For many expats, August is the time for vacation. Some escape the blistering heat or the freezing cold in their host country to travel to more balmy regions, while others visit neighboring cities or countries, or simply use the opportunity to enjoy themselves. Of course, there is still no need to pass up on spending time with your favorite InterNations crowd. We have put together some great events to complete your August vacation and show you what some of our communities have been up to this month.
The Olympic Summer Games
The Olympic Summer Games are taking place in Rio at this very moment, and our communities can simply not pass up the opportunity to celebrate this unique athletic event. With this occasion in mind, our community in Houston hosted an Olympic Games Party on Thursday, 11 August. Guests were encouraged to wear the colors of their country to create an international atmosphere worthy of the games.
The community in Bogota used their Mid-August Mixer on Saturday, 13 August, for an unofficial Olympic party. Aside from great music, cool drinks, and the opportunity to dance all night, members were asked to come dressed in their national colors, the colors of their favorite country or in traditional attire.
Members of the Rio de Janeiro Exploring the City Group, who are lucky enough to be at the center of the Olympic fever, took a break from watching athletes from all over the world compete to explore the ninth Carioquíssima, a creative market set between Santos Dumont Airport and the Imperial Palace. On Saturday, 13 August, group members headed there to browse, enjoy local food and live shows.
In the spirit of the Olympic Games, the Gaborone Outdoor & Sports Group will participate in the Botswana Color Run on Saturday, 27 August. Runners will start in a white shirt and are showered in color powder at stations. Why don’t you join us on the run?
A BBQ Down by the River
As far as summer vacation spirit goes, InterNations Miami has certainly taken the well-established route with a Miami Pool Party. On Saturday, 6 August, our members met at a venue inspired by the Greek island Santorini to relax at the pool, enjoy great food, mingle with other global minds and dance to mellow summer tunes.
Our community in Geneva relaxed by the lake instead and enjoyed their sundowner drinks on a beautiful lakeside terrace on Wednesday, 10 August. With beautiful weather and a view of the lake, it was the perfect way to spend the evening.
InterNations members in Paris were also drawn to the water on Wednesday, 10 August. They spent the evening aboard the Péniche “Cap Pont Marie” on the Seine, where they enjoyed afterwork drinks and the view of Ile Saint Louis. What better way is there to mingle with other global minds?
There is no need to worry if you have missed these events, of course, since some of the best are still to come.
The Cologne Riviera Sunset Event offers the perfect opportunity to watch the sunset over the Rhine. On Friday, 19 August, you can enjoy a relaxed evening mingling with other expats and global minds on the terrace of the Germania Tennis Club at the Poller meadows.
Don’t miss your chance to celebrate summer with InterNations Freiburg on Tuesday, 23 August. Members will meet at Waldsee by a small lake to enjoy the last sunshine of the day.
What would a summer vacation be without a proper BBQ? Our Berlin Community will meet on Friday, 19 August for an Extra Summer Event. We will meet at the bar for a preliminary welcome drink first before heading to the terrace. The dress code is dress to impress and think pink.
On Saturday, 20 August, the community in Minneapolis is getting together for their Annual Summer Barbecue which has become a Twin Cities tradition by now. Members will meet at St. Louis Park near the sand volleyball court. There will be separate grills for various eating options and non-alcoholic drinks provided by the Ambassadors. Please bring your own meat to grill!
Parties and Concerts
If your August vacation is already rife with laid-back evenings at the shore or pool, or if you are simply bored by relaxed after-work drinks, summer parties are the best solution to get out of the rut.
On Thursday, 4 August, members of InterNations Munich met at the Caribbean Embassy for a Caribbean style buffet and a joyful dance party. Later in the evening, the venue turned into a giant dance floor and all attendees used the opportunity to dance the night away.
The community in Rotterdam hosted a Summer Nights event, combining the fun of a party with the benefits of a networking event. On Friday, 5 August, InterNations members enjoyed the stars, summer cocktails and the excellent company of the evening.
InterNations Lugano welcomed all members to a Hawaiian Themed Networking Party on Friday, 5 August. Everyone was asked to dress in their favorite Hawaiian shirts and flower garlands (the best outfit won a prize), to enjoy their welcome drink and the delicious BBQ in style.
For those who haven’t had their August party fix yet, we still have some tricks up our sleeves. On Friday, 19 August, our community in Lille is celebrating Best Cocktails & Summer Time, with (hopefully) great weather, food and drinks. The venue offers a selection of 15 classic cocktails, not to mention delicious salads.
Are you rather in the mood for a mellow open air concert? Our Zurich English Conversation Group is visiting the Winterthurer Musikfestwochen on Sunday, 21 August. Join the group as they will attend a concert of the British blues band Heymoonshakers and enjoy some drinks at the bar together.
Whether you’re sipping cool drinks by the pool or dancing all night at the hottest clubs in town, we want to know how you are spending your August vacation. Tell us more in the comments!
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