August 22nd, 2016

tourists and cathedrals

I took a nice long stroll around town today, looking for a certain Zenkov Cathedral. Being in Almaty felt good: Being a tourist felt good: And the cathedral turned out to be very nice: It was completely made of wood. They say not even nails had been used in its construction.

August 21st, 2016

winter is coming

I left downtown Almaty today, the place of shopping malls… …and cool kids: Well, I didn’t really leave, though. I just went out for the day. First I took a cab to a place called Medeu, which was about 20km south of Almaty. Then I hopped into a cable car: And then I was in […]

August 20th, 2016

three to one

Today was going to be one of those days to run around town, taking care of things. First I needed camera lens filters. I had brought the wrong kind from Germany. Someone pointed me in a certain direction, so I went there. I noticed that Kazakh drivers usually stopped for pedestrians at crosswalks: …and that […]

August 19th, 2016

pink Lenin

My hostel had a corridor that was red: And my room was pink: I rarely ever left it. Except for one time when I went out to get some food and water. That’s when I noticed that some of the shops here were selling imported German products: Milch Drink, I thought, Schokogeschmack, ultrahocherhitzt. Pink Lenin […]

August 18th, 2016


When I woke up I noticed that the rooms had an interesting pricing structure: I figured that people who rented a room for just two hours probably needed it in order to play a nice game of monopoly (albeit a quick one). I didn’t have anyone to play with, so I massaged my legs and […]

August 17th, 2016

the canal road

Today was going to be easier than yesterday. Less km, less traffic on the road. Someone had told me about a village with a hotel about 30km to the West and about an alternative road that ran about 5km south of the main road. So I went looking for it: I could see the mountains […]

August 16th, 2016

the other room

I knew that the day was going to be long. So I got up early in the morning, when the hotel was still asleep, and I left the key in the door. Then I got on the new road: It was quiet walking. Good walking. One time I passed a graveyard: And sometimes I saw […]

August 15th, 2016


Another day in Shelek. I spent it mostly in my room, in my bathrobe. One time I went out and had something that was advertised as “döner kebab”: Okay. I liked the lemonade that I got along with it though: It was called “Soviet”, and if you looked closer, you could see that the guy […]

August 14th, 2016

non-alcoholic Mojito

Stayed in today. The Caboose was in a good place: I went to a bazaar, bought some yoghurt and some water and looked at some carpets: Then I went to a restaurant to eat something: This is where a gentleman by the name of Karim was just having dinner with his friends. He was an […]

What’s up

Hey guys!

if you want to read up on the walk, you can click on News or just use the map above in order to navigate between posts. All 400+ entries are on there, starting with the first blog post I ever made.

If you just want to get a general idea about the whole thing, you could refer to The Plan, and in case you have any specific questions, make sure to check out my extensive FAQ section (in three languages).

Another thing you can do is download the Google Earth file. It is broken down into daily tracks and shows some landmarks and a vast amount of photographs.

Or you could just go and read one of my books.

Meanwhile, I did return to The Longest Way in 2010 and in 2012, and I made another video about it.

And I do have some social media accounts:

YouTube - I post often when I am on the road and not so often when I am at home.
Twitter - I tend to focus on China here.
Facebook - I try to post once a day, mostly things from the road.
Instagram - not sure what I am doing with this.