PR-team adventures

As some of you may know, my parents visited me in May and we went on a road trip on Vancouver Island. Although we had many amazing moments, one stood out by far for me: surfing in Tofino.

I already wanted to go surfing for years, but the moment never came until the idea did arise on our way to Tofino, which is kind of the surfing Walhalla around here. So I called the Tofino Surf School and they were immediately able to book me in on an afternoon class. I was so stoked to do this, but once I booked it I was also kind of creeped out because I saw those massive waves earlier that day and me being a 1.65 cm girl would easily get washed away by it. But there was no turning back now, so I showed op for my surf class at 4 pm.

Once I was in the office I was provided with some boots and a wetsuit, which is the hardest thing to get on (later on I found out this was nothing compared to the wet thing I needed to get off after class, which was really the hardest thing ever). We were ready to go and drove behind our surf teacher who had all the boards with him.

When we got to the beach I chose a nice red surfboard and thought it was lighter then I surfing1imagined. Though, once I saw the long path I still needed to take to the beach while carrying my board, I was already kind off exhausted before I even got to surf. But we managed eventually and we were ready to surf! It was not that simple and after the instructions on how to stand up, we first needed to do these steps with our boards on the beach, which felt really awkward and funny. So I was paddling and paddling… through the sand and managed to get up at the first time! Just joking, that is easy with that surface of course.

But I was ready and our teacher sent us of in the ocean. I was scared it would be really surfing2cold, but once I was in I was actually sweating in the water if that is even possible. I really got to experience how high and strong those waves are and it really made me speechless how strong nature is. I was ready to roll with it with my board. So I was paddling and paddling… and got up at the first time! No joke! It was so amazing to just get along with the wave while you get to see beautiful nature surrounding it. After that I got up a few times more, which was just amazing. After that I kind of got too excited and tired, so I started making mistakes and I couldn’t stand up anymore. It came to an end and I thanked my teacher for the great lesson, while already feeling sore in my entire body. You don’t really feel it while surfing because you are just in a rush, but it is such a workout and I had sore muscles for at least three days!

Despite all that soreness it was just great and I would always remember it! I also think if surfing3you just love something and you may be able to do it, just go for it. So I just got out of the Discover Canada Tours office to book my next trip to Tofino with Iris. I am really happy I am going to improve my skills on those waves and to make new memories while surfing!

So guys little advise here; do the things you always wanted to do while you may still be able to do them! And go surfing, surfing is just great. Our PuB NiGHTS too, so I hope to see you tonight!

– Tess

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International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend? – Victoria Day Trip

Oh Yesterday! It was a cool Sunday morning when we gathered for our trip to British Columbia’s capital city. It took us quite a while to get down to ferry at Tsawwassen Bay. And shortly before 11am we were finally able to board the Spirit of Vancouver Island. On the ferry we first had to figure out our way around, but eventually ended up on the open deck where we enjoyed the sun and the open water all around us. At some point there was even an interesting presentation on sharks and stingrays that live near Vancouver.

Finally, we arrived in Victoria after taking another bus from Swartz Bay. The first thing we noticed? No skyscrapers! Also, everything looked quite different from Vancouver. Before, going on this day trip I had heard Victoria looks very European. And it’s true! The capital really had a European-ish feeling to it.

Our first stop took us to Craigdarroch Castle which seemed to be home to a deer that came by to check out the property. It’s amazing how nonchalant it looked. It seemed like it was just taking a stroll in its backyard.
Later we walked around Downtown, just taking in everything around us and when our stomachs started complaining we made our way to Fisherman’s Wharf for some Fish &Chips.

Time flew, so we headed back to catch the ferry in time. On our return we were able to see an amazing sunset which completed our day.

Next weekend: INTERNeX Goes Rockies! Can’t wait!

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Review: Trip to Victoria

We’re back from our monthly overnight trip to Victoria! First of all, thank you guys all for joining us, it was lots of fun!

So we started our trip on saturday morning. Originally we wanted to leave at 7am but because of a chain of unfortunate circumstances we didn’t made it in time, but then just took the later ferry at 10am. Already the drive on the ferry was great, we were lucky and got the seats right at the top deck in front of the front window, so we had the best view of all passengers. The only consequence of our delay was that everybody was even more looking forward to our lunch in one of Tim recommended pubs, the canoes Brewpub. Nearly all of us had the famous Canoe Burger, which was amazing, but huge! But we wanted to do lots of things so there was no time for an after lunch nap.

First we went to see one of the smallest streets of the world in Chinatown (it was really small!!), then we check out the famous Empress Hotel and the Building of Parliament, which are both located on the beautiful harbour. And because we were really sporty that day we made it to build a huge human pyramide in front of the Parliament Building. We had a nice walk along the water to the fisherman’s wharf where we chilled in the sun for a while and had ice-cream and mini donuts.

We also went to the Beacon Hill Park, which is a really nice park just near the Royal BC Museum (and the Bug Zoo). Later we went back to our hostel and got ready for dinner at the Spinnakers (as well recommended by Tim). We had lots of different stuff to eat and some nice drinks, especially the Oysters were interesting, but everything was really delicious. Even though everybody was exhausted and tired after dinner because of our long day with a lot of walking, we decided to check out one of the local pubs and the nice lighted Building of Parliament.

The next day we slept in a little bid and then went to breakfast to a nice cafe where they served typical north american breakfast. So we had pancakes with bacon or french toast with hash browns or waffles with cream. It was awesome! Of course we had to burn all those calories again, so some of us decided to rent a bike and had a really nice drive along the ocean with lots of stunning view points. As our good-bye meal in Victoria we went to the old Spaghetti Factory and then we went back to Vancouver, where we arrived at about half past nine.

Check out our other pictures of this fun trip here.

Our next monthly overnight trip will be to the Rockies, for which you can sign up until the 5th at 12pm. If you haven’t checked our that trip yet you should definitely do that, its a great opportunity to see the rockies in the summer if you haven’t done that yet!!! We’ll have our PuB Night at wednesday in a pub near the beach and then we can go to the beach afterwards and watch the Celebration of Light together! Please remember also that our office will be closed on friday!

Hope you guys gave a great start in the week!

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

Trip to Victoria 26th&27th

Don’t forget our upcoming trip to Victoria. We will go there on the weekend of the 26th and 27th of July.

We will leave Vancouver at 7am on Saturday morning and we’ll be back in Vancouver at Sunday around 9pm. Victoria is famous for its colourful gardens as well as culinary experiences and a vibrant art and culture scene. And of course it offers a lot of possible outdoor activities like Kayaking or even whale watching. For more information, check out our previous post.

 

Just remember that you have to sign up in the INTERNeX office and pay (cash) for this trip until end of this week (18th July) if you want to join us. This fun trip will be exclusive for INTERNeX and will cost you just $90, which includes the accommodation and the ferry.

We will be working out a detailed program of our trip until wednesday and let you know by then. Please let us know if you have any questions about this trip.

Hope many of you will to join us!!

 

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

 

 

Victoria – Trip

A new month means another overnight stay. Since the sun is out and the flowers are blossomed it is time to visit the capital of BC, Victoria.

We will leave for Victoria on Saturday 26th of July at 7am from Waterfront and will take the public transport to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassern. From there we will hop on the ferry and continue or travel to Victoria. In Victoria we will firstly check-inn our hostel from where we than well explore Victoria.

Victoria is the provincial capital of BC and second largest city after Vancouver. Victoria is located on Vancouver Island which is rated as the top island in the Continental US and Canada and is voted as one of the top ten islands in the world in 2012 by the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Victoria is a combination of heritage architecture, colourful gardens and many outdoor activities as well as culinary experiences and a vibrant art and culture scene.

We will end our night with some drinks in one of Tim’s recommended pubs. The next morning we will have some more time to explore Victoria and who wants can join one of the many outdoor activities, such as kayaking, sup or biking. We will start or return in the late afternoon and will be back in Vancouver around 9-ish.

This fun trip will be exclusive for INTERNeX and will cost you just $90, which includes the accommodation and the ferry. This means that the cost for the public transportation in Vancouver and Victoria is not included, however we hope you understand that you can use your monthly pass for this or a zone 1 ticket since it is in the weekend. The bus in Victoria from the ferry terminal to the accommodation will be $2.50 each way, so please make sure you have this in coins.

We hope many of you will join us for this fun trip to the beautiful Victoria. If you have any further question, do not hesitate to ask us!!

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

Upcoming Events: July

We are nearly at the end of June, which means it is time to inform you about our events in July! July is going to be a fun summer month! Let’s see what we have planned:

Tuesday, 1st of July
Vancouver welcomes July with a several festivals around town to celebrate Canada day. On Canada day the Canadians celebrate the ‘birth’ of their country. In 1867 three colonies were united into to one country; Canada. We will meet at 6.30pm on West Pender and Broughton Street and will make our way to the Parade, afterwards we are going to try to find our self a spot to watch the fireworks at 10pm.

Sunday, 6th of July
You are going to love this activity we have planned for you! We, here at INTERNeX, are super excited for this special activity. We are going to North Van to play a round of paintball!! How excited are you eh!? The cost will be around $30 – 35 and we will leave Vancouver at Waterfront around 1pm. More information will be revealed soon!

Saturday, 12th of July
After the paintball activity it is time to relax an bit and therefore we will go to the Khatsahlano festival. Khatsahlano is a free festival which is held on 4th Ave from Burrad to Mcdonald street. You can enjoy the 50 music bands, over 100 vendor markets and there are more then enough food trucks to satisfy you tummy. More information will follow soon.

Sunday, 20th of July
The summer is arrived in Vancouver so it’s time to tackle the Grouse Grind. The Grouse Grind is a very popular hike up to Grouse Mountain on North Vancouver, but also very exhausting, however once you are on the top you have a beautiful view over Vancouver and you definitely deserved your dinner!

Saturday and Sunday, 26th and 27th of July
The last weekend of July is time for another overnight stay. This time we will take the ferry to Vancouver Island and enjoy an overnight at Victoria. Victoria is a beautiful city with many gardens, sights and activities. It is the perfect getaway spot after a hectic week at work!

We are already excited for July and we hope we will see you all at our events and of course our weekly pub nights (9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th of July)

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

Tofino Trip Review

We just returned from our stay in Tofino and I already miss it. The beautiful view over the ocean, the nice little village and of course all the fun we had.

We left Vancouver last Saturday at 7am and drove for 40 minutes to the ferry. On the ferry we had a nice view over the ocean. After 1h40 we arrived on Vancouver Island. Our first stop was the Coombs market. This market is famous for their goats, which life on the roof of the shops. We had a short lunch break and then made our way on to the Cathedral grove. The Cathedral grove is a part of the MacMillian Provincal Park. In the park short walks can be made to see the huge and big trees. The biggest tree is 9meters. After hugging the trees we went back on the bus onto the waterfalls. At around 4pm we arrived in Tofino where some of us went on a sunset whale watching trips. The others wandered around the village, grabbed some food and visited the Toquin beach. At 7pm we all gathered together at the bus and drove to our hotel, Jamie’s Rainforest inn. At the hotel our dinner was already waiting for us and after the dinner we had a small campfire.

The next morning was an early morning, but luckily we had a delicious breakfast and could go on for our activities that day. Many activities were planned for that day. The first group went surfing and later at the day people went off to go kayaking, bear watching, whale watching or taking the water taxi to Meares Island for the big tree trail. We also were luckily that we could visit the Clayoquot island, also known as Stubbs island. This island is privately owned by Susan Bloom and is only open for visitors on the long weekend in May. After everyone finished their activities for the day it was time to grab some dinner at the village and it was possible to enjoy the sunset. At 9pm most of us made our way back to the hotel, where we had some drinks and played some games.
The next morning we got our breakfast package, including a muffin, apple and orange juice and off we went again for the next set of activities. Again we had beautiful weather. At 1pm we had to be back at the bus and we started making our way back to the ferry. We arrived in Vancouver at 9pm and made our way straight back home.

We hope you all enjoyed your time in Tofino and hope to see you tonight at the Flashmob!

Ps: we do not have a pub night this week, but we have a pub&club night on Friday.

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