Yet another weekend ahead of us, so here are some inspirations I want to give you to fill out your weekend! =)
Some of us get to experience a great event on the weekend: We’re going to Vancouver Island to see Tofino with the possibilities to go whale watching or surfing. We then head to Victoria to see that beautiful city as well. To top everything we then are going to Nanaimo to go bungee jumping! =)) Hopefully we can do a beach fire in Tofino (I really want to experience this!). I think it’s going to be such a nice event with lots of great moments, sunsets and cool people. Don’t miss the next time we go to Vancouver Island =)
In fact the weather is going to get a bit colder, so going for a walk in Stanley Park in Summer with the nice sunny vibes is not going to last any longer. Maybe give Stanley Park a try and go for a walk as long as it’s still sunny out. It’s one of North America’s largest urban green spaces with lots of forest-and-mountain oceanfront views. Also the park sit studded with nature-hugging trails, family friendly attractions, sunset-loving beaches and also tasty places to eat at. If you walk around the Seawall, which was built between 1917 and 1980, you can see the nice Waterfront area and next to it the beautiful nature of a forest. You can walk the trail in roughly three hours and see lots of figures and attractions like the popular totem poles of an abandoned 1930s plan to create a First Nations “theme” village. There are also some hidden figures and statues which you might be able to catch. Some natural attractions like the Lost Lagoon offers views of a little lake with animal wildlife such as raccoons, squirrels, birds and coyotes. Just keep in mind to give wildlife its space and do not approach or feed it. It doesn’t matter for which reason you come to Stanley Park, just a walk, jogging, going to the beach, seeing some wildlife, seeing some art, taking some pictures…..etc. Stanley Park will serve everybody who has some expectations about it. I promise!
If you’re not into nature I can recommend going to the Richmond Night Market. It’s located right besides the Fraser River, which separates South Vancouver from Richmond. You can get typical asian food and drinks and also some arts and crafts from the asian culture. The variety of different things you can get there is phenomenal! Asia’s night markets are all-night extravaganzas of tastes, smells and sounds. But you don’t have to journey far to indulge in this epic tradition. Devour crab meat noodles, BBQ squid, ramen, Japanese poutine, Brazilian pastries, spare ribs, sushi, Afghan bolani, even sausage in a waffle cone—with 70 food and 100 retail stalls; you’ll have no problems finding some food. If you go to Richmond, the whole vibe changes because for example the signs are now firstly in Chinese and then in English. So be interested in checking out a different culture at the Richmond Night Festival!
We hope you’ll have a great weekend and the inspirations help you. Do you have any plans yet? Let me know how your weekend was at the next Pub Night. Have a great weekend!
Now, already one week later, we have other new kids joining our Internex Group!
Let’s start this one with Laura. She’s 19 years old from a town near Hamburg in Germany. She’ll be staying a whole year in Canada! The year consists of two parts, one with 6 months Work & Travelling which she wants to do in Whistler for some skiing or working at a clothing store. The other part is going to be a ranch stay, which she’ll be organizing in her work & travel time. 🙂 Back in Germany she just finished her finals. After Canada she wants to study something, maybe in the direction of art or architecture but she’s not sure yet. She chose Canada because she likes spending time in nature and heard that the people in Canada are very friendly. Also with Canada, a dream came true for her! We’re so glad to be part of that dream! Her first impression was that Vancouver is beautiful. She imagined the city even bigger than it actually is, but nevertheless she likes it here! (How can Vancouver not be the greatest city of all times?! :D) She definitely wants to go to the mountains and see a lot of the country. Back home she likes to ride her horse and sometimes to draw pictures. When it comes to food, she prefers Italian cuisine. Who doesn’t love some pasta, or pizza? 🙂 We’re happy to have Laura in Canada and hope she’ll have a great time here!
Next we have Nimai. He’s 21 years old and is originally from London in the UK. Right now, he’s doing an internship in Vancouver for about 2 months and wants to work in Whistler for about 6 months after. During his time here he’d also like to travel around Canada. At home, he just finished his studies in Geography & Business at the University of Nottingham (Robin Hood helped him I believe :)). After his time here in Canada, he wants to do something with real estate. As we asked, why he picked Canada, he was answering: “Why not?” – That’s the spirit! 🙂 Also he chose Canada because of its Nature, Scenery and the transition of being in the city and the mountains. His first impressions were that the people here are very friendly and caring and that he didn’t need much time to get used to the way of life here, which I can definitely support. The number one thing he wants to see while he’s here are the Rockies. Back home he likes to do any kind of sport and listen to music, as well as playing the piano and the drums. In Vancouver, he really wants to try out typical pancakes with maple syrup. I think he’ll easily find a spot e.g. at a diner to try those! =) Anyways we are very happy that he’s in Vancouver and that he can create a unique experience here.
Let’s move on with Seb. Seb is 24 years old and is also originally from the UK. Let’s try to pronounce his city correctly: Worcestershire. So how’d you do? =) Just kidding. Seb is also doing an internship here and wants to have a paid-job after. He’s staying until December and then from February until July. He just finished his studies in Politics & Spanish at the University of Warwick. After his time here, he wants to do something in Consulting. He chose Canada because he never was in North America and also the Visa here is pretty nice. Of course, he wants to explore, travel and meet new people. His first impression was that all the people here are very friendly and he also got a good and safe vibe from the city. One thing he really wants to do is to go to Vancouver Island and to see the nature of British Columbia. I think he must join us on our trip this weekend :D. In his free time he likes playing hockey and lots of other sports. He’s also going to the gym and he likes listening to music. In Canada, he really wants to try some pancakes with maple syrup and poutine! We’re very happy we got Seb in our rows.
Next we have Anna. She is 18 years old and originally from Hamburg in Germany. She just graduated high school and while she’s here in Vancouver she will take a two week language course before her work starts in Stanley Park. She’s been to Vancouver Island before and has always wanted to know what life is like on the mainland. She also tells me that her first impression of Vancouver is great with the beautiful nature surrounding this big city and the friendly people that are living here. Her hobbies are horseback riding and she’d like to go to Whistler to ski. We are glad she is here with us!
Next up we got Sydney. She’s 20 years old and lives in Germany, more specifically in Mainz. She wants to do some work & travel here in Canada. At home she just finished the theoretical part of her finals and wants to work maybe with kids or at a medicine company to complete the practical part of her finals. She picked Canada because she loves being in the snow. She’s a great winter fan, with the romantic and cozy vibe, hot chocolate and the freezing cold outside. Her first impression was very good, because she could see some wildlife, forests and some parts of the city outside her airplane window. Sydney doesn’t really have anything on her bucket list, because she wants to stay spontaneous and goes with the flow. I think that’s also a nice way to experience Canada =). Back home she loves listening to the music of Billie Eilish, to dance and do some sports like fitness or handball. In her free time, she enjoys making some music like EDM or Techno. When it comes to food, she likes vegetarian and vegan food. I think she will surely find some nice food places here in Vancouver. We are happy to have her here, and that she can experience Canada with us together! 🙂
Let me introduce you to Steffi. Steffi is a 20 year old living between Hamburg and Bremen. She’s going to do some work & travel in Canada and currently lives at a homestay. Back home, she just finished her finals and wants to study German & French or English at the University in Göttingen to become a teacher one day. Steffi wanted to go to a summer camp before deciding to come to Canada because she wanted to celebrate finishing her finals back in Germany next year, but we’re glad she made the decision to come to Vancouver instead! Her first impression of the city was that it wasn’t quite big in the beginning. When she took the Expo Line of the Skytrain for the first time she really felt included into the Canadian community. Nevertheless, she has some things on her bucket list which she really wants to see, for example she wants to see some Grizzly Bears and meet as many people as possible. Also she wants to go to 7 Eleven, and try some pancakes with maple syrup somewhere. I hope she can fulfill all the points on her bucket list! In her free time she enjoys going on hikes, on vacation, watching a series, and she likes to read all kinds of books. She really enjoys vegetarian food and more specific pasta. I believe there are some spots that can fulfill her taste =). Anyways, we are glad to have Steffi here in Vancouver and that she can join us on our events.
Here we have Lena. She’s 19 years old from Munster in Germany. She recently finished high school and is here in Vancouver for three months to gain practical experience within the International Film Festival. She tells me that she’d always wanted to go to Canada to see some sights, the nature, the mountains but also the city. The things on her bucket list while she’s here are to see the nature of Canada, go hiking, see grizzly bears and to eat traditional Canadian pancakes with maple syrup. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, playing the piano, hanging out and meeting friends. After Canada she is thinking of studying to become an architect. So cool in my opinion! She loves eating pizza and pasta and also to try some new food :). We are excited to have Lena on our events and to share some time with her here in Canada =)
We are happy to introduce these new Kids to you and hopefully you’ll get the chance to meet them at todays PubNight!
Yes, it’s time for more new kids on the blog again! This year they just keep coming and we’re loving it!
Let me introduce you to our Work and Traveler Anne. She’s 26 and from Brussels in Belgium. In her home country she already gained a lot of work experience as a social communications manager, now she’d like to start her own project and try something new. So far, she didn’t get quite a good impression of Vancouver, since she’s only been staying downtown, but I told her the hidden gems are outside the city close to the forests, mountains, lakes and the ocean, especially for her favourite free time activities which include playing soccer, climbing and biking. I’d say Vancouver is the perfect area to do such things. Maybe she’ll go to Whistler dog sitting, or do a 3-4 week road trip through Canada. There’s many options she’d like to explore before she settles for job in Montreal, where she’s been before. She liked it so much that she decided to come back! Montreal is more European, plus she already has friends over there, which is why she prefers the East Coast, at least so far ;). And if you’re thinking, oh no but they speak mostly french over there, so does Anne! I’m excited to see how long she decides to stay here and what her future adventures will bring. 🙂
Meret is 18 years old and close from Bielefeld in Germany. She loves animals which explains why she’ll be working at a cat sanctuary and a wildlife rescue in her two months time here. She just finished High School in Germany and after her stay on the West Coast, she’ll be traveling through the United States to visit some family, before returning to Germany and thinking about what to study. Her interests are very divers, on the one hand she’s super creative and thinking about studying Design, on the other hand she’s curious about medicine. I asked her if she could imagine being a vet since she wants to rescue lots of animals, but she actually isn’t quite sure about that. 😉 One of the reasons why she picked Canada is the nature with its mountains, lakes and wildlife. Her impression of Vancouver is big with many different parts that seem like different worlds, which she finds very impressive, plus she likes that the city is close to the ocean. In her free time she likes to paint, read, or dance many different styles like contemporary, modern, ballet, or jazz. Maybe she can teach us some dance moves. 🙂
Tamara, 20 years old from the near of Stuttgart in Germany will also be with us for two months. She’ll be doing a practicum related to her co-op studies in marketing and customer service at the same company Jessica is at. 🙂 Tamara studies Business Administration and Technical Management. The reasons she picked Canada are the scenery and a chat with Tim about her possibilities here, and honestly who could say no to that? 😉 The city so far seems big, but there’s a lot of nice people, she says. She doesn’t have a bucket list, but rather jumps in the cold water and takes whatever is given to her on the way, like exploring the mountains and wildlife. I like that attitude! In her free time she plays several instruments like the clarinet and saxophone. BUT, she’s not only playing music, she can also dance to it! Pre-Covid she was part of a dance group, but unfortunately they had to stop meeting with all the restrictions, which brought her back to an old hobby: horseback riding! I guess it all has some advantages and disadvantages to it. Anyways, we’re happy she’s here with us and has some time to jump into cold waters, climb some mountains and enjoy the Vancouver city life!
Next we have Fanny. She’s 18 years old and from Brussels in Belgium. Fanny is going to have English lessons for about 2 months and right after she wants to work at a Café in Vancouver. She just finished high school in Brussels and is now gaining some experience in Canada. After the time in Vancouver she wants to study Biology somewhere in Belgium. She chose Canada because she wanted to learn the english language and thought that Great Britain was too close and the US a bit too expensive! 🙂 So we are happy to have Fanny here! Her first impression of Vancouver is that the skyscrapers are super tall and the people are very friendly. Fanny doesn’t really have things on her bucket list, that’s why she’s very spontaneous and open for adventures here in Canada. In her free time she’s playing field hockey and for 2 years she’s also going to the scouts. Her favourite food is Pizza & Burgers, so Vancouver is a great place since you get those on every corner.
Ferdinand, 20 years old, from Bamberg in Germany is next on the list :). For the next 5 months he’ll be doing an internship in research about the clothing industry and the recycling of specific clothes. Back home in Germany he was already working at a warehouse and did some research for trucks and silos. This work is very important because it prevents accidents who can happen if you don’t do the research properly. After his time in Canada, he wants to study in the Netherlands in the same field. He chose Canada because it was his biggest dream to come here! We’re glad we’re a part of making that dream come true! 🙂 Unfortunately, his first impression from Vancouver was interrupted by the smoke of the wildfires on Saturday. Nevertheless, he thinks that the people here are very friendly and open-minded. If it’s possible at any time, Ferdinand would like to visit Toronto for 2-3 days, or go to Seattle because he’s a big Grey’s Anatomy fan. Any more fans amongst us? He likes to play soccer, basketball and tennis in his free time. I’m sure he can find many places to resume his sports here, maybe someone is down for a match? 🙂 His favourite food are some good old burgers. I recommended him “Fatburger”. What’s your favourite burger spot?
Last, but definitely not least is Lina. She’s 19 years old and lives in a city near Marburg in Germany. She’ll do a project for about 1 month with a rabbit rescue organization. After that, she wants to travel around Canada for about two weeks to see maybe Vancouver Island and Toronto. As if travelling in Canada is not enough, she then travels to Costa Rica to do a project with kids at a kindergarten :). She chose Canada because her uncle was here in January and was talking about his great journey quite often. She then thought about going to Vancouver it connects vast nature with big city. Her first impression was also that most of the people here are very friendly and caring. Since Vancouver is surrounded by many mountains, her biggest wish is to go skiing somewhere. Maybe the snow falls early this year? Back in Germany she just finished her high school and after travelling, she wants to study architecture in Kassel. She likes meeting her friends and going to festivals and parties. In her hometown she’s a lifeguard in the summertime. Her favourite food is Italian food and of course she wants to try some good pancakes with maple syrup at a traditional Canadian Diner. We’re happy to have Lina in our rows!
We’re very excited for you to meet our new kids at tonight’s pub night, 7.30pm at the Ballyhoo! See you there!
I had a really great weekend with a lot of fun! Friday I went downtown to see the Olympic Cauldron from the Olympics from 2010. Afterwards I was heading towards the Vancouver Convention Center and Canada Place to have a great view over Stanley Park, West Van & North Van! Walking down the Burrard Street I stopped at the Marine Building, which is an old skyscraper with a cool vintage architectural design in the entrance.
I then headed towards the Robson Square to go into the Vancouver Art Gallery, which has an ongoing exhibition about Artificial Intelligence. You should definitely check it out.
On Saturday I went to Chinatown to make a tour there. The town get’s a different feeling after you enter the grand Chinatown Millennium Gate, which was erected in 2000. I headed towards the Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese Garden to enjoy the beauty of nature and the silence there. There’s a freebie alternative next to the main entrance, so that you can enjoy the garden for free. After that I got to the Vancouver Police Museum to see the history of Vancouvers Police Department and the crimes, which have been committed over the years. That one was definitely worth a visit!
At night, I went to the Nat Stadium to see the Vancouver Canadians at a baseball match. I highly recommend going to a sports event in a stadium in Vancouver. The people there are so nice and you get to see many break shows, which are so funny to watch!
On Sunday, INTERNeX was going to the Mid Autumn Moon Festival, which was definitely a very cool event! We got to experience the Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at night with a very special vibe of lanterns and special lights all over the garden. You had the opportunity to be part of a Classical Chinese tea ceremony, which is called “Gong Fu Cha”. Translated it means the skill of brewing tea with discipline and skill. After you got to experience the tea ceremony, you cold go to a tarot card reader, to show your future by fortune telling. At another room, it was possible to write your name in Chinese and get a portrait from you. Surrounded by that awesome atmosphere there was a chinese musician playing a traditional instrument, the Ghuzeng. If you were hungry, you could have had a try on traditional mooncakes. To conclude it was an amazing event with lots of stuff to do! Hope to see you on the INTERNeX Event this weekend!
Let’s explore Stanley Park all together with a amazing bike ride. We will do the Bike Ride through Stanley Park on Saturday the 14th of June. We will meet at 2pm at Denman Street corner West Georgia Street and get our bikes. The bike rental will be about $6 per hour. Please make sure you have enough money with you.
For those of you who don’t know, Stanley Park is Vancouver’s biggest park, located on the edge of Downtown Vancouver. Every year Stanley Park attracts an estimated of eight million visitors every year, who come to check out the beauty Stanley Park has to offer. Also Stanley Park is 10% bigger than the New York Central Park, so pretty big.
The bike ride is about an hour and takes you all around Stanley Park. After we finished the round we can make a stop at one of the amazing beaches over there and enjoy the weather. The Seawall is a 22 km (13.7 miles) path that starts at the Convention Centre on Burrard Inlet (Coal Harbour), then goes around Stanley Park and False Creek, past Granville Island and ends at Kitsilano Beach Park. We will follow the Seawall part that goes around Stanley Park.
As the weather in Vancouver can change at a moment notice, be sure to check out our blog frequently. Should the weather be really bad, we will post a notice on the blog saying if we are cancelling or not. You can also send us a message (604 368 0816) to check if the bike ride is still on!
We hope we will see you all on Saturday for the bike ride.
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