Tag Archives: Beijing

friends

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Uncle Shen and Zhu Hui (poor dogs and lucky dogs) were there. They both tried to cheer me up a little. Of course it didn’t really work, though. And then, when I had finally made up my mind, they took me to the airport and said good-bye: I was going to fly back to Beijing. […]


present the team

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Alright guys, I know there’s probably some of you who can’t wait to see me back on the trail asap. Sounds good, and I do miss the desert quite a bit actually, but I’m going to have to tell you that it’s not going to happen within the next three weeks. …you might have figured […]


Pete and the Lama

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Incense… Sunday, August 28th 2005: an unsuccessful attempt to hold back my tears at the Hanover Airport. A short flight, some dead time at another airport, then a long flight. 16 hours later I was there. The day when I first got to China: I remember being in a state of shock, finding my body […]


the scent of subversion

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We went to the 798 Art District 798艺术区 today, a 1950s factory compound northwest of the city that had been taken over by the art community in the mid-nineties. Everyone here knows it, and especially the foreign crowd seems to enjoy the subtle ‘scent of subversion’ in the air. A fun place: But there have […]


phonelessness

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Juli had left me alone today and went out to see her best friend. Friends are important, and she told me she’d be back tomorrow, so I spent an afternoon in a café in the Wudaokou 五道口 university area: Then I realized I needed a new cell phone (mine already showed some serious corrosion damage […]


her…again

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China can ROCK

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Today’s post has 3 parts: tickets, the visa, and ROCK. 1) tickets: Lilu and I had devised a brilliant plan: buy black market tickets! “There are people selling them virtually everywhere,” friends had told us, “just go to the venues and look around!” So we did – but when we got to the volleyball stadium […]


remember the time when…

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The city seemed like it was about to drown in heavy rain again today: And since I was waiting for the final phone call confirming my new visa (priorities) every second now, I chose to stay in and spend the day inside: I was happy that my flatmate Lilu was there too. We always had […]


get some gear

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I went to refresh some of my stuff today. You see, some of it seems really run down already – like my pants for example: So I got some new pants and some shorts: That was the easy part. The hard part is about the headache I get when I realize the need for new […]


where is it different?

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Does Beijing feel that much different now that the Games are on? I mean, of course there’s a lot of stuff going on around the venues – and I envy everyone who has a ticket to the competitions – but what about the city itself, where is it different? I’ve been wondering about this question. […]


desert songs

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I took my brother to the airport this morning: He was gone all too quickly, and after he was, I had no idea what to do with myself. So I just remained in the humongous halls looking at people moving around: It seemed like everything had lost a bit of its taste… …or maybe its […]


Thai

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We hung out for a while, then we finally went to the market: There was so much fun stuff to buy: I even got a new pair of flip-flops – possibly the best I’ve ever had – at a bargain price of only 15rmb! … When we went out for our last dinner that night, […]


bothering people at work and some thoughts about chicken

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We went to one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing and had the old foreigner’s favorite: Kungpao Chicken 宫爆鸡丁 – maybe the best in town. Actually, very few chefs can make this dish right; some put cucumbers in it or carrots or peas, while others opt for other completely unimaginable things. None of this has […]


eight

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We didn’t have any tickets for Olympic competitions, and of course we didn’t have any tickets for the opening ceremony either. So we got a bunch of friends together and went to Ditan Park 地坛公园 in the east part of the city: Behind a gate with a security scan and some police, there was a […]


priorities

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Remember my passport/visa problem (silly asinine)? Here’s the low-down: I have a German passport that expires in October 2009. And I have a Chinese visa that’s about to expire by the end of this month. No way I can walk home with a passport like that, and I can’t get out of China by the […]


the film on my skin

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We got up at five for a last visit at the sand dunes of the Crescent Moon Spring Indiana Jones). The sunrise was supposed to be very beautiful. …but when we got there, the weather was absolutely nasty, and so were the people at the ticket counter: “No student discounts for foreigners!” What the hell? […]


rounding up the capital

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I got a ticket to fly back to Xianyang tomorrow. Wanna know all the boring details about my passport problem? So here it is: This passport was going to expire in October 2009. All the while, I had been trying to make myself believe that I could walk all the way home with this. Anyways, […]


silly asinine

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I got up early (noon) and took a forty minute cab ride to the embassy district. With the new regulations for the biometric passports in the EU, I needed to get a special picture for the application: Which somehow seemed to resemble a mugshot. I showed up at the consulate at about 14:20: Their opening […]


lounge and destroy

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Sunday – no passport applications today. So basically all I did was hang around at Xiaohei’s place. The poor guy had been working heaps of overtime the nights before. I was pretty tired as well, but I somehow managed to get myself to go out for a stroll around my old neighborhood: My friend with […]


running inversely

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Beijing?? WTF just happened? I got up at 6 in the morning, dropped my backpack off at the hotel front desk and took a cab to the airport: What a tired morning. What a quiet ride. What a weird feeling to do these things that I hadn’t thought I’d be doing again for a while. […]