Monthly Archives: November 2017

Speaking In Darmstadt

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First time in my life that I got to wear my hair in a pony tail: I somehow ended up looking like a jerk, though. So I decided to let my hair loose and put on my Beavis & Butt-head shirt, then I went to the venue to give my first TLW-presentation of this season: […]


the tenth day

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November 9th. Again. It felt as if I had just started walking yesterday, and not ten years earlier, on the morning of my 26th birthday. One of my best birthdays ever. And last year? I had started this leg of the walk when I was 34. I had walked through Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan for a […]


a lion called Fyodor Mikhailovich

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Went to the doctor today. You’re supposed to get your skin checked out by a dermatologist every other year or so. So I did that: Then I went to the dentist to have them check out the filling I had gotten in Kyrgyzstan two months earlier. They said it looked pretty, and that it was […]


about Wonder Woman

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So I was home. Time to do some laundry (not only my sleeping bag was in dire need of a wash), time to open some unread mail, time to start worrying about doing my taxes. Time to catch up on the blog: I was almost a month behind, and it didn’t feel right. Okay, maybe […]


words to live by

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I had been dreading this day. I was going to have to: fly to Dubai overnight, wait there for a few hours, then fly to Frankfurt, wait for another few hours, then finally take a train to my home town. And the worst thing: I was going to leave Taiwan. There were so many things […]


play day reprise

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Last day in Taiwan, and I woke up in the city of Yilan. We went to a bookstore in a large shopping mall: And since we had some time left before our book salon, we went to play air hockey in this place: Now those of you who have been with me from the start […]


where is the West?

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When we were getting ready to go to our book salon venue in Taitung, I noticed a sign next to a door – “eating stinky tofu inside is prohibited”: Both China and Taiwan have this thing called stinky tofu. Think of it as an equivalent to a Roquefort or some other smelly blue cheese. It […]


the I see you tree

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Again another book thing, another city, another train ride. We skipped breakfast and got biandang instead. A biandang is a boxed dish that looks sort of like this one: They are surprisingly tasty, these dishes: So tasty in fact that there is a joke in Taiwan about how the railway administration makes more money from […]


who needs dictators?

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Met up with a friend from China today to take a walk around Taipei. First we went to the Presidential Office Building: We didn’t go in, though. He’d already done that, but he showed me his visitor pass, which had a nice slogan on it: It seemed like a wink at the “People’s Republic” of […]


demonstrating my style

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Today I finally got to see the publishing house. It was in an office building in a more modern part of town: Upon arrival, I was immediately placed in manual labor: I had to sign a bunch of books. I think it was because I did what I was told without complaining, but they allowed […]