From pub night to cultural sight

Last weeks pubnight was a bit different, in a good way that is. We decided to cultivate ourselves outside of beer tasting and Canadian finger food. Instead of meeting at a pub, we gathered to see and incredible art performance at The Cultch.
For those of you who might not know, The Cultch is a historic theatre in East Vancouver that offers programming in theatre, dance, music, circus and visual arts. If you’re interested check out some more details right here: https://thecultch.com/
Maya, who is currently doing her practicum at The Cultch kindly organized us tickets for opening night of the BOW’T TRAIL Retrospekt performance by an talented choreographer-documentalist.
With her performance she received among other achievements the Grand Prix and Envol Award. No wonder why so many people were interested in going. After all Vancouver offers a great variety of cultural
programs too, so it would be a shame to not check some of them out while you’re here.

Arriving at the Theatre it was a rather small and cozy looking place, with a red carpet rolled out at the front door and little cute light chains around the building. In the entrance you could smell fresh flowers and inside people were mingling while having some drinks or snacks before the show started.
A really great atmosphere.
So back to the play. The description says that in this performance was a conversation between the present and the past, voiced through the channelling body of the choreographer, where more than 130 testimonies collected on 7 lands of the Americas still reside, are represented.

Our group didn’t really have many expectations nor could we really imagine what this performance was about to look like. Entering the actual theatre room the lights were dimmed, a big screen was showing a night sky with many stars and soft music started playing. A magical first impression. We all enjoyed the performance a lot – there was something relaxing about it. Right after the performance ended, we had the opportunity to stay for a “stay and talk” where the audience could ask the performers questions. This helped many of us to understand and comprehend the actual theme and meaning of this play.
After the show, we shared our experiences and impressions. We all made different interpretations which made it even more interesting to talk about.
As a conclusion we can say that it is definitely worthwhile to sometimes dive into the cultural world as well. This performance leaves space for interpretation and to create your own picture of a certain situation.
For this Wednesday, we are looking forward to see y’all at our well-known pubnight
at the Colony: https://colonybars.com/entertainment-district/


Enjoy your day!

Tatjana & Laura

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

How was Pubnight ?

Finally! Restrictions are already lifting, no more limits on tables, mingling is allowed, and INTERNeX pubnights are coming back to life. This is certainly what we all have been waiting for – just to spend some quality time with people from all over the world.
If you are new to Vancouver, it must’ve been not easy to make friends in this foreign city at first. But we’ve got good news! For the past weeks we’ve been able to host our beloved pubnights again with more than 6 people on a table. That means the time for cold after-work-drinks, chats with cool people and getting to know thecity a little better, is back. We from the PR-Team are super excited to hear that there’s so many people in Vancouver with INTERNeX right now, and we’d love getting to know all of you.
Throughout my years (Laura’s speaking ;)) I’ve met a lot of great personalities that become my friends. I’m also always a little sad when people leave, but then Ialways meet new people, we built bigger groups and I can tell – it’s so much fun!
Going to a new place, far away from home can be scary, especially when you don’t know anybody, but our pubnights can help you a lot making that connection with other like-minded people. I remember, and this is completely normal and ok, I was a bit nervous too before going to my first pubnight, but I realized very fast that I had no need to be nervous. We are all in the same boat. From my own experience I can tell, everybody was open, willing to engage and to meet new people. Pubnights are also a great place to plan other activities together, eg. hikes on weekends, or upcoming INTERNeX trips such as the Rocky Mountains trip in April!!
(We’ll talk about that in more detail in one of our next blogposts and on
Instagram, so stay tuned!) You just pitch your idea and there’s always somebody who’d like to do it with you or even had the same plan as you. It’s very comforting to know that even if you’re far away from home you don’t have to be lonely. I would rather say a stay abroad is more like a growing your own strong, personality and having the time of our lives thing 😉

Last week’s pubnight was at The Cambie which is especially known as a hostel, but it also has a popular bar. Here you can meet lots of internationals, as well as locals. Sounds like the place to be, right? We love how to go to different bars each week. It helps to get to know Vancouver and its night life better. We were around 12 people last week and everybody had a really good time. It’s nice that everything slowly feels like it’s getting back to normal.

Can’t wait to see y’all at the next pubnight!
Also, have you seen our first Tiktok? Check it out and leave a like !:)
https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMLD4mvMs/

Cheers,
Laura and Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New `Kids` on the Blog

We’re happy to announce a new member of the INTERNeX family, who arrived this week. A really warm welcome goes to Samantha. I really had a great chat with her where she told me some facts about herself. Of course I’ll share them all with you guys 🙂

Samantha is 22 years old and originally from a small village, only 90 inhabitants as she said, close to Frankfurt in Germany. I’m sure you’ve already heard of Frankfurt because of the huge international airport as well as the fact that it is an important financial centre. Just a side fact; now back to Samantha. After finishing her apprenticeship and subsequently her diploma (in Germany it’s called “Fachabitur”) she decided to become a full time traveller for the next months.
In my opinion that definitely sounds amazing. After spending a few weeks in Iceland she has now seized the opportunity to gain more experiences and grow beyond herself in Canada.

Samantha is participating in our volunteer program for 5 weeks and works in the same animal hospital as Sophie. You know? The one with the cute baby cats 😉 Seems like this is the place to be 🙂
And there’s more to it; her motto is definitely “great times ahead”. After her time in Canada she plans to travel to 7!!! more countries all around the globe.
But for now she’s really interested in spending time in the Canadian nature, get to know the Canadian way of life and experience Canadian culture herself every day.
Since right now she’s still a bit afraid of spending time alone in such an unknown city, which is understandable in any case, feel free to form a group and spend some time together. It’s so much fun getting to know new place or try unknown activities together. Such a new place can always create a strange feeling but as time goes by you’ll get used to it and in the end one don’t want to leave anymore. I can assure you from my own personal experience .

That’s it for now – I’m sure you’ll get the chance for another chat with Samantha at today’s pubnight at Malone’s Taphouse, 6pm 🙂

Have a great day:)

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

New `Kids` on the Blog

Hello and welcome to our New Kids on the blog – and above all a really warm welcome to Sophie, our new candidate. Actually she’s already in Vancouver for two weeks but since she’s such a friendly and open-minded person I would not like to withhold her from you.

So let’s talk about Sophie. First of all we’re really happy that she found her way to beautiful Canada spending her time with us. 🙂
Sophie is 20 years old and originally from a small village close to Hannover in Germany. She’s staying in Vancouver for 2 months where she’s doing her best work while helping out in an animal shelter in Richmond. There are mostly little baby cats; doesn’t that sound cute???
In any case, she really enjoys her time over there. So Sophie is taking part in our volunteer program. Since she will be placed in a host family in Richmond she’s also really excited for all the upcoming adventures and to spend her time in places like Vancouver Downtown, Gastown or at the beaches such as Kitsilano or Sunset beach. Her bucket list also includes a bike ride with her host family through Stanley Park as well as a trip to Whistler.
As many of us did she already graduated from highschool and decided to do a Gap Year before continuing with university.
She always wanted to come to Vancouver to meet new people and learn more about the Canadian culture and way of life. As far as i can say Sophie has a really interesting point of view since she told me that with this stay abroad she aims to get a new perspective on things and new ideas; especially regarding her study plans.


Get out of your own comfort zone; she said to me and i think this is a very good starting point for a successful stay abroad. I really hope she’s enjoying her time and can pursue all her goals!!
She actually came to Canada without any specific expectation; and here’s the next inspiring opinion; without any expectation you will not be disappointed. She’s only hoping for a great time with many new experiences and opportunities and a great hostfamily. And the last point already came true.


Let’s meet at today’s pubnight 🙂 6pm at Tap&Barell Olympic Village!

Have a nice day 🙂

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to Do in Vancouver – your favourite fall recipe

So the fall series continues…
Pumpkin spice everything nice 😉 from latte to pie; pumpkin has been added everywhere;)
Food, food, food – todays blogpost is all about an autumn recipe you’ll definitely love.

So let’s start with the famous pumpkin pie, which should not be missed during this season.
Take your time because baking an old-fashioned pumpkin pie will take time (60 minutes) to be perfectly delicious.
Here are the ingredients:
For the filling
– 21 oz (600g) pumpkin puree
– 2 large eggs
– 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/3 cup white sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons cinnamon (in my opinion; better too much than too little)
– 1 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
– 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
– 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
– 1 cup (240ml) heavy cream
– 1/4 ground cloves
and for the crust
– 1 1/3 cups (200g) flour
– 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp sugar
– 1/2 cup (120g) cold butter; 1/4 cup(60ml) cold water
– 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
First start with the filling.
Beat the eggs in a bowl; add the heavy cream . Then mix the sugars, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cardamon and the lemon zest with the pumpkin puree until everything is well mixed.
If you are done with this step let’s continue with the crust. The pie crust lies around the pie and gives it hold and the delicious solid crust.

1. Start with mixing the apple cider vinegar with the cold water. Place in the fridge. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut the cold butter into even smaller pieces and put it in the bowl. For now gradually add the cold apple cider vinegar water. Be fast so that the dough and the butter do not warm up. Next step: knead everything until the dough starts to stick together. Since the dough should not be too wet, don’t add too much water.
Now it’s time to wait; wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge for about 45 minutes.

2. Aaaafter a loong (ok not that long) wait…
roll out the dough to a size somewhat larger than a 9 inch (23cm) pie dish. Put the dough into the dish and press it down on bottom and sides. Use your fingers to create a pattern. After that prick the dough using a folk several times and place everything in the fridge for another 20 minutes.
Now you can preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius. Put a piece of baking parchment on top of the dough and fill with rice. Bake the crust for about 20 minutes until the edges have got some colour. Remove from the oven and let cool down a bit.
After it’s slightly cooled down lover the temperature of the oven to 180 degree and put the filling into the cooled pie crust. Bake for another 50 minutes. It’s a wrap.
Tip: You really shouldn’t bake the pie any longer than written in the recipe. pay a little attention to your gut feeling. If it looks and smells good – it’s done 🙂
Cool the pumpkin pie for around 2 hours and don’t forget that the cake will come out of the oven puffed up and will deflate as is cools down. If you want feel free to decorate the cake with heavy cream, nuts or some pumpkin pie spice.


Now you’re ready to enjoy the best cake ever 😉
– and don’t forget to share with your friends and family even if it’s that tasty 😉

For those guys staying in Canada right now – hope you had a great Canadian Thanksgiving evening with family and friends:)


Maybe you’ll find the perfect baking buddy at tonights INTERNeX pubnight:)
6pm at the Cambie pub in Gastown.

Enjoy!!

– Tatjana

INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com