Atlanta – Feb 01 2017

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Greetings everyone:

Please join us this coming Wednesday (February 1st) at Il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Sandy Srings for our monthly EuroCircle Get-together.

We will meet in the front bar area which is reserved for our group.

Complimentary appetizers will be served and parking is free and plentiful around the venue. Please get the word out due to the late notification and feel free to invite all your international & like-minded friends.

Salutations,
David
EuroCircle Atlanta
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atlanta (at) eurocircle (dot) com
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San Francisco – Feb 02 2017

Join us to celebrate The Seventh Annual Winter Mixer and EuroCircle’s 18th (NO KIDDING) Anniversary Party at the swanky club of Monroe.
Every Year all expats come back from their winter holidays and toast and ring in the new year in the great ambiance of European DJ’s chilling the latest Ibiza, DEEP HOUSE and International House.

The Great Cue will open at 7:45PM, Doors will open at 8PM
Members who RSVP on time and arrive before 9PM will be free,
all others $10, $15 for non-members and non RSVP
volunteers get in free!

So come dressed up as 7×7 magazine is doing the latest photo shoot about what is happening with fun and affluent people in SF.
Wear that fedora and rock those Prada Boots with that Zara skirt. You can do it!

5 Struggles of Living in Barcelona No One Talks About

“A Bulgarian-Born nomad, Dayana has traveled since she was 16-years-old, discovering the world one culture at a time. She is based in Barcelona, where she eats copious amounts of jamoón ibérico and plans her next move. You can read more of her work here.”

For many, the idea of living in Barcelona is as close to paradise as it gets – fantastic weather, delicious food, cheap rent, fiesta all day and night. Barcelona is arguably Europe’s most fun city with a chill and larger-than-life attitude. This is my second time living here and all my friends from around the world blow up my phone to either visit me or ask for advice on moving here. As someone who’s experienced the good, bad and ugly of this city, I’ll tell you the 5 struggles of living in Barcelona no one talks about.

  1. The party vortex

In Catalonia we’ve got more holidays than I can count – I’m talking celebrations of different saints, the three-day Sant Joan festival, the Three Kings, fiesta de Gràcia – the list goes on. Couple that with Sonar, Brunch Electronic and Primavera Sound among the many music festivals that rage all summer, and you’ll forget what sleep is. The attitude towards life here is that it should be fully enjoyed and we try to do so to the best of our abilities. Having lived in the US for 7 years prior to settling in Barcelona, I could have never imagined clubbing with my coworkers and boss till 5am, bar hopping all night and greeting the sunrise half-asleep at at the fountain at Placa Reial. While this is all fun and games, at some point it becomes a way of life.

I had never seen so many 26-35 year olds mooching off of friends while working as party promoters to support their party habits, as I have here. In North America, you’re supposed to have your life together by 30, one hundred per cent. In Barcelona, it’s totally possible to stumble from one afterhour to another non-stop for 6 years without a care in the world. If you let yourself get sucked into the party vortex, you’ll lose all purpose. This happened to me for a summer and to my roommate for a few years. I know people who are still trapped in this cycle and love their lives just as they are. Barcelona has room for both 6-am risers and party bohemians who don’t see daylight for weeks at a time. Life here is what you make it.

  1. Expats are prime victims for scammers

As if the world of real estate wasn’t difficult enough to navigate already, there are people who come to the city with the sole purpose of stealing expat money. It happened to me twice. In one of the cases, I girl who lived in my flatshare for a little while asked me to join in on this new place with her through Tecnocasa and even took me to the agency for a tour of the apartment. That’s how elaborate scams can be, involving legitimate institutions and agents. She ended up disappearing right after I sent her my deposit.

The other case was even more bizarre. I used Spotahome to book a room for the summer, trusting that as a respectable European agency they knew what they were doing. Turns out, the landlord they had worked with and deemed as “one of the best,” was using a fake name and at the end of August ran away with the deposits of more than 90 tenants valued at around 60,000 euro. Worst of all was that Spotahome left me pretty much alone to deal with the owner of the apartment who after weeks of me being extremely insistent and refusing to drop the case, gave me my deposit back. That being said, Barcelona is indeed a lot more affordable than Boston or London and you can have a very good quality of life here. Just make sure to document every financial move and research everyone you do business with.

  1. Finding a job is hell

I forgot to mention that while the party vortex and landlord scams were happening, I was also actively job hunting. It took me just about 3 months to find a decent job. The crazy thing is that everyone says: “oh, you’re American-educated and speak fluent Spanish, you’ll literally find a job in a day.” Not true. I tried everything – went around stores with CV in hand, applied online, searched job boards and used apps like Cornerjob to get interviews. None of that worked.
The most I was able to find before securing a stable gig was working as a part-time sales girl at a boutique for 2 weeks and making juice at a local fruiterie for another week.

I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel when I got a call from a recruitment agency I had sent my CV in about two months after I had first contacted them. The recruiter guided me through the hiring process and I finally got my steady paycheck. Though Catalonia is said to have recovered from the economic crisis more or less, finding a job is still tough. If you want to make it in Barcelona, you have to come with some savings and be super active with your search. When you do manage to get a job, life can be very nice as you’ll never have to worry about your next paycheck and you can go and splurge on all the delicacies the city’s restaurants have to offer as well as easily travel around the country.

  1. It’s hard to integrate in Catalan groups

Although you may speak fluent Spanish, your Castellano won’t get you very far in this city. Though locals are friendly and open to conversations, they admit that speaking Catalan is huge when it comes to accepting someone in a friend group. I don’t speak Catalan yet and my interactions with locals go as far as grabbing a few beers after work with my coworkers at 100 Montaditos, lots of who are Catalan. In order to get an “in” with the locals, you should be well-versed in local politics as the push for independence is stronger than ever and express an interest in their language and traditions. Most importantly, give it some time.

 

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  1. Tourism drives us nuts

When you’ve got a city with 1.6 million residents and almost 9 million tourists, problems naturally arise. Yes, Barcelona is gorgeous – from Gaudí’s quirky architecture to the luscious Parc de la CIutadella, Montjuïc’s hiking trails, natural parks and simple, delicious recipes, everyone wants a piece of us. That’s the problem. As much as we’re willing to share our city with visitors, we attract the wrong kind of crowd. One euro beers and clubs that don’t shut until 6am are a breeding ground for party tourism, i.e. drunk dudes screaming and pissing on the streets shirtless while you’re trying to get to work. I woke up to two guys passed out on my doorstep one morning and was kept awake all summer by the 7-am party crowd outside of the Moog in the city center. Lots of tourists fail to see the entire perspective on Barcelona.

We’ve got peaceful, relaxing Montjuïc just 40min away from Plaça de Catalunya. The jaw-dropping views of Montserrat are just an hour out via train. We’ve got Poblenou’s small restaurants and cervecerias, as well as fabulous modern and contemporary art museums. Our food scene is a total melting pot between Ferran Adrià’s revolutionary dishes to Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Greek and local Catalan cuisine. Sadly, a huge number of visitors fails to take advantage of all this because they’re passed out on at the overcrowded Barceloneta all day and waste crazy money on vodka Red Bull at Opium all night. My advice for you when it comes to dealing with tourism is to accept it for what it is and if you live in the center like I do because of the cheap rent, practice meditation and take side streets between June and September until the swarm of visitors scatters around.

This is my Barcelona experience so far. It’s been a huge struggle at times, but living in this vibrant Mediterranean hub is absolutely worth it for me. If you’re considering a move here, make sure to think about both sides of the picture and have a plan in place. Happy travels!

Connect with Dayana:

You can read more about our Bulgarian-Born nomad  Dayana’s Travel Blogger work here

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New York – Feb 26 2017

Pictures by EuroCircle NY Organizer Alexandra Spirer

Join EuroCircle for our Annual Oscar Party at this new hotspot Ainsworth Midtown where we will watch the Oscars on TVs in their private back room. No Cover when you say EuroCircle at the door!   We will start the evening off watching the Red Carpet arrivals starting at 6pm and then watch the Oscars Live!

BEST FOREIGN FILM NOMINEES have a few Europeans on the list:

A Man Called Ove Sweden (Friends who have seen this film said it was really great in its simplicity)
Toni Erdmann  Germany

Dress Code: Dress to Impress

Great drinks and Food will be available for purchase throughout the night!

We will have Oscar Ballots for you to track your favorites throughout the evening! Who do you think will win this year?

Feel free to bring friends the more the merrier!

We look forward to seeing you for a great night out in celebration the Oscars!

Best,

Frank Breuer, Germany
Mitch Kutner, USA
Diana Cristea, Romania
Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team

OCT 2017 – Travel with Sherry to Australia & New Zealand

This year, our gathering takes place down under, as we meet in Sydney to embark on an 13 day tour of both Australia and New Zealand.

Sydney/ Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Queenstown
Tentative Departure Date, Oct 25 2017

http://www.eurocircle.com/euro/eurocircle-travels-to-australia-new-zealand-october-2017/

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Houston – Jan 25 2017

Happy New Year! Come out to celebrate the new year with EuroCircle friends at Cru (Kirby and Westheimer) on Wednesday January 25th. 2017 marks the 18th anniversary for EuroCircle.

Happy hour runs through 6:30pm. Gourmet bites are also available. For more information about wine and bites, please visit Cru’s website at:
www.cruawinebar.com

EuroCircle Houston at Facebook

EUROCIRCLE TRAVELS TO AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND FALL 2017: If you’d like to know more head out to TRIP PAGE

You can also email to Sherry at philadelphia (at) eurocircle.com She is the one organizing this trip.

Using Skype for helping Expats as a Psychologist and Psychotherapist

Being a Finn and marrying a foreigner, a Dane, I have experienced expat life first hand for almost thirty years.  I live in Finland, Denmark and Turkey – for work, love and fun.

I am a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist and organizational consultant, fluent in Finnish, English, Danish and Swedish. I have worked in many European countries, Australia and China. Currently I also specialize in working with individual clients internationally using Skype.

Skype Psychotherapy

In response to my Facebook advertisement, Skype Therapy For Expats, I am often asked, “Are expats more healthy and more balanced than others – or the opposite?”

It is a difficult question. We live in a mobile world, situations differ: some people move from something and some leave for something, some perhaps both. We are all vulnerable, and also strong, which leads me to think:

Who can succeed and live happily as an expat:

  • One who knows who he/she is
  • Dares to take risks and tolerates uncertainty
  • Is curious, willing to learn, face reality and integrate
  • Keeps contact with loved ones: in the beginning with those who they left behind but later also includes new acquaintances and friends

In a nutshell: strong sense of identity, willingness to change and eagerness to learn!

Who is searching for my help?

Often people who are self-aware and have the courage to be open enough to talk with a professional person, a neutral outsider, who might have a different perspective to offer, when they are dealing with difficult life issues.

Who should not be treated in Skype? For example, a person suffering from a serious mental illness needing constant,  face-to-face medical and psychological treatment.

When do people contact me?

When dealing with all sorts of changes in life, whether the  changes come from expat life, leaving their country and network – or just going through a normal life crisis such as starting or ending a relationship, a new work situation, stress, bullying, co-dependency/independence, depression, sorrow etc.  Things that affect most people at different points in their lives.

What do I believe in?

Life is a risky, sometimes painful, sometimes wonderful adventure. My purpose is to help people search for and keep the joy of life, where ever they are.

Pirkko Hurme

HOW TO CONNECT WITH PIRKKO HURME

http://www.pirkkohurme.com
Skype ID: pirkkohurme

New York – Jan 31 2017

Join EuroCircle and Jetzy – The Latest Travel Lifestyle Brand for our Pre-Fashion Week Party

Come out for a fun night out as we celebrate fashion week early at this downtown hotspot. No Cover when you say EuroCircle at the door.

Great drink specials!

DJ Ramo will be spinning great tunes for us all night long so bring your dancing shoes and get ready for a fun evening out!

Dress Code: Fashionable

Featured Hosts:

Tanya Angelova, Bulgaria
DJ Ramo, Turkey
Shama Zehra, Jetzy

Jetzy is a global social network of people who have a passion for travel and active/social lifestyle. On Jetzy app you can connect with people real time by location and interests (foodies can connect with foodies, hikers with hikers, golfers with golfers, etc). Check out Jetzy here
http://bit.ly/downloadjetzy

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Best,

Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team

Los Angeles – Jan 26 2017

NOTE: This event is NOT organized by EuroCircle. However, we would love our members to take advantage of cultural European events like this as a group. Just planning how do you find each other there. Eila is planning to be there. You need to get your ticket via eventbrite (below) but to find each other please RSVP also at EuroCircle.com

GET YOUR FREE TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE

Join The French at Bergamot Station for a 7-hour marathon of debates, live performances, readings, art installations, screenings and music.
Featuring leading thinkers and artists from around the world, this thought-provoking platform will explore the notion of UTOPIA(S), past, present and future from across the fields of knowledge. There will be food, drinks & music! (dance, music, film screenings…).

This event will take place in 40 cities simultaneously around the theme “A World in Common”. Be part of the movement!
[FREE EVENT/ ALL SESSIONS IN ENGLISH]

Speakers

Achille Mbembe, Philosophie & sciences politiques, Camerounais
Yuval Sharon, Musique et opéra, Américain
Laure Murat, Histoire, Française
Bruce Bégout, Philosophie, Français
Christopher Hawtorne, Architecture, Américain
Henry Jenkins, Nouveaux médias, Américain
Andrew Berardini, Arts visuels (critique), Américain
Kenneth Reinhard, Littérature, Américain
Michaël Roukes, Physique et nanosciences, Américain
Sandra Laugier, Philosophie, Française
Céline Spector, Philosophie politique, Française

The event will take place in a key institution of the city: Bergamot Station, a consortium of 32 art galleries which will allow audiences to freely move between the debate sessions and the artistic performances. The event will bring together French and American thinkers from universities, research institutions and civil society, showing the impressive intellectual dynamism of the city as well as the depth of the Franco-American dialogue in Southern Calif

Join Institut Français at Bergamot Station Arts Center for a 7-hour marathon of debates, live performances, readings, art installations, screenings and music.

This event is coordinated worldwide by the Institut Français and will take place in 40 cities simultaneously around the theme “A World in Common”. Be part of the movement!

The Night of Ideas
by Cultural Services of the Consulate of France in Los Angeles

GET YOUR FREE TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE

Austin – Jan 11 2017

Photos snapped by Esther Angelou

The very first event took place on January 11 1999 in NYC, you can check the event photos NEW YORK event page from the City Hall restaurant.

If you are not a member yet, you can REGISTER very quickly and easily if you are logged in at Facebook or Twitter…just go to register and follow the simple steps HERE  

PLEASE login to read all details!!
Once you are registered don’t forget to check out the event details and sign up if you plan to come.

Check out some photos HERE from this stunning new space in Austin.
Kelon Bryant, who was Justine’s Brasserie’s head bartender, and worked at the Continental Club before that planned their cocktail menu. The bar food, like fish and chips, burgers with duck fat fries, Scottish eggs, and more, will be prepared with executive chef Jim Tripi’s team.
Co-owners John Scott and Eddy Patterson purchased the actual bar in NYC from the shuttered drinking spot back in 2006. The bar had been sitting in storage until last year.

Austin Cronicle story about Eberly