Got Ice? From Bruges to Austin….

Got ice?

Oline and Jo Detavernier moved Texas from Bruges, Belgium in 2015.
They live in New Braunfels with their 8-year-old boy Tristan.

Oline is American. Before moving to Belgium fifteen years ago she lived in Bakersfield, CA. Oline runs Tikiz of Hill Country, a spectacular shaved ice and ice cream truck. She goes to festivals, customer appreciation parties, sports games, you name it!…

A big thing for her is the fundraising. Any non-profit organization that invites Tikiz over gets at the end of the event a check worth 20 percent of all sales. In its first year in business Tikiz has donated thousands to non-profit causes. Oline mostly operates in the San Antonio – New Braunfels corridor. For major events (let’s say at least an estimated $500 in sales) Oline will also drive up to Austin.

Jo is Belgian. He is not a shaved ice or ice cream expert (although he is known to consume quite a lot of it under the guise of ‘quality testing’).
He is a marketing and PR expert and works as a partner for Manzer Communications in Austin. He counsels his wife on promoting the business so as many lovers of cold sweets as possible get to discover Tikiz.

Oline misses the easy access to an (affordable!) doctor in Belgium whenever she needs one.
Jo misses the quality foods and having different countries available within just hours driving distance.

Jo Detavarnier at EuroCircle
Jo at Facebook
You will find more about Tikiz of Hill Country on

Philadelphia – Jan 05 2017

Join EuroCircle for an exclusive reception with Philadelphia based artist Ana Vizcarra Rankin. The evening begins with wine and introductions
to our newest EuroCircle members. Our artist will speak about her latest project Sky Skin.

Login and get your ticket! Registration is REQUIRED!
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Ana Vizcarra Rankin makes drawings, paintings and sculptures about travel and cartography. Recently she has been studying star maps and images captured using powerful telescopes and other mediating technologies such as global positioning systems. These images are transmuted into art that explores the phenomenological sense of being in and of the universe.

An Uruguayan American artist based in Philadelphia, Vizcarra Rankin has exhibited extensively and received various awards. Vizcarra Rankin holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a BA in art history from Temple University. Her work resides in international, public, corporate and private collections.

New York – Dec 20 2016

The NOISE GroupPeace Simon (Celebrity Artist), and EuroCircle are bringing you VIEWS OF HOPE: Party with a Purpose.  Along with our supporting Group Event Partners 1989 Advertising and Dining Engagement Group

The first 50 people who email Alex at will receive free admission. After that please buy tickets here:

Event Details – Bring light to 500 Families and 3 health centers in rural Haiti

  •      The location is PHD Terrace Midtownat the DREAM Hotel in midtown NYC
  • Networking opportunities across finance, tech, media, and fashion industries
  • Sponsored bar for the first hour of the event for VIP guests.
  •      Live music act by Alan Trinca
  •      Music by DJ Banks
  •      Raffle for great prizes (ie fine wine package and cash awards)
  •      Silent Auction fine art piece
  •      After party dance party

Former NBA player and philanthropist Anthony Mason Jr. will be hosting the evening’s events. There will be a breathtaking art by Peace Simon and patrons will be able to dance the night away to the sounds of New York’s best DJs .

The Solution

Views of Hope’s mission is to produce high quality special events and parties which support a particular cause or purpose. Light of Hope will be an event filled with entertainment, class, artistic expression, and performances attended by many people of all ages across a vast majority of professional industries. The main focus will be to raise money, awareness, and to provide aid to some of the rural areas in Haiti that have been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. A portion of each ticket purchased will be used to bring light, energy, and hope to a family in need.

Hope you join us for a great night out for a great cause!


Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team

New York – Jan 17 2017

Photo credit to Photographer Mike Bas

EuroCircle’s 18th Anniversary Soiree

Join EuroCircle as we celebrate our 18th Anniversary at this hotspot lounge and restaurant!
No Cover when you say EuroCircle at the door and RSVP by 5pm on January 17th!
DJ Chris Bachmann will be spinning tunes for us throughout the night!

There will be great drink specials and food available for purchase.
Dress Code: Dress to Impress.

Our co-hosts:
Diana Cristea, Romania
Jari Mattila, Finland

Katarzyna Czarnecka, Poland
Thierry Kranzer, France
Michelle Rivera, Puerto Rico

Look forward to celebrating our 18th Anniversary with you!

Alexandra and the EuroCircle Team

San Francisco – Dec 14 2016


Join seven Italian businesses and discover Italian style and gusto.

Clothing, shoes, leather handbags, jewelry, art, wine, chocolate and other Italian-made artisanal gifts at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in San Francisco.

Shop, enjoy a glass of wine and celebrate the holidays.

Make sure to meet our lovely hostess Elisa Rossi

Rossi & Rei: Timeless clothing essentials by Italian emerging artisans for the modern woman

Superga SF: The iconic Italian shoes

Armadio Fashion: Handbags straight from the workship of Italian leather artisans

Italian Decor: Traditional home decor and gifts designed and made in Italy

Shell Chic, Traditional jewelry from Torre Del Greco, Naples.

Basel Chocolatier: The most gorgeous-looking and delicious chocolate

Leonardo Locascio Selections: The best selection of wines from Italy

Orange County – Dec 07 2016

Martina has kindly invited EuroCircle members to join the annual German Holiday Mixer this time in Newport Beach.

The German Mixer is a monthly networking event addressing Germans, Austrians, Swiss and their friends in Orange County, California.

No Cover. RSVP is appreciated by not required.

New York – Dec 31 2016

Photo credit to NY Organizer Alexandra Spirer

Join EuroCircle for our Annual New Year’s Eve Party @ Cabanas at the Maritime Hotel.

This is a ticketed event. TICKETS must be purchased IN ADVANCE. CLICK HERE  TO GET TICKETS!

There will be a 5 hr preium open bar.
Complimentary appetizers
Live DJ
Champagne Toast and Party Favors at Midnight and More


Your Hosts:
Boriana Pavlova, Bulgaria
Marija Karkov, Serbia
Ahmet Bodur, Turkey
Natalie Kotroutsos, Greece
Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team

Cabanas at the Maritime invites you a superlative New York’s New Year’s Eve event that is overflowing with amenities, energy, and revelry.
One of New York’s hottest nightlife and event venues, Cabanas at the Maritime is delivering the best fittings, like open bar, complimentary bites, live DJ performance, and more.
You will have an extraordinary New Year’s night. Join New York’s beautiful partiers at Cabanas at the Maritime for a spirited NYE celebration.

Spend this NYE dancing and frolicking in style at Cabanas at the Maritime, a renowned New York’s hotspot. Spirits will fly high all night long as lively revelers indulge in the 5-hour bar.
Turn the holiday mood up with complimentary NYE party favors as you get ready to party down. This energetic crowd will be taking to the dance floor as a live DJ spins a smoldering soundtrack of Top 40, Hip Hop, House, Dance and Mash Up hits. When it’s finally time to send off the old year, raise your complimentary champagne toast high and count down with the whole crowd to a spectacular New Year.
To take your NYE night even higher, indulge in one of Cabanas at the Maritime’s exclusive VIP packages which offer special luxuries like table and bottle service, reserved seating, priority admission, and more.

Ring in the New Year the best way you know how: with a high-spirited, high-energy, and high-fun party at New York’s Cabanas at the Maritime.

NOTE: You can get to the venue easily via public transportation as well.

Philadelphia – Dec 10 2016

It has been an amazing year, full of big career moves, exotic travels and excellent adventures.
Let’s celebrate all we have accomplished at EuroCircle’s Annual Holiday Gathering.

Your hostesses welcome you warmly:

Irena Milovanovic, Serbia: Irena is a senior risk associate at JP Morgan Chase, and is currently completing her Masters at Villanova.
Kristi Price, USA: Kristi is Philadelphia’s premier dating coach and matchmaker. You can find her at
Sherry Kumar – EuroCircle Philadelphia

Our holiday party features cash bar, extended happy hour pricing until 8.30 pm, and drink special: The Eurotini
You’ll enjoy a short, fun presentation with lifestyle and dating coach Kristi D Price who will be giving fun holiday dating pointers!

Karsten Aichholz – A pro-gamer turned tech entrepreneur in Thailand

Most of us spend our lives in one country and travel just for fun or work.
Karsten is the youngest of three sons to a British mom and a German dad who met in a sing-along bar in Canada.

At the start of his career in airline management he worked in India, Dubai, Austria and Germany. He gave up this more traditional corporate career out of a profound fear of missing out. So what does an entrepreneurial young man (23 years old) like Karsten do? Well, he negotiated an investment promotion with the Royal Thai Government to leverage a Bangkok-based video game company from zero to a million USD in revenue within five years.

Karsten provides advice to and invests in fellow tech entrepreneurs. He gives talks at events and universities, checks nutrition labels for carbohydrates, and gets into trouble with tuk-tuk touts. His fluency in Thai has really been put in use. Karsten also blogs about living and working in Bangkok at

Since I work myself in digital marketing I was interested in hearing more about Karsten whose skills encompass anything from search engine optimization to affiliate marketing and monetization. All of that in addition to his vast experience with online gaming industry – and he also works in domain registrations and online dating.

I learned Karsten has given guest lectures on entrepreneurship at a number of universities in Germany and Thailand. To him working with students is pleasure so if you are looking for a speaker, you should definitely get in touch with him. Given his background it is easy to guess that he is lucky enough to speak German and English fluently. Some of us speak strange languages like Finnish that does take you very far in any country.

And having worked in multiple countries tells us this guy likes to travel. His sense of adventure had lead him to 60+ different countries such as Armenia, Iceland, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Rwanda, Timor Leste, Turkmenistan, Uganda and Zimbabwe among others.

What do you think is the most difficult issues for foreigners to adjust in Thailand (cultural ddaptability?)

There are a few things expats aren’t inherently aware of that are second nature to Thais – e.g. mixing personal and work life. That goes both ways: People use Facebook at work, but also don’t mind helping out with something work related outside of normal office hours and days. Many people try to impose their style of working on local staff. While that can work – though it not often does – it’s usually much easier to see what the local mode of operation is and go with that. I’ve put together a guide on cross cultural management that shows what I learned in regards to this as an entrepreneur myself.

Why do you want to live in Thailand instead of for example Silicon Valley or UK as an entrepreneur?

I think for many people it’s not just the quality of life: The cost of talent, infrastructure and pretty much everything else is significantly lower. That gives companies a much better cost basis than those located in more central regions of the tech world. There are also a lot more opportunities in the local market whereas in the US or Europe the market is more mature and opportunities are a bit more rare.

After living so in some many countries do you feel there is any one country or culture that is better for an entrepreneur and why?

A great many country make an excellent base for a business. Of course it depends on the individual business which country is the best location. Thailand tends to be a great choice because it unites available infrastructure, a talented pool of labor and easy of doing business with personal quality of life and lower cost of bootstrapping. However, there’s also something to be said for starting a business in your home country: It’s where you have the strongest network, the least uncertainty and the most in-depth know-how. Having your operational base elsewhere might bring advantages, but it adds a lot of complexities that can quickly add up. Nowadays a lot of countries in Eastern Europe are worth looking into – e.g Bulgaria or Georgia.

Who are the people you follow or admire as entrepreneurs – and why?

It depends on the specific issue. The majority of people I admire and follow tend to be people I know a little better in person: From them I not only get to see the show they put on stage, but also have an insight into what’s going on backstage. There is no shortage of gurus and celebrity entrepreneurs who cultivated an image that they now also need to protect. The most authentic insights tend to come to me from people closer to home who also know me a little better. One such example is Seppo Puusa – he runs the website I really admire the ethical approach and diligence he brings to content creation.

If I can grant you the life you want you want for the rest of your life, what would it be like?

Pretty close to what I have now I’d say. Maybe I’d get to fly more business class ;-).

Contact Karsten

Life, Work and Doing Business in Thailand
Thailand Company Incorporation Dos and Don’ts
Expat life in Thailand (Abroad Podcast)

Playing Serious: Gaming meets Entrepreneurship
Das Leben in Bangkok, Bloggen und Computerspielsuch (Humor is Art) – in German

Attention is Money: How to be a More Productive Entrepreneur
What do Entrepreneurs do All Day? (


Population: 65,002,000
Capital: Bangkok – 6,604,000 (almost 10 million in metro area)
Area: 513,115 square kilometers (198,115 square miles)
Language: Thai, English, ethnic and regional dialects
Religion: Buddhist, Muslim
Currency: Baht
Life Expectancy: 71
GDP per Capita: U.S. $7,000
Literacy Percent: 96

Industry: Tourism, textiles and garments, agricultural processing, beverages, tobacco, cement
Exports: Computers, transistors, seafood, clothing, rice
Agriculture: Rice, cassava (tapioca), rubber, corn