How was your weekend?

Another eventful weekend is behind us, so let’s have a look at what we did the last few days. 

On Saturday we went hiking at the Lynn Canyon Park. That’s a popular destination, located in the district of North Vancouver. We met at 12 o’clock at the Waterfront Station and took two busses to get to the Lynn Canyon Cafe. Unfortunately we missed the second bus, so the arrival took as a bit longer than expected. 

However as soon as we got there, we started our little hike. At first we had to cross the famous Lynn Canyon Bridge. It’s quite the same as the Capilano Suspension Bridge, but you don’t have to pay for that. That’s why I would definitely recommend going there.IMG_0897The next stop was the 30 foot pool. Clear, blue water, surrounded by a lot of rocks and trees. The popular swimming hole would be a perfect spot for a refreshing swim during the summer months, but unfortunately it was a cloudy and cold day. Despite that a few brave guys dared to jump into the ice-cold water.IMG_0916

After one lunch break and another quick stop at the Twin Falls we finished our hike. So, workout for the weekend was done. 🙂

On Sunday, me and my fellow students Barbara and Franzi went to Seattle. It was only a one-day-trip but it was quite cool to visit the most famous spots of this city. On the pictures below you can see for example the Space Needle and the popular Pike Place Market. Even though Seattle is famous for being the rainiest city of the United States, we were lucky with the weather. It wasn’t raining during our stay. Yessss!

I hope you enjoyed the weekend as much as I did. Thanks to everyone who joined!

-Karina

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HOW WAS YOUR WEEKEND?

My weekend was pretty cool! Saturday we went to CandyTown organized by the Yaletown Business Improvement Association.IMG_3035 It was a pretty small Christmas Market with local vendors where we got some inspiration about what to buy our loved ones for Christmas.

Yesterday a bunch of INTERNeX people went to Seattle for a sightseeing trip hosted by WestTrek. Once again I have to thank you for the awesome organization. Our tour guide did a great job and we could feel special since the weather was amazing too. And as you might know the rain probability in Seattle is even higher than in Vancouver, which is really unbelievable.

Furthermore all the border process went in a perfect way! We all could enter in less than hour and all of us came back even faster because we didn’t have any waiting time at all!! Anyways, let’s talk about what we have seen and experienced:

Our first stop in Seattle was probably the most popular attraction: the Space Needle. It’s a famous landmark of the Pacific Northwest and an icon for Seattle. It is built to withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour (89m/s) and earthquakes.IMG_3065

Afterwards we headed to downtown Seattle where our guide showed us the Pike Place Market, which is the oldest farmer market in the States. You can find almost every kind of vegetables and fruits there. Other than that you can buy oils, gifts, flowers, vintage clothing and of course the super fresh fish. We almost had three hours to explore Seattle on ourselves. First of all we went to a fish restaurant and tried the super fresh fish because we were starving! It was really delicious! After lunch we went shopping, walked around in tIMG_3024he streets of Seattle and took some pictures. The streets were already decorated for the Christmas holidays and in front of Nordstrom there just set up a big Christmas tree. Lee, our tour guide, asked us to make comparisons between the behavior of Americans and Canadians. Much to our surprise we found out that the folks in Seattle are pretty much the same: friendly, helpful, open, honest, interested, cosmopolitan, …

Visiting Seattle during your stay in Vancouver is a must-do!

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WHAT TO DO ON THE WEEKEND?

Here we go again! Unbelievable time flies so fast. Not only that the next weekend is right around the corner but also Christmas is approaching very fast and I’m done with my practicum in three weeks already . . . Anyways, any plans for the weekend?
Christmas Market season 8250708126_6331343ffa_oalready starts this weekend!!
For sure you shouldn’t miss the Vancouver Christmas Market where you can have typical German “Glühwein” and “Bratwurst’’. That one is located at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, West Georgia Street and Hamilton and transforms the heart of downtown into a festive wonderland for the holiday season.

Not every Christmas market in town is for free, so the Vancouver Christmas Market (admission: ~ $8) but the one in Yaletown is definitely for free! The Yaletown holiday festival, called CandyTown, is just once a year. This year, on November 21, a lot of street vendors will again sell their candies, waffles, Christmas presents and much more.
Additionally dressed up characters will participate in Christmas parades. Downtown Yaletown will be transformed into a winter/Christmas wonderland. If you’re not yet in the Christmas mood you’ll definitely have the chance to get into the mood at this market. The outdoor Christmas festival opens from 12pm to 7pm, local artisans and street performers will secure that you don’t getting bored.
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On Sunday it’s time for us to go to Seattle just for a day. We are going with WestTrek, which means a lot of fun is guaranteed. Besides having fun we will do some sightseeing and of course you will also have some time to do some shopping. Possibly even buying some Christmas presents already since shopping in the States is much cheaper than in Vancouver. But it’s not all about shopping quite the contrary we are going to downtown Seattle and along the way we will stop at the Space Needle, which was designed as a futuristic spaceship in 1962. We will also go to the Pike Place Market! It’s one of the most visited places in Seattle because the seafood there is supposed to be amazing. This is also where the first Starbucks was built in 1971 and still exists!

To check our Seattle itinerary, please click here.

DEPARTURE is at 8:00am so make sure you are in front of the Waterfront Station 15 minutes prior (7:45am).

Have a nice weekend and see you on Sunday!

 

 

INTERNeX Goes USA – Seattle Shopping and Sightseeing Trip!

It’s almost Christmas time which means it’s time to go gift shopping for your friends and family. Shopping in Canada can be quite expensive, but it is much cheaper in the United States.

One of the things so great about living in Vancouver is that we are very close to America as it is just a short drive away! This is why you don’t miss out on the chance to join us on a day trip to Seattle on Sunday, December 16th, 2012!

We are going with West Trek Tours, and if you’ve ever been on one of their tours, you know you are going to have the best time! There will be a tour guide coming along to tell you everything you need to know about Seattle! This is city that is full of culture and history that has a really cool young vibe to it.

Other than shopping we will be exploring some of the most famous landmarks and must see places in Seattle. We will be going to downtown Seattle and along the way stopping at the Seattle Center and the Space Needle which was designed as a futuristic spaceship in 1962 for the world’s expo fair.

It’s an incredible tower that you cannot miss when you visit Seattle. Then, we will be visiting Safeco Field which is the arena for the Seattle Mariners, an American Baseball team.

Finally, we will be going to my favourite place: Pike Place Market! It’s one of the most visited places in Seattle because the seafood there is amazing. I always get a clam chowder at Pike Place Chowder and it is the best!

This is also where the first EVER Starbucks was built in 1971 and still exists! If you are a lover of coffee, this is a must see. Right below Pike Place is a really cool street called the Gum Wall, and as the name suggests, it’s a street with walls that are fully plastered with gum that have been chewed. I know, it’s one of the grossest things ever but why not add to the collection yourself?

Sign up at the event here on Facebook! It’ll be an awesome trip and we would appreciate it if you can let us know by this Friday!

Cheers,

Queenie

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