INTERNeX Canada: Tamara’s Pictures

Tamara participated in the ‘Picture your life’ INTERNeX Contest. And below you can read her great story and see all her great pictures! Enjoy reading this article!

My New Work

Since middle of July I work as an au pair / a nanny. I have to watch three children, two grils (6 & 8 years old) and one boy (4 years old).  I enjoy spending time with the kids and enjoy seeing them grow up. This picture is actually taken on our trip to Kelowna in summer.

My New Home
This is me, standing in front of my new home. We live in a nice, huge house with the whole family including the grandparents, so we are eight people living together. I enjoy experiencing the real Canadian life even though it sometimes really gets kind of chaotic with so many people in one house.

My Favorite Place
Choosing my favorite place in Vancouver was not easy because I just love this city and there are so many beautiful places and many things to do. I picked a photo which shows the view from Grouse Mountain. Why? Because I enjoyed climbing up there and being rewarded by having such a nice view over Vancouver and the ocean. Grouse Mountain is a nice place to be, in summer you can climb and walk around and in winter (my favorite time of the year) you get to ski with being able to see Vancouver, even at night!

My Favorite Leisure Activity

To talk about my favorite leisure activity I picked a picture where you can see me tubing at Harrison Lake. As there are so many things you can do in and around Vancouver such as skiing, climbing, swimming, shopping or just experiencing the nightlife I was sure that my favorite leisure activity has something to do with sport.

My Favorite Trip

I picked this picture of friends and me standing in front of Lake Louise because we had such a great time there together even though it was snowing a lot and we were not able to really see Lake Louise. This picture also shows how easy it is to get to know new people and make new friends during your stay in Canada. I enjoyed the ski trip to the Rocky Mountains very much because it is a beautiful place to be and I love all the snow and especially.

I would like to thank Tamara for sharing this great story with us. Unfortunately she did not win one of the Canucks tikcets, but she won anothe great prize, so congratuatlions Tamara, I hope you like your prize.

Happy new year eveyone!


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INTERNeX Canada: Meike’s Pictures

Meike particpated in the Picture your life contest, and she won one the canucks tickets! today I would like to share her beatufiul pictures and great story you.

The first one should be of my new home. But to be honest: It’s just a small appartment with no charme! But THIS is the charme of my appartment: THE VIEW!!! I can see the mountains and the water! Every morning on my way to work I have this awesome view!!! And every day I am breathless!!! In summer it was amazing and as the first rain started… Even this was amazing!!! And now with the snow… Just amazing 😉

The second one is with the best colleagues in the world!!! I work at a preschool for kids with disabillities. I would love to show you some of them but I am not allowed. So I show you this picture! It was taken on a field trip with the school to the Pumpkin Patch!!! The kids could choose a pumpkin to take home and curve it. We did a haywagon ride and sang some songs and after that field trip most of the kids fell asleep on the way back to school.

As you can imagine the kids are soooooo cute!!!! Even when a day was hard and you wish you would have stayed in bed… Just a smile from this little (they are 3-5 years old), adoreable kids and your thought is gone! It’s so overwhelming to see them grow. On their first days they were so shy and it was so hard to say “good bye” to mommy and daddy but now it’s just a short “bye mommy” and they play with their friends.

One day I was in another classroom and I met “my kids” outside they just came to me, running and screeming :”Meike, we miss you! You have to come back!” On that point… Oh my god I had tears in my eyes!!!

Now picture three: My favorite place!!! GRANVILLE ISLAND!!! This picture shows you the view from “my place”. I try as often as I can to go Granville Island, have a Falafel and an Iced Tea and than I just sit on the bench and relax! I watch the people walk by, watch the Boats on thWater and forgett all the trouble around!!! I could spend a whole day there… Just walk, watch and relax!

On the fourth picture you see what I do when I am not at work: I go out with some friends! This picture was taken on the “Fright Night” at PNE. Usually I don’t like to get scared but this night was sooooo funny! All the actors were so amazing! We laughed so much and even though it was f….. cold!!!! We didn’t care! We walked trough the park again and again and we ride the Rollercoaster again and again (and we had to wait a long time everytime!!!). If I would life here I would be at the PNE every Weekend!!!!

The last picture was easy to choose for me becaus it was THE DAY of all days here. I decided to do a Whale watching Trip!!! I was a little bit scared because my last time on a boat was sooo bad!!! I was so sea-sick. But I alway wanted to see Orcas so I had to choose: To be scared and maybe regret it or just take the risk an do it! So I did it!!! The sun was shining and the Tourguide was so amazing so it became the best day ever! After 7 hours of just sitting in the Vessel we finally arrived a place where we could see some of the best animals in the world: Orcas! They are so friendly and so elegant… I can’t find the words to describe these animals! And as soon as you have seen them… They were gone! So it was not easy to get a picture of them. I just decided to watch them with my eyes and not with my camera. But I think this picture will show you how beautiful this moment was! Just to see how they swim next to you (and three of them were so close to our boat… We could have touch them!!!) and how the little ones play in the water… I would do it again and again and again!!!! And I didn’t get sea-sick but I had a sunburn at my face! But it was worth it!!!

Once again congratuatulations with your prize! And thanks for sharing your great pictures and story with us!

Cheers, Lydia

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