Monthly Archives: January 2008

the big plastic tree

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I got up early today and climbed up the few hundred steps to the Guangsheng Temple 广胜寺: It was an okay place. The mountain wasn’t as high as I had thought, and the visitors weren’t as many: Well, it wasn’t bad though, not at all. There was a certain laid-back feel to it all, and […]


go head down

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Not much to talk about. I’m currently headed a bit east off the track, walking a detour that’s going to cost me a day’s time and hopefully reward me with a nice mountain and a temple on top. Maybe even a pagoda, who knows. Well, today it got really cold again, so I just kind […]


dust

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I stayed around at the house of Grandpa Liu 刘爷爷 until noon, chatting with the old man and the old lady, waiting for the kids to be back from school. Even the dog was nice after he had gotten used to me. Lovely people. It was hard to leave. Grandma had prepared some bread and […]


mountain temples

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My health is getting better to an extent where I can’t stay in bed doing nothing anymore. Time to move. I started walking south on the highway this morning, aiming at Xinzhi in a comfortable distance of about 12km. When I saw a temple on the mountainside I decided to go up there and check […]


disaster movies

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When I woke up this morning and still had that dizzy feeling I decided that this called for drastic measures: – A full day in bed, no movement except to call for food. – Disaster movies, medication and tea. This is the view downstairs from the hallway during the day: And this is the view […]


tragedy

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I’m still not well. Always a bit dizzy. Maybe I should have stayed in bed yesterday. Well, I didn’t. This is the drum tower in Huozhou anyways, one of two main tourist attractions this place has to offer: The other one is Huozhoushu 霍州署, a large Ming-dynasty administrative complex: Looks nice, doesn’t it? There are […]


cruelty lines

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I just lay there on my bed, thinking and thinking: should I stay or should I go? My cold was still there. Eventually I got up and packed up, strapped my shoes on, put on my bags, opened the door and walked out into the wide open. It was there that I found the mysterious […]


in the bunk

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I look like shit today: Better take a day off to buy some medicine and get some rest. The problem is, how to take a day off? I still: 1) take pictures, 2) write stuff, 3) WALK. Well, at least I’m not making miles today, though. Only a short way to the smallest restaurant I’ve […]


mistaken

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This morning I made a mistake. I looked at the map and thought: 15km is not that much, I can easily walk it off in the afternoon! So I wasted a long time doing nothing, looking at magazines, not realizing what a long day lay ahead of me: Even though some of these covers might […]


invisible Russians

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An easy day. Mild temperatures. Roads winding through little villages. People hanging out everywhere, passing the time. Old people: Young people: I saw another burial on the way, but I didn’t take any pictures this time, I just stood there trying not to bother anyone. From what they told me an average funeral ceremony costs […]


more than numbers

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Two zero zero eight. It’s the year of the Olympics alright. Most radio and TV stations have been broadcasting a daily countdown for the last couple of months now: “just a friendly reminder: the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games are XXX days ahead!” One thing is for sure though – China would always win gold when […]