Are you ready for Kelowna?

Count away the nights! Just two more days before we are in the bus to Kelowna! That means time to start packing your suitcase. But what to bring? What are we going to do? No worries, I will tell you all about the trip in this blog.33230138645_8d468ed5dd_z

We meet on Friday 12:00 pm at Pacific Central. We drop our baggage in the bus and prepare ourselves for a five-hour ride to Kelowna. At approximately 5:30 pm we arrive at the hotel. After checking in, we prepare ourselves for a dinner in Kelowna. The rest of the night is yours. If you want to ski or snowboard, keep in mind that the bus will leave early the next morning to the Big White.

Rise and shine, next day arrives! Breakfast is ready from 7 am till 10 am. For the ones who want to ski or snowboard, the express bus to the Big White departs at 8 am. This shuttle will cost you $25 dollar for a round trip. You can pay a ticket in the bus. After one hour you will arrive at the mountain where you can spend the whole day in the snow. A lift ticket will cost you $95 dollar (or $80 dollar for students). Bring your own skis or rent them on the mountain for $45 dollars. After spending the day in the snow it is time to go back to Kelowna. At 4pm the express bus will depart from the big mountain back to Kelowna.

For the ones who are not going to the Big Mountain, there are a lot of activities to do in and around Kelowna. One of the options is doing a wine tour. Kelowna is very famous for the many wines they produce there. Other options may be zip lining, doing the tree obstacles tour, go for a hike or just chill in the hot tub at the hotel. We meet back at the hotel at 5pm to prepare ourselves for the second night in Kelowna. After dinner it is time to party in one of the pubs or clubs Kelowna has to offer.

On Sunday, unfortunately our last day already in Kelowna, we are going to discover the city by daylight. After our breakfast we will head to the city and do a scavenger hunt. After the great success from the Whistler scavenger hunt, we have a new version 2.0 ready for you! After the craziness we will get back to the hotel to pick up our language and go to the bus. At 4 pm we will take the bus back to Vancouver. At approximately 10 pm we will arrive back in Vancouver.

I hope you are all as excited as I am. Don’t forget your passport and a second piece of ID. Also for the people who want to swim in the hot tub, don’t forget to bring your swimwear. Keep in mind that the office will be closed from Friday till Monday. I can’t wait to see you all on Friday! And of course tonight at PuB NiGHT as well!

– Bart

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INTERNeX experiences Whistler

Past Friday we started our amazing weekend trip to Whistler. During our bus ride we collected some power for the night. Whistler received us with rain and the way from the bus station to the hotel therefore was not that enjoyable, especially because we all had to carry lots of food and of course our baggage.
Furthermore the challenge for me was to guide all people, with suitcase in the one hand, IMG_2008mobile phone as a navigation system and umbrella in the other hand, to our accommodation.
After arriving there we divided all the food (more or less) fair and got ready for having dinner.
I was wondering that we managed to go out togetherbecause actually it’s always a little difficult to handle so many people. Therefore I’m glad we made it! Afterwards we met up in one of our rooms for celebrating the rest of Vivien’s birthday. In addition to that we partied into Yannick’s birthday. We had lots of fun!

IMG_2072Concerning the weather the next day was a way better than the day before.

Luckily the sun was shining the whole day. Perfect requirements for doing all the activities we had planned. Most of us did zip lining which is really amazing and it’s also a lot of fun! I have done that before so I just went hiking with some other girls. We bought a ticket for one of the gondolas and enjoyed the gorgeous view on the peak of the mountain. Some girls also did bungee jumping. I would never do a bungee jump or something comparable. I’m not afraid of heights but I don’t trust the equipment. However the girls really had fun and would like to do this again. Unbelievable!

As I already mentioned two of our INTEReXers had their birthday this past weekend so we had a good reason to party a lot. That’s why we went out to have some drinks after we cooked dinner on our own. That night was just awesome!IMG_2075

Sadly we didn’t manage to go out as a whole group because some preferred to go to a Club and some only wanted to go to a Pub. I decided to join the “Pub Crawl”. We played darts and some drinking games. It was so much fun!

Even on Sunday our group was separated. I was part of the “Adventure Group”. We wanted to go to Alta Lake, which is actually very close to Whistler Village, and our plan was to rent a canoe but instead we experienced the surroundings (even if it was involuntary…). Nevertheless I guess there are worse places to spend your Sunday afternoon. The weather was beautiful and for that reason we relaxed on a jetty and enjoined
the amazing view we had on the mountains, the lake and the houses around the lake.IMG_2079
And then the weekend trip was already almost over again. Time flies a way too fast especially if you are having a good time and that’s what we had.

 

Hope you enjoined the trip as much as I did!

Whistler Day Trip Review

Back from the long weekend! Did everyone have an amazing time and do fun stuff? We sure did!

Past Sunday, August 2nd we went on a day trip to Whistler Village with West Trek. Our tour guide Madison did an awesome job!
After meeting up early in the morning our first destination took us to Shannon Falls which is located right before Squamish. There we spent 20-30 minutes checking out the waterfall before jumping back onto the bus for our real goal.
Arriving in Whistler Madison first showed us the top spots and highlights of the village before letting everyone roam free.
In our group we had 3 brave girls doing some zip-lining while the rest of us checked out the highest and longest lift in the world. The Peak 2 Peak Gondola spans over 3km between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain with the highest point being 436 meters. Up there we were able to glimpse amazing views!
After this though we were looking forward to another point on our itinerary and that was jumping into the waters of Lost Lake. It was just perfect on a day when we had +30°C! Too bad we couldn’t stick around the lake for too long since it was already time to leave soon after.

Following our departure from Whistler we made another stop but this time at Brandywine Falls. The sight of the waterfall there was even more spectacular than Shannon Falls.

We finally returned to Downtown Vancouver in the evening where everybody said their farewells and went on their own ways.
It was definitely a day well spent! Thank you to everyone joining this trip and of course a big thanks to West Trek.

Cheers!

 

 

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Details for Victoria Trip – 26th&27th

Our monthly overnight trip to Victoria is getting nearer and nearer, so we want to give you some details about what we are going to do while we are in Victoria.

  • We’ll arrive in our hostel at about 12am on Saturday, where we will just drop off our luggage and then grab some lunch in one of the pubs that Tim recommended (Canoe Brewpub). Lets cross our fingers for nice weather so that we can sit on the great patio with view on the harbour.
  • Afterwards we’ll explore Victoria together and check out some famous sightseeing attractions, as for example the Inner harbour, Old town, Parliament building, Fisherman’s wharf and some more. If the weather is nice we can as well go for a nice walk through the famous Beacon Hill Park.
  • For dinner we will go to another highly recommended Brewpub which is called Spinnaker, right over the bridge. Their menu offers a lot of snacks (“perfect with a pint”), soups or salads as well as pasta, pizza & burger or “fish &chips”, but they recommend not to eat too much, but to leave some space for their famous dessert. We can either stay there for the evening or just go to another pub or club.
  • On sunday there are a lot of different outdoor activities that you can do, and everybody can just choose whatever he or she likes to do. There are for example:
  • Whale watching
  • Kayaking
  • Zip-lining
  • SUP
  • Bike rental

Please check out the different opportunities, so that we can discuss on saturday what everybody wants to do and then give you all the information about it and how to get there etc.

  • Afterwards we’ll all meet at our hostel again to pick up our luggage. We’ll have late lunch/ early dinner/ snacks together and then head back to Vancouver. We’ll be back in Vancouver at 9-ish.

You can sign up for this fun trip in our office until friday.

If you have nay questions about the trip don’t hesitate to ask us!!

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Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
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Try Something New!

So it’s almost mid-May, which means a good four months have come and gone this year. That’s 131 days – or 3,144 hours if you prefer. I pondered this the other day and realized that – although it was cliché – time flies. So I thought to myself, “Have I tried something new this year?”

For 10 minutes I fished around my brain, trying to pull out at least three memories of something I’d done which was outside of my comfort zone. Of course, after 10 minutes I realized that if it took me that long to think of anything – chances were that I needed to be more spontaneous – which brings me to last night.

After a busy day at the office and many stomach gurgles later, by 6:30 p.m. I was ready for dinner. I met up with a friend Barbara (from the INTERNeX staff house) and we strolled through the streets of Vancouver searching for the perfect place to eat.

As we walked along Seymour Street, we spotted our restaurant.

Let’s back up a bit here. I mentioned how just the other day I realized it was time for me to try something new, so I could look back on 2010 with a smile.

Okay so, as we walked along Seymour Street, we spotted our restaurant – Toyama – a Japanese restaurant better known for its sushi. As Barbara’s face lit up with excitement (or hunger – not sure), mine crunched up at the thought of eating raw fish. Those that know me know I don’t particularly enjoy seafood, however, this was the perfect opportunity for me to try something different.

As we entered the restaurant, the slight ringing of a bell confirmed our entrance. We were quickly seated and given menus. As the waitress poured us tea, I fiddled with my chopsticks, silently praising the invention of the fork. As Barbara whipped through her menu, I hesitantly picked mine up. As I turned the pages I was immediately overwhelmed by the selection. What did everything mean? The only word I recognized was Biiru.

After discussing the game plan, we ordered the sprill rolls and edamame to start, along with california rolls and another type of sushi I can’t pronounce – or type for that matter. I was hoping for some time to prepare myself before the sushi arrived, but the food was sailed right over to our table – literally. Our food was served on a boat platter, which I thought was pretty neat.

With chopsticks in hand, I knew it was do or die! The time had come to push everything aside and go for it. I plunged the sushi in soy sauce and then right into my mouth as Barbara stared intently. “Not bad,” I mumbled, as I  swallowed the ginormous piece of sushi (my first piece ever). I went on to eat three more pieces that night, and although I still prefer chicken, I’m glad I decided to try Japanese cuisine.

So there you have it. I triumphed last night at Toyama, I tried a new dish that I never would have before. So I’m going to ask you to do the same. While you’re in Canada, do something that’s out of the norm for you. It can be as little as trying sushi for the first time, or bungee jumping in Whistler!

Just ask yourself, how do you want to remember the year 2010? Will it be the year you went whale watching? Perhaps it will be the year you gained valuable work experience. It might even be the year you spent four days on a trip to Banff. Whatever you decide to do, make sure to try something new while you’re in Canada – and as often as possible!

Cheers,

Laura