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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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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Experience IT review – Vancouver Pride Parade

On Sunday INTERNeX went to the Vancouver Pride parade. Thank you for joining, we had a blast!

We got together at 12pm to ensure a spot along the parade. Unfortunately it was already really crowded, so we didn’t get the best spot in the beginning. Still we were able to enjoy the parade and saw some spectacular acts along the way! Someone even walked on his hands for a few minutes and closed it off with a backflip. It was really good to see everybody so happy and being themselves.

20727902_10155579174907103_5004251810395811518_nThe parade went on way longer then we thought and people in front of us started to leave, so we suddenly had great spots. The festivity lasted about two hours full of joy. After standing and celebrating for so long our stomaches were empty, so we decided to have a nice lunch. Because it was really busy everywhere, they let us wait a while for our food, but it was all worth it in the end since the food was great!

Everybody felt good again, so it was time to party on. We headed to Sunset Beach for the 20664531_10155579174902103_5102332067839628401_nfestival and went over Davie street in between to see what was going on there. After taking a swing on a cloudy swing set we arrived at Sunset Beach, which looked amazing! There were many vendors and two stages. After getting some rainbow paint on our cheeks we decided to go to the stage in the beer garden. It was a blast dancing there with everybody, so it was very unfortunate when we found out the festival was already over at 6pm.

I had a very happy Sunday and I hope you all did too! I hope to see you all next PuB NiGHT since it is mine and Danielle’s last one!

– Tess

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What to do on the weekend

It’s almost weekend! Here are some ideas on how to make your weekend great!

9712752916_eeb63073e6_o.jpgThis weekend it will be amazing weather again, so we decided to go to Jericho beach on Saturday.  Jericho beach has several picnic tables where we could eat our food, so you can take food with you for a nice picnic on the beach or just chill and enjoy the nice weather.

If you are into beer you could go to the opening night of the Vancouver Craft Beer Week at the Roundhouse on Friday night. There will be samples of beer (naturally), food trucks and live entertainment. A ticket for the event is $49 and includes 15 drink tickets.

You could also go to The Richmond Night Market. They opened on May 12th and will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 7 pm till October 9th. They sell a lot of food there, so make sure you go with an empty stomach! The admission is $3.75.

18721359_10209072326626307_1192880159_oWe will be having great weather for the whole weekend, so if you are not able to join us on Saturday then you can also go to one of Vancouver’s many beaches on Sunday. English Bay Beach, Second Beach, Sunset Beach and Kitsilano Beach tend to be a bit busy during days like these, so you might want to consider going to Third Beach or Jericho Beach if you like it a bit more quiet.

You could also use the good weather to go on a hike, but just be careful if the hike is fully in the sun and make sure you stay hydrated!

– Danielle

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Review: Stand up paddling, Granville Island

Last Saturday we went to Granville Island to do stand up paddling. So, what is stand up paddling? Well, basically it’s you getting equipped with a big surfboard and a paddle, and then off you go to the water trying to keep your balance on the board while paddling. Well, actually it was a bit more than just that.

We met up in front of the Ecomarine Paddlesport Centre at Granville Island half an hour before doing the stand up paddling. We all had to sign a few documents, change to proper clothing for the activity, and of course get equipped with a paddle. After this we went to a small habour where we got our life wests and boards. Since we were nine people for this activity, we had to split up in two groups. However, this didn’t matter. When not doing the stand up paddling yourself, it was great fun to watch the other group.

Before paddling out on our great adventure we had a quick tutorial in how to stay calm and keep control while paddling in the area of Granville Island and Sunset Beach. As we went out on water it was definitely exciting and sometimes a bit challenging to navigate in between some smaller boats. However, almost all of us managed to stay on the board. This was definitely a fun experience. For those of you who didn’t have the chance to join this activity surely it can be recommended to try it out! Also remember that you’ll have the opportunity for joining another great activity this Saturday, September 13th, as we’ll be playing laser tag at Laserdome in North Vancouver.

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Review: Vancouver Pride Parade

Sunday, August 3rd, it was time for the Vancouver Pride Parade. The parade is a celebration of the rights of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer) community. We meet up at a bus stop not far away from Burrard Station, and then walked to see the parade.

The parade went on for 3 hours. Stretching from Robson Street to Sunset Beach, there was an endless number of caravans decorated for the special occasion. Also a lot of people were dressed up in colourful costumes. At the sidewalks hundreds of thousands of spectators were gathered to watch this crazy but amazing show unfold. It was impossible not to get in a good mood when standing in the crowd of spectators. Everybody was cheering, especially when some of the big caravans were passing by shooting lots of confetti all over.

It was amazing to see this parade being represented by everything from university students and nurses to the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and the Vancouver Police Department. Of course the parade also offered a great opportunity for different companies for a bit of advertisement. However, most of the participants in the parade were making a great deal of their costumes and the decoration of their cars and caravans. However, the celebrations didn’t finish with the end of the parade, and the festivities continued at Sunset Beach.

 

 

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Vancouver Pride Parade

This Sunday, August 3rd, it is time for the Vancouver Pride Parade. Don’t miss the chance to experience this colourful parade starting 12:00pm at Robson Street and finishing 3:00pm at Sunset Beach. We will be there for the parade as well, so feel free to come and join us. Hundreds of thousands of spectators will turn up, so we’ll meet at 11:00am at the bus stop EB w Pender St FS Burrard St. close to the intersection of Burrard st. and West Pender st. and 200 meters away from the Burrard Skytrain Station. Click here for a map.

 

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