Monthly Archives: November 2017

Speaking In Immenstadt

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Today was going to be the last one. No more presentations in 2017. No more presentations in 2018. And probably in 2019, too. Though I wasn’t one hundred percent sure about that, yet. A lot can happen in two years. Anyway, I drove further south today, and it started snowing: It kept doing that all […]


Speaking In Weingarten

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Sometimes I like to stop somewhere on the way to my next venue. Today I found a toilet. I really hadn’t expected to find a fucking toilet: Talk about protecting the environment all you want, but there are still people out there who decide to dump their toilets in the countryside. Fucking. Assholes. When I […]


the city that got mad

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Came to Stuttgart today. My next presentation was going to be a bit to the south of here: This city had been on the German national news for the last decade or so because her people were angry. The government and the federal railway had been planning to upgrade Stuttgart central station, and in doing […]


70%

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Woke up in yet another hotel: Then I drove to Munich. I was going to meet up with friends there. And when I did, I learned some fascinating new things. I learned about feminism, and how the German popular habit of calling Chancellor Merkel “Mutti” (“Mommy”) should probably be considered sexism, since male Chancellors have […]


Speaking In Karlsruhe

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This whole presentation thing involved a lot of time spent on the Autobahn: I have never liked driving. It bores me. Usually I’d blast loud music for a half hour, then I’d listen to The Dollop or the WaPo’s Presidential podcasts. I’d drink lots of water and coke. I’d eat a ton of cookies. I […]


Speaking In Konstanz

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When I came to today’s venue, I felt a bit disheartened. Konstanz (or Constance) is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. But it is apparently home to one of the ugliest universities you could ever imagine: I don’t know how people build universities today. But this sort of design seems to have been en vogue […]


Speaking In Kuppenheim

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So I came to this little town called Kuppenheim today. A local photography club had invited me to give my presentation. They only invited one speaker per year, so it seemed like quite a big deal. An honor. The venue was plastered with posters of yours truly: Then the audience showed up: I had put […]


Speaking In Marburg

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Brushed my hair to the side today: My hair might smell like coconut but I look like a dude from the woods. The venue in Marburg was awesome: A place where absolute legends had performed before me: Good. Oh, and I noticed that there seemed to be many blind people in Marburg. Turns out that […]


fortune cookies

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I don’t know if you remember, but there was this day almost ten years ago when I got a fortune cookie. I was still on my way through China, but I had come to Germany to sort out a visa thing, and I had somehow ended up with a fortune cookie in my hand. They […]


Speaking In Groß-Gerau

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Every country has its own absurdities. Germany, being inhabited by Germans, has many of them. One of the more absurd things about us is how we number our building floors. See, we don’t count the ground floor. So the “first floor” to us is the first floor on top of the ground floor, i.e. the […]


the toilet under the place where Hitler used to stand

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I woke up in a rather peculiar hotel: It was located right next to the Autobahn, near a town called Feucht. I had picked it the night before while browsing the map, mainly because I liked the name Feucht (“moist”), and because I liked the location. It was close to the site of the Nazi […]


Speaking In Regensburg

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Another long drive. I left the Thuringian Forest, which was already under a light cover of snow, and I drove down south to Regensburg in Bavaria: The crowd was awesome: It feels as though I am getting back into my presentation routine. My punchlines are getting better. And so is my timing.


speaking in Tambach-Dietharz

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I drove a long way into the Thuringian Forest today, to a town called Tambach-Dietharz. It was tiny, and when I arrived at around noon, it looked like it was in a sort of autumnal slumber. I had to look around for a while until I managed to find a restaurant that was actually open. […]


Speaking In Erlangen

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I left Luxembourg today. Took a train to Frankfurt and rented a car there: I needed the car, because I had so many books with me: Then I drove to Erlangen. Remember how I often seemed to somehow end up taking too many books to my presentations? It was the same this time. Luckily, the […]


foliage

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I took a walk through a nearby university campus today: The foliage was very beautiful: Then I took a shower and brushed my hair. You see, having long hair isn’t as easy as you might think. You have to brush it every so often, otherwise it will stick together and become entangled and turn into […]


quirky tree

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I ventured downtown today. Mainly because I needed a new electric toothbrush. Mine had given up the ghost. So I walked around, and since I didn’t know where electronics were being sold, I asked people on the street for directions. Most of them took a step back at first. They probably figured I was going […]


vertical lines

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Those of you who have been watching my Let’s Walk videos probably know that I was extremely dissatisfied with the gimbal camera that I was using. In fact, I hated it with a passion. So I was very excited about this new camera that I had bought: Hopefully it was going to make my life […]


European darkness

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Winter wasn’t winter. It was different everywhere. In some places it felt cold and dry, and the sky was mostly blue. Kazakhstan was like that. In other places it never got very cold at all. Like in Taiwan. And then there were places – like central Europe, where I was from – where winter was […]


the north remembers

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There was a lot to do. A lot of plots and sub-plots had to be developed. A lot of clever lines had to be delivered in generic “old” accents. A lot of sex had to be had. And a lot of people had to be killed: I had vodka with ginger ale and slices of […]


Little Castle

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I had about a week left before my next presentation, so I decided to take a train to Luxembourg and stay there for a few days: Luxembourg. One of the smallest countries on the planet. I had walked through it once, on my summer stroll from Paris to Bad Nenndorf in 2003: And now I […]