How was your Weekend?

The last full week before Christmas has started, so lets get it on. This is also the last official week, where Christmas music in the office is .. let’s say ,tolerated’. So go out and enjoy .. at last this is what will be doing!218cb3f5-0379-4f48-b44f-4828dfe17b5e.JPG

The weekend has been very active. Saturday morning the INTERNeX crew gathered in downtown for a very adventurous trip to the mountains. And by ‘in the morning’ I basically mean in the middle of the night, as it was still dark outside and not even coffee was working effectively against the jawning. Besides that it must have been very entertaining for outsiders to see us struggling with the heavy equipment making our way through downtown. Eventually we actually made it to the bus and headed towards Grouse Mountain.  The gondola took us all the way up the mountain and the first snow was to be seen. Some of us, maybe especially the Australian, bursted out in excitement by seeing the beautiful white wonderland. Apparently snow isn’t so common in down under ;-). Some of us decided it would be a better idea to rent out the equipment up the mountain, therefore the first stop has been the rental store. e9d56cc6-1562-4e4a-9770-2d28782ed431.JPGThose who rented there stuff in downtown waited outside, and decided to prepare for a little snowball attack to give the other ones a warm welcome as soon as they’d leave the rental store. Yes we know, this is incredibly grown up … :-D. As the waiting time turned out to be a lot longer than we expected, we ended up firing all the ammunition on each other. Of course we had enough time to even prepare a second round for the ones inside, which they clearly
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Anyways we finally managed to get up the mountain, put on those skies and/or snowboards and more or less successfully went down the slopes. For lunch we treated ourselves with pizza and some other semi-healthy snacks and cool beer and ciders before we went back out in the snow. Also discovering the fact that snowboards are the perfect toboggans, was a lot of fun and apparently a pretty good way to get down a slope if you are struggling to do it the recommended way, with your feet on the board. We also discovered that exactly that is apparently undesirable … spoilsports! 2e84eeaa-bb73-4cd4-b21a-763c24ee89a9.JPG

After this very long and exhausting day we got into the shuttle back to downtown. What a fantastic day. I cannot wait to go again. 

Sunday I went on a little hike to the Quarry Rock and we actually enjoyed a stunning view from up there. As it was raining in North Vancouver and the sun shining in Vancouver, the sky looked breathtaking. So in case you haven’t been there – this is definelty a place to see! IMG_5034.JPG

So far so good. 

I hope you already bought your Secret Santa.
In case you don’t really know what a secret Santa is and it will be working, check out the blog tomorrow as an explanation will follow.

Have a fantastic start into the new week! 

Cheers,
Nadja x

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?

Even long weekends come to an end eventually. 
So I hope you made the best out of your days off. Except for Saturday, even the weather was absolutely on our side. Which is the reason why we went hiking .. yes, on Saturday! But to be fair, I actually didn’t mind the weather very much. We were able to get some nice advantages out of it.
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We met up in downtown to go all the way to the Lynn Canyon Park. After about one hour drive we finally reached our destination and started off with the most popular part of the park – the Suspension Bridge. As I mentioned – the weather was probably not the best weather to hike, however, this had a huge advantage, there weren’t loads of people around. Still – we did not manage to take pictures all alone on the Suspension Bride .. maybe next time ;-)! We actually had a beautiful walk through the forest, which seemed to be very mysterious, even magical because of the fog settling in. In fact, a beautiful view we wouldn’t have gotten on a sunny day. Inspired by the mystical environment we found ourself discussing any kind of possible movie plot, we could shoot in here. To be honest, I’d definitely love to see the movie we spoke about :-D. stones.jpg
A few hours later, all of our grumpily stomaches agreed on grabbing some food asap. 
We made our way to the sea bus station in North Vancouver, where a big food market provided the perfect choices for everyone. Our happy and exhausted group of people made their way back to Vancouver afterwards. And this time we took the Sea-bus, which was a first for some of us, including myself. 
After all, Thanks again guys I had a fantastic day! 
On Sunday I made my way to Kitsilano to visit a friend of mine. We made our way through many different cafes and pubs as the night got later. We even went to the beach to enjoy the last minutes of sun, since you never know when you’ll get to see her again. This sounds way more dramatic than I meant it to ;-D. Anyways, Sunday was also a nice shot to explore some of Vancouvers night life, since Monday was going to be a day off. And I actually had a great time out there. 
Monday was Remembrance Day, so I went out to see one of the ceremonies happening around Vancouver. It was a great experience and made me  think of how lucky we actually are. It’s always good to take a minute or two to think about the bigger things than just yourself and your very own little problems. I ended the day walking through the beautiful Stanley Park and a treat of sushi afterwards.
What a beautiful weekend. 
And even though the week just started, it’s already PuB-Night tomorrow. Isn’t that nice?! So I’ll see you all tomorrow at the Portside Pub, for further information don’t be shy to check out our Facebook Page :-). 
Please make sure to let us know if you want to join us for the hockey game (Canucks vs. Oilers) on 1st December. Tickets are only available till tomorrow. So click on “going” or send me a private message, to make sure you won’t miss out on this one! 
Can’t wait to see y’all! 
Cheers, 
—Nadja
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

Don’t have any plans for the weekend? Keep on reading, because here are some ideas as to what you can do in the next few days.

On Saturday there will be an outdoor Public Disco in Alley Oop from 2 pm to 10 pm. This outdoor daytime dance party will play music from up-and-coming artists and have dance performances. There will also be a fully licensed bar including beer from the Granville Islands Brewing. And even better, the entrance is free. More information at https://www.publicdisco.ca/lanewayseries

Tomorrow, Vancouver’s largest consignment sale is happening, where you will be able to find awesome second hand clothing. The sale will be held at the Heritage Hall at 3102 Main street from 11 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.

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On Sunday you can join us for hike up the famous Grouse Grind. And once we reach the top, we can enjoy some beautiful views. We will meet at Burrard Station at 12.15 pm and take a bus from there. Or you can meet us at the beginning of the Grouse Grind hiking trail at 1.15 pm. The Skyride back down from Grouse Grind will be $15, also remember to bring water and snacks. I hope you decide to join us. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/2682480628490491/

On Sunday there will be the outdoor Japan Market Early Summer Fair at Robson Square from 11 am to 6 pm. You will be able to find crafts and Japanese merchandise as well as over a dozen food vendors. There will also be cultural workshops and perfomances. Admission by donation.

On Sunday is the Vancouver Writers Fest Book Sale Spectacular at the Heritage Hall starting at 11am. There you will be able to find thousands of books to purchase from the Vancouver Writers Fest archives from the past 30 years. One book will be $5 and you can purchase 5 for $20. Admission is free.

Enjoy your weekend!

-Megan

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

Smart Saver Vancouver

Summer has arrived, so it is time to go outside and do some fun activities. Good news is that you don’t have to spend (too much) money to join the fun. Here are some ideas for your free time.

I am sure you have already heard about the famous outdoor cinema, which takes place every Tuesday at Second Beach in Stanley Park. We just went there yesterday and watched The Lion King, it was a lot of fun! Next week, Mean Girls is on the program. Just take a blanket and some snacks with you and enjoy the movie.

37298454_1806962999396722_1371304262142787584_nDo you always have plans on Tuesday nights? No problem, you can also watch an outdoor movie on Thursdays at the Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place. Movies are shown until the end of August. Tomorrow, from 9.10pm on, the movie COCO will be on the screen. You can find the entire movie line-up here. Make sure you arrive early to reserve yourself a good spot.

Another great activity for hot summer days is of course swimming or at least splashing. You can cool down in one of the five outdoor swimming pools that are spread over the city:

  • Kitsilano Pool
  • Maple Groove Pool (South Vancouver)
  • Hillcrest Aquatic Centre (close to Queen Elisabeth Park)
  • New Brighton Pool
  • Second Beach Pool (Stanley Park)

You can check out all location details and opening hours here. Admission fee for one visit is $6.10, except for Maple Grove Pool – only $3 for this one. If you are planning to go more often, you can also purchase a 10-visit pass for $48.80. You get 25% off the regular price, when you show up with a group of 10+ people. So, time to gather your friends and save some money!

14583004328_d24ee0c590_nWhy spend the evening in the gym when you can also work out in the fresh air? Just dance the night away during free Zumba classes. Canada Place is again the place-to-be for this activity. The one-hour classes take place every Monday until August 27 and start at 5.30pm. And no worries – you don’t have to be a dance pro. Everyone is welcome to join the fun workout with a view.

Next to Zumba, you can also enjoy free Yoga classes. Mat Collective Yoga offers outdoor classes at diverse great locations in Vancouver. You can either join a class downtown in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, in East Van, at Kits Beach or even on Granville Island. Different kinds of classes are offered every day until the end of August. So you could even go daily without even spending a loonie. Check out the live schedule here. Keep in mind that you need to sign a waiver before you join a class. However, you don’t need to sign up, just get in your sport clothes and take part in the class at unique locations!

I hope I could help you save some money! See you tonight at The Relish – where you get a beer for $3, by the way ;-).

– Kerstin

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?

Oh wow, it is already Monday again. Time flies when you are having fun, they say. I guess that is exactly what happened to me this weekend. I escaped busy downtown for a couple of hours and enjoyed Vancouver’s nature to the fullest.

But first of all, it was time to party on Friday night! We even had a good reason to go out this time: it was Angy’s birthday on Saturday. Blarney Stone was the place to celebrate that Angy is officially no teenager anymore. We enjoyed a great mix of live band and DJ and danced the night away.

My Saturday started off with a breakfast with a view. Traveling 1,5 hours by bus was totally worth to enjoy a coffee at Horseshoe Bay’s Blenz Coffee. This was our meeting place for the day, since we wanted to take the ferry to Bowen Island. After Angy received her birthday muffin, it was time to take off. We could even sit outside on the ferry and enjoy the sun during the short ride. Angy decided to spend her birthday on the water – not swimming, but paddling. So we headed to the kayak rental on the island. It was quite windy that day, so the rental company was hesitating sending us out. But only one hour of playing cards later, we received the official go to enter the sea. So that is what we did! Equipped withKayaking PFD’s and paddles, we sat down in our double kayaks and paddled out of the bay. We could spot mountains with snowy tops and houses hidden in the forest while paddling along the coastline of the island. What an awesome panorama! Some waves were a challenge and a few even entered the boat, but no one had to take an involuntary swim. Three hours on the sea went by really fast with paddling, singing and taking pictures. When we arrived back on land, most of us were soaked. So we got a hot drink and took the next ferry back to Vancouver. Bowen Island is always worth a trip!

On Sunday morning, I found myself back in the same bus we took the day before. Destination this time: Lighthouse Park. A hike and picnic were on INTERNeX’ program for this weekend. Apparently, we were not the only ones who had this plan on this sunny Sunday. But instead of taking the direct path to the famous Lighthouse, we used some smaller ways along the coastline that were not crowded at all. We stopped several times 42417160101_0ca19d5d2b_nto take pictures of the amazing view with small Vancouver on the other side of the water. For our lunch break, we found a spot on a huge rock at the end of East Beach Trail. What a great place for a picnic! We hiked back on the other part of the park until we reached our bus stop again. Spontaneously, we decided to enjoy the sun a bit more instead of going home directly. So, we took the bus in the other direction, to Horseshoe Bay, and chilled in the park for the rest of the day.

That was a great weekend and I hope you had a good one too! See you on Wednesday at the Beaver Bar.

– Kerstin

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