easy mode or hard mode?
The weather was mild, and Shamakhi was green: And as long as the road was flat, walking almost felt easy: But I was worried. Today was the day that I would have to decide: take the easy way south out of the mountains and into the flat land towards the city of Ganja (and then […]
Started walking at six thirty in the morning. There was a mountain range ahead that I would have to cross today, so I needed all the time I could get. Walked past the mosque: And past the village: There were many buildings that looked abandoned: And then I was on the road that led into […]
When I left Sitai, the people there had already told me that the way ahead was going to be much harder than the day before. I waved good-bye and got on my way: …ran into two Uyghurs: …climbed the road in all its steepness: It was terrible. On a flat road, I would usually be […]
friend with wings
I woke up at night only to jot down some lines into my little notebook: When I left, the settlement was still asleep: The little shops and eating places lay quietly against the backdrop of the Gobi desert and the mountains: And then I was out there again: The green turned to brown again: All […]
I was in my room just getting ready to brush my teeth when Mike from England busted in the door: “Dude, I am so happy to see you!” he exclaimed and sat down with me to relieve his heart of some stuff that had troubled him during the last couple of days. The poor dude […]
When I got up and looked out of the door, the other guys were preparing to go to work, and the wind had come: …the wind that everybody had been talking about. You see, it’s what they call a wind gap 风口 – the area between two mountain ranges where the winds have a natural […]
Mozart, please help me with your violins!
Oh, had I only known about my friend Uncle Shen’s snoring habits before! Last night the man fell asleep right away, and then he went at it like a gang of chainsaws in the virgin forest, making it virtually impossible for me to get any sleep at all. When I got up I felt like […]
When I got up, I wasn’t sure whether I would get to the 3000km marker today. …well eventually I did, so I had to name this post “3-0-0-0”, but if it hadn’t been for that, I could have chosen from these three working titles: 1) “the Chinese dream” 2) “Aaah, it’s a foreign invasion!!” 3) […]
Most people in Shuiquanzi are farmers that try to profit from their fields as well as from the highway: This morning, one family called me over to have their picture taken: “You’re a photographer” they said (word had gone around rather quickly), “please take a picture of us, will you?” Of course, the pleasure was […]
a hard pass
Who could have thought that today would turn out to be this hard? … First I woke up at 5 in the morning and had to run straight to the loo. – There is just not much glory in the aftermath of an unsanitary meal. – I was eventually able to go back to sleep, […]