Yearly Archives: 2016

out of shape

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It’s always the same: Whenever I am about to embark on a journey, I feel nervous. This time was no exception. I hadn’t walked in more than a month, a new country lay ahead, winter was coming. I hated it. But there is always an upside: it can feel pretty nice to just do things […]


FC

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Stayed in again. Finished up a bunch of blog entries. Sorted some stuff. Made a short video of some of the footage I had taken in Astana: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube Then I went down to the hotel restaurant and had a large […]


our bar

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So the snow had eventually followed me all the way to Shymkent: I stayed in and compiled some of the footage from Turkistan into a short clip: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube No anti-flicker and no effects. Enough work as it was. Then I […]


cold Dubai

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Astana feels like a cold Dubai. The buildings are high, there are glittering lights everywhere, and nothing is old or imperfect. So I was very happy when I saw this little library/café: Maybe there will be more charming places like this in the future. Went to a pyramid and found out it was closed: Okay, […]


the Death Star

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So today I was shown around Astana. First thing I saw was ice in big fat blocks: They were apparently going to be part of some installation. Now if you can have ice just laying around without having to worry about it melting, that means it’s pretty cold around you. And yes, the river was […]


holy water to the capital

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Took a cab today: Charming car, friendly driver. We went to a place called Otrar (or Farab) about an hour away from Turkestan. It was a ruin city: I didn’t know much about the place apart from the fact that Al-Farabi, an important philosopher from the 10th century, had been born here. I remembered that […]


pleasant praying place

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I got up early in the morning because I wanted to capture the sunrise near the mausoleum: But alas! I failed. What I did manage to capture was the pollution though: See the layer of smog in this picture? I was told that it came from a local heating plant. That’s why it was usually […]


Tamerlan’s first

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Hopped on a marshrutka to an ancient city called Turkestan today: The ride took about three hours, and once I was there, I saw stuff that looked old and suspiciously new at the same time: So I walked around a little until I found the main attraction of the place: By loading the video, you […]


Olympic Wedding Games

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Today I looked around in Shymkent for a while: One thing is clear by now – Kazakh people really love weddings: If there was something like an international competition of weddings, say the Olympic Wedding Games of some sort, I am sure Kazakhstan would be taking home more than one trophy. And maybe even all […]


davay!

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Saw the Caboose today: It had been a month since I had left her. “Come on, let’s go, dude”, she said. Or maybe she even said: “davay!” But I wasn’t ready to go just yet. This was because my visa for Uzbekistan was only valid after December 10th. But it was also because I felt […]


snow bus

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With my new Uzbek visa in hand, I went to the bus station: I was going to go back to Shymkent, the place where the Caboose was waiting for me: But first I had to wait. So I found a café and did some work: Mostly that meant just replying to tons of emails. I […]


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: By loading the video, you […]


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: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube 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 […]


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: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube


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.