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 […]


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 […]


hipsterama

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Another day, another temple: I had come here with a documentary crew: We took a little walk around one of the older parts of town, filming here and there, and they bought me lunch at one of the traditional food stalls that Taiwan was still famous for even after all those years of rapid development: […]


pop rocks

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I liked Kaohsiung. It was an industrial city, but one with a rather clean and nice atmosphere to it. Took a photo of part of the skyline through some mesh: The hotel staff was great, too. It was decided that we should take a photo together, but we quickly found out that there was a […]


Bob Ross

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Woke up in Taichung and rewatched a video I had recorded the night before. It was about Taiwan: After breakfast, the publishers took me to Kaohsiung, a large city in the South of Taiwan: We went to a large book store: We had a podium talk scheduled there, and when I got to the venue […]


how are you think?

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Had a meet & greet with some travelers in Taipei: They were awesome. I wasn’t, though. One of them had walked the Camino in Spain, another had traveled through Southeast Asia for two years. Obviously, it would have been wonderful to hear more of their stories. But I ended up talking and talking and talking […]