Canada facts: 9 typically Canadian things

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Canada?
Certainly, there are some stereotypes and characteristics attributed to Canadians and the country. But are they true? – some more, some less so 😉

1. Canadian maple syrup
Since the shape of a maple leaf can be found on the Canadian flag, the Canadian maple and also the maple syrup is really symbolic for the country. It’s known and popular as a very tasty topping for pancakes or even on bacon 😉

2. Canadians really like to stand in line
Canadians are always very polite and friendly people, that’s a fact. This brings us to the point that perhaps amazes us as Europeans in a positive way at first. In Canada it’s the most normal thing to stand in line before you get on the bus. It’s common to talk to the driver, which means saying hello and bye when leaving the bus. Additional fact; don’t be surprised Canadians always say “sorry” no matter what.

3. It’s all about hockey
What’s the first sport comes to your mind when thinking of Canada? It is definitely ice hockey (or as Canadians say, just “Hockey”). So yes this fact may be true; Hockey is really popular and many many Canadians love to watch a game. As Canadians have a really high level of national pride the national anthem before every match is another important situation for them. It’s amazing to see how much these people love their country.

4. In Canada it’s always cold and snow is everywhere
That’s certainly just a cliché. But it depends… Canada is a country with high as well as very low temperatures. It depends on where you are but from my own experience I can say that the temperature in Vancouver is nearly the same as in Germany. Believe it or not there are even beaches to take a dip in the sea and there are really beautiful and definitely worth a visit.

5. A dream destination for hiking and beautiful nature
That is definitely not a stereotype, but a fact. The Canadian nature is breathtaking and unique in the world. So if you visit the country hiking is a must-do. There are thousands of hiking trails for every level that invite you to enjoy amazing viewing points, explore the country or spend a night in a tent on a camping trip. Side fact: Canada by itself has more lakes than adding all the lakes of the rest of the world.

6. It’s possible to have a bear in your backyard
Yes that’s a fact. Of course it depends on where you live but there are many places where this is certainly possible. If you are an animal lover Canada, especially the Rocky Mountains, is the place to be. You have a good chance to see animals such as bears or a moose on your journey in the wild. But be aware that these animals do not want to be disturbed and may also be dangerous.

7. Multiculturalism
Definitely! Canada and especially Vancouver is a real “multi-culti” city.
It’s kind of confusing but sometimes being in Vancouver feels like you’re in Asia. Canada is a country of immigration but isn’t it interesting to see how many different cultures can live together and learn from each other?

8. Tim Hortons everywhere
That’s a fact.
You want to try a fast coffee or one of the famous timbits, the delicious small balls made with donut dough and filled with cream? Let’s go to Tim Hortons.
I can assure you that especially in the big cities you will find one of their restaurants at every second corner. That’s the reason why every Canadian will tell you that you haven’t been to Canada if you haven’t been to Tim Hortons.

9. Poutine, poutine, poutine
Some of you may think what’s that; others say it’s the best food they ever tried.
Definitely, Poutine is a must-have when visiting Canada. This really popular dish is based on fried potatoes to which are added cheese curds and gravy. There are many other variations for every taste. Just try it 🙂

Happy Friday:)

– Tatjana


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New “Kids” on the Blog

We are happy to announce many more Newcomers this week: Welcome Anne-Sophie, Nina, Niels and Marco!!

Anne-Sophie made all her way from Belgium to us. As a marketing student, she is looking forward to her marketing practicum and her time in Canada, a country that was recommended to her by friends and her university. For she is already an expert in Dutch and French, she’s in the perfect spot to perfect her English skills. But of course she is also excited for all the great nature this beautiful country has to offer and would like to travel to Vancouver Island, go snowboarding and see some Hockey games. Not to forget Anne-Sophie is super excited to meet lots of internationals – well, this is the best city to do that Anne-Sophie!

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Niels, also from Belgium, is from the same university as Anne-Sophie and became interested in Vancouver during a Botswana trip. When he spent some time with internationals during his trip, he asked in the group what the greatest city was they ever went to and 6 of them replied: “Vancouver!” :D. So an easy choice for Niels who is also here for a practicum and is interested in travelling to the Rocky Mountains (he definitely wants to see a bear during his time here) and spend some time whale watching. Just like Anne-Sophie he is excited for snowboarding and watching Hockey games. Not to forget, he’d like to visit Stanley Park and compare the scenery of today to the pictures of when he was three years old and visiting the park with his family. Sounds like a great endeavour with lots to explore.

Another one of our newcomers is Nina from Germany. She’s staying in a homestay in Surrey where she is volunteering there in an animal shelter. Being concerned with Canada as her dream destination, she was especially motivated to come here because of the mentality of the people, but also for working on her English skills. As a biology student, she’s going to have a great time at the shelter in Surrey, which focuses on scientific approaches analysing and monitoring animal behaviour. Nina would also like to travel to the Rocky Mountains and see Banff National Park, Seattle and – of course – some Hockey games.
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Last but not least, we welcomed Marco from Austria this week. He is also volunteering in the same domestic animal shelter as Nina in Surrey and will also be based there in a host family. He mentioned that he had always been amazed by Canada and the vast nature our beautiful country has to offer, which made him come here eventually. Just like the others, he is also excited to travel around and, how could it be any different, watch Hockey games. Seems like you guys should make some plans for that right away. 🙂

Great to welcome you all, have a wonderful start here in Vancouver and we’d love to see you at tonight’s Pub Night at Malone’s Social Lounge and Taphouse!!

Cheers,

– Felicitas

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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New “Kid” on the Blog

Another week, another new candidate arrived:

Welcome Louise!!

Louise flew all the way into Vancouver last Saturday from Denmark. She is 21 years old and aspires to become a vet. Before diving deep into her studies, she decided to spend 6 months in Canada and gain some experience in domestic – but also wildlife rescue and rehabilitation with two of our stations in Surrey, as well as on beautiful Vancouver Island. It’s her greatest passion to work with animals and she couldn’t be more excited to start her volunteering experience with us.
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For she has family located in Surrey, and is convinced that Canada is the place that she
fits in best apart from her home country, it was an easy choice for her to come here. Louise is interested in travelling around and experiencing the stunning nature that BC has to offer. Yet, she has no concrete plans yet. I am sure, however, you guys can team up with her to make some plans. 😉

Great to have you with us Louise, let the fun begin!!

Have a great week and hope to see y’all for Pub Night at the Old Spaghetti Factory tomorrow! ☺

Cheers!

– Felicitas

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

It’s over, but I hope we can stay Friends!

IMG_4508.JPGIt’s really not about you, this is all about me. And no, there is no other Country or group of international travellers I am leaving you for. Sometimes even good things must come to an end.
No, jokes aside for a moment.

A beautiful time in my life is coming to an end. A time full of new impressions and experiences, full of
laughters and late nights. 
I remember it as if it was yesterday, how I was bursting out in excitement to finally come to Canada. At the beginning everything is always so exciting, that the days just fly by. IMG_5013.JPGEverything was new and different, simply interesting and I tried to take in as much as I could. Without me noticing it, those interesting and new impressions turned into a routine. And I can proudly say, that this is the most exciting thing out of all of them. Because of the most amazing job (we all know it ;’D) and the most amazing friendships I gained, Vancouver became my home.
I need to thank each and everyone of you for being as 00f9bb16-0a62-4d21-bb8d-81ac745542f6.JPGgreat and unique as you are. As I mentioned it before, we are a crazy and absolutely mixed up group of individuals. Who knows, if we would have been friends, if we would have met in any other way. But most important is, that we are friends now.
Therefore a massive thank you! You made this job and my life here in Vancouver so so much fun. And I wish you all the best for 93b40c58-b749-4808-bd5a-b37c6e30bd2e.JPGeverything that is laying ahead.

4f3f7559-5bc5-4444-bc09-9fc947a8f26f.JPGAlso a huge thank you to the INTERNeX team, thank you Tim, Felicitas, Mina and Simon for supporting me and giving me this fantastic opportunity to grow! I appreciate everything so much and I honestly don’t know how to thank you enough. 

However, I am trying to keep this as brief and juicy as possible.
Let’s not make this a goodbye, let’s make it a “see you”. Anything else would simply be too hard.
Stay as wonderful as you are and never stop travelling! 
And please promise me one thing: This is over now, but please (!) let’s stay friends! 

A1488CFB-1F64-47F7-B4C9-BA97CC3DF34C.JPGLove you all so much and I’ll miss you so so so much!!!
Thank you!
Over and Out!
— Nadja xx

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Pub-Night Review

So much love! 

I am not going to do the whole emotional goodbye post just yet, but I’ll have to say how incredibly sad I am, that this was officially my last Pub-Night! And I think we absolutely made it count.

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The night started of as usual, a few drinks and some food. But instead of having some chats, drinks and food first, this time we hit the dance floor right away!
It must have been a very strange picture, especially for the new guys, to see us very much gifted dancers, humbling around as if there is no tomorrow.
So as you clearly must have noticed – there is no judgment in this group :P. You will fit in just perfectly.
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Besides, how great are you guys?! It was absolutely amazing to see how many people showed up. Thank you so so much.
Even though, I believe the waiter wasn’t as excited as I was. Especially considering the fact that instead of 15 people, 30 showed up … I am very sorry for that.
After surviving the traditional disgusting shots (check internex_canada on Instagram for video proof), everything was set for an awesome night.
After ruling the dance floor in the Yale Saloon for quite a while, we decided, that those skills need to be shared with the world and made our way to The Roxy (what a surprise, I know).
As soon as we got there, we got kinda distracted by the beerpong table. I think it’s a pretty well-known fact that INTERNeXer’s hearts skip a beat as soon as there is a the slight chance of a good match in the air.
However after only 99999999 matches, we decided to go for a slice of pizza and eventually end the night. 

Thank you guys so much for not only this Pub-Night, but also all the others in these past months! It has been a blast! 

Love, 

—Nadja xx 

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