Monthly Archives: October 2008

what will they say?

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There are oilfields here in Shanshan: Guess who’s drilling? Right, the ladies and gentlemen from Tuha Oil City (crude oil). We didn’t get to know any of them though, so we weren’t able to find out what it feels like to drive 300 kilometers to work. … Vincent from Taiwan 台湾 was riding his bike […]


is this the end?

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The Yu family I was staying with was very friendly, and they wouldn’t let me go unless I had breakfast with them: They told me that the largest stretches of Gobi desert now were behind me, and that I could look forward to walking through more populated areas from now on. The end of the […]


it’s all in the family

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The night had been good. No filth, no noise. All I could hear was the wind blowing outside, which made for a very cozy feeling in my little room. …but still, I really didn’t feel like walking anymore, so today it was all about the road signs: …another 100km through those empty spaces… Sometimes I […]


oh, what a good thing!

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Hongshankou – a crappy little place full of bad food, dirty beds and cheap hookers: So happy to leave that place! There was another stretch of nice fresh highway I found right after I started walking though, and that really cheered me up: Here’s part of my diet during these days: Nang bread and cucumber. […]


blown away

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When I got up and looked out of the door, the other guys were preparing to go to work, and the wind had come: …the wind that everybody had been talking about. You see, it’s what they call a wind gap 风口 – the area between two mountain ranges where the winds have a natural […]


Mozart, please help me with your violins!

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Oh, had I only known about my friend Uncle Shen’s snoring habits before! Last night the man fell asleep right away, and then he went at it like a gang of chainsaws in the virgin forest, making it virtually impossible for me to get any sleep at all. When I got up I felt like […]


out with Uncle Shen

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I got back on the long red line going west today: There was some pretty crappy weather out there – strong winds and rainfall – and the distance to the next town seemed somewhat overwhelming, but I had Uncle Shen with me, who was slowly riding his bike along… …so at least it didn’t get […]


choo-choo

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How come my feet are so dirty? Well, we went to the place where they offload coal today… …and that’s where we saw… her: 8195 – what a boring name for such a beautiful old locomotive: I think they should have named her after a girl, or some big old lady. Not just a number. […]


fire in the hole

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If you’ve read yesterday’s post, you know that I came here with basically no expectations at all. …that being said, now please allow me to present to you the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at: Doesn’t look like much, does it? That’s exactly what I thought at first, and I’m not going to make too […]