How was your weekend?

Another Monday, another week ahead of us. But before we dive into the new week, let’s take a look at what happened on the weekend.

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On Friday we went to see the Whitecaps game against the Portland Timbers. We met at the Library Square Public House at around 5:30. That’s also the meeting spot of the Southsiders, the loyal fans of the Whitecaps. So we’ve already experienced some cheering there. At the Pub we had a few beers until 6:45, when we headed towards the stadium. We had pretty nice seats, as our view was great, and we sat next to the Southsiders, so we had good energy around us during the whole game. Before the game, both the American and the Canadian national anthems were played. When the game started the stadium wasn’t too full, but it filled up over time. The Whitecaps were able score a goal in the 9th minute. Even though the Timbers also had some good opportunities to score goals, they weren’t able to score one, leading to the Whitecaps win.

When leaving the stadium, there was a marching band outside performing. Part of our group went home afterwards, while some still went for some drinks. Thanks to everyone who joined and hopefully you enjoyed the game as much as I did.

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The rest of the weekend was a rather chill one for me. I hung out with some friends and enjoyed the weather by the water. I hope you guys had a great weekend as well.

See you at the Yale Saloon on Wednesday for PuB NiGHT!

Have a good day!

-Megan

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How was your weekend?

Monday morning: I’m crawling to the office. No, it’s not because it’s a burden to be here, but rather because of the activities from the weekend that really overstrained my legs.

Well, let’s start with Friday: Thanks to several incidents, I could finish work early. So, happy-me leaving the office at 3pm thought it would be a great idea to do some workouts. Well, not the greatest idea if “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster” aka the Grouse Grind is scheduled for Sunday. But everybody makes mistakes and at least I didn’t think of it during my easy Netflix and chill evening at home.

37245582_1863586617036026_1984390210623897600_nSaturday morning, I woke up with a smile on my face because a beach-day promised a great time. Clever-me put on some sunscreen and headed off to Sunset Beach to meet some of you guys. When I arrived, a few of the Vargas-Gang were already enjoying the sun, playing some beach games and just had some easy and fun conversations. It was a really nice and relaxing day, I definitely enjoyed it. Despite burning my back and neck. 😦 At home I tried to bake some small flatbreads. Yes, “tried”. They turned out to be buns rather than flatbread, but oh well. They’re still edible. 😉

Of course, after Saturday, there is Sunday. This day I woke up quite early to watch the FIFA World Cup final. We met at Malone’s to see France conquer Croatia. It was an exciting match. At 11am it was time to meet at Waterfront for our big hike. I was really happy to see so many of you showing up. So, the 13 of us fought our way up to the summit.

2,830 stairs to take. 853m to gain. 2.9km to leave behind. And we made it! At the Top
It was quite exhausting, but the feeling we had when we arrived at the top was just amazing – not to forget the view, of course! We spend some hours on top of Grouse Mountain, saw some bears, had a good lunch (some schnäcks😂), took amazing pictures and had some fun talks. While waiting for the gondola to take us down, we met Cleo, the resident barn owl from Grouse Mountain. Half an hour plus a Gondola ride later, we all collapsed in the Shuttle-Bus heading to Waterfront Station. It was an exhausting day, but it was totally worth it. Thanks for joining our day trip and I hope to see you all soon!

Don’t forget – we are going to see The Lion King in the OpenAir Cinema at Ceperley Meadow in Stanley Park tomorrow!

See you then!

– Elisabeth

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What to do on the weekend?

Friday, the 13th. This day is mostly associated with bad luck and unfortunate events. But HOW can a Friday be connoted so badly? I am just happy it is the weekend. Finally! 🎉🌞
But now that we arrived at the long-awaited best two days of the week the question “What to do on these sunny days?” is popping up.

So, what’s on this weekend?
Some of you might have already heard about it: The Vancouver Folk Music Festival. It 36299308392_e6dc6c5cdb_ntakes place the entire weekend and is a must-go. More than 40 artists from all over the world will perform in Jericho Beach Park on five different stages. Go ahead, get your friends together and enjoy some good music! 🎶

The music does not really catch you? Maybe a night a Playland is more your taste. Since a few weeks every Friday Playland opens its doors in the evening for 19+ only. You can enjoy all the rides and rollercoasters as at daytime but with just adults. Sounds like fun, eh? And don’t even worry about the price, it is even cheaper than a day pass. 🍻🎢

You don’t feel like spending too much money on activities? I can tell you that Saturday has something on offer for you: At the Roundhouse Community Centre the French National Holiday is celebrated from 10 in the morning until 10 in the night. July 14th, 9599513307_3e5da59ce2_nalso knows as Bastille Day, gives you the opportunity to experience the French culture a little better. Try French wine, cheese and pastries while listening to typical French music and tunes. 🧀🥐🥖
If you are not interested, the Fifth Annual Ultimate Car Show in Coquitlam might catch your attention a little more. From 10am to 3pm you can look at over 300 exhibits and watch awards given away in seven categories: Best Truck, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Classic, Best Hot Rod, Best Muscle Car and BEST IN SHOW. 🚗

For Sunday morning I can advise you to go to a Pub to watch the Final of the World Cup. France and Croatia fought their way until the final and will compete on Sunday at 8am (PDT).
In case this is to early for you, you can sleep in and just spend a relaxing day at the beach. It’s supposed to get up to 27°C, so get your towels out, don’t forget sunscreen and enjoy this amazing weather! 🌞🏖️

I hope you have a great weekend. See you on Sunday for the Final or afterwards for the hike up Grouse Grind!

– Elisabeth

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What to do on the weekend?

This week is just about to come to an end. A few more hours, then it’s finally time to put all your work aside. And this means that for the upcoming twwo days, you can do whatever you want. But what? Here are some suggestions from my side that cover the area of music, food and sports.

Here’s what’s going on in the music world in Vancouver: the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival is taking place for the 32nd time this weekend! It’s kicking off today – June 22nd – and lasts until July 1st. There are over 150 free concerts that you can visit. In downtown, there will be three outdoor stages this Saturday and Sunday. There’s the Georgia stage, the Robson stage and the Sound of Youth stage. Music is being played from 12pm – 9pm. There are food trucks around the locations as well. Sounds like some good times are ahead.

If your absolute favorite fruit is strawberry, better listen up! This Saturday, the Strawberry Festival is taking place! This festival is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. To be exact, at the Barclay Heritage Square. There will be musical performances, a bouncy castle, horse drawn carriage rides and of course, strawberry shortcakes. Admission is free and the fun is for young and old from 1pm – 4pm.

Ever heard of the sport Dragon Boat Racing? No? It’s a sport where 20 people are paddling in one boat in a competitive race against others. Sounds interesting? Then you should check out the Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival. It is one of the largest community festivals in Vancouver. Three days long, there are races (more than 200 teams are participating), food, music and other activities that can be discovered by you. The free event is located at the Concord Pacific Place, Creekside Park and the waters of False Creek.

And if we’re already talking about sports… Don’t miss out on the following FIFA World Cup games:
Saturday:
Belgium – Tunisia                    5am
Korea Republic – Mexico        8am
Germany – Sweden                 11am

Sunday:
England – Panama                   5am
Japan – Senegal                       8am
Poland – Colombia                  11am

Have a great weekend and I hope to see many of you at our Swedish Midsommar event!

– Nadine

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How was your weekend?

It’s Monday. Not only does it mean I have to work again, but it also means I get to tell you about my weekend. As forecasted, the sun rewarded us with her presence. But let me start with Friday.

I came home from work quite late in the evening, because I was searching for a special cream in all drug stores I could find in downtown. In the end I ended up buying it from the Real Canadian Superstore – still the best when it comes to low prices. After this exhausting shopping trip I spent an easy evening at home. 😉

42886494851_d931fb1979_nOn Saturday, a hike in Lynn Canyon Park was on the schedule. We met at 12.15pm at the Waterfront station and made our way to the park. We were very lucky with the weather and fortunately it was not too crowded. We enjoyed the nature and the break from the noise in the city. The picnic we had was down at the riverside where Euler led us. It was a little tricky to climb down to the riverside, but it was totally worth it. Surrounded by the trees and listening to the gurgling water, we were chatting and eating the snacks we brought. Afterwards, we went on to Rice Lake. The view was marvellous. Then, we had a walk around the lake. After three hours of nature to its fullest, we had ice cream and milkshakes at the “End of the Line General Store” in Lynn Valley. It was amazing and so tasty! If you happen to be there, try it! We were back in downtown at around 6pm. I went home and finished the day with a nice Skype conversation with my brother, but had to go to bed early because it was game day on Sunday.

As I already mentioned in the blogpost on Friday, the FIFA World Cup is happening right now. And since it takes place in Russia, the game schedule is pretty insane over here. I got up at 6.30am to make it to the Pint on time (doors opened at 7.45am). We arrived, just to find a huge queue of people outside the pub. I guess 95% of them were Mexicans. We attempted to find another pub, but since that wasn’t successful we came back and found a nice spot downstairs. Just 30 minutes after the kick-off, a waitress asked us to leave because we had two minors among us. Desperately searching for another pub, we missed the goal from the Mexicans *sigh*. We settled down in Malone’s and watched the second half of the match. Unfortunately, to our greatest despair, we had to witness the “defeat” of the German team. I just hope it will get better in the upcoming games. GO GERMANY!

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After that game we stayed to watch Switzerland – Brazil. It’s just crazy how enthusiastic and euphoric Mexicans as well as Brazilians get when it comes to soccer. When the second match was over we all made our way home. I finished the day with walking around the Central Park in Burnaby and having a nice chat with my flatmate.

I hope you all had a good weekend and enjoyed the weather. Let’s see each other at the upcoming PuB NiGHT at The Lamplighter!

– Elisabeth

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What to do on the weekend?

Finally, it is here again: The weekend. Well, and the FIFA World Cup as well. Kinda hard to decide which one I should be more excited about. Well, the World Cup is definitely more seldom, so I guess it is worth to put the weekend on second place. Sorry, weekend, I still love you.

To be precise, the soccer World Cup already started yesterday. But since we’re in Vancouver, so basically on the other side of the world, and some of us have to work, it is just not possible to watch the games early in the morning. Well, you could, before work, still lying in bed. But it’s just not the same excitement.7366316306_06cbe8e956_n
Chances are better on the weekend. The games are still early, but you can make a change of venue. Locations to watch the FIFA World Cup can be found all over Vancouver. You can find different international Pubs, e.g. English, American, Portuguese, German and a lot of others. I bet the atmosphere is better than in your bed, and you have the chance to meet people that are just as crazy about soccer. The schedule for the games (in Vancouver time) can be found here.

9317983502_e41923fa88_nIf you are less interested in soccer, the Surrey Greek Food Festival might be something for you. Local Greeks that recently came to Vancouver or lived here for some generations, established this community event more than 25 years ago. You can get freshly cooked Greek food, enjoy some Greek music and just be inspired by the foreign culture. To get there, just take the Expo Line to King George and make your way to St. Constantine and Helen orthodox church. On Saturday evening at 8pm, live music will be played by Yanis Sahamis on his Bouzouki (a mandolin like instrument).

You are neither a Foodie nor a soccer fan, then just make the best out of the weekend while enjoying the sun. The forecast says nothing but sun, so rent a bike, grab a good book and just relax in a park or go for a hike (there is the option to join our weekend excursion to Lynn Canyon Park on Saturday).

Get your sunscreen out, put your sunglasses on and get ready for the weekend.
I hope to see you on Saturday for our hike in Lynn Canyon Park.

-Elisabeth

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What to do on the weekend?

Swoooosh! And another week has passed by. But what could you do the upcoming two days? Here are some ideas for you.

Soccer fans, listen up: On Saturday, the Vancouver Whitecaps are playing again! This time, it is against the New England Revolution. It’s a home game, which means it’s taking place at BC Place (777 Pacific Blvd) in Vancouver. The game starts at 2:30pm, tickets can be purchased online or on site and are from $20 upwards. So, grab some friends, buy yourself some snacks and drinks from one of the many suppliers and enjoy the game! GO WHITECAPS!

Are you a vegetarian or even vegan? Then you should not miss out on the following event: The VEG EXPO is back in town! For the 5th year in row, you can go to the Vancouver Convention Centre and check out over 200 exhibits from vegan and vegetarian companies across Canada. They showcase vegetarian and vegan products and you can even try samples. The event takes place on Sunday from 10am until 5pm. Entrance price is $20.

Since last weekend, the Kitsilano Pool is open again. You know, the longest pool in Canada. And the only saltwater pool in Vancouver. It is a great location to spend the day at. Many restaurants and cafes are located nearby the outdoor pool. The view over the Lower-Mainland, English Bay, the North Shore Mountains and the Vancouver skyline are just wonderful. You can enjoy this on Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 8:30pm. During the week, it is open from 12pm until 8:30pm. The entrance price is between $3 and $6, depending on your age.

Have a great, exciting and fun weekend! See you on Sunday for our hike through the Lighthouse Park!

– Nadine

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