10 lessons about expat life: a 10 year review β€”

Enjoy this honest, but fun post on expat life from Aneesa at Expat Panda!

Moving abroad as a fresh faced, newly graduated 21 year old for the first time, was the toughest thing I have ever had to do.  When my mother and I reached the departure point at the airport in 2011, it took every ounce of my physical strength to put one foot in front of the […]

10 lessons about expat life: a 10 year review β€”

I Made It to Canada! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Yes. I made it in a week ago with my Mum. We’re in quarantine now, but we already feel like we made the right choice. I couldn’t be happier that I am away from the US right now!

The first few days were rather tough. This is my fourth international move, if you include the fact I was a baby when I first moved internationally. Even though I have learned a lot about orchestrating a move from those experiences, the mental and physical toll never goes away. Sometimes, the toll can be more or less depending on the situation. I will say more in a future post. I have a lot to say, but I’m still getting organized right now!

So far, the good things are that quarantine is going well and things are settling. It snowed for a few days and I have some lovely pictures from that! It’s actually nice to have a quarantine period because there’s time to rest and have Me Time, which I really need right now! I already love it here and I want this to work out so much!

There have been some hiccups, like getting deliveries. IKEA and Overstock CA were disagreeable surprises! πŸ™„ More on that later too.

PSA: I do NOT want to talk about what’s going on in the US right now! I don’t want to know the latest stuff going on! Heck, I don’t even want to know who wins the election! I’m emotionally detoxing right now and quite fatigued and I need to take care of myself. Thank you!

So, this was one of the reasons I had to disappear for a while, but stay tuned for more! Stay safe and healthy peeps! πŸ’™πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

Fuel and fire: How a green recovery can save Alberta from itself

As COVID-19 put the world on pause, a decreased demand for oil sent prices plummeting, spelling disaster for the future of Alberta’s oil sands. The province continues to deal with a worsening economy and the impacts of climate change, and climate activists say a green transition might be the solution Albertans need.

Fuel and fire: How a green recovery can save Alberta from itself

I definitely believe Canada should transition to a green economy now, especially Alberta.

National Acadian Day represents culture, community, and a struggle for recognition

There are over 29,000 Acadians living in New Brunswick alone. But for some Acadians, it’s hard living in major cities like Fredericton. While New Brunswick prides itself on being Canada’s only bilingual province, with both French- and English-language inhabitants, behind the province’s dual history lies a story of deportation and alienation.

National Acadian Day represents culture, community, and a struggle for recognition

A great read about the history of Acadians!

The Pigeon

Canada is a vast, diverse country, and The Pigeon is a new publication that aims to tell its stories with nuance and depth, focusing on Black, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+, and POC voices.

The Pigeon

Definitely one of the most insightful things I have read about why they say sorry a lot in Canada. I wonder how things will change with women realizing they say sorry more often than men. I don’t have an problems with basic politeness, but I refuse to shrink to fit others’ comfort levels. I’m not apologizing for being me!