New York – Musician & Actress Tres Hanley-Millman

Tres, please introduce yourself so our group gets to know you a bit more.

My name is Tres Hanley-Millman. I guess like most involved with EuroCircle I call more than one country home. I was born in NJ – just outside NYC, I grew up between there and London. For me London and NY are the two greatest cities in the world and I am blessed to call them both home. My career as an actress has primarily been in the UK but I’ve worked pretty much internationally. My first professional TV job was on soap. I had just dropped out of the Julliard School where I was a voice major. I was being pushed into doing Opera -which was not where my heart was. So I jumped ship when I had the opportunity. I did do many musicals though, which I enjoyed but the touring got to be a bit draining. I went over to London for a break and I was cast in 2 hr TV Drama. Pretty much then decided I was going to stay and my career really blossomed from there.

Your bio says that you were a protegee of Leonard Bernstein. What was it like working with him?

I was very lucky to be chosen by him to sing the role of Cunegonde in “Candide” in concert. It was one of the last Great Composer series at Lincoln Center. He conducted. It was not long before he passed away. I think at the time I was too young to understand him or comprehend the grandness of what I was involved in. I just knew he was very encouraging to us all. When I think back on it I can’t believe that I wasn’t terrified! There is an arrogance that comes with youth. I get nervous now just thinking about it! I wonder… how did I do that?

What are your biggest musical achievements in your career?

Probably that, working with Lenny. I sort of stepped away from music when my acting career took off. Though I did some film work with some big names, for the most part, my success/fame really grew from TV. I also had a big fan base in other parts of Europe for a Bacardi campaign that I had done. I never really made a mark as a singer as I did as an actress. But then I had sort of left that behind. Though I continued to do a few musicals and concerts in Europe now and then. I only got back involved in music after getting married. In 2005 I did a Broadway compilation album called TRES BROADWAY. Which did very well. After that I teamed up with an Asian rapper named BURCH to record a European dance single called “Dance of the Euro Diva”. That was a pretty cool thing. Talk about an international project. You had me singing with an Asian rapper with music was by Eric Serra who is French (who originally wrote the piece for the film “The 5th Element”). It was never released in the USA. It was pretty much everywhere else though. It did really well in some countries – not so well in others. It’s interesting thing how some things will fly in one country but not another.

Outside of music what are your passions?

Well my husband of course! And dark chocolate!
Other than that it would be animals. I’m what most would call an animal activist. I’m a big supporter of closing down puppy mills, adopting instead of breeding. If people want a specific breed, check with pure breed rescue instead of buying. I loved that Oprah did a show a few years back on how all pet stores sell mill or back yard bred pups. But still it’s not been enough and these stores still exist. Even here in NYC. It’s horrible. We need to stop it. I’m passionate about that, along rescue and ending animal testing. I also run an all info website which shares info on food, vaccines and more. I have a few friends who are vets who spill the beans on what you really should and should not do for your pets. Our facebook page lists recalls and more as they happen. I hope people with pets will check it out.

We see that you have a new album out congratulations! Can you tell us more about this album?

Yes! It’s called A SIREN’S ODYSSEY. It’s an autobiographical song cycle. The orchestrations by Daniel Moctezuma are magical. If you like soundtracks and musicals, you will love this. Some new twists on covers as well as some great original material from international composers.


What was your inspiration for it?

So many people are out there looking for their forever love. I used my own journey as a base to tell the story. That’s why we call it A SIREN’S ODYSSEY. It’s based on the theory we all have 3 loves in our life. Our 1st love, the one we think is love that nearly destroys us and then our destiny – true love. I think it’s something most can identify with more or less.

What are your favorite places in the New York City and why?

I hate to say this but all my favorite places are all in London!
But if I had to say what place I like most in NYC – well I think, as an artist, Lincoln Center Library is amazing. I can spend a whole day there. Also the idea that you also can see an old Broadway Musical there on tape for free is amazing to me. As to my favorite place for dinner, well being a vegetarian, I love Candle Café West and Candle 79. And a treat is having Banofee Pie at Bubby’s in Tribeca. It’s a British treat and it’s the best I’ve ever had. If they are out of it, their Banana Cream Pie is a fabulous back up! And I have to say Central Park cause our dogs love it so much.

Outside of music what do you like to do for fun?

My husband Paul Millman (who is an architect and engineer) and I are renovating our weekend retreat. It was once the weekend home Sergei Rachmaninoff. Right now our focus is on the renovation. It’s a 9 acre farm on a river. Though it’s only an hour from NYC when we are there we feel a million miles away. The original 2 rooms of the house were built in 1760 and it was expanded in 1856. It’s what we do for fun right now! Though when it’s done – then we’ll finally get to really enjoy it’s as it’s a bit stressful as well as fun. It’s actually got an amazing history. Ties to George Washington as well as Rachmaninoff. And of course we love to travel. It’s so wonderful to have friends in all parts of the world as many EuroCircle members know.

Other than London and NY what is your favorite European City?

Wow that’s a tough one. We love Paris and go often. We just got back from Nerja in the Costa Del Sol which I fell in love with But that’s not really a city. I have too many places I love! Ravello, Italy – again not really a city, is up there along with Prague, Copenhagen, Vienna… I just can’t pick one. Pretty much every place I’ve been, I fell in love with something about it. Probably one of the most amazing places is Azure Window in Malta. Then there are so many magical places, Lake Bled. So much of Slovenia and Switzerland is gorgeous. And there is a restaurant in Tallinn that I dream about going back to. I wish that wasn’t so far! And Budapest at this time of year, well, I think about their Kürtőskalács aka Chimney Cakes. OMG they are so amazing! The world is full of so many amazing places- my list could go on and on. And that’s just Europe!

How long have you been a EuroCircle member?

I was introduced to EuroCirle through my husband, when we were first dating back in Dec 2001. He hosted a wine event for the group. I was so excited to know about it. So great for all of us who are truly international citizens!

How can our members get in touch with you, buy your album?

Through my website or through my facebook page which you can find through my website. All profits for my music go to animal rescue groups as well as charities for HIV and the visually impaired.

Tres Hanley website:

Valentina Ciardi, Italy – Las Vegas Based Model Agency Glam Model Management Owner & Model

Would you please introduce yourself to the readers, you name, country of origin – and what do you do/where?

Hello! My name is Valentina Ciardi and I moved to the USA from Italy. I own a modeling agency in Las Vegas.

What has been the most exciting “thing” or role that you’ve covered during your career or should we say careers?

Before I owned a modeling agency I worked as a model. Walking the runway is the most exciting thing I have experienced, it’s live, you can’t make mistakes, and I always ended up with butterflies in my stomach.

Is there any particular story, moment, an award or an achievement throughout your career that you are particularly proud of?

My modeling agency was given the 2012 Best of Indianapolis award.

What would you say is the biggest misconception that people have about your profession?

That you can only work as a model if you are 5’10, a size 0, and under 22 years old. There are lots of different types of modeling that one can do and they all have different requirements. For example, my agency specializes in trade show models and trade show modeling has completely different requirements compared to runway modeling.

What do you enjoy most about being a modeling agency owner vs. your previous life? What is the worst about owning a modeling agency?

My favorite part about owning a modeling agency is receiving thank you emails from my clients when I help them execute successful events and get a return on their investment. It always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. I also enjoy the flexibility that my job allows. Most of the time I can work from anywhere in the United States as long as I have my laptop, cell phone, and internet connection. The worst part is having to hire new models. Even though my company has a great screening process in place, you never fully know how a model will work and how reliable she will be until she actually gets booked. I don’t enjoy the uncertainty and lack of control that at times I have over the situation.

What have you found to be the biggest difference between working or studying in Italy and USA?

I was still in school when I moved to the USA so I never experienced having a real job there. Italian high school is much harder than in the USA. You have to study many subjects at once and students are given a lot more homework. It worked out well in my favor since I didn’t speak English when I first moved to the USA and attended high school here. I think the level of high school education is much more advanced in Italy than in the USA but universities are more advanced and have a better system in place in the USA than in Italy.

What kind of people survive and do well in your field of work in your opinion?

There’s tons of pretty girls out there so it’s easy to replace someone if they don’t do a good job. The ones that make it and continue getting bookings are the ones that are easy to get a hold of, show up on time, act professionally, and never cancel on confirmed booking. Models should also have a tough skin and not get their feelings hurt easily as rejection is part of the job.

Are there any roles/jobs that you would hate to cover?

I can’t think of any.

What advice would you give to other aspiring European models aiming for the stars in Las Vegas?

My #1 advice for all models is to never pay an agency upfront for anything. If an agency asks you for money, they are trying to scam you. Agencies should make money from work that they book you for, not from selling you a spot on their website or professional photos. Also, make sure that the agencies you select to work with are licensed in the state in which they are based out of. Last but not least, do not allow sleezy photographers to talk you into taking lingerie or implied photos. They will not help you book paid work and your booking agent will not be able to submit those photos to most clients anyways.

What and who captivate you in the world of the celebrities – and why?

To be honest with you I’m not at all into celebrities. I don’t own a TV by choice and have no idea who most celebrities are.

Since you are Italian – must ask what do you miss most from Italy– think you ever return to live back there? And how is the Italian community in Las Vegas…

My family is sill in Europe so they are what I miss the most. I also miss the food, but that is also a blessing at the same time. I would probably be really out of shape if I still lived in Italy because of all the pasta and other carbs that I would be eating every day! I have not had the pleasure to meet any Italians in Las Vegas yet. I have been really busy with work since I moved here this summer and when not working I enjoy traveling. I don’t see myself returning to live in Italy because I have lived my entire adult life in the USA. It would be like going to live in a foreign country and I would have to relearn how everything works.

What do you see the best about the Italian culture/people vs. American?

The best trait about Italians is how close they are with family and being able to slow down to enjoy life. The best trait about Americans is being hard working and entrepreneurial.

What places have you lived in the USA – and which one do you like best/least and why??

I lived a little bit everywhere: Northern California, Kansas City, Chicago, Denver, Phoenix, Indianapolis, and now Las Vegas. With the exception of Indianapolis, they were all nice places to live in for different reasons. The main reason I did not enjoy Indianapolis is because the weather was a nightmare. It gets too cold in the winter, too hot and humid in the summer, and I was terrified of all the tornado warnings. I’m also used to cities that offer more activities and more culture. My favorite one is Las Vegas. I enjoy living in a large city, there is always something to do, and it’s the perfect location for my business. I also like how easy it is to fly in and out of

Glam Model Management:

Atlanta – Dec 04 2013

Hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. We will have our December Get-together on Wednesday, December 4th at CINEBISTRO, located in Town Brookhaven. We have had our event there a few times in the past so we anticipate another great turn-out. Free appetizers and drink specials will be offered and start time will be 7:30 pm as usual.

Please be sure to RSVP – a Facebook invite will also follow later this week…

Wishing all a Great Thanksgiving and looking forward to seeing everyone at our December event next week!!!

Atlanta Eurocircle

Houston – December 04 2013

Let’s Celebrate the Holidays in style!

Our last 2013 event is on Wednesday December 4th at BRASSERIE 19, Houston dining destination from Clark Cooper Concepts – where French classicism meets modern luxury, simple hearty French fare is thoughtfully presented.

So dress up for the occasion and gather to dine, drink and converse with your globally minded friends. Don’t forget to RSVP!

Your EuroCircle Team
Shahla, Mary Beth, Juliana and Venere

Photo credits

Where Should I Live in Los Angeles – Culver City?

Where should I live? What about Culver City ?

This same question comes daily especially from out of town and country clients…Choosing the right neighborhood… A lot of factors play in there.

In Los Angeles, I drive around the neighborhood with my clients. Not only looking at a new home but more importantly exploring the neighborhood and community you are planning to move to. Exploring restaurants, shopping, parks, community events and so forth.

Today lets talk about charming Culver City…with its condos and traditional and Spanish-style homes, is a town of galleries, shops, cafes and entrepreneurial businesses. Culver City has been a focal point for motion picture studios since the 1920s and more recently for television production, having been home to MGM Studios, the Culver Studios and now Sony Picture Entertainment. Home of the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Helms Bakeries and the Culver Hotel, Culver City’s condos, traditional homes and Spanish-style homes offer a combination of urban living and small town charm.

The Culver City Farmers market, Tuesdays 3PM-7PM has been one of the best weekday markets on the Westside since its establishment in 1995. The market has flourished along with the stores and restaurants in the downtown area, and has a casual & friendly ambience

Culver City offers tons of great museums from the Sony Pictures Entertainment Museum to the fun Star Eco Station that kids love to the Wende Museum.

The nighlife over here is fun too. Sometimes I stop by at a weekday eve and meet friends for dinner @ Akasha or Ford’s Filling Station. Catching a movie afterwards @ the movie theatre across the street followed by drinks and music at the historical Culver Hotel.

You can find a 2 bedroom condo currently from the $320,000 range to $800,000 range. A beautiful house $670,000 to $1,4 Mil. range.

Ready to move to Culver City or any other area?

Call me anytime @ 310.801.6033 for any real estate needs you have… I help with selling your home, buying a home, investment and with leases. You can also Email Me !

Looking forward hearing from you.

Tanya Stawski

Realtor at Sotheby’s International Real Estate

Austin – Katerina Aman from Ukraine

Tell us about yourself- who are you and what would be the short story of your life?

Hi, My name is Katerina Aman. First of all, let me start by saying thank you for picking me to be a member of the month for EuroCircle. It is a wonderful organization that has brought lots of new friends into my life and a ton of fun experience throughout the events that it holds here in Austin.

I come from a small town of Kerch in Ukraine, located in the eastern part of the Crimean peninsula by the Black Sea.

My city is of the most ancient cities in the world. There are plenty of various historical and architectural monuments and memorials of different historical periods and cultures on the territory of the city, it is truly magnificent and captivating for one to visit.

Since I was six years old it was discovered that I have a talent to learn foreign languages and my Mom immediately placed me in one of the best
schools in town to learn English. She believed that that could probably help me have a better life one day. I graduated at the top of my class with straight As across the board. I have participated in various regional competitions (Olympiads) and won multiple awards. In 1994 I took part in TOEFL exam in Kiev and was chosen to go to the US to study in an American high school for a full year. Unfortunately due to unstable political situation in Crimea, sponsors on US side declined this opportunity.

I entered Kuban Sate University in 1996, faculty of Oriental languages and later department of linguistics. In 2000 I was finally able to fulfill my dream and come to this wonderful country through CAMPUSA program for students. I worked a full summer for AHRC organization in NY and had completely fell in love with the people, life, and possibilities that I could have if I were born in USA instead of USSR.

I was invited and sponsored to come back on the same program the following year. It was 2001. I was in upstate New York when Sept 11th happened. I felt so much pain, anger, grief and loss. I felt like I had been hurt in a way as well. I felt I was part of All Americans.. Now I reside here in Austin with my husband Greg and our son and I am finally living my American Dream.

We know that your family is very important for you – could you tell us more about them and your family life/traditions?

My husband and Nickolas are everything to me – they are my little world, my life revolves around the two of them and I hope for more children in the near future. Kids are the reason of our existence. I feel that my biggest accomplishment in life was to complete myself as a woman by becoming a mother and I strive to be the best parent I can and to raise our child to be a good citizen of its country with right values and firm believes in what’s right and what’s wrong. I was brought up very strictly, my grades at school were excellent, although parents were in principal’s office quite often for my not so excellent behavior. I had every day chores that had to be done
without expecting any kind of praise in return. My Mother is a very strong willed person that did her best to raise two daughters and give them
education in a country that was not so easy to live in to begin with. She checked my homework every night, I had numerous tutors and I was signed up for classes anywhere from ballet, art school, tennis, ballroom dancing, you name it. I admire home stay Moms here among my friends and family, who spend all their time with children, take them to various classes and are heavily involved in their upbringing, it is very important to me. I am very thankful to my Mom for the person I have grown to be and I only hope Nickolas would feel the same about me when he grows up.

I miss my home very much and therefore a have a tradition here in Austin – it is our annual gathering of friends at our house for a traditional Russian meal. I cook usually for three days before that and it is a true feast for stomachs and souls, not so much for liver. 🙂

I speak Russian to my son, I want him to always remember where his Mother and grandparents are from and hopefully speak the language fluently.

What is THE thing/s about Austin captivates you the most?

This city is very fit. I mean, there is not enough pavement in my neighborhood on a Saturday morning for all the healthy lifestyle fans of jogging, biking or strolling! I work out five times a week and my workouts are very versatile from yoga to kickboxing, running and swimming. Some of my friends motivate me to try classes that are absolutely insane, but I like to stay fit and healthy so I always follow all the health and fitness news that my friends tell me. I am thinking about joining my husband and his biking hobby, he got very good at it and is getting ready for his first triathlon next spring.

Another thing that I love about Austin is music of course and it’s ACL festival. I love art and this form of it is the most dearest and
entertaining to me.

I like people here, they smile most of the time, they have a positive outlook on life and it gets contagious. When you surround yourself with
happy, positive people you become one too!

If someone asked you what I should NOT miss while in Austin, what would reply? And what I really SHOULD miss….

I’d say definitely visit Auditorium shores, Lady Bird Lake, Barton Springs Pool, State Capitol, UT, museums, etc. There is a lot to see.

At night time I would pay a visit to 6th street, Pete’s piano bar, Elephant Room if you love jazz, Austin Lyric Opera for a maximum classic
entertainment: whatever your heart desires Austin has it, including numerous restaurants of very good authentic cuisines from all over the world. That’s something I have never experienced while living in Russia.

What you really should miss is walking underneath Congress Avenue Bridge, those free-tailed bats make up for quite memorable trail of smell. And try to miss traffic on Mopac and I-35 in the evenings, other than that, Austin has no other drawbacks.

Anything truly memorable that has happened to you since you have lived in Austin?

This year I ran my first marathon here in Austin. It was quite a tough experience, since I did it with a stroller. I also met a great group of people through EuroCircle, some of them became close friends.

What really annoys you about Austin – or maybe nothing does?

There is nothing that annoys me about it, it’s a perfect little city to live
in. It has a tendency to have some weird people on the streets sometimes but
that’s what also makes it unique.

What do you miss most from your country or Europe…in addition to the family and friends?

I miss country side.. Birch trees, rivers, Crimean mountains, the Black Sea. I miss singing folk songs with my grandparents. I miss camping with tents and mushroom/berry picking with my Mom and Dad. I am very outdoorsy as you can tell:)

Do you have a favorite Austin/area restaurant? Why…. what is the good and bad about restaurant in your opinion in Austin.

My favorite restaurant is Maudie’s Milagros on 360. Their food and service are always consistent. Best Margaritas in my opinion.

Where and how would you live in Austin or elsewhere if money is not an obstacle – compared to how you live now or would you stay where you are? Why?

If money were not an obstacle, I would have an ocean front house somewhere in San Diego as a vacation home. Water is my second “air”; I can’t live without it. But I am happy where I am, there are lakes here as well and the Gulf of Mexico is only couple hours away.

What do you think about the cost of living in Europe vs Austin, TX – and the standard of life and life style?

Sometimes I compare costs of necessary items with my grandmother who lives in Ukraine and she is always shocked to hear that everything costs pretty much the same here and there, although her pension is 20 times less.

I think people have different social ladders here and there, and therefore they have different life styles. It is all about how much money you make and what you can afford regardless whether you live in Russia or here in the US.

I also have self made professional business owners among my girlfriends whom I am very proud of. I think to achieve what they did here would have been practically impossible if they were to start such ventures in Russia.

If you could change something about Austin – what would it be?

For the most part the city is very clean but it could use more trash cans in
public places. And of course parking downtown needs to get better.

Anything else you feel you’d like to share with us about Austin or yourself?

I plan to stay here… I don’t see myself living anywhere else. I am planning on staying and raising my children here with my husband.

I would love to go to cooking school one day as I am a great cook and love it but there is a lot of room for growth and perfection!

Oh, and I forgot to mention that climate is very suitable for me as well. Although I come from Russia, I am very cold intolerant: So yes, I am staying where I am 🙂

Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season 2013.

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Expatriates: Ulla Lange – Life in Colorado as An Interior Designer from Finland

I have always been interested in Colorado as I keep hearing about its majestic nature. In fact I have only been to the airport in Denver, never been to any of the cities. Unfortunately we have not had luck in finding a great leader/team for running EuroCircle Denver/Boulder yet. I met Ulla online and since architecture and interior design is a great interest for me – not to mention that a former NY team member Anu Arponen was an architect as well – I absolutely had to interview her.

Where are you originally from? Where are you living now – since when and where did you move from?

My name is Ulla Lange and I am originally from Finland. I live in Boulder, Colorado, 15 min walk from the downtown, so not in the suburbs, although in a residential, single family neighborhood. I have lived in Boulder since 1993 and I moved here from a small town called Waldwick, in New Jersey. Before that I lived in London, New York City, Phoenix, AZ, and Boulder Colorado, which was the first town I lived in after moving to the States.

Did you move with a spouse/children?

I did move with my (then) spouse and two children.

Why did you move; what do you do?

We moved, as we had gotten tired of the congested metro New York City area, the hectic life style and wanted to experience a more outdoors oriented lifestyle. Also our children had their cousins and one set of grandparents in the Boulder area.
Initially I moved from Finland to the US, as I got married.
I am a partner in an architecture firm – not a licensed architect, but have a degree in architecture and work mainly as an interior designer.

What do you enjoy most about Boulder/Denver, how’s the quality of life compared to Finland?

Absolutely, I like the fact that everything is close in Boulder and that I do not have to use my car every day, if I don’t want to. There are great bike paths in all parts of the city, good public transportation, easy walking distance to stores, etc. and a real downtown, unlike many other American towns.
It is an open minded, small city, where people are very health conscious and environmentally aware. It offers great opportunities for any kind of fitness and the weather is such that it is easy to spend lots of time outdoors. We typically have 300 days of sunshine every year. Boulder also has many good restaurants, a great farmers’ market and dozens of grocery stores that carry organic and locally produced produce. The university offers a variety of cultural events and continuing education opportunities.

Usually there are some negatives, what are the ones for Boulder/Denver? What do you miss most about home?

In Colorado I miss the proximity to any large bodies of water. The climate here is dry and there a very few, mainly man made lakes. I miss having a real autumn and spring – here seasons are much more blended together.
I would like Boulder to be a bit more international (and fashion conscious – although that sounds really petty and superficial).
I miss cultural events in my own language and my friends, whom I have known for decades. That has become more pronounced, as years go by.

Do you feel Boulder/Denver is safe right now? Are there any areas expats should avoid in your opinion?

Boulder feels very safe to me, although it is not crime free. I don’t think there are any areas I need to avoid.
Denver is a different story altogether.

How would you rate the public transport? What are the different options? Do you need to own a car? How would you rate the healthcare?

Very good for an American city. You do not have to own a car to live in Boulder. Healthcare is very good and there are many options for alternative treatments and practices, as well as conventional ones.

Food/Restaurants/Entertainment – any comments – or recommendations are always cool.

Good restaurants. Entertainment: some live theater and dance, many good concerts, small art shows. For entertainment, Denver has a lot more to offer.

Which are the best places/suburbs to live in the city as an expat?

Just about anywhere in Boulder. Close to downtown is nice, as one can walk to many amenities. But there are also large homes further from downtown and in the surrounding areas.

Do you go out a lot – hobbies?

Not so much these days, restaurants 3-4 times a month, movie theaters, some art shows and live performances.

How do you rate the standard of housing in the city (compared to Finland or other countries you know)?

The standard varies quite a bit. There is student housing, which is rather basic and outdated, but also very nice houses and apartments which are modern and closer to standards in Finland, although there, as well, one can find many different types and standards of housing.

What’s the cost of living compared to home? What is cheap or expensive in particular?

Boulder is expensive by American standards, but compared to Helsinki area, somewhat less.

What are the locals like; do you feel you mix mainly with other expats?

I have some international friends, but also American ones. I hardly consider myself an expat, as I have lived most of my adult life in the US. People tend to be open and friendly in Boulder, well educated (rated the highest educated city, most advanced degrees per capita some years ago). Tt is fairly easy meeting people and making friends

Did you have a problem getting a work visa/permit? What’s the economic climate like in Boulder/Denver, is there plenty of work?

This does not really apply to me, as I got a green card right away (through marriage) and now have US citizenship (dual with Finland). There seems to be plenty of work, but it could be challenging for certain professions.
Generally speaking finding work in Boulder should not be too difficult, especially if you are open minded and are in the right industry, those being IT, things to do with sports and recreation, healthcare (especially care for the elderly), also possibly also restaurant work. My own field, architecture, is very saturated, and there is barely enough work for all the firms and independent architects and designers here. There is very little new construction going on in Boulder, but definitely a lot of remodeling work. If you are skilled in a construction trade (carpenter, electrician, etc.), your chances of finding work are most likely pretty good. Boulder’s atmosphere is also very entrepreneurial and it is known for many start-ups.

How does the work culture differ from home? Is it very different working here as an architect, design, taste wise, regulations, pricing…all that..

I have only worked very little in Europe in architecture and design, so it is hard for me to compare. Design tastes have been much more traditional and decorative, but the last few years have seen a real shift towards more modern design, in buildings, furniture, etc. American s tend to work longer hours than Europeans, and Boulder is not an exception. Vacations are shorter in general, but work environments are much more casual and relaxed than in New York City, for example. Most likely the same applies to comparisons to European design firms.

Did your spouse or partner/kids have problems adjusting to their new home? What are the schools like, any particular suggestions?

This does not apply, as my spouse (then and now) is American.
Public schools are quite good in Boulder and there are several private school options, as well.

Connect with Ulla Lange:

Ulla’s current job (Nov 2013):

Boulder and Denver Chamber of Commerce have information for people moving into these two cities.


Austin – Nov 22 2013

Join us on Friday, November 22 at a 6:30pm to – whenever you feel like leaving – at this brand new location opened in October.
Tapasitas has reverse happy hour on Friday Nov 22 until 9 pm (NOTE: we start at 6.30 pm as there is a private party until 6 pm)
$5 wines by the glass, $5 drink specials and $ 5 tapas specials from 6-9pm.

In a true thanksgiving spirit this event is co-hosted by a few other European/international groups:

Global Austin, Margie Kidd

Austin Polish Society

Danish Club Austin, Emily Grace Sorensen & John Linnet

Casa de Espana Austin

PS. EuroCircle Austin had its first even on Nov 20 2010!! EuroCircle as an organization started in 1999 in NYC.

Tapasitas is a tapas bar that makes its home in the very heart of downtown Austin. Tapasitas offers an assortment of hot + cold tapas, classic + modern cocktails, espresso, desserts + cigars to all who visit.
***Valet out front or street parking on West Ave (especially if the weather is rainy many people may prefer valet)

With a patio that can turn any season into patio season and a view of Austin’s bustling West 6th Street, Tapasitas makes for the perfect start or finish to any evening on the town.
Menu and details :

Miami – Nov 21 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013 6:00pm until 9:00pm in EST

Join us for a VERY happy hour a la Peruvian. All ladies will be entitled to complimentary drinks from 6pm to 9pm with the purchase of one appetizer, and the gentlemen will enjoy 2-for-1 drinks.


EuroCircle Miami

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Boston – Nov 20 2013

Join us on Wednesday, November 20, for Russian Voices: Readings and Conversations with contemporary Russian poets Polina Barskova, Anna Glazova, and Maria Stepanova. This event celebrates the release by Zephyr Press of Relocations, a new anthology of Russian poetry, and brings together the three poets whose works are collected in the book and two of their English language translators (Catherine Ciepiela and Sibelan Forrester). Also participating are local poet Katia Kapovich, BU faculty members Olga Livshin, Yuri Corrigan, and Katherine O’Connor, and Jim Kates, Zephyr Press.

The symposium features individual panel discussions with each of the poets and a concluding roundtable, to be moderated by Katia Kapovich (see schedule below). The poetry sessions will be followed by a “philosophical cabaret” performance featuring Russian Jewish singer and songwriter Psoy Korolenko and musical collaborator Alyona Alyonkova, a reception, and a book-signing. The performance, entitled “Russian Riches,” contains compositions based on texts by Russian poets of the 20th century.

11:30 Welcome: Katherine O’Connor + Jim Kates
11:45 Panel I: Polina Barskova + Cathy Ciepiela
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Panel II: Anna Glazova + Olga Livshin
3:15 Break
3:30 Panel III: Maria Stepanova + Sibelan Forrester
4:45 Break
5:00 Roundtable: Katia Kapovich (Moderator), Polina Barskova, Cathy Ciepiela, Yuri Corrigan, Sibelan Forrester, Anna Glazova, Olga Livshin + Maria Stepanova •
7:00 “Russian Riches” Philosophical Cabaret Performance, Reception + Book-Signing: Psoy Korolenko + Alyona Alyonkova

Free and Open to the Public. Join us for all or part of the celebration. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Europe and the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, the literary journal AGNI and Zephyr Press with support from the Center for the Humanities at Boston University and the Jewish Cultural Endowment.

Photo Credit:
Marc Chagall’s 1914 oil on canvas, “Study for `Over Vitebsk.’”