What to do on the weekend?

The weather in Vancouver keeps surprising me. Looking up the forecast beforehand doesn’t help in most cases, because it is changing so quickly here. But what to plan for the weekend then? Here is the deal: Look out of your window in the morning and choose one of these ideas!

Sun is out! A great way to explore Vancouver is by bike. Most of you might not have a bike here, but renting one is affordable and easy. That is what I did last weekend and I really enjoyed it. There are many nice routes in and around the city. The one that is most famous is the route along the seawall in Stanley Park. You can ride all the way around the park or choose to shorten your path and ride through it. It is an easy route with a beautiful view that will take you about one hour of cycling.

sdrIf you have more time, I would recommend another option. This route starts at English Bay. From there, you cycle to Sunset Beach all the way to False Creek. There are bike lanes everywhere and the signs are pretty clear. Then, you will pass by Science World and Canada Place and continue to Kitsilano. This route you will take about two hours if you take it easy. Kits Beach is the perfect place to enjoy a little break before heading back to downtown. You can either go back directly via Burrard Bridge or you ride back the same route. On this way, you will see many different faces of Vancouver: parks, beaches and the city. There are many beautiful photo spots, so take your time for some stops throughout the way.

Cloudy and rainy! There are so many indoor activities in Vancouver, so it might be a difficult choice. Here are some of my favourites.

A rather short, but awesome activity is visiting Fly Over Canada. As the name already says, you get the feeling of literally flying over the country. No worries, you are actually sitting the entire time. Beautiful Canadian landscapes combined with brand-new cinema technology create a pretty cool experience.

If you want to be more active, what about jumping around for a bit? A trampoline park is a great place to spend some time on a rainy day. The Extreme Air Park has several locations in Vancouver. We just explored it last week with INTERNeX and everyone had a lot of fun.

Another place-to-be for such days, is Granville Island. You can easily spend some time walking around in the indoor food market where you can buy lots of fresh fruits and meals.

Whatever the weather will bring us this weekend, you are prepared. Enjoy your time in- or outdoors!– Kerstin

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How was your weekend?

Can I share a little secret with you? My weekend was most likely longer than yours. It existed of almost 3 instead of 2 days. Why and what did I do during those days? Well, here’s the story of my weekend:

On Friday, I stopped working at 12pm. Kerstin, Angy and I took the opportunity to see something special in the afternoon. We went to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. Located in the Fraser Valley, visitors get the chance to see a big field of tulips. Like, a really big field of tulips. We were lucky, because the flowers were in high bloom (and still are). Everywhere I looked, it was colourful. Words can’t describe the beauty of it. Fun fact: tulips are my favourite flowers, so being there was more than just super duper exciting for me.

In the evening, we went for dinner at 131 Water. After finishing a delicious meal, it was time to play some games. UNO and Rummikub were fun to play and everyone won at least once or twice.

Saturday, 1pm. It was time for our INTERNeX event: Dutchie for a Day. We started with delicious and typical Dutch food at De Dutch Robson. Some enjoyed pannenkoeken (pancakes), others tosti’s or uitsmijters. Then, it was time to be active. Like real Dutch people, we went biking. And where can you do this better than around the Sea Wall at Stanley Park? It was a bit rainy, but that made the event even more authentic. And of course, we tested the knowledge of our candidates about the Netherlands. At the end, team Batman won with 12 correct answers out of 20. Congratulations guys!

In the evening, we met up with some of you to go out. First, we all went to Bourbon in Gastown for some drinks, to play giant Jenga and to dance. Afterwards, we went to the Republic Night Club at Granville Street. But not by foot. Not by bus. Not by sky train. No, we decided to use a Limo! What a fun and cheap way to get from A to B.

At 3am on Sunday, we all went home. This time with a taxi. And Sunday was actually a day of recovery from the night before. My bed was my best friend until 2pm. But I didn’t want to waste a day inside, so I took a shower and went with Kerstin to Metropolis to do some shopping. And I was successful: 2 new T-shirts and cozy short pants to sleep in.

I hope you all had a great weekend, too (even though you ‘only’ had 2 days) and I’m looking forward to see you all at our PuB NiGHT at the Beaver on Wednesday!

– Nadine

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

This weekend, the world celebrates Earth Day. As you surely have noticed already, Vancouver is full of nature too. So, let me tell you some fun facts about the green areas in this beautiful city.

Have you ever heard about the Dude Chilling Park? That is the actual name of a sdrpark located in the Mount Pleasant area. It all started off as a prank when in 2012 the local artist Viktor Briestensky created a sign with this name on it. The Vancouver Park Board staff removed it, but an online petition with 1,800 signatures saved the sign eventually. Since 2014, it is back as a celebration of the unique community in the neighbourhood. This park is definitely worth a trip to take a cool picture in front of the sign.

There are many parks spread over the entire city. The most famous one is also the biggest one. Exactly, Stanley Park. It is even bigger than Central Park in New York and offers beautiful sceneries. When walking around, you might see some of the many animals that are living in Stanley Park. All grey squirrels actually have American roots. In 1909, New York City gave eight pairs of grey squirrels to Vancouver, so all of the grey squirrels in Stanley Park today are descended from these American pairs.

Another natural highlight in and especially around Vancouver is of course the ocean and its coastline. Wherever you plan a trip, you can choose diverse great spots near water. The total length of the coastline including the islands in British Columbia is 27,200 kilometres. Is that much? As a comparison, the length of the Earth at the equator is 40,075 kilometres, so not even twice that long. Pretty amazing!

Enjoy your weekend!

– Kerstin

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What to do on the weekend?

Wooaaah people! Have you seen the weather forecast for this weekend?! It is going to be full of sunshine and the temperatures are above 10 degrees. I think spring has finally sprung and summer is just around the corner. Well, almost. But for now, what can you do on these promising upcoming days? Let me give you a bunch of ideas.Beautiful weather at Stanley Park

Are you a fan of exotic reptiles? Then you should go on Saturday or Sunday to the Richmond Nature Park where you can meet snakes, lizards and geckos during an exotic reptiles show. You can enjoy this fun from 11am until 4pm and admission is granted by donation.

Oh, you don’t like exotic reptiles at all? Then maybe the Eastside Flea market is more your thing. It is a modern-day flea market which you can visit every weekend. More than 50 local vendors are selling different goods, from handmade craft items to vintage clothing, antiques, plants and more. Food trucks will satisfy your hunger, deejays will play and pinball machines or a pool table can be used for your entertainment. Sounds good? It’s located in the Ellis Building at 1024 Main Street, Vancouver and you can go on Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 5pm. The entry fee is $3 for a single day or $5 if you want to go on both days.

Or how about doing something active in sunny Vancouver? A day without rain is perfect for renting a bike and discovering the city or the park on two wheels. You can rent a bike for example at Spokes Bicycle Rentals, which is located at the entrance of Stanley Park. When you have rented a bike, you can cruise around the Stanley Park Seawall for 1-2 hours, take wonderful Instagram-worthy pictures and tank yourself up with some vitamin D.

No matter what you decide to do, I hope you all have a great weekend!

– Nadine

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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What to do on the weekend?

Hello, bonjour and hola! The weekend is just about to start! As some of you cannot join our weekend trip to Salt Spring Island, you might want to get some inspiration on what to do on the weekend in and around Vancouver. The weather forecast seems promising, so why not exploring Vancouver’s nature and getting some fresh air?

First of all, there is of course the famous Stanley Park, a must-see for everyone in Vancouver. You can just take a walk on one of the many trails passing through the 400-hectare natural oasis. Enjoy the scenic views of water, mountains, sky and majestic trees along the Seawall and spot the many landmarks that are hidden in the park. Stanley Park is easily reachable by public transport.

Once you are already in Stanley Park, you can also visit the Vancouver Aquarium. Sea otters, sea lions and 50,000 other aquatic creatures are waiting for your arrival in Canada’s largest aquarium. It offers an amazing experience with a wide array of great animals. The admission fee is $39 for adults and $30 for students.

Another park is the Queen Elizabeth Park located in South Vancouver. It is situated on a little mountain, the highest point in Vancouver proper. From there, you have a great view over the city. Tipp: Visit the park in the evening to enjoy the sunset.

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Last but not least, there is another highlight of Vancouver: The Capilano SuspensionBridge. This bridge is crossing Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver. It is 140 metres long and 70 metres above the river. Take your camera with you, because the famous bridge is an awesome photo spot. To enter the bridge, you have to pay a fee, but it is definitely worth it. The ticket is valid for an entire year, once you have purchased it for $43 or $34 (students). You can reach the park easily by bus.

Whatever you are up to, enjoy this weekend to the fullest!

 See you on Wednesday at our PuB NiGHT!

 – Kerstin

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

How was your weekend?

Rise and shine, a new week has just started. That means getting back to work and look forward to the next weekend. But before we talk about the next weekend, I will first tell how my weekend was.

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On Friday my weekend began with ice-skating at Robson Square. Since I am Dutch, I enjoyed the time on the ice. After a while, we decided it was time to get off the ice and do some real sport: dancing in the club. And that is exactly what we did. We first drank a beer with my 62-year-old neighbor, since it was her birthday the day before. When we learned her a lot of new things she might or might not wanted to know, we moved to the Yale Saloon for some line dancing and bull riding.

The next day my alarm went off. What? On Saturday? Yes, it was time to get my parents from the airport. I went with them to their new temporary place to get a drink before I showed them around on Granville Island. We had a really nice dinner and because they were beginning to fall asleep because of their jetlag, it was the right time for them to head back to the hotel. That also meant time for me to meet the others to go to a hardstyle party. Everyone really enjoyed this music (“How do you have to dance on this?”). After a while, I headed home to prepare myself for a busy Sunday.

Then Sunday was there. I went back to my parents’ hotel to have breakfast. When we walked out of the hotel, the hop on hop off bus was waiting for us to get in. We drove around Vancouver and saw Gastown, the lookout tower, fly over Canada and Stanley Park. At the end of the day, the bus brought us back to the hotel. We did some games (which I won of course) and had dinner. I invited them to my Jacuzzi on the roof to end the day relaxing.

I can say I had a really nice weekend. I am already counting down to the next one. But first, there will be a pub night in between where you can tell me all about your adventures during your weekend. So I hope to see you all at TAPshack this Wednesday!

– Bart

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How was your weekend?

It’s Monday again which means that the weekend is already over. But since my weekend was so much fun, I would like to look back on it one more time with all of you guys! So if you want to know what I did this weekend than keep on reading!

My weekend started off on Friday when we decided to play a really fun game at the office called Zombies. When we were done with the game I met up with Roslyn to grab some food at The Pint before going to her and Linda’s Birthday Party in 131 Water.

Once we all arrived in the pub we played Card Against Humanity, which is always a lot of fun. After a couple drinks and some food we decided to continue our night at The Bourbon where we had some more drinks.

Since it was a long night on Friday I woke up pretty late on Saturday and watched some Netflix before it was time for me to get ready to grab some dinner and go to the Christmas Karaoke Trolley tour. Once I finished my sushi dinner we met up with all the other INTERNeX candidates at Canada Place where our tour started. We first visited Bright Nights at Stanley Park, drove past Hycroft Manor and St. Paul Hospital and finished our tour at the VanDusen Botenical garden.

On our way to all these amazing destinations we sang a lot of Christmas Songs like “All I Want For Christmas Is You” “ Last Christmas” “Let it Snow” and many more. The Christmas Lights at VanDusen and Stanley Park were really pretty and impressing. At VanDusen we all enjoyed a Hot Chocolate or Mulled Wine.

When the tour ended we decided to go to The Blarney Stone where a live band was playing some music and after a couple of drinks we went with some people to The Bourbon to proceed the party there.

On Sunday I slept in and visited David at Horseshoe Bay at night and after he was done with work we went to downtown to the Yale Saloon for a drink. It was a lot of fun since they had karaoke night there and you all know how much we love karaoke.

Thank you all for joining us for the Christmas Karaoke Trolley Tour and we hope to see you all at the next PuB NiGHT in The Charles Bar!

-Mandy

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com