May 1st, 2022

the concentration camp they called “Red Cross”

This post is about a visit to the Red Cross Concentration Camp in Niš. I have the rare opportunity to ride a bicycle. After breakfast, Rajko asked me to pick a bicycle. He wanted to take me to the Red Cross Concentration Camp in Niš. It was called “Red Cross” because when Nazi Germany built […]

April 30th, 2022

the cyclist

This post is about my friend Rajko the cyclist. I stay with him in Niš, and I play with his dogs until I fall asleep. I am staying with Rajko, a retired technician and cyclist. He reminds me of my old friend Uncle Shen from Ürümqi. Just like Uncle Shen, Rajko also waited until his […]

April 29th, 2022

how far

This post is about a 17km walk from Niška Banja to Niš. I see a sign pointing towards Beijing, and I visit the Skull Tower and Niš Fortress. Niška Banja was centered around a large sanatorium. It had a dark, Soviet look about it. But the park around it was nice. 7425km There was a […]

April 28th, 2022

boy holds flag

This post is about a 14km walk from Ravni Do to Niška Banja. I run into two German cyclists and struggle with a long downhill road. The thunderstorm never came. At least not to where I was. I woke up in perfect silence under the roof of the house on the top of the hill. […]

April 27th, 2022

a new dress, baby

This post is about a 24km walk from Klisura to Ravni Do. I wake up in a wet field and go to bed near an abandoned mountain cabin. It takes forever to dry my things. And so I sit on my chair in the field and let the morning sun do the work for me. […]

April 26th, 2022

1-4-0-0-0

This post is about a walk from Pirot to Klisura. I pass the 14,000km mark of The Longest Way, and I get into a bit of rain. The clouds are Simpsons clouds. They’re hanging lazily from the sky. No: they’re sitting there, piled up on the horizon. They look like they’re not moving at all. […]

April 25th, 2022

easter eggs

This post is about an easter egg in Pirot. I take a day off and manage to find some food in a roadside restaurant. I wake up way too early, and for some reason I can’t get back to sleep. So I decide to go downstairs to have breakfast, and then I walk over to […]

April 24th, 2022

the lord has risen and I have fries

This post is about a 27km walk from Dimitrovgrad to Pirot. I struggle to find food because it’s Easter and everything is closed. The day starts easy and warm. I stop at a gas station and ask for a sim card, but they don’t have any. Phoneless, I decide to try my luck at the […]

April 23rd, 2022

via militaris

This post is about a 22km walk from Dragoman to Dimitrovgrad. I pass the border from Bulgaria into Serbia. People had warned me about the highway to the border: it was under construction, and so it was very narrow and very dusty. Also it was apparently quite busy. the good road I stayed on the […]

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This site

is about my attempt to walk from Beijing to my home in Bad Nenndorf in Germany. If you want to read up on the story of the walk you can click on the The Blog archive or just use the map above in order to navigate between posts.

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

Another thing you can do is download the Google Earth file. It's fun to use if you're on a computer because it's just so detailed. I have added a lot of information to the daily tracks: things like landmarks, dancing locations, borders, and historical sights.

Or you could just go and read one of my books (in German, Chinese, or Russian).

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a blog post for every single walking day and for many of the resting days as well. I enjoy it a lot, but since it's a lot of work I usually lag behind a bit (by a few days or weeks).

If you want to know how far the walk from Beijing to Bad Nenndorf has come right now, you can go check my Instagram account. I've recently started posting live updates there. My Facebook page is just a copy of Instagram. YouTube is for, well, videos.

Oh, and if you want to ready my ramblings that might or might not have to do with walking, you can check out my Twitter feed. But be warned: having walked through many places ruled by dictators I really don't care for any of them. Or their friends.

Don't forget to check out the animated story of the Longest Way through China: 👉🏼

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