The Nostalgic Vagabond

Join me, Allan Hill (the Nostalgic Vagabond) for weekly one-hour~ish travel talks with unique and interesting travellers / adventurers who Zoom-in from all around the world. In conversation, we share compelling personal stories of trial, triumph and sometimes tribulation from journeys, exploring this world and its cultures, languages and landscapes. None of us claim to be experts, we aren't necessarily pros, we are regular people like you. But we decided to say, “YES!” Decided to step outside our comfort zone and have a go at creating our own journey, going our own way. You also don't have to be an expert or professional, all you need is to say, “Yes!” Commit. And go on your own journey – your own way. You can be a traveller too! Hey - Maybe travel could help you discover, your best you. And you can also follow me, @thenostalgicv


episode 12: Assimilation in a New Country - Listen to Jacqui From County Kerry!

After more than eight years, the Nostalgic Vagabond Zooms-in to Kelowna, British Columbia to catch up with an ex-BMO colleague from Toronto named Jacqui Dowling (Cripps).

Allan and Jacqui reminisce about their working holiday visa programs in Canada way back in 2012 but the conversation evolves into what it means to assimilate and settle in a new country, adapt to a new culture and lifestyle. Jacqui is Irish through and through. She possesses many of those loveable Irish traits made famous throughout the world plus some endearing ones unique to her. Jacqui is also technically Canadian, now. A Canadian citizen, she has the blue passport to prove it.

But what does that mean?

Jacqui has an interesting and personal perspective on exactly what that means, to her. In this episode, she shares what it means to be an Irish person who has come to embrace her Canada, inclusive of all the aspects of the Canadian lifestyle, and of course her Canadian husband too.

If you're thinking about travelling to Canada in the future for a GAP year, work away experience, or just your own "living abroad" adventure (because you can) this episode is for you...

If you've been lucky in this life to have experienced these types of adventures already, then bring on the nostalgia.






    Automotive Jargon Translations

American English        British English

Hood                             Bonnet

Trunk                             Boot



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