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: But that was okay. I wasn’t scared anymore. So I packed up and grabbed the Caboose, and we left this place where we had been so terrified: That’s when I ran […]


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. Still, I was happy about every single night I didn’t have to spend outside. I walked for a […]


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: 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 guesthouse, a restaurant, and a döner grill: And it has the bestest thing ever: Lavash! This […]


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: But after that I was back on the road again: It wasn’t really any […]


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: It was neither too hot nor too cold, and everything was quiet: It was very nice. I felt perfectly happy, and there was only a short moment of irritation […]


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: I left anyway. With my iPhone gone, I didn’t have any mobile internet anymore. I owned another phone, a Samsung that I used solely as a pocked camera. So I went to […]


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. […]