I know the title makes you raise an eyebrow but this last weekend was the drawing to a close of one big project, which was also secret one (hence why I haven't mentioned it on here before now). Two weeks ago one of the guys on our team suggested a cool idea. We would think of a few countries to put in the hat, each one of us would dress like someone from that country and make our room into a bar/restaurant of the country we drew out of the hat. We had two weeks.
Hoping for France or something familiar, I was initially disappointed with my choice but as is normal my imagination took over for I had picked.... Japan! I couldn't wait to begin! And yes I decided there and then I would make a working sushi conveyor. Being nothing short of highly competitive I got to work straight away. This was something of a challenge as the hotel staff probably wouldn't be best pleased if they walked into room progressively turning into a sushi bar so much of it had to be hidden flat packed under the bed.
After seeking advice from a few friends from home who tried to discourage me from trying to make a sushi conveyor, I ignored them as my head said it will be fine. Here are photos of the development of the bar.
(Disclaimer - I apologise if any of the japanese symbols cause offence, they were purely chosen for aesthetic reasons only due to time constraints)
The evening began in Holland, passing through Mexico, South Africa, Jamaica, Australia, India and one of my favourites Russia (he had made his room look like it was straight out of the USSR). I was so impressed seeing what people had done, especially the accents people were putting on in the rooms and the Russian dancing was something to be seen (maybe some more practice of that needed). It was so cool seeing everyone getting very competitively creative and I was jealous of quite a few ideas (dry ice mist and a crocodile in the Australian room was awesome).
My advisors were right in the end; the sushi bar didn't work in the end as I had to many issues (many of which wouldn't have existed if I had a slightly bigger budget. lol) but it didn't bother me too much as the bar still looked very cool and a great evening was had by all, maybe except for the very confused local who turned the corner to see a strange mix of internationals walking past.