Monthly Archives: March 2017

selfploitation

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Right before the last time I started walking in China in July last year, I had taken a timelapse video, meaning a series of 400+ individual pictures. These pictures needed to be aligned, otherwise the resulting video would appear jumpy. Of course there were software routines that could take care of this, but they turned […]


trampolines

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Took a walk with Feivel, the dog: I don’t know why, but Germans really seem to love trampolines lately: It’s like there is a trampoline in every other yard. And I’m wondering: why don’t they just get one big trampoline for all the kids in the neighborhood? Wouldn’t that be more fun? But what do […]


the shittiest of all things

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Had to do a bunch of paperwork today: Write bills. Pay bills. Sign papers. File documents. Declare taxes. I never thought about wanting to be rich that much. Cars don’t interest me that much. Neither do ships or huge houses. But I would like to be rich enough to have a personal assistant do all […]


teeth

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Went to the dentist today: It’s important to do that at least once a year. (Oh, and I took a picture of myself that is totally awesome, will definitely put it in the new TLW video!)


TLW chocolate?

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I had brought home a can of beer from the Czech Republic, because it had evoked feelings of nostalgia: Remember this ram? The great dignified Kozel? My days in Uzbekistan suddenly seemed very close. Oh, and I came home to find this: A box of chocolates with the TLW logo on them! It was a […]


Hello, Taiwan!

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Woke up fairly early because I had a date with Taiwan. My book “The Longest Way” had come out in Taiwan recently, so my publishers there had arranged a virtual meet & greet: A few dozen readers from the other side of the planet had come together to talk via video chat: The publishers had […]


speaking in Plauen

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I was going to speak in Plauen today, so in the morning I left my hotel and went to the central station. I bought some roasted almonds on the way: But then I got confused. You see, the Czech Railways never tell you the platform of your train in advance. That means you have to […]


Slower Pulse

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I have this site, it’s about vodka brands, and I called it Slower Pulse (because that’s one thing that alcohol does to you, it slows down your pulse). The concept of the site is simple: I drink vodka and write about it in a very amateurish way. Today I decided to write a new post: […]


Kafka head

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Took a walk around town. Obviously, Prague was very different from Central Asian towns. But there was one thing both had: Little flower shops next to the road. And in the subway: Apart from that, the city seemed just like the rest of Central Europe, only particularly pretty: There was a Kafka head right outside […]


swimming around the moon

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Finally being done with my emails, I had some room to do what I really wanted to do – read and swim. I was working through a big fat book by the NASA called “First On The Moon”. It wasn’t easy. The book was interesting at times, but insanely boring most of the time. There […]


vegetarian

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Nothing better than looking at an empty inbox. Unfortunately, I was a looooooooooooooong way from that. So I spent all day replying to emails. Then I went out and had dinner in a vegetarian place next door: The food was perfect: good and cheap. Still, I missed the days when I was just walking around […]


wind down

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My friends left, and I moved to a quiet hotel room: I was going to stay in Prague until Saturday, when I was booked for another presentation in Plauen. Relax, wind down. Get back on top of my email inbox. Update the blog. Read. Swim. Eat. Sleep. Sleep. Sleep.


air + greens + water

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By now we felt as though there was a certain need to detox, so we went outside and actually had a look at the city: Prague was nice. I ordered a salad as a late afternoon lunch: Then we went to a sauna that was located on a boat floating in the Vltava: You could […]


speaking in Prague

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Came to the Kolem Světa festival today to give a presentation: It was my third time here, and it was fun as always. There were some hick-ups with my computer, but there was also some exotic dancing (not by me), and the audience was just great. Then I ate, and then I slept. Later that […]


the bishop

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A long car ride later… …and I was in Prague. I wasn’t there by myself, and I wasn’t there without drinks, either: That night I ended up with my friends, having overpriced alcohol, looking at women taking their clothes off: Not the worst kind of life.


pay to be alone

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Rode a train to Munich today. I needed to go to Prague for my next presentation on Saturday, and I was going to go there with a friend who was driving from Munich. My train ticket was so cheap I upgraded to First Class, which meant a little more space and a lot less people […]


bigly

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I think the time to consider ourselves “above politics” is over. When the fringes of society are making themselves heard on the internet, then the people in the center can’t just stay quiet and pretend their silence is loud enough. So I decided to become Donald Trump’s bigliest fan on Twitter: It’s simple. The man […]


limbo

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Haven’t been doing much walking lately. Sometimes I feel like I’m in limbo: between presentations, between continents, between yesterday and tomorrow. So I went and took a walk with Feivel today: Tried to clear my head. Failed.


authenticity

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Went to the city today, and when I was there, I decided to have lunch in a food court: Sometimes I wonder about the authenticity of foreign food. I mean, I used to think Chinese food in Germany was just that: Chinese food. Until I went to China, where the food turned out to be […]


baking

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Tried to bake a cake today. I would… tell you the recipe but I’m really just too lazy to translate it, sorry. The cake was good, though.