What to do on the Weekend?

Another week is over and gives us the great opportunity to explore the beautiful city we get to live in.

As you probably already noticed, this weekend is all about the Chinese New Years festival. Wherever you go, you will find the red lanterns and probably some Chinese signs with a rat on it. Obviously, Chinatown will be hosting the most spectacular events, this weekend. But you won’t be able to escape it any other place in town either ;-).
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As the Chinese culture is a very important part of Vancouver´s community, I strongly recommend walking around with your eyes wide open. There are many cultural differences, which we might not always understand. But all the myths and story’s (yes, I’ve done some research), are beautiful and remind me why I love travelling so much. It gives you a different perspective, you don’t just get to learn facts, but also feelings and the meaning that are transferred through ceremonies, traditions and beliefs.
However, instead of buying a ticket to Beijing, we get to go with a way cheaper option instead. The festival starts off today (January 24) with a ceremony at the Buddhist Temple, which is the largest one in North America. So, besides the celebrations this weekend, it might be very interesting to see and explore.
Followed up by Saturday, which is the actual New Years Day! As the tradition wants it, you have the chance to see the famous Lion Dance at the River District. I don’t really have words to explain it, as I am not an expert myself (obviously). But just give it a Youtube search, trust me it is a very interesting thing to watch! And last but not least there will be a big parade happening on Sunday.
And this is were the INTERNeX gang will get together again (Sunday, January 26). Apparently together with 700 other people, that also decided to join the INTERNeX community. Seems like we’ve gone very big all of a sudden :D. (For the ones that don’t know what I am talking about, just check out the Facebook event.) We will meet up in front of the International Village Mall and from there we’ll try to find the perfect spot to watch everything that is going on. Afterwards we will explore the Chinese Gardens. And besides the fact, that is quite beautiful around there in the first place, we also get to see some unique shows and of course fantastic Chinese food that will be on sale. I am just hoping our 700 new friends, don’t have the same idea.

As you might see I am super excited to see all of this in person, to see the stunning costumes and the slight insight of a very different culture and I am very happy to do it together with you guys!

But no matter if you are celebrating the year of the rat this weekend or not, I hope you have a fantastic one.
See you all soon!

Cheers,
— Nadja xx

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

Pub-Night Review

Another Wednesday has come and gone and what a fun night it has been again to see everyone but also so many new faces at Pub Night! 

IMG_0328.jpgThis week we went to the Two Parrots. They had reserved a whole gallery by the windows for us and created a new sort of space for us – a circular table setting in which many of us started out with some great food and drinks. Having become a dark beer enthusiast lately, I tried a Stanley Park Brewery special which had the greatest taste – a combination of the typical dark beer flavour, stripped off the extreme bitterness some dark beers might have, in addition with a nice taste of sweetness. Lovely, especially in combination with the very Canadian dish of Poutine!

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As the evening went by, it was great to see so many of our Newbies joining, getting introduced to the group and mingling with everyone – I actually heard that some of them ended up on a bull that night and were also properly introduced to the Yale tradition by some of our “senior” participants. All in all a good night with lots of drinks, food and lovely chats! ☺Please be reminded of our very important Pub Night
next week, which will lead us to the Cambie, which is not only Vancouver’s oldest bar, but also a historic setting for legendary Beer Pong tournaments. Next week, especially, the motto will be: All in, we can only win!!

Se y’all very soon, have a wonderful week! ☺

– Felicitas

 

 

 

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

One of the three new members of INTERNeX

It says all good things come in threes, so here is the last introduction of one of the new PR-Members: My name is Karina, I’m 21 years old and I’m from Germany, lower Bavaria. Me and my fellow students will be joining the PR-Team until the middle of July. We will be helping Jasmin and Megan to organize the PuB NiGHTS and the weekly and monthly events. Yesterday I already had the chance to meet some of you guys at the Pub Night in the Yale Saloon, which was really great. Especially the bull riding was a lot of fun.

img_8005-e1559864733775.jpgMaybe I should tell you a bit more about myself, so you know who you’re going to meet at the next events of INTERNeX. I study Guidance for Education, Career and Employment in Mannheim, which is a dual course of study. Our University, called HdBA is a Corporate University of the Federal Employment Agency. Due to my studies I had the opportunity to do a practicum abroad and it was no question at all where I want to spend it. Vancouver includes everything the heart wishes for: Beautiful landscapes, a big city and nice beaches. By the way, do you know that Vancouver is one of the cities with the highest quality of living in the world? So I think we all made no bad decision coming here and I am so glad that I have the opportunity to do a practicum in Vancouver.

As one of my favourite things to do is hiking, I really hope that I have the chance to see a lot of the beautiful canadian mountains. In case you are looking for somebody to go for a hike, you should definitely ask me. But I also enjoy chilling at the beach or going out for dinner.

However, I am looking forward to meeting the rest of you guys, maybe this sunday at the Queen Elizabeth Park for Disc Golf? 🙂 I hope that we are all going to have an awesome time here in Canada.

-Karina

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

Newest member of the INTERNeX PR-Team: Franzi

My name is Franzi and for the next few weeks I will be part of the PR-Team at INTERNeX. I’m really looking forward to planning trips and joining those with you.

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Despite of all the new things here, I should not forget to introduce myself. I’m 20 years old and together with my family I live near Regensburg, which is a beautiful city in the heart of Bavaria (Germany). I’m studying Labour Market Management in Mannheim. In the summer semester this year we have the opportunity to do a practicum abroad – so I used the chance to gain experience in a new country and applied for a placement here at INTERNeX and – as you can see – luckily it worked and I’m joining the team for the next 6 weeks. At home I really like doing sports like swimming, tennis or biking – I may not be the best in it, but I still enjoy doing it. Although I like summer a lot more than winter, I could not live without skiing. I also shouldn’t forget to tell you that I’m in love with pugs and my favourite things to do are snacking and napping. Except that – sorry for fulfilling the typical cliché- I like travelling and experience new non-touristic spots.

Because of it’s amazing landscape I’m really excited to get to know Canada with all of you. Beach, mountains, sea and skyskrapers – I guess you can’t complain about anything of that.

I hope to see you at the Pub Night at the Yale tonight and get to know everyone!

– Franzi

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

Who I am? – Barbara the new PR Coordinator

If you have only once in your life the chance to do an practicum during your studies, you should take it immediately. The best way is to come to INTERNeX in Vancouver. After a difficult arrival, I finally made it (my eTA didn’t work and they almost wouldn’t let me fly). I am really curious about this unknown country. The first two days I was jet lagged. But now I am used to the nine-hour time difference.

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To cut a long story short. My name is Barbara, I am 20 years old and do a dual degree study in Germany. My employer is the federal employment agency of Germany. I am living in the south of Germany more precisely in the federal state Bavaria.

What am I doing at home? In my free time I play the trombone at a brass band. Additionally I own a horse called Holiday. On the weekends I like to go hiking in the Bavarian mountains and in the winter months I go skiing very often. I live in a little village with my parents and my two sisters.

When they told me, that I have the opportunity to do an practicum abroad, my first thought was Canada. I did not believe that this would truly work, but now I am here. The first contact with Tim was great. He gave me the confirmation for the practicum very quick. I was really happy, that I could come to Vancouver. On the one hand I like to travel and see new places a lot. On the other I love the mountains. And Vancouver unites incredible mountains, the sea and the big city life.

For the next six weeks I will support the PR team of INTERNeX together with the other two new PR coordinators. I am very curious what awaits me.

I look forward to meeting you at tomorrows PuBNiGHT at the Yale!

-Barbara

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

Newest member of the INTERNeX Team

Tomorrow is PuB NiGHT, and there will be a new girl joining you. Me. My name is Megan and I’m the new PR-Coordinator at INTERNeX. I will work alongside Jasmin the next few weeks and organize events, trips and the PuB NiGHTs, and of course inform you about them on Facebook and the INTERNeX blogMegan-03.

I guess, I should tell you a bit more about myself. I’m 24 years old and I’m from northern Germany, where I study International Management. Two years ago, I spent a semester abroad in Victoria, where I had the most amazing time and fell in love with the Canadian culture.
So when I saw the INTERNeX job posting for the PR practicum in Vancouver, it was a no brainer for me to apply. It includes everything I like: meeting new people, adventures, and Canada.
Thus, you can imagine I was thrilled when I got the position. Getting to Canada wasn’t the easiest, but that is a story for another time. Now, I am here (…finally), and excited to see what the big city has to offer.

By the way, I am a foodie. So, if you are looking for somebody to go try new foods with, I’m your girl. Also, be prepared for some random dance sessions out of nowhere, paired with some clumsiness and maybe even some bad singing.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you tomorrow at Moose’s Down Under.

– 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

Time to say goodbye

So, this is it. It’s time to say goodbye. After spending 7 months in beautiful British Columbia, I am writing my last blog post. With a heavy heart, obviously… And not knowing where to start, because there are way too many great stories to tell.

I got a very warm welcome when I entered the world of INTERNeX. Not so warm was the weather in Vancouver at the beginning of my stay though. I remember a lot of snow, more than the city was apparently used to. I also remember hiking through the Lynn Valley during that time with shoes that weren’t winter and especially not water proof. So, guess who had wet and cold feet at the end of that day and a bit of a bad mood? Yep, me.

Nevertheless, the longer I stayed in Vancouver, the more I started to love the city, its weather and its surrounding. Looking back at my time there, I cannot imagine anyone who does not love this place. Vancouver is such a multisided city that has everything you need: a busy downtown, beaches, mountains, beautiful nature, a great nightlife and many wonderful people to meet.

So many wonderful people, indeed… I am a very lucky person who can say now that I have good friends coming from Sweden, Germany, Brazil, Belgium, Denmark, England, and so many more countries. You made my stay unforgettable and my favourite memories include you guys! To name some of them with their insider jokes: DO YOU WANT CHICKEN WINGS?! – Aiiiiiiiis – whoop whoop! – Vodka quoi? – Kiiiiii!… I know, for most of you readers, this might sound very confusing and weird… But I also know that some of you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

BUT, those words only won’t be enough to describe the awesome things I did and saw. Thanks to INTERNeX, I could go twice (!) to the Rocky Mountains, for example. Once during winter and once during summer. Both times, I was stunned by the beauty of the country. I was especially mesmerised by the view and the colour of the water Peyto Lake, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake had during summer. But one of my favourite moments was doing the Polar Bear swim in the 4-degree cold Bow Lake. Brrrrrr, I’m glad that so many of you joined me in this craziness.

However, not only did I go on trips with INTERNeX, I also had the chance to organise one on my very own. And so, the PR-team and I decided it’s time to get out of the country. My task became to plan a weekend in Portland, USA! What a challenge, but totally worth doing so. We visited the Chinese Garden, ate Voodoo doughnuts and played mini-golf in black light, to name some of the activities we did. Let me tell you guys: the city itself is simply great!

You know what else is great? That every Wednesday, we had our famous PuB NiGHTs! It gave me the chance to chat the nights away and to enjoy the delicious Canadian beer with you. I also loved that sometimes, we could play (music) Bingo during some of these evenings.

Play hard – work hard. Or something like that, right? The time I had at the office was just as awesome as my time outside of it. This, on the one hand, thanks to the possibility that we could organise so many weekly events like playing laser tag, a pillow fight or hiking. And on the other hand, because I had the honour of working with a fun and wonderful team! This practicum gave me many opportunities to learn and to grow. Thank you!

And now, it’s definitely time to say goodbye. Goodbye INTERNeX, goodbye candidates, goodbye Vancouver, goodbye Canada. Thank you for all the fun times! To quote Doktor Kosmos: ‘Oh, everybody, now. Don’t look at photographs ’cause photographs is not going to change the world. You can’t look back, no no. You must look forward, yes (…)’.

I see you all soon again and I cannot wait to create some more exciting memories. Scherbatsky out!

– Nadine

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