, this is an example. And if you have seen a ghost here yourself, tell us about it below.

Have a happy spooky weekend!

Annika

 

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INTERNeX Canada: INTERNeX goes Victoria – Review Vol. 2

Day One

Last weekend we went to Victoria with a group of 17. It was a trip full of good moments and some surprises during the trip that made it unforgettable.

We met very early in the morning, at 7am, in Waterfront Station. Going to Victoria takes a little while, because you first have to take the Canada Line, then a bus, then the ferry to get to Vancouver Island and then another bus to get to Downtown Victoria.

We had to take the Canada Line Skytrain at 7:30 am. It was 7:20am and everybody weas there… except Tobias! Our lovely new German intern was waiting forthe bus since 5:40 am in North Vancouver, but the bus never showed up. We couldn’t reach him, so we had to leave the station without any notice of him.

The tour with the ferry takes about 1.5 hours. It’s a beautiful way, and you can see the entire coast of Vancouver Island. It was raining a lot but even like that, the landscape was very beautiful.  We had the opportunity to eat breakfast inside, but we had to hurry up, because within two minutes there was a very very long line.

In Victoria, our first activity was the Royal BC museum. It was pretty amazing! You can find inside a very real reconstruction of a Wild West village! I really enjoyed that part because it isn’t the typical museum where you can watch paintings. It’s very interactive, and they have several exhibitions, like Race to the End of the Earth (about the Antarctic) the First People Gallery, and the Natural History Gallery (with a real size mammoth!). I felt like a child nosing around and touching everything!

Meanwhile, Tobias found the way to Victoria by himself. The next part of the program was supposed to be a walking tour around Victoria, but it was raining cat and dogs. We went to visit the Empress Hotel in Victoria, one of the most luxury places that I’ve seen in my life. After that, we tried to visit the Beacon Hill Park, but the weather was so bad, that we came back to the hostel. We slept in the Hi-Victoria in Downtown. After a shower and with dry clothes, we went to dinner in the Old Spaghetti Factory.

After that, we decided to go to a pub. The chosen place was the Sticky Wicket. We danced, we had some beers and cocktails, and we had a lot of fun.

Day two

The next day we went to visit the Craigdarroch Castle. It’s like a Scottish castle but in the middle of Canada. Mercedes discovered a piano and started to play one song made by her! It’s was so beautiful and all of us came around her to hear the music. Suddenly she spun around and realized about all the people who were looking at her and in that moment her face turned very red. It was so funny.

After that we visited the Emily Carr House where the staff opened the house only for us! Really guys, we are VIP everywhere. It was one of the best things of the trip! Jan, the woman who makes the tours, told us amazing things about Emily Carr. She was a real women, one of the first feminists, environmentalists and one of the first persons who defended the people of the First Nation. We could walk around the house, ask many questions, touch everything and she gave us cookies and coffee. With that rain outside, in this super cozy house, with Jan talking, showing us the Emily Carr’s paintings, we felt very good.

Then we went back to the hostel to pick up our stuff and leave Victoria. It was sunny, very sunny for the first moment during the weekend. And suddenly, somebody said: there is a big storm in the north of the Island; all the ferries for this night are cancelled, you have to stay in Victoria another night.

(Unexpected) Day 3

Can you imagine our faces? At the beginning we were a little bit worried, but finally we could sleep in the hostel and we could inform our homestay families and our colleagues at home. The people of the Hi-Victoria were super nice to us; they give us movies and pop corn. We spend the Sunday night with some beers, talking until very late.

Finally we could take the ferry the next day, and we arrived at Vancouver super tired and dreaming of a hot shower. After all, I have to say that all the mess was at the end super funny, I’m sure that I won’t forget that trip ever.

I really have to say thank you to the wonderful group that came with us, for being so understanding. You are the best travel partner!

Conclusions after the trip:

–      Tobias never will trust the Vancouver’s transport system again.

–      Emily Carr is more interesting that you can imagine at the beginning.

–      A Ferry is a very big ship where you can put cars, buses and trucks inside. A storm between Vancouver Island and Vancouver can sink a Ferry… Canada is really wild sometimes.

Clara.

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