Rockies Tour Guide: Practical information

Only 2 more nights till we are going to the Rockies! We have been giving you a lot of information over the last couple of weeks, so make sure to read our previous blog posts if you want to know more. This time we are giving you some practical information.

On Friday we are meeting at Tim Hortons at 6.45 AM. The bus will leave from there or from the other side of the road, but we will see that as soon as we get there. Please make sure to be on time, as the bus will leave at 7 AM. As we are not in charge of the tour we can’t make a whole bus wait if you are not on time.  However, if for some reason you are delayed, please contact us so we can share this with our tour guide.

Make sure not to forget to bring:
– Your passport
– Medical insurance card
– Medication if necessary
– Bathing suit, so you can join us for the Polar Wolf Swim
– Good walking shoes
– Clothes for both warm and cold weather, as it can become quite cold in the night
– Sunglasses
– Enough money to avoid credit/debit card problems
– Toiletries such as shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
– Sunscreen
– Aftersun
– Camera for all the beautiful pictures you are going to take
– Bug spray
– Phone charger
– Towels

Below you can see a small overview of our schedule and the packing list:

Rockies poster

If you have any more questions, then you can always contact us. I hope to see you all on PuB NiGHT!

– Iris

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

Thank you for everything

So, my time has come to say goodbye and hopefully I’ll see you again some day. I’ve had a fantastic time here in Canada, and sharing my experiences together with awesome people just made my experience even better.

Of course I want to say thank you to a lot of people. Thank you to Tim who gave me this great opportunity to work for INTERNeX, and who together with Simon and Mina supported me all the way through my time here. A big thank you to everybody at the INTERNeX office. I’m truly amazed by the efforts you’re doing to give everybody their time of their lives. Thank you to Alexandra and Selina for introducing me to my different tasks and thanks to Sophie for your great help. And of course thanks to all of you guys who participated in all the different INTERNeX activities… you’ve given me experiences that I’ll never forget! I hope that I’ve been able to give you something in return. I feel truly lucky to have found INTERNeX. I can’t believe how much I’ve gained both professionally and personally during the last couple of months.

I’ve travelled to a lot of different countries before, and I’ve also tried to lived in another country before I arrived here in Canada. I can definitely say that this country is like no other I’ve visited. My first trip to the Rockies showed me how beautiful this country is. Stunning mountains, lakes and waterfalls. And I’ll never forget Vancouver. This city really has it all: nice beaches, lots of great events to see and activities to do, and the great outdoors is just around the corner. And with another trip to Portland I also got to see the US. Watching hockey matches, basketball matches, doing stand-up paddling around Granville Island, watching a couple of crazy and entertaining parades, and not to forget all of the pub nights and much much more. What a fantastic time I’ve had here!

Once again thanks to all of you who have given me a great time here, and thanks to Julie and Lina for overtaking the arrangement of the pub nights for the next period of time. I’ll bring all of the great memories with me back to Denmark, and hopefully we will meet again somewhere, someday… who knows 🙂

All the best,

your INTERNeX PR-Coordinator Henrik.

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Review: Trip to the Rockies – Part 3

On our last day we left our hotel at 7:30am to get our breakfast. After breakfast we went on the bus again. We had hundreds of kilometres of road in front of us. Fortunately we also had several stops during our trip, and we definitely didn’t get bored. Most of used the first part of the trip to try to get some sleep, although it sometimes could be a bit difficult because of the beautiful scenery. Our first activity of the was a bear safari. Already before doing the bear safari we were lucky to spot a bear very close to the road. This was all very exciting, and everybody rushed to the one side of the bus to get a picture. A man driving in front of us was a bit too curious. He had stopped his car and got out of the car to take pictures. When you’re this close to a bear, the last thing you should do is of course to get out of your car.

After some time we arrived to the place where we could either enjoy a smoothie, bagel or whatever else on offer at a nice houseboat or join the bear safari. Once again the weather was perfect: hot and sunny. Perfect for bear watching. However, not only did we see bears, also eagles were to be spotted. The bear safari lasted about an hour. After the trip you could, of course, buy pictures of yourself standing in front of or right next to a bear.

After the bear safari it was time to visit Spahat Falls. A small path led to a viewpoint from which you could see the great waterfall. Our tour guide told us that there was something magic to this waterfall. He told us stare at the waterfall for about 20-30 seconds, and then look at the rock next to the waterfall. As we tried to do this, it felt as if the rock started to move up and down. Perhaps it was actually even more funny to watch other peoples’ reaction to this optical illusion.

Before arriving back in Vancouver, we stopped at a very nice lake where we could get something to eat and take a swim. As we were getting closer to Vancouver it started to get more hot, so a lot of us took advantage of the opportunity to get out for swim in the lake.

On our way back to Vancouver we had a quiz about the different facts our guide had given us during the trip… great fun. On our arrival to Vancouver we thanked our bus driver and tour guide for an amazing trip.

Click here if you want to see more pictures from this great trip.

We hope that just as many will join our next monthly trip which will be to Whistler. So be on the lookout for the next trip. 

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

Review: Trip to the rockies – Part 2

Soo, after a great time around Lake Louise we continued to our next destination, the Banff gondola. The gondola led us to the top of the mountains where it was possible to walk around on pathways and enjoy spectacular views of the Banff mountains. Since we didn’t have too much time at the top of the mountains, some of us had a bit of exercise running up and down stairs leading from one end of the pathway to the other. When arriving back down in the valley some took the opportunity to have look a the tourist shop. We also had a lot of fun watching some of the pictures taken when entering the gondola at the top of the mountain. It was possible to buy the pictures at the tourist shop but perhaps it was a bit expensive.

After the visit at the Banff gondola we went to Banff city to check-in at our hotel, and then we went out to try out some of the local places to eat. Later during the evening some went out to dance the night away at a club, while others preferred to have a chat at some of the many great pubs that Banff has to offer.

The next morning, Sunday, we had to leave Banff at 8:00am after having our breakfast. However, some chose to skip the breakfast, sleep in and buy some food at one of our several stop along our bus drive instead. Actually we weren’t that much behind schedule and almost everybody managed to be outside the hotel ready to get on the bus at exactly 8:00 am. Yet another great day were awaiting. We passed by more beautiful mountains and amazing lakes and waterfalls. Along the way we visited Johnston’s Canyon, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake and we travelled the icefields parkway. The top attraction of the day was the Columbia icefield where we travelled with a so called SnoCoach up the glacier. A SnoCoach is a special bus specifically build for the purpose of travel up and down the glacier. As we reach the top of the glacier most of us tried to drink the ice-cold and refreshing glacial water. Water never tasted this good… very delicious!

Before arriving at our hotel in Valemount, our final destination of the day, we went to see Mount Robson. With its 3954 metres Mount Robson is the highest mountain in the Rockies. Fortunately the weather kept on being sunny, so we were able to see all the way to the top of the mountain. During the evening we had a BBQ dinner at our hotel. Everybody was sitting and chatting during this nice and cozy evening.

Keep your eyes peeled for the third and final part of the review of our great rockies trip.

 

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

Rockies Trip: Song

“Music is the universal language of mankind”. So we went on a music hunt to find our INTERNeX GOES ROCKIES 2014 SONG. 

We decided to go for a song from Avicii , Wake me up. We think it fits good in with the trip and what we are about to experience. So get ready to hear this song 24/7 for the easter weekend and learn the text by heart! If you can think of an even greater song, please let us know! (We prefer an older song as well, like Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, etc). Oh and do not worry, you will hear a lot of the backstreet boys, spice girls and the rest of the ‘oldy gang’.

 

Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can’t tell where the journey will end
But I know where to start
They tell me I’m too young to understand
They say I’m caught up in a dream
Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes
Well that’s fine by me

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself, and I
Didn’t know I was lost

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself, and I
Didn’t know I was lost

I tried carrying the weight of the world
But I only have two hands
Hope I get the chance to travel the world
But I don’t have any plans
Wish that I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life’s a game made for everyone
And love is a prize

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself, and I
Didn’t know I was lost

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself, and I
I didn’t know I was lost

I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know I was lost
I didn’t know.

Our next pub night will be on Tuesday at Mooses Down Under on Pender Street. We will inform you on friday about the exact address and time.

Rockies we are ready for you! 

ps: if anyone has a guitar don’t forget to bring it for our campfire night!

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

INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend!

Middle of August and we have to make the most of the summer and Vancouver !

If you don’t know what to do during the weekend here I give you some ideas.

Big Bus Route Map

On Saturday, we  go to the Big Bus Tour around Vancouver (Remember that the 3 winners of the “Best Rockies Trip picture” win a 2 day pass for free).

This hop-on, hop-off bus offers you the opportunity to go all over the wonderful and most important places in Vancouver and the best part of it is that you can hop on, hop off as often as you want to take pictures, to enjoy the views or just simply to drink a coffee.

Meeting point:  Gastown Big Bus Welcome. Stop #1  (On Water Street just 20 steps from the Steam Clock )

When:  Saturday 17th August, at 1.30 p.m.

Price: Student pass for 1 day: $37. Student pass for 2 days: $42

For those who prefer a frenetic journey, I have another idea, but this one crazier. The annual Zombie Walk is here. This walk has going for years, and each one is getting bigger and bigger.

Please, do not vandalize anything and obey the police. That’s very important !

If you want to survive to the Zombie Walk, check it out this map, which will tell you where to go to get the supplies necessary to battle the brain eating zombies.

Survival Map Downtown

Date: August 17, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (assemble around 3 p.m.)

Where: Starts at the Vancouver Art Gallery and the walking dead then proceed to roam the streets of downtown. The zombie infestation travels up Robson towards Denman Street. It continues to English Bay and ends at the laughing men statues.

Best,

Mercedes

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Flora says “it’s time for us to part, my friends!”

I can’t believe my internship here at INTERNeX has come to an end! Wednesday is really an odd day to end, isn’t it?

To be honest with you,  I was a complete nervous wreck when I first started way back in January. Everything was so overwhelming and every single task terrified me. As soon as I heard that I  might be the only PR intern working, I was seriously worried…had I made the right choice? But of course, the answer was yes. I don’t think I’ll ever regret this…especially because I was able to meet so many wonderful people. To everyone (including those who have already left Vancouver), although it might have been a short time, I had so much fun and thanks for being AWESOME.

I’ll always remember our hilarious pub nights, trips on the weekends, the beautiful and fun Rockies trip, and of course that amazing pub and club night last Friday. I want to let you all know that you have impacted my life in so many ways. To all the staff in the office, thank you for being so encouraging and supportive. It’s actually weird that I have to leave…I was just getting so comfortable here!

What’s next for me, you ask? Well, it’s back to being a student for the moment. Yep, that means textbooks and exams (no more pub nights for me on weekdays…no tequila shots). And after that, who knows! But I’ll still be around in Vancouver so we can hangout!

I want to leave with a quote (you might have read it on my desk frame), “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened” -Dr. Seuss. What an incredible, amazing, lovely, humbling, fun, and most of all, learning, experience. I’ll miss everyone and not being the one in charge haha but hey, it’s my turn to sit back.

note* I think out of all my blog posts, this was the hardest to write. I just didn’t know where to begin. 

See you around,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com