Monthly Archives: April 2008

guess what I’m doin

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That’s right: Absolutely nothing! With all my clothes in the laundry, the only thing I can do is sit in my hotel room, watch TV and have food. GREAT! Sometimes I would look at the world behind the window blinds, and there would be some kids playing on the roof outside: Playing is nice. Sitting […]


Lanzhou

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Someone had lost his pig: Can’t see? Take a closer look: Eagle-eye Chris never lets a dead pig go unnoticed! … I was so happy I would finally make it to the city today: – new shoes! – chocolate! – a shower! – broadband! – a laundry! … The road was long and winding though: […]


sunshine

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I had spent the night in a trucker motel right next to the highway: …and when I woke up, I could see what was on the “window blinds” in my room: “Let’s take a look at how foreigners raise dogs. 看看老外怎么养狗。” The author focused mainly on the USA, and seemed fascinated by all the different […]


self-proclaimed doors

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I woke up early, then finished yesterday’s post and went out to have a good serving of dumplings: Today’s post is mainly about doors: (You can guess that nothing really exciting happened to me today, otherwise I wouldn’t have to escape into the realms of obscure art right now!) Well, I had been thinking about […]


paws

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You’ve seen it before on other pictures (things falling apart): Here in China, there’s much writing on the wall. This particular one reads: “daughters also carry on the family line. 女儿也是传后人。” – advising potential parents that a daughter will continue the family lineage just as well as a son. The problem: according to Confucian tradition, […]


tea & literature

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Chankou seems to consist of only two building rows hugging the highway: I spent an easy day (a nice day) having tea & reading in my book outside of a Muslim restaurant: They served an excellent eggplant (could have gone a bit easier on the grease though): 80km to Lanzhou. Oh, oh, oh…


to each his own

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Today was a bit too much for me: – the distance. – the “repaired” shoe (inner linings, children of the valley – oh, how I regret it!) – the inclining road (babies walk on roads inclined) – my cold. Damn. Well, I could have slept off the cold for another two days. And I tried […]


another walk in the park

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I’ve said it before: sometimes being bored in a nice way can be quite pleasant. Today was just that. … With my cold still in effect but noticeably getting better, I slowly waltzed out of this place today: You can see on the map how the road kind of winds around a mountain: There are […]


wieners

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My hotel seems almost completely deserted during most of the day: There’s a KTV-karaoke place on the second floor: Sometimes I can hear people sing, but I never go in. Rather I’d hang out in the little shop next door: Look at shelves full of wieners: And because I’m so bored, I created a Google […]


cold

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See the white stuff on top of the fruit-stands? The snow is back, and the cold is back – and I got myself just that: I got a cold. Using Chinese and Western medicine at the same time, I am somehow hoping that at least the disgusting taste might do some good for me: Why […]


little things

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A day in a little town. I wander around looking for decent chocolate: I write up yesterday’s post, fix some things on the site and try to stock up on movies. The afternoon sees me hanging out in a little store next to my hotel, when a girl comes in with this: Haiyang baobao 海洋宝宝 […]


overtaken

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I am so slow, I got overtaken today. Again, the sky cleared up and revealed the breathtaking beauty of the world: There weren’t that many places to resupply on food and drink, but I found some people with a large cool-box somewhere (about an hour before I got overtaken): Then, right before it happened, there […]


east west north or south

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Like I said before, there was a pair of donkeys in the yard of the farmhouse I was staying at: And there was this little pig: You might remember I’ve always had a thing for goofy-looking animals (sheepolution, camel #4). Lots of fun with this adorable one: (Sorry I kind of speak to animals in […]


all the good under the clouds

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Cloudy weather isn’t necessarily pretty, but it’s good to get work done: The same goes for walking: clouds = good. I noticed so many donkeys everywhere: Dear four-legged friends: some might say that horses are more stylish than you (with your long ears), but I still like you best! … I walked past a small […]


what is walking?

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I finally left Jingning behind: Before, I had to fill up on water and soft drinks in a small shop, and it was there that I found something to share with you: I have a standard answer when little Chinese kids get big eyes and say: “So tall! 好高啊!” It goes: “Drink milk! 喝牛奶!” Cuz […]


use/disuse/thanks

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Yesterday and today. Two days of my long way home. I feel weary: Maybe a bit like this old furnace in my hotel. Is it tired from the use? Or rather from the progress of time itself? But then: I’m neither that old or hardworking. … Guys: I want to say THANK YOU for your […]


eat up

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My day revolved mainly around noodles: …and fruit: I’m not going to make much words here. A lazy day.


2-0-0-0

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This is me after precisely two thousand kilometers: More hair (1-0-0-0). And another reason to get down: This time unfortunately, I wasn’t able to convince anyone to join me on the dancefloor. Anyway the old guy in the back said I had done a good job. I’m going to take that as a good omen. […]


lost causes

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There have been times on this trip when my behind was flaming with cold (the happy and the burning red, Christoph in hell) – but now as I’m sitting here, I have heat under my butt and a running nose. What happened? Well, before it came to this, I had to get out of Longde: […]


boring, good

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Tent, shoes, sleeping bag: All these things needed some time to dry. So I spent a boring day in a hotel that had chamber pots outside in the hallway: Being bored can be quite pleasant though at times.