Monthly Archives: February 2018

poor fuckers

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Another day, another yoga class. I thought it was very challenging in a physical way. The classes would make me sweat a lot, which didn’t really seem to fit in with the general atmosphere: soft light, relaxing music, esoteric concepts that I didn’t understand. As far as I could tell, the sport seemed to be […]


Winnie The Eternal Pooh

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The North Pole was warmer than usual these days – slightly above the freezing point. And our village in the north of Germany was a few degrees colder than that: Nevertheless, I packed my mat and my sweatpants and went back to the city to take another yoga class: Oh, and over in China, paramount […]


downward dog

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Having spend some time reflecting, I had arrived at the conclusion that I had to change something about myself. So I looked up a class that I didn’t find too intimidating, then I packed a mat and a pair of sweatpants and hopped on a train to the city. The snow had returned: What followed […]


what to wish for

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Rarely have I felt this confused. I should be in Iran right now, pounding the road with my feet. Instead I’m still here, worrying about the state of my health. Old people have this thing where they tell you that the one thing you should really wish for in life is health, both for yourself […]


“I’d be in real trouble if you ever used them.”

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I have just figured something out. I used to have this method of blogging where I would upload videos to YouTube and then incorporate them into my posts. I thought this was a nice way to enrich the blog, but I would constantly run into problems, because each time when editing or uploading videos took […]


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I don’t know what to say.


inspiration

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Got up and went to another doctor’s appointment. It was still dark. Sat around for a while, read some Theroux (the traveler), then I went to another doctor. That’s all it ever seemed to be. Doctors. Meanwhile, the sun had come out: Over in the United States of America, an estimated total of 150,000 school […]


spring flowers in caves

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When people share their travels on the internet, it seems to me as if they’re always happy – healthy, happy, and traveling. Yet here I am, sharing my thoughts like echoes in a cave. When I went outside today, I noticed that spring had come in the form of little flowers: They didn’t know that […]


offs

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My appointment was today, so I went back to the city: Hanover has always been confusing to me. I’m from the countryside, so this cluster of 500,000 people used to be synonymous with “big city” in my eyes. And even today, after all these years and after having lived in Beijing (which is easily twenty […]


*shirt

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Went to the city today to ask for an appointment with my orthopaedist. Normally I would have just called him on the phone, but there seemed to be no way to get through. One time his receptionist had told me that they got up to three hundred calls an hour. She had shrugged, and I […]


autumn leaf

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Took a little walk in the forest today. My foot didn’t feel right. Again. Or still. I had no idea anymore. So I decided to schedule another appointment with the orthopaedist, show him my new inlays, tell him about the weakness in my right leg, ask him what he thinks. The air was cool and […]


worth it

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I was supposed to write an article for a magazine. And I did. I wrote and I wrote. I watched pixels form on my computer screen. I assembled them to letters and punctuation marks. I moved them. I deleted them. I pondered over them. I mulled and I reconsidered. Then I went out to buy […]


one way to make a Moscow Mule

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I used to not drink alcohol. Then I took up walking. Then I stopped walking. And then, not long after that, I figured that I needed something new in my life. Hello, White Logic. I still don’t understand wine. Or sparkling wine. I have learned to enjoy a bottle of beer when the sun is […]


burn

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Having tested the shoes and the inlays, I felt more confident than a few days earlier. But I wasn’t quite there, yet. It seemed as if I was just taking trains here and there, seeing doctors, worrying about my health. Some goddamned longest way alright. Anyway, I went back to the North today. Had to […]


test walk

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So I set out from Luxembourg, again: Walking through the city meant that nobody took notice of me, but when I got on the open road, people would stare at me from their car windows: There were no sidewalks. I figured that most people probably stuck to designated hiking trails when they went out for […]


year of the dog

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Another stroll through the city. Luxembourg felt as if it was more French than German when you looked at its streets: But it felt more German than French when you heard its people speak. Sure, there is French everywhere. But Luxembourgish, the original language, sounds like a German dialect. A very strong one. One time […]


no kidnapping

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My feet were weird. The right one didn’t hurt where the problem was, but there was an overall wobbliness to it. As if it was weak, or as if it was just learning to walk. Hard to describe. The left one was bad at the heel, but it was just a blister that had gone […]


aha

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I was surprised when I came home from my short test walk the day before, and I took off my shoes. One of them had a strange mark at the heel: What could it be? I examined it for a little while, holding it this way and that way, until I could determine that the […]


short test walk

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I have never done a test walk. I don’t like to slowly lower myself into a pool of water either. I just dive in. Doing a test feels like taking the fun out of something and turning it into work. But today, with my new inlays and my new shoes and with the issues with […]


horns of identity politics

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Another day, another train ride: I spent eight hours reading, sleeping, and watching Jordan Peterson clips on YouTube. Peterson is a psychology professor from Canada who has become popular on YouTube. From what I could gather, the guy is a good public speaker, and his online lectures are sometimes interesting to listen to, as popular […]