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Dear Maisons Laffitte International community,

We hope that you are all doing well and that you have the time and the energy to enjoy some of our virtual events during our second lockdown. For our upcoming events, please check out the overview below and don't forget to register on our website: 

http://www.maisonslaffitteinternational.com.

 
We would like to take this opportunity to highlight one of our upcoming events. On the evening of the 25th of November, we have scheduled a casual and informal conversation with members of the Conseil Municipal, who are in charge of the relations with the international community. The objective of this constructive exchange is to take a look at what the Municipality can do to improve the local experience of the expat community and answer questions related to this topic. The representatives speak English and there will be time to ask questions. Even if you can not attend, we encourage everyone to send in any questions, latest by Sunday the 22nd of November, to our email address: 
maisons.laffitte.international@gmail.com.

Finally, we want to announce that you will receive a survey from us soon. The results of this short survey will help us better understand our members' expectations. Please take the time to complete it, your input is important! 

Stay safe and hope to see you very soon again, 

The MLI board
Serap ATAN, Robin BROMAGE, Eelko DE VRIES, Claudia DISCO, 
Timea DORGAI, Kathrin GÖVERT,  Nicoleta MUNTEANU and
Barbara NOVOSEL 
While we could 

After the summer break, we still had the opportunity to organize some nice events before the lockdown arrived. Mainly on the fresh air, with our masks on when needed, we had a great time together. Ever since the French authorities announced the confinement, all MLI's events are happening online. 
Fun facts about MLI members 

For those who like numbers, we have prepared some statistics. As of 1st of November, MLI has 197 members from 38 different countries, with a majority of 38% French and 36% other European nationalities.
Buy local and keep the economy of our town going!

Birte Berté (founder of Autour de Toi) and Cyrille Prunet joined forces to build a free platform to support and offer visibility to our local shops, businesses and artists. Find all the offers here: https://www.commerces78.fr/
You can also sign up your business: https://bit.ly/2Jm2eKv
 
Planned upcoming events

Trivia Night: you never quiz alone! 
Join us online for a fun quiz night. Tracey and Leigh will guide us through the evening and will team everyone up! You play in a team and exchange with team members via WhatsApp. A team leader sends the team answer to the quizmaster. The quiz itself (questions/answers and after chat) is organized via MLI Zoom.
21 November, 20h00, via Zoom

Let's discuss! 
Join us via zoom for an informal and constructive discussion about expat life in Maisons-Laffitte. Special guests are two members of the Conseil Municipal who would like to listen to what is important to the international community and will try to answer your questions.  

25 November, 19h00, via Zoom

Find Your True Inner Voice - Hypnosis session with Ruxandra
The second of Ruxandra's four-session Hypnosis series for MLI. The language we speak to ourselves and to others makes its own karma and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Words are magical and create a very specific dynamic in the mind. To learn more about the event and to sign up, check out MLI's website. 

30 November, 21h00-22h15, via Zoom

Yoga class by Metta 
Are you holding your breath a little bit too much those days? Feeling overwhelmed? How about we let go for a moment? This class offers you an opportunity to release some physical tensions through some yoga postures. Breathe deeply with some pranayama (breathing techniques) and relax with a deep relaxation to end with. Accessible to all level.
3 December, 10h00-11h00, via Zoom.

Book club 
MLI's book club is meeting online now a regular basis, next time is to discuss Pretty Little Mistakes by Heather McElhatton.. We have laid out the list for this year. One book a month. For more information, please sign up!
4 December, 14h00, via Zoom.

French-English conversation group
Practice your English, practice your French via Zoom! The conversation group runs now on a weekly basis! To join the group, please sing up on our webpage. 
Every Friday, 10h00, via Zoom

Don't hesitate to let us know about your ideas for future events!
Meet our members: Florence

The yoga practice as a silver lining  

I was born in Geneva and moved around a little bit before landing in Maisons Laffitte 4 years ago with my 2 kids.

Yoga came into my life in 2003 after I had come back from a project and it was a revelation to me. Seems a bit cliché to say that but I wished I had discovered that practice earlier in life and I knew very quickly that I wanted to share it by teaching.

I have been teaching yoga vinyasa for about 10 years now and specialized more recently into prenatal and postnatal yoga with Bernadette De Gasquet. This year, with my colleague Emilie, we have started our own yoga association called Metta, which means "infinite love, compassion" and we are very passionate about what we do. 

For me, to have a yoga practice is like to have a great toolbox where you will always find something to support you, to help you, to repair/recharge you. Physically but also mentally or emotionally. It is always there and always available. You just need your body and a bit of space. 


To register to the free MLI trial class offered by Metta, please use the website: 
https://www.maisonslaffitteinternational.com/events-activities.

Did you know? 
December 6th:
Saint Nicholas is celebrated in many countries
Saint Nicholas Day, the Feast of Saint Nicholas, is on the 6th of December in Western Christian countries. In some countries the celebration is more important than in others.  Here are some examples how this day is celebrated in different countries.
Romania: In Romanian traditions, Saint Nicholas appears on a white horse, a reference to the first snow that falls at the beginning of winter. In some areas, children leave Saint Nicholas water and carrots for his horse. Our children have been taught that, during the night, Saint Nicholas comes and loads their boots with sweets, toys and gifts.
Hungary: On the Eve before St Nicholas, Hungarian children clean their boots and leave them in the window. Overnight, for the well behaved children, Santa, the Mikulás, leaves a small package of delicious goodies and small gifts in their boots. The Mikulás is often celebrated in small parties, where kids can meet him in person, and he is often accompanied by krampus who are - in a funny way - threatening the not well behaving children. 
Netherlands: We celebrate Sinterklaas. The holy man wears bishop clothes’ and rides a white horse. Sinterklaas, or Sint, travels with and is helped by numerous Pieten. They were originally male and black but have now evolved into all colors and genders.
The Sint and his Pieten live in Spain and arrive in the Netherlands by steamboat mid-November. From that time on children can put their shoes out and will receive pepernoten, chocolate letters, marzipan, small presents, and many different delicious goodies. The Sint and his Pieten secretly deliver these through the chimney at night. On the evening of the 5th of December, pakjesavond is celebrated with lots of gifts. A big jute bag is dropped off or the Sint and a Piet actually come in to deliver the gifts personally. On the 6th of December the Sint and his Pieten will head back home to Spain for a well deserved break. 

Belgium: Before heading back home to Spain, Sinterklaas and his Pieten make a detour by Belgium where the children put a pint of beer for Sinterklaas and a couple of carrots for his horse in front of the chimney hoping to find on the morning of the 6th of December (or the weekend closest to that date) presents, chocolate figurines and spéculoos in return!

For the French speaking children in Belgium though, Sinterklaas lives in heaven and goes from one house to the other on his donkey! 

The Sint and his Pieten live in Spain and arrive in the Netherlands by steamboat mid-November. From that time on children can put their shoes out and will receive pepernoten, chocolate letters, marzipan, small presents, and many different delicious goodies. The Sint and his Pieten secretly deliver these through the chimney at night. On the evening of the 5th of December, pakjesavond is celebrated with lots of gifts. A big jute bag is dropped off or the Sint and a Piet actually come in to deliver the gifts personally. On the 6th of December the Sint and his Pieten will head back home to Spain for a well deserved break. 

Belgium: Before heading back home to Spain, Sinterklaas and his Pieten make a detour by Belgium where the children put a pint of beer for Sinterklaas and a couple of carrots for his horse in front of the chimney hoping to find on the morning of the 6th of December (or the weekend closest to that date) presents, chocolate figurines and spéculoos in return!

For the French speaking children in Belgium though, Sinterklaas lives in heaven and goes from one house to the other on his donkey! 

Germany: Children will set out their shoes or put out a plate during the night from 5th to 6th December hoping that Nikolaus will come along to leave some peanuts, mandarines, and sweets when he passes by.
In some families he comes in person, sometimes with his colleague "Knecht Ruprecht", reading out of his golden book about the good and bad things they did during the year. To the brave, he will have a little present out of a big woolen sack.

Switzerland: Here you can visit Samiclaus, his donkey, and his helpers in the wood, where a mulled wine is waiting for adults and some punch for the kids. In towns like Zurichs, all Samiclaus and Schmuetzli will pass in a big parade end of November through the city center.
Diwali: the festival of lights

Diwali, one of the most important festivals in India, commenced Thursday November 12, with the main festivities due to take place on Saturday, November 14. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. Diwali takes place annually and lasts for five days, marking the start of the Hindu New Year. The exact dates change each year and are determined by the position of the moon. Festivities usually lasts for five days, and include gathering with family members, sharing tasty food, watching spectacular fireworks and visiting temples.

Recipe of the month
Coral lentil soup
Chop 2 onions and 2 (or 3) garlic cloves
Sautée well with olive oil
Ad 1 Tspoon of curry

Ad 300 gr of coral lens and 1,5 lof water
(and a bouillon cube according to taste)

Cook for 25 min (high heat then cover and low heat)
Turn heat off, ad 200 ml of (unsweetned) coco milk and 1 lime juice
Blend with stick mixer

Adjust seasoning. The color is beautiful !
Make it more fun for the kids by adding (no salt/home made) popcorn. A VG protein packed dish.

Culinary yours,
Anita Valero 
Becoming a member

You can join for your first time, any of the events without being a member.
Come and meet us!

To become a member of Maisons Laffitte International, the form to be filled can be found at our website: 
https://www.maisonslaffitteinternational.com/join-mli

Please send a copy of the filled membership form to
 maisonslaffiteinternational@gmail.com 
and make at the same time a wire transfer to our account. You can also print the form and bring it to any of our events. 
Nicoleta is our membership administrator collecting the forms. 

All information can be found on our website.
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