Category Archives: expat life

An Expat in Vancouver: Finding Friends

The other day I had a conversation over coffee with a Canadian and another American expat about how Vancouver rates as a friendly city. When I first moved here, I met a Montrealer who literally shuddered remembering the loneliness of … Continue reading

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An expat in Vancouver first impressions Summer cont’d.

After that unusually rainy and cold early summer, it pains me to consider that we might only have a few weeks left of 23c degree weather and clear blue skies. However, we did make the best of August, and I … Continue reading

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Guest post: An expat in Vancouver first impressions Weather

BY DAVID PAGNI Since arriving in Vancouver in January, we have soldiered through the bleak, rain soaked months, awaiting the sun of summer. Tic toc, tic toc, here it is the end of June and we’re still pacing the apartment, … Continue reading

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An expat in Vancouver first impressions: Crime

On a visit to Ontario province years ago, I was instinctively alarmed to realize that my host left the house unlocked at all times. He allowed friends to walk in barely-announced. The house would remain empty, and open, all day. … Continue reading

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An expat in Vancouver first impressions: Canadian politics

I have not been resident here long enough to make meaningful impressions, except to say that politicians argue, debate and fight here as much as anywhere. They don’t seem to sling mud (or worse) and make personal attacks and outright … Continue reading

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An expat in Vancouver first impressions: Medical care

This week marked an important milestone in our move to Vancouver: use of our newly minted medical benefits card. Back in the U.S. we heard all the horror stories about Canada’s socialized medicine as broadcast far and wide in the … Continue reading

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An expat in Vancouver first impressions: housing

Vancouver is famous for its condo skyscrapers but I for one had not heard of its strata home ownership laws until I started spending time in the area. In a strata property, people own their piece of the building and … Continue reading

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