How was the weekend?

What a packed weekend! We did lots of things from Thursday until Sunday!

Let’s start with Thursday. I went to a Hockey game with some friends of mine, which was so great! It was the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena against the Seattle Kraken. The whole vibe and the experience there was amazing! You definitely know that this sport is a national sport for the Canadians. Some shows in the break and an exciting game with some fist fights made that event super special. There were also some representatives from the indigenous peoples showing a cultural music performance, in special regards to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the day that  honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Unfortunately the Canucks lost in the overtime against the Kraken 3-4. But overall, it was such a great experience!

On Friday, I was thinking about spending time in nature. So therefore I met with a friend of mine to go to Lynn Canyon Park with its suspension bridge. The park with its nature was so amazing! The weather was nice, so I even needed to cool myself with the fresh spring water from Lynn Canyon. In the evening, nearly 30 people from INTERNeX got together to go to the Richmond Night Market, which was also a great event. So many colourful lights and lamps illuminating the night sky, and even a live-band was playing there! We got to try so much food like flower-onions, Takoyaki (fried squid balls), grilled meat on a stick and finally the best thing for me: Beaver Tails! It’s like a long fried dough with some cinnamon and sugar, but you can also try some other flavours. I was waiting so long to try those and I got the chance on Friday. It was so yummy, you need to try it! The night market is going to be open until this Sunday, so if you don’t want to miss this special experience, go there on the weekend!

Since you never get enough of Vancouver’s Nature, I went to the UBC Campus on Saturday to visit the Botanical Gardens with a friend. The quiet place of Nitobe Memorial Garden is a true masterpiece in the ever busy town of Vancouver. With the head full of the experiences of the Hockey game, the night market and the gardens, I met another friend group to watch the Vancouver Whitecaps this time at BC Place. This was also a special experience because I can compare the soccer situation here pretty well to the situation in my home country Germany due to the fact that I’m supporting a club there. The quality of the soccer is not comparable to the soccer in Europe, but then again you also can’t compare the hockey quality in Europe to the quality here. =) I guess both Europe and North America have their own national sports. In the end, the Whitecaps scored two goals and won 2:0. That’s what you call a successful evening!

On Sunday we went to Whistler Village. This village is about 2 hours north of Vancouver and we went there by bus. I did find it very easy to hop on the bus and then 2 hours later you are there, voila! Whistler is known for its nature where hiking and mountain biking are the highlights during the summer season and during winter you can go skiing and snowboarding. 

We started the day in Whistler with a short coffee break and then we headed to one of the bike rentals to get some mountain bikes for our activity – biking to Lost lake and Green Lake. We were so lucky with the weather, the sun was shining as we were biking along the trail in the forest. When we reached Green Lake, we totally understood how the lake got its name. The lake is fed by glacial streams and the water was freezing cold but so refreshing. Definitely worth a swim if you are up for it on a sunny day! The location of both lakes had such a stunning view, a big recommendation when you are going to Whistler in summer!

After a great time by the lakes, we went back to the village to return the bikes as we were exploring the village in search of lunch. We bought some classic poutine, salad, a lot of water and some soft drinks to keep us hydrated in the warm weather. In the centre of the village we found a park table with a parasol so we took the chance to have our lunch there enjoying Whistler Village. 

For the next activity we went up to the mountain with the Black Comb gondola. It took us about 25 minutes to go up with the gondola, and hey; what a view! We stopped at the first mountaintop taking in the beautiful view before we went to the next gondola, the Peak 2 Peak with a 360 degrees experience which provided a perspective of British Columbia’s rooftop with views of Whistler Village, volcano peaks, coastal rainforests and glaciers. The Peak 2 Peak gondola is 4,4km long which is the world’s longest unsupported span for a lift of this kind at 3.025km height. It’s the world’s highest lift at 436m above the valley floor. So cool!! When we reached the other top we saw the Olympic Games statue shining in the background so we were totally in for another group photo in front of that statue. On the mountain they had a lodge serving coffee, food and other beverages. They even had a game in the centre of that patio which was a lot of fun for us and other visitors. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go up to the face of the mountain where they had a suspension bridge because of preparations for the upcoming winter season, so let’s go to Whistler as soon as the winter season starts!

After a few hours our visit on the mountain reached an end and we decided to go back to the Village with the two gondolas to meet the rest of the group and do some shopping before going back home to Vancouver. I can tell that Whistler is such a beautiful village that offers a lot of sightseeing and activities, so if you are going to Whistler in the near future, I’m sure you will enjoy every second of it, like I did!

We hope you had a great weekend and we hope to see many of you on Pub Night this Wednesday 😀

Cheers

Ida & Tino =)

What to do on the weekend?

Since we have many people joining us this weekend, we’re planning more Internex Events, how cool is that? 🙂 Therefore, I want to give you some informations and inspirations on what to do on the weekend!

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Richmond Night Market

Starting with our first event, the Richmond Night Market on Friday evening. This market is a seasonal market with lots of asian food trucks, vendors, games and shows. You can expect colourful lights everywhere and lots of exotic food to try, from Chinese food, over Japanese food or even Thai food, there’ll be something for everyone =). If you’re into this event, take the Canada Line until Bridgeport Station and walk 4 minutes to the market. You can meet up with us at 6:15 PM in front of the entrance. I’m so excited, are you? =)

Whistler Trip

Next up we have a wonderful trip this weekend: Whistler. Whistler is a valley and a municipality north of Vancouver which was a venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It’s great to stroll through Whistler Village past the hotels and countless shops, you can also still see the olympic sign from the Games here. There’s lots of things to do in Whistler, e.g. rent a bike and go for a ride along Lost Lake or Green Lake or maybe go for a hike? If you take the gondola up the mountain you have an amazing view over the valley and other mountains next to Whistler. You can expect lots of wildlife up there, from little squirrels to big bears, so be careful and pay attention when you see one ;). If you’re into shopping you should definitely check out Whistler Village since it’s home to cool souvenirs shops and other things. You can also check out the Squamish Lil’ What Cultural Centre which is located on the shared traditional territories of First Nation’s people. Whistler has activities for everybody, so be sure to check it out and don’t miss out!. For me, I’m most excited for the nature and the mountain views since I’m very into nature. What would you like to do most in Whistler? =)

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BC Sports Hall of fame and museum

If you’re more of a sportsman and you want to support the local sports clubs here, I would recommend you going to a sports game. On Saturday the 1st of October for example, the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club is playing against the Austin Football Club. Usually they have tickets until the game starts for around 30$ which is a very good deal for a great soccer game! Let’s go support our favourite city of all time, Vancouver! =)

I have one last recommendation for you. From the 29th of September until the 9th of October there is the Vancouver International Film Festival. Each year, there are some film presentations, talkshows and lots of newcomer movies to enjoy. If you’re interested in the VIFF, go on http://www.viff.org to buy a ticket for your selected movie. There’s very interesting movies for every taste of genre: Horror, Drama, Comedy, Family, Action, Thriller. Maybe you’ll meet one of our INTERNeXer’s working there! What else could you want? =)

We wish you all a great weekend with lots of fun stuff to do, even if you’re not joining us! =)

See you soon!

Cheers,

Tino =)

Candidate Exposé – Roslyn Campbell

Hello from Scotland 🙂 Let’s say hey to our previous candidate Roslyn from Stirling in Scotland.
She is 26 years old and currently working as an administrator for a charity.

When being in Canada for holidays in 2013 she absolutely felt in love with this beautiful country – so she decided to go back as soon as possible. Since she wanted to have some time for looking for a job and exploring the world after graduating, her practicum in Vancouver was the best opportunity for her.
She stayed around 6 months (or as she said, the best time of her life 😉 ).

During this time she volunteered at an environmental charity where she primarily worked as an eco friendly social media intern with tasks like promotion and trying to get more people involved in an eco friendly living. She really enjoyed her time being in a small team of only 5 people who were really friendly, understanding and able to teach her so many new insights which have been very useful for her current work position. The best thing about this time for the future was definitely that through this job, her work experience and the beneficial feedback she got hired in her current job 🙂 Additionally, through the companies’ great trust in her she became more independent and started to get experience working in an office environment for the first time. She also improved her social media skills which are certainly important to have in these times.

Since she had a work permit she also had the chance to earn some money as well as intercultural experiences while working in a restaurant.

I asked her what the first impression was after arriving in Vancouver. She just said it was overwhelming but since she has family there it was much easier to find her way in this new environment. However, from the first moment she was certain that she made the right decision choosing this place for her international experience. For her the definitely best memory was the weekend getaway to Salt Spring Island staying in a small chalet in the middle of nowhere with new friends from all over the world. Sounds like a really fun time.

She also enjoyed Vancouver’s nightlife including the INTERNeX pubnights as well as a trip to Seattle, Whistler and the many days spent in Stanley Park. She already recommended INTERNeX to one of her friends who already stayed in Canada with us. For her the support was really beneficial to make friends, have more fun and experience new places better than alone. To conclude this report on her experience, Roslyn described her stay as wonderful, insightful, beautiful and in a good way completely overwhelming.


Thank you Roslyn for sharing your Canada experience with us 🙂

Enjoy your day 🙂

– Tatjana


INTERNeX International Exchange
2005-689 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0J2
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

How was your weekend?

The weekend is already behind us and we are back in Vancouver from our awesome trip to Whistler. Let’s have a look at what happened this weekend. 

We started our trip Saturday morning at 8:30 am. The Bus drive to Whistler was amazing, as we did a few stops at different locations. Our first stop was at the Porteau Cove Provincial Park, where we had to introduce ourselves to the other candidates. After that we had lunch at Alice Lake. Some of us used the opportunity and went swimming there. Luckily we had good weather during the whole trip. 🙂23094e8f-2915-40d7-baa8-058006e68484

Once we arrived in Whistler, we had time to explore the village. There are so many tiny shops, pubs and good restaurants, so it was difficult to choose where to go first. After dinner at the hostel we decided to go to a pub with the whole crew. We played a few funny games there, for example a XXL Version of Uno. Finally we went to one of the big nightclubs of Whistler where we had a great party.

Checkout from the the hostel was early in the morning for the ones who signed up for an activity. There are a lot of different opportunities how you can spend your day in Whistler, for example zip lining, riding the peak to peak gondola or mountain biking. A big group of us decided to do zip lining and I can tell you – it’s definitely worth the money. With a maximal height of 200 meters above the ground you can reach about 100 km/h. It was amazing! I can also recommend the Peak to Peak Gondola. Guiness Records says it is the “highest cable car above ground” and “longest unsupported span between two cable car towers“. When you are on top of the mountains you have the opportunity to go hiking right next to the ski runs, which is pretty cool during the summer months.

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So, time flew by really fast this weekend and I hope you enjoyed this trip as much as I did. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

See you Wednesday on Pub Night at the Two Parrots. 

– Karina

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?

The weekend is upon us and in case you don’t have any plans yet, here are some suggestions as to what you could do.

First off, the Raptors won the NBA finals yesterday. They are the first Canadian team to do so. To celebrate the historic event, how about you go out with some friends and have a few beers.

This evening you could also visit North Vancouver’s Shipyards Night Market, where you can find some of Vancouver’s best food vendors. There will be over a 100 vendors, so you have plenty to choose from. The market will be open from 5 pm to 10 pm, and there will be no admission fee. Check it out and enjoy some amazing food.

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The INTERNeX gang is heading to Whistler on Saturday morning. On our way we will stop at some sights, and arrive in Whistler in the afternoon. We will stay overnight and won’t leave until Sunday afternoon. Thus leaving us enough time for some awesome activities such as zip lining, bungee jumping, hiking or taking a ride on the Peak2Peak gondola. For everybody who is joining, remember we are meeting on Saturday at 1114 Burnaby St at 8:30 am. It’s going to be an awesome trip.

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On Saturday will be the Car Free Day in West End from 12 pm to 7 pm. You will be able to find community booths, food trucks, live entertainment and more. The event will be free and is being held on Denman Street between Robson and Davie Street. The same event will be happening on Sunday, but in bigger and in a different location. It will be on Main Street between Broadway and 30th. In general, I would advise to take cash to street fests as some booths and food trucks don’t take credit cards.

Just a little reminder, Sunday is Father’s day in Canada. So call your dad and tell him you love him and how important he is to you.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the weather!

-Megan

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