Category Archives: Expat Perspectives

  1. Raising a Family in a New Country

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    March 22, 2017 by Evin

    Being a mother of two youngsters in a country that was not my home since birth is a challenge. There …
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  2. The American Love of Being Irish

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    March 16, 2017 by Evin

    There is a truth to being an expat that you may be a local, but will always be a bit …
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  3. Reflecting on Thanksgiving in Ireland as a Homesick Expat

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    November 21, 2016 by Evin

    Each year, it is the same thing. A normal weekday is actually a special occasion in my heart. People still …
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  4. American Thanksgiving at Electric

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    October 26, 2016 by Evin

    Thanksgiving at Electric in Cork City | 40 Shades of Life

    Electric on South Mall has noticed over these last few years that people’s habits and expectations for socializing are evolving. …
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  5. American Thanksgiving at the Cork Aiport Hotel

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    October 25, 2016 by Evin

    Thanksgiving 2016 at Cork Airport Hotel | 40 Shades of Life

    As an American abroad, Thanksgiving is very important to me. It is a tradition (which sometimes can be seen as …
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  6. Freedom

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    January 18, 2016 by Evin

    Today, I feel a swell of pride and hope on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

    Honestly, there is nothing I can say that will mark this day any better than his own words in my hometown on August 28, 1963.

  7. Birthdays & Milestones as an Expat

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    December 1, 2015 by Evin

    In two weeks, I will have been in orbit around the sun for 40 years. I love my birthday. LOVE …
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  8. Electric Mall Mixer

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    October 23, 2015 by Evin

    Mall Mixer hosted by Electric and open to all

    One of my favorite things about when I lived in Washington, D.C. was happy hour. Once a week, my colleagues …
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  9. Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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    September 25, 2015 by Evin

    Should I stay or should I go. This blog is at a crossroads.

    Is it time to retire my blog about being an expat in Cork Ireland? With 9k views/month, I won’t make any rash decisions. With so many other resources now available to arriving expats and study abroad students, I wonder if 40 Shades of Life has served its purpose and might be ready for retirement. With over 9,000 views a month, I am not taking this decision lightly.

  10. News from this Yankee

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    July 5, 2015 by Evin

    Me holding up a gigantic cookie

    You’ve probably noticed my content has gone from oversharing to a drizzle in 2015 and I wanted to explain that …
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