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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.

I sat in this room while my lens was broken

As I am writing this, the night guard just blasted out an explosion of intestinal gas that I could hear on top of his TV and through two closed doors.


I didn’t move much today. Instead I went to an internet cafรฉ and stayed there for about eight hours in the blue haze and the smoke of the people that never seem to leave.

I should have taken pictures to show you but I didn’t think of it because I was too busy sorting out stuff and moving my photos onto the server.

Then the phone rang and THE BAD NEWS came all the way from Beijing into my ear and into my dumbfounded brain:

—repair work on the lens will only start next week because there are replacement parts missing—

Now what am I going to do?

My feet are basically okay and willing to continue walking.

But I have no wide angle, and with every step I take I am further away from Beijing, which means it’s going to be a bit more of a hassle to get the lens back once it’s fixed.

I was going to shoot self-portraits every day, too. I wanted to document the process. And I need a wide angle for those self-portraits – otherwise it just won’t work.

getting the bad news of my broken lens in Baoding

I think I will leave on Friday. Maybe I’ll slowly walk in the direction of Shijiazhuang ็Ÿณๅฎถๅบ„ and continue on my way. Or maybe I’ll rest. It doesn’t matter.

After all, I knew all along that things could, and eventually would, go wrong.

But why did it have to happen so soon?

  • Corinna

    Ohren steif halten!!!!
    und positiv denken: wenn Sie die Linse reparieren können ist`s doch gut.

    Also, nicht unterkriegen lassen, Fahne hoch halten, weitermachen … ๐Ÿ˜‰ Ausserdem sieht es so aus, als hättest Du wirklich eine Reihe guter Freunde dort!!! — das ist auch eine Erfahrung, die Du so nicht erwartet hattest, oder?

    Viele Grüße und gedrückte Daumen aus Berlin,


  • Christoph

    Haha, ja, die Leute hier sind super!
    Danke für Deine moralische Unterstützung, ich erhebe meine Sojamilch zum Toast auf die Familie!


  • Corinna

    Igitt ๐Ÿ˜‰

    naja — wenn`s der Zehenwundheilung und Moral zuträglich ist —dann Prost!


  • Helen

    I am Helen .I am a postgraduate from East China University of Politics Science and Law. I got your news from China Daily , and very admire you .and want to be a friend of you . Happy Thanksgiving Day!


  • Christoph

    Corinna: total super und voll bio!
    Helen: thank you for your friendly comment! It feels good to know that there are people who enjoy looking at what I am doing here!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Rindy

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  • Christoph



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