Hi there!-3

In 2004 I fullfilled a lifelong dream obsession and moved to Cork City, Ireland on a 2 year work contract. With two suitcases and a strong desire for adventure and travel I left everything and everyone that was familiar and comfortable and threw caution to the wind. Since then more than a few life altering things happened:

1 week after landing in Cork I met my King.

2 years later we moved in together along with his Princess B.

3 years after that we got married in my small hometown in Upstate NY.

4 months later we found out we were pregnant and Princess M eventually arrived.

and now it’s been more than a decade,  our family has continued to grow &  sometimes I feel more Irish than American, and at the same time I am still learning new things about my new homeland every day.

I love both living in Ireland and being from Upstate New York.

Feel free to email me at bothsidesoftheatlantic@gmail.com



  • Reply Prophet Shay November 7, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Ahh I found the About section! So I guess my next question is what job was it that got you there? That’s my goal, and honestly right now I don’t know how I got so lost trying to move in that direction! You’re living my dream, I am loving reading about your adventures in Ireland!

    • Reply bothsidesoftheatlantic November 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      In the ‘real world’ I am a speech-language pathologist (or therapist as they say here) working with kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 9 years ago when I came there was a huge need for speech therapists in the country so I was very lucky. But even then it took me over 2 years for things to work out and all the paper work to be in order. Times have really changed over here since then but I still love every day I live here. Even if it is hard and I get homesick. Feel free to email any time if you need advice on moving, I hope it all works out for you. Good luck and thanks for reading!

      • Reply Prophet Shay November 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm

        Thank you so much! What an amazing job and journey that must have been/ continues to be! I worked with Autistic children over the summer, it is very rewarding and a great path to follow. Right now I am sort of at a crossroads as what I want to pursue ( I have many passions, it is with gratitude that I survey my situation) and I want to find something I am passionate about that can bring me abroad. You’re an inspiration!

  • Reply Sally November 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Hello. I am an American, also from NY, and have been living in Ireland since 1995. Many of your recent posts really struck a cord in me!

  • Reply BeWithUs December 10, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Happy blogging and all the best to you!

    Do have a great day ahead, always~ Cheers!! 😀

  • Reply Shekeetah December 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    I must say I’m a little late finding your blog. I’m so excited for you. It’s my dream to someday live aboard and in the last year I’m just now trying to make it happen.
    3 claps!

  • Reply coripk May 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Love your posts about grocery shopping – I moved from Gloucestershire UK to Maryland last year and go through the same things here, although my local Wegmans does have a GB & Ireland section!!

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  • Reply christineplouvier September 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I did quite a bit of globetrotting, in my youth: a year in Germany, three months in Spain, and I lived in a passel of places in the USA that were all at least a thousand miles from where I was raised (including Alaska, Hawaii, Florida and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area), but I’m not the homesick sort. My last big jaunt was five years ago, when I spent two weeks in a B&B in Co. Meath, while I was writing my first novel. I won’t be able to travel again, because age and disabilities have caught up with me, so I’m glad I managed to make it to Ireland for my last hurrah.

  • Reply Jennifer April 16, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Pleased to have found your blog, having searched high and low for American Expat blogs specific to Cork. I will be moving there for my company this June on a “permanent relocation” plan, and I am very curious about others’ – like me, American women – who have made that jump. Thank you for this. I look forward to getting to know your blog.

    Might you be able to recommend any posts that you’ve written about your first year? Thanks in advance!

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