Category Archives: expat

An Expat in Vancouver: A Medical Care Review

We’ve been nothing but impressed with the health care we have received since moving to Vancouver two years ago, but we haven’t been that sick so — happily — our experiences have been minimal. I can say that after hearing … Continue reading

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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: The Trees of Kitsilano

If like me you love trees, especially big old gnarly ones, a walk through Kitsilano in springtime is for you. And today I just discovered this handy dandy walking map of the trees in the area. However, it does not … Continue reading

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An Expat in Vancouver: The Wild Lands/Reifel Bird Sanctuary

Oh, happy day! The sun came out to play. I’ve been waiting for the perfect weekend day to visit, for the first time, the George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary on Westham Island, in the Delta area south of Vancouver. … Continue reading

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An Expat in Vancouver: Fading Winter

On a late winter day heavy with cloud cover, you can still have a glorious day at Kitsilano beach. The definition of “glorious” simply changes with the season. Moments before I took this photo, a man in a wet suit … Continue reading

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An expat in Vancouver: Neighborhood trees

Ah, a lovely winter day. That means “game on” on the neighborhood sports field. It means the dog gets an extra long walk. Thoughts turn to a scenic turn along the water. We walk with heads up to the sun … Continue reading

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An Expat in Vancouver: Ukrainian and European heritage

Most visitors to Vancouver know that it is home to thousands of Asian immigrants. So after moving here, I was surprised to learn about the city’s rich past of European immigration. We forget that the large influx of Chinese, South … Continue reading

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