I am the fool

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My attempt at an April Fool’s joke was a day too late, and nobody seemed to fall for it anyway.

Instead, they saw right through all those petty lies…

“Inner peace? Chris? WTF??”

…or so they would say.

I am still working on my weird beard video.

hotel room

My special thanks goes out to The Kingpins and Indochine for letting me use their song.

And to all you guys for bearing with me and my subtle German humor.

I’ll be back on the track in a couple of days.



  • Hermann Mensing

    Inner peace and never ending love we bid for the enlightened wanderer between the eastern and the western hemisphere. boom shankar. (3.04.08 19:32 HM

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  • Alfredo

    About yesterday: no, I was not fooled, but I have learned to expect the worst! So I did not want to dismiss the idea of you ending the walk completely!

    Isn't it interesting that there seems to be a lot less cataloguing of ancient sites going on in China than in Europe? If you read Italian, you can buy guidebooks that describe every tiny old building in every village – where it is, what's inside, when it was built, etc. The most impressive series has over 20 volumes and they stack up to over a meter. It is popular enough that two or three years ago it was sold as a weekly supplement to a daily newspaper, and it sold out every week.
    I wonder how much of this difference is due to lower income levels, and how much is a different view of what aspects of the past are valuable. Certainly the Chinese seem to value old texts a lot – every time I visit a bookstore I seem to find editions of the classics targeted at children, like "300 Tang Poems" with pinyin text and short explanations… Now, that is a sort of book that does not have an Italian equivalent! Not because we lack the poems, but because we do not care!

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  • Anne

    The "shepard-story" was just a sentence of The Alchimist, Paolo Coelho…He is a bit like the Forrest Gump-type, keeps on running, escapes of the inner cage blabla.
    Das versuchen ja auch in dem Land wo du gerade bist ein paar mehr Leutchen, kriegst du davon eigentlich irgendwat mit?!Käseblätter hier sind alle voll davon…

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  • Marvin

    The April Fools joke was giving it the good OL college try.
    You are really giving us a glimpse of the diversity of China. I didn't have a clue. Your travels make me want to visit.
    You have really grown into a man. I see the pictures of you and It's hard for me to associatte the Christoph that was the stubborn, easy go lucky young man that shared my days with me not so long ago with the man I see in your correspondence today. You have grown well my young friend in more ways than in stature. I am proud.

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  • Maggie

    woohoo, back on the track!

    Alfredo, you always ask some very serious questions. I know you were not asking me. 🙂 I am thinking recommanding this site to some friends of mine so that they can answer your questions. 🙂

    Good job, Chris, your wonderful blog attracts so much attention as well as interesting thoughts… I enjoy the blog and the comments both. Thank you!

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  • Simone

    …unbelievable..!!!!! 🙂

    go on !

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  • Muriel

    Thank God you are back – I'd miss walking with you.

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  • Christoph

    Hermann Mensing: Thanks man, nothing like dem good ole inner peace & never ending love!
    jule: Immer gut gelaunt, was?
    Alfredo: I find your observations very interesting and precise indeed. Apparently there is a different understanding of "ancient" in Asian cultures. Don't nail me down on it, but I once read about one thing that I now find a very good example: There's a temple in Japan made of wood, it gets ritually burned and rebuilt every other decade or so. It's been going on like that for hundreds of years and to the locals it's of course considered an "ancient" temple. Now say you are the UNESCO and you are supposed to judge a 10-year old temple and determine whether it's to become an item on the World Cultural Heritage list or not. What do you do?
    Anne: Schwierige Frage. Merke im Alltag kleine sympatische Sachen. Das große Ganze bleibt mir verschlossen, die spektakulären Dinge sehe ich nicht.
    Marvin: Ha, in our hearts we know that I will always stay the fool I have been. The fool that I am. And Ghostie's friend. 🙂
    Maggie: I like the level of conversation we have here, it is very productive and polite! Very nice.
    claudia: 🙂
    Simone: unbelievable?
    Muriel: Yes, we're walking!

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  • jule

    alles andere ist seltene ausnahme…
    wenn ich hier wieder neue tagesberichte entdecke sowieso!

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  • alan

    I looked but only saw your hair are growing hehe

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  • Freddy

    I enjoyed reading about your journey. I don't read every day though. I was really fooled by your previous entry. But I was really happy for you that you've found something and would be ending this journey fruitfully (I was so stupid I was fooled hahaha!).
    Wish you the very best in the rest of your journey.

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  • Christoph

    jule: Deine gute Laune wird noch zum Objekt meines Neids!
    alan: Didn't see the fuzz?
    Freddy: Haha, so I did fool you, didn't I? Awesome!

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  • kev

    视频太大了,半天没看完……
    不过我明白你为什么不理发了,你想看看到德国之后,自己是什么样子是吗?用头发记录自己一路上的经历?
    哈哈~~
    不过建议你还是应该买顶帽子,新疆沙漠地区的太阳很毒的。

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  • jule

    ja wieso denn?? du scheinst doch auch kein kind von traurigkeit zu sein!! aber ich geb immer gern was ab, gute laune ist ja auch eines der seltenen dinge die sich vervielfachen (schreibt man das echt so?? sieht ja total bescheuert aus!) wenn man sie teilt… 🙂

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  • Christoph

    kev: 头发留长了就不用帽子咯~
    jule: Also immer lachen, lachen, lachen!

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