The earthquake last year took its toll on this cosmopolitan city. There are โ€˜rebuildโ€™ tours, shops and tram tours solely dedicated to showing people the damage and how they are building it back again, whats coming next – a good way to make a positive from a negative.

Walking around the city, although some parts clearly damaged, and a lotย of building work going on, this place still had character. The streets had a lot of style, art and a great vibe – walking through here on a Friday night gave it a buzz. Lots of happy people, gatherings and a city that is clearly not going to fall apart easily.

As it was Friday evening, after a busy week training, it was only fair we blended in with the locals and enjoy a drink at the impressive Old Government Building.