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 […]
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
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
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
flag or no flag
It’s always the same: I tell myself that I want to relax, but then I end up doing all kinds of things. Mostly I sit there replying to emails and paying bills and writing bills and applying for visa and wading through a bureaucratic swamp and wondering why, why, why. So at some point I […]
who’s got the gun
Took a long train ride home today: I tried to reply to emails, and I tried to update the blog as far as I could: Oh, and I did my best to show my undying support for President-Of-The-World Donald J. Trump! Once it was time to get out of the train, three little kids got […]
speaking in Freiburg
Gave my presentation in a hall by the lake tonight. It was good: Actually Freiburg is always good. And because it was so good, I asked the people in the audience if they wanted to say hi to my good friend Teacher Xie: Turn the subtitles on if you don’t speak Chinese.
running into Stefan
Went to an Irish pub tonight. They seem to be all over the place in Europe, and not only here. Kazakhstan has Irish pubs, too, at least in the big cities. And even Tashkent in Uzbekistan had one when I was there. Anyway, I had a few beers: And I had them with this guy: […]
Futurama is better than the Simpsons
Took a long ride on a train today, all the way from Dresden in the East to Freiburg in the Southwest of the country: I tried working on the train. Tried reading. Ended up sleeping most of the time. Oh, and I watched a few episodes of The Simpsons. I remember loving The Simpsons and […]
speaking in Dresden
The day started peacefully. I woke up around nine in the morning, thinking I had quite a bit of time left to get to Dresden for my next presentation. Most shows started in the late afternoon or at night anyway. I turned on my phone and received a text message from the organizers reminding me […]
speaking in Jena
Came to Jena today, a town in the former East of Germany. I had spoken there before on one or two occasions. It was great being there again: Once I was done, I received a present in the form of a license plate thingie that spelled something along the lines of “stroller” or “promenader”: It […]
With my tour through Switzerland behind me, I took a train back to Germany. In my hand I held a bar of Swiss chocolate. There was a picture on it, an edible photo of the crew and me together: Good chocolate, good memories. When I arrived in Frankfurt, there was Gin Tonic and Thai food: […]
speaking in Lyss
Today was the last day of my tour through Switzerland. And it was a good day. I didn’t have that many books left to sell, so I took a train to the venue. Bought some granola bars, some lemonade and a yoghurt drink. Then I gave my presentation, and it was good: Thank you, Lyss! […]