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Photo of the week: New Adventure in Japan

Weird stuff just starts happening as soon as you enter Japan

Weird stuff just starts happening as soon as you enter Japan

This is a start of a new adventure. After we toured Morocco, we went to the United States for relax, decompress and earn more money. Now Mr Z and I are exploring Japan once again.

I love Japan. I’ve visited it four times and still can’t get enough of this fascinating and odd country.

So stay tune for more pictures and adventures.

I love vending machines.

I love vending machines.

A surprise Japanese festival

A surprise Japanese festival

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The Hunt for the Perfect Jedi Robes in Morocco

When we were in Morocco, we had no idea they had this cool clothing called djellabas.

Did you know that’s where George Lucas got his ideas for the Star Wars Jedi cloaks? One among many other things he borrowed from Morocco.

May the force be with you

May the force be with you

They’re great cloaks. They’re comfy. They keep you cool in the heat and keep your head and entire body nice and warm during the frigid cold night.

The thing is it takes a certain amount of balls to rock that thing out in the open. The locals have no problem. They’ve been wearing it since ages. The foreigners….eh…not so much. It’s a little weird walking around like Jedi knights in public. Especially since we are not doing cosplay.

See what I mean? Too bad we didnt have a light saber too

See what I mean? Too bad we didnt have a light saber too

Still, we couldn’t pass the opportunity to buy some and wear it. This was the only opportunity to be Jedi knights in public and not get laughed at. To look like a Jedi is normal.

So we decided to go out and buy some.

Here's Mr Z trying on his djellaba

Here’s Mr Z trying on his djellaba

Not bad

Not bad

Biggie, the ultimate tourist couldn't resist

Biggie, the ultimate tourist couldn’t resist

Here's Biggie trying to convince Zack to wear his djellaba in public. Zack is caving in..

Here’s Biggie trying to convince Zack to wear his djellaba in public. Zack is caving in..

Noooo! They did it.

Noooo! They did it.

Well, I  guess I had to wear one too.

Well, I guess I had to wear one too.

Biggie liked his djellabas so much he went on a buying spree to buy as many djellabas as he can. He found out some djellabas cost as low as $5. He decided that if he ever saw $5 djellabas in Morocco he’d buy it. And boy, did he.

Here's Biggie rocking his new $5 djellaba. He bought it at this ruins place in Fez.

Here’s Biggie rocking his new $5 djellaba.

Loving it!

He found out later that this was a woman’s djellaba. Whoops. 

Rocking out our djellabas in the desert

Rocking out our djellabas in the desert

Image credit for Star Wars pictures

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The No Water Incident in Morocco

The gang and I decided to treat ourselves and booked a whole apartment in Tangier.

It was a comfortable big space. It had a TV, a spacious living room, a kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 1 large bathroom.

However, there was one problem.

One day, there was no le water. No water from the faucet, for the shower, nothing. Biggie had a panic attack. For 9 days, he had endured countless haggling from Moroccans, endless “Do you want to see my carpets?”, “Let me give you a free tour.”, ” Just take a look- no buy”. And worse of all, no alcohol. And now, no water. Turns out the whole city had a water shortage that day.

Biggie- when he first started traveling in Morocco. He would approach anybody innocently. Here, he's buying le snails from this seller

Biggie- when he first started traveling in Morocco. He would approach anybody innocently and enthusiastically, not knowing they’d sell him stuff.  Here, he’s buying le snails from this seller

He had hit his limit.

He went on a murderous rambling spree and threatened to leave Morocco right then and there and take the next ship to Spain. I hadn’t been in Tangier for long and wanted to see the city.

Thankfully, we managed to calm him down and convinced him to explore the city for one day (see previous post on Tangier medina). It paid off because we had a great time.

We wouldn't have seen this gorgeous night medina

We wouldn’t have seen this gorgeous night medina

Or this view of the ocean by the colonial hillside

Or this view of the ocean by the colonial hillside

Or this rad vintage paintings

Or this rad vintage paintings

When we returned from our day trip, we found there was le water. Unfortunately, the water tank holds only enough water to heat for one shower. So we all took turns taking quick 2 minute showers.

Oh well…