Chatterbox #121 – Aleks: Part 2

This episode is a continuation of our previous interview with Aleks. If you missed that one, go check it out. We left off as Aleks was talking about her first trip to Canada. In this episode, she tells us how she ended up moving to Montreal and where her career has taken her. She also talks about her passion for tango. Did you know that Montreal is North America’s tango capital? Neither did we!

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Expressions included in the learning materials:

  • Legend has it
  • To come into the picture
  • A steep learning curve
  • At the snap of a finger
  • Hard-pressed
  • And so on and so forth
  • A win-win situation
  • To cherry pick
  • Anyone’s guess
  • Tough going
  • To be over one’s head
  • Uncharted territory

Sample transcript:

Harp: Did you miss the city, or you were just enjoying nature and being in a smaller town?
Aleksandra:  I’d say I’m a split personality in a way. I wilt, shrivel up, when I’m only immersed in an urban environment, and I start to get itchy and lonely when I’m only in the bush. I cannot be without one or the other.
Harp: I see. I see. OK, and then how, after this love affair with Vancouver and the beautiful city, did you end up on the East Coast?
Aleksandra: That was a love affair with a job. I really got a very interesting opportunity to work for the National Cancer Institute of Canada, and being that it’s a very large organization with lots of superbly interesting research projects, it was an offer I could not decline. Absolutely. So that, in and of itself, was enough to move me east.
Harp: OK. So you worked with the cancer research institute for a couple of years?
Aleksandra: It was about somewhere around 8 years. And it was a very steep learning curve.

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