Monthly Archives: March 2008

rounding up the capital

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I got a ticket to fly back to Xianyang tomorrow. Wanna know all the boring details about my passport problem? So here it is: This passport was going to expire in October 2009. All the while, I had been trying to make myself believe that I could walk all the way home with this. Anyways, […]


silly asinine

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I got up early (noon) and took a forty minute cab ride to the embassy district. With the new regulations for the biometric passports in the EU, I needed to get a special picture for the application: Which somehow seemed to resemble a mugshot. I showed up at the consulate at about 14:20: Their opening […]


lounge and destroy

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Sunday – no passport applications today. So basically all I did was hang around at Xiaohei’s place. The poor guy had been working heaps of overtime the nights before. I was pretty tired as well, but I somehow managed to get myself to go out for a stroll around my old neighborhood: My friend with […]


running inversely

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Beijing?? WTF just happened? I got up at 6 in the morning, dropped my backpack off at the hotel front desk and took a cab to the airport: What a tired morning. What a quiet ride. What a weird feeling to do these things that I hadn’t thought I’d be doing again for a while. […]


tiny riots

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I don’t exactly understand how, but my computer died on me because of the Internet connection in my hotel last night. So I reinstalled the operating system and then took a walk over to another hotel. On the way, I noticed a lot of people standing around a pair of shoes: Well, they weren’t exactly […]


signs

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It has taken me quite a while to come up with this post. No need to worry though – computer problems. Well, like I announced in a post before, I got my boots strapped back on today in spite of the foot rash and started slowly moving out of the city: I accidentally came across […]


some words

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When I woke up this morning and felt my foot, I decided it was necessary to stay in for another day. Once I went out and tried to get some more effective medicine: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube (The sound got lost on this […]


foot/dish

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Wanna see my foot? I’m afraid there’s actually not that much to see, it’s just itchy as hell: So anyways I stayed in my hotel room on the 24th floor almost all day: I had a good serving of kungpao chicken 宫保鸡丁 and ate around the red things: Wimp that I am. Later that night, […]


illin’

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I got an itchy rash on my foot, so I went to see the doctor today. My first time in a Chinese hospital as a patient: I had to stand in line and register: Then I sat around in the corridor for a little while: Interestingly enough, I had to go to a department called […]


Muslims and water fountains

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The province of Shaanxi belongs to the Chinese West. This also means I see more and more Muslims the further I go, mainly the Hui-minority 回族: They appear very similar to the Han-Chinese 汉族 – but often wear white caps or headscarves: There is a very large and beautiful Mosque in the downtown area: When […]


looking for a connection

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Today saw me and my tour guide run around Xi’an looking for a hotel with better Internet access: I was in desperate need to upload a huge amount of pictures I had taken over the last few weeks, and none of the hotels downtown seemed to have network facilities that were really up to the […]