How was your weekend?

It’s Monday and I’m really feeling the Monday morning blues right now. It was an amazing weekend, but also very sad. I had to say goodbye to three great people, who I really hope to see again soon! But let me tell you about my weekend with all the ups and downs:

I started my weekend on Friday after work with a fun time at the Yale Saloon. We enjoyed the line dancing lessons given by a real cowboy. It was loads of fun, even though I got really confused and had trouble following the steps. After the lessons we stayed a little longer and just danced along the good mood country music. At around 11pm it was time to go home, because the next day was going to be a long one!

42339565150_bcb3d2ac76_nOn Saturday, we met at 11am at Vancouver City Centre Station and made our way to White Rock. After a troublesome start of the journey (those of you who were there: you know what I am talking about – those of you who weren’t: just imagine a stupid-me messing it up), we managed to arrive at the cute little town of White Rock. First, we went down the pier and looked at the fish and starfish in the ocean. We then went down the beach a little bit, to look at the famous white rock. Well, I am really sorry to tell you this, but it is just a giant rock, painted white … But still, interesting to look at. 😉
As it was already early afternoon, we got hungry. So, we went to this nice restaurant on the promenade and enjoyed some delicious lunch. We were not tired of this town yet, so we spend a few more hours on the beach where we talked and played some games.
Once we were back in Vancouver we got ready for the night: It was time to pay another visit to The Bourbon. It was a goodbye party for three of our INTERNeX group. It is quite sad, but why drown in your sorrow, if you can have a last fun night together?20180819_004244

On Sunday I slept in quite late. I mean, it’s Sunday, right? You’re allowed to have at least one lazy day per week. So, after a really relaxed day I met the PR-team and two candidates at MeeT, to have a final dinner with Angy and Kerstin. They’re both flying home today. I’m gonna miss you, girls. 😦 It was a great time with you!

I really hope your weekend was good as well. See you guys on Wednesday for our PuB NiGHT at the Beaver Bar!

– Elisabeth

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What to do on the weekend?

Congratulations, you made it through the week! As a reward, you get two summer days in Vancouver. Do you have plans already? Here are some ideas on how to spend the upcoming days.

I will start off the weekend like real Canadians: with country music and line dancing. It is Cowgirl Friday in the Yale Saloon tonight. So ladies, until 11pm you do not have to pay any entrance fee! The line dancing lesson starts at 8pm. And don’t worry – everybody can join the fun, no matter if you’ve already done it before or not. A real cowboy shows the choreography and you can just copy his steps. Yes, a cowboy! So, guys, you are also more than welcome to join the lesson. It’s a lot of fun and definitely a must-do when in Canada!

7584508250_09d89bfff5_nOn Saturday, the INTERNeX crew is going to explore White Rock. This cozy town is located about an hour away in the south of Vancouver. We got plenty of time to take pictures in front of the actual white rock and discover the pier. White Rock is also a great place to walk along the promenade and to enjoy the sun at the beach. Meet us at 11am in front of the Vancouver City Centre Station, if you want to join this relaxed day.

Have you ever seen a sports match in Vancouver? Saturday is your chance to watch the game of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. New York Red Bulls. Kick-off is at 4pm at the BC Place, the big stadium that you have probably already seen in downtown. There are still tickets available, check it out here. The ambiance in the stadium is different than in a European one, so buy your ticket and discover the Canadian way. Pretty cool Saturday afternoon for all football fans guaranteed!

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Sundays are for relaxing! However, the weather is too good to stay in bed all day. So, grab a blanket and go to the VanDusen Botanical Garden. Together with you friends, you can enjoy a chamber concert in this beautiful setting. The ‘Social Sunday’ takes place from 4-6pm. You only have to pay the regular admission fee of $11.25 to visit the garden and enjoy the live music. Cocktails, snacks, music and sun – sounds like a perfect Sunday to me!

Whatever you are up to, enjoy your weekend! I hope to spend my last Saturday in Canada with many of you in White Rock.

– Kerstin

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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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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How was your weekend?

It’s Friday, Friday, got to get down on Friday. Everybody’s looking forward to the weekend, weekend… I was super-duper excited about the fact that it was weekend. Why? Well, I had a bunch of fun activities planned and I will tell my story about the weekend now:

After work on Friday, there is no better way to celebrate the beginning of the weekend than with a good dance at a club. For me, this meant line dancing at the Yale Saloon in downtown. Every Friday, the club has Cowgirl Friday, which means free entry for women until 11pm. Additionally to that, there is line dancing from 8pm until 11pm. It was my first time doing line dancing, but I am already considering buying some cowboy shoes.

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Happy International Pillow Fight Day! On Saturday, we all gathered secretly in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery, our pillows ready to be used. At 3pm sharp, the flash mob started. A few hits on my back, a few on my head, a few pillows into my side. People showed no mercy. OK, they did, since no one was harmed seriously and fluffy PILLOWS were used. After 20 fun, exciting and exhausting minutes, it was over again. So, what to do to keep the level of happiness? Of course, bowling! We went to the Commodore Bowling & Billiards and played for an hour. The two teams were boys vs. girls and luckily, both teams won once. Since all this playing is tiring and makes people hungry, we first enjoyed a coffee and later tasty sushi. With a full belly and a little headache (maybe the pillow fight did affect me more than I expected) I went to bed happily.

11am, I wake up after almost 12 hours of sleep. Wow, I think I really needed that. Best thing right after I woke up: my roommate brought me coffee to bed and pancakes were waiting for me to be eaten. Yep, I could get used to that. In the afternoon, we headed to the Vancouver Aquarium. We observed cute otters, were fascinated by jelly fishes, listened to the vocals of the sea lions and saw a 4D movie about sharks. Three hours rushed by extremely fast!

Hopefully, you all had a great weekend, too! See you on Wednesday at PuB NiGHT at the Portside Pub!

– Nadine

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How was your weekend?

Rise and shine, a new week has just started. That means getting back to work and look forward to the next weekend. But before we talk about the next weekend, I will first tell how my weekend was.

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On Friday my weekend began with ice-skating at Robson Square. Since I am Dutch, I enjoyed the time on the ice. After a while, we decided it was time to get off the ice and do some real sport: dancing in the club. And that is exactly what we did. We first drank a beer with my 62-year-old neighbor, since it was her birthday the day before. When we learned her a lot of new things she might or might not wanted to know, we moved to the Yale Saloon for some line dancing and bull riding.

The next day my alarm went off. What? On Saturday? Yes, it was time to get my parents from the airport. I went with them to their new temporary place to get a drink before I showed them around on Granville Island. We had a really nice dinner and because they were beginning to fall asleep because of their jetlag, it was the right time for them to head back to the hotel. That also meant time for me to meet the others to go to a hardstyle party. Everyone really enjoyed this music (“How do you have to dance on this?”). After a while, I headed home to prepare myself for a busy Sunday.

Then Sunday was there. I went back to my parents’ hotel to have breakfast. When we walked out of the hotel, the hop on hop off bus was waiting for us to get in. We drove around Vancouver and saw Gastown, the lookout tower, fly over Canada and Stanley Park. At the end of the day, the bus brought us back to the hotel. We did some games (which I won of course) and had dinner. I invited them to my Jacuzzi on the roof to end the day relaxing.

I can say I had a really nice weekend. I am already counting down to the next one. But first, there will be a pub night in between where you can tell me all about your adventures during your weekend. So I hope to see you all at TAPshack this Wednesday!

– Bart

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What to do on the weekend?

*knock knock* Who is there? Weekend! Yes, that’s right! I am trapped in the office today, because weekend is at the doorstep. But I am always glad when it’s here! And then, the well-known question comes in my mind: What to do on the weekend?

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We made is easy for you to start your weekend a good way. We are going ice-skating at Robson Square. Let’s have some fun with our ice skates on. When ice time is over, it’s time for some line dancing and bull riding. We will heading to the Yale Saloon and be cowboys and –girls for a night.

This weekend is also the Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Hundreds of restaurants have special deals for you. All 3-course menus range in price from $20 to $40 dollars. Check if you restaurant is also participating in this festival on their site.

If you have enough of the cold and you just want to warm up, go crab a hot chocolate at the Hot Chocolate Festival. Also at this festival a lot of restaurants participate. Go in and see what special hot chocolate creations they have for you.

Don’t regret anything you didn’t do. Enjoy your weekend to the fullest and have lots of fun. I hope to see each of you at the Ice Skate Rink tonight!

– Bart

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Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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How was your weekend?

It is nearly Christmas. And the Christmas spirit is already in the air. I saw a lot of snow and dressed up nicely for Christmas. I hear you already thinking ‘Huh, what did he do?’ Well, read on and find out!

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It was an early Saturday morning when it was time to catch the bus to Whistler. We met at Canada Place, where our bus was ready to bring us to the biggest ski area in British Colombia. After two hours of barely sleeping we arrived at ‘the place to be’ for snow fans. It was huge! We went in so many lifts and we did so many slopes, but we still not saw it all in this one-day trip. After a lot of hours on the mountain, we drank some beers at the après ski before heading back to Vancouver.

25551453_10212692552780720_2142147714_oIn Vancouver we celebrated Christmas a little earlier this year. It all began at 6 pm with a nice diner at White Spot. After the plates where empty, everybody was ready to exchange gifts during the Secret Santa game. We saw a lot of happy faces when everybody unpacked their presents. When the game was over, it was time for the real Christmas Party. We went across the street for some line dance classes at the Yale Saloon. We already came in the cowboy mood, so some people decided to ride the bull as well. We spent some time on the dance floor and had a great night.

Thanks to everyone who joined us this Christmas Party. If you missed it this time, you have another chance at our Christmas party in the office. And we hope to see you of course at our last PuB NiGHT of the year in 131 Water this Wednesday.

– Bart

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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