What to do on the weekend?

I have great news for you: this weekend will be a long one! Canada celebrates Victoria Day on Monday, so most of you do not have to work on that day and can celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday. Here are some ideas for you to fill your great weekend.

5601230552_924f0e3fa3_nHave you ever seen the big silver bowl at False Creek next to the stadiums? Inside this bowl, you can experience science in an interactive and fun way. This Saturday, a special exhibition opens which is all about PIXAR. I am sure you all know some PIXAR movies, such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, WALL-E… the list goes on and on. If this sounds interesting to you, then meet us in front of the entrance at 11am on Saturday morning and we will have a fun morning together. Admission fee for Science World is $25 for adults, $20.25 for students (bring your ID). The exhibition ‘The Science behind PIXAR’ costs $8 extra.

The weather forecast for Saturday does not seem too bad, so you can spend the afternoon at the beach and enjoy the sun. English Bay and Kitsilano beach are the hotspots for the summer in Vancouver. And of course, Stanley Park is always a great location. Take a walk around the sea wall with beautiful views. After this exhausting day, you might get hungry. A cool location is Dublin Calling on Granville Street which offers a good food and drinks menu. Their brand new rooftop just opened last week where you can enjoy the sun. Even at night you will not get cold, because the rooftop is covered. Perfect spot for a May night! We will check it out next Wednesday at our PuB NiGHT.

Sundays are always great for leaving the busy city life and getting out in the nature. 9359310737_4067428b32_nA great place to do so is Deep Cove in North Vancouver. From downtown, you will reach this area in approximately one hour by bus. A lovely place is hidden in this part of town. Hike easily on Quarry Rock, where you will have a beautiful view on Indian Arm. You have also the possibility to rent a kayak for a few hours and paddle around. Great end of the day is a visit to Honey Doughnuts & Goodies, a famous café for locals and tourists.

And then, it is Monday already. What about actually spending Victoria Day in Victoria? It is located in the south of Vancouver Island. You can take the ferry from Tsawwassen to Victoria, which takes about 90 minutes and costs $17.20. On Victoria Day, there is the famous Island Farms Victoria Day Parade. It is free to attend and takes about two hours. Besides that, bands are performing live at different locations all over the city.

Have a great weekend!

– Kerstin

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How was your weekend?

It’s beginning to look a lot like… summer! I did not expect to be able to wear shorts mid-May, but Vancouver continues to amaze me. Let’s look back on this fun, sunny weekend.

32266945_10156233996584647_4112762211934404608_nFriday night, it was time to go to our favorite country bar again: the Yale Saloon. And you know what that means… line-dancing time! Sadly, we were not wearing cowboy boots or hats, but that did not make it any less fun. Since we went line dancing before, we were not sure if we would learn a new choreography this time, or if we could show off moves we had already learned before. The choreographer did not let us down: we learned some new moves! When the line dancing ended, it was time to join some of you to the Bourbon. As always, we had a great time catching up with all of you and dancing to good music (sometimes even in a cage).

On Saturday, it was time to watch the Grand Final of 2018’s Eurovision Song Contest. I might have left Europe, but the European part of me has not left me. (Although, not only Europe participates in the contest, so what does being European regarding ‘Eurovision’ mean anyway?) My favorite thing about Eurovision is discussing the performances with friends, since most of the performances are quite, let’s say, unique. But hey, it would not be Eurovision if it didn’t include some laughs. I discussed the show with my Bulgarian friend from college, both of us supporting our own country. We figured neither of our home countries would win this year, but Israel’s “Toy” song winning the contest was definitely unexpected. Not only because of the song, but Israel is not even in Europe. Although, even Australia participates, so can we really be that surprised?

27241374947_326330bf27_nWhen I woke up on Sunday, I opened my weather app and saw that it was going to be 25 degrees Celsius that day. Great! Time to go to the beach! I spent the afternoon enjoying the sun and playing beach volleyball with some of you. At 4:30pm, we took the sky train to Planet Lazer: it was time to play laser tag with all of you! Playing three games was a lot of fun, yet exhausting as well. Water was our best friend when we finished. After hydrating ourselves, we all went home to rest. 

I hope you all had a great weekend!

See you on Wednesday at 131 Water!

– Angy

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What to do on the weekend?

It’s Friday and the sun is shining… Sounds like a great start of the weekend to me! It is supposed to stay sunny throughout the weekend, so here are some tips on what to do.

18876089399_3d63a1829d_nAre you into good food? And you like good music too? Then today is your lucky day! Today, the Richmond Night Market finally opens its doors to the public. On the market, you can find more than 100 food stands and over 200 retail stands. Moreover, there is a 50-foot entertainment stage that provides visitors with live performances throughout the evening. The word ‘boring’ will definitely not be in your vocabulary if you decide to visit this diverse market. The best part: entrance fee is only $3.75!

10141278356_812cfcd956_nOn Saturday, Granville Island is the place to be. There will be an Art Smash Street Party in which the wall paintings at the island’s new public space, The Chain & Forge, will be revealed. Not only will wall paintings be revealed, the party includes live painting as well. If art does not necessarily interest you, feel free to have some food at a variation of food trucks. According to the weather forecast it will be warm on Saturday, so having a cold beer is definitely a solid option too. Entrance to the party is free and it will last from 1 to 9pm!

On Sunday, it’s Mother’s Day! Whether you are here with your mom, or live with a host mom, it’s time to show your appreciation for her today. Take your (host) mom to the Glades Garden, where you can enjoy coffee, tea and chocolate while being surrounded by blooming flowers and music. The garden is opened from 10am until 4pm and tickets are $7 (cash only). Want something a little more exciting? Have a high tea with you mom on the train! Yes, you read that correctly. The Port Moody Station Museum offers a ride on their passenger train car, called ‘the Venosta,’ where families can enjoy a variety of teas, fruit and pastries. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Enjoy your weekend everyone! I look forward to seeing you at our laser tag event on Sunday!

– Angy

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How was your weekend?

My weekend? Sunny, active, great!

Saturday morning, 7.45am. Prepared with hiking shoes, sunglasses and lunch packages, 16 motivated people gathered at Pacific Central to spend the day in Squamish. Everyone was ready for the big hike. Well, everyone except for our bus… Unfortunately, the bus company cancelled the ride we booked our tickets for. To be honest, that was not the best news to hear at this time of the day. Going back home? No way! So, some hot discussions later, a bus was eventually arranged for us and the adventure could start.

About an hour later, we stepped out of the bus. We stood directly in front of the gondola, the one we would take to get down after our hike (at least that is what we still thought would happen). But before heading to the trail, we had to celebrate. It was Lore’s birthday! And so, we had a chocolate cupcake for her with a candle, a birthday song, a crown and even a birthday balloon; the full package for our Belgian birthday girl.

The sky promised a lovely day and even in the shadow under the trees, it was perfect! Just like many other people, we followed the signs of the sea-to-summit trail (again, that is what we thought). The first part of the trail was quite steep with many stairs and steps of stones. No problem for our motivated group, so we made our way up along the waterfall with some breaks to enjoy the views. Every ten minutes, I heard a ‘Happy birthday’ – ‘Thank you’ conversation between Lore and some hikers on the trail. The balloon did its job, so she a lot of attention during the day.

davThe final part before reaching the top of the mountain was more challenging. The trail ended in rocks that we had to climb up. Ropes installed in the rocks and a ladder helped us to overcome the last metres until the top. Not being surrounded by trees anymore, finally allowed us to see where we were actually standing. Wow! The view was just amazing! After the past exhausting hours, it was time for lunch break. We found the perfect spot and could enjoy our sandwiches while looking at mountains with snowy tops. Some people took a power nap and some even came up with the great idea to use some sun cream.

Recovered and ready for the next part, we continued our trail where we spot even more
beautiful sceneries. While looking around and taking pictures, we suddenly saw it: the gondola that was supposed to be our destination of the hike. Frankly, it was still quite far away, so we better hurry up a bit. It was weird though that the trail continued downhill… That is when we became doubtful whether we were on the right trail or not. A local hiker could confirm that we actually weren’t. Without noticing, we left the official sea-to–Blog 0summit trail already hours ago and hiked the Stawamus Chief instead. Next surprise of the day! There was nothing else we could do, but walking down again. So that is what we did until we reached the base of the gondola again. Since there was still time left until the last ride down, some of us decided to take the gondola up. And what a beautiful outlook we had waiting for us at the top: White Mountains, a blue sea and a green forest. Amazing! We walked over a suspension bridge and enjoyed both the sun and the landscape.

After riding down the gondola (surprisingly, no one wanted to hike), some of us took another ten minute walk to the Shannon Falls. Impressive to see how much water can come down from a mountain. We rounded the day off with dinner and laughs about this day full of surprises. At least the bus ride back to Vancouver did not have any problems and we could all get our well-deserved sleep. I had a great day and was happy that so many of you joined us on this adventure!

Blog SU.jpgSunday, it was time to relax. Well, only in the morning though, because the next active program was already planned for the afternoon. We only trained our legs Saturday, so it was time to get the arms active as well. We reserved our seats for a dragon boat session during the Community Paddling Day of the Dragon Zone Paddling. Perfect weather for that! After a short introduction, Stefan, Lisa, Lotte, Angy, Nadine and I were equipped with lifejackets and paddles. So, we spend our afternoon learning how to paddle in a dragon boat on False Creek. As a highlight of this hour, we could spot a sea lions’ head above the water. Finally, we competed with the other boats in fun races. I spent the rest of the afternoon with coffee and our paddling crew at the seaside enjoying the sun.

Take care of your sunburns and see you on Wednesday for our PuB NiGHT!

– Kerstin

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What to do on the weekend?

Are you ready for the weekend? Yes? So am I! And this weekend is full of different activities. From spring to winter, from indoor to outdoor: you could experience it all! So let’s have a look at the opportunities that Vancouver is offering.

On Saturday, Playland is finally opening its door again! Amazing rides, fun games and good food is waiting for you. No matter if you go with your friends or your whole family, you won’t get bored! There is something to do for everyone. The entry fee is $37 and this ticket includes unlimited access to over 35 rides and attractions. Even the Pacific Adventure Mini Golf is included! You can join this fun from 10am until 6pm on Saturday and on Sunday.

Do you enjoy art? Then the event Art in the City is a perfect fit for you. Located at the West End Community Centre, you can find a market that showcases fine art. This includes paintings, sculptures as well as photography. Just visit the Exhibition Hall to see the work of over 50 artists. You can do so from 12pm until 5pm. Besides looking at art, you can also listen to live music, participate in art workshops as well as a variety of activities that are offered for every age group. A big plus of this event: free admission.

If you haven’t been there yet but still would like to see it: The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is still in high bloom at the moment. For $8-$10 (depending if you buy it online or on site) you can enjoy the beautiful view over the different range of colours that the tulip fields offer. It’s perfect for pictures! You can also pick your own tulips in a field for only $1 per stem. On the festival ground, it is also possible to enjoy a good hamburger or to play Cornhole (also known as Bean Bag Toss).

Last but not least, to all snow-lovers: this is your last chance to ski and snowboard on Grouse Mountain! The winter season on Grouse Mountain is officially over after this weekend. So grab your skis or snowboard (or rent one on site) and enjoy skiing in the day or night.

Have a great weekend everyone! I’m looking forward to see you on our day trip to Squamish.

– Nadine

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How was your weekend?

Can I share a little secret with you? My weekend was most likely longer than yours. It existed of almost 3 instead of 2 days. Why and what did I do during those days? Well, here’s the story of my weekend:

On Friday, I stopped working at 12pm. Kerstin, Angy and I took the opportunity to see something special in the afternoon. We went to the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. Located in the Fraser Valley, visitors get the chance to see a big field of tulips. Like, a really big field of tulips. We were lucky, because the flowers were in high bloom (and still are). Everywhere I looked, it was colourful. Words can’t describe the beauty of it. Fun fact: tulips are my favourite flowers, so being there was more than just super duper exciting for me.

In the evening, we went for dinner at 131 Water. After finishing a delicious meal, it was time to play some games. UNO and Rummikub were fun to play and everyone won at least once or twice.

Saturday, 1pm. It was time for our INTERNeX event: Dutchie for a Day. We started with delicious and typical Dutch food at De Dutch Robson. Some enjoyed pannenkoeken (pancakes), others tosti’s or uitsmijters. Then, it was time to be active. Like real Dutch people, we went biking. And where can you do this better than around the Sea Wall at Stanley Park? It was a bit rainy, but that made the event even more authentic. And of course, we tested the knowledge of our candidates about the Netherlands. At the end, team Batman won with 12 correct answers out of 20. Congratulations guys!

In the evening, we met up with some of you to go out. First, we all went to Bourbon in Gastown for some drinks, to play giant Jenga and to dance. Afterwards, we went to the Republic Night Club at Granville Street. But not by foot. Not by bus. Not by sky train. No, we decided to use a Limo! What a fun and cheap way to get from A to B.

At 3am on Sunday, we all went home. This time with a taxi. And Sunday was actually a day of recovery from the night before. My bed was my best friend until 2pm. But I didn’t want to waste a day inside, so I took a shower and went with Kerstin to Metropolis to do some shopping. And I was successful: 2 new T-shirts and cozy short pants to sleep in.

I hope you all had a great weekend, too (even though you ‘only’ had 2 days) and I’m looking forward to see you all at our PuB NiGHT at the Beaver on Wednesday!

– Nadine

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What to do on the weekend?

3, 2, 1 and it’s weekend again! And even though the weather forecast doesn’t seem too promising, there are many things going on in and around Vancouver to brighten your mood. Here’s a selection of activities that you can do the upcoming two days.

All weekend, you can visit the West Vancouver Spring Carnival. Many rides, games and delicious carnival treats are waiting for you. On Saturday it’s from 12pm until 11pm and on Sunday from 12pm until 7pm. Just go to the Ambleside Park (1150 Marine Dr, West Vancouver) to join the fun. Tickets are available on side and the pricing is as followed:

  • Single Gold Ticket: $1.25
  • Red Book (20): $23.00
  • Blue Book (40): $45.00
  • $40 wristbands daily

On Sunday, you have the chance to see hawks and owls up close. From 11am until 3pm, there is the hawk and owl show going on at Richmond Nature Park (11851 Westminster Hwy, Richmond). Admission is by donation, so why not take the chance to get to see those wonderful animals from a closer distance?

And if you want to be a bit active, you should join the event Bike the Blossoms. It’s a free cycling event which is part of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. The starting point is at Trout Lake and the end is at Queen Elizabeth Park. The 10 to 12km route is taking you through the streets where the most beautiful cherry blossom trees are at. The event is from 11am until 1pm, bring your own bike or rent one from MOBI from the local station.

I hope you have tons of fun this weekend. See you all at our Dutchie for a Day event on Saturday!

– Nadine

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