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From Russia with Love - Friendship continues to grow 16 years on

A group of alumni has made lifelong friends whom met in the Russia study trip in 2000 organised by the Registry

Gordon Wong 王駿濱 MBBS 2003

Patricia Cheng 鄭愛晶 BSocSc 2003Denise Leung 梁卓雅 BSc 2001; MPhil 2004Dominic Tang 鄧浩仁 BSc(Surv) 2001

Idy Yeung 楊詠欣 BA 2003

John Yeung 楊臻宇 BA(ArchStud) 2001; MA(Arch) 2004

Article submitted by alumni

 

The HKU Russia study trip in summer 2000 is still the best trip of my life.

 

The trip, "Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia / The University of Hong Kong Summer Russian Studies Programme 2000", was organised by the HKU Worldwide Student Exchange Programme of the Registry. During the trip, I learned a lot about Russia, experienced the Russian culture first-hand, and had unforgettable memories with both Hong Kong students and Russian students. Most importantly, I made many lifelong friends.

 

At our regular reunions, we talk about our careers, personal development, with laughter and tears along the journey of life. We witnessed each other growing from youthful students into adults with successful careers.

 

Having a reunion outside of Hong Kong is always an item on our to-do list. As a stepping stone, we took a hike together on Lamma Island in 2006. In 2009, we attended the first wedding in our group when Denise Leung married Patrick Leung (BEng(MechEng) 2001). It was a joyous and touching occasion. Our study trip mate Dominic Tang even played the piano to entertain the guests during the wedding reception!

 

For many years, we always wanted to travel together again as a celebration of our friendship. In 2011, we finally managed to get a week off work to go hiking in Huangshan in Mainland China. We laughed a lot while hiking up and down the picturesque mountains. We even got up at 4 am to try to watch the sunrise, but we somehow missed the chance, possibly due to waiting for the sunrise in the wrong location!

 

In early August 2015, six of us met up again, and we realised that we have known each other for 15 years. The unforgettable memories of us walking along the streets of St Petersburg came flooding back,  like it happened only yesterday. 

We talk about our careers, personal development, with laughter and tears along the journey of life. We witnessed each other growing from youthful students into adults with successful careers.

  • 15 Years of Friendship
  • Taken in 2000
  • Taken in 2000
  • Taken in 2000
  • Graduation photo taken in 2003
  • Hiking in 2006
  • Karaoke reunion in 2006
  • Wedding reception in 2009
  • Wedding of Denise in 2009
  • Huangshan trip in 2011
  • Gathering after 15 years of friendship