Monthly Archives: November 2007

leather & art

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Today saw me hanging out with my friend. He knew someone in the leather business, so we went and checked out a manufactory: I enjoyed the place: the colors, the light, the shade. Even the noise and the smell. Only downside was I was wearing slippers (to get some relief for my feet), so I […]


faces and the birth of man

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Today was all about people. I wandered around fairly relaxed, except for my feet that have still not quite healed up. And because I was hurting and because I like resting more than walking, I took some time to sit down every once in a while. To have a chat with some of the old […]


good news

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My hotel room has orange curtains. They make everything orange in the room. I like it, because it feels warm. I have spent a whole day in this orange light, writing my blog, sorting my pictures, watching a TV show, waiting for my foot to heal up a bit. Once I went out to get […]


farewell in blue

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The sky was azure and looked like Indian summer today. Clean air, golden sun rays, cold in the shadows, warm in the sun. I thought: is this the last day before winter? I opened my jacket and I opened my sweater, then I let in the warmth… …and then I slowly limped through the town gate, […]


class

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At 9am I looked at my breath: a white miniature cloud dispersing into the quiet cold of my hotel room. The inside of my sleeping bag was cozy and warm. I closed my eyes. Sleeping felt like the best thing. The best thing… The best… The… When I woke up again I painfully realized that it was […]


no love today

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The reason for today’s title is right here in the first picture. “No love today” 今日不爱 (the translation is a bit rough, I know). Actually, this is supposed to say something like: “if you don’t love your roads today, there will be no roads tomorrow” – but now all that is left is no love […]


the fog

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I couldn’t see. Everything was white, and it wasn’t snow. Holding the land in its soft embrace, the fog brought destruction to the ones who drove hastefully. I counted 4 massive accidents today. From what I could tell, there was much damage, but nobody had been seriously hurt. But to me, the one who was […]


back on the map

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I woke up and I continued to walk. There was not much to see on the way. Mainly because of the fog. It was a misty day that made buildings look like submarine boats. MY FEET WERE OKAY, but it was just too regrettable I didn’t have my beloved wide-angle lens. I missed her. It […]


play day (the donkey shuffle)

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Today was a day of leisure, and today was the first time I ever had my own personal business card. In Chinese and in English! I decided I needed this because I always found myself scribbling on little pieces of paper whenever I had taken someone’s picture. You wonder what I have done to my […]


bad news

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This is my room number in the basement hotel I am staying at. As I am writing this, the night guard just blasted out intestinal gas that I could hear on top of his TV and through two closed doors. Awe-inspiring! I didn’t move much today. Instead I went to an internet café and stayed […]


Mary’s eternal lotus pond

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Today, I went to what seems to be the main attraction of this city: the Ancient Lotus Flower Pond 故莲花池. It’s a structure that originally dates back as far as the Tang-dynasty. I liked it. To me, it felt like a pretty little place with a nice and relaxed atmosphere to it. Not sure what it would have felt like […]


friends come and friends go

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Last night, Zhu Hui and I had one last TV supper. We got us a chicken, a few bags of chips and some coke. There was a movie with Jet Li on the telly. It was perfect. The next day my friend left for good. His plan was to ride the 130km to Shijiazhuang 石家庄 in just one […]


taekwondo

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Today I finally realized what Zhu Hui had been talking about all this time. Taekwondo! He had been saying that it was some sort of martial arts, but I just didn’t understand. For all I knew he could have specialized in some kind of weird shadowboxing dance or something. Well, today we went to a […]


health points +10

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We stayed in today, in that green hotel room on Middle Sky Goose Road. The lens is already in Beijing waiting to get fixed, and my feet are enjoying the time they’re spending outside of the boots. Wanna see something disgusting? Nice eh? …and there’s another one. I guess I’ll have to stay here for several […]


help from inside and outside

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I got help today, and I needed it badly. Waking up in that sub-zero hotel room in Gucheng, Zhu Hui came up with an idea: “Why don’t we just walk all the way to Baoding – today?” he asked me. “Well, because it’s 35km to Baoding, we’ll never make it!” Zhu Hui thought for a while: “It’s […]


world in a tube

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First the bad news: My wide angle lens is definitely broken – here’s one of the last pictures I was able to take: I am in deepest despair over that lense, and the only hope I have for now is that there might be a gifted person in Baoding who can help me fix this […]


things falling apart

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Today I didn’t walk much, because eventually some things fell apart. …but I didn’t know that yet when I headed off for a good start and said good-bye to my friend Zhu Hui. I did a little walking and then had a nice chat and shot some pictures at a site where two kids from […]


student day

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Zhu Hui decided to try out the walking thing today and softly pushed his bike alongside me while I was stumbling under the weight of my backpack. Somehow I am starting to get the idea that a great part of the things I’m hauling through this beautiful place might be absolutely useless to me… The first […]


poor dogs and lucky dogs

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Let’s start off with some happy stuff: The staff of Lanhai Hotel in Liulihe were really nice and friendly. They told me that basically the only way for me to go if I wanted to get to the pagodas in Zhuozhou was to continue on that nasty street I’d been whining about the day before. But […]


wheels and wheels and hot water in the end

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“Early in the morning, rising to the street.” Who could have known that rising to the street meant staying on it for the whole day? This is the concrete I’ve been massaging with my feet for hours and hours today. The best thing about this road: It’s almost completely straight! Check it out on the […]