Monthly Archives: August 2012

who wants to stay in Stalin street?

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When I stepped out into the morning, the first thing I noticed was a flat tyre on the Caboose. I messed around with it for a while, trying not to feel bothered by the bystanders. “Look, it’s broken,” they would say to each other. “He’s trying to fix it.” Yeah well, it didn’t help. I […]


pig head

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After yesterday’s 50k, I didn’t feel like walking anymore. So I spent a quiet day in the regiment. Strolled through its parks… …through its streets: …through its living quarters: …and through its back alleys: One time I got to a market: I looked at spices… …at toys… …and at pig heads: And given the awesome […]


look down look up

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I wasn’t going to walk very far today. At least that was the general idea when I set out: The road was quiet and nice: …until I had to switch back to the freeway: I didn’t like walking in the realm of rushing vehicles, so I spent most of the time looking at the green […]


look closer

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Sometimes we have to look a bit closer in order to find what we’ve been looking for: (Note that it says “hotel 旅社” in the window over the door.) I left the shop/hotel in the morning, even though the owners were urging me to stay. They knew walking wasn’t very easy for me, since I […]


Eiffel Tower bridge

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If you will, please take a look at the map above: see the knot in the long red line? … I said good-bye to Lake Sayram early in the morning, when only the birds and the dogs were awake: Then I entered the first tunnel: During the last 5000 kilometers, there have been tunnels before that […]


sheep wars

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Today, the sky was blue again. I decided to wander around in the mountains, and I felt that the only way to do this properly was with baroque in my ear. So CPE Bach it was. I walked slowly: Sometimes what I saw reminded me of the Alps: And sometimes it reminded me of something […]


the rolling of the clouds

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When I peaked outside my window, it was rainy: Heavy clouds came rolling over the mountains: I was glad I had chosen to stay in for the day.


Bazinga!

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Said good-bye to the Mongols and to Whitey. Left the yurt. Started walking along the lake: Two truck drivers stopped and gave me tomatoes: Made a video of myself saying things: But most of this blabla wasn’t even the truth. What I actually wanted to say was: There I was, huffing and puffing and screaming […]


dirty pearl

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I was going to stay in my yurt all day: But there was the presence of that massive body of water nearby. The lake. So I stepped outside and left the yurt camp: I came to a gate in front of the lake, three dudes were there. They were selling tickets: 40RMB. I shrugged, paid […]


café latte

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When I left Sitai, the people there had already told me that the way ahead was going to be much harder than the day before. I waved good-bye and got on my way: …ran into two Uyghurs: …climbed the road in all its steepness: It was terrible. On a flat road, I would usually be […]


friend with wings

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I woke up at night only to jot down some lines into my little notebook: When I left, the settlement was still asleep: The little shops and eating places lay quietly against the backdrop of the Gobi desert and the mountains: And then I was out there again: The green turned to brown again: All […]


traveling

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At about 9 in the morning, I was back on the map: I had a banana for breakfast, and I had it peeled from the top: Like a monkey! There was cotton everywhere: Then Xiao Huiru 肖慧如 showed up: She offered me grapes, and while we were talking and walking, I found out that she […]


patting the melon

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The way ahead was just too scary. So I stayed in and hung out with the people from the hotel: Took pictures in the kitchen… …and more pictures: Then I went to yet another food place… …and had some rice noodles: Took pictures with little kids: …and more little kids: One of them was going […]


om-nom-nom-nom

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A knock on the door breaks my laziness. Someone is standing there, offering me a big handful of grapes. Hm… grapes.


missing it

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I didn’t leave. I walked around the village until I found some old structures: …and the desert park behind them: It wasn’t a very big desert. In fact, it was tiny as hell: I took my shoes off and wandered around in the dunes: Looked at weird plants… …left my footprint here… …and there: Made […]


Batman

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My first day of rest was good. I did some laundry: All the while I kept hearing these noises outside, so when I was done washing my dirty clothes I decided to follow the long trail of melon seeds outside in the hallway: It was a celebration for local kids who had recently been accepted […]


wolfberries

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A perfect night: quiet, peaceful, relaxing. I woke up to a breakfast of cantaloup melon and a dish of noodles. Then the owner’s little nephew and I took a bunch of action photos: Mainly he posed, and I took the pictures: The sky was blue, there was laughter in the air. I was happy. Then […]


a friend coming in from afar…

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When I woke up, even the bugs were still asleep: I passed a structure that somehow resembled the Great Wall: Then I was on the long, straight road to the city of Jinghe: There were green fields left and right, and I was happy: Jinghe is a rather large settlement with a capita of 120.000. […]


pimp my truck

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I eventually had to leave the little village: Ran into two bikers on the way: They were going home to their native town of Jinghe, a rather big settlement about 65 kilometers from here. I was very much looking forward to that place – clean sheets, Internet, food en masse… But before that, there was […]


yes my laptop is pink shut up

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I decided to stay one more day in the land of leisure and melons. …also, I felt just slightly intimidated by the Gobi desert that was waiting for me out there. The sissy that I am.