Monthly Archives: November 2007

leather & art

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This post is about a visit in a leather factory near Xinle. After that I go and see the Eastern College of Fine Arts. I was waiting for my lens to be fixed, so I took the day off and hung out with my new friend. We had some tea and conversation, and he took […]


faces and the birth of man

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This post is about a 21km walk from Cheng’anpu to Xinle. I hang out with villagers and visit a mythical place called Fuxitai. Today was all about people. I wandered around fairly relaxed, except for my feet that had still not quite healed up. And because I was hurting and because I like resting more […]


good news

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This post is about a rest day behind some orange curtains in Cheng’anpu. There’s a cheesy poster on the wall. 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 […]


farewell in blue

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This post is about a 24km walk from Dingzhou to Cheng’anpu. The weather is good, but my foot is bad. I think about exoticism. The sky was azure and made everything look like Indian summer today. There was clean air and there were golden sun rays, it was cold in the shadows and warm in […]


class

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This is a post about a 3km walk within Dingzhou. I look at the Liaodi Pagoda and teach an English class in a vocational school. At nine in the morning I looked at my breath: it was a white cloud disappearing in the quietness of my hotel room. The inside of my sleeping bag was […]


no love today

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This post is about a 12km walk from Wangdu to Dingzhou. I see a bunch of dogs in cages and try to have a conversation with a kid. 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 […]


the fog

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This post is about a 13km walk from Fangshunqiao to Wangdu. An immense fog has swallowed up the land, and I see a few accidents. I could hardly see. Everything was white, and it wasn’t snow. the fog Holding the land in its soft embrace, the fog brought destruction to the ones who drove haste-fully. […]


back on the map

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This post is about a 23km walk from Baoding to Fangshunqiao. I get lost in a hole in the ground, and climbing out isn’t easy. I woke up and I continued my walk. There was not much to see on the way. Mainly because of the fog. It was a misty day that made buildings […]


play day (the donkey shuffle)

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This post is about a day of amusement in Baoding. I make a friend and play air hockey, then we look at old men flying their handmade kites. Today was a day of leisure, and today was the first time that I’ve ever had my own personal business card. It’s in Chinese and in English! […]


bad news

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This post is about a broken lens in Baoding. Some parts are missing, so the repair works will take longer than we thought. This is my room number in the underground hotel I am staying at. As I am writing this, the night guard just blasted out an explosion of intestinal gas that I could […]


Mary’s eternal lotus pond

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This post is about the Ancient Lotus Pool in Baoding. I also visit a Catholic church that is located close to it. Today, I went to what seems to be the main attraction of this city: the Ancient Lotus Pool of Baoding 故莲花池. This structure originally dates back as far as the Tang-dynasty. Since then, […]


friends come and friends go

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This post is about a 5km walk within Baoding. My new friend Zhu Hui leaves, and my old friends from Beijing come. Last night, Zhu Hui and I had one last TV supper. We got us some chicken, a few bags of chips and a bottle of coke. There was a movie with Jet Li […]


taekwondo

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This is a post about a Taekwondo tournament in Baoding. It’s mostly kids showcasing skills, and there are a few fights. Today I finally understood what Zhu Hui had been talking about all this time. Taekwondo! He had been trying to explain to me that he engaged in some sort of martial art, but I […]


health points +10

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This is a post about my blistered feet in Baoding. Zhu Hui and I are resting in a hotel room, having KFC and watching Star Wars. We stayed in today, in a green hotel room on Middle Sky Goose Road. The lens is already in Beijing waiting to get fixed. So this is good. My […]


help from inside and outside

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This post is about a 39km walk from Gucheng to Baoding. It’s my longest walk yet – and it damn nearly destroys me. 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 […]


world in a tube

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This post is about a 19km walk from Dingxing to Gucheng. My lens is still broken, and in the end my friend Zhu Hui comes back. 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 deep despair over […]


things falling apart

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This post is about an 11km walk from Gaobeidian to Dingxing. It’s the day that my wide-angle lens stopped working, and I was sad about it. Today I didn’t walk much, because some things fell apart. But I didn’t know that yet when I started walking in the morning. I said good-bye to my friend […]


student day

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This is a post about a 24km walk from Zhuozhou to Gaobeidian. My friend Zhu Hui and I visit two schools and a fortune teller. Zhu Hui decided to try out the walking thing today. He pushed his bike alongside me while I was stumbling under the weight of my backpack. On a side note, […]


poor dogs and lucky dogs

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This is a post about a 19km walk from Liulihe to Zhuozhou. I don’t know it yet, but I will make a good friend today. Let’s start off with some happy stuff: The staff at the Lanhai Hotel in Liulihe were really friendly. They patiently explained to me that the only way to go see […]


wheels and wheels and hot water in the end

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This post is about a 23km walk from Liangxiang to Liulihe. The traffic is terrible, but the hot shower at the end is great. 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 asphalt that I’ve […]