August 29th, 2016

epic shit

There is one thing that I only just realized today: I somehow can’t seem to leave Almaty! Every other day I find myself going back to the front desk in the hostel where I’m staying at just to tell them the same thing: two more days please! Why though? I think it’s because a) I […]

August 28th, 2016

modern competence

So I returned to Almaty. Walking around the city at night I found some strange German signs: This word “competence”, while not being of German origin linguistically, might be one of the most German words ever. In fact it is so German that a politician from Bavaria once came up with a “competence of competences”, whatever […]

August 27th, 2016


One more day in Esik. We decided to go see a waterfall. It was called Turgen Waterfall, and everybody here seemed to know it. I imagined it to be huge. Well. First we passed some trees that had a lot of pieces of cloth in them, just like the big tree I had seen two weeks ago: […]

August 26th, 2016

the lake that was there

We went to a bazaar to do our shopping today: I like bazaars, or markets, or whatever you want to call them. And I like them not only because they are picturesque and personal. I like them for the quality of their produce: It’s basically just local farmers taking their stuff to the market. So […]

August 25th, 2016

sport utility tractor

In case you haven’t noticed already: I really like Almaty. The city has a very nice atmosphere to it, the people are friendly, and the surroundings are spectacular: I went to a Georgian restaurant today and had the most awesome dish ever: Sacivi Сациви: If you don’t know it already, look it up. Trust me. Maybe it […]

August 24th, 2016

shashlik & beer

There is a mountain just south of Almaty. It’s called Kok-Tobe. A cable car leads up to its top, and there you can find an amusement area and some restaurants. I came for the view: Had some shashlik and some beer while the sun went down: And then stayed a little longer… …looking at Almaty… […]

August 23rd, 2016


I rarely say this, but today was not nice. It all had to do with bureaucracy. The thing is, I am on a 30-day visa here in Kazakhstan. This visa was going to run out on the 27th of August. Today being the 23rd, I figured I would not be able make it to the […]

August 22nd, 2016

tourists and cathedrals

I took a nice long stroll around town today, looking for a certain Zenkov Cathedral. Being in Almaty felt good: Being a tourist felt good: And the cathedral turned out to be very nice: It was completely made of wood. They say not even nails had been used in its construction.

August 21st, 2016

winter is coming

I left downtown Almaty today, the place of shopping malls… …and cool kids: Well, I didn’t really leave, though. I just went out for the day. First I took a cab to a place called Medeu, which was about 20km south of Almaty. Then I hopped into a cable car: And then I was in […]

What’s up

Hey guys!

if you want to read up on the walk, you can click on News or just use the map above in order to navigate between posts. All 400+ entries are on there, starting with the first blog post I ever made.

If you just want to get a general idea about the whole thing, you could refer to The Plan, and in case you have any specific questions, make sure to check out my extensive FAQ section (in three languages).

Another thing you can do is download the Google Earth file. It is broken down into daily tracks and shows some landmarks and a vast amount of photographs.

Or you could just go and read one of my books.

Meanwhile, I did return to The Longest Way in 2010 and in 2012, and I made another video about it.

And I do have some social media accounts:

YouTube - I post often when I am on the road and not so often when I am at home.
Twitter - I tend to focus on China here.
Facebook - I try to post once a day, mostly things from the road.
Instagram - not sure what I am doing with this.