What to do on the weekend?

Rain, light rain, showers. The weather forecast for this weekend does not seem that promising, but no reason to despair. Vancouver has many indoor activities to offer, so let’s take a look at your options to enjoy a fun weekend.

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Friday night. What about kicking off the weekend in one of the many pubs and clubs? My plan for tonight: Line dancing at the Yale Saloon. A professional dancer is showing the crowd how the real cowboys party. After the small teaching lesson, the night continues with DJ sounds and bull riding. Just enter before 9.30pm and you do not have to pay cover. Ladies, you even have free entrance until 11pm, since it is ladies night at the Yale Saloon on Fridays. If you are looking for something more relaxing, just take a walk in Gastown and get yourself a drink in one of the many cozy bars.

Saturday = International Pillow Fight Day. All over the world, people secretly get together and do a pillow fight. Rotterdam, Barcelona, Vienna, Melbourne, Seattle, Hong Kong and many more cities participate and so does Vancouver. And we, of course! We will meet at 2.30pm in front of the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain Station. Bring your own pillow and join the fun! Afterwards, we are planning on going bowling. It’s a bit different than the European bowling, so you should definitely try it out.

Sunday. After sleeping in and a great breakfast, it should be time for some relaxed indoor activities, for example a stroll in a museum. You can choose between the Museum of Anthropology, Maritime Museum, Police Museum, Museum of Vancouver, Art Gallery and many more options. There is something for everybody. The Science World (exactly5601230552_924f0e3fa3_n, the big shining globe near the stadium) is definitely worth a visit. Check out their current photography exhibitions “On the Spot: Instant Stories” or “GroundTruth – Anatomy of a Pipeline”. In the Science World, you can also experience a short movie shown on one of the largest screens in the world. Amazon Adventure, A Beautiful Planet and America’s Music Journey are currently on the programme.

Even if it does not feel like Spring yet: leave the house and explore the city, there is so much to do. I hope to see many of you and your pillows on Saturday!

– Kerstin

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

Rain, sun, snow – I have seen it all this weekend!

The weekend started Friday earlier than usual: it was time for my first skiing day in Canada. We met at noon to take a bus to Mount Seymour where it still had snowed in the morning. Perfect conditions for us! After only 15 minutes driving, we could already spot the first snow on the trees. Ski, snowboard or snowshoes – everybody could choose himself how to get down the mountain. The weather was fine for most of the time,so we could enjoy the downhill runs to the fullest. After eating a burger in the mountain canteen, it became suddenly dark outside and we continued skiing under floodlights next to the slopes. From the very top, we even saw the city with all its lights.sdr

City and nature are so close by in Vancouver, amazing! In the bus back, I saw many happy faces, so I hope you had a great time, too. I am already looking forward to the next skiing adventure.  Thank you for joining us!

Saturday morning my alarm went off early, because the next adventure waited already. We picked up a car in the city center (renting a car is not that expensive here, so you can definitely do that when sharing the costs) and drove to Coquitlam. Destination: the davCrystal Falls. We found them! It took us about an hour of hiking, crossing trees, puddles and trickles until we reached the waterfall. Even though it rained the entire time and our clothes were as wet as the waterfall itself, it was a really cool trip. The forest around this area looks wonderful. Some spots look really magical and not even real. After hiking back again, everybody was hungry. The pizza was not even at our table yet, when the sun showed up. Of course!

So, we spontaneously continued our trip. Next destination was an abandoned hospital near Coquitlam. In a huge area, several great buildings are empty since years. We tried to spot some ghosts, but they were not at home unfortunately. Final destination of this digday trip was the Burnaby Mountain. From the top of this mountain, we could enjoy the sunset above Vancouver. We could also see the slopes on Mt. Seymour where we skied just a day ago. What an awesome view! If you have a car available once, you should visit Burnaby mountain. We brought the car back to the city, but the day was not over yet. A long night was just starting. Everyone made just a quick stop at our houses to change to dry clothes and warm up. Some drinks and games at Relish later, I finally got to know the famous Roxy’s. I already heard some stories about great nights at this venue before and I was not disappointed at all. The combination of live and club music was fantastic, so we danced until the lights switched on again.

Since the last days have been quite busy, I enjoyed sleeping in on Sunday. I used the free morning to skype with my parents, which were also curious about my first week in Canada. The rest of the day passed by fast with shopping, washing and cooking.

What a great weekend, I really had a good one with some of you! I am happy to hear about other weekend adventures at the next PuBNiGHT.

– Kerstin

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Chinese New Year – Experience IT Review

It has been a great weekend once again. This time we were celebrating Chinese New Year with the Chinese New Year parade. Even though it was raining, it was a bigger number than expected. Thank you all for coming and celebrating Chinese New Year with us!

At the beginning we did not really know which spot to conquer, so we just wandered around till we found the right spot for the INTERNeX family. We ended up just in front of the seating of the prime minister of Canada and even got the chance to see him. We were even thinking about asking him to take a picture with us. During the parade, people tried to approach the prime minister and got tackled because of it. Therefore, we 16442767_10202664074518790_1652384470_odecided to take the safe way and not to approach him. Chinese New Year was amazing. It started off with some fireworks and soon after we saw dragons, lions and chickens. Red and gold stand for luck in China and therefore we got lots of red envelopes and golden coins. I hope it will bring all of us good luck during our INTERNeX stay and of course lots of fun.

After a while, everybody was feeling cold and we decided to get into the parking lot to watch the parade from above. A dry, but windy spot was found. As it was a bit too windy, we did not stay at our spot for that long. So what would be the best thing to do when you are cold? Getting a hot drink in the Pint of course! We combined the hot drinks with a brunch, as we got quite hungry as well.

Even though It was raining during the Chinese New Year parade, we had a lot of fun together. Hope to see you all at Blarney Stone on Wednesday! Get ready, because there will be a lot of people joining us.

-Iris

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Granville Island – Experience IT Review

On Sunday we went to check out what Granville Island has to offer! Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too great and it ended up raining for most of the afternoon, but thank you all for coming!16237737_1615329781815800_1946877102_n.jpg

Luckily the public market is indoors, so we could get some shelter there while checking out all the food you can get. They have fresh vegetables and fruits, meat, fish, cheese and loads of other things, but there is plenty to eat while you’re doing your shopping. This, in my opinion, is always really nice.

We started of getting ourselves some grilled cheese sandwiches and fries, which were really good. Then we ended up walking around the public market checking out all the food and did some grocery shopping as well. They offer some great vegetables and fruit for pretty good prices, so it’s definitely a place you should check out if you like to cook.

After that we walked around the island and checked out some cute boutiques that sell things like handcrafted jewellery and cool t-shirts. They also have a lot of places where people show off their art, which is nice to take a look at.

We had a fun day, but we definitely want to come back in the summer to see what the island looks like when it’s not raining!

Hope to see you all on PuB NiGHT this Wednesday at 131 Water!

– Danielle

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Smart Saver

It’s Suuunday again and so it’s time to smart saver.

You just want to get a snack and a coffee but don’t want to spend so much money? You don’t have to, if you will join Tim Hortons for a coffee and a snack. For a muffin and a pretzel Bagel ( yeees, right! They offers pretzel Bagel) you have to spend only $3. The coffee is much cheaper than at Starbucks and even better. You can get there all snack you can imagine. From bagels in different versions, sandwiches and wraps to cookies, muffins and a great variety of delicious donuts. Go, have a  yummi break at Tim Hortons and safe some money.

Since the rain starts its the best way to got to the cinema. Unfortunately it’s a little bit expensive, as you pay $11-13 for one movie in Vancouver. Buuut not on Tuesday. Tuesday is movie day in Vancouver, so you’re able to see one movie for only $7,20. I really recommend the Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver, because there you have the opportunity to get popcorn with different flavors, such as chocolate caramel, cheese, marshmallow and much more.
The cinema is the best way to make these rainy days more interesting and for those, who aren’t English native speaker, it’s a easy way to improve your English skills by watching movies in English.
Get out and enjoy your stay even though it’s raining.

We wish you a great start in the next week.

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Review: Trip to Deep Cove

On Sunday it was time for our trip to Deep Cove, one of the nicest places around Vancouver. Unfortunately we were not lucky with the weather, it was a really cloudy and rainy Sunday.  But in hope that the weather will change later we decided to make us on the way to Deep Cove by bus. After the 45 minutes bus drive we arrived at Deep Cove but the weather did not change but that was no reason for us to do not enjoy this Sunday at Deep Cove.

 

First we went to a small, cozy cafe where we all had some coffee, muffins and of course doughnuts. Already before we went to Deep Cove a lot of people told us, that we should try the doughnuts there, they were right. When you go to Deep Cove, you definitely should try them as well! We used this “coffee time” to talk about a lot of different things, like our next plans, what to do on a rainy day in Vancouver and gave each other some tips and helps.  It was really nice in this cafe, so we stayed a really long time in this cafe. Later we walked along the coast of Deep Cove, it was still rainy but still nice to see this nice place. We definitely will do this trip again with sun and some kayaking or paddling! Afterwards we took the bus back to Downtown, most of us used the rest of the day for some shopping or even other activities in Vancouver.

 

Hope you all had a nice weekend and a great start in this sunny week. See you at the upcoming events!

 

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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INTERNeX Canada: INTERNeX goes Victoria – Review Vol. 1

Hi everyone!

IMAG0497_1Last weekend we went from Vancouver to Victoria to have our monthly trip (September). It was a trip with many special moments and experiences. Everything was fine, but then something unexpected happened….And the trip turned into a little (but funny) mess.

And here are the most important headlines:

……Someone missed the start of the trip! But WHO? And WHY?!……

……Two nights in a 40-men-dormitory!……

……The beautiful British Columbia Museum……

……Craigdarroch Castle……

……It’s raining men, Hallelujah!……

……Cast Away 2: ”All ferries are cancelled. You can’t leave Victoria today” – OH NO?!……

If you want to read more about this crazy trip to Victoria, please read the upcoming extended Version of “INTERNeX goes Victoria – Review Vol. 2”

See you,
Tobias

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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