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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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

How my weekend was? Well, the past two days, I saw a lot of the colors green and grey, but a bit of yellow and pink as well. Seeing colours sounds weird? Uuhm yea, I totally get that. But maybe, when you give me some of your time and let me explain it to you, then it will make more sense. So, here it goes.

As we all know, green is the color of nature, but also of jealousy and of course, the IRISH! This Saturday, it was St. Patrick’s Day and I celebrated this event for the first time in my life. And how did I do that? First of all, I dressed up with a lot of green accessories. Secondly, I met up with many lovely and fun people that wanted to party with me. Thirdly, we all went to the Koerner’s pub where a St. Patricks party was located at. And lastly, we danced and sang. All. Night. Long.

The colour grey followed me somehow throughout the whole weekend. And if you have ever lived in Vancouver or you are living here at the moment, then you might have an idea of what I am talking about. Yes, it is obviously the weather I am referring to. A grey cloud here, a grey cloud there. Covering now and then the blue sky. OK, always and constantly covering the whole sky. BUT, there was a short moment on Sunday where the sun (so that bright, yellow thing in the sky) came out and brought me some happiness. This was also the time when I went for some more yellow as well as the colour pink in my weekend. Have you ever heard of the pink alley in downtown? It is located between Seymour and Granville and as the name is hinting already, the alley is pink. But also yellow. So I went there, took some pictures to add to my Vancouver collection and went home for an easy Sunday evening.

I hope you all had a great weekend too, even though it was a bit grey!

– Nadine

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?

This weekend, we are all wearing green! It is St. Patrick’s Day and even if Ireland is a few kilometres away, this is a huge happening in Vancouver. Here are some ideas where to celebrate, but also how to avoid the green craziness.

St. Paddy’s Day, as the Irish call it themselves, will be celebrated in several places in the city. It doesn’t matter if you’re Irish or not, it is definitely going to be fun. The INTERNeX crew is going to drink some green beers with Vancouver’s students at the UBC. This party is nearly sold 5535679756_798fe4019e_nout, so be fast if you still want to join us.

Next to that, every Irish pub in Vancouver is hosting a green party. There will be a huge one at Blarney Stone, where we celebrated the kick-off of the festival past Saturday (some of you might remember that awesome night). You can spend your entire day there, from brunch in the morning to live music at night.

Another famous location for Saturday is ‘Doolin’s Irish Pub’ at Nelson Street. You can get breakfast from 10 o’ clock on and dance to live music throughout the day and night. So, get your green clothes out of your closet or buy some cheap accessories (Dollarama or Dollartree) and celebrate like the Irish.

Or does all this seem a bit too crazy and you are not in party mood this weekend? Then I have another idea for you: take a walk and take some beautiful photos. The Cherry Blossom Festival is starting right now. You can find many Whitcomb cherries that are blooming already. To find the best spots, you can take a look at this map. Just grab your camera and put on your walking shoes, there you go!

My outfit is ready and I am really looking forward to seeing you at the UBC party tomorrow! For the rest of you, have fun celebrating St. Paddy’s or enjoying the sun outside this weekend!

– Kerstin

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Pub Night Review: Blarney Stone

Team wet pigs and team so good were ready to start the Trivia. While the waitress was serving us some food and drinks, we were thinking about the answers of all the questions appearing on the screen.

After every round was a bonus question where you could win a pitcher of beer. Unfortunately, we were not smart enough to win a pitcher of beer. We got the score back at the end of the game and we were not that bad. But some other people were a little smarter than us, so no prize for us. After the Blarney Stone with went (of course) to the Metropole to sing our songs. It was not that busy this time, so we could sing many songs.

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Blarney Stone is a really fun pub in the weekend if you like Irish music. Every weekend there is a live band playing and people dancing all around. During the week they have nice events organized and you can often find a organized party here as well.

It was a lot of fun playing trivia with you guys. I hope everybody is rested enough for the ice-skating tomorrow. Let’s get hurt ourselves on the ice! Or not if you are familiar with ice. However, I hope to see you at Robson tomorrow!

– Bart

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
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How was your weekend?

Monday! Monday! Monday!….. It’s Monday again which means that the weekend is over and it is time to get down to business again. But before we do this we would like to look back on an amazing weekend. So keep on reading!

Our weekend started off on Friday during Whiskey o Clock when we watched the important hockey game Canada vs. Sweden under 19, since this was the finales of the world championship. So there we were, sitting at the office with some drinks and watching Canada luckily win the world championship.

After some drinks, we decided to go to Blarney Stone to enjoy some food and some drinks. Like always there was an amazing live band playing and we danced the night away.

26772196_1844459148928889_671891818_oThe next morning it was time to sleep in a little bit and to get ready for some fun pre-drinks at Bart’s place before heading to the party at UBC. We all had an amazing time there, but decided to leave on time to make sure that I got some sleep the next day.

So the next day, while some other people from INTERNeX were going on a hike, I decided to stay home and do some cleaning and some homebound duties. After cleaning and doing the laundry I enjoyed a nice night watching some Netflix.

We all hope you had an amazing weekend and we are looking forward to see you guys this Wednesday for our PuB NiGHT at the Beaver Bar, including some nice bingo!

-Mandy

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

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018! I wish you all the best luck and more beautiful moments during all your adventures. May it be in Canada, may it be somewhere else in the world. Before we can start talking about 2018, I first want to tell you how I experienced the last days of 2017.

The Christmas party on Thursday in the office was a good start to begin the holidays. We drank some eggnog with rum, beers and a lot of food, we were ready to continue our night in the Blarney Stone and later on karaoke in the Bourbon.

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On Saturday we met up early in the morning to take the bus to the Rocky Mountains. It was a really cold trip, but what an amazing views! The first day of our trip, we drove to the cabins in Golden. We made S’mores above the campfire and we did a nightly glow-snow-shoe hike in the woods.

The next day we drove early in the morning towards Banff. We saw a lot of beautiful views along the way. The first activity we did today was snow tubing. After that, we stopped at Lake Louis to go Ice-skating. Later we also did a hike through Johnston Canyon to see the frozen waterfalls. We went back to the bus to make our last stop for today, we were in Banff! We dressed up nicely and went to a sushi place where we got served by a train. After the stomachs were filled, it was time to party. We began at a cheap pub before heading to nightclub Hoodoo.

IMG-20171230-WA0005Merry Christmas! It was the time of the year again. We started the day with viewing the sunrise at Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Both were frozen and very beautiful. Because the temperature was minus 30 degrees, we decided to warm up in the hot springs in Banff. It was really strange sitting outside in your swimming pants with temperatures colder than your freezer. After we warmed up, we went up to Sulphur Mountain with the Gondola. Here we had a 360 degrees view over the landscape. It was definitely worth the cold. When we were down again, we drove back to Golden to have our Christmas diner. Even Santa Claus came to give us our Christmas presents. I went with our new friends to the hot tub and did a polar beer roll (rolling in the snow in our swimming pants) before going to the sauna. We ended this Christmas day around the campfire. Then the day arrived we had to go back to Vancouver. We stopped at some nice places to take photos and we did some fun games in the bus (which our side of the bus won of course).

You would think that we were exhausted after our trip, but because we are diehards we keep going. We had to say goodbye to two of our friends, Dawid and Maxine, who were about to leave Canada after several months. We met up at Malones for some drinks and went to the Met afterwards for some karaoke.

20171228_183415The next day was the perfect day for Ice Skating. So we went to the Ice rank on Robson to try out the ice. For some it was very easy, for others this was one of the first times ever they stand on skates. Later on we did some games and we ended up in the pub for a beer.

Friday was the last day of Julia with her host family. Because of that reason, her host family decided to throw a party for her. We had a really delicious diner, a cake and champagne. After a lot of laughs it was time to leave Surrey and go back to Vancouver.

On Saturday we decided to go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The Capilano Light festival is still going on, so we enjoyed some nice views in the lighten-up park. When we were back in Vancouver, we met again with the rest of the group to play some games. After the games were finished, we went to the Roxy to close our night with some Jägerbombs and dances.

New years day! When the afternoon arrived, we did some games (surprise!) and popped a bottle of champagne. When the evening started, we headed to Canada place to see the firework show. When the show was over, it was time to go somewhere warmer, so the club it was. Once inside we counted down to the New Year with a balloon drop and some more champagne.

And now it is time to say hello to 2018! Let’s be real, no one is keeping their resolutions, so we might as well break them all in one night. So set aside that new gym membership, grab a beer and kick off the New Year with us during the first PuB NiGHT of the year tomorrow!

– Bart

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Smart Saver Vancouver

Next week is our Chirstmas party! Secret Santa is also a part of this evening. No idea what to buy for the game? Here are some places where you can find cheap but fun gifts.

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Dollorama and Dollartree are cheap shops where they have everything! You can collect a lot of small things to make a nice, big gift. Or look in one of the many souvenir shops. They also have a lot of fun stuff with a Canadian flag on it. Who doesn’t want that?

Maybe you have a nice restaurant of bar who have gift cards. Everybody will be happy with food and drinks, especially with discounts. Christmas decorations are not expensive, but also a fun thing to get. Or prepare somebody else for the cold and rain that is still waiting for us this winter.

Wherever you go and whatever you go to buy, I can’t wait to see all the gifts. Good luck hunting for some fun gifts. We hope to see you all at PuB NiGHT tomorrow night!

– Bart

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