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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 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.

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Episode 17: A Canadian Expat in Milan

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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.

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Episode 15: A Canadian Expat in Sweden

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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 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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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…

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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.

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Episode 1: A Canadian Expat in Dubai

An image of the sunset on Dubai, with Burj Khalifa prominent

In late 2012, Iris Dias decided to pick up her life from Vancouver, BC and relocate to Dubai. In January 2013, she got on a plane and left Canada.

Find out more about Iris’ journey and what she loves about living in what some people refer to as the “Las Vegas of the Middle East.”

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

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