Monthly Archives: January 2018

social media

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Hopped on a train down to Munich today. Needed to get my new orthopaedic inlays. Didn’t trust anyone but the specialist I knew to make them. The train ride took a few hours. Time to sleep. Time to read. Time to think. I had been reflecting on my use of social media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. […]


Ponting and the lucky pig

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I don’t believe in astrology. To me, the universe seems to be a little bit too big for star signs. But anyway. Chinese astrology also has zodiacs. There are twelve animal signs, each assigned to a year, and they repeat themselves every twelve years (if you take their different combinations into consideration, you could also […]


Huge Rant

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Remember how much I hated the movie “Love, Actually”? Well, I decided to give Huge Rant another chance. So I watched “Notting Hill” and I ended up absolutely loving it! The story is charming, and both Julia Roberts and Huge Rant are just perfect in it! I also liked “Four Weddings And A Funeral”, but […]


Grandma’s Cookies

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I am starting to feel increasingly restless. Want to be on the road. On the road. On the road. On the road. But, oh well… There are a couple of things that are good about being at home this time of year, though. Like the fact that I got a bunch of cookies from my […]


twelve thousand thousand thousand thousand bytes

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When I went on my first walking trip in the summer of 2003, I hardly took any photos at all. That meant I was free to roam as I wanted, not weighed down by the responsibilities of having to document the experience and take care of the equipment. Looking back, I wish I had more […]


following days

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My doctor had told me that I wasn’t supposed to be walking around that much. I could go to the grocery store, stuff like that. But I wasn’t supposed to walk around the forest or whatever. So I stayed in, worked on my photos, did some reading, and made sure to take my medication: It […]


sometimes the sun seems brighter

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Good news everyone! Well, I went back to the doctor today, the one in Hannover who had asked me to go do an MRI a couple of days ago. Today we talked about the results of the examination, and he said my problem doesn’t seem to be that bad. According to him, the joints are […]


Francis’ brothers

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Remember that day many months ago when I saw my first traffic light in Kazakhstan? It all seemed very far away now. Kazakhstan was presumably covered in snow. The Caboose was in Iran, where people had taken to the streets to protest. And I was at home with a bad foot. The thing about traffic […]


four thirty

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My MRI appointment was at seven in the morning, which meant that I had to get up at four thirty and catch the train at five thirty. Darkness, rain, strong winds: Damn. I caught the train, and we rode for twenty minutes, then there was a rumbling sound and we came to a halt. The […]


five thirty

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I needed an orthopaedist in the city. So I did a bit of researching online, and I found out that there were a bunch of doctors, all of which seemed to be very busy. Appointments were hard to get. In the end I decided to go to a rather large orthopaedic clinic and show up […]


the English pitch

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I got up at eight and went straight to work on something that had been important to me for a long time: the English editions of my books. I had been published in German, in Simplified Chinese, in Russian, and in Traditional Chinese: But was there a goddamned English edition of one of my books? […]