Monthly Archives: September 2016

Snickers for President, Medunok for VP

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When I stepped out from the door today, there was a grey sky that was hanging low over Bishkek. And it seemed to be leaking water: I went back in. But not without buying some candy first: This one is called Medunok Медунок, and it is awesome: I think it’s about as good as Snickers. […]


Bishkek

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It had been such a good night: a quiet room, a hot shower, a comfy bed. I almost didn’t want to leave. But leave I did. The Caboose had been staying out here, in the backyard of the hotel: We made our way through Korday, the border town. It had a movie theater: It had […]


approved by Michael The Snake

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When I woke up I realized that the storm was gone: I looked out of the tent and saw clouds rolling over Korday pass: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube But that was okay. I wasn’t scared anymore. So I packed up and grabbed the […]


one in nine hundred thousand

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When I woke up I felt very tired. It had indeed been a noisy night. The restaurant was open 24/7, and there were always patrons who came in late at night for some tea and some snacks. By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube Still, I […]


House of Osman

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Finally, I stepped out of the door, got my Caboose, loaded her up and started walking again. The land was vast and empty. Sometimes I would see people harvesting: Sometimes I would see farmhouses: Sometimes I would see people, like this old lady waiting for someone to take her to the village: Or cows just […]


viva la vash!

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Stayed in today to finish the rest of my laundry: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube Spent the remainder of the day hanging out at Avrazia. The place is in the middle of nowhere, yet it has everything. A gas station and some shops: A […]


Teddy’s indifference

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Woke up, grabbed my stuff and went to do an interview: Luckily, it was in English. I am not yet sure where and when it is going to be available. But I will let you know as soon as I know. The whole team was very friendly. Only Teddy The Dog seemed a bit indifferent. […]


is there a ninth circle?

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Had to wait until five in the afternoon. This was the time at which I had been told to go back to Window Number Four. So I went at five, and I when I did, I was expecting to enter yet another circle. The ninth one, the one right before the center of the universe. […]


seventh and eighth circle

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I woke up in a hotel room that had a nice colorful wallpaper: Ah, I thought, today is starting just right! Then I went to meet up with my friend Virgil. We were armed with a bunch of signed documents we had received at the police station and at the court the day before: So […]


circles three through six

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So the person behind the window (it had been window number 4) had told us to go to a certain address the next morning. The next morning – that was today. So we went to this building that looked like it was from Soviet times: And within the building, it seemed to be just corridors: […]


first and second circle

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Okay, so this entry is actually not only about today, but also about yesterday. For once I had arrived at Avrazia, I decided to hitch a ride to the border right away. So I went to the other side of the road and stood there for a while: Hitchhiking turned out to be harder than […]


Kurdistan

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Woke up in my tent, and hell yes, I was still alive: And except for my friends (the cows) having disappeared, everything was just the way it should be: It took me almost an hour to pack up all my stuff: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always […]


cows not snakes

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When I left the little town of Uzynagash in the early morning, I was feeling weak. My allergies had returned, and I was still struggling with a case of bad stomach. It was okay though. I went to a pharmacy to get some meds, then I went to one of these shops to get a […]


singers who fall from balconies

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I left Yegbakir’s family after breakfast, and when I did, it seemed as though the Caboose had found a new friend: I walked down village roads: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube It was neither too hot nor too cold, and everything was quiet: It […]


6-0-0-0

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I woke up knowing that I would dance today. But when I looked at my foot I didn’t really feel like doing anything: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube I left anyway. With my iPhone gone, I didn’t have any mobile internet anymore. I owned […]


hipster tragedy

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Okay, so I finally did it. I got up, gathered all my things and rolled the Caboose out from her storage and onto the street. Then I said good-bye to the good people from the hostel I had been staying at: Only Sarkozy (that yellow-eyed demon on the left) kept ignoring me. I suspect that […]


I can see for miles and miles and miles

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I was going to leave today. Load up the Caboose and walk, walk, walk. Promises had been made. Promises that I would leave. Leave. Leave. Finally, there would be one less German in Almaty, one less half-Hungarian in Almaty. One less one-eighth Russian/Armenian/Swiss-French-whatever in Almaty. Yet leave I did not. Instead I went and had […]


self-reflection

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Yes, the rain had come: I decided it would be my last day of therapy: Wanted to go to an outdoor store and ended up in a shop full of guns: Bought a knife: The handle was supposedly made from birch wood, and I immediately fell in love with it. I also got some additional […]


my friend Shawn and my mortal enemy Sarkozy

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Just a few more days of physiotherapy for me. I didn’t feel quite there yet. My back was better, yes. But it wasn’t 100% fine. I figured it didn’t need much more therapy, it just needed time. And I wasn’t supposed to lift heavily. So I went and had a nice club sandwich: Then I […]


smoke in my head

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Today I saw rain come to Almaty: It wasn’t quite there yet, but it would be here soon. I could only hope that I wouldn’t get too much rain when I was walking. Sure, the Caboose was waterproof, so there wouldn’t be much of a problem there, but my backpack and my camera bags weren’t. […]