INTERNeX Canada: Spanish stereotypes part II

Hey guys!

How is your weekend going? I hope you’re doing well and you are having a lot of fun!

As you remember last week I wrote a few things about Spain, and I explained a few stereotypes. I talked about Flamenco and bullfighting, so I still have a few tings to tell you guys.

Fiesta españaLet´s start with the “fiesta”: Well, we like to party a lot, but not everybody in Spain likes to party…And what I experienced is that Europeans in general like to party like us. So I don´t  find us totally different..Maybe the only thing is that we usually go out later and of course we come back home during the morning (For example is normal to go out around 12pm or 1am…and come back at 7am or 8am)

Another interesting thing about fiestas is that almost every city, town or village has its own fiesta at least once a year.

antonio banderasDark hair and dark eyes:  It´s not the first time I read something like “Spaniards  have dark eyes, long eyelashes and wavy dark hair, therefore they are very magnetic and sexy”. Well, we have to think that not everybody looks like Antonio Banderas or Penélope Cruz. And of course, not everybody has dark eyes or hair, because there are also blonde people and so people with green or blue eyes too.

Lazy and untidy people: I think that’s the worst stereotype ever for us.  I know a lot of people in Spain who are obsessed with cleanliness.There are lazy people everywhere, but Spaniards work hard like everybody does, and in Europe Spanish workers are really welcome.

This is my particular vision, and probably maybe you don´t agree. So don´t hesitate on comment, giving your opinion or asking whatever you want to know.

Have a nice Sunday everybody.

Best,

Mercedes

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INTERNeX Canada: INTERNeX Explorer: The other face of Canada

I saw the other face of Canada. Yes, I saw. We are living in Vancouver which is a big and international city, but the most of the Canadian places are not like Vancouver is. Actually Canada is the second largest country of the world with 9,970,000km! So Vancouver is just a little point of  a HUGE country! Canada is also famous for the nature, mountains and the lakes that you can find! In fact there are around 30.000 lakes in the country!!!! It is crazy, isn’t it?

The population of Canada in general is approximately 33.4 million. Toronto has more than 5 millions of citizen, follows for Montreal with more than 3, Vancouver with around 2, 5, Ottawa with more than 1 and finally Calgary and Edmonton with more than 1 million.

But if you add together the population of the main cities, you can realize than the bigger percentage of the population doesn’t live there. If we exclude around 10 million of people who are citizen of these places, the other 23 million lives in smalls villages in the middle of the nature!

I’ve done a little road trip around BC, but when I say little is because we haven’t gone further than 4 hours away from Vancouver  and we went to some villages that seem absolutely different! For example Lillooet which is just around 1 hour and half driving from Whistler. It was really small and we felt complete outsiders!!But for us was a really nice experience, because it is something real, authentic, that’s the other face of Canada.Smalls and quiets villages located in the middle of the wild nature where everybody knows everybody.

When you have been living abroad you understand that is not the same going somewhere to do tourism than to live and experiment the real country so even I am sure that I couldn’t live there, it was great to have the chance to see the other face of this awesome country and continue learning about it!

Cheers,

Irene

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INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the Weekend?

Happy November!! How is your week going? This weekend, I will hopefully be going skydiving! (finger crossed that the weather behaves well.)

Though, November is not necessary one of those months that you are too excited about because it’s between holiday seasons. But, here are some important events going on this weekend that will make you change your mind!

DAYLIGHT SAVING ENDS – Change your clocks!

You will absolutely want to, actually NEED TO, attend to this event! On Sunday, at 2am, turn your clocks back one hour (so it becomes 1am).  That’s right change your phone, watch, microwave…whatever! The clocks are going back to Standard time in Vancouver which means that while you are losing an hour of daylight -not that there is much lately – you are gaining one hour of sleep!

  • When? 2am on Sunday or before you head to bed!
  • Why? As days get shorter and shorter in the Autumn and Winter, you want to take advantage of whatever sunshine that is available, so turning the clocks back will allow you to wake up when the sun comes up.

For more information, take a look at this website.

STEVESTON TRIP

Join us on Sunday is exploring Vancouver’s famous fishing village – Steveston! Once home to Canada’s largest fishing fleer of more than 600 vessels, Steveston Village is now an idyllic village where you can eat the best fish and chips and buy fresh seafood directly from the fishermen at the dock for a lower price! If seafood isn’t your thing, there are many cute little gift and antique shops, delicious frozen yogurt and a beautiful garden in the town center. Don’t forget to bring your camera, you will definitely need it!

You know you want to come, so just click attend on our Facebook event!

MOVEMBER

November means Movember in Canada! What does this mean? This time every year, men grow their “Mo’s” to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives! So if you start seeing moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, don’t panic. In fact, I think men with moustaches are quite attractive. To participate, all you men can simply register at Movember.com with a clean-shaven face…. And of course, let the moustache grow!

  • When? November 1st to 30th
  • Where? On your faces!
  • Cost? FREE and for a good cause!

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

VAFF: 16th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Vancouver has the biggest Asian population in Canada, so why not watch films that are made by some of the most prominent Canadian and American Asian filmmakers. All films are in English or have English subtitles. You might recognize some of the stars such as Sung Kang (The Dark Knight), Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) and Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga)!

  • When? Thursday, Nov. 1st to Sunday, Nov. 4th
  • Where? Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas
    88 W Pender Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

To check out the show times and buy tickets, go to their website here.

 

Cheers,

Queenie

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INTERNeX Canada: News/Fun facts

The other morning when I arrived at the office was so funny when my workmate Mayuco asked me: have you heard about the fresco restauration in a church of Spain?

What? No I haven´t heard anything! That´s true that when I am living abroad I used to disconnect of everything!

Here is the thing:  An old woman wanted to help to restore the old and high value fresco of the church of her village but she was just an amateur painter, so the poor woman tried but the result was kind of surprising. Jesus Christ doesn´t look like Jesus Christ anymore… he looks like a monkey, a grizzly bear or some stranger super funny animal but not a religious figure, not at all!

But a naive mistake turned into an international boom!  Vancouver is so far away for Spain and it appears here  in the newspapers and in the newscast so I can´t  imagine the revolution in Spain.

Now there is a lot of merchandising around this topic: t-shirts, cup, hats and with a lot of  differnt versions!

I am pretty sure that the problem was that the woman was trying to restore the fresco but looking the wrong picture!

She was so sad for the final result! It wasn´t her intention! But what she has done it´s the best advertising ever for the tourism of her village! So yes probably the village has lost an old fresco but they will win a lot of new visitors just to see the new attraction!

What about you? Do you know some funnies errors that make some place famous for that?

Share with us! We would love to hear that kind of stories!

Have a nice day!

Cheers

Irene

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INTERNeX Canada: News /Fun Facts

Today I just want to share my personal opinion about this amazing city! Vancouver it´s the third best place to live in the world! Of course no one of us is stupid at all choosing Vancouver for doing our internship, working or improving our English here!

But why is Vancouver on the top ten?

I don´t know how is in your cities, but in Madrid it´s no possible at all sailing and in the same day skiing! But here you can do both or even change the skiing for a beach day! Awesome!

The first days that you are in Vancouver you think: Oh what a big city with all these skyscrapers but then once you have been living for a while, you realize how small Vancouver is! It looks like a big city but is like a village! It has the best things of the big cities: a lot of shops, cinemas, theaters, everything you can imagine… but also the best thing of living in a “village”: everything is near, you can walk everywhere and in a short period of time you will know the most of the people around you, your bus driver will be YOUR bus driver, you will know the most of your neighbors and you will find them everywhere! If you love the party you will see that the most of the people, even the international people like us that just stay for a while, are always the same! So this city is perfect to make friends! (And maybe not that good if you have enemies)

So apart of being a great city with a lot of beaches, mountains, it is also SO green! There are parks everywhere what are especially nice on this time of the year! Stanley Park is simply amazing! Every time I ´ve been there I think the same: it is not fair that not everybody can see it! I would love that all my friends to have the possibility of seeing and enjoying it!

Vancouver as you all can see, it is so international! There are a lot of Asiatic people, European, Latin Americans… A city plenty of international and young people, it´s like impossible don´t have fun!

And what do you think about Canadian people? Can be they been more polite? They have always nice words and they always try to help you!

Maybe it´s a personal opinion, but I find Vancouver one of the most interesting cities I´ve never been!  I understand that tons of people that just come here for a little period of time then fall in love with this city and want to stay forever. Absolutely comprehensible!!

If you have never been here and you have the possibility, come to Vancouver! If you are already here, enjoy every day like there is no tomorrow!

Let´s enjoy Vancouver!

Cheers,

Irene

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Vancouver’s Must See Attractions – Part X

It is nearly weekend people. And it is time for the 10th Attraction in our series “Must See Vancouver”!

Today’s attraction is the Burnaby Village Museum!
It is an open air museum that you should visit on a sunny day like today!

Walk around in the streets of the old village and explore the heritage and replica buildings from the 1920s.
Customs town folks will welcome you in a friend way and will give demonstrations in all different homes, shops and businesses of the 20s, located all around the village.

 

Have a chat with the black smith, who will show you how people smithies iron like 100 years ago, receive a demonstration in the print shop or just wander true the garden at the farmhouse and visit the clerk at the general store.
Do not miss a ride on the historic 1912 Park Carousel for young and old.
Picnic tables and an ice-cream parlor can be found as well in the museum. The parlor offers you a menu of meals and snacks.
Or just make yourself some lunch bags at home and take them to the Museum!!!

 

Visit the village’s website for more information about opening times and rates!

 

Cheers,

George

 

Get Whisked Away!

British Columbia boasts one of North America’s number one ski and snowboard resort and the host Mountain Resort of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games! Whistler B.C. serves up more vertical feet, advanced lifts and various ski terrains than any other resort on the continent. In addition to that, add on three glaciers, 16 alpine bowls and North America’s longest ski season and you have yourself one epic ski vacation.

You can ski the Symphony Bowl and 7th Heaven, before having a quick lunch whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola can whisk you 2.73 miles between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain in a dizzying 11 minutes. This premier ski resort is a year-round playground. Once the snow begins to melt you can try out a self-guided off the road adventure over 3,937ft of park terrain at the Whistler Mountain Bike Park or learn to wakeboard on Green Lake. However, if moguls, chutes and steeps are not in your vocabulary, you can still appreciate Whistler’s après scene. You can indulge in a candlelit fondue dinner for two at a romantic chalet or rejuvenate at a day spa with a soothing hot oil, shiatsu or Swedish massage.

Browse at over 200 shops and boutiques in the pedestrian-friendly plazas of Whistler Village. And with the village boasting over 90 restaurants with some of the best dining and nightlife opportunities in BC there’s no need head down to the city. Anything ranging from funky sushi bars in the Creek or Village to restaurants serving tapas late into the night and live music that will have you dancing even after a full day of play in the outdoors, Whistler has it all! The public transit runs from 4:40am to 3:30am every day otherwise there are taxis and the free village shuttle…so need to worry club hoppers Whistler has your back!