How was your weekend?

It’s Monday. Not only does it mean I have to work again, but it also means I get to tell you about my weekend. As forecasted, the sun rewarded us with her presence. But let me start with Friday.

I came home from work quite late in the evening, because I was searching for a special cream in all drug stores I could find in downtown. In the end I ended up buying it from the Real Canadian Superstore – still the best when it comes to low prices. After this exhausting shopping trip I spent an easy evening at home. 😉

42886494851_d931fb1979_nOn Saturday, a hike in Lynn Canyon Park was on the schedule. We met at 12.15pm at the Waterfront station and made our way to the park. We were very lucky with the weather and fortunately it was not too crowded. We enjoyed the nature and the break from the noise in the city. The picnic we had was down at the riverside where Euler led us. It was a little tricky to climb down to the riverside, but it was totally worth it. Surrounded by the trees and listening to the gurgling water, we were chatting and eating the snacks we brought. Afterwards, we went on to Rice Lake. The view was marvellous. Then, we had a walk around the lake. After three hours of nature to its fullest, we had ice cream and milkshakes at the “End of the Line General Store” in Lynn Valley. It was amazing and so tasty! If you happen to be there, try it! We were back in downtown at around 6pm. I went home and finished the day with a nice Skype conversation with my brother, but had to go to bed early because it was game day on Sunday.

As I already mentioned in the blogpost on Friday, the FIFA World Cup is happening right now. And since it takes place in Russia, the game schedule is pretty insane over here. I got up at 6.30am to make it to the Pint on time (doors opened at 7.45am). We arrived, just to find a huge queue of people outside the pub. I guess 95% of them were Mexicans. We attempted to find another pub, but since that wasn’t successful we came back and found a nice spot downstairs. Just 30 minutes after the kick-off, a waitress asked us to leave because we had two minors among us. Desperately searching for another pub, we missed the goal from the Mexicans *sigh*. We settled down in Malone’s and watched the second half of the match. Unfortunately, to our greatest despair, we had to witness the “defeat” of the German team. I just hope it will get better in the upcoming games. GO GERMANY!

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After that game we stayed to watch Switzerland – Brazil. It’s just crazy how enthusiastic and euphoric Mexicans as well as Brazilians get when it comes to soccer. When the second match was over we all made our way home. I finished the day with walking around the Central Park in Burnaby and having a nice chat with my flatmate.

I hope you all had a good weekend and enjoyed the weather. Let’s see each other at the upcoming PuB NiGHT at The Lamplighter!

– Elisabeth

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What to do on the weekend?

Finally, it is here again: The weekend. Well, and the FIFA World Cup as well. Kinda hard to decide which one I should be more excited about. Well, the World Cup is definitely more seldom, so I guess it is worth to put the weekend on second place. Sorry, weekend, I still love you.

To be precise, the soccer World Cup already started yesterday. But since we’re in Vancouver, so basically on the other side of the world, and some of us have to work, it is just not possible to watch the games early in the morning. Well, you could, before work, still lying in bed. But it’s just not the same excitement.7366316306_06cbe8e956_n
Chances are better on the weekend. The games are still early, but you can make a change of venue. Locations to watch the FIFA World Cup can be found all over Vancouver. You can find different international Pubs, e.g. English, American, Portuguese, German and a lot of others. I bet the atmosphere is better than in your bed, and you have the chance to meet people that are just as crazy about soccer. The schedule for the games (in Vancouver time) can be found here.

9317983502_e41923fa88_nIf you are less interested in soccer, the Surrey Greek Food Festival might be something for you. Local Greeks that recently came to Vancouver or lived here for some generations, established this community event more than 25 years ago. You can get freshly cooked Greek food, enjoy some Greek music and just be inspired by the foreign culture. To get there, just take the Expo Line to King George and make your way to St. Constantine and Helen orthodox church. On Saturday evening at 8pm, live music will be played by Yanis Sahamis on his Bouzouki (a mandolin like instrument).

You are neither a Foodie nor a soccer fan, then just make the best out of the weekend while enjoying the sun. The forecast says nothing but sun, so rent a bike, grab a good book and just relax in a park or go for a hike (there is the option to join our weekend excursion to Lynn Canyon Park on Saturday).

Get your sunscreen out, put your sunglasses on and get ready for the weekend.
I hope to see you on Saturday for our hike in Lynn Canyon Park.

-Elisabeth

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How was your weekend?

After shutting down the computers at the office on Friday afternoon, the weekend could start. We decided to behave like real Canadians this night, which means only one thing: watch hockey! So, Nadine and I headed to the sports bar Malone’s to meet some of you. At the moment, the playoffs of the Stanley Cup are broadcasted literally every day and as you can imagine, the pub was crowded. Everyone was following the intense game of one of the two Canadian teams in the competition, the Winnipeg Jets. Some fights later, we as well as the Jets could celebrate. We took it easy and called it a night after a few drinks.

sdrThe view outside the window on Saturday morning did not seem that promising. Time to escape cloudy downtown and take a walk in a tropical forest. That is possible in Vancouver? Yes! The Bloedel Conservatory is located right at the Queen Elizabeth Park. It feels like entering another world, warm and colourful. While walking around, Nadine, Angy and I could spot many exotic birds and plants. All information about the beautiful parrots and trees are mentioned in a guide that you receive when entering. Outside of the conservatory, I could enjoy a beautiful view of Vancouver and a little park with many flowers that are starting to flourish now. At the other side of the park, the preparation for the night began.

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We planned to visit the event that was happening later: the Spring Light Festival. As it was still too bright and early, we used the time to visit the Oakridge Mall, before heading back to the park. Lucky as we were, it started to rain the moment we walked out of the mall. However, we were happy to meet some of you hiding under your umbrellas. We followed the path that was guided by lights in all kinds of ways. It was nice to see the cherries and lanterns highlighted in colourful spotlights. After a while, the ground became all muddy and we were completely soaked, so we decided to warm up again. Famous place to do so is the pub Bourbon where we danced the night away.

I admit that it was quite tough to get out of bed on Sunday morning. But there was a good reason to leave the house again. Of course, I wanted to meet you for our tour in the Rogers Arena. A guide welcomed us in the empty hallway and we entered the heart of the stadium. But something was different than the last time I was there to see a game of the Canucks. There was no ice! Since the season is over, it already got removed so that the concert season can start. The tour continued to the media and press box, the hall of heroes and the luxurious suits. As a highlight of the tour, we could even enter the locker rooms of the guests (quite basic) and the Canucks (not basic at all), where we could still spot the gear of the famous Sedins. I was impressed by the diverse places you can see a game from and the huge organization behind the scenes. Since everyone was hungry after this exhausting tour, we visited Malone’s again for lunch and hockey, of course.

I had another great weekend with many of you! See you Wednesday at Steamworks Brewpub for our weekly PuB NiGHT!

– Kerstin

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Smart Saver Vancouver

Are you a hungry and thirsty person? Someone who enjoys eating and having now and then a drink or two? But sometimes the prices are just too high for you and you don’t know how to save money? Well, then you are lucky! Happy Hour offerings can be found in many pubs and restaurants here in beautiful Vancouver. Some great deals are waiting for you. Here is a guide on how to get through the week with a full and happy stomach.

Monday: Are you not over the fact yet that it’s Monday again? On Monday, the Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ restaurant has all day Happy Hour, so maybe the delicious food and drinks will brighten your mood. Or you visit the Happy Hour at the Flying Pig. Or as they call it: ‘Appy Hour’. Between 4-6pm, the house lager costs only $4.75, as well as the house red and white wines.

Tuesday: Hungry for tacos? Good, because it’s Taco Tuesday! Come to Taco Time at the International Village Mall and get yourself a beef or veggie taco for $1.49 only! Or you visit Gringo in Gastown where you can get tacos for $2.75 each. But when you’re there already, why don’t you just enjoy 6 tacos for $15 only. So what are you waiting for? Oh, you’re thirsty? La Mezcaleria in Gastown has Happy Hour from 9-11pm and you get the house wines and the Juan de Fuca Lager for $6 only!

Wednesday: Do you want chicken wings? Go to the Pint Public House between 3-6pm and get with any pint (20oz) a free order of their 40-ways wings. 40-ways means that you can choose from one of their 40 flavours which can come in the form of a sauce, a dry rub or a dip. The best part about this deal? It’s valid from Monday to Friday – yay!

Thursday: It’s thirsty Thursday. Go and spoil yourself at Homer St. Cafe and Bar in downtown with the Wishbone lager or highballs for $5 or with the house wines for $6. This Happy Hour deal is valid from 2:30-5:30pm and then again from 9:30 until closing time. Cheers!

Friday: How about starting the weekend with a burger and beer for $7 only? Sounds too good to be true? Not really, because this is exactly what you get at the Metropole on Abbott Street. And for $1 extra, you can add some delicious bacon on that burger. Also, drinks such as beers, shots and highballs are $3.50 on that day at the Met.

Saturday: It’s finally weekend! So let’s go to El Caminos. Besides Latin American street food, you can get Main St. Pilsner for $4, El Tigre shot for $3 and the Paloma Cocktail for $6 during Happy Hour. This is valid from 3-6pm and from 10pm until closing time.

Sunday: Please people, Sunday is rest day. It’s time to give your liver and stomach a break.

Happy savings!

– Nadine

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Smart Saver Vancouver

Dinner here, a drink there, … The money in my wallet just keeps disappearing. Yours too? Staying at home and eating boring microwave meals instead? No, Vancouver has too much to offer and that is why I have some awesome deals for you here!

Several websites offer temporary deals for dinner in Vancouver. The Red Flag Deals offers mainly fast food deals for the known chains, such as Pizza Hut, KFC, A&W or Tim Hortons. You might think it is already cheap, but why not saving more when it is that easy?!

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Groupon is another website for deals. At the moment, you can buy a voucher for two fatburgers with fries for only $16 instead of $25. Groupon offers even more than food deals, such as discounted tickets. Check out their website and score a good deal!

Now, let’s have a look at the website Socialshopper. Currently, they offer a fancy cup sushi and burritos for two people for only $15. Not only does Socialshoppper offer discounts in the category food, but also in others and some are even valid in other cities than Vancouver.

Last, but not least, there is our well-known pub The Met at 320 Abbott Street, for the most of you known as “the karaoke bar”. The happy hours are daily from 7-10pm and late night when you can get a tall can of beer for $3.69 or wine and shots for only $3.

I am sure we will try out the last deal tonight, but before, it is time for some Bingo at The Lamplighter. See you there!

– Kerstin

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How was your weekend?

And it is Monday again! Wow, that weekend passed by quickly. Before we are preparing our backpacks for our trip to Kelowna next weekend, I will tell you what I experienced in the last days.

My weekend started off Friday afternoon, when the office was suddenly full of enthusiastic people, ready for our game night. We laughed a lot about the creative inputs while playing “What do you meme?” and “Pictionary”. The game “Boys vs. Girls” showed which gender has the best skills. Hot discussions and tricky challenges later the winner was clear (girls, of course). The international mall was already empty, when we changed our location to Blarney Stone’s to enjoy some drinks and live music.

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The next day started early, but with a nice surprise: it did not rain! So, we took the opportunity to explore the nature around Vancouver. Half an hour in the bus and 20 minutes on the ferry later, we arrived on Bowen Island. This island pictures exactly what I had in mind when thinking about British Columbia before I travelled to Canada. We hiked around a lake for three hours, enjoyed the amazing views and took hundred of pictures.

 

Trees, ferns, mountains, sdrwaterfalls, squirrels – we have seen all what you can expect from a proper nature day. We deserveda good lunch after this active day, so we visited a cute restaurant in the small village on the island. It got already dark again, when we arrived back in Vancouver. What a great day! I am still surprised how easily you can escape the busy city life here.

 

My Sunday morning began with breakfast, before it was time to depart to the pub. To a pub on Sunday midday? Yes, Super Bowl it was. Of course, I did not want to miss this received_10213862331466114American sports highlight when I had the chance to see it in the middle of the day. Many of you showed up at the Malone’s to see the game, the 7-minutes Justin Timberlake half-time show or to have a good reason to drink beer on a Sunday afternoon. Some of us even joined the game of chance the pub organised, but no one was lucky enough to win. Nevertheless, it was really fun to follow the spectacle with you. So, what team are we supporting next Sunday?!

I hope you also had a great weekend. See you all on Wednesday for our PuBNiGHT at the Beaver Bar!

– Kerstin

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PuB NiGHT Review: 131 Water

Everybody who joined PuB NiGHT yesterday, thank you very much! We had a lot of fun.

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The 131 Water pub is famous for their games and cheap drinks. And we made use of that! People were playing ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Cards against Humanity’. During the games we enjoyed the happy hour deals from 9 pm till 12 am. The pub is located in a very nice location in Gastown, close to the Metropole and because of that we sang some songs afterwards in this karaoke bar. We closed the night with some food and went home.

Now it’s time to mentally prepare ourselves and our livers for the pub-crawl this Saturday. See you!

– Bart

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