Monthly Archives: October 2016

flying is bad for the environment

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Took a plane today. Felt terrible about it. First of all I wanted to keep walking. The weather was good. My legs were good. My back was good. Everything was good. But I had to go back to Germany. My new book was out (which was great), and I had to promote it (which was […]


rest

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Stayed one day in Bishkek. Rested. Updated the blog. Rested. Prepared for my flight home. Rested. Went shopping. Rested some more: And then I decided it was time for a rest.


sunflower seeds on the bus

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Had breakfast in Shymkent: Then I stored my Caboose at the hotel and went to the bus station: I took an overnight ride to Bishkek: I had a lot of sunflowers seeds on that bus. We stopped three times. The first time it was interesting: The other times not so much.


those who like golden things

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When I woke up, my head hurt. There had been a lot of noise in the hotel during the night, and with “noise” I mean the kind of noise prostitutes make when they want their clients to get it over with. It was depressing. I left the hotel and pulled the Caboose through some back […]


king of the hill

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I had to leave early in the morning, because it was going to be a long way today. So I left the house of the friendly Azeri family at around eight: Walked past a little shop: And then I was out on the highway again: It turned out to be hills all day. Just up […]


outshot

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The morning was sunny and the sky was blue: As I was leaving Turar Ryskulov, I walked past this gentleman preparing a huge pot of plov: And it took me a while until I understood that it was for a restaurant he was about to inaugurate: He asked me if I wanted to stay, but […]


soul fooomnomnomnom

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I had bought some vodka the night before: And some pickles to go along with the V: Then I went about switching the inner tube on my tire: And I found the evil-doer that had stabbed it: Cursed be thee, evil-doer! Then I wandered around town: Had dinner in this place called “Soul Food”, a […]


autumn to a pool

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Woke up in Zoe’s living room: It had been a warm night under the Mecca poster next to the oven: Zoe was in a great mood, and so was I: We hung out for a while, having tea and talking about the ways of the world, then at around noon I finally got on my […]


super heroes

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In the morning the dude who had told me the way to the hotel showed up: His name was Yerig. It was snowing outside, and I didn’t really feel like walking: So I stayed in and took some selfies with Madina and Murka: We were very serious about our selfie-taking: Only Murka seemed a bit […]


hole in the sky

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When I woke up, the pilgrims had already left. So I said good-bye to Katya and her husband, the owners of the pilgrim guesthouse: Then I left the village that was called Aisha Bibi after the mausoleum: One time I saw a single dog on the road: I still wonder where it was going. Another […]


killing fun with pilgrims

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Left Taraz and my perfect hotel today. And what do you know, the city actually seemed a bit bigger now that I was walking through it. There was a burger place: A church: A mosque: And an amusement park: The snow had all but disappeared, and it felt like autumn again: When I passed the […]


hehe, tomatoes

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Stayed in. Had a bunch of tomatoes: Watched some Beavis & Butt-head cartoons. Made a video about why the DJI Osmo sucks: Living the good life.


a border run and a donkey vehicle

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I was in Kazakhstan on the 15-day visa-free program. And my 15 days were about to run out. So I hopped into a cab and went to the border at Grodikovo: Luckily, it was very close to Taraz: When I got there, everything went very smoothly: In and out in just over an hour. I […]


Chanel

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Had the best hotel room ever. Well, it wasn’t exactly a room. It was more like an apartment: An apartment with a bedroom: …and another bedroom: …and an awesome hot shower: And for some reason the place was less expensive than the regular hotel that I had looked up before. Oh, and it had the […]


looming loo

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The sky was strange this morning: Approaching. Looming. Foreboding. Made for an interesting time-lapse though: (I wish I could turn this into an ever-looping gif.) There was not much to see besides the clouds: One time a sign that said Taraz appeared. It was made up of a bunch of stones on a hill: I […]


octopi

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Woke up in my room and saw the light shining through the window: Suddenly everything felt a little less spooky than before. The dead dog was still there though. I was told that the necessary “tools” to remove his body were missing. I had breakfast with Hamzat, a Russian of Chechen origin: Really cool guy. […]


sleep, God’s creature, sleep

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Got going in the early morning: I was looking at white mountains in the distance: And at a snowy expanse at my side: At one point, I ran into Chalymzhan, who was driving a herd of sheep next to the road: We took a photo together with his horse, a beautiful creature that was not […]


from the suite to the white line

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At some point I realized that I was actually staying in what was a suite in this Soviet-style guesthouse. I had a giant bathroom: A room with some couches: And a bedroom: It was easy to imagine a Communist Party bigwig some thirty or forty years ago staying here, enjoying the amenities of the suite. […]


WTF snow?!

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When I woke up, I was able to feel the physical dimensions of my skull. So I decided to stay put. After a while I went out and played with some dogs outside: Felt better after that. Then I worked a bit. There was a dragonfly in the room that kept me company, so that […]


just say no

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The time-lapse thingy from the night before turned out okay: I got on the road at around eight, and I took a shadow selfie when I did: …which was later outdone by a bunch of people on social media. It seems as though almost everybody is better at this than I am. It was going […]