Review of the Year: October, November, December

October

September ended and October started with one and the same thing. The last weekend of September, we went to Victoria with a group of 17. It was a trip full of good moments and some surprises during the trip that made it unforgettable. In Victoria, our first activity was the Royal BC museum. It was pretty amazing! You can find inside a very real reconstruction of a Wild West village! The next part of the program was supposed to be a walking tour around Victoria, but it was raining cat and dogs. We went to visit the Empress Hotel in Victoria, one of the most luxury places that I’ve seen in my life. After that, we tried to visit the Beacon Hill Park, but the weather was so bad, that we came back to the hostel. We slept in the Hi-Victoria in Downtown. After a shower and with dry clothes, we went to dinner in the Old Spaghetti Factory.

After that, we decided to go to a pub. The chosen place was the Sticky Wicket. We danced, we had some beers and cocktails, and we had a lot of fun. The next day we went to visit the Craigdarroch Castle. It’s like a Scottish castle but in the middle of Canada. After that we visited the Emily Carr House where the staff opened the house only for us! Emily Carr was a real women, one of the first feminists, environmentalists and one of the first persons who defended the people of the First Nation. Then we went back to the hostel to pick up our stuff and leave Victoria. It was sunny, very sunny for the first moment during the weekend. And suddenly, somebody said: there is a big storm in the north of the Island; all the ferries for this night are cancelled, you have to stay in Victoria another night. Can you imagine our faces? At the beginning we were a little bit worried, but finally we could sleep in the hostel and we could inform our home stay families and our colleagues at home. The people of the Hi-Victoria were super nice to us; they give us movies and pop corn. We spend the Sunday night with some beers, talking until very late. Finally we could take the ferry the next day, and we arrived at Vancouver super tired and dreaming of a hot shower. After all, I have to say that all the mess was at the end super funny.

After this adventure, all of us deserved a little break and something to relax. And the perfect opportunity for that was Thanksgiving. Canadian Thanksgiving, one of the most famous holidays and not to be confused with the U.S. American version is celebrated at the second Monday in October. It is similar to the English and European Harvest festival, symbolizing people’s gratitude for everything given by nature or God that sustains them. While the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians may gather for their Thanksgiving feast on any day during the long weekend. Thanksgiving in Canada is also often a time for weekend getaways. The traditional dish for the Thanksgiving dinner is roasted turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. Watching football on TV is also a part of the modern tradition for many Canadians. Becoming a statutory (public) holiday in 1957, Thanksgiving goes back much further than that. Besides being linked to the before mentioned European traditions, it is also a way to remember the English explorer Martin Frobisher and his search for the Northwest Passage in 1578. As it was common in those times, his journey was a difficult one; made hard and exhausting by severe weather and ice. So when Frobisher and his crew arrived in Frobisher’s Bay, they celebrated the first ceremonial Thanksgiving.

And after this rather contemplative time of the month, we launched into the Halloween season. Stanley Park Ghost Train, the Dunbar Haunted House and – our big Halloween Party in the Blarney Stone. “INTERNeX drops dead – So get your freak on” was a complete success! Crazy costumes, smiles, laughter, a scavenger hunt, drinking games and a costume contest! We danced, we had tons of fun and we enjoyed the whole night! Check out the crazy pictures…

November

And as fall left Vancouver, the PR team had to say good bye to one of its members again. Tobias left us in the beginning of November to continue his education in Germany and was very sad to go back. His 7 weeks have flown by faster than he ever expected.

Fitting to this somewhat sad event, Canada also had another holiday in November, but one of the sadder sort. Remembrance Day, Poppy Day, or Armistice Day – the celebrations have many names but the holiday’s essence is the same in all the Commonwealth countries. We remember soldiers fallen in the line of duty, especially those during World War I and World War II. Special meaning is held by the date and the time the festivities are taking place. Because the hostilities of World War I ended officially on the eleventh day of November 1918, in the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour. So, at that time, there are one or two minutes of silence to honor all those, we need to remember. Connected to this day is also the custom of wearing a red poppy the weeks leading up to the eleventh of November. This symbol evolved due to the popularity of a poem written by a Canadian writer and soldier John McCrae, In Flanders Fields. It is one of the most famous pieces of Canadian literature and represents the emotions connected to Remembrance Day.

However, as November went on, we turned to happier matters again and planned our monthly trip. This time it took us to Whistler for three days, to ski and board and sight-see all day… and party all night!!! Whistler is one of B.C.s famous tourist destinations all year long. And during the winter month you can ski and board where international athletes competed during the 2010 Olympic Winter games. Whether we were skiing and boarding or soaked in a hot tub; went out partying, or enjoyed a dinner cooked with friends, we had a great time. Take a look at Flickr and you’ll see why the world was upside down for some of us during this weekend 🙂

December

And after Whistler, it was suddenly December and the last month of the year had already begun. Everything in Vancouver was noticeably preparing for the merriest holiday of the year and we did our best to get in the mood as well. Whether we went ice skating at Robson Square, visited a fantastic Candy Town or paid a visit to the Vancouver Christmas Market; we were getting ready for Christmas! Christmas is celebrated by millions of people around the world and is one of the most popular modern customs of the holiday includes gift giving. Don’t we all enjoy the Christmassy atmosphere? Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and mistletoes? And after this holly jolly feast is over now, the only thing to look forward to in 2013 is New Year’s Eve. So stay tuned here, we will for sure give you some information on where to party into 2014!

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Thanksgiving special

 “A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed – to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October”. (January 31, 1957, Parliament of Canada)

Canadian Thanksgiving, one of the most famous holidays and not to be confused with the U.S. American version is celebrated at the second Monday in October. It is similar to the English and European Harvest festival, symbolizing people’s gratitude for everything given by nature or God that sustains them.

While the actual Thanksgiving holiday is on a Monday, Canadians may gather for their Thanksgiving feast on any day during the long weekend. Thanksgiving in Canada is also often a time for weekend getaways.

The traditional dish for the Thanksgiving dinner is roasted turkey, cranberries, and pumpkin pie. Watching football on TV is also a part of the modern tradition for many Canadians.

Becoming a statutory (public) holiday in 1957, Thanksgiving goes back much further than that. Besides being linked to the before mentioned European traditions, it is also a way to remember the English explorer Martin Frobisher and his search for the Northwest Passage in 1578. As it was common in those times, his journey was a difficult one; made hard and exhausting by severe weather and ice. So when Frobisher and his crew arrived in Frobisher’s Bay, they celebrated the first ceremonial Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving being a public holiday means that all government institutions are closed and also most liquor stores. Most other stores are open, though. And if you want to visit some of Vancouver’s attractions, you can check out here, which of them will be open today.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Annika

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-

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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Thanksgiving

As already mentioned, October is the month of Canadian Thanksgiving. Right, different than in the U.S., but still a time to be thankful for all our loved ones, for a bit of free time, for all the luxury goods we are able to enjoy and last but not least,: For all the good and maybe unusual food.

This years Thanksgiving is on Monday October 14th, so it will be a long weekend to enjoy the fall weather. Many of you might have the possibility to join you homestay family for this special day. However, a few of you might not be quite as lucky. That is why INTERNeX will offer a Thanksgiving dinner for you!

Downtown Vancouver is The Irish Heather. They have a project called the Long Table Series. And this is what we are going to try out. Either on Sunday the 13th or directly on Monday the 14th of October, we will go there as a group, sit together at a really long table with other people and have a nice dinner. It is a very social spirit, to come together to a meal with strangers and spend a lovely evening socializing. It is the Thanksgiving spirit.

Right now, you still have the possibility to chose, whether you would rather go on Sunday or on Monday. Just message Annika via Facebook and give a vote concerning which day suits you best. According to that, we will make reservations and let you all know. Please think about it, check out the website of the PUB to get an idea, which dinner is more of your taste and get back to me as quick as possible.

 

Best,

Annika

 

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Upcoming trip and events.

October is almost here guys !! And it means two huge things in Canada, yeah yeah….you know what I’m talking about??

Thanksgiving and HALLOWEEEEEEEEEEEEEN !! and in INTERNeX we are already organizing a few events that I’m sure you will enjoy as if you were a child !!

Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada the second Monday of October, being this year October 14th , so keep tuned because we will announce soon our plan for that day !! We also accept suggestions, so if you want to do something special you can send us an email or write us on Facebook telling us what would you like to do !!

For halloween we also have a few nice plans:

One of them is the Fright Nights at Playland !! and the other one is the famous Dunbar Haunted House !!

Keep tuned because we’ll publish soon the details for paying the Fright Nights ! ( The tickets are around $30, but they sell them out really fast, so we’ll let you know in advance about paying so we all be able to go together to Playland and have a terroriiiiiiiific afternoon).

If you are interested on these events, just write us to know  you want to participate and also if you have more things in mind !!

We’ll be glad to go there with all of you and have a fantastic time !

Keep tuned for our month of October, and enjoy it with us !!

Best,

Mercedes

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Review of the year: October, November, December

Time to sum up the last three months of the year!

October

The PR meet enjoyed an awesome ride around Vancouver! Thank you Big Bus!That was awesome to go to the main attractions of this awesome city!For the most of us we had our first Canadian Thanksgiving with our INTERNeX family!Queenie  had her graduation day and Marianne and myself we were so lucky to have the possibility to see a real graduation!!! It seemed to be a film!And continue with an inspirational history! You should check it out! Mario fighting for kids! Such a good example for all of us!
We also had in October the craziest weekend ever in Whistler!No more words needed. And after so much party…we had some sport and culture in our visit to BC Sport Hall of Fame! And some fresh air visiting the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park! But of course we finished the month with a huge party haha Halloween!!!!

November

We started November visiting Steveston, mm fish and chips and good company!November was the months of the poppies and mustaches!Have you heard about remembrance day and Movember? Apart of our regular pub night we went to change a little bit and go to the Comedy Mix!But probably the most important event was the awesome trip to the Rockies!!But that’s not all! We also went to see The Giants playing hockey.We love the good traditions so we had a huge pub and club night the last weekend of November!

December

Our great Marianne left us to start her own winter season in Panorama!!!We had a different pub night in the lovely Christmas Market!! In this time of the year specially, it’s good to worry a little bit about the other!so we had our paintball for charity! We gave away the money to a local NGO!Great!But we also crossed the border and went to Seattle!!Last but not least, we enjoyed a real Christmas dinner in the super nice Boathouse in English Bay!

And now the only thing more that I want to say is:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Smart Saver Vancouver – Black Friday Sales!!

Happy Thanksgiving to our fellow neighbours down South! Like the Canadian Thanksgiving, the Americans also celebrate the season of Harvest by eating turkey and pumpkin pies with family and friends. The only difference is that it is in November instead of October!

This weekend also comes with two of the biggest shopping days in North America: Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Black Friday (November 23rd), as the title suggests, happens tomorrow where all the stores in the United States have these crazy, ridiculous sales and discounts off their merchandise.

Most sales starts right at midnight tonight so many keen shoppers are already lining up in front of stores right now! I suggest going down to Bellingham or Seattle this weekend to check out the deals or be spontaneous and join this West Trek Black Friday Midnight Shopping Tour that leaves tonight at 8pm!

While these two days of discounts have originated from the United States, many retailers in Vancouver and Canada are now participating to try and compete for customers. This is good news for us living in Vancouver as we don’t have to go all the way down to the States to save money (or I guess spend more money).

These Canadian websites, Red Flags Deals and Flyerland Vancouver, have a comprehensive list of the offers specific to us Canadians!

Cyber Monday (November 26th) is another day great day for us bargain shoppers, but the shopping is only done through online retailers! You don’t even have to leave your home to get great deals and discounts. This Cyber Monday website has all the best deals listed.

From my experience, the best sales are the stores that sell electronics such as Best Buy, Future Shop and even Apple have their rare, once a year sale! If you need a new laptop or iPad, this weekend will be your best bet.

I hope you get some great bargains this weekend! Happy Shopping!

Cheers,

Queenie

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Highlights of the Week

Having Monday off for Canadian Thanksgiving holiday has made this week fly by so fast. Another reason was that it was jam packed with so much to do, so let’s take a look!

Thanksgiving Dinner: The week started off with a delicious turkey dinner at The Irish heather with about 20 of you. Most of us have never had turkey so it was interesting to see all your reactions. It was nice to see so many new (and old) faces and the dessert and beer were a bonus. We were stuffed.

Pivo Pub Night: Who doesn’t love burger and beers? It was definitely a great night in getting to know you all and just relax with everyone, even if we only had two days of work. Won`t you join us next week?

Whistler: Even if you aren’t at Whistler with us this weekend, you should still check out what Irene has to say about the beautiful parks and trails Whistler has.  It’s more than just a mountain for skiing and snowboarding. I think I might even try a little bit of bungee jumping tomorrow if I don’t get too scared!

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Halloween is coming up, are you excited? I am desperately looking for ideas for a Halloween costume, but I’m always horrible in coming up with one. Do you have any ideas yet?

Cheers,

Queenie

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com