October 8th, 2016

leap of elegance

Woke up with a sore back and left the hotel. Everyone was still asleep, and the place had a sort of classy feel to it: Then I made my way through the border: I can’t show you any photos of the border controls, because they don’t like being photographed or filmed there. I can only […]

October 7th, 2016

the operator

Woke up in my tiny room: Or the hole as I liked to call it. Then I said good-bye to the friendly ladies who worked at the hotel and stepped out of its main entrance: I was relieved to be outside again. The air was fresh, and there were people around: This was going to […]

October 6th, 2016

more mosques less pictures

I was going to post a lot of pictures today. Alas, something seems to be wrong with the blog. I upload photos, and they disappear. Not all of them, but many. Guess I’ll just post the ones that somehow made it through. Not sure what this is going to mean for the future, though. Anyway, […]

October 5th, 2016

shower of the avantgarde

I didn’t leave right away. Instead I went to a bazaar to find a new stool to sit on: My old one (both of them actually, the green one and the blue one) had finally succumbed to my weight after eight years. So I roamed Osh Bazaar for a little while: Until I found one: […]

October 4th, 2016

under the world

Had a day of phone calls and writing today: Then I wandered around downtown for a little while: Until I arrived at a post office: It seemed a bit less fancy than the post office in Almaty: First there was a corridor: Then a room with a big world map: I mailed one little notebook […]

October 3rd, 2016

what happens in spring

Sunlight, finally. So I did a little bit of walking around downtown: Bishkek hadn’t changed: It was still a place of many monuments: But since it wasn’t raining and the sky was blue, there was a lot more going on outside on the streets than before: The city had turned from a grey area into […]

October 2nd, 2016


Another day of rain: I decided to stay in. Hung out in a cafeteria place that belonged to the hostel: Had lunch and dinner there: Bishkek was out there. Kyrgyzstan was out there. But I wasn’t hurried. I had been to Kyrgyzstan before, in the late summer of 2014: Bishkek: Kaji-Say on the southern shore […]

October 1st, 2016


It was still raining. Drip, drip, drip, it went, drippity-drip-drip-drip. I decided to venture downtown anyway. I wanted to find a place to get some work done. On my way I walked past a car that had Chinese characters on the window: They were upside down. Downtown turned out to be grey: This seemed to be […]

September 30th, 2016

Snickers for President, Medunok for VP

When I stepped out from the door today, there was a grey sky that was hanging low over Bishkek. And it seemed to be leaking water: I went back in. But not without buying some candy first: This one is called Medunok Медунок, and it is awesome: I think it’s about as good as Snickers. […]

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.