How was your weekend?

Thanks to Victoria Day, many of us had an extended weekend of 3 days. I was one of the lucky ones. And let me tell you, the last few days have been great: I was at the beach, learned more about science, went to another country and flew over Canada. Sounds too good (or crazy) to be true? Well, let me tell you how I succeeded in doing so.

On Friday, we started the weekend in the best way possible: we had a barbecue at the beach! Sunset Beach was the location to be. The grill was ready from 6pm on. The smell of burger patties and sausages filled the air fast. This is how summers are supposed to be. I enjoyed my food, played Frisbee and had many laughs and talks with many of you. And let’s not forget the beautiful sunset we could all admire!

New day, new activity: Saturday was all about science! Well, at least for several hours. We went to Science World and did many things: we saw a show about electricity, discovered the different galleries and engaged in several interactive demonstrations. I also took the opportunity to visit the exhibition ‘The Science Behind PIXAR’ – where I learned how some of my favorite childhood movies were created. In the evening, I met up with some of my favorite Swedish people. For a few beers only. Needless to say, it wasn’t a few beers only. But hey: I succeeded taking my last bus home.

After a few hours of sleep, it was time to get up again. At 5:40am, my alarm went off. I obviously wasn’t very energetic, but it was time for me to leave the country. A day trip to Seattle was ahead of me. Yay, my first time in the US. Unfortunately, crossing the border took longer than expected, but the sun was shining for us in the city. So, being a total tourist again for one day, I did what I had to do: visiting the Gum Wall, eating Beecher’s Mac and Cheese (soooo good, by the way), strolling over the Public Market, walking through downtown and enjoying the view over Seattle from the Sky View Observatory. When we came back to Vancouver in the evening, we ended the day with a few beers.

On Monday – Victoria Day – I caught up on some sleep. It was not until 12.30pm when I crawled out of bed and took a shower. Then, I went to Canada Place with Kerstin to meet Billy. Time to do something fun! We decided to do ‘FlyOver Canada’. It is a virtual experience where you can fly over Canada. This, with the help of a spherical screen and suspending and moving seats. It was a wonderful experience, but I would have loved to fly a little longer than only 15 minutes. We ended our weekend the way we begun: hooray, a barbecue!

I hope you all had a great weekend, too. I can’t wait to hear your stories tomorrow at our PuB NiGHT at Dublin Calling!

– Nadine

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Highlights of the Year: October, November and December

We hope you all had an amazing Christmas and since the holidays are already over that also means that we will discuss the last part of 2017 this week!

So keep on reading if you want to know what we did in the months October, November and December.

October

In October we had a very special INTERNeX Explorer because it was Halloween. In this episode we showed you how Vancouver celebrates Halloween and we also talked about the past and upcoming events. But as most of you maybe already has seen is that we used a lot of special effects in this video and even made Bart look like a ghost. If you haven’t seen our Halloween Special go check it out here. Other blogposts we would like to highlight are:

 

November

In November we created one of the last INTERNeX Explorer of this year. We talked about our upcoming and past events. We also gave you some tips on “How To Play Secret Santa”. If you haven’t seen Episode 11 of INTERNeX Explorer yet go check it out here. Other Blogposts we would like to highlight are:

 

December

In December we created the last INTERNeX Explorer which was a very special one! It was the Highlights of The Year video in which we looked back on all the amazing things we did! Go check out the video here! Other Blogposts we would like to highlight are:

Not only did we look back at 2017 the last couples of weeks through the blogposts,  we also made a highlights of the year video this month. If you haven’t checked out the video yet, than check it out here! Also check out our previous highlights of the year blogposts here:

Highlights of the year Q1

Highlights of the year Q2

Highlights of the year Q3

We all wish you an amazing 2018 and we are looking forward to all the exciting new adventurers we have planned for you. See you all at our NYE party tomorrow!

– Mandy

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Candidate Exposé – Kristina Roeder

Kristina RoederMy name is Kristina Roeder and I’m 20 years old. I am from Aachen in Germany and I’m also studying in Aachen. My studies include German literature, linguistics and philosophy and I’m a fourth semester student.

Exploring Canada was on my bucket list for a really long time. I saw a lot of amazing photographs of the countryside and heard just positive things about Canadians beforehand and I can say that my expectations were really not disappointing. The nature and especially the Rocky Mountains are just amazing and I’m really glad that I chose Canada and Vancouver.

A German agency gave me the INTERNeX contact information and after my first Skype meeting with Timothy I was sure that I was going to make use of the INTERNeX services. My internship company was really good and the weekend trips and Pub Nights were amazing.

I did an internship at a theatre and I enjoyed it. The team was really nice and it was good getting a look into the company and their work. I chose doing an internship, because it had to do it for my studies. I worked as a marketing intern and learned a lot about marketing strategies and public relations. I really liked the company and the people working there. It was a good experience and I’m glad that I got the chance getting to know the company and a bit about marketing.

To be successful at the company I interned, you have to work independently. The peopleKristina Roeder (words) working there don’t always have time to come to your desk and give you a new job. So you should find useful things to do on your own sometimes or go to them and ask them for a project you can help them with.

My practicum was a part of my university studies and it was really useful for that. It was useful for my career goals as well and besides that a great personal experience.

I lived in a homestay in South Vancouver with three other students and my host mum, who I liked really much. The only negative aspect was, that my room didn’t had a window, but it was still good living there. INTERNeX helped me finding the homestay.

During my first weekend in Vancouver I was a bit homesick, but after making new friends and going on weekend trips I was fine.

My first impression about Vancouver was as good as my last impression. Vancouver is a beautiful city and it was a pleasure living there, even if it was just for three months. I’m sure that it was not my last trip to Vancouver.

I joined nearly every pub night during my stay in Vancouver and each one was so much fun. I joined the Kelowna weekend trip and lots of other day trips. Each trip was amazing and I’m glad I got to see a lot of beautiful places and got to know amazing people. Iris, Tess, Danielle and Janel did a great job! I visited nearly everything you can visit in Vancouver and also Kelowna, Whistler, Banff, Jasper and Seattle.

I love the combination of living in a big city and living so close to such a stunning nature. Canadians are incredibly kind and polite, which is really strange at the beginning if you’re from Germany.

My personal highlight was my Rocky-Mountain-trip with my dad during my stay in Canada. We walked on frozen lakes, did snow walks and walked through the Rockies. We took the “Banff Gondola“ and I had the most stunning view in my life so far.

This experience definetely inspired me to travel more! After my studies I want to travel again for a longer time and I want to go to New Zealand. The first thing I did when I arrived home was visiting my family and friends and I slept a lot to conquer my jet lag…

– Kristina

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

So you are asking me how my weekend was? Well, I would love to tell you about my weekend, because I had a great one. I spent my time well in Seattle. What Seattle? Yes, this weekend was our trip to Seattle! It was great, so sit back and read all our adventures we did over there.

It all started on Saturday early in the morning. Too early to get up. But we had to, because today was the big day. We are going to Seattle! It was 7 am and we met at Canada place. The bus was waiting to get us to the United States. There we go! We crossed the border with no problems and stopped in Bellingham to go shopping in the big outlet. Now it was even cheaper with a lot of Black Friday deals going on.

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When all the shoes, clothes, purses and gifts where loaded in the bus, we continued our way to Seattle. After a little sightseeing tour we arrived at our hotel, where we prepared ourselves for a diner and night out. Our tour guide recommended a nice place where we could eat. So we went there, a nice biker bar with good music and delicious food. After our meals it was time to have some beers together. There was this one place with over a hundred different beers. We tried some of them before we decided to continue our night in a club. We ended up in a small club with a DJ playing nice songs.

The alarm went of at 8 am. It was time to discover Seattle a little more. Half asleep we arrived at the breakfast. After some food and a lot of coffee we sat in the bus for another sightseeing tour through Seattle. We arrived in the city center where some girls went shopping, while we went to the underground tour. A stand-up comedian guided us underneath the streets of Seattle. It was a really interesting and fun tour. The tour ended around noon, so lunch it was. The restaurant where we ate was next to the see, so we had a beautiful view while eating our great lunch.

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In Seattle is an alley where the walls are all covered in gum. It was close to the restaurant, so we decided to take a look. It was strange and beautiful at the same time. You could even smell the sweet scent of gum. We putted our gums at the wall and continued to the cupcake shop to make a plan for the rest of the day. We decided to take the monorail to a park next to the lake to see a good view. We drank some coffee in a café there, before we had to get back to the bus. On our way back we did some duty free shopping before crossing the border of Canada. At home it was time to have a good sleep.

For everybody who joined this trip, thank you! You made this trip a lot of fun! Want to hear more stories of Seattle? Come to PuB NiGHT this Wednesday and I will tell you more while playing the Bourbon Bingo.

– Bart

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What to do on the weekend?

It’s Friday again which means that the weekend is just around the corner! If you don’t know yet what you want to do on the weekend then keep on reading because we are going to give you some tips!

Since it is almost December, there are already a lot of Christmas events going on. Like for example you can go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge to see the Canyon Lights.

22799557324_a99330f147_zOn Saturday you can also visit the Surrey Tree Lighting Festival which include family friendly activities, holiday crafts, food trucks, live entertainment and the lightning of a 55-foot Christmas tree. Also the Vancouver Christmas market located at the Jack Pool Plaza started this week. This Christmas market is an European-style market that’s great for holiday window shopping and festive things to eat. There is on most days (especially weekends) also live music.

If you don’t feel like Christmas yet than you can also go to the Disney on Ice show or Cirque du Soleil which are both still in town.

And the INTERNeX family will go to Seattle this weekend to do some sightseeing and of course some Black Friday Shopping!

We hope you all have an amazing weekend and we’re looking forward to see all of you tomorrow for Seattle!

– Mandy

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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INTERNeX goes Seattle!! Information

Only a few more days to go until our trip to Seattle will start! For the people who will join us, we will give some useful information about the trip in this blog post. So if you would like to know what we are going to do then keep on reading!

The trip will start on Saturday at 7:00 am and we will meet and departure from 999 Canada Place in downtown Vancouver. After we are all there we will drive to Seattle and our first stop will be at the Seattle Premium Outlets to shop for some good deals. After the shopping we will arrive in Seattle and check in to our hotel and after that you have the possibility to enjoy free time in the city or to meet our guide for dinner and experience Seattle’s nightlife but keep in mind that the drinking age is 21+!!!

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On the second day we will enjoy a breakfast at the hotel and after that we will have a guided tour of Seattle downtown. When the tour is done you will have the option to visit the Space Needle or explore the Museum of Pop Culture. After this we will have some more free time for sightseeing or shopping in downtown Seattle.

When we are all done with shopping and sightseeing we will meet up with our guide again to go back to Vancouver but the plan is to stop close to the border to do some duty free shopping as well. We will arrive back in Vancouver approximately 9:00 pm.

Please also make sure to bring the following items:
• Passport
• Your permit/visa
• US $6,- (for the Border Processing Fee, it needs to be the exact amount)
• Credit card and/or Debit Card
• Cash

We are looking forward to see all of you tonight at Malones for our weekly PuB NiGHT!

– Mandy

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

It’s almost the end of November, which means that Christmas is just around the corner. And while we already had our Thanksgiving here in Canada, our southern neighbours will have their Thanksgiving this Thursday. A big tradition in the U.S. that Canada also took over is the famous Black Friday weekend.

So if you have always wanted that amazing new Apple computer or that amazing designer handbag but never had enough money for it, then read this blog because Black Friday is coming!

Black Friday started in the U.S but there are many speculations on how it started. One of the most recent reason for Black Friday is in 1950s Philadelphia, The Army and Navy college football teams celebrated their fierce rivalry each year with a neutral-ground clash in Philly on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Shoe ShopThe day before, thousands of people from surrounding communities would flood into the city in anticipation of the big game. They’d take the opportunity to stock up on clothes, home goods, and other gift-able items at central Philly’s many retail shops and department stores.

The annual wave of shoppers and fans was enough to clog streets and strain local health and safety resources. City Police would have to work extra-long shifts dealing with the additional crowds and traffic, and Shoplifters would also take advantage of the bedlam in stores to make off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement headache.

In the 1980s and 1990s, large-format “big box” stores like Walmart, Target, and Best Buy proliferated around and between regional and superregional malls, fleshing out the countries ever more competitive suburban retail landscape. It was during this period that Black Friday came an own term. Signs advertising blowout Black Friday deals (and insanely early opening hours) in urban and suburban shopping districts were published and for years, every Black Friday was bigger than the last.

Canada took over the Black Friday hype, but also added Cyber Monday, which is a day where all kinds of electronics are sharply discounted.

So for everybody joining us to Seattle this weekend, make sure you’ve got enough sleep, a lot of space left in your suitcase and of course have your credit card with you because it will be a shopping heaven!!

Hope to see you all at tomorrow’s PuB NiGHT!

-Mandy

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