Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 15 – Living abroad

My gift to you for Valentine’s Day: A NEW PODCAST EPISODE!

South America and Europe explorer Isaac Gray stops by to discuss living abroad. We talk about his time outside Canada, what it takes to feel at home abroad, missing (or not)your homeland, getting funded to go abroad and the drug war in Mexico.

Find it on itunes or on soundcloud!

Or listen to it right here :

 

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Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 11 – Eurotrip

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NEW PODCAST EPISODE:

Serial backpacker, Mike Howarth, stops by the podcast to talk about the 10 weeks he spent exploring Europe. We discuss buying too many cheap European tomatoes when you only have two bags, a random encounter with two RCMP officers in Spain, a man selling beer in his underwear in Slovakia, famous European landmarks and a train on a boat. Bon voyage !

All the episodes are now available on Soundcloud and iTunes. Show some love: like, share and review!

Slowly Becoming Canadian – Episode 10 – Wine, wine and wine!

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Wine enthusiast, Ericka Wicks, and I go to a Nova Scotia vineyard, Domaine de Grand Pré, to talk about and taste Canadian wine. Is wine that was not produced in France even a thing? Is it ok to drink wine that comes in a box? What should you eat next time you’re having wine? Can we sample three different wines and not get a little buzzed? Listen to this episode and find out!

The episode is available on iTunes, Souncloud or right here:

Slowly Becoming Canadian The Podcast – Episode 2

Urban planning in Canada

Urban planner @tealuke and I talk about cities in Canada:
Why there isn’t more of them, how there design influences people, the differences with French cities…


We also play “Real place in Canada or something I just made up”. Find out if Nottawa, ON and Climax, SK are real Canadian towns!

 

Joyeux 14 juillet !!

FUN FACT: Bastille Day isn’t a thing. It’s just called “le 14 juillet”.

When you think about it, it’s a funny thing to do to rename another country’s national day. It’d be like calling the 4th of July “Liberty Bell Day” or Cinco de Mayo “Puebla Dia”.

I still like it when people wish me a Happy Bastille Day, though. It’s great to see some people know it’s France’s national day!

Pardon my French(ness)

French clichés

Believe it or not, this is not how I dress everyday. Actually, I never dress like that and I can assure you almost nobody in France wears a béret anymore. Nor do people eat croissants every morning, or walk around in designers clothes, and shower with Chanel N°5. I know, this is very disappointing.

Some clichés about French people are true though. If you visit France for a couple weeks, chances are you will encounter a demonstration or won’t be able to take the train because people are on strike. A lot of people do have five weeks of holiday per year – but you need those day-offs to recover from all those strikes. And if you are ever in need of a lighter just ask anybody around you as one in three French people smokes. Which might explain why we tend to be grumpy.

I often  refer to clichés about Canada and Canadian people when I write this blog, so to balance the scale, respond to this poll, share this post so many people do it too and let’s see what people think about people from France. I will write a description of a typical French person according to the comments. And maybe try to defend my fellow citizens a little.

 

Now that you are done, check if you speak Nova Scotian here