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Many Canadians leave their home country to experience other places. This show examines why those people leave, what their experience are like, what they miss most about home, and how other countries perceive Canadians. There's also a lot of talk about bacon. Seriously.

Many Canadians leave their home country to experience other places. This show examines why those people leave, what their experience are like, what they miss most about home, and how other countries perceive Canadians. There's also a lot of talk about bacon. Seriously.
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Many Canadians leave their home country to experience other places. This show examines why those people leave, what their experience are like, what they miss most about home, and how other countries perceive Canadians. There's also a lot of talk about bacon. Seriously.






Episode 49: A Canadian Expat in Lincoln, UK

A French-Canadian women met her love on the internet, and wouldn’t allow an ocean to separate them. Now she’s in Lincoln, in the process of renewing her Visa, and living through the bureaucracy of Brexit, while she misses her beloved maple syrup, and, of course, her family. Listen in on the life of a French translator as she learns the ways of the English! The Expats is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB.

Duration: 00:25:25

Episode 48: A Canadian Expat in Chile (through China)

Heather Morrow lost her job in oil & gas when Alberta’s economy tanked. But she didn’t take it lying down: she decided it was exactly what she needed to begin an expat adventure that’s taken her through China all the way to Santiago, Chile. The Expats is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB.

Duration: 00:29:50

Episode 47: A Canadian Expat in Osaka

Jevon Larocque hadn’t intended to spend more than one year teaching in Japan. He’s now been there for over 14 years. Though he still considers Canada to be home, he knows that Osaka is where he’ll likely live the rest of his life. And in his own words, it’s exactly where he’s supposed to be.

Duration: 00:36:13

Episode 46: A Canadian Expat in London

When a Montreal woman decided she wanted to feel what it was like to truly live as a foreigner, she heard London calling.

Duration: 00:27:07

Episode 45: A Canadian Expat Family crisscrosses the globe

I so enjoyed talking with one Canadian couple about the “gap” six months they took off with their two children, that I was eager to talk to Ted Buracas about the year he, his wife, and their daughter took off to crisscross the globe. It’s a charmed life they lead, and I wanted all the details. Teddy was fun to chat with, and shared a lot of insights and wisdom as well. Make sure you check out Teddy’s blog, and make sure you subscribe to his YouTube channel. The Expats is a proud member of...

Duration: 00:35:03

Episode 44: A Canadian Expat Family in Central and South America [Part 2]

In the last episode, Jocelyn and Mike talked about all the planning that went into the 6-month sojourn in Central and South America. This episode, we get into some of the nitty-gritty of their travels: where they stayed, what countries they visited, the people they met — and perhaps more importantly — what kind of wildlife they saw. The family is back in Canada now adjusting to their lives at home. But they (well, at least one of them) are already contemplating their next journey. If you...

Duration: 00:41:17

Episode 43: A Canadian Expat Family in Central and South America [Part 1]

Welcome to a new season of the Expats! This is Part One of Two in my conversation with Canadians Mike and Jocelyn. At the start of 2017, they rented out their house, enrolled their two children in online school, and took off six months from their lives to explore Central and South America. While this isn’t exactly a “traditional” expat experience like the ones we’ve typically examined, it was still a story we really wanted to hear. This first episode takes us through all the things this...

Duration: 00:23:53

A Hiatus: The Expats on Summer Break

You heard it here first: the Expats is taking the next few months off to enjoy the summer, and bank some more interviews. If you know any expats we should be speaking with, have them email or send an email yourself. See you in September!

Duration: 00:02:22

Episode 42: A Canadian Expat in Berlin

Berlin is one of the world’s great capitals, with a storied history — not all of it good. And it’s there that Canadian expat Andrea Babic is writing her own story: one of cross-continental love. She’s moved to Berlin to live with her partner, himself a German native. But, as Andrea reveals, it’s not always easy to pull up the stakes of your life for someone you love.

Duration: 00:23:00

Episode 41: The Expats at Northwest Fest

A few weeks ago, host Adam Rozenhart led a panel discussion about technology in podcasting. We were given the audio recording of that session, which also included Samantha Power and Lauren Albrecht. The panel talked about the podcast length, what makes a good podcast and also share some of the things they’re working on. We hope you enjoy!

Duration: 00:49:51

Episode 40: A Canadian Expat in Bath

Around 60 AD, the Romans built Bath in what is now the United Kingdom. Ancient Bath was a Roman spa. Now it’s a small town of about 80,000 living just west of London. It’s also the site of Solsbury Hill, a small flat hill that was once home to an Iron Age fort and a Peter Gabriel song. In fact, Bath is also home to Peter Gabriel! And a Canadian named Emma Hooper, who’s been there for 12 years since she moved to do her Masters. With no plans to leave Bath anytime soon, Emma talks about her...

Duration: 00:25:02

REBROADCAST: A Canadian Expat in Dubai

It took me a long time to go from the idea of this podcast to the first episode. I’m glad that when I finally did decide to pull the trigger on the Expats, I had a good friend (and fellow podcaster) living in a very interesting part of the world. I hope you enjoy this encore presentation of Expats Episode One. Iris Dias had the opportunity to leave Canada in 2013 to pursue her career in Dubai. It seems like something that would be very difficult to say no to. So Iris took the easy way out:...

Duration: 00:22:23

Episode 39: A Canadian Expat in Spain

Jane Morrison’s seen many parts of the world. But in pursuit of her PhD, and partly because her partner was pursuing his education in Barcelona, Spain, she decided to do the same. Learn about her adventures so far, and some of the perhaps familiar challenges of living in a part of the world where cultural perseveration is paramount.

Duration: 00:26:43

Episode 38: A Canadian Expat in South Korea

Arlo Matisz made a quick decision: he planned to live abroad. Not a week later, he was on a plane to South Korea. When he arrived, he made his way to the nearest bar, bought a round of drinks, and made friends with another friendly Canadian, a man named Michael Simning. That chance meeting has had a massive impact on Arlo, and that impact continues even following Michael’s passing after a long and brave fight with cancer. Find out more about Arlo’s life in South Korea from the Gwangju...

Duration: 00:33:58

Episode 37: A Canadian Expat in Turkey

Chris Mitchell is no stranger to the expat lifestyle. He’s an experienced traveler, and lately he’s hanging his hat in Istanbul, Turkey. In this episode, Chris shared his experiences around culture, food and the amazing travel opportunities within Turkey. Check out Chris’s travel blog — after you’ve listened to this episode, of course. He recently launch a new podcast called Into Istanbul. You can check out the first episode on his website. You can also follow Chris on...

Duration: 00:25:56

Episode 36: A Canadian Expat Couple in Kenya

Pierre and Deborah Boileau were bit by the travel bug early on. From casual adventure travel, to now living the expat life in Africa, they’ve seen and experienced quite a bit. And they’ve been able to have successful careers and raise a family in the process. Find out about their experiences living in both France and Kenya!

Duration: 00:27:33

Episode 35: A Canadian Expat in Egypt

Owen Murray is a world-travelling photographer who’s spent a lot of his adult life travelling. We caught up with him in Luxor, Egypt and spoke to him about the value of travel, what it means to be Canadian, and that sometimes the Canadian impulse to say “Sorry” is a great entrée to conversations in foreign lands.

Duration: 00:38:15

Episode 34: A Canadian Expat in Belgium

Sometimes, you’re messing around on the internet, and you start chatting with a random stranger. Before you know it, you’ve fallen in love. That’s more or less what happened to Jaimee Bell. And when the long distance was deflating her spirit and draining her bank account, she knew it was time to move to Antwerp to be with her beloved. You can find out more about Jaimee’s life abroad on her blog Travel Pray Love.

Duration: 00:23:53

REBROADCAST: A Canadian Expat Turning Japanese

Ana Alcantara was my second ever guest, and she was very generous with her time, and the stories she shared about her life in Japan. I know there are quite a few new listeners out there, so this is a little throwback for the Christmas break — find out about Ana’s life in Japan and how her journey has allowed her to learn about herself, and to build a family of great friends in the Land of the Rising Sun. We’ll be back with brand new content on January 15th. Merry Christmas and a Happy New...

Duration: 00:27:17

Episode 33: A Canadian Expat in the Congo

Lisa Stadnyk-Webb left Canada as a trailing spouse, giving up a job she enjoyed to begin an expat adventure in France. It’s taken her to many interesting places — most recently The Congo. Find out about her experiences living abroad with two young kids. You can read about Lisa’s adventures on her blog

Duration: 00:25:37

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