How was your weekend?

There’s no way to deny it: Today, it’s Monday. I’m back at work. Here I am, sitting at my desk, sipping my warm ginger tea and getting ready to write this blog post. The perk about Monday blog posts: I get to tell you all about my weekend! So, sit back and enjoy reading about what I did for the last few days.

It all started Thursday evening. At 7pm, our bus departed from the Pacific Central station. The destination: Portland! We left Vancouver, crossed the border, had a 1.5 hour stop in Seattle from where another bus brought us to the desired city. I’m not much of an in-the-bus-sleeper, so that was quite a sleepless night.

We arrived 30 minutes earlier than expected. At 5:30am, to be exact. We headed to the hotel straight away, where we enjoyed a good breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon, waffles, cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea, orange juice… I could go on and on. It was soooo good! I was already looking forward to the upcoming 2 breakfasts. When we were done eating and our food coma overcame us, it was time to explore the city. First, we walked along the water at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Then, we headed to the Pioneer Courthouse Square. Let’s join a walking tour! It was called ‘Secrets of Portlandia’. Our tour guide Erik led us through the city for 2,5 hours. He told us about the history of Portland and how it got its name (by a coin toss, by the way). But he also showed us famous places and buildings, as well as the food truck ‘Stretch the Noodle’, which makes Chinese noodles freshly in front of you (absolutely tasty).

After checking in at the hotel and refreshing ourselves, we went for dinner at an Italian restaurant. Since the day was very long already, we went back to the hotel afterwards. But not to sleep already. We spent an easy evening together with lots of different card games.

At 10am on Saturday, it was time for Miri, Elisabeth, Angy and I to go to the Lan Su Chinese Garden. The rest of the Portland gang went to have a tour on the USS Blueback submarine. It rained quite a lot in the beginning of the day, but suddenly the sun decided to show her face. The whole garden was brought into a different spotlight. The pavilions, the bridges, the water, the plants… It was just wonderful to look at.

Have you ever heard of the Voodoo doughnuts? It’s what Portland is very famous for. Funny named and shaped doughnuts that are delicious and worth standing in line for 20 minutes (or more) for. It’s exactly what I did. And yes, they were so good! After munching doughnuts, we wanted to try the other thing Portland is famous for: Beer! A few of the 21+ aged candidates joined me to the Pints Brewhouse. We ordered the 10 beers they had on their menu. Some were awesome, but others will not make it on my ‘I want to drink that again’ list.

In the evening, some of us played mini-golf. It was not just normal mini-golf, but mini-golf in blacklight with a pirate and underwater theme. Exciting! I did not win, unfortunately, but it was fun, anyway! When we got back to the hotel, we did the same as the evening before: playing card games and talking and laughing with each other. Around 3am, it was bed time. The next day was not that special. Breakfast, check-out, driving back to Vancouver by bus. And still: an entire day passed by with that.

This trip was fun and great! I enjoyed having you all there! Let’s share some memories and stories this Wednesday during PuB NiGHT at Mahony & Sons!

– Nadine

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Keep Portland Weird!

It’s finally time again: INTERNeX’s next monthly trip is taking place! In 2 days, we’ll all be sitting in a bus. And not only are we going away, we are going out of the country! Goodbye Canada and hello USA. Portland is our destination.

We’ll meet on Thursday, June 7th, at 6:15pm in front of the Pacific Central Station. From there, we will take the bus. A super exciting and fun 11-hours bus ride is ahead of us! The perfect time to talk to your seat neighbour, to listen to your favourite music, to read a fascinating book, to have a good night sleep, etc.

Rise and shine, it’s 6am and it’s a new day. Welcome to Portland Ladies and Gentlemen. We’ll go to the hotel directly to store our luggage (because check in is not open until 4pm). And because it’s so early and we’re all most likely starving, we’ll fill our bellies at the hotel buffet. At 10:15am, we’ll gather in front of the hotel. Time to go to downtown! A 2-hour walking tour will give us a first impression of Portland. Afterwards, you’ll have the chance to discover Portland on your own for 3 hours. At 4pm, we’ll meet up again so we all find our way back to the hotel. At last, we can check in! And now that you’re finally in your hotel room, you can rest for a while and freshen up! The next meeting time is 6pm, where we’ll gather in front of the hotel (once again). We’ll go for a delicious dinner in a restaurant. We’ll end the evening relaxed by chilling in the hotel. Games, laughs and talks included!

Good morning dear candidates! It’s for you to decide at what time you’ll enjoy breakfast. As long as you’re in front of the hotel at 10am, it’s all good. On Saturday, everyone gets to choose an activity (the choices are: the Chinese Garden, Pittock Mansion or the USS Submarine). After the activity, everyone has free time, the whole afternoon. Try to plan in some time to get snacks and drinks for the bus ride the next day. We’ll meet at 6pm at a restaurant in downtown (which will be announced at a later time). After our tasty dinner, we’ll head to another activity. It’s for you to decide whether you’d like to go roller skating or play mini golf in blacklight. After that, the 21+ people have the chance to discover Portland’s nightlife. Yay!

On Sunday, it’s time to go back to Vancouver. It’s up to you again at what time you want to eat breakfast. Check out time at the hotel is latest 11am. We will also meet at that time to go to the Greyhound station, so make sure you’re ready on time! This time, an ‘only’ 9.5-hour long bus ride is ahead of us! We arrive back at the Pacific Central Station at 10pm.

Don’t forget to bring:

  • Passport (must be valid)
  • $6 USD in cash to cross the border
  • Your documents to re-enter Canada (work permit etc.)
  • Umbrella or rain jacket (unfortunately, the weather forecast doesn’t seem great)
  • Your bikini / swim shorts (there is a pool we could use)

So, Keep Portland Weird! (That’s the unofficial motto of the city, by the way) And I’ll see you tomorrow for our PuB NiGHT at The Relish or latest on Thursday at 6:15pm!

– Nadine

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Highlights of the Year 2016: July, August and September

This week it is time to start on the second half of the year 2016! Let’s discuss the months July, August and September!

July

July was the month of the European Soccer Championships. We watched a lot of games together in different pubs, which was really nice!

We also organized a food weekend. In one weekend we went to an Italian Night Market, did a BBQ the next day and on Sunday we went to a Sushi restaurant. This was a really fun and delicious weekend.

The weekend after the food weekend we wanted to do some sports. So we went to Deep cove and did some kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddling. There was also a possibility to do the Quarry Rock trail. We had a great and sporty day! The next week we had some great activities like the Festival of Lights and a Pool and Picnic day. And of course, the weekly PuB NiGHTS.

We closed July off with a great weekend of camping and river rafting, organized by LJuly Rafting.jpgee from Big Wolf Tours, which definitely was a weekend to never forget! We took a swim after getting our tents up, played some beer pong and beach volleyball and had a delicious BBQ. After that we partied till late around the bonfire. The next day it was time to go river rafting. Half way through we sailed to the bottom of a 5meter tall cliff and climbed up and jumped back into the river again. This was definitely scary but lots of fun! After the rafting we packed up our tents and bags and went back to Vancouver.

August

August started of with the Night Nation Run, it was a 5K run with music, lights and DJs, which made is a huge party!

Another event in August was a day trip to Lynn Canyon. We started by walking over the Suspension Bridge, after that we went exploring the park by hiking and searching for some black bears in the forest. Unfortunately we didn’t find any bears, but we had a great time hiking and ended up bathing in the cool water at Lynn Canyon.

The weekend trip of August was to the Rocky Mountains. We organized this trip together August Rockies.jpgwith West Trek Tours. On the first day we went to Hope, Kamloops, Spahats Falls and the
Cowboy Ranch Experience during our trip to Valemount. On day 2 we went to Mount Robson, Jasper, the Athabasca Falls, Bow Lake and arrived in Banff to spend the night and go to the nigtclub Hoodoo. On day 3 we did a Banff tour, went to Lake Louise, Emerald Lake and checked into our Mountain View Cabins in Golden. We had a great BBQ and a bonfire party. On day 4 it was time to go back to Vancouver, but not before we went to the Last Spike, the Okanagan Valley and had a picnic on the beach in Kelowna.

In the month August we also had our weekly PuB NiGHTS, which included one Karaoke party.

September

September started of with a fun Poker Quiz Night, a Scavenger Hunt in Vancouver and a Bowling and Billiard night. All these events were lots of fun and definitely has to be in the program for next year again!

14330079_10154512816572103_2438674369225802898_n.jpgWe also had a weekend trip in September to Portland. On Friday morning we drove two minivans out of Canada and started our trip to Portland. Our first event in Portland was going to the Rose garden, which is the oldest public rose test garden in the US. After that we ate dinner at Pacific Pie and checked in into our hotel, where we had a great evening chilling in our pajamas or having a room party. The next day it was time to go shopping. After a whole day of shopping we had dinner at Clyde’s Prime Rib and checked out the nightlife of Portland. On Sunday we went to the famous Voodoo donut shop and walked around the Portland Market, where we could buy all kinds of different handcraft from local people. After that we had a walking tour around the city called “Secrets of Portlandia” which was a stand up comedy tour about Portland’s history and culture. And after the tour it was time to get back to Vancouver.

We want to give a special thank you to Sofie, Sara, Klara and Phillipp who organized the PuB NiGHTS, events and trips in this part of 2016.

We want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!

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Road Trip to Portland

Last weekend INTENReX went on a Road trip to Portland. Early Friday morning we drove two minivans out of Canada and reached the pacific coast highway in The United States. We drove along, made some pit stops on the way until we finally reached Portland in Oregon. The city is known for their parks, bridges and as well for its eco-friendliness and its microbreweries and coffeehouses. Someone would call it the hipster city of USA. We made it to Portland around 6 pm and our first destination was the Rose garden, the oldest public rose test garden in the United States which features more than 7000 rose plants of 550 varieties, were we enjoyed the sunset. After a long day we were all hungry and it was time for dinner at Pacific Pie where we got some delicious handmade Australian Pies. Thank you all at Pacific Pie for your pleasant service at your awesome restaurant 🙂 After the dinner we checked in to our Hotel, Aladdin Inn and Suites. During the evening people had a good time at their hotel rooms, either chilling in their pajamas with a beer in their hand or having a room party 🙂

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If you ever go to Oregon, you should know that there is no sales tax, so Saturday morning it was time to go shopping. Just 20 minutes out of the city you find the Woodburn Premium Outlet where you find more than 100 stores with exclusive brands at savings of 25-65%. After we almost emptied our credit cards we had a big surprise for the group and invited everyone for dinner at the elegant restaurant Clyde’s Prime Rib. The food was delicious and the place was fantastic. Later on we had time to explore the city, and check out the nightlife in Portland. Sunday morning we left our hotel early and headed down town. First of all we went tpoertland1o the famous Voodoo donut shop, known for their good unusual donuts, and believe me they were good 😉  Than we took a walk around Portland Saturday Marked were we could see and buy all kinds of different handcraft from local people. Afternoon before we drove back to Vancouver, we had a guided walking tour around the city “Secrets of Portlandia” a stand up comedy tour about Portland’s history and culture were we learned about Portland’s fascinating evolution into the culture capital that it is today.

We found Portland an interesting city, and I’m sure someone would found it weird, so it’s nothing that we wouldn’t have missed. Thank you all guys for joining us on the trip, and we hope you found Portland as interesting as we did 🙂

Roadtrip to Portland is coming up soon…

As you probably you know by now, INTERNeX is going to Portland on a roadtrip.
Our accommodation in Portland for the trip is the 3 star, newly renovated motel Aladdin Inn and Suites, located 10 minutes from down town. We will stay 4 persons in one big room with two queen size beds. Among other things the hotel offer free continental breakfast (which is included), free wireless internet, free local calls, guest laundry and free coffee all day 🙂 It’s 100% non-smoking hotel and there are many restaurants within walking distance.
You can check out their website her on the link below:
http://www.aladdininnandsuites.com/reservations.html
Down below you can read an extended overview of the program of the trip.

Friday

We’ll meet at Avis Rentel Car on Hornby street down town

INTERNATIONAL ROSE TEST GARDEN
The IDEAL place for Instagram enthusiasts!
As we land in Portland the first activity we’ll do is the very beautiful rose garden (just take a look at the picture, woaw right?!) Portland’s international Rose Test Garden is the olderose-gardenst public rose test garden in the United States and features more than 7000 rose plants of 550 varieties. The rose garden came to be nearly a century ago when a citizen convinced the local government to set up a rose garden to preserve the species of European roses that would be killed off during the World War one bombings. It opened in 1917 and from the beginning hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world have come and enjoyed the sights and scents of the beautiful garden. No wonder why Portland got the nickname, “City of Roses”
DINNER TIME AT PACIFIC PIE
The most delicious pies you can get!
After visiting the rose garden it will be time for some food and what could be better than a Classic Chicken Pie or an Apple Pie Sundae for dessert? The Pacific Pie restaurants started back in 2009 when the owner from Australia was missing delicious meat pies from his home country. Since then the restaurant has kept on serving amazing handmade pies to the citizens of Portland. If you can’t wait to see the yummy pies, click on this link http://www.pacificpie.com/
PS. If you are not really into pies the restaurant also makes other delicious meals like soups and salads

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EXPERIENCE PORTLAND – Friday night after dinner we will have some free time in Portland. The city has a wealth of vibrant places and neighbourhood to experience and explore all of them unique. In Portland, people hang out in coffee shops, ride bikes, visit the art gallerie14192081_10154450800292103_3573164015685164374_ns or enjoy the variety of brewpubs with generous happy hour menus.

You can check out this coffee shops: World cup coffee, Coffee time, Ken’s Artisan Bakery, Vivace or Anna Banana’s (for the Vegans)

If you are 21 or over, we recommend these brewpubs: The Blue Moon, Lucky lab beer hall, Bridge Port or The Rogue Brewery & Ale.

Saturday

FUN SHOPPING EXP14196127_10154447942092103_6605411704838309856_oERIENCE AT WOODBURN PREMIUM OUTLET MALL
On Saturday it’s shopping time! We are going to visit one of the largest tax free outlet centers in the west of the US. With more than 100 stores include Nike, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Fossil, the North Face, Guess and much more… And the best thing? You can find exclusive brands at savings of 25% to 65%! So don’t miss the chance to catch your perfect deal and save money!

DINNER TIME IN PORTLAND
On the Saturday night we will go out for a dinner at the restaurant Clyde’s Prime Rib in Portland. The place is one of Portlands oldest and most distinguished restaurant were casual elegance and classic style come together. Their number one goal is to delight their guests, with a wonderful dining experience in there elegant dining room, with a roaring fireplace and dazzling chandeliers, and enjoy their live jazz, R&B and blues. It’s a guaranteed an evening that we’ll not forget anytime soon. The menu offers slow Rosted Prime Rib of Beef, tender steaks, fresh seafood, succulent chicken and pork, pasta, salads, sandwiches and other fine dishes and deserts. See more about the restaurant on the link below 🙂
http://www.clydesprimerib.com/#about

THE HOLLYWOOD THEATRE 14212680_10154454700052103_7042996371040716907_n
Have you always dreamed about stepping into an old Hollywood theater where people dressed up for seeing a movie and had an amazing night. Saturday evening we will go few years back in time and visit the Hollywood Theater in Portland. It’s a true Hollywood theater back from 1926, where we will go and see an old vintage movie preserving a historic Portland landmark. Check out their website on the link below 🙂http://hollywoodtheatre.org/

NIGHT OUT IN PORTLAND 
Saturday night we will go out to a very special nightclub in Portland. The club is named THE ESCAPE were there will be a special “7 fa14222141_10154455149447103_2643802467215780766_nces of the apocalypes” theme for the night. Don’t worry if you are younger than 21 because it’s open for all ages.

 

 

 

Sunday

WALKING TOUR – SECRETS OF PORTLANDIA
Sunday morning we will go on a walking tour around Portland. Think of the tour as stand-up comedy about Portland’s history and culture were we will laugh our butt off and learn about Portland’s fascinating evolution into the culture capital that it is today. The tour is about 2 hours long so remember comfortable shoes.

LETS GET A SUGAR SHOCK AT VOODOO DOUGHNUT SHOP – of course you know doughnuts but these ones are crazy! On Sunday after the walking tour we are going to Voodoo Doughnut shop. This shop is known for their unusual doughnuts as well as for their electric décor and their iconic pink boxes. They m14241666_10154474185532103_445804381674756105_oake for example vegan doughnuts and bacon doughnut that are just so yummy!
In total the Voodoo Doughnut Shop offers over 100 different varieties so there’s plenty to try.
 

 

 


PRACTICAL INFORMATION 

  • To be able to drink alcohol in Portland you need to be 21 or older
  • No sales tax = cheaper prices
  • Based on information provided to us, you might not need the ESTA visa however you should check it out before leaving
  • Remember good walking shoes and toiletries
  • Remember Passport and your work permit if you got one

The PR team is excited and we hope you are too!

What is so special about Portland?

portland downtownWhat’s so special about Portland, you might think? Why should I go on a roadtrip there? Well my friend let me tell you. Portland is the largest city in the state Oregon and is best known for its many parks, bridges, microbreweries and the International Rose Test Garden. You might have heard of Portland as, Rose City, PDX or Stumptown, but what makes this city special and fun to visit is the hipster vibe. You can run into fully grown men with big beards sewing their clothes on an old fashioned and non electrical sewing machine. Portland is a city that embraces self-expression and the inner artist! The city is all about getting down to earth which is clear in the many different cafes, breweries, bakeries where only the finest ecological ingredients are used. It’s homemade, fresh, delicious and WORTH A TRY.
Portland is really serious about being casual and about not getting caught up with things. The atmosphere is low key and supportive of those who are different. The citizens of Portland definitely want their city to be like no other and their unofficial slogan for the city is “Keep Portland weird” which is something you will quickly notice when you are there. We have put all the best things Portland has to offer into our 3-day trip and we are so much looking forward to it.picture portland
Down below you can see an overview of the program for the trip.

PORTLAND PROGRAM OVERVIEW

FRIDAY
*International Rose Test Garden

*Dinner

*Free time in Portland

SATURDAY
*Woodburn Outlet Mall (no sales tax here = much cheaper price)

*Hollywood Theatre (optional)

*Dinner and a SURPRISE

*The Escape Night Club (15$ – all ages – optional)

SUNDAY
*Walking Tour:Secrets of Portlandia

*Voodoo Doughnut shop

*”Keep Portland Weird” group photo

We hope this blogpost came you a better idea of what kind of city Portland is and remember you can already come to the INTERNeX office and secure your seat on the trip.
For more information on the trip follow this link -> Roadtrip to Portland
The ticket price is ONLY 260$

We hope to see you! – PR Team at INTERNeX

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International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Portland Trip: further Information

Hi guys,

I ( Sophie) did the same trip to Portland last weekend cause I’m already back home in November.
It was a great trip: We arrived on Friday at 3:30 pm –> free time. At 6:30 we met up for the basketball game, it’s worth! You should go there, if you have the chance:)
On Saturday we had breakfast( which was ok)at 8:30 am and at 9:30 am we met up to go to the outlet center, where we could spent 3 and a half hours. We arrived back at the hotel at 2:30 pm and at 3 pm it was time to go to Portland Downtown, we visited the famous food trucks, the biggest bookstore on earth (Powell’s Books), the best Donuts at Voodoo Doughnut( people line up for two hours, it’s crazy :O), Saturday Market and the Waterfront. At the Pioneer Square you was able to continue shopping(here you could find stores like Victoria Secret, Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Nordstrom etc….). It is still cheap, because you don’t have to pay any taxes in entire Oregon( The residents have to pay higher incomes taxes, that’s why they don’t have any taxes on top of the prices). For example you get the regular Iphone 6(16GB) for $650 or a MacBookAir (11inch) for $899. For the girls: you can get a pair of uGG’s from $119 to $150….so cheap….for sure, Portland is the shopping-paradise:) But the city itself is really pretty, looks a bit like gastown:)
After the walking tour we were free to do whatever we want to do.
On Sunday we left the hotel at 9 am (after breakfast) and went to the Multnomah Waterfalls. We spent one hour there, it was pretty cool:)
Lunch break was at the same Shopping Mall as on Friday.
We arrived in Vancouver at 7 pm.
Our guide Lee was awesome….your guide will be Adam, he is really cool as well. They purchased Voodoo Donuts which we could enjoy on our way back to Vancouver.
I really really recommend this trip:)

You can still sign up and pay at the office ( remember in cash) for this event.
Join the event here.
If you have any questions about the trip, join us for our Pub Night today or just contact our Pr-Department.

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International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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