How was your weekend?

Happy New Year! Goodbye 2017 and hello 2018! I wish you all the best luck and more beautiful moments during all your adventures. May it be in Canada, may it be somewhere else in the world. Before we can start talking about 2018, I first want to tell you how I experienced the last days of 2017.

The Christmas party on Thursday in the office was a good start to begin the holidays. We drank some eggnog with rum, beers and a lot of food, we were ready to continue our night in the Blarney Stone and later on karaoke in the Bourbon.

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On Saturday we met up early in the morning to take the bus to the Rocky Mountains. It was a really cold trip, but what an amazing views! The first day of our trip, we drove to the cabins in Golden. We made S’mores above the campfire and we did a nightly glow-snow-shoe hike in the woods.

The next day we drove early in the morning towards Banff. We saw a lot of beautiful views along the way. The first activity we did today was snow tubing. After that, we stopped at Lake Louis to go Ice-skating. Later we also did a hike through Johnston Canyon to see the frozen waterfalls. We went back to the bus to make our last stop for today, we were in Banff! We dressed up nicely and went to a sushi place where we got served by a train. After the stomachs were filled, it was time to party. We began at a cheap pub before heading to nightclub Hoodoo.

IMG-20171230-WA0005Merry Christmas! It was the time of the year again. We started the day with viewing the sunrise at Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Both were frozen and very beautiful. Because the temperature was minus 30 degrees, we decided to warm up in the hot springs in Banff. It was really strange sitting outside in your swimming pants with temperatures colder than your freezer. After we warmed up, we went up to Sulphur Mountain with the Gondola. Here we had a 360 degrees view over the landscape. It was definitely worth the cold. When we were down again, we drove back to Golden to have our Christmas diner. Even Santa Claus came to give us our Christmas presents. I went with our new friends to the hot tub and did a polar beer roll (rolling in the snow in our swimming pants) before going to the sauna. We ended this Christmas day around the campfire. Then the day arrived we had to go back to Vancouver. We stopped at some nice places to take photos and we did some fun games in the bus (which our side of the bus won of course).

You would think that we were exhausted after our trip, but because we are diehards we keep going. We had to say goodbye to two of our friends, Dawid and Maxine, who were about to leave Canada after several months. We met up at Malones for some drinks and went to the Met afterwards for some karaoke.

20171228_183415The next day was the perfect day for Ice Skating. So we went to the Ice rank on Robson to try out the ice. For some it was very easy, for others this was one of the first times ever they stand on skates. Later on we did some games and we ended up in the pub for a beer.

Friday was the last day of Julia with her host family. Because of that reason, her host family decided to throw a party for her. We had a really delicious diner, a cake and champagne. After a lot of laughs it was time to leave Surrey and go back to Vancouver.

On Saturday we decided to go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The Capilano Light festival is still going on, so we enjoyed some nice views in the lighten-up park. When we were back in Vancouver, we met again with the rest of the group to play some games. After the games were finished, we went to the Roxy to close our night with some Jägerbombs and dances.

New years day! When the afternoon arrived, we did some games (surprise!) and popped a bottle of champagne. When the evening started, we headed to Canada place to see the firework show. When the show was over, it was time to go somewhere warmer, so the club it was. Once inside we counted down to the New Year with a balloon drop and some more champagne.

And now it is time to say hello to 2018! Let’s be real, no one is keeping their resolutions, so we might as well break them all in one night. So set aside that new gym membership, grab a beer and kick off the New Year with us during the first PuB NiGHT of the year tomorrow!

– Bart

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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INTERNeX Canada: Grouse Mountain records!

Good afternoon everybody, how is your week going so far? The weather isn’t that good as it was last week right now but perfect for a long working day I guess.

I live in a homestay close to Rupert Park where you have a perfect view of all the surrounding mountains. So last week, I asked my homestay family about climbing those mountains. There must be some awesome views of downtown Vancouver..

They told me that the Grouse Mountain can be seen as a challenge for the Canadian people living around Vancouver. From the base to the top it’s around 1,5 hour climbing for a normal fit person (Grouse Grind Hike). However, most Canadian people want to make it a more challenging thing. Every year they want to break there own record going to the top. You can even buy a card that will record your time to the top! But for us as students, the time of the walk to the top doesn’t matter that much..

When you are on the summit of Grouse Mountain (1127 meter) you have some beautiful views of the city of Vancouver. On clear days you can see as far as the border with the United States! In other words, it’s defiantly worth the climb guys. And if you are tired of the walk you can choose to take the tram back down. But if you want it cheap trust only on your feet. 😉

So the next time when the weather is clear and good again, grab your walking shoes and prepare yourself for a good workout!

I’m going to do it too sometime!
Have a great week!

Cheers,

Jelle

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: ZipTrip Review

Yesterday the INTERNeX PR team took to the streets of Vancouver with the help of our awesome friends at Zipcar!  The weather was amazing and it was a perfect day to tour around the city and see what the Zipcar service has to offer.  We saw so many places and did so many things in a much shorter amount of time than we ever could have if we were taking public transit.  We tested out what it would be like making an IKEA trip, driving to the cheaper supermarket that is not normally accessible through public transit and of course had a great time driving around, blasting some tunes and making our own mini road trip!

 

If you guys are interested in doing your own trip or just want a car to grab some groceries or pick up some furniture, I highly recommend you consider doing it in a Zipcar.  The process was so much easier than going through the lengthy process of renting a car.  We didn’t have to book it far in advance or worry about fuel costs and paying for insurance.  With Zipcar, all of that stuff was taken care of and all we had to do was arrive at the car with our Zipcar card in hand.  

The system was so easy; all we had to do was place our Zipcar card on the top left corner of the windshield, which then unlocked our car.  The car keys were tethered to the dashboard so you never have to worry about using them.  Our car was a brand new Mazda 3 hatchback named Manseuto and it was perfect! We couldn’t believe how fuel-efficient it was for all of the driving we got done in our trip.  Speaking of gassing up, the process for re-fuelling couldn’t have been any easier.  All we had to do was find the closest gas station, go inside and show them our universal gas card that was ready for us in car.  Once the gas was paid for, we filled up to a quarter tank and we were good to go!

Here are a few photos of all the things we were able to do and see on our INTERNeX Ziptrip.  If you want to follow our trip, you can check out our Twitter page where we tweeted, checked in and posted pictures all along the way.  You can also view the rest of the pictures on our Flickr Page.

 
If you want more information about Zipcar and the process of taking a car out for the day or a even a weekend road trip you can check out our INTERNeX blog post about Zipcar, and of course, check out the Zipcar Website  for all of the details.

We had so much fun on our Ziptrip and we know that you guys would have just as much cruising around in a Zipcar 🙂

Cheers,

Your PR Team

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: News / Fun Facts

In 2 weeks INTERNeX Goes Rockies 2012!! For those who have already signed up; you’re in for one of the most unforgettable Easter weekends you will ever have and for those who haven’t signed up yet please make sure you don’t miss out!!

This week I will tell you more about the three places where we will be staying during our Rockies tour; Valemont, Banff and Golden.

VALEMOUNT

On Friday 6th we will arrive in Valemont. Valemont is in BC and is situated in a valley between the Rocky Mountains, Monashee Mountains and Cariboo Mountains.

Valemount is home to the highest peak of the Rockies; Mount Robson at 3,954m. A lot of wildlife can be seen in the mountainous  areas of Valemount such as; elk, moose, mountain goats, grizzly bears, black bears, mule, caribou, beaver, muskrat and much more.

BANFF

On our second day we will be going to the highest town (at 1, 383 m) in the whole of Canada; Banff. This beautiful national park of Alberta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a United Nations designation which helps protect a very large part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

 

There are quite a few activities you can do in Banff, such as: skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hiking, gondola rides, dog sledding and much much more!

GOLDEN

Our last night will be spent in Golden, BC. This beautiful part of Canada is surrounded by the Glacier National Park and Yoho National Park and is known as ‘Kicking Horse Country’.

Golden has quite a few impressing attractions that you need to see while we are there. It is home to the longest covered pedestrian bridge in all of Canada. You can even take a gondola ride to see the unbelievable views of the valley and mountain vistas.

For information about this amazing Rockies Trip read our “INTERNeX Goes Rockies 2012” Details blog post and join the event on Facebook.

Are you interested in signing up for the trip? Send us an email at pr@internexcanada.com! You can also email us with any additional questions you may have.

Have a great Sunday!

Cheers,

Lies

 

INTERNeX Canada: Video of the Week

Are you in Vancouver or have you always wanted to go? Today I want to share this video with you; it shows Vancouver in the summer and the winter. Some of the amazing views and activities you can do in this city as well as beautiful clips of the mountains and the sea. Enjoy.

 

 

If you have a video, quote, picture, news etc. and you want to share that with us.

Send it and WIN amazing prices!!!!

Have a nice weekend.

Greets,

Petra

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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Picture of the week!

This time the picture of the week is from our AWESOME WICKED WHISTLER WEEKEND! Last weekend we have been to Whistler with a bunch of INTERNeX candidates. All the candidates and the PR-crew had an amazing time there. We were staying at a hotel with a spa area which included hot tub, swimming pool and sauna and we have taken great advantage of that! The Whistler surroundings were absolutely beautiful, especially when we were snowboarding or skiing up the mountain. We have seen some breathtaking views! Today’s picture of the week is taken on the peak of Whistler Mountain. You can see some of our INTERNeX candidates such as: Dennis, Patrick, Regula, Roy, Patrick’s friend Carlos and George, a member of our PR-team! Beautiful picture guys!! We can’t wait for the next trip…

In case you experienced such a great trip or want to share a story with a great picture of yourself, your friends or you just took a picture of the beautiful countryside Canada has to offer: send an email to pr@internexcanda.com! Your picture might be the next picture of the week!

Cheers,
Claudia

Go Camping at an AMAZING location!

Okay, if you haven’t been camping this summer – or at all for that matter – you NEED to go. Why? Two words: Garibaldi Lake. You may be thinking “Well, I don’t have car, it would be impossible to get there.” WRONG. Come on, where is your sense of adventure? What the heck are you doing in Canada if you’re not willing to go an extra mile, lose yourself in the wilderness and take a few risks? You’re here to have the time of your life so with a little effort, you may just have the experience of a lifetime like we did this past weekend, at Garibaldi Lake.

Our adventure went a little like this…

After work on Thursday, we made our way over to the local grocery store to get some food for our trip. Want a quick and easy lunch? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So easy, and so good. We were staying for two nights, which was three lunches, two breakfasts and two dinners. In total, our grocery bill was around $75.00 CAN. That’s $35.00 each for 3 days worth of food! We ate some pretty great food but be forewarned, cans of soup are very heavy…enough said.

Thursday night was spent packing our backpacks for the adventure to the campground. Believe it or not, camping doesn’t have to be expensive. Mette and I had no camping gear before this weekend. We borrowed two sleeping bags from a coworker (and bear spray) and bought a tent from Army and Navy for only $30.00 CAN. Because campfires are banned in many provincial parks, we had to plan accordingly. We were able to buy a package of small cubes that when lit, would provide flame for 15 minutes. These could be used to cook food and were very inexpensive. These would prove to be very handy in the wilderness. A few other things we bought were flashlights (from the dollar store – worked great)  a tarp (if it rained), a fishing rod (optional – $30.00 Army and Navy as well) and some cards. For the ENTIRE weekend, we only packed ONE pan. That’s right. When you carry everything on your back, you need to pack light. If you’re going to camp, also bring only one set of cutlery per person and one plate, you don’t need anymore than that.

As for clothes, we each brought very little. Again, when you carry everything on your back, think light. Bring a couple pairs of pants, a couple shirts and sweater and that’s it. You won’t need more than that. Some other things to bring are a first aid kit, toilet paper and garbage bags. After we were done packing for the night it was time to get some shut-eye before we embarked on an awesome adventure!

It was early Friday morning when my alarm clock went off and the sunlight was streaming through my bedroom window. I was still a bit tired from last night’s packing but knew the day ahead would be so much fun. Rolling out of bed, we both put on the most outdoorsy camping outfit we had – a plaid shirt. I also added a bandana for an added outdoorsy effect. The shirts were bought at value village – we wanted to look and play the part so we had fun rummaging through second-hand clothes. 🙂 Try it yourself!

At 7 a.m. we were on the bus downtown, and at 7:15 a.m., on the skytrain to catch the Greyhound. I told you you didn’t need a car to go camping! We bought round trip greyhound tickets for $35.00 CAN that would take us close to the Garibaldi Provinicial Park Parking lot. Some of you may be living in a home stay. You can always ask if they would be willing to drive you to your camping destination as well. Or, if there are enough of you wanting to go, you could rent a car for the weekend! We however chose greyhound.  At 7:50 a.m. we were boarding the bus, grinning from ear to ear.

Note: If traveling to Garbialdi Provincial park, the bus stops in Pinecrest, about 4 kilometres from the park. But, we politely asked the bus driver to drop us off at the entrance, which he did, and you can do the same. Most of the time they are very nice and happy to help out. As we got off the bus, we were ready to begin our adventure!

The Garibaldi parking lot was 2.5 kilometres from the highway. Once we arrived there, we were ready to begin the REAL hike – a 9 km journey to our campsite. Before we left, we registered ourselves in, and camping for the entire weekend was only $20.o0 CAN. Pretty cheap when you think of the costs of a renting hotel room or an apartment.

As we began the trek up the mountain, the scenery was breathtaking. Green trees, natural waterfalls and terrain stretched as far as our eyes could see.

Of course, with 50 lb bags on our backs, we worked up a sweat. The natural waterfalls kept us hydrated though.. Once we reached the top, after a 4 1/2 hour hike, the views were spectacular. After seeing these pictures you can imagine how fantastic our weekend was!

This picture was taken after we crossed a river and hiked up a few rocks. The trail was so beautiful! Mette can be seen in this picture! What a trooper! While on the way up, hikers were both ascending and descending, but each one that passed gave us a chipper “Hello!”. Of course they were in a good mood, it’s impossible not to be with such a great environment around you. We met hikers and campers from all over the world at this campground. Germany, Switzerland, Denmark and of course, Canadians!

View from the bridge. Spectacular isn’t it? On the right, a glacier can be seen that has been frozen for over 10,000 years! While we were camping we saw a deer, birds, a lot of fish (trout are spawning right now), and even some insects like black and yellow millipedes!

There is no other place I wanted to be at the moment this picture was taken. I felt relaxed, humble, and lucky to be standing in front of this magnificent view. I forgot all about the city, cars, traffic, work, home – everything, when I was away at Garibaldi Lake. Camping is an amazing way to strengthen relationships and create memories that last a lifetime. It is also a good time to take a few moments for self reflection. I learned a lot about myself this weekend – my capabilities, my goals and aspirations.  I am so glad that myself and the “insane dane” took the time to plan for a trip like this, as it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Thanks Mette for making this trip possible, I couldn’t have done it without you! And also, thanks to the INTERNeX Staff for lending us some gear, and for giving us a day off!

If you have a real sense of adventure, and want to hop up and go, a camping trip is the perfect thing for you. If you’re not in Canada, but are eager to travel and experience new things, why not do it through one of INTERNeX’s many programs? Work in the city, on a resort in rockies, or, complete an internship in your field of study. INTERNeX even has volunteer opportunities! Then, while you’re here, plan your camping trip ;). For more information on INTERNeX programs, visit our website!

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com