Work Hard! Play Hard!

When Friday rolled around, I was ready for the weekend!  I love my job and I also love the weekends for the opportunities to play and discover what my host country has to offer!   This Friday,  a colleague and I decided to head out after school for a drink and try a new bar restaurant called Parc 19.  There are very few places in Jakarta that can transport me to another world but Parc 19 did just that.  Getting there was another story.   I was able to charm the taxi company located at my school into giving us a taxi that was on standby for another patron and off we headed into the Jakarta traffic.  Needless to say, we had difficulty in getting there and so we decided to get out as close as possible to our destination and walk. Dodging Jakarta traffic and inhaling the exhaust of cars, Ellen and I set out for the bar.  Surprisingly, it took us only a few minutes to arrive at our destination. The building looked like it had been plucked right out of New York and planted in Kemang, Indonesia!  I was ready for a drink.

Even though it was still early afternoon, one of the great things about my job is that I finish work at 2:40 p.m., the crowd at the bar was starting to gather.  I loved the decor and more importantly that it was Happy Hour.  Indonesia is a Muslim country and alcohol is generally forbidden in the Muslim faith.  However, given that Indonesia is more liberal than most Muslim countries, alcohol is allowed but it is very expensive.  Stella Artois was 2 for 1 and with some homemade chips; the evening was off to a good start.  I ordered the stuffed herb chicken with pear salad for dinner.  The trek to Parc 19 was worth it.  Delicious food, great ambiance, and good company made for a terrific evening!

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