Monthly Archives: July 2008

pull back the curtains

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Hey, check it out: I think we’re in the desert! Robozwerg says: “Whaaat?”


Dunhuang

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In the morning, Robozwerg‘s eyes were much better, but the bike was much worse. It seemed like it was just kind of slowly falling apart: The weather had changed for the better though – there was absolutely no wind today. So we joined in our efforts to push the Cucumber and the Caboose together: At […]


if you can’t fight it – jump on it

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Yesterday had been a disaster, but little did we know that today was going to be even worse. Robozwerg‘s eyes were a mess: a funny pink color, all swollen up, and constantly watering. The poor dude couldn’t even blink. So we figured he best take some antibiotics and apply an ointment, and then put on […]


the best of all melons

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We knew things weren’t going to be easy during the next 120k, so we had made some preparations: – 24 cans of congee 八宝粥, – 30l drinking water + 1 extra water gallon, – 2 plastic chairs, – 1 huge sun shade, – a large mat to lay down on, – lots and lots of […]


whey yuh a seh!

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Yaga yaga, coo pon dat bwoy: A fe mi bredda: Ya nuh see? No kya weh im tun, im flex fayva bad mon, nuh true? A so im tan. We a-go lef inna di morrows. Mo’time! Robozwerg says: Fa real.


wildstyle

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We were still hanging out, and even though we knew that we needed to get some things for our next walking days, we were not planning on leaving the house. Not today: So what did we do instead? – We watched some funny TV-series. – We laughed at Snoop Dogg destroy some dudes in a […]


the fruit basket

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I think some of you have been with me long enough to know what I like to do once I get to a city after a few days of hard walking: Precisely… nothing. Robozwerg says: “…and I have nothing to add to this.”


songs about sh…

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We said good-bye to the family we had been staying with: Then we got on that melted tar again: Some friendly dude and his wife stopped and gave us two melons: Isn’t that nice? … Then we started singing: I know some of you are probably not going to believe this. There are no videos, […]


turning heads

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We had spent the night in a small private home that was accustomed to taking in guests over night: Then we headed north, leaving the winding country roads and the green behind. …diving head-first into the heat and into the dust. The only thing interesting out there were some weird earth formations: I figured some […]


pancakes

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It was a long yet easily winding road: We were able to fill up on cold beverages in little places along the way: Since we were hauling too many water melons and one of them was just about to go bad, we decided to drop it right there: Almost as much fun as eating! We […]


five wheels better than no wheel

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We tied the Caboose and the Cucumber together and put our straw hats on: Then we got on our way: Robozwerg was riding, I was walking along. The whole Cucumber-Caboose construction wasn’t as easy as we had figured, but we managed to keep it moving: Somehow, we were on a very green and very winding […]


Cucumber II

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I still didn’t think much of the idea of my little brother walking through the Gobi desert. No experience. No additional Caboose to haul the extra luggage around. No contingency plan. I knew he really really wanted to walk, but I just didn’t allow it. …the beauty of being the bigger brother. So we went […]


straw hats and watermelons

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We eventually took the train back to Yumen, the place where I had left off several days ago (a natural fool). A car took us to the hotel: But we weren’t allowed to rest for too long, because we needed things. We needed hats to fight off the sun: And hats to fight off the […]


the girl with the bird

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It usually doesn’t rain much in this part of the country – but today it definitely did: We were hanging out in the hotel lobby writing postcards, having tea and reading books, while everyone outside was getting drenched: And then it suddenly stopped – the sun came back out, and the wetness disappeared: … Just […]


coffin nail

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It’s slow, it’s tiresome, and it doesn’t even pay any money – walking is often overrated. But what else could I do? Maybe I should have chosen a career in steel production: But since I couldn’t handle the heavy drinking during the breaks… …and also because I was only willing to accept a position where […]


my own truth

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It’s not what it looks like: We didn’t watch TV all day. Instead, we went out and visited some beautiful temples, met some wonderful people and awed at all the stunning sceneries. I just didn’t take any pictures. Robozwerg says: Don’t believe a word! He’s such a liar!


the cry-train

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We slept until lunchtime. Then we had some food and some tea, and then we sat around doing nothing. …it was very late in the afternoon that we finally decided to take a cab into the desert: We went to a place southwest of the city called First Pillar 第一墩: …the western end of the […]


touchdown

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I had been waiting just about long enough, when suddenly some dudes showed up outside: They had two massive 4x4s, and they were going to drive from Hong Kong to the UK within a month’s time or so: Very cool guys. But it wasn’t them I had been waiting for. … Then, at 9pm, at […]


the phoenix foundation

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Guess what… I sat in my room all day, waiting: Watching MacGyver.


walkin sux, srsly, les jus tek da train

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I stored my Caboose in a shop within the hotel: Then I went and got a train ticket back to Jiayuguan (Jiayuguan): I said good-bye to my dear Teacher Xie (Teacher Xie) and waited for the train: I got on the train: The train was was full of different faces going to different places: We […]