Monthly Archives: December 2007

the grudge

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…of course the radiator didn’t work. The coldest night so far. Arctic. I woke up with a grudge and couldn’t get rid of it for the rest of the day. The scenery wasn’t bad… …but I somehow didn’t seem to be able to find the right angles. Maybe it was because I hadn’t had a […]


achromatic – again

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Everything was white, and it was… SNOW!! I said goodbye to the friendly farmers where I had spent the night: Then I rushed out the door. G307 was mine today: I didn’t really expect this kind of weather would be a problem for anybody, but really absolutely nothing moved on the street – except for […]


choice

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Sick of me going off about all the terrible sins against the environment? Well, things went a slightly different path today. But first things first. A frosty morning: I decided to take a small detour to see the famous Stone Village of Yu 于家石头村 that lies south of the highway. So I got up early […]


bird and man, milkshake and blood

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Back on G307, I saw something unexpected: Beautiful. No idea what kind of bird this was, but I thought: majestic wings over the gates of hell. Now why would I think that? Remember I used the phrase “nature bleeding away” yesterday? Well, I found some of her blood today: A deep red rivulet, barely streaming […]


definition of hurt

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I woke up and went down the hallway to brush my teeth: Then I put on my backpack and started walking on that long winding road. – I didn’t know yet about the suffering I would see today. – For everything, there’s a first. Here’s my first prison in China: At least that’s what people […]


out like a soldier

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I walked west today. That’s a good thing, because west is where my home is. No more walking south for a while. On the way out from the city I found out something I thought was interesting: why were there so many hookers in this place? The answer: Shijiazhuang is a major military base, there […]


living large in the dust

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I stayed in the city today. “Civilization”, as someone put it. But first, I opened another door in my advent calendar: 5 doors open, 5 pieces of chocolate eaten, 19 to go – and then it’s CHRISTMAS! In the early afternoon I went out for lunch and stepped right into this scene: Now you’d think […]


templicity

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For all those who might have been wondering what my room (my cold room) looked like last night: The thing that seems kind of like a glowing disc is the electrical heater I paid 8rmb for yesterday. It will scold you if you touch it, but it doesn’t really seem to be designed as a […]


history lessons

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War! I woke up this morning because I could hear a military conflict going on outside: gunshots, detonations, laughter… Laughter? You might have already guessed it: Someone was throwing a wedding party in the hotel I was staying at. Chinese are the kings of fireworks, no kidding. I got out of bed. People had been […]


easy yokes

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I said good-bye to my friends in Xinle today. Life in the spa was very pleasant, but eventually I had to get going, no matter what. On the road I saw someone who seemed to be carrying a lot heavier than me. The official retiring age in China is sixty. Many a good man is forced to […]


advent

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Where I am from, Christmas is on the evening of December 24th. Today is not Christmas. —But for me it is— I’m still chillin’ when Haozi rings me up and says: “Where you at, we’re coming over!” You guessed right, they’re coming to bring me back… …my one… …and only… …priceless… …beloved… …my wide-angle lens! But […]