Author Topic: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun  (Read 8187 times)

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2015, 11:36:03 PM »
Great writing! Do you write at all professionally?
Really enjoying
And yes, there are a plethora of tr recently. I once had the idea to make separate blog for em, now thinkong more about that. But that's for a separate thread...

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2015, 10:34:25 AM »
every time i read the phrase mrs shwarmabob i giggle :)

great read so far!
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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2015, 10:40:32 AM »
every time i read the phrase ms. shwarmabob i giggle :)

great read so far!
FTFY . I find that much funnier.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2015, 10:55:41 AM »
Keep it coming, very enjoyable.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2015, 06:35:21 PM »
As far as accommodation is concerned, traveling with a family of four adult-sized persons poses its own challenges. Most hotel rooms have maximum occupancy of 2 adults. Show me a hotel that allows two roll-away beds for teens. If it exists, it’s only because we never visited there yet.
Once our mishpacha storms such a hotel, four of us enter the room using the latest urban warfare tactics with our 4 small suitcases and 5 knapsacks, and camp out there for a couple of days, it is likely that the hotel manager will either give in his resignation letter or hastily change the permissive policy that allowed our assault on his property to begin with.

I am aware that it is possible to book two adjoining hotel rooms, however, that would naturally double the cost as well. Since I did not win the lotto yet – so far, the optimist in me says - my inner accountant disapprovingly shakes his head to this proposition. By the way, I did check a whole stack of lotto tickets that I collected in my wallet over several months that I never bother checking before. “Hey You Never Know” the New York Lotto ad goes. Somehow, I knew, but now after discarding the “Sorry, no winner” tickets at least my wallet is much lighter.

So reserving multiple hotel rooms is out, AirBnb is in. Yes, I am a huge fan of AirBnb! It solves some of the kashrus problems for the frum travelers – and can create new ones as well. It helps with the space issue described above for a family of four combatants. It solves the electronic hotel key concern. And to top it off it enables us to share our living space as a family and bound with each other during our vacation which is so much encouraged by the child and adolescent psychologists. I am not sure if these psychologists have children of their own, but one thing is sure, they never traveled with our family.

Looking at Mrs. Shwarmabob carefully placing earplugs, lemon balm and Valerian capsules, and a couple of vitamin B containers in the suitcase – it’s good for the nerves! - , it is quite clear that she is a more seasoned traveler than the so-called experts.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2015, 06:41:51 PM »
Suddenly tinkering for a shwarma!

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2015, 06:43:37 PM »
Hey, that was a teaser section. Funny stuff.

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2015, 07:12:08 PM »
Can't wait for the rest.  Arigato gozaimasu!

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2015, 11:29:42 PM »
literally LOL'ed... Love the style! and the creativity! Keep it coming please

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #24 on: September 04, 2015, 02:46:00 AM »
Love your style! Keep it coming!

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #25 on: September 04, 2015, 03:26:56 AM »
lol
great writing

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2015, 06:22:22 PM »
Finally, the day of departure draws near. After a couple of negative remarks by others on this forum, we decide to skip the POM meals. The fact that in Tokyo we are staying within walking distance to both kosher restaurants makes this decision easier. I am also concerned that the POM meals would defrost once we depart Tokyo to the Kansai region.

We load up on dry goods at the kosher supermarket – this is what the 5th knapsack is for. As we are driving home in heavy traffic from the supermarket, Mrs. Shwarmabob discourages me from cutting off the troopers ahead of us – why can’t those guys speed up a little? She explains that getting a court summon two days before our family vacation would be something that only a nincompoop like yours truly can accomplish. I listen to her gentle words –not for nothing our sages said that she possesses Binah Yasaira – and we cruise home peacefully.

The following day, a sweltering commute in a subway car packed to the brim with sweaty straphangers prepares me for our journey. A NYC parking ticket that I appealed gets denied. I also get a letter from that beloved government agency, the IRS, that they can do a much better job deciding what to do with those few dollars in my pocket than I possible could therefore I should quickly dispatch a check to them for underpayment of taxes.

Now, I am not generally a yoga guy, but at this point I do decide to experiment with some deep breathing techniques. After my impromptu subway meditation, I reach the conclusion that these are all mysterious signs from the Divine whose summary message is: Get me out of here!

I pick up our Hertz rental on the way home. Once arriving to our Yiddishe Heim, I realize that the only one that needs to finish packing is actually none other than yours truly…

Next morning, we return the car at Newark Airport, hop on the Airtran to terminal C. Our flight is United 79 direct from EWR to NRT. After dropping off our luggage and getting our boarding passes, we head back to Terminal B to visit Art & Lounge. We daven shacharis outside its closed doors, we are early - they open at 9AM. At the 9th stroke of the clock, the doors open and we are in:


We make up for the skipped breakfast at home:


My mood instantly improves:

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2015, 06:35:29 PM »
Any chance I can go on vacation with you next time? You sound like a barrel of laughs!! Thanks for the installment!
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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #28 on: September 08, 2015, 06:42:26 PM »
Priming to be up in the TR classics...Can't wait for the next update

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Re: Shwarmabob's adventures in the Land of the Rising Sun
« Reply #29 on: September 08, 2015, 06:46:05 PM »
It's always such a joy to read your next installment! Can't wait for the Japan parts.