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rum from Venezuela

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Partial failure the 2nd: today I didn’t turn on the computer, but I had to use my phone. I needed it to find out some addresses, because some of the documents I had printed needed to go into envelopes. So I did that for a while: Then I figured that the only thing that was […]


replugged

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Partial failure. I wanted to honor the tradition of being offline on the weekends, but this time I just couldn’t, at least not completely. I managed to turn off the phone, yes. But then I had to boot up the computer and work on some documents: When it was done I had to print them […]


why I love skyscrapers

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The other day I was talking to my friend Ali who loves mountaineering, and I told him that the Caboose and I didn’t like the mountains, upon which he paused for a bit. Then he inquired if maybe I was from a rather flat part of Germany. Yes, I said, I am from Lower Saxony. […]


three things I did

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Went to the dentist today, or rather, I went to the dental orthopaedist: I wanted to check if all my teeth were still in line, which it turned out they weren’t. I was told that this was normal. Yay! Then I went and got my new wheels: They weren’t perfect (something about the design of […]


confused citizens

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The other day there was this news item talking about how some two or three European soccer players had apparently decided to take up Chinese citizenship. I was shocked: just how much money would one have to receive in order to give up one’s civil and political rights? But then the phenomenon wasn’t exactly new, […]


when pigeons cry

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Went to the city today, and when I did, I noticed this greedy little fucker strutting around on the ground, and I said: Sup, stupid pigeon! To which the pigeon replied: “Well, well, well, look who’s talking with your lame-ass shoes!” Only it didn’t happen this way. I didn’t say anything. The pigeon didn’t, either. […]


24″

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I remember there was this day in 2016, a hot summer day on the border of China and Kazakhstan, when the Caboose got a new set of wheels. She had made it through China on one set, and now she was getting a new one. I had brought it from Germany. We then walked with […]


real

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Sunday. Still, the devices were off. And still, I was on my quest to relax. That didn’t mean that I was totally idle, though. For example, just like the week before, I went to the supermarket: Now you’re probably thinking: “Chris, everyone knows that supermarkets in Germany are closed on Sundays! So the photo you […]


back to the nineties

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Offline, again. Just like that last time on the weekend before, I again turned off all my devices, and I tried to wind down, to decrease the speed of life, and to attain a state of relaxation. In a way I think I tried to virtually return to the nineties. So I went for a […]


don’t get angry

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Back to the city. I had come to anticipate and experience and ever so slowly savour one last moment of fear. But first I had to take a bunch of half-empty trains and subway cars: And so I went back to the place where I got my injections. I said hello to the picture of […]


The Longest Bath

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Everything seemed to be about water. About foot baths. About pools. About snow. About rain. About the rise in sea levels. About seventy percent of our bodies. About drinking water. About spit. About sweat. About sperm. About blood. Today I went back into the tub for the millionth time: I didn’t want to think about […]


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 […]