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The Shape of Batman

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Watched “The Shape Of Water”, and it was surprisingly good, given that it got an Academy Award for Best Picture (which is so often a bad sign), and given that its director used to make cinematic atrocities like “Pacific Rim” and “Hellboy”. But no, “The Shape Of Water” was good, the lead actress was amazing, […]


last last

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Had some bacon, and I figured it would be the last bacon for a while: Walked around in our little town (where there was some sort of gardening festival going on) and I figured that it would be the last time I did this for some time: And then I had a bath, and it […]


last shot

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Of course I was still scared of the injection. But there was an upside – today was going to be the last time I got one, and then it was going to be over. I asked the nurse to take a comemmorative photo: Then I went to an oceanarium and looked at corals… …at strange […]


last class

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Today was my last class at the yoga studio. I went, I stretched, I listened to my sweat drip down onto the mat, and then I said goodbye, and I left. There was a certain anonymity to the whole thing – I had exchanged smiles with some of the other members, but I had never […]


last snow

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I got a new first aid kit, but when I took a closer look I found myself wondering: “Made in Germ any?” If there was one word you didn’t want to see on your medical equipment it was probably germ, right? Anyway, the contents looked okay. I went outside at some point and saw what […]


eagles

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Today, on my way back from yoga class, I looked up and noticed this statue at the station: It was a hundred years old, born in a time when Germany was still an “empire”, and it reminded me of another eagle statue I had seen one and a half years earlier, somewhere in the steppe […]


warmer

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It got a little warmer today. I looked out the window, over the neighboring houses and into the blue sky: And I thought that this would have made a fine day for walking. Not too warm, not too cold, no snow or rain, and almost no wind. I checked the temperature in Mashhad – it […]


CPE in the mix

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Another Sunday, another bath. This time I tried a sort of bath salt that promised to deliver something along the lines of “deep relaxation”. It was green: I like to listen to classical music while I’m in the bath, and often it ends up being Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. I find it strange how history […]


tough teacher

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There were a bunch of different teachers at the yoga studio. Some were soft-spoken, others were tough. Some taught us about concepts like stress and “letting go”, others seemed to be more focused on the physical side of our exercise. I have always preferred my teachers to be tough, which is why I was looking […]


second needle

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There were going to be three injections over a course of twenty-one days. Having bravely lived through the first one a week earlier, I figured that the second one was going to be easy as pie. It wasn’t. I had put on my Eazy-E shirt for additional support, but even that didn’t help: I wasn’t […]


adventurer

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I don’t know about other yoga studios, but the one I went to was always trying to be a place of tranquility. There was a sign at the door that advised everyone to refrain from talking in the exercise room. Of course that included cellphones, you couldn’t bring those in either, no way. But I […]


the cultural egg

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Two weeks to go until Easter, and our local grocery store had already started selling easter eggs. I bought one that was purple: There seemed to be a lot of discussions about “cultural appropriation” and “cultural preservation” these days, both of which I thought were important issues to talk about. For example, smaller languages were […]


incompetent fools

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If you want to make friends in Germany, tell people how you have been mistreated by the Deutsche Bahn (German Rail). Literally 100% of all Germans will respond by willingly sharing their own stories of horror and suffering at the hands of the DB with you, and they will accept you as one of their […]


realgossipommmm

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Went to the city a bit earlier today. Had a rewarding conversation that revolved mainly around reality tv and gossip. Many people seem to expect me to have an attitude of aloofness towards these things, but they are wrong. Watching reality tv relaxes me, and gossip is simply the bomb. However, I had to ban […]


hot water

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Another Sunday. I figured I’d try to relax and, having tried the red bath salt that was supposed to be good for the joints a few days earlier, I decided to give the blue one a try today: On the packaging it said that it was for “relaxation”, but to me it didn’t feel that […]


the bond

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I was still alive. So I slept well, and I ate well, and I read some more Theroux, and I even did something I didn’t like: I replied to a bunch of emails. Then I went to my yoga class: The teacher had us do a bunch of warriors and planks and some contortions of […]


“put it here!”

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I was going to get my shot today. So naturally, I hadn’t gotten much sleep the night before. I basically just lay there on my bed, overcome by fear. Of course it wasn’t going to be a particularly dangerous procedure or anything. But I was easily intimidated. So I felt a bit groggy when I […]


faraway

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Back to the orthopaedist. He told me there was a little problem with my back, and that it was having an effect on my leg. But he also said that there was something we could do about it: shots. It wasn’t guaranteed to fix the problem, but it would make the symptoms go away. And […]


tiny tubs

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So the other day I was wandering aimlessly through a grocery store when I noticed something I had never cared about before: bath salts. They had all kinds of them: blue ones, green ones, red ones, yellow ones. There were bath salts for your back and for your joints, and there were others that were […]


dead DJ

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When I made my first post on this site with a black and white photo of Hong Kong in October 2007, I figured that it should become a daily blog. I didn’t want to just share the most interesting moments of the journey, the triumphs and tribulations, but also the boring stuff in between. So […]