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Night out.

Celebrating getting through a very difficult year.

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Sunrise on my way to work.

Sunrise on my way to work.

It's coming up to summer holiday time. At my school we have just one more week to work ( Thank you, God). It's not like other years. This summer none of us expect to be going anywhere or having too much fun. I'll have a seven week holiday and will spend most of it tidying out drawers (oh great joy!!!!), swimming, eating and drinking. The most exciting it might get is possibly having a staycation in a Hong Kong hotel.

Recently we have been having an extremely busy time at work with lots of things that were postponed during closure needing to be done since we got back. To cheer ourselves up last week we decided to have a year group night out.

Leaving school.

Leaving school.

We started out by going to Queens Road in Central where we headed to Ichu. This is a Peruvian bar and restaurant located on the third floor of the H Queen's Building. We sat outside on the terrace and enjoyed some beers, pisco and wine between us. We also tried their sweet potato fries which were deep purple in colour and had a rather strange flavour. According to Ichu's website, this restaurant is the first Asian venture of Chef Martínez who is the chef at the world's sixth best restaurant ‘Central’ in Lima, Peru.

In Ichu.

In Ichu.

In Ichu.

In Ichu.

In Ichu.

In Ichu.

In Ichu.

In Ichu.

In Ichu.

In Ichu.

Afterwards we took the lift to the top floor of H Queen’s to look at Piqniq by Le Comptoir. This is a roof top open air restaurant with great views. Apparently one of its claims to fame is its plastic mushroom. It takes all sorts, I guess. We were cheeky and just took photos without buying a drink but I'd go back and drink there now I know where it is.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

Piqniq.

After our photo session, we walked to escalator street and headed up towards Mid-levels. The escalator was closed at one point so we had to go through the former police station, magistracy and prison compound which is now a restaurant and entertainment venue known as Tai Kwun. We decided it made a good backdrop for another photo.

Escalator street.

Escalator street.

Tai Kwun.

Tai Kwun.

Tai Kwun.

Tai Kwun.

Finally, we reached our destination for our meal which was Santorini, a Greek restaurant on Elgin Street. We ordered a souvlaki platter, a tuna fish souvlaki and a roasted vegetables.

In Santorini.

In Santorini.

In Santorini.

In Santorini.

In Santorini.

In Santorini.

In Santorini.

In Santorini.

At the end of the meal they brought us a digestive - an aniseed flavoured liqueur on the house.

Posted by irenevt 06:08 Archived in Hong Kong

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Looks a great time out. The pubs have reopened today in England. after the lockdown.

by alectrevor

Glad to hear that Alec. They never closed here but had lots of rules about spacing and had temperature checks and mask wearing requirements. These are relaxing a bit here now though we were temperature checked for each of the places in this blog.

by irenevt

Looks like a fun day. End of school is always exciting. Lots happening. Enjoy your quiet summer.

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, yes it was fun. Just what we all needed at the present time.

by irenevt

Everybody looks so happy in your pictures, quite a contrast from the Hong Kong riot scenes we are seeing on TV.
Here everybody just looks scared in case they catch the dreaded virus, the pubs are all still closed and streets almost deserted, some big stores have tentatively reopened but with lengthy street queues to be endured, especially the clothing ones.

Actually, it has been quite a pleasant experience walking around Glasgow's empty streets, and there is no clear indication of when normal routines will resume.

Easyjet cancelled my annual flight to Morocco this year and at the moment I'm waiting for my ticket refund which they say will take up to three months!

by Bennytheball

Good for you, Irene! Nice meeting and a great Hong Kong background!

by Vic_IV

Hi Benny there was trouble in HK on Wednesday, but it's calmed down again. I don't want to talk too soon but so far things are fairly normal here.

by irenevt

Thank you for visiting Vic.

by irenevt

Sorry to hear that about your holiday, Benny. We had the same at Easter. Guess we'll all just have to wait it out

by irenevt

Sounds like a great time with colleagues. Here we would go out to lunch at the beginning of school (before the students came when we were setting up our classrooms). But it was just lunch, not a whole evening out.

by greatgrandmaR

Hi Rosalie, we have been doing some lunches out too as we are teaching half days at the moment due to the virus.

by irenevt

Looks like a fun evening! I like Peruvian food but they do have odd coloured potatoes I was surprised to see how close you could get to each other. What are the rules there now? And for mask wearing - there seems to be a variety of approaches within your group?

by ToonSarah

Hi Sarah, Hong Kong is a crowded place. It is difficult to keep people apart. We had to wear a mask to each restaurant and bar. We were temperature checked at each one too. We removed masks for some of the photos.

by irenevt

Teaching in a pandemic is certainly a risky business. The adult education center, where I teach, was closed completely for several weeks and is now very cautiously starting to re-open — without me, I might add. I haven't decided yet whether to resume teaching next autumn, but certainly not before.

by Nemorino

Hi Don, I finished for the summer yesterday, but our government has made the decision to close all schools again from Monday as we have several new local outbreaks here. Stay safe.

by irenevt

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