Smart Saver Vancouver

Dear ski and snowboard fans, April is just about to start which means that the winter sports season is nearly over… So, take the last chances to grab your skis or your snowboard and hit the slopes. Since a day on the mountain can be quite expensive, here are some tips and tricks to save some money.

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Before you take the gondola up the mountain, it is worth checking the website Liftopia.com. There is often a broad range of offers for discounted lift tickets, if you buy them in advance. Sometimes, there are even great discounts that include rentals already. Another website that has some good offers is Groupon.com. Currently, you can score a deal for rentals on Grouse Mountain, for example.

Mount Seymour is offering a special offer called ‘Carload Wednesday’. You can ski on Wednesday nights for only $99 per car. So, if five people fit in the car, you only pay less than $20 per person for the lift ticket. Hiring a car is not that expensive in Vancouver, so if you gather some people, it can be totally worth it! No panic for those without a driver’s license: you can check out the Facebook group ‘Seymour Mountain Rideshare’ where people are offering rides for a small fee.

If you want to head to Cypress Mountain, which is my personal favourite by the way, you can take a shuttle bus from downtown for only $20 (students) or $22 (adults) for a round trip. The bus takes you directly to the ski resort, very convenient!

A must-do trip for all skiing fans is of course the famous resort Blackcomb in Whistler. Here, it is worth it to buy a lift ticket beforehand online via their website whistlerblackcomb.com. You can save the most if you purchase the tickets more than a week in advance. So, plan ahead and score a good deal!

Last but not least, it is also worth it to check out shops that offer winter sports supply. At the end of the season, many clothes and skiing supplies are on discounted sale now. This is your chance to already get new gear for the next season!

There are many ski and snowboard fans in our INTERNeX crew, so why not team up and go on a day trip together? I hope that you can score some good deals and enjoy the beautiful mountains on your ski or snowboard!

See you at tonight’s PuB NiGHT at Malone’s!

– Kerstin

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INTERNeX Canada: Smart Saver Vancouver !

Hi everyone! Do you remember your first week here in Vancouver? Probably the weather was still good. But last Sunday (September 22nd) was the beginning of fall, hence summer is gone and as one might expect the rainy season starts right now! Consequently be prepared to carry an umbrella with you all the time!
But many students like you and me probably didn’t have one in their suitcase when they arrived at Vancouver. So you definitely have to buy one if you don’t want to get wet! But it could become very expensive to buy an umbrella here in Vancouver – up to 25 $!

When the Seabus arrives at Waterfront on a rainy day and people don’t carry an umbrella with
them, they want to buy one as quick as possible. For that, they probably will buy one in a
souvenir shop close to the Seabus station. But the umbrellas there are kind of expensive! WHY?
Well, that’s business!

But there is no need for it! You only have to cross the streets or to walk down Water Street
towards Gastown
to get a cheap umbrella for 6-8$ (+tax)! That’s way better than 25$, isn’t it?

So with the money saved in this manner you could do something special, for example you could
join our next weekly pub night?! What do you think about that?

Cheers,
Tobias

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International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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INTERNeX Canada: Fun Facts!

Summer of love, summer of love !! It was always said that summer is the season of love, and it´s true guys: Love is in the air.

Summer, the season when the happiness is a must, a need and a tireless search as it was a treasure. An imperative when our hearts beat faster while our hormones go trough the roof like a cheerful carnival. A season where you can go for a romantic walk beneath the moon or simply enjoy the frenetic nights in the dance floor. Everything is possible !!

Here we have some examples in Vancouver, maybe not conventional examples, but very original ! Let´s see…

Jarred Greff and Nina Schmidt

The first example  is a couple who got married during the “I love transit week” , on the bus Number 3.

It may seem that is crazy , but the reason why they got married there is because  they met each other in this bus.

None of the wedding guests (more and less 30)  had to pay the transit fare.

The bus picked up the guests at one location and then drove up to a church to pick up the bride. Interesting, isn´t it ? Congratulations to both on tying the knot !

The second example, is not a wedding, but a proposal !

Can you imagine that you are running one of the most famous marathons in Vancouver with around 10,000 runners participating, and after crossing the finish line your boyfriend proposes to marry in the middle of the crowd ??

Well, I guess I wouldn´t imagine something like this before, but it happened during the SeaWheeze lululemon Half-Marathon a few weeks ago.

I am sure that for him the most important about the marathon was not to finish it, if not the answer of his girlfriend: YES !!

What do you think guys? Is pretty interesting..Now that I told you this, take care because love is everywhere !!

Best,

Mercedes

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
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INTERNeX Canada: Canadian Football !

The hockey seasons is over, but don´t worry because the football season has just started. By football, I mean Canadian football ( Europeans: Keep in mind that here they call soccer to our “football” in Europe).

Canadian football is a little bit different than american football. The Canadian team has 12 players rather than 11, is played on a field roughly 10 yards wider and ten yards longer between the end, and utilizes three downs per possession rather than four.

The top league is the professional eight-team  Canadian Football League (CFL). The CFL regular season begins in June, and playoffs for the Grey Cup are completed by mid-November.

In British Columbia, our professional team is BC Lions. They play their games in the BC Place, in downtown.

BC Lions Facts:

  • The name: The team was names for The Lions, a pair of mountain peaks overlooking Vancouver.
  • Uniform colors: Orange, Black and White.
  • Mascot: Leo the Lion.
  • Stadium: BC Place Stadium
  • Western regular season championships: 13—1963, 1964, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012.
  • Western Division Championships: 10—1963, 1964, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2011.
  • Grey Cup championships: 6—1964, 1985, 1994, 2000, 2006, 2011.
  • Main Rivals: Montreal Alouettes (Labour Day Classic), Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Fight song: “Roar, You Lions, Roar”

I highly recommend to go to watch a match, ’cause the entrances´price are really cheap!

Best,

Mercedes

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Fridays

This weekend is a long one guys, because it’s Easter! When I hear Easter, I automatically think of bunnies, basket full of eggs, chocolate (of course), and flowers. But I always wondered why there are such thing as Easter bunnies? Why do they lay eggs? Where are the hens?

According to an old legend, Easter began with the pagan celebration of the goddess Ostara. She was associated with the Spring season and fertility. The goddess entertained children by turning her pet bird into a rabbit. The rabbit then gave colorful eggs as presents to the children.

If that wasn’t enough, I came across a short story for children that “tries” to explain…

Why the Easter Bunny Brings Eggs (adapted by Jean Warren)

Once upon a time, there was a King who had a very powerful magician at his court.  One day, the magician gave the King a hen that laid beautiful eggs for a present. The king liked the eggs but he was greedy and he told his magician that he would like the hen better, if she could lay eggs of gold.  So the Magician worked another magic spell and sure enough the hen started laying eggs of gold.

The king was delighted.  He became very rich and the envy of the other kings.  He kept his special hen in a golden cage next to his thrown.  He knew that someday, someone would try to steal his hen, so whenever visitors came,  he would have his magician come and hide the special hen and substitute an ordinary hen in the cage.

Sure enough, one day someone ran off with the hen in the golden cage.  The king was glad he had had his magician switch the hens.  He sent word for the magician to bring back his hen.  But the next day, when the king looked in his golden cage all he found was a white rabbit.  “What’s this!” said the King.  “Little rabbit, how did you get in here?  The King opened the cage and had his footman take the rabbit back out to the woods where he belonged.  Then he called for his magician.

“Where is my magic hen?”, asked the King.  I told you to bring her back. “I did bring her back,” said the magician.  “I put her in the cage”, I just didn’t have time to change her back into a hen.”

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This is Rolo 🙂

They never did find the little white rabbit, but from that day forward, children found colorful eggs hidden all over the kingdom.  And some say, that every once in a while someone found a golden one.

Yeah right, I don’t think so. Actually, I have two rabbits at home named Rolo and Coco..maybe they will leave trails of golden eggs and make me filthy rich 😉

Happy Easter and have a great long weekend!

Cheers,

Flora

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INTERNeX Canada: Hockey is BACK!

You may have heard some exciting news over the weekend: the NHL is back on! I don’t think I can contain my excitement much longer. As you probably know, hockey is huge here in Canada so expect all the bars and pubs to be filled during game nights!

Some of you might have had your first taste of hockey when you went to the Vancouver Giants game with us a few weeks ago, but let me tell you, it is in comparison to the NHL.

What happened was that the owners (NHL) and the players (NHLPA) have finally agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement which is a basic labour-management contract between the two sides. As frustrating as it was with four long months of no hockey, the lockout is finally over.

Training camps are expected to start next week and the official start date for the 2012- 2013 season is set on January 19th. Only short 10 days away!

During a regular season, there are usually 82 games, but since we lost so much time, there will only be a 48-game schedule. This means that all the teams will have to be in playoff mode already and all the games will be super intense!

If you are new to hockey, TSN has done a great preview of all 30 teams coming into this new season. They have listed all the changes and everything else that you need to know to make you look like a hockey pro.

So get your Canucks gear ready, because if you are living in Vancouver who else are you supposed to cheer for? It’s going to make those rainy days that much better.

Cheers,

Queenie

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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday – It’s Christmas in 1 month!

Back home I know when Christmas is approaching as soon as you can get all these super sweet and everything but low-calorie treats anywhere. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realized that they sell originally German Stollen at Nesters Market!! Oh I should probably first explain what it is. Back home in Germany, Stollen is a loaf of sweet fruit bread covered with a thick layer of icing sugar. I used to hate it as a kid as I contains weird stuff like dried raisins and candied orange and lemon peel but a couple of years ago, I actually started to appreciate the distinct taste you only get in the advent season. The best Stollen in the world  is the one my grandma makes from scratch of course! She would add tons of butter and make it extra juicy and yummy…this is probably one of the things I miss most over here; real and honest and non-processed food with healthy and home-grown ingredients. Might be a reason why Monday night was so special for me. My roomie and I had four girlfriends over at our apartment and we cooked traditionally Dutch food with mashed potatoes, veggies and sausages. It was not only delicious but our whole apartment smelled just like home (German and Dutch food are very similar, so it really did!! 🙂 ) And then one of the girls made cake that tasted exactly like my nana’s Zimtschnecken (cinnamon buns)! I was in heaven and this certainly made up for many pasta-with-tomato-sauce-dinners in Canada!

So here’s the plan: I’ll go get some yummy Stollen after work today, make myself a nice cup of tea, curl up on the couch, indulge in a book and pretend I was sitting next to the Kachelofen (tiled stove) at home, listening to the crackling fire. If I can’t be there for Christmas this year, I’ll have to somehow transfer all the food, smells, warmth and love to wherever I am. Only writing about it makes me happy right now… 🙂

When you give it a thought, what do you miss most about home besides family and friends? Is it the food, sleeping in your own bed, speaking your mother tongue or something completely different? Share with us!!

Cheers

Marianne

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