On Saturday night we invited more or less everybody we know in Melbourne to come and have farewell drinks with us at Piccolo. "Everybody we know" included basically anyone we ever said "hello" to. But eventually only the closer friends came along: Brad and his gang: Mark, Greg, Richard and Daniel, Mic’s gang: Paul R., Paul O. and Andrew (too bad Mic himself is traveling in Europe), Darren, Idan, Kevyn and Jono, and Amie and Anna (who work with Ofer).
Piccolo was the best place to have the drinks. Although we usually enjoy it as a cafe, it worked beautifully as a bar. Everybody commented about the good atmosphere it has, about the cool music played by Sam and Mannie and were very pleased with the hunky barman Joel.
Ofer, Eran, Richard, Daniel, Mark and Greg (already passed out on the table?!?)
Brad and Sam
Obviously, we couldn't come empty handed to our own farewell, so we decided to make some nibblies. The fact that we didn't really know how many people would show up, and that we are Jewish-Polish boys, made us make more than enough to go around. Ofer baked small rolls with either walnuts or olives, and prepared his famous red wine cooked dates filled with fried onions, walnuts and smoked beef. I baked some more turkish-delight cookies, and cut the chocolate cake I made into small pieces.
We also prepared the colorful "Ofer & Eran Farewell Quiz" with funny questions about our lives in Melbourne. Friends, who paid attention to our never-ending stories through out the year, knew most of the answers. Others enjoyed guessing usually successfully.
Anna, Amie and Darren (rolls, dates and cookies too)
Paul, Idan, Darren, Jono and Kevyn
Leading the way in drinks were Brad and his friends, who were very cheerful and funny. They took a hold of the camera, and were responsible for a lot of extreme-close-up pictures we found out later on. Everyone drank, chatted, ate and had a good time (at least that’s what they told me). I have to admit I was a bit disappointed that no one dragged himself on the floor, not letting go of my leg while screaming: Don't leave us!!!!
After a while we took off to the Greyhound and danced the night away. All in all, it was a great night to say goodbye to good friends, who made our stay in Melbourne as special and fun as it could possibly be.
Ofer, Paul and Andrew
Eran (a bit surprised) and Mannie
Joel and Richard