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1000m

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There were still some issues I needed to take care of. Among other things, I still had to: get some more therapy. Purchase an additional pair of new shoes and the inlays to go along with them. Get new pants. Sort out my camera problem. Reply to emails. Sort some documents. And beside all this, […]


foot baths

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When you’re out there walking, the weather is always important. Is it going to rain? How cold is it going to be? Or how warm? Are you going to have to put on your windbreaker or nah? Being at home meant that the weather didn’t matter much at all. When I went outside, I would […]


a day set aside

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After two days offline, I felt like I wanted more of it. A week would have been better. Two weeks. A month! But there was also a part of me that wanted to keep sharing the experience. I had been writing my blog for every day on The Longest Way, so why would I stop […]


computer off

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Day two: phone off. computer off. I went to a supermarket: When I was waiting for the line at the cash register, I felt my hand move to my coat pocket. It was almost involuntary – an idle moment meant a chance to check my emails. Or my social media. Or the news. But my […]


phone off

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Today I did what Robert had told me to do: I turned off my phone, and I turned off my computer. Or rather: I had already turned both of them off the night before, and I vowed to not turn them on again until Monday morning. I read a little. I cleaned up a little. […]


commander keen

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I went to the city to get my fourth injection. After fainting the first time I did it and being fine the other two times, I wanted the hat-trick: three shots, no fainting. I took solace in the fact that I liked my new phone case when I got ready for the procedure: There was […]


TLW mugs?

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Getting a new phone meant having to get a new phone case. So I tried out my new The Longest Way Pixel design and put it on a case that was very expensive but also rugged as hell: I was still trying to wrap my head around the whole merchandise thing. From what I understood […]


fuck your social media

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I stayed one more day, and I walked around a little bit, trying out my new inlays. I had lunch with my friend Robert, whom I hadn’t seen in a year. He told me that I looked like shit, and that I needed a vacation. The word “vacation” might sound a bit weird in the […]


Aquaman sucks but

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I had to wait a little bit for my new orthopaedic inlays to be ready. So I went to the part of Munich where I used to live, and I looked down at the river: Then I went to my favorite place in town, the Maigarten, a Chinese restaurant. It was one of those places […]


older

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Got on an early train out of Frankfurt. We had already covered a certain distance when the sun came up: I wondered what it would feel like to be out there on foot, seeing the sunrise from a walking perspective: I switched trains in Nuremberg, a town that I had visited during a break from […]


scrape the sky

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Germany is a decentralized country. Print media are in Hamburg. TV is in Cologne. Rich people and some tech are in Munich. The political sphere has moved from Bonn to Berlin. Heavy industry is near the river Ruhr. Lots of small companies are in the South. Universities are all over the place. And finance is […]


the blue and the hue

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Went to a museum today, an art museum called Städel: I used to go there a lot when I was living in Frankfurt. That was in 2001 and 2002, and I never cared about the price of the admission – I only ever went there when it was free. I think that was on Tuesdays. […]


tunnel

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Bought a book today. I chose it at random, mainly because its cover seemed to suggest that it was going to be a light and entertaining read. I was looking for something delightful. Then I hopped on a train to Frankfurt, and I started reading my book: It turned out that the train went through […]


burnout

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Got some more therapy today. I actually get it two times a week, but today I remembered to take a photo of the thing itself – the mud. It looks like this: This mud is supposed to have certain healing qualities. It is collected in a certain moor or a marsh, then it is pressed […]


magico porneium

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Went and saw my friend, and we played pool again: And since we both sucked at it, we decided to go eat ice-cream instead. And since that was finished rather quickly, we decided to go to the movies. We got some popcorn and some cola: And then we went in and watched one of those […]


barefoot

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I received a helpful email the other day. It was from Benjamin, a dude who had been following my journey for some time. He raised an interesting point: my feet were being strained in a pretty one-sided way in my walking shoes. Benjamin suggested I try to strengthen different muscles by walking barefoot or in […]


a dialogue on the art of swimming

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I used to be a swimmer, and not a particularly good one. I only managed to go to a state meet in Kansas once, and I would have surely medaled, had there not been a dozen guys who were faster than me. Either way I liked swimming. I still do. There had been times on […]


look at my knee

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I’m thinking about renaming this blog to The Longest Bath. Whenever I’m home on a break I like to hang out in the bath tub. Candles on. An audiobook or some soft music. A glass of cold lemonade. Look at my knee: I’m sexy like that. I also generally eat a lot. I’m not really […]


fun with maps

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Today I finally did something I had been wanting to do for about two weeks – I continued retracing my steps on the map of the Silk Road, just like I had done a year earlier: The map had changed a lot by now. There was a long black line on it – the way […]


how to not faint

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Someone left a comment saying they wanted to see me happy again. Well, me too. It wasn’t that I was sad all the time. But I definitely felt a lot of stress a lot of the time. For example today. After a brief visit at the dentist, I went back to the hospital where I […]