How was the weekend?

This weekend was so amazing! Let me tell you what happened.

Let’s start with Friday. I went to another Vancouver Canucks game, this time they played against the Arizona Coyotes. The atmosphere and the people cheering for the Canucks were amazing. The team performed well in this game and won 4-0. One of the highlights was that the actress Cobie Smulders, who plays Robin Scherbatsky in the world famous sitcom “How I met your mother” was in the Rogers Arena to watch the game. When it comes to food I recommend the Nacho & Hotdog combination, trust me it’s so good! Hockey is a very special thing for Canadians, so be sure to check out one game while you’re here!

On Saturday, we had another great event for some of the Internexers. We went together in cooperation with Moose Travel Network to Joffre Lakes which is located in the north of Pemberton in British Columbia. We went for a hike with a group of 12. The first stop was at the lower lake of the three lakes we were about to see. It was beautiful with the mountains in the background and the sun shining through the leaves. Approximately one hour later after some steps and steep parts of the hike we arrived at the Middle Joffre Lake. There we saw even more beautiful scenery and landscape. The clear blue turquoise water and the trees around it in combination with the sun gives you a real Canadian wild life experience, which was amazing. There were even some super cute birds that would come and sit on your hand if you extended your arm. Not a moment that you experience often in your life! The trail guides you to the next sight of the hike which were the amazing Holloway Falls in the middle of the forest. After seeing the falls we completed the hike with the view of the third Upper Joffre Lake which was just breathtaking! Sitting on the rocks we had our lunch break, amazed by the beauty of nature! Some of us went even further down the trail to the point were the glacier of Mount Matier meets the water of the lake. We even learned why the lakes are so turquoise. The melting and rubbing of the glacier ice on the rocks of the mountains create a thing which is called rock powder. When the rock powder mixes with the melting water from the glacier and the sun shines through the water it reflects the sun and thus creates the turquoise colour. How amazing is that? As we hiked back we took many photos and got picked up again by our bus driver. What an amazing day!

Since in Canada Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 10th of October and many of the candidates got their own Thanksgiving at home in their hostfamilies, we thought about making our own INTERNeX Thanksgiving at the Kitsilano Beach with a potluck and a traditional turkey on Sunday. We had food like casseroles, chips with guacamole, salads, snacks, desserts, bread, turkey with stuffing, vegetables and other tasty things. We gathered with about 25 people and played some games, e.g. Kubb, soccer, basketball, volleyball and some card games. Everyone had so much fun and we celebrated the Thanksgiving all together, which was so amazing! Also the location at the Kitsilano Beach was great, together with the sunny weather you couldn’t tell if it’s summer in July or Thanksgiving in October. All in all it was an amazing event with lots of fun and laughs throughout the day.

To conclude, I can say that the whole weekend was packed with lots of fun events!

Let me know about your past weekend, or your plans for the upcoming one!

See you at PubNight,

Tino =)

What to do on the weekend?

Now with the week passing by so fast, I want to give you some inspirations on what to do on the weekend, since Vancouver has plenty of things to see!

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Starting off with two super cool Internex Events, the first one will be on Saturday where we get the chance to visit Joffre Lakes for a hike. Joffre Lakes is a beautiful area with three crystal clear blue ice cold lakes that mirror the surrounding mountains. The higher you hike up, the more beautiful the lakes will get ;). The difficulty of the trail is intermediate with lots of beautiful nature around you, so it’s definitely worth the sweat! You can also cool down in one of the lakes if you dare! The round trip is about 10 km in approximately 4 hours. The trail also got an elevation gain from about 350 metres, so I think anyone can do it! Be sure not to miss this nature experience! And bring lots of water and snacks with you!

Since on Monday the national Thanksgiving Day is celebrated all over Canada, we thought about making our own little INTERNeX Thanksgiving, or Friendsgiving on Sunday. 😉 We are going to meet up at a beautiful park close to the beach in Kitsilano to celebrate together. We will provide a traditional cooked turkey and ask everyone to bring one dish to the party. You can either make something at home, or buy something from the store. This idea is called ‘potluck’ and is very popular here in Canada. That way everyone can contribute and we can all share lots of amazing dishes! On top of that we prepared some super cool games like Kubb or a trivia. PS: We can also have some drinks in the park ;). Afterwards there’s always the option to go to a pub and celebrate throughout the night (remember Monday is a holiday). Be sure not to miss this event since Thanksgiving is only once a year! We are excited to share this special Northern American holiday with many of you and are stoked about lots of good food, drinks and games in the sun.

If you are into electronic music or Techno I can recommend you going to the Blue Print 25 anniversary Festival with artists like Armin Van Buuren, Kaskade, Fisher and many more. You can get a Festival Ticket or buy a ticket for a specific show. It takes place from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th of October and will be at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE)- Forum. I bought a ticket for Fisher and I’m so hyped for the performance and the atmosphere. There are some tickets left, so be go and get one! I’m sure it’ll be great!

For those people who don’t want to have their ears blown off by the sounds of the electronic music I have another great inspiration for you. Why not visit the Van Dusen Botanical Garden in South Granville? Not only do you the chance to go out of the ever busy city centre of Vancouver, but you’ll see so many flowers, plants, trees and green areas all over the garden. It is fringed by local and exotic flora. The garden is home to more than 250000 plants representing some of the worlds most distinct growing regions. I recommend you taking a self-guided tour sheet at the entrance and make your way through the garden with the Rhododendron Walk or the Laburnum walk. Be sure to check out the Elizabethan Maze to feel completely lost. =) It is a good place to slow down your heart to tranquility and relax after a busy week.

Whatever you are going to do in Vancouver this weekend, I hope you have a great weekend and make some everlasting experiences! I’m so excited to hear from them at next weeks Pub Night.

Stay safe and enjoy your weekend!

Cheers,

Tino =)

What to Do on the Weekend?

Another weekend full of fun and adventure lies brightly ahead of us, so what is there to do?

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Since it is the long Thanksgiving weekend, our weekly event deals with this holiday. On Sunday, October 13, you shouldn’t miss the Thanksgiving Potluck in our INTERNeX office. We will get together at 5 pm and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. If you make a typical Canadian Thanksgiving dish, something from your home country or simply something you have been craving for a long time, does not matter. The plan simply is to enjoy a variety of different dishes, cherish each other’s company, listen to music and have some fun. Please don’t forget to also bring your own beverages!

Another fun thing to do on Sunday is attending the Halloween Parade on Granville Street at 11pm. Lots of people usually join or watch this happening that runs for about an hour. At the parade you’ll find action heroes, zombies of all kinds as well as Japanese anime characters. An interesting fact is that you don’t have to pay to participate in the parade if your costume is at least 70% handmade. This is surely the right event to get into the Halloween mood!

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The Cranberry Festival on Saturday, October 12 is another seasonal event to be considered for the weekend. The festival takes place in Fort Langley, which is a beautiful historic town located in the Fraser Valley about a 45-minutes from Vancouver. The event usually features a market with dozens of vendors, cooking demonstrations, live music performances, food trucks and all kinds of cranberry-themed things to do and look at. Also, don’t miss having a look at the national historic site Fort Langley while you’re there (admission is free on that day!) to learn more about the site’s as well as Canada’s history. In the 19th century the location was a post of the Hudson Bay Company where fur traders mingled with California gold seekers on First Nation territory.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

– Felicitas

How was your weekend?

The Thanksgiving weekend is over. Four days of relaxing, eating and spending time with family and friends! Unfortunately the time runs so fast. Now it’s Tuesday and the only thing we can do, is having a review of the things we did:

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My weekend started Friday in the evening. After finishing work, we had a Thanksgiving Potluck in the INTERNeX Office. Everyone prepared something for the evening and so we had a mix of different food out of different countries in there. It was pretty cool. We listened to music, played some karaoke, talked about a lot of different things and enjoyed the time together. Afterwards some of us decided to go to the Metropole Pub, where we also had some good hours. This is how the Friday came to an end!

The Saturday morning was a tensely morning. Due to the long night, I was very tired but I promised my roommate to go on a hike. So we took the bus to Grouse Mountain and started the hike. It was exhausting and not as easy as I hoped! The moment we arrived at the top was awesome. The beautiful view was the reward for the strenuous hike. We were lucky. Based on the good weather conditions on Saturday, we were able to see Downtown, the Stanley Park and a lot of more places in Vancouver. Really, you should go to the top of Grouse Mountain. It’s terrific!

The Sunday was about relaxing and getting some rest. In the evening I went out to meet some friends at the Pint. There was a “Oktoberfest evening”. It’s a german topic, so we decided to check it out. The evening in common, was pretty cool, but not really what we expected. However we had a lot of fun! 😀

Special for this weekend was the day-off on Monday. It was time for me to have a look at the Vancouver Aquarium. It was one point on my bucketlist. It was really likely and I can recommend it to everyone who is interested in Sealife.

This was my weekend! Hope you had a great weekend too and maybe we will see us tomorrow at the Mahony & Sons for our next Pub-Night 🙂

-Michael

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

Highlights of the Year: October, November and December

We hope you all had an amazing Christmas and since the holidays are already over that also means that we will discuss the last part of 2017 this week!

So keep on reading if you want to know what we did in the months October, November and December.

October

In October we had a very special INTERNeX Explorer because it was Halloween. In this episode we showed you how Vancouver celebrates Halloween and we also talked about the past and upcoming events. But as most of you maybe already has seen is that we used a lot of special effects in this video and even made Bart look like a ghost. If you haven’t seen our Halloween Special go check it out here. Other blogposts we would like to highlight are:

 

November

In November we created one of the last INTERNeX Explorer of this year. We talked about our upcoming and past events. We also gave you some tips on “How To Play Secret Santa”. If you haven’t seen Episode 11 of INTERNeX Explorer yet go check it out here. Other Blogposts we would like to highlight are:

 

December

In December we created the last INTERNeX Explorer which was a very special one! It was the Highlights of The Year video in which we looked back on all the amazing things we did! Go check out the video here! Other Blogposts we would like to highlight are:

Not only did we look back at 2017 the last couples of weeks through the blogposts,  we also made a highlights of the year video this month. If you haven’t checked out the video yet, than check it out here! Also check out our previous highlights of the year blogposts here:

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We all wish you an amazing 2018 and we are looking forward to all the exciting new adventurers we have planned for you. See you all at our NYE party tomorrow!

– Mandy

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