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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 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 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.


Episode 8: A Canadian Expat in Ecuador

... Quito

Graeme Smith’s schooling took him to South America. His family and the opportunities that were available to him in Ecuador have kept him there. Now, with a wife and three children, and a successful business, Graeme shares his thoughts on how to be a “successful expat” and he considers what the future holds for his family and their plans for world travel.

Image by Darlyn Meyer. Used under Creative Commons License.


Episode 7: A Canadian Expat in Mexico City

¿Oootra vez?

Two months or so ago, when his work world shifted dramatically, Graeme Kishiuchi and his family found themselves with some decisions to make: continue on in Canada, or make a go of it down Mexico Way. Since this show’s all about expatriates, you can imagine the choice they made.

When the Kishiuchis were given the opportunity through work to go down and live in Mexico City for at least a few years, they hit the Google machine, did some research and decided it would be an interesting experience. Only a few months into their time there, and Graeme has already discovered the great things Mexico has to offer.

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Image by Eneas De Troya on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons License.


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


Episode 4: A Canadian Expat in Northern Ireland


Colm Heaney spent much of his childhood bouncing between Canada and Northern Ireland — where his father is from. When it came to making the leap to living in Belfast some 14 years ago, a plethora of cousins and family made for a relatively soft landing.

IMG_3842Colm’s been there since 2001, raising two children with his wife, and working at the Irish Bureau for the Daily Mirror.

I caught up with Colm on a cool Belfast evening — and a hot Edmonton day — to learn more about life on the Emerald Isle.

Image of the River Lagan in Belfast by Jonathan Mckee. Used under Creative Commons License. Image of Colm and his son by Colm Heaney. Used with permission.