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New Years in Sri Lanka. I woke up way to and headed to the airport at 6am. My excitement was very slightly dampened when checking out the weather where I was and the weather where I was going.


 The Check in agent couldn't print me out a boarding pass for the AMM-AUH-CMB legs on EY for some reason.  25 minutes later I was in the Dan lounge, (nothing changed, the same substandard, mediocre lounge it always was.) 
More frustrating then waking up early for a flight is waking up early for a flight and then it getting delayed  :( though in this case it wasn't so bad as I had a 5 hr stopover waiting for me in AMM and I was fine missing part of that. 45 minutes after the original departure time I boarded and was in for a surprise when I saw they changed the usually scheduled train with wings to a lie-flat 787 :).


Soon after settling in I took my camera out of my carry-on to take some pics. I immediately had a stewardess come over to me and seductively whisper in my ear "are you going to be taking pictures of me"? Taken aback she then reworded it as a statement that I may not take pictures of the cabin or crew. The rest of the 1:15 that I was trapped in that tube with the 20 minutes I was actually in the air was otherwise uneventful and nonsexual. The cabin had 2-2-2 seating and felt extremely spacious and open, it just felt a little less private than lots of other configurations.  From my seat I was able to view the screen of basically every other seat which contributed to the lack of privacy feeling, other than that it was quite decent. The Doona I had purchased right before this trip was an absolute lifesaver and is one of the greatest travel inventions of all time.


Upon landing in AMM I was told by transfer desk that they also cannot provide an EY boarding pass and they would need to send an agent to the ticketing counter that was before security for me, but alas they only open 3 hrs before departure which was still an hr away. In the meanwhile I was stranded in the 20 ft wide arrivals hall with a toilet and a hard steel bench, (a little touch of NY airports :D ). Half hour later when it came out I was flying business they immediately changed tunes and an agent walked me past security and to the lounge where he then disappeared for way to long with my passport to procure my passes and check me in. The lounge was decently large and overlooked the entire terminal. Had an empty room of daybeds where I rested until time for boarding the next flight.


AMM-CMB was operated by EY A330 with lie-flats seats and had a full business class.


Good thing I boarded early as it took the flight attendant 15 minutes to connect the car seat.  The cabin had a 1-2-1 configuration which for some reason felt cramped yet more private.


There was no human meal served although they did provide Stogel cat food in case I brought my pet along. Since when are Muslims not allowed to eat Kosher? Maybe they realize that if they serve this to them the UN will jump up with claims of Zionistic mistreatment of Muslims.


 On second thought, I actually may have found something edible.


Cabin crew was very nice and extremely child friendly. There was no jet-bridge so we had that dreaded airport bus waiting for us. It was surprisingly pleasant and smooth with no waiting. Usually I absolutely hate them and would avoid airports and carriers that use them as the standing in smelly, seat less cattle cars waiting for yet another soul to be crammed in has the ability to ruin my experience.


AUH airport is immaculately spotless and well kept. I cringe every time I fly into the states and experience the subpar, pay $6 to rent a cart, $12 for WiFi, rundown infrastructure and rude CS .
There are huge 3 ft wide screens all over the airport with flight info, shop locations, and turn by turn directions to your gate or lounge.


I headed to the Etihad lounge in terminal 3. Its quite expansive and aesthetically pleasing . There are showers, spa, barber, salon.... They provide a short complimentary treatment for all passengers. There is a fully stocked kids room where people were leaving their kids with the attendants. My stopover passed quickly and I was off to my final leg.
I missed the business airport bus so was forced to endure a not brief enough reminder of why I fly premium. Aircraft was EY A320 with recliner seats in 2-2.


 Was 1:30 from boarding until takeoff. With a child this down time is by far the worst for me. As much as I hate it we lived to tell the tale.  60 seconds of grumpiness and my kid fell asleep. I tossed and turned before waking up to the same non-edible excuse of a meal. Upon landing in CMB it took a couple minutes to get through a joke of a passport control and headed into the duty free which for some reason is by arrivals. I was never under the impression that large appliances are a big seller by duty free although apparently here they are. 9 out of 10 shops were washing machines, ovens, fridges....strange.


 I found my driver waiting for me and picked up a Sim card for 1300Rs/$10 for a month with 5gb data and a bunch of minutes. There are a bunch of different kiosks in arrivals to pick up a Sim including ones that come free with some service that they hope you fill up at one of the million shops selling them around Sri Lanka ( funny thing, everyone has cars vehicles but gas stations are few and far between. No one has phones yet every other store sells sim cards and top-ups.)but at that price I just looked for the best which seemed to be Dialog. They only accept cash so go to the ATM prior. Walking out of the airport the humidity hit me like a truck. Below I have included a pie-chart I made to better illustrate the discomfort.


To hopefully be continued.....

April 17, 2016, 02:22:47 PM
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Re: HOT! BOGO night at participating WA and Conrad hotels + more
But is it a scam is the question.
This one's getting old fast

September 13, 2016, 11:01:32 PM
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Re: Ritz-Carlton Herzliya (AKA Ritzaliya) Master Thread
any reviews or reports of the hotel?
with pictures.
PM me next week I'll send you pics.
I got a suite upgrade just for Ritz Gold (from the CC) during sukkos

December 30, 2016, 01:14:39 PM
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Re: Taharas Hamishpacha Article Discussion For The Married Folk...
I think part of the problem is the overemphasis of the "good for your marriage" idea. We don't keep TM because of the benefits, just like we don't eat only kosher because it's "cleaner"
True. But I do think most frum Jews do believe that TM is helpful overall to the health of their marriage just like they believe that Shabbos is good for their sanity.
At least I do.

January 08, 2017, 03:12:33 PM
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Re: Belize Master Thread 10 likes for me to write a TR on my quick weekend trip to belize with photos.
May 09, 2017, 11:31:09 AM
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Re: Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem
if i have an accessible room and i am hilton platinum.
what would they likely upgrade me to?

If you have hilton platinum you get the entire pool as your own personal room

May 11, 2017, 02:33:35 PM
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Re: FBI Raids Orthodox Homes
http://lancasteronline.com/news/local/charged-with-welfare-fraud-in-pennsylvania-including-lancaster-county-residents/article_d2ea7a6e-4f8f-11e7-bd5a-07190d0b7b36.html
This does happen elsewhere but for some reason it doesn't make national news. The lakewood story was in the WSJ, saw it thanks to dansdeals signup...

You don't think it would've been big news if it was smaller amounts ? It's always a juicy story when it's אחינו being arrested.
we are held to a higher standard. and we should be and we shouldn't have any issue with that. it's a core part of yahdus. we are supposed to embrace it. not complain,  abuse or ruin it.

June 30, 2017, 02:49:05 PM
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Re: Re: Interesting Articles...
There are many who use this issue to bash the community. That puts people who can resolve things appropriately on the defensive and makes it more difficult for them to do so since they are concerned that anything they do to resolve will be used to destroy. This is part of the answer to this.

That's going to happen either way. People are going to use the issue to bash the community no matter what you say. And do you HONESTLY think trying to convince them the problem is smaller than they think is going to help?   If anything it makes it come across that your energy is all going into defending your community where if you really want to help your community you would work on helping the issue.

And just as a side note, if those bashing the community because of issues like this heard you say "you're right, we have an issue, let's work on fixing this" they may be a whole lot less inclined to focus on the bashing and start working together to start creating solutions.

When you defend a community that clearly has this major issue, it doesn't look to others that you're listening to the problems and wanting to be part of the solution.

October 24, 2017, 09:19:28 AM
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Re: Re: Interesting Articles...
That's going to happen either way. People are going to use the issue to bash the community no matter what you say. And do you HONESTLY think trying to convince them the problem is smaller than they think is going to help?   If anything it makes it come across that your energy is all going into defending your community where if you really want to help your community you would work on helping the issue.

And just as a side note, if those bashing the community because of issues like this heard you say "you're right, we have an issue, let's work on fixing this" they may be a whole lot less inclined to focus on the bashing and start working together to start creating solutions.

When you defend a community that clearly has this major issue, it doesn't look to others that you're listening to the problems and wanting to be part of the solution.
+100 that's excuse making "other people are bashing us so we need to defend ourselves instead of helping" do u not realize how lame that sounds? maybe if there were people and organizations from within helping these kids there would be less focus and highlighting of organizations like footsteps.
I know people who are trying to work with and within the chassidic community and have no desire to bash them in anyway and they say it's really bad...

October 24, 2017, 09:59:04 AM
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Re: Women in Jewish magazines I recently had this sort of  discussion with some Chassidish relatives of mine in Israel.  They were discussing about sending one of the kids to Gan next year (she's 2 at the moment) and which to send her to and they said well if you go with X at least she won't have to wear tights yet.


This led to a whole discussion of how 3 year old chassidish girls are required to wear tights and 15-20 years ago (so we're not talking the 60s here-but like 1999)  where it was still totally accepted to wear little socks and even short sleeves. And this was in the most religious parts of Bnei Brak.

These little things that "we let" change... these things we think that are "not really a big deal" end up really causing problems. And more division and aren't making us any frummer or helping our yiddeshkeit grow IMHO.

Slowly lettings these type of things change that one doesn't necessarily believe need changing is slightly dangerous IMO.

Obviously there are plenty of people reading this who think no girl SHOULD walking around in anything but tights and no women should ever be seen in a magazine because that is 'better', frummer? and those people clearly just disagree outright anyways with any of these type of thoughts.

My opinions aren't for them.

It's for those in the middle.  Like we mentioned above. Who let these things go or be because it's easier not to fight or discuss.

December 31, 2017, 09:08:05 AM
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