New ‘Kids’ on the blog

Let me introduce you to the new candidate of our INTERNeX family, we are so happy to him here!

Here we have Tom. He is 18 years old, originally from Munich in Germany and he is here in Canada for his practicum at a bicycle company where he will work for three months. His duties will include promoting the company and planning events. He says that he just finished high school and his plans after Canada are to study biochemistry at a university in either Germany, or Lund in Sweden. He says that he has been influenced by his parents to go to Canada since he was a child and he has heard that Canada offers incredible nature and is known for great skiing and biking areas. That’s right, we are so glad that he decided to come here and we know that Canada will offer a lot of outdoor activities all year around. He told me earlier that his bucket list includes skiing in Whistler and mountain biking. In Vancouver, he really likes the downtown area, but also how nature is surrounding the city, plus the people here are super friendly. He says that his hobbies are soccer, tennis and American football and his favourite food is Sushi. I think he will have the chance to try out a lot of good sushi while he’s here. Vancouver offers a lot of restaurants for Sushi lovers 🙂

We are so happy that he decided to come to the pacific west coast and we’re sure that he is going to enjoy his stay here with us and everything Canada has to offer! 

Cheers

Ida

How was the weekend?

This weekend was really great. On Saturday morning we went to Grouse Mountain to challenge the Grouse Grind trail. I’ve been longing for a hike for weeks and we finally got to experience this beautiful mountain and everything it offers. The average trail time was between 2-2,5h and some of us did it in 1.45h and the others in 1.55h. I knew we could beat the time! The hike was challenging but so worth it! I totally enjoyed every minute of it. Hiking and trail running was my everyday life back home in Sweden, when I was living a life among the northern mountains a few years ago, so of course I’ve missed every part of it and I am so happy to experience all that here in Canada!!

Once at the face of the mountain we enjoyed the view in search of the traditional Beavertails. Sadly we didn’t get any Beavertails because the booth was closed.. But hey, we saw two grizzly bears – Grinder and Coola!

Thereafter we saw a LumberJack Show – an outdoor set that features two logging camps from the early 1900s, such a cool show!! Right after the LumberJack show we took the chairlift to the mountain peak, and wow, the view from up there – the whole city surrounded by nature, incredible! I can’t wait for the ski season to start!

After a long but an awesome day we took the gondola lift and the bus back to Lonsdale Quay, as we mentioned before there was a Shipyard festival going on at Lonsdale Quay. The event offered live music, a lot of food, entertainment and so much more with a beautiful view of downtown. I took a day off yesterday so Tino will let you know below what he did on Sunday:

Yesterday, I was on Granville Island to do a little tour with a friend and to watch a show at the Fringe Festival. First, we headed towards the Granville Island Licorice Store to grab some sweet and salty treats for a hand-picked array for the tour. Afterwards we went to the Kids Market, a big place to buy anything you like for kids which is also a lovely place for adults to meet their inner child! The nearby craft house is great for those who love artificial crafts, so you should definitely check this out! Watch out for the Liberty Distillery, which offers awesome products to mix with your own drinks, just like a whisker spoon or a shaker :). Right next to the Distillery is the Railspur Alley, an artisan-lined alleyway full of creative businesses. After browsing around there, we headed towards the Public Market, which is home to so many good things like fruits, vegetables, meat, sweets, treats, baked goods, and more. It’s definitely worth a visit! Another highlight was the Popina Canteen where we went to grab a unique ice cream that you can only get there. The ice cream was sandwiched between a sweet bun and you got to choose special toppings on the side. You can see it on one photo:) We then headed towards the Net Loft, a place lined with intriguing boutiques where you can buy cool gifts for your family back home. After shopping and exploring the markets on Granville Island, we went to the Fringe Festival which is happening at the moment. It’s a festival with many theatre shows and we watched one of them. The show was about a war in the future and a woman who was living alone in a bunker for 10 years, which was interrupted by her action of saving a soldier’s life, but I don’t want to spoil too much, in case you’re still interested in going. 😉 To conclude the day, we jumped in the Granville Island Brewery to do a beer tasting! That was a lot of fun!

We hope you had a nice weekend as well! Maybe you can tell us about it next PubNight?

See you there! =)

Ida & Tino

What to do on the weekend

This is one of the things on my bucket list while I’m here in Vancouver: A hike up Grouse Mountain. I’ve missed hiking so much and finally saw an opportunity to leave the city for a couple of hours, just being in nature and inhaling fresh air. Wow, I can’t wait! 

The Grouse Grind, as you might have already heard of or visited, is a 2,5 kilometre trail up the face of the mountain, commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”, how awesome is that? You should join us this weekend for a challenge! Remember to bring comfortable clothes, hiking/running shoes and a rain jacket (just in case, you all know Vancouver weather can’t be trusted), snacks and lots of water. We meet up tomorrow (September 17th) at Waterfront Station, 10am to catch the sea bus to Lonsdale Quay. From Lonsdale quay we take the bus to Grouse Mountain (approximately 25min ride). When we get there we will start our hike to the top together.

Here is some trail facts

Length: 2.5 kilometres

Elevation Gain: 800 meters

Base: 290 metres above sea level 

Summit: 1,090 metres

Total stairs: 2,830

On average it takes up to 2 to 2.5 hours to complete the hike (let’s see if we can do it in an average of 2 hours). I am so excited about this hike!! 🙂

At the top of the mountain there’s a chance to meet Grinder and Coola, two Grizzly bears who made Grouse Mountain their home. It is also possible to have FIKA (as we say it in Swedish) meaning; sitting down, having a coffee and a bun for instance. I recently heard there’s also a booth that serves Canadian Beaver Tails which is a must have while you’re here! Don’t worry they are not actual beaver tails. 😉 Find out yourself what kind of treat the Canadians like. 

Following hanging out at the top for a bit it’s time to take the gondola back down. It costs $20, but I heard it’s worth it after climbing up the mountain and it gives us nice views over downton.

After the hike we optionally have the chance to explore Lonsdale Quay known as a very popular marketplace with shops and a beautiful view of Vancouver. There is also a festival happening at Lonsdale Quay: Shipyards Festival this Saturday 17th, from noon till 10pm and this event is for free! The venue of the festival includes a large area along the Shipyards district in North Vancouver. This event features musical performances by various artists and there are also areas at the festival where +19 can enjoy craft beer while listening to music. Let’s check it out together! 

Other optional activities on the weekend: 

Visit (MOA) Museum of Anthropology at UBC. The museum is open daily between 10am-5pm. Tickets are available on spot or online. 

How to get to MOA by transit from Vancouver: The westbound 25,33,R4,44,49,84,99 B-line, and 480 buses arrive at UBC Exchange. Get off at UBC Exchange (the last stop) and walk northwest for 15 minutes. 

The Westbound 4 and 14 buses arrive at an depart from university Boulevard. Get of at University Boulevard (the last stop) and walk northwest for 20 minutes. 

Oh, and I won’t forget to mention that there is one more festival coming up at Main Street: A Car Free Day festival featuring live music, street performances, market vendors and thousands of people which takes place on September 18th, between 12pm-7pm. 

Here are some fun facts about the Car free Days: Since 2008, Car Free Vancouver Society has hosted Car Free Days along Commercial Drive, Main Street and the West End to nature and grow the car free culture. By blocking off major thoroughfares, Car Free Days gave people the chance to experience what cities could be like with more space for pedestrians, not cars. 

I really like the idea of it and I definitely want to check it out! Let me know if you’d like to join me. 🙂

See you on the weekend! 🙂

Cheers

Ida

New ‘Kids’ on the blog

We have many new people joining us, yay!! I will introduce them here so you’ll all get to know them.

Name: Franziska

Age: 22 years old

From: Austria

What are you doing in Canada? Gaining international work experience within business improvement association.

What are you doing back home? Studying at university in Austria.

Why Canada? First time in Canada. I would love to go to the Rockies, nature, hikes.

First impression It’s really nice city, I explored most of my neighbourhood where I’m staying so far, since I arrived few days ago.

Bucket list? Visit Victoria Island, Lynn Canyon and to see more of Vancouver city.

Plans after this? Go back to Austria and continue studies at university in the beginning of October.

Hobbies? Travel, cooking, play music- guitar and piano. Hiking, play volleyball, hang out with friends.

Favourite food? Italian food.


Name: Selina

Age: 19

Where are you from: Austria

What are you doing in Canada? Practicum in law.

Why Canada? I always wanted to go here. Nature and the landscape and I do hope to see whales.

First impression: Beautiful city and so different from back home. Even more beautiful with the skyscrapers which is a bit overwhelming in a good way. It’s so beautiful.

Bucket list: Whale sightseeing. Go to the Rockies. Museum of anthropology at UBC. 

Plans after: I want to travel the world and I want to be active within organizations like Greenpeace.

Hobbies: Read books, write, being with friends, listening to music – I also played the flute when I was younger. 

Favourite food?: Ramen – Japanese noodle food. 


Name: Emily

Age? 18.

Where are you from? Germany.

What are you doing in Canada? Volunteer at an animal shelter.

What are you doing back home? Just graduated high school.

Why Canada? Mostly because of the nature. I want something different from back home in Germany.

First impression? Big city with cool skyscrapers.

Bucket list? To visit the Rocky Mountains.

Plans after Canada? Study veterinarian medicine back home.

Hobbies? I am a gymnast. I do also like to hang out with my friends.

Favourite food? Pasta with spinach, love it! 


Name: Julian

Age? 18

Where are you from? Germany.

What are you doing in Canada? I’m staying here for 2 months. I’m a volunteer, working in Stanley Park.

What are you doing back home in your home country? I am going to start my Air traffic controller training. 

Hobbies? In my free time I play football and hang out with my friends.


Name: Karolin

Age? 18 years

Where are you from? Berlin, Germany

What are you doing in Canada? Volunteering at a wildlife sanctuary.

What are you doing back in your home country? I just graduated high school

Why Canada? Because of the beautiful nature, the nice people and because it’s an english speaking country

First impression of Vancouver? I really like that Vancouver combines the sea, mountains and the big city. Many different people live here and there is a lot of diversity.

Anything on your bucket list while you are here? I would love to see some whales and fly with a seaplane.

Plans after this? I will start my studies at university.

Hobbies? Playing the violin and the piano, travelling, playing table tennis and badminton 

Favourite food? Every kind of noodles.


Name: Maja

Age? 18 

Where are you from? Düsseldorf in Germany

What are you doing in Canada? A practicum at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

What are you doing back in your home country? I graduated this year from school and I’ve worked in a bar.

Why Canada? Because of the nature, something different than USA or Australia.

First impression of Vancouver? Big city with beautiful nature around the city.

Anything on your bucket list while you are here? To visit Vancouver Island

Plans after this? Study at University 

Hobbies? Playing tennis, meeting friends, watching soccer

Favourite food? Pasta

Cheers

Ida

New ‘Kids’ on the Blog

Three new INTERNeX members made their way to Vancouver this week! Well, some of them have been here for a little longer, but they are starting their volunteer practicums just now. 😉 Let me tell you more about the new trio.

I’ll start by introducing you to Sarah, who is more than thrilled that she just finished her language course. She’s a masters graduate from Germany and will do her practicum at an integrative pre school here in Vancouver. When she’s back in Germany she’ll work further on her doctor’s degree, which funny enough wasn’t even planned. Her professor liked her work so much that he asked her if she’d like to do her doctor’s degree with him and she just couldn’t say no to that. 😀 This should be a nice time out from studying then an it seems Sarah is using every single minute of it. She’s already traveled to Banff, Jasper, and to Seattle, where she cheered on a Canadian baseball team. 🙂 When I asked her about Vancouver she said that it’s pretty, but she’s also very concerned about the homelessness and people ignoring the issue rather than trying to find a solution for it. That’s a very accurate impression in my opinion. Even though she’s seen a lot of things here already, there’s something else on her bucket list. Sarah really wants to see a killer whale in the wild and she was very specific about that. 😀 I’ll keep my fingers crossed for her. 🙂


Xenia will do her practicum together with Sarah. She just graduated High School in Germany and is on her way to start university. She’d like to become a teacher for English and Nursing. Looks like she found the perfect opportunity to try and see if she really likes it. Her main goals while in Canada are improving her English and meeting new people. She’s definitely at the right place fo that. 😉 But why Canada? First of all it’s far away from home, she says, and secondly it has been one of her dream destinations for a while. Xenia is going to stay two months with us and she just arrived a few days ago, so all she can say about Vancouver is ‘big’ and ‘beautiful’. Don’t we all agree? In her free time she likes to play tennis, to play piano, to go swimming, or to go on trips to explore the world. When I told her about the upcoming Rockies trip, she was in with no hesitation. Are you?

Kim-Sarah is the third in our round. Her major in Germany was business psychology. Now she’s trying to find out what her next step will be. How to do that better than with work experience in a foreign country? In her practicum of arts counselling she’ll be practicing research, event planning, and marketing, amongst other tasks. She’s eager to try as many different things as possible. Before coming to Vancouver, Kim-Sarah already went to Toronto for five weeks of language school. She liked it so much that she would’ve stayed even longer to explore more parts of the East Coast. Even though her first impression of Vancouver was rainy, I’m sure she’s soon going to love it here, especially with the weather getting better this week. I mean, if her gut told her to come to Canada, then it was probably for a reason. 😉 Another great match with the West Coast is her plan to go hiking. In my opinion there’s no better place for it, since BC has a lot of beautiful mountains with stunning views and great hiking trails. The diversity of nature is the greatest I’ve seen so far, so I’m sure that’s another point to win over her heart. 😉

Please give them a warm welcome at tonight’s pub night, 7pm at Mango’s.

See you there!

Cheers,

Laura 🙂