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Summer has arrived, so it is time to go outside and do some fun activities. Good news is that you don’t have to spend (too much) money to join the fun. Here are some ideas for your free time.

I am sure you have already heard about the famous outdoor cinema, which takes place every Tuesday at Second Beach in Stanley Park. We just went there yesterday and watched The Lion King, it was a lot of fun! Next week, Mean Girls is on the program. Just take a blanket and some snacks with you and enjoy the movie.

37298454_1806962999396722_1371304262142787584_nDo you always have plans on Tuesday nights? No problem, you can also watch an outdoor movie on Thursdays at the Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place. Movies are shown until the end of August. Tomorrow, from 9.10pm on, the movie COCO will be on the screen. You can find the entire movie line-up here. Make sure you arrive early to reserve yourself a good spot.

Another great activity for hot summer days is of course swimming or at least splashing. You can cool down in one of the five outdoor swimming pools that are spread over the city:

  • Kitsilano Pool
  • Maple Groove Pool (South Vancouver)
  • Hillcrest Aquatic Centre (close to Queen Elisabeth Park)
  • New Brighton Pool
  • Second Beach Pool (Stanley Park)

You can check out all location details and opening hours here. Admission fee for one visit is $6.10, except for Maple Grove Pool – only $3 for this one. If you are planning to go more often, you can also purchase a 10-visit pass for $48.80. You get 25% off the regular price, when you show up with a group of 10+ people. So, time to gather your friends and save some money!

14583004328_d24ee0c590_nWhy spend the evening in the gym when you can also work out in the fresh air? Just dance the night away during free Zumba classes. Canada Place is again the place-to-be for this activity. The one-hour classes take place every Monday until August 27 and start at 5.30pm. And no worries – you don’t have to be a dance pro. Everyone is welcome to join the fun workout with a view.

Next to Zumba, you can also enjoy free Yoga classes. Mat Collective Yoga offers outdoor classes at diverse great locations in Vancouver. You can either join a class downtown in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, in East Van, at Kits Beach or even on Granville Island. Different kinds of classes are offered every day until the end of August. So you could even go daily without even spending a loonie. Check out the live schedule here. Keep in mind that you need to sign a waiver before you join a class. However, you don’t need to sign up, just get in your sport clothes and take part in the class at unique locations!

I hope I could help you save some money! See you tonight at The Relish – where you get a beer for $3, by the way ;-).

– Kerstin

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How was your weekend?

Oh Canada! 🇨🇦🎶 Happy 151th Birthday and a huge thanks for the long weekend you gave us. It was great to have three days to relax, spend time with friends and enjoy the excitement about the True North. 👍🍁 So, what did I do?

I started my weekend off on Friday with our INTERNeX event. We watched the Baseball match Vancouver Canadians vs Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.  42466192184_aaaa776d29_nIt was the first Baseball match I ever watched and I have to say it took me some time to fully understand the specific rules. But after patient explanations by Billy and Samuel and observing the field, I was able to follow the game. In the end “our team” (the Vancouver Canadians) won. The three hours we spent at the stadium got us freezing and the majority was ready to head home and get some rest. The 50 minute-journey home turned into a nightmare ride of 1.5 hours, because the Skytrain seemed to be experiencing some operational/technical problems. But in the end I arrived safely and happily.

On Saturday I went shopping. It was time to get some supplies for Canada Day which was celebrated on Sunday. The afternoon I spent in Stanley Park and I tried my first Poutine! Absolutely delicious, but definitely not something I could eat on a daily basis. 😉 In the evening we celebrated Nadine’s birthday with a small group at the Bourbon which was a lot of fun. 🎉

And then it was already Sunday. It was the 151th anniversary of Canada and like each year there were celebration all over the country. Different options to celebrate this special day could be found all over Vancity. INTERNeX decided to join the biggest celebration, which was at Canada Place.
41373994940_708a55f554_nWe met at 4.30 pm and watched the life performance by Jojo Mason. I really enjoyed the songs and covers he performed. His attitude was just so positive! And as he sang the national anthem, everything somehow stopped. Nothing but his voice filled the air and you could hear the Vancouverites sing along with pride. It felt as if the world stood still. Just for a moment. I definitely got goosebumps.

After he finished his last song, we went to get some food from the food trucks. The group somehow split up and I settled down at the steps down at the Olympic cauldron with a small group of people and we were waiting for the fireworks. Unfortunately, it started raining and we had to move. It took us ages to find a coffee-house that was open and not totally packed. So, once we found one, we already had to leave again, to be on time for the fireworks. At 10.30pm the fireworks started and lasted for around 20 minutes. 41373970840_f54bca9152_nIt was really beautiful and shapes like smileys and hearts lit up the sky over Coal Harbour. After that, it was a real struggle getting home, because it felt like the entire population of Vancouver was at Canada Place and now tried to get home. The line for the Expo Line was several hundred metres long. But I succeeded and once I got on the train I got home quite quickly.

The Monday was a day to relax. I just stayed home, watched the soccer games and Netflix. Well, it was a busy weekend, so the free Monday was well-deserved. 😊

I hope you enjoyed the past three days and enjoy the short work week. See you all tomorrow for the PuB NiGHT at Dublin Calling Rooftop.

– Elisabeth

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What to do on the weekend?

As you all (hopefully!) know, we are going to the Rockies this weekend! Very, very exciting! Unfortunately, not everyone is able to join us. If you are one of those people, this blog post is for you! Let me tell you about all the fun things you can do this weekend that will make up for missing out on the trip!

Did you enjoy going to a fun fair when you were younger? Going on rides? Eating cotton candy? Well, this weekend is your chance to be nostalgic and feel like a kid again! All weekend long there will be a pop-up carnival in Surrey, where you can enjoy the view when going on a Ferris wheel, bump into people when using the bumper cars and go on more adult like rides that induce adrenaline, such as the Zero Gravity ride. And even if you’re not the I-love-carnival-rides-type of person, you can still have a great time at the food court eating corn dogs, snow cones or cotton candy.

Assuming not everyo15451755782_d1b6792647_n2ne enjoys carnivals, maybe the next activity is more soothing for you. Have you ever wanted to feel Canadian? Why not go to a game of one of Canada’s national sports?! You can even choose which one! Cheer on the Canucks at their hockey game in the Rogers Arena or the Stealth at their lacrosse game in Langley, all while being surrounded by sport fanatics!

5641828620_2dd923ef30_nSunday! Which means… it’s EASTER! Although looking for hidden chocolate eggs and painting boiled eggs might seem a little childish when you’re an adult, that doesn’t mean you cannot celebrate Easter! Meet up with a friend and enjoy an Easter brunch at one of the many places offering them (Seasons in the Park, The Wild Fig, Teahouse). And if you still enjoy celebrating Easter the way you did as a kid, be my guest! Let someone hide eggs around the house (or around town if you’re feeling adventurous) and go look for them! Tip: Use plastic eggs and fill them with alcohol, drink whenever you find one!

See you all on the Rockies trip! And to those who aren’t joining: have a good weekend and enjoy Easter!

– Angy

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What to do on the weekend?

Wait, it’s already Friday? We totally understand the confusion because of the long weekend, but yes folks, it’s already Friday and you all know what that means…. indeed, almost weekend. So we lined up some things for you so you can decided what you are going to do during your weekend.

This weekend will be the last weekend you can enjoy the Asian Illumination Summer Night Market located at 12631 Vulcan Way in Richmond. The night market is open from 7 pm until 12 am and on Sunday until 11 pm. There are a lot of vendors selling a lot of different things from plastic phone cases to all kinds of tasty Asian foods like for example bubble teas, curly potato chips on a stick and friend octopus. Most evenings at the market there is live entertainment from local amateur bands, singers, dancers and much more.20872046193_b77294e20c_z

And if you like sports well go support our Vancouver Whitecaps then on Saturday during their match against Real Salt Lake at BC Place Stadium. The game starts at 7:00 pm and tickets are on sale via the website of the Whitecaps.

On Sunday we want to take you all to the Vancouver Street Food Festival. There will be a lot of Food Trucks and live music of The Pop Junkies. The event starts at 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm. So hopefully we will see you all on Sunday and we hope that you will have an amazing weekend.

– Mandy

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Review: PuB NiGHT at the Charles Bar

Yesterdays Pub Night was at the Charles Bar in Gastown and we had a great night again! It is a more quiet bar then we are used to, but we still had a blast and we were happy to see you all again!

The Charles Bar is located in the famous Woodward’s building. It is a V-shaped pub with lots of choices in food and drinks. There are big TV screens around the whole pub, which makes it easy to watch sports. In the weekend it is pretty busy and it has local Vancouver DJs.

I18575359_1755589474456496_262144517_ot was a great night with lots of talking and some drinks. We had lots of fun hearing your travel stories. Unfortunately it was Nicholas’ last PuB NiGHT so we wrote some nice stories about him on his Canadian Flag. It is sad to see quite some people are leaving in May, but there are also quite some new people coming in and there are so many fun PuB NiGHTS coming up!

Thank you all for last night and hopefully see you guys in Stanley Park this weekend!

– Tess

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Vancouver Riptide – Experience IT review

On Saturday INTERNeX went to Swangard stadium to watch an Ultimate Frisbee game. Because it was a rainy day and just after the big Rockies trip unfortunately not many people showed up, but we still had a fantastic time!

We watched the big home game opener of the Vancouver Riptide agairiptide4nst the Seattle Cascades. It was an entirely new sport for us to watch in a stadium, but after a quick explanation of some rules we were good to go. The game started rainy and slippery but the players were unstoppable. We were so amazed on how fast they ran and how quickly the game is moving.

So the purpose of Ultimate is to score in the opposing team’ s end zone to earn a point. Also a player cannot run with the disc, so once you catch it you have to stand still and throw the disc to ariptide3nother player to move it to the end zone. Once a player is standing in the opposing team’ s end zone and catches the Frisbee you get the point. Ultimate is a non-contact sport, which means once a player catches the Frisbee you can’ t just grab it out of there hands. The player actually gets a few seconds to throw the disc to another teammate.

So because of the few seconds you get to throw the disc again, the game moved very fast and lots of points where earned. Unfortunately the Vancouver Riptides didn’t win but it was a close call. We would definitely like to go again!

– Tess

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Highlights of the Year 2016: July, August and September

This week it is time to start on the second half of the year 2016! Let’s discuss the months July, August and September!

July

July was the month of the European Soccer Championships. We watched a lot of games together in different pubs, which was really nice!

We also organized a food weekend. In one weekend we went to an Italian Night Market, did a BBQ the next day and on Sunday we went to a Sushi restaurant. This was a really fun and delicious weekend.

The weekend after the food weekend we wanted to do some sports. So we went to Deep cove and did some kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddling. There was also a possibility to do the Quarry Rock trail. We had a great and sporty day! The next week we had some great activities like the Festival of Lights and a Pool and Picnic day. And of course, the weekly PuB NiGHTS.

We closed July off with a great weekend of camping and river rafting, organized by LJuly Rafting.jpgee from Big Wolf Tours, which definitely was a weekend to never forget! We took a swim after getting our tents up, played some beer pong and beach volleyball and had a delicious BBQ. After that we partied till late around the bonfire. The next day it was time to go river rafting. Half way through we sailed to the bottom of a 5meter tall cliff and climbed up and jumped back into the river again. This was definitely scary but lots of fun! After the rafting we packed up our tents and bags and went back to Vancouver.

August

August started of with the Night Nation Run, it was a 5K run with music, lights and DJs, which made is a huge party!

Another event in August was a day trip to Lynn Canyon. We started by walking over the Suspension Bridge, after that we went exploring the park by hiking and searching for some black bears in the forest. Unfortunately we didn’t find any bears, but we had a great time hiking and ended up bathing in the cool water at Lynn Canyon.

The weekend trip of August was to the Rocky Mountains. We organized this trip together August Rockies.jpgwith West Trek Tours. On the first day we went to Hope, Kamloops, Spahats Falls and the
Cowboy Ranch Experience during our trip to Valemount. On day 2 we went to Mount Robson, Jasper, the Athabasca Falls, Bow Lake and arrived in Banff to spend the night and go to the nigtclub Hoodoo. On day 3 we did a Banff tour, went to Lake Louise, Emerald Lake and checked into our Mountain View Cabins in Golden. We had a great BBQ and a bonfire party. On day 4 it was time to go back to Vancouver, but not before we went to the Last Spike, the Okanagan Valley and had a picnic on the beach in Kelowna.

In the month August we also had our weekly PuB NiGHTS, which included one Karaoke party.

September

September started of with a fun Poker Quiz Night, a Scavenger Hunt in Vancouver and a Bowling and Billiard night. All these events were lots of fun and definitely has to be in the program for next year again!

14330079_10154512816572103_2438674369225802898_n.jpgWe also had a weekend trip in September to Portland. On Friday morning we drove two minivans out of Canada and started our trip to Portland. Our first event in Portland was going to the Rose garden, which is the oldest public rose test garden in the US. After that we ate dinner at Pacific Pie and checked in into our hotel, where we had a great evening chilling in our pajamas or having a room party. The next day it was time to go shopping. After a whole day of shopping we had dinner at Clyde’s Prime Rib and checked out the nightlife of Portland. On Sunday we went to the famous Voodoo donut shop and walked around the Portland Market, where we could buy all kinds of different handcraft from local people. After that we had a walking tour around the city called “Secrets of Portlandia” which was a stand up comedy tour about Portland’s history and culture. And after the tour it was time to get back to Vancouver.

We want to give a special thank you to Sofie, Sara, Klara and Phillipp who organized the PuB NiGHTS, events and trips in this part of 2016.

We want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!

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