From the cow kings to an Empress, Norton goes on a little Sojourn

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#2
Melbourne, Australia
440 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Originally posted by Emperor Norton
Time to pull the suitcases from hibernation and start packing for a little Sojourn. I have to Shanghai myself before heading off to a meet and eat with the king of cows in Kobe.
I am reluctant to correct your lovely play on words, Emperor Norton, but wouldn't "king of cattle" be more appropriate, as Kobe meat is from bullocks (steer or castrated bull)
Have a lovely cruise, I hope that the pool deck has finally been repaired
#3
Bay Area
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Joined Jan 2009
You are correct. My mind wandered to an alleged easter egg from something in the past. I wonder if I can report the post to get the title changed.


Darn.
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#7
172 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
Originally posted by Emperor Norton
Drat. How'd you find the Shanghai airport? I'm connecting through there.


The airport itself nice and modern. The traffic each way was horrible.


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#9
Santa Rosa CA USA
783 Posts
Joined Mar 2000
Don't worry--even we Americans don't always understand Emperor Norton. I do agree that his photography is terrific!
#10
Toronto, Dunedin FL and Ottawa Valley
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Joined May 2001
I believe in America, especially in Texas, "cow" can mean head of beef cattle. If you're not a dairy farmer, that is. As in, "cowboy".
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#11
Melbourne, Australia
440 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Originally posted by mbsilk
The airport itself nice and modern. The traffic each way was horrible.


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Forget the traffic, take the train.
The airport train is unbelievable, when my wife and I were there in 2016, we took the local train from "The Bund" where Sojourn was docked out to Pudong station in the suburbs, just so we could ride the "Maglev" train out to the airport and back.
The train accelerated to its maximum of 431 kmph (268 mph). The only real impression of speed was when we passed a train going the opposite way at the same speed.
We found the station staff were eager to help a couple of "Gweilo" toirists
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_maglev_train
#12
Bay Area
4,698 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
Pre-cruise I like to quaff some libations that will hopefully keep wee beasties away.

A little something that I haven't found available on any line (yet)


My favorite rendition of a Bloody Mary (it has Sangrita in it)


Something else I can't quite get on the ship


Because it's travel related - a Sidecar
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#13
Bay Area
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Joined Jan 2009
I should put this in before the actual travel parts start -

This is all my opinion. I'm not being given a free trip in exchange for exposure. There is no special discount nor do I expect special treatment based on what I may or may not feel like saying. This will be my 7th cruise on Seabourn. It will only be my second on an Odyssey class ship. I even lost the GTY lottery. Again.

This seems like a good place to stop until the travel starts.


this was a servers idea of a joke - I did not create the mess
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#14
Melbourne, Australia
440 Posts
Joined Dec 2010
Quote:-
"A little something that I haven't found available on any line (yet)"

Emperor Norton, Guinness is available on Seabourn, not Draft, but in a can with the "widget" you just have to ask for it, unopened, and pour it yourself.
Also Seabourn usually have some other heavy brown ales available for the asking.
#15
Marietta, GA
121 Posts
Joined Apr 2003
[quote=Emperor Norton;56027721]I should put this in before the actual travel parts start -

This is all my opinion. I'm not being given a free trip in exchange for exposure. There is no special discount nor do I expect special treatment based on what I may or may not feel like saying. This will be my 7th cruise on Seabourn. It will only be my second on an Odyssey class ship. I even lost the GTY lottery. Again.

This seems like a good place to stop until the travel starts.


Can you please tell what you mean by losing the GTY lottery?
#17
Bay Area
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Joined Jan 2009
I was picked up early and arrived at the airport very early. I had to wait an hour for the counter to open. Security was interesting as I’d forgotten that cameras now count as laptops. Oops.

I’m in the China Airlines lounge (shared with China Eastern who shares my flight with Delta). I think for SFO Virgin Atlantic has the best of the international lounges. There’s a separate room for first class that has couches instead of chairs. I’m not finding any public electrical outlets but did find a new to me beer. 19 or more hours and I should be in Kobe.




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#18
Bay Area
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Joined Jan 2009
So I was too early for this


Which meant cooling my heels. Oh joy. Eventually we could check in, deal with the security theater (take out anything with a li-ion battery now) and were up high enough to see my house. Well may be if the clouds weren't in the way.


I'm not sure if this is my snack or a descriptor for some of my coworkers.


This was supposed to be a vodka ginger ale but I couldn't taste the vodka (that theme would continue with other mixed drinks from them).


Amuse Bouches that for my tastes weren't overly amusing.


I'd opted for the Chinese dining option rather than the rather ho-hum looking Western options.

These were my appetizers (scallops, salad, jello beef with beef bits, pork soup with cartilage and pickled carrots)
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#19
Bay Area
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Joined Jan 2009
The pork soup with mystery somethings.


My entree - beef noodles with fatty brisket, tendons, scallions, hot chili oil and a hot chili pepper. While not spicy enough for me I did feel the tingle of heat from the first bite through dessert.


Fruits in various stages of ripeness
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Cheese please (the FAs didn't know what they were other than "cheese")


Dessert


The ice cream even had its own secret spoon/paddle/thing.
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#20
Bay Area
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There really was nothing in the way of service after the meal service ended. It was a case of track someone down and ask for what you wanted.

It's not much, but I prefer it to congee.


After getting thermally scanned in China and Japan as well as having my "lighters" examined I got into Japan.
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