Monthly Archives: September 2010

green dots on photographs, taken from low earth orbit

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Luckily for my feet, I didn’t have much distance left to Shihezi, the next important destination on my long red line. My good friend Zhu Hui (poor dogs and lucky dogs) lives there, so today he rode his bike over here and brought his 12-year old Taekwondo student Zong Zheng 宗正 along: They were going […]


the good lunch

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I got up at six and started walking a half hour later, when our part of the world was still completely covered in darkness: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube People were just getting up and starting their day: And there seemed to be less […]


sleeping with melons

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Bad health or not, it felt good to be out on the road again. The earth was beaming with sunlight: And I had my moon cake: Yummy!! I was about to take a shortcut at some point, but these friendly Uighur folks came running across the street to warn me that I was going in […]


ode to an eggplant

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The medication doesn’t seem to help. Maybe I don’t have a cold at all. Could it be that I am allergic to something out here? To walking…? … Anyway, I ordered some food and decided to get on the road again the next day, no matter what: I forget what this dish was called, but there […]


hats off to all writers of big fat books

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Guess what, I am still in my hotel room: It’s spacious and comfortable, and I got it for pretty cheap, so it’s okay. I am trying to get some words written down while I am here. Walking 1000km is definitely easier than writing 100 pages…


tied down

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Seeing that this was my summer vacation, I wasn’t very happy when I realized that my cold was going to tie me to a boring hotel room for the time being: I decided to take it easy and get some work done. … I treated myself to a massive bowl of Xinjiang Tangfan 新疆汤饭: This […]


achromaticity limpidity beef noodle additive

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I woke up feeling terrible. Maybe the cold had finally caught up with me? So here I am talking about food. There’s a typical dish in the Northwest of China, it’s called Lanzhou Noodles 兰州拉面, or just Beef Noodles 牛肉面: I have mentioned that I really like this dish before, only at that time I didn’t […]


he is I and I am him

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I got up in the early morning hours and started walking. It felt nice, because the air was fresh and there were not many cars around on the country road: I passed some parts that looked like a strange planet: And some structures… …that seemed like they were from a different time and age: I […]


black kites & silly geese

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I eventually dragged my sorry ass out from the castle and started walking again. One thing about Changji that really surprised me was its cleanliness – very unlike some of the other cities I’ve come through on my way from the capital. Apparently, this is due to an effort to transform Changji into a tourist […]


fearless vampire killers

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What was there to do? Stay in my castle of foot pain all day? I tried this option, but eventually I had to go outside and watch some dudes play a game of Chinese Chess 象棋 for a while: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube […]