San Francisco – Feb 12 2015

EuroCircle Presents:

LINCOLN IN LOVE: The most honest person in America on a quest for the truth discovered that love is the closest intangible assest that mankind can ever reach. So to honor this Great Man’s birthday and to be in the Valentine’s Spirit we are proud to present this fun soiree filled with serendipitous surprises!

The night will entail the following:
* A TEDDY BEAR TOSS, will Mr. Bear bring your Destiny?
* Pick a card and find your match and you will both receive a complimentary glass of bubbly
* A great Valentine’s Decor
* A vast array of Dutch DJ arsenal
* Chocolates from the World galore
* Specialty Honest Abe & Mary Todd Cocktails

No need to worry to find a date as this will be a party for all and fun will will be the main ingredient in this Valentine’s Ball.
It will be a time to mingle, dance, and have a few Lincoln cocktails.

The party will be held at the Raven bar. Raven bar seeks to imitate the style of lounge frequented by Humphrey Bogart and Edgar Allen Poe in its Folsom street location.

The bar serves up classic and modern drinks and cocktails, combined with a club atmosphere with DJ music and dancing.
The nightclub design by Michael Brennan seeks to create the atmosphere of a film noir movie filled with great house music you would hear at a film festival in Cannes.

PLEASE RSVP to gain complimentary entree to this chocolate, champagne and classic history soiree of fun, love, and TEDDY BEARS!

* to hand out name tags
* to hand out cards
* prepare chocolate trays
* organize the teddy bears
* toss the teddy bears
* meet, greet, and find great people to be foster parents for the cutest bears you will ever see!!!

The EuroCircle Team.

Austin as a Welcoming City: Angela-Jo Touza-Medina, Spain – Chair, Commission on Immigrant Affairs

Watch the short video below that Kambiz (a refugee himself) and Angela-Jo – the Chair, Commission on Immigration Affairs, put together for us.

Our fellow Europeans – SPEAK UP. Tell the City what is YOUR opinion on how welcoming Austin is towards European immigrants (total 15 questions – the last 6 are simple multiple choices)). The survey at the end of the video is CRUCIAL for you to complete. Please make sure you submit your email/first name – those will stay with EuroCircle (NOT provided to the city) as we ask them only for raffle prizes.


We shall raffle among (completed surveys) the participants ten $50 gift certificates by Jewelry by and a gift certificate of 50$ at the brand new Italian restaurant Numero28Austin (2nd Street).


The interactive video survey technology by (Austin, TX)
Austin Welcoming City Summit @ Palmer Events Center
Austin Commission on Immigrant Affairs
Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:45 AM – Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 2:30 PM (CST)
Austin, TX

Registration for Austin Welcoming City Summit

Luna Atamian – From Paris to New York – Policy Meets Innovation

Luna Atamian is the Regional Director for in New York City! Let’s find out how Luna ended in NYC and why she is here instead in her hometown Paris.

What is your role in and what projects are you most passionate about?

As the Eastern Chapter Director, my main role is to grow the organization in the Eastern region of the United States and to engage business leaders who contribute to At the moment, I am really passionate about collaborating with policy makers and contributing to the creation of key policies that will help America remain at the forefront of innovation. We are working to encourage the Administration to do what they can via executive immigration action to further streamline and improve the legal immigration system to bring the best and brightest here, and let them grow companies. Beyond that, we’re working every day to try to help pass legislation that would fundamentally fix our broken immigration system.

How did you get involved in advocacy?

I have a legal background and I studied human rights at Columbia University. I am also a good salesperson. The combination all of all these elements naturally pushed me to work in advocacy.

Tell us about Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM)?

Earlier in 2014, – an organization we’ve been proud to support – established June as Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM) to honor the ways in which America and the immigrants who have built our country are linked in a shared, productive history.

We have built a network of over 220 partners, comprised of nonprofit organizations, ethnic groups, faith organizations, and civic, political, and business leaders from across the country to join the celebration of America’s unique immigrant heritage. During IHM 2014, we branded 96 events across the country as part of IHM, and government officials from 31 states issued 74 proclamations or resolutions officially recognizing June as Immigrant Heritage Month.

How can people get involved in

You can start by attending our FWDMonthly which is held once a month to engage in advocacy, hear from guest speakers, and explore the intersection of tech and politics. From devising innovative ways to connect constituents to Congress, to amplifying compelling local narratives, your efforts will be critical to our success. You can get more information about the incredible work my team is doing here.  If you want to get involved in a higher-level as a company or a CEO, then we should have lunch.

If you could meet any person living or from earlier times who would it be and why?

First, Albert Camus because The Stranger was the first book I voluntarily decided to read as a teenager. The book haunted me. It is intense and disturbing. I had to read it a second time right after finishing it. I used to see things in black and white. His literature helped me understand better the grey area and appreciate it.

Second, Giacomo Puccini because one needs to be completely disturbed and in pain to create such powerful music. Besides, he loved cigars. I wouldn’t mind sharing one with him.

You are originally from Paris, what do you love most about it? 

What I like the most is not living there anymore. The city is too beautiful to be an everyday object for one’s eyes. When I go back now, I can really appreciate what the city has to offer. It’s intense and incredible every time I am back. However, I can’t stay in Paris for too long. Paris makes me sad and nostalgic, whereas New York gives me energy. I forgot: I love the smell of melting butter coming from bakeries early in the morning and being able to go to a random grocery store and buying a decent bottle of red wine for only $5.

Any places that you go to when you go back to visit?

I always stop at Le Fumoir near the Louvres. It is a cute Parisian coffee shop.  It has a library/dining room where I like to spend whole afternoons. You can read or borrow books. The atmosphere is classy but simple. You will see a lot of real Parisians smoking, having a glass of wine, and complaining about life. Finally, it’s one of the rare places where I can have mate, a Uruguayan tea that we drink a lot at home since my father grew up in Uruguay.

What is the best time of year to visit?

Like in any big city, people usually say spring or autumn. I personally think that autumn is only special in New York City. Thus, I am inclined to say spring because that’s when the Parisian terrasse life really begins. You can spend entire days having wine and coffee outside. Seriously.

When you’re not working what are your hobbies, like to do for fun?

I like traveling a lot. When I can’t travel, I watch (a lot of) documentaries. At the moment, I am really into Parts Unknown on CNN.  I also like exploring new flavors either in food or wine. It became a real hobby since my boyfriend and I have been really interested in the science of food. I like writing as well and I have been writing for the Huffington Post for a few months. It’s a really therapeutic activity. Reading books is also something I do regularly but I have a hard time reading fiction lately. Finally, I am passionate about opera. You should check the Metropolitan Opera’s 2014/2015 season. Their line up this year is great. Aida was unforgettable.

What are your favorite things to do in New York?

Running in Carl Schurz Park in the Upper East Side where I live, hanging out in Barnes and Nobles on a Sunday afternoon, having oysters at Maison Premiere in Williamsburg (my favorite place in NY), going to the Union Square farmer’s market, drinking a soy latte in the street, eating a lox bagel while feeling guilty, going to Smoke Jazz Club with my mother when she visits, making fun of New Yorkers who eat croissant with cheddar or prosciutto.

How long have you been involved in EuroCircle?

I have been involved since the summer 2014. EuroCircle and have been working closely on Immigrant Heritage Month (also in Austin) and continue to collaborate on projects.

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Luna Atamian @ LinkedIn

Emily Jablon – Million Mile Secrets Travel Blogger Is European by Heart (Video Interview)

Emily Jablon started her career as a Project Manager for General Dynamics (a Fortune 100 Company) and completed her MBA in 2014. She worked in the Operations divisions of 2 publicly traded companies.

She always LOVED to travel and that’s how she ended as a travel blogger currently living in Austin, TX.
We all know that busy people don’t have time to study all kinds of travel deals, strategies, and requirements. That’s why Emily (and her husband Daraius) only write about the best offers and most relevant news, including their easy-to-follow analysis that has earned the trust of over 16,000 loyal readers. They had an amazing honeymoon on their miles. Kambiz (who filmed Emily’s interview) and the rest of us can only hope we manage to do the same. Watch the video to see where Emily has gone, what country she likes the best – and how does she get to do first class travel…

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Atlanta – Feb 04 2015

Please mark your calendars for our February EuroCircle Get-together which will take place on Wednesday, February 4th at the brand new EURO MEDITERRANEAN HOOKAH LOUNGE located in the old Vin Vie Bistro building on 2285 Peachtree Road (also the former TANTRA).

There is free parking around the venue as well as complimentary valet parking. We will also have complimentary appetizers and a $7 Euro specialty cocktail as well as a discounted rate for those who wish to partake in relaxing at a Hookah table.

I visited the place this past weekend and it was a great experience. Most of you know the old venue from previous get-togethers we have had there so please join us for a fun evening in February.

A volunteer PAPARAZZI needed for the evening, help us out taking photos that evening, please!

Please invite all your international friends…

Looking forward to seeing everyone next month!!!

Salutations – David
(EuroCircle Atlanta)

New York – Jan 20 2015

Join us for a fun night as we celebrate EuroCircle’s 16th Anniversary at hotspot Gansevoort Park Rooftop. The drink special will be $10 Absolut drinks all night. Food is available for purchase. There will be a great DJ spinning tunes throughout the night so put on your dancing shoes!

NO COVER with online RSVP by 4 pm on January 20th

Attire: Dress to Impress in either Red or Black. (Strongly encouraged by not required)

Hosts include:
– Sinem Saniye, Turkey,
– Ana Calvo de Luis, Spain
– Harriet and Nina Kulmala, Finland
Pasquale Maio and Archina Dagostino, Italy
– Krista Altok Tassa, Estonia
– Francois Belizaire, Haiti
– Marlayna Augusto, US –
– Alex Schwartz, US –

Sponsorship are available – contact for more info!
We look forward to celebrating the New Year and this great milestone with you!

Alexandra and Sherry, EuroCircle Team

Orange County – Jan 29 2015

Come and join us to celebrate the New Year with Eurocircle O.C. at Moulin and discover the French January tradition, the Galette des Rois (with the crown and apple Cider). You may also enjoy Moulin’s traditional Chicken with French fries, Croque-Monsieur, or cheese / delicatessen plater for dinner.

Thursday 29th of January, from 6pm to 9pm at Moulin, 1000 Bristol St N, Newport Beach, CA. Please RSVP.

Galette des Rois + Bolée de Cidre $7.00

Ballon de rouge/rose/blanc $4.00
Verre de vin $6.00

Houston – Jan 20 2015

Join us to share your holiday adventures and New Year’s resolution (or your resolution not to have a resolution)! In January we’ll meet for happy hour at the stylish Mr. Peeples, a modern seafood and steak restaurant that provides a unique dining experience with outstanding culinary design, superior service, energetic style and intimate elegance. Winner of Open Table 2014 Diner’s Choice and located in bubbly Midtown, Mr. Peeples is a fun (and glam!) spot to celebrate our first gathering in 2015 surrounded by old and new friends.

Valet, Garage, Street

Dress Code:
Business attire, dressy casual, blazers(optional). No sneakers, caps, sportswear, shorts or sandals.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Your hostesses Juliana Moreira, Shahla Mohammad, Venere Vitiello and Mary Beth Snodgrass.

New York – Feb 13 2015

EuroCircle’s “Red” Valentine’s Party –
NO Cover when you say “EuroCircle” at the Door.

Join EuroCircle for a fun night as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and NY Fashion Week with Famous Photographer Ang Lee!

Dress up in your favorite Valentine’s color
Make sure to put on your dancing shoes as a DJ’s Universe and DJ Wolf will be spinning tunes for the crowd all night long.
Enjoy Valentinis for $10 all night.
$6 beers, $7 wines and $8 well drinks until 9pm
Buy 1 get 1 bottle specials are available for those interested!

In addition to the drink specials there is a full bar menu and food available for purchase until 9 on the rooftop and late night downstairs.

Husniye Temocin, Turkey
Boriana Pavlova, Bulgaria,

Ryan Shemen, USA – Advanced Training Solutions
Alexandra Spirer and the EuroCircle New York Team

Johanna Dalez – A Parisian/Finnish Lady in Travel Business in Buenos Aires

Please introduce yourself.

My name is Johanna DALEZ, I’m French with Chinese and Finnish origins (I do speak fluently Finnish, but can’t say a single word of Chinese!). Since an early age, my entire childhood was spent moving from one country to another (my father was a diplomat at the French Embassy), instilling in me a natural passion for travel and cultural curiosity. After International Business, I pursued studies in Tourism and Hospitality in Montreal (where I lived 8 years), and then went on to expand professional skills in various industries. It took no time to establish that the travel industry is where I’m at my best. A six-year stint in Dubai working in events and incentives, and providing the highest standard of service to clients, was the perfect launching pad for my present venture.

Indeed, after meeting the father of my son, an Argentine tango maestro, I decided to move to Buenos Aires where I have been living since the end of 2009. After a couple of years adjusting to my new home and enjoying my other passion, Tango, I decided to start my own business as a freelance Travel guide. My enthusiasm on guiding guests along destinations that stand apart from standard tourist itineraries will delight and offer everlasting memories. I believe that the essence of a trip is best captured through encounters with the local people, culture and art.

Most of the vacation packages I offer combine tango dancing (both beginner and advanced dancers) with sightseeing of the city, as well as wine tasting tours with gourmet restaurants for those that are more culinary inclined. I of course also provide custom-designed packages for those that have specific interests in mind when travelling to Argentina.

How did you end up in Buenos Aires…why not in France or Finland?

I was born in Paris, but started travelling with my parents to all kind of exotic destinations since the age of 3. My mom raised 4 children (me and 3 younger brothers)and always spoke to us Finnish. We used to spend our summer vacation in Finland every year, but I never lived there.

After getting my degree in International Business in France, I moved to Montreal where I ended up staying for 8 years. Since then, France has only become a destination where I return for holidays once a year to see my family and friends. When I got tired of the long and freezing Montreal winters, I got the opportunity to move to Dubai where I lived for almost 6 years. That city allowed me to bloom professionally and give me the necessary experience to be where I am today.

An Argentinean man is the reason I moved to Buenos Aires, but also my fascination for the South American culture (I also lived in Colombia for 3 years during the years I travelled with my parents). Now that my son was born here, I have decided to make this place a permanent one, or at least until he turns 18 !

What is the best and worst about Buenos Aires for you … what is a typical day and weekend?

Buenos Aires is a city of contrasts, but overall it is a very charming city. I like it for several reasons:
– Traditional values. For example, knowing your neighbors, knowing your local store owners, or courtesy towards pregnant women or elders in public transportations.
– Lots of green parks in the city and a huge variety of trees, people usually gather for picnics or to drink ‘mate’ in parks every weekend.
– The European feel of the city in some neighborhoods (lots of French style architecture in Recoleta for example). You can see it is a city that has a lot to tell and there are plenty of opportunities to join different types of city tours (walking, biking or by bus) to find out about the extended history of Buenos Aires.
– Lots of free cultural activities and events organized in different parts of the city at all times
– Tango, wine and bife de lomo! There are places to go dance every night of the week and amazing Malbecs and bife de lomos to be enjoyed at very cheap prices!

What I don’t like about Buenos Aires:

– Insecurity
– The crazy way people drive here. Buses and taxis are the worst, in most cases, they have absolutely no respect for other drivers’ safety or their own passengers.
– Broken sidewalks and dog poop everywhere !
– The swearing ! I have never heard people swear as much as in Buenos Aires, but I guess it’s part of their eccentricity!
– The summer heat… it becomes very hot and humid during January and February, with temperatures reaching 40C !

How do you find the lifestyle in Buenos Aires compared to Europe: such as housing, food, health care, education..?

Very different.
Supermarkets don’t have as much choice as in Europe. Many of the imported goods are very expensive or simply non-existant. There are of course local products available but the choice is quite limited and the quality not as good. I also notice that Argentineans love sugary products. For example most of the yogurts are sweetened, it is sometimes hard to find a supermarket that sells natural yogurt without any sugar added. Same goes for grinded coffee, it comes already mixed with sugar ! And I read somewhere that Argentina is the highest consumer in the world per capita of CocaCola !! I always want to scream when I see parents giving CocaCola to very young children, as if it were water!!

Healthcare is free in Argentina, but public hospitals are always overcrowded and getting doctors appointments can take a long time. That’s why most expats take private healthcare which is relatively expensive if you earn your living in pesos (it’s currently close to 1000 pesos per month for a good healthcare plan). It is of course a lot cheaper than private healthcare in the USA, so everything is relative depending where you are originally from.

Education is also free in Argentina, but public schools are generally not an option for expats. In my case, I will be enrolling my 3 year old son to French school next year, and although school fees are very expensive, being a French citizen, he has the chance of benefiting of a scholarship from the French government. I am very grateful that France promotes education to all its citizens, even those living abroad, as it is very important to me that my son gets a European education. Having Finnish origins as well, I also take him to “Suomi koulu” that is organized by the small Finnish community of Buenos Aires. It is a bi-monthly gathering either at someone’s house or at the Nordic church, where kids get to do all sorts of activities with their Finnish teacher while parents chit-chat in another room. Although I never speak to my son in Finnish (as I don’t want to mix 2 languages, French being my mother tongue), I would still like him to be initiated to Finnish as his grandmother is from Finland (Oulu) and he also has 5 cousins that are half French and half Finnish.

How do you make your living now – and how would you like to develop that career?

I am self employed and I work from home. Finding a decent job in Buenos Aires is difficult because companies will always favor a native over an expat. Furthermore, salaries are quite low even for those holding high positions. When I first arrived to Argentina, I was working for a local DMC (Destination Management Company). I ended up resigning after 3 months, because my salary was a misery and I was not able to close my month with it. I then decided to start working as a freelancer, which turned out to be much more rewarding financially and personally!

I organize vacation packages for people travelling to Buenos Aires individually or in small groups. Most of the guests that I receive are tango dancers from around the world or wine-tasting enthusiasts.
In my tango vacation packages I offer tango classes every day with renowned Argentinean tango maestros, milongas every night, meals in my favorite restaurants, and all sorts of fun activities during the day to get to know the city as authentically as possible. I accompany my guests at all times to ensure they return back home with their heads filled with great memories!
Since Argentina is also very famous for its wines, a group of wine connoisseurs are coming here in February from Finland accompanied by a famous Finnish sommelier called Antti Uusitalo. I will be taking them around Buenos Aires, Colonia (Uruguay) and Mendoza for different wine tastings in renowned wineries. This will definitely be a very tasty trip both for the group and myself!!

Finns love tango – what is the difference compared to Argentinean tango?

Honestly speaking, I don’t know much about Finnish tango. I just know that it’s a lot more simple than Argentine tango. I’ve never danced Finnish tango, but only seen it on a few occasions. I am actually planning to watch a documentary called “Tango de una noche de verano” that seeks to find out whether tango is originally Finnish or Argentinean. The answer to this question maybe hides in that movie ?

You see many tourists. Do you see the differences between nationalities guessing where someone is from – maybe I am just wrong when I feel you’d notice that in tourists’ behavior?

Usually when people come here for vacation, they are all very happy and eager to discover the city, its people and its customs. I’ve had European, Middle Eastern and Asian guests with me, and all of them have their own behavior as unique individuals. They however have all followed my advise on not attracting too much attention on them, simply to avoid pick-pocketing or petty theft. I’ve noticed that Asians are the most timid and introvert, but the fact that I am accompanying them most of the time during their vacation, allows them understand this culture much more easily than if they had been on their own. Europeans and Middle Easterns on the other hand, have had no problem strolling the city at ease on their own during their free time.

What is the essence of Buenos Aires to you – what do you absolutely want your friends to see or feel in Buenos Aires?

The essence of Buenos Aires to me is the diversity and history that can be found in different areas of the city, as well as the customs of Argentineans. Whether you find yourself in Puerto Madero or San Telmo, you will see 2 different worlds. I want my guests to see the harsh realities of Buenos Aires, not only the clean and charming places. Extreme poverty lives side by side with rich neighborhoods such as Recoleta. On Avenida 9 de Julio, only a railroad separates the rich side of the city to one of the biggest ‘villa miseria’ (slum) of Buenos Aires. The contrast between rich and poor is heartbreaking, but I believe that it’s a reality that I need to show foreigners that come here.
I also want them to experience Argentine customs, such as having dinner around 10:30pm at night before heading to a milonga! People eat very late in this country, which can sometimes be a bit difficult for Finnish people that usually dine around 6-7pm. But as the saying goes: “When in Rome, do as Romans do”!

What do you absolutely miss from France or Finland…or elsewhere?

Aside from obviously missing my family and friends, I miss the food !!! Cheeses, pastries and chocolate from France and Salmiakki, Ruisleipä and Karjalanpiirakka from Finland !!!
Well organized society and punctual public transportation is also something I miss, as well a clean side-walks where you do not need to slalom to avoid dog poo…

How do you balance your career with other obligations – mate, children, job?

Being able to work from home has been the biggest blessing, as it has enabled me to raise my son on a full time basis (I’m a single mom). The times I’ve needed a babysitter, the family from his father’s side has always given me a helping hand with a lot of pleasure. On many occasions, I have even presented my son to my visiting guests, and it has not been a problem for anyone to have him around. He behaves very well and adapts to stranger very quickly.

What do you think about the economy and how safe it feels in Argentina?

The economy is quite bad in Argentina. Too much bureaucracy, corruption and complicated laws make it very hard to have a business here. Many foreigners are moving their business elsewhere, or simply closing down. Safety wise, I never take useless risks when travelling in the city. I know quite a few cases of people being robbed or pick-pocketed, but I touch wood, as I have not experienced any similar situation. I just take the necessary precautions to avoid attracting attention. Buenos Aires is a big city, and lots of tourists visit it every year without any problem. There is no reason to be scared to come, but there are plenty of reasons to be cautious when wandering in the city.

Do you try to go back to Europe every year? Argentina must be quite different compared to Europe despite Spanish language . I think the cultures are different. What do you miss the most – and the least.

Yes, I go back to France and Finland every year, as I want my son to know and not forget my side of the family. I also need that “bowl of fresh air” where I can enjoy European mentality and habits, spend quality time with my family and friends, eat all the food that I cannot get in Buenos Aires, take pleasure in admiring French and Finnish sceneries, and getting back in touch with my roots. Usually when I’m in Europe vacationing, there is nothing that I do not miss !!!

Workwise – how do you see Europeans being different from Argentinians– also culturally, what stands out in your chosen profession?

Customer service in Europe is amazing compared to customer service in Buenos Aires!! Work ethics are different, and on several occasions I have felt that Argentineans lack professionalism. This is a reason why I make sure that my guests receive top notch service from me, as I see it as my # 1 priority in what I do. High standard customer service is something I learned very well in Dubai, but it also comes very naturally from me, as I enjoy spending time with my visitors and making sure they are happy at all times.

When you think about what did you think about life in BA before you moved there – did you misconceptions that turned out to be wrong?

Yes, I thought that life was going to be easier for me. On a personal and professional level, I find that it has been harder than expected to blend into Argentina’s life. I guess living in Europe, Canada and Dubai always was the standards of living I was used to, but coming to Buenos Aires meant a whole lot of readjusting from me. Today I am happy to be here, but I have to admit that there were times I was thinking about giving up and leaving.

What cafes or restaurants do you recommend to tourists to go to..and tango places?
I usually take clients to famous cafés such as Tortoni or La Biela, as for restaurants I try to offer them a selection of different cuisines so that they don’t get saturated with asados ! Guests who don’t dance tango, usually like going to tango dinner shows such as El Querandi or Carlos Gardel. But for those who come here to learn tango, I take them to a different milonga every night of the week.

How do you think the cosmetic surgery is so dominant in BA – why is that?

I have no clue how to answer this question. It’s a topic I’m not familiar with. All I can say is that Argentine women take good care of themselves, and those who can afford it, cosmetic surgery is something very common. Breast and nose surgeries are the ones that you can usually see among the female population (all ages) but more than this, I don’t know anything about prices nor surgeons.
Anything else you would like sharing with us?

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to express myself – and promote my business.
I hope that whoever wants to visit Argentina (either alone or with a group) will not hesitate to get in touch with me, as I will be more than happy to assist in any kind of way.

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