As you know each year I plan the annual Eurocircle Adventure Around the World. This year's official Eurocircle trip will take us to Australia & New Zealand, and you can view the itinerary on our home page.
However, this year I invite all my Eurocircle friends on a trip to my home country Serbia, and a journey through it's neighbors Montenegro & Croatia. The trip is a fundraiser for a non-profit for which I am a board member. The trip kicks off with a private reception at Beli Dvor (The Royal Palace of Serbia), and meeting our gracious hosts HRH Prince Alexander and HRH Princess Katherine. Here are some scenes from the 2016 reception.
There are 2 options for your visit.
Option #1 is just the reception at the Royal Palace. It does not include accommodations or the 3 country, 7 day itinerary. You can make your own travel arrangements.
Option #2 is the full journey including the reception at the Royal Palace AND full accommodations while we tour Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro.
To book or place a deposit, please contact me via email: philadelphia at eurocircle dot com. All Eurocircle members are welcome, but if you have never traveled with us, we should arrange for a phone call.
Our traveler FB page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/993595657419372/
Photos from last year's Royal reception: https://www.facebook.com/sherry.kumar.3/media_set?set=a.10209512864835446.1141323297&type=3
The BHFF is now accepting film entries; the final deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017.
New York City, September 2016 - The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) is back for another edition of breathtaking films and good cheer! The BHFF is to be held April 13-15, 2017 at the SVA Theatre in NYC. The BHFF is the annual event honors innovative filmmakers with roots in Bosnia-Herzegovina, while exploring the diversity of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian people and their experiences.
THE 14TH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFF™) WILL TAKE PLACE IN APRIL 2017 IN NEW YORK CITY
Submit Your Film
The BHFF programming team will consider features, shorts, documentaries, and animated films by Bosnian-Herzegovinian filmmakers and films that have Bosnia-Herzegovina as their theme. Films Eligible for Consideration by BHFF are:
1. Films directed or co-directed by a Bosnian-Herzegovinian film director either residing or stemming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, or
2. Films produced or co-produced by a Bosnian-Herzegovinian film production company based in Bosnia and Herzegovina, or
3. Films by any filmmakers, directors or production companies that have Bosnia and Herzegovina as the film's subject or that relate closely to Bosnian-Herzegovinian socio-economic, cultural and historical issues, and
4. Films complying with at least one point above and produced in 2015, 2016 or 2017
Films selected to screen at the 14th annual BHFF are eligible to win a number of honors, including the Golden Apple audience award. Films previously screened at the BHFF have won awards around the world, including at the Cannes Film Festival in France and the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.
For more information about the submission process please find at our website at www.bhffnyc.org/submit-your-film or enter the film submission form below.
Austin’s Coffee/Wine Bar and Innovative Travel Agency
Invite You to Explore the World: Intriguing Iran
Experts and those recently returned from this alluring country will share information and answer questions
When: Tuesday, January 17, 2017
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Departure Lounge
311 West 5th Street (Guadalupe and W. 5th)
Appetizers and Sweets provided by Ambercrombie & Kent
Happy Hour Pricing on Glasses of Wine
RSVP Requested – firstname.lastname@example.org 512-215-0140
This post reflects my personal opinion and these posts are shared with my private women's group The Goddess Principles. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.
Posted on January 4, 2017 by TheGoddessPrinciples.Net
Today’s post was inspired by a video one of my fellow Goddesses posted in our private Facebook group. If you are a woman who can handle opinions drastically different than her own, without judgment or vitriol, and would love to join our open discussions, please check out the group’s rules, and join.
It has always been my opinion that women compromise way too much in relationships, and thus compromise away their integrity and their self-respect. When I speak about this particular subject, the men who read my posts (65% of my blog readers are men), agree with my opinion almost a 100%. It is usually the women who make a heated argument FOR compromise, as a way to keep a relationship healthy and moving forward.
So, Eartha’s interview is really close to my heart for several reasons. For one, it truly reflects my own attitude, and also, it is the key to my being a Goddess, and my dating and relationship success. This is the one lesson I always have trouble getting through women’s heads, but is truly at the core of who a Goddess is.
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Facebook Public Group: https://www.facebook.com/thegoddessprinciples/?fref=ts
KICKING-OFF 2017 WITH K2!
MYSTIC K2 PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
EXHIBITION OPENING - JANUARY 10, 7PM in the Gallery
LECTURE, SCREENING AND Q&A with members of the USA International K2 Expedition JANUARY 12, 7PM in the Cinema RSVP
An exhibition of breathtaking photography by Czech scientist and photographer Petr Jan Juračka. Accompanied by a one night special event.
Petr Jan Juračka & Czech expert climber Klára Kolouchová present a 24 minute stunning short documentary film about their epic climb of K2 in Pakistan, the second highest mountain in the world, as well as a photography presentation and Q&A detailing their expedition to the dangerous and legendary peak. Using drone photography, Juračka captured never before seen images of the beautiful and serene landscape, and earned the Guiness Book of World Records record for flying a drone at the highest altitude.
As 2016 draws to a close, the upgraded Consulate General of Sweden in New York has now been up and running for a full year!
The transition from an honorary Consulate to a full diplomatic mission meant a lot of hard and diligent work from my brilliant, dedicated staff, and I’m happy to say that we now have passed the most critical phase and have been able to ramp up our services, as well as our work to promote and represent Sweden. Did you know, for example, that the Consulate now is accepting passport applications three days a week, and that the district we serve has expanded from the Tri-State area to nine states in northeastern U.S.?
While providing first-class services to the Swedish community, we've also coordinated, supported and promoted many Swedish events such as exhibitions, film screenings, concerts, performances and seminars, and worked determinedly to foster growth for Swedish companies. To keep up with our work and learn about upcoming events, we recommend that you join us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram.
With this note, I would like to thank you for this past year - it has been wonderful working with you, and we look forward to even more exciting ventures in 2017.
My best wishes for a relaxing holiday and happy new year!
EuroCircle's Views of Hope: Party with a Purpose
The NOISE Group, Peace 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 email@example.com will receive free admission. After that please buy tickets here: http://bit.ly/ecpwp
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 .
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
Alexandra and the EuroCircle New York Team
Join EuroCircle for our Annual New Year's Eve Party @ Cabanas at the Maritime Hotel
This is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased here: http://www.eurocirclenewyears.com
Where: Cabanas at the Maritime Hotel
88 9th Avenue
New York, NY
Time: 9pm - 2am
Boriana Pavlova, Bulgaria
Marija Karkov, Serbia
Ahmet Bodur, Turkey
Natalie Kotroutsos, Greece
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, so you can 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.
Scandinavian Spaces is recruiting a Sales Assistant for their Austin showroom with start as soon as possible. Please help share in your network. If you know a candidate that might be interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scandinavian Spaces is a Swedish family-owned company with showrooms in Austin and New York, serving customers across the US and Canada. Scandinavian Spaces represents 12 partner brands, providing contract furniture and interior solutions. The collection emphasizes high-quality design, ergonomics and sustainability.
We are looking for a full-time Sales Assistant for our Austin showroom that can help our sales team with various sales related tasks and projects. Among other tasks this includes creating quotes and following up with customers and manufacturers.
More about them http://www.eurocircle.com/euro/scandinavian-design-company-enters-austin/
Before I forget, just before I took off from JFK to Eurocircle's Trip to Argentina, my Instagram account got hacked. You can no longer follow me on @eurocircle_sherry as a bad, bad girl from Russia now owns that account. Lesson learned, don't log into the free wifi connection at Wingtips Lounge at JFK. After much arguing with Insta's incompetent security team, who repeatedly kept sending my new password to the hacker's new email account, I finally gave up and opened a new Instagram. You can now follow me and all Eurocrcle Travels at: https://www.instagram.com/fox._on_the_road/ This time, I promise to take better photos, and only use my own internet connection.
Since Argentina, I had been planning to take it easy and recover my expanded waistline that grew a few sizes after eating too much Argentine steak. I wasn't planning to travel until 2017, but an irresistible opportunity presented itself. My sister received a last minute work assignment in Tokyo, and since I rarely get to hang out with my sis, I take every opportunity to meet her on the road. My Thanksgiving consisted of a delicious approximation of roast turkey, and congealed stuffing only Japanese Airlines could serve up, but I was happy to escape the city and the annual Turkey Day Parade for a few days in Japan.
Really, boarding a 20 hour flight just to visit Tokyo for a few days is crazy. I would never advise someone to do it. But, my sister always gets treated to the best hotels in town, and comped pretty much everything, so a long weekend in the city seemed totally worth it. This was my second time in the city, and though things have changed, I'd say that Tokyo is still one of the most confusing towns on earth. So, this post won't be a listing of where to stay and what to eat, but really about how to get around without getting lost.
The city has a super-efficient subway system that is spotlessly clean, timely and high tech. But trying to get from point A to Point B in one go, can be a challenge. Yes, I got off at the wrong stop a few times, because even though some subway signs are now written in the Latin alphabet to aid confused tourists like me, be prepared, you will get off at the wrong stop anyway. Though they are super friendly, the locals are not proficient in English.
My first attempt was to get into a subway somewhere near Idibashi station near our hotel. A nice person had to help me buy a ticket because Ughh, the machines don't speak English :). Luckily, I didn't have to stare at the map for long, because a local, noticing a confused tourist walked up to me and offered to guide me to the correct train. What was even nicer is that he actually stood there on the platform with me to make sure that I stand right there on the lit up box on the ground, to make sure that I don't move and miss the train. You can see how a tourist who is used to the dingy NYC and Philly subways may not know about the appropriate box to stand in, in order to get a subway train to stop. He then insisted on boarding the train with me. For a sec I thought that was weird, but umm, okay I think I can figure out the rest on my own. Not really. He didn't speak a word of English, but was careful to count the stops out loud for me. I am glad he did, because I really didn't understand the conductor's announcements. He then pointed me out the door, waived goodbye, as I got off the train and exited the station.
Guess what happened next? Unable to read the signs, I had no idea I was actually at the wrong station in the wrong part of town. But I guess the polite Japanese guy realized he dropped me off at the wrong station, because 10 minutes later, he ran up behind me in the street, looking all upset. I think he apologized profusely in Japanese for a hundred times, before I understood that he wanted me to follow him back into the station. This time, he made no mistakes, he actually held my arm the entire time, escorted me out of the correct station, and planted me right in front of the Imperial Palace.
If you don't like getting lost, don't get into a Japanese subway. Book a city tour, or hire a guide instead. Luckily, I love to explore, and for me, getting lost is what makes the experience.
The other piece of unrelated advice is to skip the shopping. At 5'4" I am too big for Japan. They literally have no clothes in my size. Walking through a department store in the Ginza shopping district, I caught many sales girls giggling, because I looked like a giant making my way through the department store, asking for size extra small, and being given size Giant with an uncomfortable smile. No thanks. If you are serious about shopping in an upscale department store, remember not to touch anything with your hands. Always ask a sales person for help or to see the item. They really frown upon touching the merchandise with one's hands, as that might soil the clothing. The sales girls wear white gloves as they handle the clothes, and have a panic attack if you lay a finger on anything.
Good restaurants are everywhere, so there's no point in listing them here. Before you go, study the tourist websites to get an idea of how to get around the city. Even with a map, I still had a hard time getting around on foot, and I was born with a compass in my head. If you want some pics, check out my new Instagram, and give me a follow: https://www.instagram.com/fox._on_the_road/
Rumi Awards, a transformation agent for “Ancient Vision with Modern View”, is based on the thoughts of the 13th-century poet, jurist, theologian and the progressive mystic "Rumi". The Rumi Awards family promotes love to the world community through a universal theme focused on the principles of humanism, arts, literature, fashion, music, sports, dance and love itself.
They are offering our members a 30% discount
umi Awards family has produced seven world class awards shows with high quality & standard that have captured the attention of world's largest news organizations including BBC & Deutsche Welle among others and excited millions of social media fans in over 50 countries since its launch in less than 3 years. The core principles of Rumi and the high quality & standard that reflect from Rumi Awards events are the capacity which has translated Rumi Awards’ vision into reality of over Half Million lovers.
On December 22nd and 23rd, 2016, a record of over 300 music/dance artists, fashion models & designers, pageants, hosts, presenters and media professionals from around the globe will appear on an elegant stage that "Madonna" once performed in.
The Bay Area was specifically chosen as the host site because it is the capital of the world's multicultural communities and center of global cutting edge technologies, arts and creativity.
The Rumi Awards will make history by bringing the artists, fashion models and talents of over 100 countries under one roof in one of the most classic and elegant venues in the San Francisco.
The Romanian American Chamber of Commerce
You are invited, Please join us,
Please join us at The Harvard Club of New York on Saturday December 17 for our Annual Gala Dinner event.
See attached invitation.
The most prestigious gathering of business leaders, guests and dignitaries from Romania.
With special guest of honor
Dr. Vasile Dancu, Vice Prime Minister Of Romania & University Professor
The event provides the opportunity to network during the pre-reception, dessert and dance party.
Join us as we honor and pays tribute to the year’s honoree who made an essential contribution to the Romanian American Community, and is grateful for the opportunities he received in America as well as the Romanian heritage that he holds.
Guests will enjoy an evening of fun, delicious food, and entertainment.
RSVP before Dec.9, 2017. Space is limited.
Please make checks payable to
The Romanian American Chamber of Commerce
and mail to:
391 Concord Ave. Bronx, NY 10454
Please call me for credit card payments.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
at the 11th MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema
December 1-8 at the Jacob Burns Film Center
Here comes again a new December edition of the Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema festival, right in the middle of the awards season. Cristi Puiu's SIERANEVADA is Romania's proposal for the Oscars this year, but Making Waves 2016 brings more nominations in selective categories, for your consideration:
Best Moral Dilemma: Graduation
Best Controversy: Illegitimate
Best Family-reunion-gone-wrong: Sieranevada
Best Balkan-flavored Western & Best Villain: Dogs
Best Medical-care-gone-wrong: Scarred Hearts
Best Laughs: Two Lottery Tickets
Best Female Ensemble: United States of Love
Best Theater Manager: Cinema, Mon Amour
Best Dance Scene: A Night in Tokoriki
Decide for yourselves if they deserve these alternative awards! Watch the festival trailer andvisit our website to learn more about these strong contenders and to purchase your tickets.
The 11th edition of MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema is presented by the Romanian Film Initiative in partnership with the Jacob Burns Film Centre, with the leading support of The Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Filmmakers Union of Romania, and HBO Romania, along with generous contributions from our community of grassroot supporters.
Screenings take place at the Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, NY 10570 (easily reachable by Metro-North Harlem Line train)
Reimagining possibility: one man’s crusade to bring scifi and inspire scientific and technological innovation in the Arab World
Saudi writer, publisher, and tech whiz Yasser Bahjatt will explore the social and creative role of science fiction in the Arab World and its potential to transform at two events and a book reading in Austin on 8-9 December.
GlobalAustin is delighted to welcome Yasser Bahjatt to Austin on December 8 and 9. He will explore the social and creative role of science fiction in the Arab World and its potential to transform at three events.
“Legend of the Imaginary: Science Fiction as the Starting Point for Reality”
Thursday, December 8, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – The University of Texas Club,
2108 Robert Dedman Drive –
REGISTRATION REQUIRED - scifi-innovation-ut.eventbrite.com –
The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.
Parking is available at the Manor Garage, across the street from the UT Club, $3 per hour
Book Reading from Yasser Bahjatt's 2015 Sci-Fi novel Yaqteenya: The Old World
Thursday, December 8, 7 – 9 p.m. – Malvern Books
613 W. 29th Street
Registration requested but not required - the-old-world-TX.eventbrite.com
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Parking is available in the Malvern Books parking lot or in Breed’s parking lot after 7 p.m.
A Conversation with Entrepreneurs/Innovators
Friday, December 9, 10 a.m. – noon – Capital Factory,
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1600
Registration is requested but not required – scifi-innovation-cf.eventbrite.com
The event is free and open to the public. Coffee and pastries will be served
Yasser Bahjatt is a US-born author, translator, software developer, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Yatakhayaloon: The League of Arabic SciFiers as well as the co-founder of ARIA (Autonomous Roadless Intelligent Array) Logistics. He holds a BA in Computer Engineering, completed Cambridge University’s MOSAIC leadership and management program in the United Kingdom, and was the first Saudi graduate of Singularity University (SU) in Silicon Valley, CA, where he founded Matternet, a project which aims to alleviate poverty and accelerate growth through roadless transportation networks. Bahjatt manages business development at Quad Dimensions Tech, owns and manages E2T (the leading eSports company of Saudi Arabia) and data networking provider Intelligent Networks’ Components (INC, Saudi Arabia’s first local internet gaming service), and promotes innovations in eSports by serving as president of the Electronic Sports International Federation (eSIF). Bahjatt was the first to translate TED talks into Arabic; he translates for TED conferences worldwide. He is the author of Yaqteena: The Old World (2015), the first installment and English translation of his SciFi novel series, which explore an alternate historical timeline in which major historical events left Islamic society untouched. Bahjatt co-authored and translated the Saudi Arabia best-selling novel HWJN.
Event - Yasser - Flyer UT Club.pdf
Holiday on the Hudson is our annual tree lighting party. Come celebrate the season with live music, dancing, and tree decoration making.
Throughout the night we have hot chocolate and tree decorating activities for all. While supplies last. Please bring your own reusable mug
Featuring performances by the Harlem Swing Dance Society and Barnard Bacchante. More information is available on their website.
Saturday, December 10, 4:30 - 6:30 PM (with tree lighting at 5:30 PM) 125th & Marginal Streets
Summer on the Hudson, Riverside Park Conserva
Join us in celebration of a Polish Christmas: kolędy i pastoralki with Opłatek.
Polish dishes by Apolonia Catering will be served and ŚWIĘTY MIKOŁAJ will pay a visit to the children.
Polish Children’s Book Fair ( If you would like to donate Polish children’s books, please contact Magda Boudni at 512-586-1104)
Due to a limited seating this event is PRE REGISTRATION ONLY !!!
Please, use this Christmas Registration
WHAT: Polish Christmas Foods, Oplatek and St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) with gifts for children. WHEN: Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 4pm – 7pm WHERE: University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio ST., Austin TX 78705
Parking is free in the CO-OP Garage across the street; bring in your ticket for validation.
APS MEMBER $20
KIDS under 10 –FREE
Contact: Angelika at 830-385-5389 or email@example.com
WHAT: Drowsiness / Senność, 2008, English subtitles, drama, 105 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, November 6 at 3:30pm
Director: Magdalena Piekorz
Screenwriter: Wojciech Kuczok
Cinematography: Marcin Koszałka
Music: Adrian Konarski
Cast: Małgorzata Kożuchowska, Michał Żebrowski, Rafał Maćkowiak,Bartosz Obuchowicz, Krzysztof Zawadzki, Joanna Pierzak.
This is how Magdalena Piekorz presents her film in an interview (available in the distributor’s materials):
” ‘Drowsiness’ is a story about people who realize at some point in their lives that they are shouldering a burden, a cross, which is weighing down on them too much. They feel at a dead end, but meeting others with similar problems makes them look differently at reality and decide to change something. The film has three main characters – Róża who suffers from narcolepsy and suspects her husband of cheating on her, Robert who is a writer and realizes that the relationship he’s been in for many years is an unfulfilling one, and the family into which he has married is completely different mentally from him – they are hard to live with and oppressive. There’s also the story of Adam who, though he has very good relations with his parents – simple people – decides to leave his family home and move to the city. First and foremost, though, he discovers his identity, his real self, and takes the first serious step towards being true to himself. And this is what the film is about – that it’s worth being true to yourself in life. The sooner you start acting in accordance with your own conscience and morals, instead of acting against them, the easier it becomes to achieve genuine happiness.”
About Austin Polish Society
The first official NY event took place on Monday, Jan 11 1999 at City Hall Restaurant;s Rose Room in Tribeca.
After that we had had hundreds of events in NYC over the years. Some are still not transferred to the current website. Last nite we transferred several of them though
If you'd like to see photos from 2006 anniversary party at the Hungarian Consulate, check out http://www.eurocircle.com/euro/new-york-jan-27-2006/
Check out for more event photos at the New York Page
Join us for the APS annual gathering by a camp fire.
Brush up on your repertoire of songs that go well with sausages on a stick, fun, and good company!
Bring Family and Friends. Everyone is welcome!
WHERE: Camp Ben McCullogh, 18301 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619 across from Salt Lick. BBQ. WHEN: Saturday, November 5th, 4:30pm – 10:30pm WHAT: Sing, grill sausages on a stick, enjoy nature and camaraderie in the Hill Country. Possibility of camping on site. BYOB.
COST: $8 member / $10 non-member. Children 12 and below – FREE
Ania Bielecka 512-897-0125
Angelika Firlej, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 830-385-5389.
BRING: Family and Friends, dish to share, guitar or other musical instrument, folding chair or blanket, flashlight, a stick for sausages. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
Event is subject to weather.
We are back!
Eurocircle’s sixth annual adventure has concluded in the wet and wild Iguassu Falls, so needless to say, our annual photo which we always take dressed in white was replaced with a photo of us drenched and shivering amidst some of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.
But, our trip actually began in the chic and sophisticated city of Buenos Aires. We met up at the hotel, and quickly started exploring the city’s sprawling boulevards, classical architecture, and of course looking for food. Needless to say, all travelers arrived with a wishlist of the city’s restaurants they wanted to sample. Though not a foodie, I went a long with most of their suggestions.
As you already know, steak is a basic food staple in Argentina. I heard someone mention that an average person consumes 700 lbs of beef per year, which is much more steak than I can tolerate. Luckily, there is no shortage of fine wine to keep spirits high. Alana and Niall quickly discovered an excellent restaurant located in an old mansion, called Milion. I won’t review it because I have asked each of them to write a review of all the amazing things we tasted on the road. The city is full of world class restaurants, shopping and museums. We spent an afternoon inside it’s Museum of Modern Art in its San Telmo district. Though the building is small, the collection is impressive. You’ll find plenty of treasures from the pre-Renaissance to post-modern, even a lot of local artists I had never heard of. If I return to BA, this will be the first place I would visit.
From BA, we flew into San Juan, a dusty desert runway with a makeshift tent serving as its arrivals terminal. Mendoza’s airport was shut down for repairs, so we landed here, then bussed into the small town of Mendoza. Though much quieter and less bustling than Buenos Aires, the town is full of BBQ, beer pubs, and sprawling public parks. It is surrounded by hundreds of vineyards, and if you love wine, you could easily spend a week here.
Just like Napa, I noticed a new trend that is taking over the region. Olives are grown here, and many local tour companies offer tastings and visits to Olive growers. We visited three beautiful vineyards and wineries, tasted, no drank, way too much wine, then spent an afternoon lounging in the grass of a beautiful vineyard with a tasty lunch prepared by a French chef and of course, more wine. I have to admit, I am not a big fan of Malbec, but I was very much in love with the only grape native to Argentina, the Torrontes. It is a white, funky wine with a very perfumy scent, so while others were gulping neverending servings of red, I was hugging my Torrontes bottle, not wanting to let go.
Finally, we took a long, long flight to the opposite side of the country. We landed into the center of a rain forest, into the town of Iguassu, which sits directly on the border of Brazil. This was a completely different climate, and a drastically different experience. Buenos Aires is a bustling city on the Atlantic Ocean, Mendoza, a dusty desert at the foot of the Andes, and now we were in the middle of a jungle, looking for the falls which are a wonder of the world. This town is small, with very little in terms of commercialism. The restaurants are good, the wine exceptional, but there isn’t much to do. Everyone is here for the falls.
Here is a tip, that you should take into consideration. Though I had visited all the big falls around the world, most recently Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, I was not prepared for how wet I was going to get. The Argentine side of Iguassu Falls is drastically different from the Brazilian side where people watch the falls from a terrace across the border. On the Argentine side, you not only will get wet, you will be drenched from head to toe, and there is no way to avoid it. This is because you view the falls only a few inches above the current and only a foot away from the actual waterfall. The area is covered by miles of narrow footbridges that scale the sides of the mountain and take you directly over and under the fall.
The first thing that happened here is that I lost my camera. The spray from the falls is so powerful that my big camera could not handle the moisture. It decided to shut itself off 3 minutes into this excursion. So advice #1, bring a waterproof camera, and advice #2, leave your expensive equipment at home. Trust me, it won’t survive here. Advice #3, is when they say waterproof in the guide books, you should plan to be completely drenched despite your waterproof gear. A poncho, though advised, is totally useless here. Advice #4, is bring a complete set of clothes to change into, as the trip back to the hotel is long, and sitting in wet undies for hours is not pleasant.
Nevertheless, Iguassu Falls are a spectacular site. Though not as tall as Victoria Falls, you will get very close to them, so you will experience the force and the power of the falls like nowhere else in the world.
For complete photos, please check out my Flickr photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/84030770@N02/albums/72157671561544324
and if you would like to travel with Eurocircle on our next trip to Australia and New Zeland in the fall of 2017, please email me. email@example.com
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THURSDAY, OCT 13
Introduction by Sarah Jane Murray
Bus/ Autobus (4')
These Daughters of mine/ Moje Córki Krowy (88'), comedy/drama
Q&A with a director Kinga Dębska and a producer Zbigniew Domagalski moderated by Sarah Jane Murray
FRIDAY, OCT 14
Reception with live music by Sophie Ayer and Polish food by Apolonia Catering
Introduction by Sarah Jane Murray
Chemo/ Chemia (104'), comedy/drama
Q&A with guest actress Agnieszka Żulewska moderated by Sarah Jane Murray
SATURDAY, OCT 15
International Short Film Competition: Award ceremony and screening of best jury selections – presented by Sarah Jane Murray.
On Re-Appropriating Cultural Memory - A programme of films by Kamila Kuc:
I think you should come to America
Q&A with a filmmaker Kamila Kuc moderated by Zbigniew Banaś
Introduction by Zbigniew Banaś
Planet Single/ Planeta Singli (129'), romance/comedy
Introduction by Elliott Nowacky
Karbala (104'), war drama
Q&A with Elliott Nowacky, UT CREEES moderated by Zbigniew Banaś
Introduction by Zbigniew Banaś
11 minutes/11 minut (82'), drama/thriller
SUNDAY, OCT 16
12:00 pm (Annex)
short cartoons - variety
Inside Out/ W głowie się nie mieści (94'), animated/comedy (Polish dubbing)
12:00 pm (Main Theater)
Strange Heaven/ Obce Niebo (107'), drama/ thriller
Introduction by Zbigniew Banaś
Strong Coffee isn't that bad/ Mocna kawa wcale nie jest zła (49'), drama/comedy
Q&A with a director Aleksander Pietrzak moderated by Zbigniew Banaś
Generations/ Pokolenia (104'), documentary drama
Q&A with a director Janusz Zaorski moderated by Zbigniew Banaś
Introduction by Chale Nafus, AFS
The Eccentrics. The Sunny side of the street./ Excentrycy, czyli po słonecznej stronie ulicy. (112') comedy/musical
Polish Film Poster exhibit
Enjoy the free entry to the exhibit of the amazing art of Polish Film Poster throughout the duration of the festival.
Posters will be displayed in the Annex of AFS Cinema, the festival venue.
APFF supports and enjoys partnership with other cultural organizations in Austin. We hope you attend these interesting events presented by our community partners!
Wednesday, October 12th at 7:30pm
Polish Avant Garde Cinema: STRUCTURES OF THE ABSURD GrayDUCK Gallery
2213 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Experimental Response Cinema welcomes Polish filmmaker Kamila Kuc, who will present a program of short avant garde films from Poland. The program is a selection of the historical and recent works of two leading Polish experimental filmmakers and conceptual artists, Józef Robakowski and Marcin Mierzicki. Their films deal largely with the constructed nature of the cinematic image and the role of performance within it. Both filmmakers’ favor simple, DIY methods of filmmaking. The necessity for both filmmakers to free themselves from narrative structures, as well as their attention to absurd in the everyday, are the guiding principles of this program. For details please follow the LINK.
Monday, October 17th at 4pm
College of Liberal Arts, UT Austin
The Center of Russian , East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) presents the screening of a docudrama “Generations” (Pokolenia), a full-length docudrama made for the anniversary of the renowned Feature Film Studio in Wroclaw, Poland (Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych we Wrocławiu). It is a story of contemporary Poland told using fragments of works created at the studio. Out of the 450 titles made in Wrocław, Zaorski chose almost fifty. Their fragments, starting with Oscar lifetime achievement award winner Andrzej Wajda’s film “A Generation” (Pokolenie), through the films by Sylwester Chęciński, Wojciech Jerzy Has, Kazimierz Kutz, Roman Polański, Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Wojciech Marczewski, Krzysztof Zanussi and many others, form a story about Poles starting from Nazi occupation through the elections of 1989. They include the period of Stalinist terror, “our little stabilization”, March 1968, unfulfilled expectations of the Gierek era, when martial law was enacted in 1981, and the roundtable negotiations of 1989. The film's narrator is renowned Polish actor from the 1950s, Zbyszek Cybulski, who guides us around the contemporary film studio and city of Wroclaw.
The director, Janusz Zaorski, will introduce the film and answer questions after. Janusz Zaorski is a Polish film director, scenarist and actor, representative of the "cinema of moral concern" movement (kino moralnego niepokoju) in Polish cinema.
Saturday, November 5th at 4pm
Regal Arbor Cinema, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, Texas
Screening of Raise the Roof (85') part of the Austin Jewish Film Festival
Regal Arbor Cinema, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TexasRivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown to embark on a 10-year pursuit—to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue. More than 200 of these unique wooden synagogues dotted the countryside, until the Nazis burned every last one to the ground. Though neither Jewish nor Polish, the Browns mastermind a remarkable effort to rebuild this architectural wonder. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries and employing period hand tools and artisanal techniques, the Browns and their team set about recreating the synagogue’s timber-framed roof and intricate mural designs. Despite seemingly impossible deadlines, hammering downpours and exhaustion, a profound relic slowly rises from the ashes. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world.
Saturday, November 5th at 9:00 pm
Regal Arbor Cinema, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, Texas
Screening of A Grain of Truth (110') part of the Austin Jewish Film Festival
In this gripping, fast-paced mystery thriller adapted from a bestselling Polish novel by Zygmunt Miloszewski, a rapid succession of grotesque murders would seem to implicate a town’s vulnerable Jewish community in a modern-day blood libel. Once assigned to the case, a police investigator stubbornly refuses to succumb to anti-Semitic pressures from both the media and the public and instead races to identify the real culprit. As he finally discovers, the true circumstances behind the crimes were set in motion many decades earlier, in the shadows of the Holocaust.
Thursday, November 10th at 7pm
Regal Arbor Cinema, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, Texas
Screening of Bogdan's Journey (90') part of the Austin Jewish Film Festival
Bogdan’s life work has been devoted to building trust and understanding in one town, Kielce! The film “Bogdan’s Journey” tells his story and that of Poles he invites into the effort of reconciliation.” Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, Executive Director of Jewish Renewal in Poland.
Tickets & Venue & Info
Full access Pass $55-sold online and at the door
Reception night ticket: $25 -sold online and at the door
Single movie ticket: $14- sold at the door only
Student Single ticket $12- sold at the door only
Main festival events on October 13th-16th take place at the AFS Cinema& Hall (Marchesa)
6406 N I H 35 #3100, Austin, TX 78752
Detailed schedule and ticket availability is subject to change