Fun Fact Friday

Every month, it is our task to brighten you with our knowledge about Vancouver. But, since we’ve done that a few times already, I was thinking that today I could tell you some facts about Canada itself instead. And not just any facts…

1. Gravity

7510359934_4d45336b93_nIn the 1960s, it was discovered that gravity in Hudson Bay and surrounding areas is lower than in the rest of the world. How? Well, it is pretty complicated, so pay close attention. One theory involves convection in the Earth’s mantle. A complex sentence, I know. So let’s break it down. First of all, it is important to know what convection is. Convection means “the transfer of heat through a liquid or gas, caused by molecular motion.” Secondly, the Earth’s mantle consists of magma. Magma is a hot, molten rock that is always moving in order to create convection currents. Convection brings the Earth’s continental plates down, which means the mass in that area gets smaller and therefore, there is a reduction in gravity. Considering this paragraph is basically a brainteaser that contains a lot of complicated science words, I will spare you the second theory.

2. Education

You might not have guessed it, but Canada is the number one most educated country in the world. According to a study done by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, more than 56 per cent of residents between 25 and 64 years old have a college degree. Back in 2000, this was only 40 per cent. Despite the number not being crazy high, Canada is doing a much better job than most countries. The United States, ironically, ranked sixth place in the list of “the 10 most educated countries in the world” created by the OECD. With Japan being second place with 50.5 per cent, Canada and Japan are the only countries who have surpassed the 50 per cent mark.

3. North Pole in Canada

23427910665_69436eda11_nIt might not be Christmas just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about it! In fact, Canada has such a great fact related to Christmas, that I just HAVE to tell you all about it. In Canada, you have the opportunity to send a letter to Santa Claus. There is an actual postal address you can send your letter to and as long as you include a return address, Santa will read the letter and send one back to you! Santa and his elves make sure every single letter is personal and exciting. Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a kid to participate! You just have to believe in Santa and the magic of Christmas.

 

In case this inspired you to write a letter to Santa too, the address is:
Santa Claus
North Pole
Canada
HOH OHO

Have a great weekend everyone! See you on Sunday when we do our hike!

– Angy

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Winter in the Rockies: Part 1

I’ve had the time of my life and I never felt like this before, yes I swear it’s the truth and I owe it all to YOU!

Time flies when you’re having fun! The Rockies trip we were so excited about has already ended… Sad. But what a great weekend we had! We knew it was going to be impressive, but the real life experience exceeded my (high) expectations. There is so much to talk about, but let’s start at the beginning…

41175779622_efacb8c211_nWe all met at the bus at 7am to mark the start of our adventure. It was early, but luckily the long bus ride made sure we could all catch up on some sleep. Our first stop was Hope, where we could admire wooden sculptures of bears and a beautiful rainbow. Next stop: Kamloops. Lunchtime! Back on the bus, we played the ‘Moose or Beaver’ game, where everyone had to choose whether the loony (another word for a Canadian dollar) that Erin, our fantastic tour guide, flipped would land on the loon bird or the queen. Everyone looked hilarious, but we were all in this together. Right before we arrived at the hotel in Valemount, we went to visit Rearguard Falls Provincial Park. The entire park was covered in snow, which was breathtaking. Then we checked into the hotel, had dinner at a nearby restaurant and to end this busy day of traveling, we had a little party in our room.

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Saturday: 7:45AM. Time to get on the bus again! We started the day with a stop at Mount Robson. It was cold. Like, REALLY cold. But it was so worth it! We had the most beautiful view and there was not a single cloud in the sky, which is really unusual during this time of year. Then, it was time to warm up again and travel to our next stop: Jasper. Time to get some fresh air, get a coffee, get lunch, buy souvenirs and enjoy the view of the mountains.

Unfortunately, due to an avalanche, we had to take a detour and therefore we were not able to see all the things we had planned. Once we arrived at the hotel later in the evening, we wanted to get a drink and have dinner at the pub. Long story short: We did not have dinner and the only thing saving many candidates from starving was the vending machine. It was a long day, but in the end, we still had fun and we knew Sunday would make up for it!

Curious about the last two days of the trip? Come back tomorrow to read Nadine’s post!

See you all at PuB NiGHT at The Beaver Bar tonight! (Mmm, K!)

– 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

How was your weekend?

My weekend? Great. Active. Short. Sunny. Full of snow.

As all of you surely know, last Thursday was the National Margarita Day. Of course, we had to celebrate this important event. Therefore, we went to “La Casita” on Friday, a Spanish restaurant in Gastown, where you can get a huge margarita (so big that you can easily share it with two or three people) in different flavours for only $24.

Saturday was a perfect winter day: sun and snow in whole Vancouver. Great conditions for a hike! The destination this time was the Norvan Falls in the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. The whole park was covered in a thick layer of fluffy snow. We hiked forhike 2 week5.jpg about five hours along a river and up the mountains, always surrounded by beautiful scenery. Since the sun was up and started melting the snow, the hike became a game whenever a little snow avalanche fell down from the trees. When does it come down? Who’s head is getting hit next? But we managed all slippery stairs and other obstacles successfully. After a quick stop at home to get some dry clothes and a hot shower, it was already time to leave again.

Many familiar faces found their way to the escape room. My team and I gave the best to solve all the tricky riddles to escape from the zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately, time was running out, so we could not open the door ourselves. To calm down from all the stress, we headed off to Malone’s for a beer or two. The final stop of the night was the Roxy.

Only a few hours later, my alarm went off again. I jumped in my ski pants and headed out to the science world skytrain station where already some people were waiting with their skies on their shoulders. It looked funny since there was almost no snow anymore cypress week 5in downtown. The bus took us to Cypress Mountain, one of the local mountains of Vancouver. After a few minutes of skiing in the clouds, the sun started to shine. The weather changed so quickly up there, it was crazy! While skiing and snowboarding, we had a stunning view over Vancouver and surrounding from the top. The day passed by quickly, so it was already dark when we returned our rentals and stepped back in the bus. Enjoying a full day on the slopes on a casual Sunday is definitely something I can get used to!

So I am starting off this week with sore muscles, but great memories. I hope that you also had a great weekend. Time to make plans for the upcoming ones during our PuB NiGHT at The Beaver Bar on Wednesday.

 See you there!

 – Kerstin

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Email: pr@internexcanada.com

What to do on the weekend?

The first week of the year is already over. I can imagine you are still tired after working the first days of the year. But no worries, the weekend is here. If you still have no plans, keep reading and maybe I can help you out.

There are still a lot of Christmas activities going on. Go for example to Bright nights at Stanley Park, Canyon lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge, Festival of lights at VanDusen Garden or go the last weekend of Peak of Christmas on top of the Grouse Mountain.20171209_204526-2

On Saturday is the Nat Bailey Winter Famers Market at Vancouver’s Nat Bailey Stadium. Go to one of the many food trucks, music entertainers and all the other things you expect on a market: Fruits, Meats, baked goods, crafts etc. Prefer something drier? We are going to RIO Theater for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Expect trivia, games, fun and the most important thing: the Lord of the Ring movies.

On Sunday everybody is of course going to the church. Even when you’re not a really church person, you can check out St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church. This Sunday they have Jazz festival called Jazz Vespers. You can just walk in, admission is by donation.

Have a great weekend and I hope I will see everybody (in PJ’s or not) at the RIO Theater tomorrow!

– Bart

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

HIGHLIGHTS REVIEW 2015/16: December, January, February

We did some fun things the last couple of month! Christmas Season was packed with exciting activities around Vancouver. We visited the German Christmas Market, got to meet walking and talking ginger bread men while keeping us warm with some Gluehwein and Feuerzangenbowle. Cirque du Soleil was definitely Decembers highlight – Kooza is one incredible show. Acrobatic performances like the Wheel of Death or the Double Highwire mixed with the art of clowning and dancing kept
us gazing in wonder at those stunning performances all night. We celebrated the Winter Solstice at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, which was filled with lanterns and ornaments. To nicely end Christmas and the holidays we went to Stanley Park to see the hundreds of colorful lights that lit up the Park and boosted our Christmas mood. Our visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge was the last event of 2015 walking from tree house to tree house.

In the first week of January we went Ice Skating at Robson Square. No one fell on their behind – except me. After a couple of rounds we warmed up with hot apple cider. The weekend after we had dinner at the legendary pizzeria Ludica. They have the tastiest pizza in Vancouver and even better – they have over 700 board games. We played Scotland Yard all night – Mr. X won the game. Last but not least we went on our amazing Whistler Trip at the end of the month. And I promise you, if you visit Whistler once, you want to go back. It is such an active and fun town with tons and tons of outdoor activities to do.

To watch the 50th SuperBowl we headed to Malone’s to start drinking at 3pm. For some the game itself wasn’t to exciting but the halftime show made up for it – and the alcohol. Th
e Nexis celebrated Chinese New Year on Valentines Weekend by watching the parade and by seeing China and Canada from above at FlyOverCanada. We are excited and looking forward to the hockey game next weekend – Canucks vs. Sharks – this is going to be a fun game.

Looking back, you realize time flies. I have been organizing events for INTERNeX for a couple of month now and spend six month in this wonderful country. I had an awesome time.Soon it is time for me to move on. I am so jealous that you all will stay a while longer getting to enjoy the summer in Vancouver – the beach, the ocean, barbequing, hiking and so much more.

Awesome Whistler Weekend

We were so excited to go to Whistler for the weekend as the weather forecast had promised us a lot of new powdery snow.

On Friday we met up at the Pacific Central Station and got on the bus via Squamish to Whistler. The Sea to Sky Highway has a lot of spectacular views to offer – snow covered mountains and the wide blue ocean right below. Late afternoon we checked in to our Hostel and hurried up to get ready for a night out in Whistler Village. We had dinner and drinks at the Garibaldi right next to a warm fire place while it was snowing fluffy, white flakes outside.

Early next morning we got up, had a hearty breakfast, made sandwiches for lunch and headed to Creekside Gondola. Some of us had to pick up their rentals and buy lift passes and we lined up for the gondola to take us up to Whistler Mountain. It was snowing the whole day, the visibility was not the best but we had nice deep powder snow to ride and ski on. After an exhausting and fun day we sat down at the Longhorn and enjoyed some Après Ski drinks like Peppermint Patty and beer.

On Sunday the wake up call was at 6 am – we wanted to be on the slopes as soon as possible – and around 8 am we were sitting in the gondola. The beginners were improving their skills on the easy slopes while the advanced skier and rider were going down of-track slopes. The Peak2Peak Gondola is the perfect opportunity to relax, sit back and take in the view during the eleven-minute ride to Blackcomb Mountain.

The bus that would take us back to Vancouver left at 4.30pm, so we got off the skis and the boards at 3.30, got our stuff and changed. Everyone fell asleep on the bus right after we left Creekside.

The last couple of days left us happy and exhausted – a perfect weekend.

REVIEW: PUB NiGHT XXL

AMAZING how many people showed up for last night’s PUB NIGHT and turned it into a real XXL PUB NiGHT! Thank you guys.6218233822_8203e53227_o

First of all, back to the beginning: On Monday a bunch of candidates arrived here in Vancouver. Most of them are from Sweden; some are from Norway and Finland. Unfortunately they won’t stay in Vancouver that long (just for a couple of days) because they are heading to several ski resorts where they are starting to work during the winter season.

For that reason we had a XXL PUB NiGHT last night. We went to the Cinema Public House, located on Granville and just a block away from the hostel they stayed. 23 of our interns showed up to give the Scandinavians a warm welcome here in Canada. That means we were around 35 people in total which is truly amazing. We had a lot to talk and funny conversations about so many different topics.

The Cinema Public House provides pretty cool beer specials on Tuesdays so you could get a beer for just $2 dollars and a burger plus a beer for just $16. 6218311182_e86360c333_o

Sadly we had to say goodbye not only to the Scandinavians but also to Tobi. He stayed here for 4 month and now it’s time for him to go back home. As he told me he really enjoyed his stay here and for him Vancouver already started feeling like home.

Thank you all for coming!