Rockies Review – Part 2

Wakey wakey. After our night out, it was visible on some of your faces that the departure at 7.45am from the hotel in Banff was not the easiest. But just like the two days before, we had a couple of hours on the coach to sleep. Even though this was pretty hard for you guys, ’cause the scenery was just too stunning.
We had breakfast at Lake Minnewanka and stopped shortly afterwards at the Two Jack Lake. Impressive views all over again! After another ride on the bus we came to our first active stop of the day: Lake Louise. Half of the group happily accepted the option of hiking up the trail to the Fairview Lookout. After 45 minutes of hiking uphill we ended up at a platform with an amazing view over Lake Louise and the Fairmont Chateau.

43238145634_172125e426_nLunch was then scheduled at the Lake Louise Gondola, where we enjoyed a delicious buffet. I really recommend it – so whenever you’re considering riding the Gondola, book it as a ride and dine. 😉 Riding the Gondola was just breathtaking. It was stunning to look around and see all the amazing scenery around you. Snowcapped mountains and Lake Louise just at the foot of the big chain of mountains behind us. Sadly, we did not see any wildlife on our ride in the Gondola – but oh well, you can’t have everything, can you?

42148186840_b7a5986bcb_nThe views were great, but we were still ready to see some more, so we took off to Moraine Lake. WOW! Turquoise-blue water surrounded by picturesque mountains and some chiselled rocks. Perfect to just reminisce, look at the beautiful nature or – for the active among us – to climb. I somehow managed to injure my hand, but don’t even ask how it happened – you’ll just get a story about a bear-fight you won’t believe anyways. 😀
Many of you asked me if we just couldn’t stay at this beautiful lake forever – just put up a tent and spend the rest of our lives at this beautiful place. Sorry, to those who wanted to and I didn’t let. But how could I let you miss out on the next stop? No chance…

So, next stop was the most peaceful part of our entire trip: Emerald Lake. Renting a canoe just paddling across the emerald-green lake. I cannot describe it with words. You must do it, to understand what I mean! After an hour of paddling around and enjoying 29019095217_b58081e1e2_nthe quiet surroundings, we headed back to the bus and already drove to our accommodation for the last night: The Mountain View Cabins.
They are literally in the middle of nowhere and offer the full nature experience. We had dinner and discovered the environment of our last night’s stay. Hammocks to look at the stars, trails that led “into nowhere”, a grill to roast s’mores and perfect views of the mountains around us. Who would want more? We chatted with each other, enjoyed the location and started playing games. With the hours passing by and the sun setting, we quickly figured what the most charming of the mountain view cabins actually was: the night sky. Just standing on a clearing between the trees – we all got stiff necks – but no regrets. Watching shooting star after shooting star, exploring the star formations and just watching satellites passing by, the milky way in the background – breathtaking!

On Tuesday we already had to say goodbye to the Rockies. We enjoyed breakfast at the Cabins and talked about last night’s fun. Unfortunately, there was a problem with the coach, so we waited about an hour for Lucien to pick us up. Even though we had a delayed departure, we caught up on the schedule quite well. We made a quick break at “The Last Spike”, where the famous Canadian Pacific Railway was finalized, had lunch in Kamloops and made it back to Vancity by 6.15pm. It was sad to say goodbye to Hayley and the rest of the Wolfpack, but I believe we will all keep the memories of this amazing trip in our minds.

I am so thankful for each and every one of you who joined this trip. I hope you enjoyed it, as much as I did. I hope to see you guys on Saturday in CRAB park, or next Wednesday for another PuB NiGHT.

– Elisabeth

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INTERNeX Canada: SmartSaver Vancouver

Do you want a different kind of adventure but don’t have the pennies to go to space? Take a journey to the stars here in Vancouver for a dollar or two!

The Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory is a 10 meter diameter observatory dome holding a Cassegrain telescope. It offers you to explore the skies around Vancouver, gaze in the stars and see how it looks from this side of the world. Knowledgeable guides will answer your questions and lead you on the Milky Way through galaxy. Admission to the observatory is by donation, decide yourself how much the experience is worth.

It is located next to the HR MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street in Kitsilano, and open Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm in the summer. To confirm observatory opening hours please call (604) 738-2855.

This summer there also are special public viewings in the observatory. In the series “Movies under the Stars” you can watch space-themed movies in the planetarium! The next viewings are “The Right Stuff” on August 10th and “Spaceballs” on August 24th. You can buy tickets at the door.

Have an out-of-this-world experience!

Cheers,
Xenia

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INTERNeX nominated for STM Star Award 2012!

We are very happy to announce that INTERNeX is one of the five worldwide nominees for the 2012 STM Star AWARD!

This award honours organizations voted by industry leaders to be “Stars” in the categories language learning, work experience and volunteer programs. This is a worldwide award and recognizes one “Star” per category. INTERNeX won the 2011 Award and this year we are again among the top five in the work experience category! The final decision will be made on September 1st, 2012 in London, UK.

Study Travel Magazine, that awards this prize, is one of the most significant publications in the international education industry. It is read worldwide by professionals and agencies that place students into or provide language learning, work experience and volunteer programs.

The nomination and the award are a special recognition since the votes are based on quality, not quantity. Nominees and winners are selected by professionals in the same industry who are big universities, recognized language schools and professional agencies. Working in the same business they know the standards of the offered services and vote for the best providers worldwide.

For YOU, the INTERNeX candidates, it means a proof of quality of our services. Being among the top five providers from all over the world, it’s a worldwide seal of approval of what we do for you. Thank you for choosing us for your experience abroad!

To thank you for being here in Canada with us, INTERNeX is throwing a big summer party! Come and celebrate on August 9th at our “Around the World” INTERNeX Summer Party 2012! Check out the Summer Party facebook event and the Summer Party Event Page for more information and SIGN UP on the guest list!

Cheers,

Your INTERNeX international exchange Team

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INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

Celebrities and stars on TV and in concerts are in our daily lives but did you know that many famous musicians and actors are from Canada? Check out some of the legends who were born in the Great White North:

Avril Lavigne, the skater-punk girl with black cloth and a tie, became famous almost overnight with her song “Complicated”. She is from Ontario, as is Shania Twain. This country superstar is known for songs like “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” or “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, remember? Another Ontario-produced celebrity is Bryan Adams. This world superstar is from Kingston, Ontario and has been a singer, songwriter, photographer and much more since the 1980s. We all sing along when his song “Summer of 69” is on in the club at least once a weekend. From Toronto, Ontario is the rock legend Neil Young, who is the idol of many starts. He played in bands and solo and his most famous song is probably “Heart of Gold”.

Then there is Nelly Furtado who is from Victoria, BC. The rock/folk singer-songwriter sang in a duet with Bryan Adams at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. And of course there is Celine Dion from Quebec. We know her for many cheesy songs and the Titanic hymn “My heart will go on”! Did you know that the director of “Titanic” is from Canada as well? The Ontario born film legend James Cameron made movies like “True Lies”, “The Terminator”, “Aliens”, “Titanic” and “Avatar”.

In film, one of the Canadian superstars is Pamela Anderson. Apparently, she was not born on the beach in the red bathing suit but is from Ladysmith, British Columbia. The next one is a real Canadian: Keanu Reeves we all know from The Matrix. He was born in Lebanon to an English mother and a Hawaiian-born American father. The family moved around the world and ended up in Toronto. Jim Carrey is of course a famous Canadian with a dual Canadian and American citizenship! He is an actor and comedian known for many many different movies like “The Mask”, “The Truman Show”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” or “Bruce Almighty”.

Oh, and of course, Justin Bieber. No explanation needed.

Did I forget a very important Canadian? Let me know.

Cheers,

Xenia

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Lucky Karaoke Night – Review

Last Saturday was great! INTERNeX organized a fun evening with Pot Luck and Karaoke at the famous INTERNeX Staffhouse. A lot of INTERNeX candidates with their friends came to this event dressed like a star! Everyone brought their own dish. At the end we had a big table with typical Mexican, Dutch, German, Peruvian, Spanish food and so on.

After some delicious food and some drinks, most of us were ready to sing a song! Especially for this evening there was a karaoke machine. We arranged a special area for the singing stars and because the karaoke machine was connected to the television, it almost felt we were singing in a real karaoke bar. The people who were not singing, they were a perfect audience!

Thank you all for joining this great evening with us. We had a great time eating, talking, drinking and singing with all of you! We hope everyone had a great time too, met some new people and had the chance to share their great experience here in Canada.

If you have pictures of this evening that you want to share with us, send it to pr@internexcanada.com. We made some pictures as well, you can find it on the INTERNeX Flickr Page. Of course there are more INTERNeX events and trips coming up. Tomorrow we will post about the INTERNeX 3-days Whistler Trip! So check it out.

Cheers,

Your PR-team

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Elemental-The Show at Lake Louise

These next few days Vancouver will be buzzing once again with Winter fever because of the 2010 Paralympic games. However, for those of you are not in Vancouver for this eight day event don’t fret there is always something to do around Canada…trust me! If you happen to be in Lake Louise this weekend don’t miss the opportunity to witness one of the most majestic performances ever performed on the frozen glacial waters of Lake Louise. This series of outdoor performances will feature a cast of International and local Canadian Figure Skating stars. There are numerous activities to also be enjoyed both prior and following the performances. Take a look at their website to see if you are interested in purchasing some tickets. This event will run from Thursday March 18th till Sunday March 21st 2010 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Check it out, this a do not miss event!