Category: Episodes

Episode 20: A Canadian Expat in Athens Georgia

Athens, Georgia

Doug Hoyer is a Canadian musician from Alberta. When his wife found an opportunity to continue her studies in urban wildlife, they pulled up the stakes and made their way south, to the great state of Georgia.

Doug’s been finding his way in this new town, and like so many before him, he’s noticing it’s the little differences that are most apparent.

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Episode 19: A Canadian Expat in Paris

Paris street scene

Lillian Small and her husband are committed to the expat life. They knew at some point, her husband’s work would take them away from Canada. So for the past few years, they’ve called Paris home.

You can read about the Smalls’ adventures on Lillian’s blog. And you should listen to her story here. We talked a lot about awkward kissing.


Episode 18: A Canadian Expat in New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

Jana Makar and her husband decided to leave their lives in Calgary, Alberta to experience life as Expats. They landed in New Zealand, and after a bit of a bumpy start got settled.

It’s been three years in Auckland for the couple, and it wasn’t supposed to be. I think it’s fair to say they’re enjoying their time in what is apparently the least corrupt place on earth.


Episode 17: A Canadian Expat in Milan

Milan 6

Milan is the global centre of fashion. You don’t walk into a grocery store in Milan wearing sweatpants, unless you want to invite dirty looks. Marissa Janzen learned some of those lessons the hard way. She and her husband lived in Milan for two years, and are now living in Victoria, BC.

Marissa unpacks her experiences there, and shares some of her insights into the Italian people in this episode.


Episode 16: A Canadian Expat in Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles IS what’s happening. At least, that’s what I’d assume. In speaking with former Calgarian Levi MacDougall this week, it’s clear that LA has its pros and its cons.

Join me as I chat with this comedy writer from Canada about his experiences in the City of Angels. And if you enjoy the episode, leave a comment on our website or a rating on iTunes.

Happy New Year, everyone!


Episode 15: A Canadian Expat in Sweden


Umeå, Sweden is a university city in the country’s north. For eight months, it’s been home to Canadian expat Morgan Fawcett, who moved there to live with her partner. I spoke with Morgan a few weeks ago about her experiences living in Sweden, and how it was love, ultimately, that brought her there.

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Episode 14: A Canadian Expat in Taiwan

Taipei 101 during sunset

Taiwan is tiny, but its population is huge, for its size — certainly from a Canadian’s perspective. And given its population, maybe it shouldn’t be so surprising that it’s home to the greatest density of 7-11s anywhere on the planet.

It’s also where we find expat Marc Checknita living and working as a teacher. He’s been in Asia for awhile now.

Listen to find out more about Marc’s experiences.

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Episode 13: A Canadian Expat in Brazil

Curitiba skyline

When Sarah Parsons was given the choice to relocate to Calgary for her job or to try out an expat assignment, she chose the latter. No offense to Calgary, of course, but it just isn’t the same as Curitiba, Brazil.

The Parsons made the leap three years ago, and have already extended their stay once. Find out what it is about this city of 1.8 million residents that keep Sarah and her family so interested.

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Episode 12: A Canadian Expat in Hong Kong

Looking at Victoria Harbour on the Peak

Hong Kong sounds like an amazing place to visit and live. The best of both worlds — a mix of capitalism held over from British rule, and the influence of mainland China, both the positives and in some cases the negatives. Maybe not such an unusual place for a Canadian expat who grew up observing the tensions between French and English Canada.

Find out about the odd route Brandy Stern took to arrive in Hong Kong six years ago, and what she misses about home.

Image by Ryan Li. Used under Creative Commons License.


Episode 11: A Canadian Expat in Portugal

Porto - Portugal

Gail Aguiar is one of the more seasoned travellers I’ve ever spoken to on the show. So where in other shows, we tend to talk a lot about place and people, It was very interesting to speak with Gail about what it means to be a Canadian, and what choices led her to a life of travel.

One thing’s for sure: Gail still feels very strongly connected to Canada. I hope you enjoy listening to our chat. And be sure to check out GailAtLarge.Com to follow Gail’s adventures.

Image by José on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons License.