About INTERNeX: Banff, Alberta

Many of you have started your winter season and some of you are lucky enough to spend the next few months in Banff!

Where and what is Banff, exactly? Banff was discovered in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was being built through Bow Valley.  It was named “Banff” in 1884 by George Stephen, the president of CPR, as Banffshire, Scottland was his birthplace. By 1885, it became Canada’s first National Park and was already promoted as an international resort to support the new railway.

While there are only 8,000 residents, Banff is one of the most visited tourist destination in North America with more than 4 million visitors every single year. Banff is also the highest town in Canada at 4,537 feet with the national park covering 6,641 square kilometres. Pretty impressive, right?

If you love nature and being outdoors then you’ve come to the right place. With over 1,600 kilometres of hiking trails, this is a must do activity while you are there. To warm up, try swimming in the Banff Hotsprings. Sitting in 39 degrees water in -10 degrees weather doesn’t sound too bad!

For all you ski and snowboard junkies, Banff is right next to three ski resorts: Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay and Lake Louise. You are as close as 15 minutes to some of the best slopes in the world so what more can you ask for? This gives you the chance to go before or after your shifts at work!

Banff is a little town with the best of everything. It’s small enough so you won’t ever feel lost in the crowd, but there will always be tons of people to meet and share your experiences. With a town full of young people, Banff has a great program for young adults who are travelling and working in town. Check out BanffLife and the amazing activites that they plan! Plus, there is an awesome nightlife with many clubs and pubs to choose from.

Have fun this winter and if you are still not convinced about Banff or are considering living here next winter, check out this video below!

Cheers,

Queenie

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

INTERNeX Goes USA – Seattle Shopping and Sightseeing Trip!

It’s almost Christmas time which means it’s time to go gift shopping for your friends and family. Shopping in Canada can be quite expensive, but it is much cheaper in the United States.

One of the things so great about living in Vancouver is that we are very close to America as it is just a short drive away! This is why you don’t miss out on the chance to join us on a day trip to Seattle on Sunday, December 16th, 2012!

We are going with West Trek Tours, and if you’ve ever been on one of their tours, you know you are going to have the best time! There will be a tour guide coming along to tell you everything you need to know about Seattle! This is city that is full of culture and history that has a really cool young vibe to it.

Other than shopping we will be exploring some of the most famous landmarks and must see places in Seattle. We will be going to downtown Seattle and along the way stopping at the Seattle Center and the Space Needle which was designed as a futuristic spaceship in 1962 for the world’s expo fair.

It’s an incredible tower that you cannot miss when you visit Seattle. Then, we will be visiting Safeco Field which is the arena for the Seattle Mariners, an American Baseball team.

Finally, we will be going to my favourite place: Pike Place Market! It’s one of the most visited places in Seattle because the seafood there is amazing. I always get a clam chowder at Pike Place Chowder and it is the best!

This is also where the first EVER Starbucks was built in 1971 and still exists! If you are a lover of coffee, this is a must see. Right below Pike Place is a really cool street called the Gum Wall, and as the name suggests, it’s a street with walls that are fully plastered with gum that have been chewed. I know, it’s one of the grossest things ever but why not add to the collection yourself?

Sign up at the event here on Facebook! It’ll be an awesome trip and we would appreciate it if you can let us know by this Friday!

Cheers,

Queenie

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

INTERNeX Canada: Marianne says ‘Servus’

Marianne vancouverEven if you know some German you probably wouldn’t use the word ‘Servus’. It’s very common in the Bavarian (south German) dialect I speak though and the cool thing about it is that it means both hello and goodbye. And this totally matches my feelings right now. On the one hand a sad goodbye goes out to Vancouver and my wonderful friends there but on the other hand many hellos are hopefully waiting for me as part of a new challenge in the Canadian Rocky Mountains this winter.

Right now, it’s time for me to say THANK YOU to every single person whom I got the pleasure to say hello to in the past three months. You are the ones who made this time so special for me!! Admittedly, I met some people only once at INTERNeX orientations, sent them out into the ‘wild world’ of Vancouver and never saw them again (hmmm ;)) but some first and maybe a little shy hellos at the INTERNeX office turned out to become real and honest https://i0.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8449/7996668529_0ea872b737_m.jpgfriendships. Of all the happy moments in the last three months I shared each one of them with these awesome people. Thanks guys! I consider myself the luckiest girl in the world for making such exceptional experiences and even more so when I think about my friends at home who are cramming at university right now or stuck in their boring jobs. Yep I did something very right in life!! 🙂 There are thousands of options out there, so why not pick the one that makes you happy and eventually turns you into the best possible version of yourself?

Thanks to my internship at INTERNeX, I not only met awesome/lovely/fun/crazy people from all over the world but also got to travel a lot! Most memorable are, of course, our amazing trips to Whistler and the Rockies. Literally every time I left the city, I got reminded of how big and beautiful this country really is – ah there is sooo much more to Canada than just one place.  This is why I am so excited about moving to a completely different natural environment in order to work and play right in the mountains for the next four months. Rocky Mountains

As always, I could keep on writing for ages but I guess I’ve said pretty much everything I wanted to share with you. 🙂 There’s just one last thing for my girls at the office: Irene and Queenie, I will miss you so so much – you are the best team ever and just great in every kind of way! I know you’ll keep up the fantastic work and hopefully cover for me at future PuB NiGHTS (get ready for lots of beer haha).

As all good things come to an end, my life in Vancouver is over for now but you never know where the road of life leads you, right?  Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Servus Vancouver!

Marianne

P.S. Please keep in touch ok?

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

INTERNeX Canada: From Sea to Sea

https://i2.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8021/7177916065_afe6b93cbf_m.jpgDid you know the Canadian motto is “From Sea to Sea”? I think that is so perfect because Canada is surrounded by three oceans. The Pacific Ocean is right next to us on the west coast, the Atlantic Ocean is on the opposite end on the east coast and the Arctic Ocean is in the north surrounding the North West Territories and Nunavut.

We have the world’s longest coastline at 202 080 km and at 9 984 670 sq km, Canada is pretty darn big! The beautiful and diverse landscape includes mountains, lakes, glaciers and vast prairie lands allow the opportunities to experience many different outdoor activities and wildlife that cannot be found anywhere else.

More than just geography, it is really the people that make Canada as special as it is. Our Canadian identity has been shaped by the British, French and the First Nations people. More and more, our pop culture is heavily influenced by the Americans.

Canada is known for their multiculturalism, especially in the metropolitan cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Where else can you find people from all over the world with different backgrounds and stories to tell?

This video inspired my passion for Canada, once again. Watch it!

Cheers,

Queenie

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

 

INTERNeX Canada: The PR Team!

In just a couple of short days, we will be saying goodbye to one-third of the Public Relations team – Marianne.

I am going to be really sad as she sits beside me and feeds me chocolate! (Ha, you might think that I am joking, but I am not.) Of course, I will miss everything else about her like the way she inspires me to be a more outgoing and spontaneous person.

The PR team’s job at INTERNeX is to plan events for the candidates and take care of the social media channels. In planning events, our goal is to basically make sure our candidates have the best possible time while they complete their internship or other jobs during their stay in Vancouver.

The experience of going abroad and gaining international experience is so much more than just working and completing the report that your school requires.  It is about the people you meet and the things you do outside of work that makes your time away from home memorable and unique.

This is why we have so many events going on every week, such as the weekly pub nights where we try to find new pubs to try out every week, weekly activities such as our paintball event on December 9th and our bigger trips such as our Seattle trip on December 16th. We want you to have a great time and have a great time ourselves as well!

Coming to these events is the best way to meet new people and form new friendships because we are all in the same situation which is being new to this foreign country.  One of the candidates, who is also leaving soon, was reflecting upon his experience in Vancouver the other day. He said that one of the best things about being part of INTERNeX was that it was easy to meet people, whom he wouldn’t have otherwise, through attending our events regularly. He will definitely be one of the people I miss the most and now I will have a place to stay when I travel in Germany!

So, I encourage all of you to come out and join us for all the exciting stuff we have planned for you in December and the upcoming months! Since we plan these events specifically for you, please do not hesitate to tell us what you want to do and where you want to go and we will make it happen! Don’t worry we are not scary, I swear.

Cheers,

Queenie

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

INTERNeX Canada: International Vancouver- Chinese Community!

Vancouver is one of the most international city in the world with 52% of the population not having English as their first language! Last week we told you about the Indian community and the celebration of the Diwali festival, today let’s learn about the Chinese community in Vancouver!

The Chinese Canadian population makes up 18.2% of 2.5 million people in Vancouver and are the largest visibly minority group. Though, the term “Chinese” represents a mix of the dialects used by different Chinese communities such as Cantonese or Mandarin.

The first Chinese immigrants came to British Columbia for the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush of 1858 and played a prominent part in building the Canadian Pacific Railway. This railway is still in use today and passes through the dangerous Rocky Mountains.

Flash forward to the 1990s, many Chinese people from Hong Kong decided to move to Canada in anticipation of the return of being a British Colony to being part of China. Moving here when I was 7 in 1998, I can definitely identify as part of this group and recognize myself as both Canadian and Chinese.

In Vancouver, the previous generations of Chinese immigrants used to settle mainly in Chinatown. While Chinatown remains a symbol of the Chinese community,  many people have decided to love in other neighbourhoods such as Burnaby, Richmond and West Vancouver. Still, this area remains full of thriving businesses and history.

The Millennium Arch, a gate that signifies the start of this neighbourhood is the biggest in North America and contains the beautiful Sun Yat-Sen Garden that is for sure worth a visit.

You might also be surprised to find out that the best Chinese food, isn’t actually in China or Hong Kong, but that Vancouver was awarded to have the best Chinese food in the world in 2010 by Conde Nast Traveller. Take advantage of the many restaurants available from traditional Chinese restaurants offering dim sum and seafood to more trendy restaurants such as bubble tea cafes to dessert places.

Cheers,

Queenie

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

 

 

 

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

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