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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What to do on the weekend?

Today is Friday, which means it’s almost weekend again! And guess what? It’s supposed to be another rainy weekend in Vancouver. Luckily, there are plenty of activities that can be done indoors. So, here are my suggestions for the weekend.

Listen up hockey fans: the Stanley Cup is on. There is a total of 8 games to watch during the upcoming two days. Four on Saturday and four on Sunday. But where? Well, you could go to one of the many pubs that are screening the games, for example the Lamplighter or Malone’s. Or you could invite your friends to your place, have cold beer and chips ready and watch it on TV or on your computer via cbc.ca.

For those that would like to enjoy some nature, but do not want to be outside in the rain: no worries! There’s a solution for that problem too. The Bloedel Conservatory is then the place to be. Within the dome, you can find three different climatic zones: Tropical, Subtropical and Desert. In total, you can find more than 120 free-flying exotic birds and more than 500 exotic plants and flowers. Enjoy the warmth and the beautiful nature on both days (and any other day of the week) from 10am until 5pm. The entrance fee is $6.50 only (tax not included).

And for the tough cookies of you that want to be outside no matter what: The Spring Lights Illumination is taking place in the Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday evening only! Many projections and a walkthrough experience are awaiting you from 8pm until 10pm. The best part: the entrance is free!

Enjoy your rainy weekend and I hope to see many of your faces at the Rogers Arena Tour on Sunday! If you didn’t sign up, but would still like to join, just meet us at 1pm in front of the Canucks Team store which is located at gate 6! See y’all!

– Nadine

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What to do on the weekend?

Hello, bonjour and hola! The weekend is just about to start! As some of you cannot join our weekend trip to Salt Spring Island, you might want to get some inspiration on what to do on the weekend in and around Vancouver. The weather forecast seems promising, so why not exploring Vancouver’s nature and getting some fresh air?

First of all, there is of course the famous Stanley Park, a must-see for everyone in Vancouver. You can just take a walk on one of the many trails passing through the 400-hectare natural oasis. Enjoy the scenic views of water, mountains, sky and majestic trees along the Seawall and spot the many landmarks that are hidden in the park. Stanley Park is easily reachable by public transport.

Once you are already in Stanley Park, you can also visit the Vancouver Aquarium. Sea otters, sea lions and 50,000 other aquatic creatures are waiting for your arrival in Canada’s largest aquarium. It offers an amazing experience with a wide array of great animals. The admission fee is $39 for adults and $30 for students.

Another park is the Queen Elizabeth Park located in South Vancouver. It is situated on a little mountain, the highest point in Vancouver proper. From there, you have a great view over the city. Tipp: Visit the park in the evening to enjoy the sunset.

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Last but not least, there is another highlight of Vancouver: The Capilano SuspensionBridge. This bridge is crossing Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver. It is 140 metres long and 70 metres above the river. Take your camera with you, because the famous bridge is an awesome photo spot. To enter the bridge, you have to pay a fee, but it is definitely worth it. The ticket is valid for an entire year, once you have purchased it for $43 or $34 (students). You can reach the park easily by bus.

Whatever you are up to, enjoy this weekend to the fullest!

 See you on Wednesday at our PuB NiGHT!

 – Kerstin

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
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What to do on the weekend?

It is Good Friday today, which means that you already started or are about to start your long Easter weekend. INTERNeX is going to spend their long weekend in the Rockies. If you decided to spend Easter in Vancouver and do not have any plans yet, you may find some inspiration in this blog.

Public domain image, royalty free stock photo from www.public-domain-image.comThere are several activities throughout the city from today till Monday. If you really want to experience Easter in Vancouver then you should go to one of the many egg hunts in the city. Many of them are even combined with extra activities such as the Egg hunting and Easter train in Stanley Park. When cars are more your thing, then go to the Easter Vintage Car Rally on Sunday. Over 90 vintage cars will gather at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, so a great event for a car fan. If you are more excited to go on rides, then the egg hunt and fun fair at Tsawwassen Mills mall is perfect for you!

However, there are also enough activities that are not Easter-related this weekend. You can try to find the lights of Spring Lights Illumination at Queen Elizabeth Park on Saturday. It is a free event that is part from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival and starts from dusk. The event is weather dependent, which is also the reason why they moved it to this weekend. So do not forget to check their website before going to the event.

32864244234_3f97db564c_oIt is also the time for the Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival. This might be nice to check out if you are a into skiing or snowboarding. However, there are also other activities during this festival such as free concerts and the Fire & Ice show. The weather forecast of Sunday is good so far, so it might be nice to get outside for a hike or to rent a bike.

I hope you all have a great Easter weekend! See you on next PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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Spring Lights Illumination – Experience IT Review

On Saturday night we went to the Queen Elizabeth Park for the Spring Lights Illumination and although that didn’t quite turn out the way we thought it would, we still had a great night with you guys!

IMG_1980Luckily this time there was no snow coming down on us, so we actually got to enjoy the view. We met up at the conservatory where we all got some pretty pictures while it was still light outside. Then we went to the statue where we took our group picture as it was slowly starting to get darker. As we walked back to the conservatory we found more people that belonged to our group and we decided to walk around the park in the dark. Since they decided to cancel the Spring Lights Illumination last minute we could hardly see anything, but we did get a good laugh out of it.

After walking around for a bit we decided it might be a better idea to go to downtown to get a drink. Some of us decided to go home, the rest ended up at The Cambie and had a few drinks together to celebrate the weekend!

I hope to see you all at PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle

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What to do on the weekend?

It’s finally Friday again! Time to do some amazing things in Vancouver this weekend!

17389183_10155108361507103_2218754490592107005_o.jpgThis weekend the INTERNeX family will go The Spring Lights Illumination in the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park. We will enjoy the amazing lights, music, cherry blossoms and the multisensory show in the park. This event is part of a bigger festival called the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. There are several events in the VanDusen Botanical Garden, 6 walks through some of Vancouvers’ spring gardens and lots more.

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day and International Pillow Fight Day, which means lots of fun!! Don’t forget to fool your friends and also do not always trust them because you can fall for one of their tricks too. International Pillow Fight Day is also celebrated in Vancouver. There will be a massive 15 minutes pillow fight outside the Vancouver Art Gallery by the corner of Robson Street and Howe at 3 PM. It will be amazing to participate or to just watch this craziness.

17690980_10208612464010029_949684745_n.jpgThis week was also the beginning of the Vancouver International Auto Show and you can still go there this weekend to see dozens of the latest cars on display. The show is from 10 AM until 10 PM at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Sunday is supposed to be really sunny, so go out and explore the highlights of Vancouver as well! It will be the perfect day to do some hikes, sightseeing or visiting the outdoor farmers markets! I hope you all have a great weekend and see you tomorrow at the Queen Elizabeth Park or next week on PuB NiGHT!!

– Janel

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Queen Elizabeth Park – Experience IT Review

Yesterday we conquered the snow to visit the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park. It was very cold and we didn’t get to see much of the view, but the snow did make it into a pretty picture. Thanks to everybody who came out with us!17142375_1659777060704405_1158829939_o

We met up at the parking lot on the west side of the park. As a lot of people ended up running late thanks to all the snow coming down on us, we decided to meet up at the observatory instead (hoping there was a covered place to wait). Most of the viewing points were outside of the observatory, unfortunately we didn’t get much of a view. Luckily it was very pretty to see everything covered in a big layer of snow.

17148749_10208416120261558_413918612_oAfter making a few nice pictures outside, some of us decided to get into the observatory. We immediately started to warm up after entering this exotic area. In this place, we could discover  different kinds of plants and birds. All of them were just flying around or walking on the ground, so we had to watch our steps. When we finished our round and spotted almost all birds in the observatory, most of us went home.

Despite the snow we still had fun, but we would love to go back there when the weather is a little bit better to see the view. I hope to see all of you at PuB NiGHT!

– Danielle & Iris

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