What to do on the weekend?

Finally, it is here again: The weekend. Well, and the FIFA World Cup as well. Kinda hard to decide which one I should be more excited about. Well, the World Cup is definitely more seldom, so I guess it is worth to put the weekend on second place. Sorry, weekend, I still love you.

To be precise, the soccer World Cup already started yesterday. But since we’re in Vancouver, so basically on the other side of the world, and some of us have to work, it is just not possible to watch the games early in the morning. Well, you could, before work, still lying in bed. But it’s just not the same excitement.7366316306_06cbe8e956_n
Chances are better on the weekend. The games are still early, but you can make a change of venue. Locations to watch the FIFA World Cup can be found all over Vancouver. You can find different international Pubs, e.g. English, American, Portuguese, German and a lot of others. I bet the atmosphere is better than in your bed, and you have the chance to meet people that are just as crazy about soccer. The schedule for the games (in Vancouver time) can be found here.

9317983502_e41923fa88_nIf you are less interested in soccer, the Surrey Greek Food Festival might be something for you. Local Greeks that recently came to Vancouver or lived here for some generations, established this community event more than 25 years ago. You can get freshly cooked Greek food, enjoy some Greek music and just be inspired by the foreign culture. To get there, just take the Expo Line to King George and make your way to St. Constantine and Helen orthodox church. On Saturday evening at 8pm, live music will be played by Yanis Sahamis on his Bouzouki (a mandolin like instrument).

You are neither a Foodie nor a soccer fan, then just make the best out of the weekend while enjoying the sun. The forecast says nothing but sun, so rent a bike, grab a good book and just relax in a park or go for a hike (there is the option to join our weekend excursion to Lynn Canyon Park on Saturday).

Get your sunscreen out, put your sunglasses on and get ready for the weekend.
I hope to see you on Saturday for our hike in Lynn Canyon Park.

-Elisabeth

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

PuB NiGHT Review: Mahony & Sons

Yesterday, it was time to cross a new pub off of our list: Mahony & Sons! Although the location was pretty difficult to find, the view on the water was breathtaking. When we went inside, we saw four tables with ‘reserved’ signs on them. That’s us! We sat down and ordered our first beers; we were ready for another great PuB NiGHT.

27932182587_2aaab1d4e6_nThis time, no bingo or trivia was involved (so no free drinks, unfortunately), but this left plenty of room for us to talk to one another. Since we just returned from a great weekend in Portland, our impressions and experiences of the city were highly discussed. One of our favorite memories: the food. We had amazing lunches at ‘Stretch the Noodle’ and ‘the Whole Bowl,’ two of the many food carts in town. However, the food highlight was undoubtedly the waffle-maker in the hotel.

After reminiscing about our trip, we talked about the biggest sports event that is currently taking place: the FIFA World Cup. Sorry to all you soccer fans, but soccer is not on my list of interests. But hey, my country did not even make it to the World Cup, so I think you would understand why I would rather watch Netflix. A couple of drinks and rounds of storytelling later, it was almost midnight already. Since I did not get that much sleep the last few days, I decided to head home.

I had a great evening and I think Mahony & Sons is definitely a place to revisit some other time.

I hope you all enjoyed PuB NiGHT! See you on Saturday for the hike at Lynn Canyon Park!

– Angy

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

Fun Fact Friday

Are you ready for another round of Fun Fact Friday? Great! Because it’s time to learn something new about the city.

1. Vancouver is rated among the best cities for coffee lovers.

Good news for the coffee lovers out there: Diverse bloggers rated Vancouver to be one of the best cities for coffee drinkers. This means, Vancouver has a lot more to offer than just Starbucks, Tim Hortons and Blenz Coffee. Yes, there’s more. So go ahead, take advantage of one of the best cities for coffee lovers and try something different. (And if you still want to go to the coffee shops you’re used to, read our Smart Saver from Wednesday).

2. Vancouver, NYC and London are comparable in Housing prices.

You might have figured out that living here is not really the cheapest, but did you know that real estate in Vancouver has the highest price among all Canadian cities? And there’s more to that: Rents and lettings are comparable to a living in NYC or London – and living there is quite posh, right? Very expensive as well. But I think we shouldn’t complain about that… I guess that’s just the price we pay for the amazing things Vancouver has to offer.

3. Our mayor is good looking, but cheeky as well.

I read a blogpost that stated Vancouver has the most handsome mayor.. well, he’s definitely not my age, but I don’t blame those saying he’s looking good. But there’s more to the story than just a handsome guy.

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Well, I checked this morning, the letters are still up. But nice try Mr. Robertson!

Did you hear about the Trump Tower & Hotel here in Downtown? So, in December 2015 the handsome Gregor Robertson wrote a letter to the manager of the hotel, kindly asking them to remove the letters “TRUMP” from the building. He claimed, “Trump’s name and brand have no more place on Vancouver’s skyline than his ignorant ideas have in the modern world.” Great man, this Robertson! He backed up his letter with a petition signed by more than 50,000 residents and even Christy Clark the premier of B.C. said that “Donald Trump doesn’t represent our city.” That’s a statement, I’d say.

Use this wisdom to impress your friends or your date or just a random stranger on the street. – But just if you started a conversation already… don’t just shoot it at him out of nowhere. Might be a little awkward, you know.

See you guys soon – latest at PuB NiGHT in Mahony & Sons on Wednesday!

– Elisabeth

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

 

PuB NiGHT Review: The Relish Pub

Another PuB NiGHT, in another pub, but with familiar faces. Yesterday, the INTERNeX candidates and the PR-team had a seat in the Relish Pub. For the first time since January, this pub was the place to be on a Wednesday evening.

And being in this pub was not the only first-timer of the night. It was the first PuB NiGHT for our new PR-team member Elisabeth, too. As well as for several candidates, who have only been here for a few weeks or even days so far. We were sitting at 3 different tables, because we were with so many people! This is also why I decided to switch my spot every now and then. It’s nice to talk to all of you and I enjoy listening to your stories about your life here in Vancouver.

But as sad as it is, there were also people that joined our PuB NiGHT for their last time. Linus and Lore are leaving Vancouver soon. Their time here with INTERNeX has come to an end, unfortunately. So, we had one, two or three (maybe even more) last beers together. We even signed a Canada flag with our names and personal messages that serves as a memory. We’ll miss you guys! Have a safe trip, I’m sure we’ll see each other again somewhere in this world!

I hope you all enjoyed the PuB NiGHT as well!

– Nadine

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

A new face in the PR-Team

Elisabeth

It was no usual start of the week for me. Not a usual weekend either. Last weekend I arrived and this Monday I started a new chapter of my life here in Vancouver.

To be more precise: From this week on until the end of August, I’ll be joining the INTERNeX PR-Team. But first things first: My name’s Elisabeth, I’m 21 years old and coming from Germany – sorry, nothing very exotic.

Back in Germany I am studying International Business Management and this practicum here in Canada is a mandatory part of my studies. It might sound like I am forced to be here – that’s absolutely not true. Ever since little-me discovered that there is more to the wide world than the things just in front of my house, I wanted to come to Canada and see the country of snowcapped mountains, emerald green lakes, and endlessly long rivers and forests. I wanted to come to Vancouver the city of which the quality of live is incomparable and diverse cultures are as normal as the sun rising in the morning. I wanted to escape the daily life from home and jump into more and more adventures.

But at first I didn’t make it that far. The first time I left home for a longer period of time was after I finished school. I spend 8 months in the beautiful city of Bournemouth. That is in the south of the UK – white sand, palm trees and loads of fun. YES – IN THE UK. Then, last summer I moved to western Germany to do a practicum and this winter I returned to the UK. To a small city in the north of England to complete a semester abroad for my economic studies. Not that much fun, tbh. And now I am here in Vancouver.

But still, it is a totally new experience to be here, and I am so excited to contribute to the work of INTERNeX and, of course, have a great time!

I guess I will meet y’all soon – yes, its PuB NiGHT on Wednesday!

– Elisabeth

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

 

How was your weekend?

Although it has been a slightly cold weekend, I had a lot of fun. Let me tell you all about it!

Cinema June 1st 2018On Friday, I left the office at 6pm, as usual. This time, I did not take the bus home right away. Instead, Kerstin, Nadine, Nadja and I went out for sushi at a place called ‘Momo Sushi’. Unexpectedly, our sushi was served within approximately 10 minutes after the waitress took our order. It is safe to say that the service was amazing. Just like our sushi. Our favourite: the avocado roll. And personally, I love the yam and vegetable tempura as well. The plan was to go to the cinema after dinner, however, the movie did not start until 9:35pm, so we decided to play Rummikub at 131 Water for a while. A few rounds of losing later, it was time to watch ‘I Feel Pretty’ at the cinema. A hilarious feel-good movie with an amazing message. I definitely recommend watching it. At 11:30pm, the movie ended and it was time to head home.

41842966624_2de5485e03_nI did not do anything special on Saturday, so let’s move on to my Sunday. On this day, I spent my morning sleeping in for the first time in weeks. When I was ready to say goodbye to my bed, I FaceTimed with one of my Dutch friends for a few hours. At 3.15pm, it was time to leave the house and go to the Extreme Air Park. Time for this week’s INTERNeX event! We spent the early evening jumping from trampoline to trampoline, playing dodgeball and basketball and jumping into foam pits. We even got to wear special glow-in-the-dark socks. I wouldn’t call it fashion, but they ensured our safety and whenever the lights went off, the socks were the only clothing items that remained visible. We jumped around for an hour and since we were all very sweaty, it was time to go home and have a shower. I spent the rest of the evening watching a movie and then it was time to call it a night.

I hope you all had a great weekend! See you on Wednesday at The Relish for PuB NiGHT!

– Angy

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

What to do on the weekend?

Although it looks like Mother Nature is planning to hydrate many plants this weekend, rather than blessing us with sun, that will not stop us from having fun. Here are a few ideas on what to do this weekend, indoors as well as outdoors.

35632322844_211194ba23_nAre you 19+? Lucky you! The Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival opened its doors again last Friday and this weekend is your last chance to visit it. The festival has been taking place for almost 10 years and it attracts many visitors. It consists of 100+ craft breweries and cideries, to ensure every visitor will find something they like. Not only does this festival include beer; it offers a variety of food, art and live music as well. The festival is located at PNE/Playland (2901 E Hastings Street) and it is opened from 2 to 7pm on Saturday and 12 to 5pm on Sunday. Day tickets are $39 excl. tax.

Looking for a cheaper, yet similar activity? On Sunday, the Fraser Valley Food Truck Festival is back in town. This festival includes a dozen trucks offering food and beverages. Besides that, visitors can enjoy live entertainment and there will be artisan market vendors all around the festival area. You can find the festival on Sunday, June 3rd at Concord Pacific 88 Pacific Boulevard. The best thing: admission is free! You only have to pay for food and beverages at the event.

39482802191_63ec9b6d21_n.jpgSince it might rain most of the weekend, why not plan a fun activity indoors? Call your friends and visit an escape room together! SmartyPantz offers many different rooms to choose from, for example escaping from a dream, a murder or a ghost. Costs are $25 and you will receive a discount if you go with a group.

 

In case you just want to take it easy this rainy weekend: invite a group of friends to your house and let them bring games, movies and snacks. A great day guaranteed!

Have a great weekend everyone! See you on Sunday when we go to the Trampoline Park!

– Angy

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