Monthly Archives: November 2016

when things go as planned

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Ten in the morning, and I was here: And behind those buildings, the embassy of Uzbekistan: There was no line. No waiting time. No hassle. Just a friendly lady behind a counter who asked me for my paperwork. Her English was better than my Russian. She told me to go to a certain bank and […]


wait, please!

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Tried to get my visa for Uzbekistan today. First the dudes working at the hotel reception helped me call the Uzbek embassy to ask for an appointment. I had all the necessary paperwork and a Letter Of Invitation: “Please call back at four!” we were told. It was ten in the morning. So I waited. […]


soup makes happy

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I had arrived in Bishkek late at night. And by “late at night” I mean “early in the morning”. So I slept a little, and when I woke up I looked out of the window and saw the snow in the light of day: I went outside looking for food: It was cold but not […]


beautiful from above

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Got up, had breakfast, went down to the metro: Reached the airport in time. Everything went smoothly: I took a plane to Istanbul: And another one to Bishkek: It was a low-cost airline where you had to pay extra for food and drinks on the plane. There was no onboard entertainment system. The seats seemed […]


like Christmas

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I don’t enjoy packing my bags. Really, I don’t enjoy it at all. It usually happens on the day of my departure, and it’s one stressful ordeal. So today I felt as if I really didn’t have the time to go on another walk with Feivel. But he wouldn’t have any of it. “Let’s go!” […]


getting ready

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A few more walks with Feivel: A bit more messing around with the site: And I was ready to leave.


hey Beavis

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I booked my ticket “home” to The Longest Way today: Then I had some cognac from Kyrgyzstan: And then I tried on a shirt that I had recently bought: I was going to leave it here to wait for me until I was back.


lake day

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Got my blood checked today: Then I visited my grandma and we went to a lake together: It was nice:


forgotten illness

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While my computer was busy copying all of those files, I went out with Feivel: The world seemed calm and at peace. Only sometimes the reality of Trump would seep back into my mind. Shit, I would think, shit, shit, shit. It felt like an illness that I was trying to forget about.


hard drives

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So far during the last few months of walking, I have accumulated a bit more than 1,5 terabyte of data. It takes a while to copy all of that: And by that I mean… … it takes forever. Also, I worried:


out with Feivel

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Nothing more:


the model

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Busy taking pictures of my book today: I needed them for my site: Of course I would have preferred to be out on the road photographing the sunset: But oh well.


books and the tramp

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One good (or bad) thing about writing is you always get a number of free books from your publisher. I spent the day mailing them to friends and family: Then I went out with Feivel, the dog: Here he is: He is a total sweetheart. And he used to live on the street, just like […]


old shoes old shoes old shoes old shoes old shoes

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So I am home. To be honest, it doesn’t feel strange to be here most of the time. I walk the dog. I hang out with my friends and my family. I eat. Anyway, my trusted walking shoes had a few busted seams, so I got them repaired by our local shoemaker: Fixing things feels […]


one last radio

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Appeared on the radio today: It’s a German show on DRadio Wissen, here’s the link: Christoph Rehage – mit einer chinesischen Reisegruppe quer durch Europa


wizard pool

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More walks: More food: And then I was on a train home again: I ended up playing pool that night: The premise was that whoever loses the game has to wear the hat: We called it wizard pool.


schnaps to the moon

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Here, at my relatives’ place, it was customary to have a drink in the morning: So I did that. And then it was just eating and talking and going for the occasional walk outside: I was reading a book called “First On The Moon” about Apollo 11. And in it I found this part where […]


Erika

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Why my interest in Mülheim, you ask? Well, let me tell you why: it is because of the German punk band Lokalmatadore. They are from here. And I like them very much. So today I went down to the river and found a place to sit down: Then I put in some of their all-time […]


hometown boy

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Went and saw the river Ruhr in Mülheim: I had always wanted to see this. The city itself wasn’t quite as industrial as I had expected it to be: But it was fun, and I stayed in a hotel that had an awesome old elevator: I don’t know why exactly, but I really liked it.


green glow

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Quiet day. Went and took a walk with the dog. Feivel is his name. And sometimes he glows in the dark.