Monthly Archives: August 2008

the good, the bad & the ugly

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This is a leaf from the rain forest: This is a weird fruit from the rain forest: And here’s a huge spider, also from the rain forest: I think including its legs it was about as large as my hand (not just my palm!), but I didn’t go near to take a more exact measurement. […]


cute as a button

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We took a boat to a place called Wuzhizhou Island 蜈支州岛 today: What a haven of serenity – where the ocean likes to gently play with the shore… …Juli’s tan is slowly getting darker and darker… (yeah I know, it’s hard to see it from here) …and my belly is rapidly getting fatter and fatter: […]


Russians too

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Remember I told you about the invisible russians before? Well, they’ve gotten pretty…visible now: Almost everything, every hotel and restaurant at Dadonghai 大东海 sports a sign in Russian and Chinese. …and then there are even some places that seem to cater only to Russians: There are some cultural differences though. For instance, the Russians seem […]


who’s reading Anna Seghers?

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I was feeling a lot better today, so we went out: Ah yes, that’s right: We went to a very nice place… There were even some stranded jellyfish: We took a walk along the beach when we got to an artificial island called Phoenix Island 凤凰岛 – they’re planning to build a multiple star hotel […]


three dreams

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Upon arrival in a perfect holiday location, the first thing I do is I get sick. Just my kind of luck. … When I woke up this morning my arms felt really heavy, and I had this headache as if someone had knocked me over with a two-by-four. Juli obviously thought I looked like shit, […]


fly south

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Well, this is good: Sanya- city of palm trees and coconuts.


raph-mike-don-leo

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We went to a huge place called Computer City 电脑城 today, which was basically a shopping mall for electronics, much like Beijing’s infamous Zhongguancun (phonelessness). I needed a new tripod, a protective sleeve for my new cell phone, and I definitely needed a bunch of TV series to copy to my hard-drive…for the boring and […]


when do they become history?

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Today we went to the Jianchuan Museum 建川博物馆, the largest privately owned museum in China, 50km outside of the city. There was an exhibition about the 5-12 earthquake (above shaking grounds) that we wanted to see: I don’t know what exactly I had been expecting… …lots and lots of pictures, arranged on a day-by-day basis, […]


revisit my days

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Juli cut me loose in the city today. She was planning to go shopping with one of her girlfriends, and I didn’t like shopping, and they didn’t want to go shopping with me anyways, so I was free to roam the crowded streets… …and dissolve within the masses: Ha! I wasn’t planning on getting lost […]


teen hamster pet

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A birthday cake: Happy birthday!


sheep treatment

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Anybody still with me – or am I in this all by myself now? So anyways here I am in the South, where it’s hot and humid… …and the people like to hang out and have spicy food until late at night: We went to a bar and met up with our friend Jia Meng […]


present the team

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Alright guys, I know there’s probably some of you who can’t wait to see me back on the trail asap. Sounds good, and I do miss the desert quite a bit actually, but I’m going to have to tell you that it’s not going to happen within the next three weeks. …you might have figured […]


Pete and the Lama

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Incense… Sunday, August 28th 2005: an unsuccessful attempt to hold back my tears at the Hanover Airport. A short flight, some dead time at another airport, then a long flight. 16 hours later I was there. The day when I first got to China: I remember being in a state of shock, finding my body […]


the scent of subversion

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We went to the 798 Art District 798艺术区 today, a 1950s factory compound northwest of the city that had been taken over by the art community in the mid-nineties. Everyone here knows it, and especially the foreign crowd seems to enjoy the subtle ‘scent of subversion’ in the air. A fun place: But there have […]


phonelessness

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Juli had left me alone today and went out to see her best friend. Friends are important, and she told me she’d be back tomorrow, so I spent an afternoon in a café in the Wudaokou 五道口 university area: Then I realized I needed a new cell phone (mine already showed some serious corrosion damage […]


her…again

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China can ROCK

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Today’s post has 3 parts: tickets, the visa, and ROCK. 1) tickets: Lilu and I had devised a brilliant plan: buy black market tickets! “There are people selling them virtually everywhere,” friends had told us, “just go to the venues and look around!” So we did – but when we got to the volleyball stadium […]


remember the time when…

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The city seemed like it was about to drown in heavy rain again today: And since I was waiting for the final phone call confirming my new visa (priorities) every second now, I chose to stay in and spend the day inside: I was happy that my flatmate Lilu was there too. We always had […]


get some gear

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I went to refresh some of my stuff today. You see, some of it seems really run down already – like my pants for example: So I got some new pants and some shorts: That was the easy part. The hard part is about the headache I get when I realize the need for new […]


where is it different?

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Does Beijing feel that much different now that the Games are on? I mean, of course there’s a lot of stuff going on around the venues – and I envy everyone who has a ticket to the competitions – but what about the city itself, where is it different? I’ve been wondering about this question. […]