speaking in Zurich
I was going to call this one “back to the circle”, because the whole ordeal reminded me of the bureaucratic hell I had to go through when I ended up before a judge in Kazakhstan several months ago. But then I figured I might as well tell it like it was, and then focus on […]
you’ve got mail
My video wasn’t done yet, but I had to get moving anyway. So I hopped on a train to Freiburg, which is very close to the border of Switzerland. I used my time on the train to work on my video. It was getting ridiculous. When I arrived in Freiburg, my books were already there: […]
deadlines are like super awesome
I still wasn’t done with my video. The footage I had was so big that my notebook was simply unable to give me a live preview of what the video was going to look like. So every time I made a few changes I had to export that part of the video, which usually took […]
Up to this point, I had amassed a couple of terabyte of visual footage. Photos and videos, and some audio. Editing all of it on a conventional external hard drive was a slow and tedious process, so I got a solid state disk: Look at the size, WTF.
I love the EU
I had a bunch of my own books at my place: I was going to take them to Switzerland and sell them at my presentations: But this turned out to be a lot more complicated than I had initially thought. You see, Switzerland is not part of the European Union (or the EU is not […]
I decided that I needed to improve the video I had started working on more than a month ago: It seemed to be taking forever.
When I was on the road in Uzbekistan, when the Caboose got destroyed and I was scared of jackals, I would say to myself: “once I am in Germany, right before my tour through Switzerland, I am going to take it easy and do NOTHING for a while.” Yeah, it didn’t really work out that […]
Today I got asked by an elderly relative where Uzbekistan was. I said Uzbekistan was below Kazakhstan. “Can you show me on a map?” she said and handed me a book that looked suspiciously old. It was an atlas from before World War II, from before World War I even. The Russian Federation was still […]
My presentation tour through Switzerland was going to start in about a week. So I needed to prepare a bunch of things: books, photos, videos. Sometimes it could feel a bit overwhelming, and I found myself wishing for the road, for the Caboose, for the dust. I liked to lay on a carpet I had […]
how he feels every day
Ruben and I were going to do something nice today. Something nice for the others. We really liked borscht, so we were going to make a large pot of it for our family to enjoy. How hard could it be? First we looked up a recipe online, then we went to the grocery store and […]
listen to this
Took a walk: Bad Nenndorf, this little place where I was from, never seemed to change: At all. Oh, and I started listening to a group my brother had shown me while we were on the road: Baby Queens. The older I get, the more satisfying an experience it is to find new music that […]
running into the runner
Our flight was going to depart at four in the morning. So we went and had one last dinner at a Georgian restaurant around the block: Awesome it was, a poem of meat… …of bread and of cheese… …and of garlic: It was only after we were done with all of this that we realized […]
beautiful from above
Got up, had breakfast, went down to the metro: Reached the airport in time. Everything went smoothly: I took a plane to Istanbul: And another one to Bishkek: It was a low-cost airline where you had to pay extra for food and drinks on the plane. There was no onboard entertainment system. The seats seemed […]
I don’t enjoy packing my bags. Really, I don’t enjoy it at all. It usually happens on the day of my departure, and it’s one stressful ordeal. So today I felt as if I really didn’t have the time to go on another walk with Feivel. But he wouldn’t have any of it. “Let’s go!” […]
I booked my ticket “home” to The Longest Way today: Then I had some cognac from Kyrgyzstan: And then I tried on a shirt that I had recently bought: I was going to leave it here to wait for me until I was back.
While my computer was busy copying all of those files, I went out with Feivel: The world seemed calm and at peace. Only sometimes the reality of Trump would seep back into my mind. Shit, I would think, shit, shit, shit. It felt like an illness that I was trying to forget about.
So far during the last few months of walking, I have accumulated a bit more than 1,5 terabyte of data. It takes a while to copy all of that: And by that I mean… … it takes forever: