Monthly Archive: August 2015

Episode 6: A Canadian Expat in South Africa

Image of the coast in Cape Town, taken by Anna Grimsrud

There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. — Nelson Mandela

In this episode, I speak with Anna Grimsrud, a Canadian expat living in South Africa. She describes her experiences in Cape Town as being one of two Africas.

She, her husband and their two children have lived there together for awhile now. And although she misses Canada in some ways (bacon not chiefly among those ways), she’s had some incredible experiences there.

I hope you enjoy this episode. If you do, please do me a favour and leave us a rating and review on iTunes. And help spread these stories across the globe!

Photo of Cape Town supplied by Anna Grimsrud.


Episode 5: A Canadian Expat in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

Duality of Luxembourg City

Rob Taillefer has seen quite a bit of Europe. And Canada for that matter. He spent time living in both Edmonton and Ottawa before jumping across the pond to go to school in the Netherlands.

While in Europe, Rob met his wife (who’s from Estonia), and the pair now live in Luxembourg — not only the last remaining Grand Duchy on earth, but a major centre of global commerce.

Hope you enjoy Rob’s expat story. And remember to rate the show on iTunes!

Image by nate2b on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons License


Recognition for the Expats

It’s been just over a month since I launched this podcast, sort of on a whim. I wanted to tell the stories of Canadians living abroad — share their experiences, and talk about the things they miss about Canada and what they love about their new homes. I’d actually thought about this topic extensively for over two years, but it took a meeting with my dear friend Karen Unland to realize that sitting on the concept wasn’t serving anyone.

So I launched…


Look ma! I’m on iTunes!

Thanks to everyone who’s listened/subscribed to the show and rated and reviewed it on iTunes (and hey, if you haven’t done that yet, would you kindly?). It’s because of you that the Expats appeared in iTunes’ “New & Noteworthy” section!

Big thanks to both CBC Eyeopener in Calgary and CBC Edmonton AM here in Edmonton for interviewing me this week about the podcast (listen to the interview I did with host Mark Connolly). Doug Dirks and Mark were gracious for letting me spend time with them over the public airwaves.

And goofy, sloppy kisses to Karen for helping to extend the reach of, and promote my fledgling podcast.

What’s next?

I created and published my first episode in June, but didn’t start promoting the show until July. And in just one month of promotion, you’ve downloaded the Expats almost 1,000 times. For a completely unknown show to get that kind of pick-up in so short a time, in my experience, is highly unusual.

Thanks so much, and I look forward to delivering more and more episodes to you. Remember, if you know of any Expats I should get in touch with, please contact me. And let’s create this global network of Canadians living abroad.