Tag Archives: Germany

burnout

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Got some more therapy today. I actually get it two times a week, but today I remembered to take a photo of the thing itself – the mud. It looks like this: This mud is supposed to have certain healing qualities. It is collected in a certain moor or a marsh, then it is pressed […]


magico porneium

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Went and saw my friend, and we played pool again: And since we both sucked at it, we decided to go eat ice-cream instead. And since that was finished rather quickly, we decided to go to the movies. We got some popcorn and some cola: And then we went in and watched one of those […]


barefoot

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I received a helpful email the other day. It was from Benjamin, a dude who had been following my journey for some time. He raised an interesting point: my feet were being strained in a pretty one-sided way in my walking shoes. Benjamin suggested I try to strengthen different muscles by walking barefoot or in […]


a dialogue on the art of swimming

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I used to be a swimmer, and not a particularly good one. I only managed to go to a state meet in Kansas once, and I would have surely medaled, had there not been a dozen guys who were faster than me. Either way I liked swimming. I still do. There had been times on […]


look at my knee

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I’m thinking about renaming this blog to The Longest Bath. Whenever I’m home on a break I like to hang out in the bath tub. Candles on. An audiobook or some soft music. A glass of cold lemonade. Look at my knee: I’m sexy like that. I also generally eat a lot. I’m not really […]


fun with maps

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Today I finally did something I had been wanting to do for about two weeks – I continued retracing my steps on the map of the Silk Road, just like I had done a year earlier: The map had changed a lot by now. There was a long black line on it – the way […]


how to not faint

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Someone left a comment saying they wanted to see me happy again. Well, me too. It wasn’t that I was sad all the time. But I definitely felt a lot of stress a lot of the time. For example today. After a brief visit at the dentist, I went back to the hospital where I […]


mud and kitsch

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Got another blood test today: It started to seem like a hobby of mine. Then I went to a place where I was going to get some sort of therapy that involved heat and mud and relaxation: It was awesome: When I woke up again, the sky was doing its best to look colorful: I […]


a day in 2019

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The day came. And the day went. PSA: If you have never read “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, do it now. You can get it as a cheap paperback or as an audiobook, and it is neither too long nor overly hard to comprehend. People love to evoke George Orwell’s “1984” when discussing authoritarian […]


new years

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I didn’t have a hangover. I hadn’t even gone to bed very late. I hadn’t eaten too much, either. I had woken up and made some tea, and I had noticed that I wasn’t feeling particularly good or bad. And yet for some people something seemed to have changed. It was 2019 now: two millennia […]


one week late

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As you probably know, I like to post my updates with a delay of about one week. This leaves me with enough time to edit and process everything, think about what I want to share, and upload the stuff. Sometimes people seem to be confused, though: why am I wishing you a happy new year […]


TLW stickers?

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I was still looking for a good online store to sell TLW merchandise. Some of them made good shirts. Others made good posters. Some were slow to deliver. Others worked faster but were difficult to set up. Among the samples that I had ordered, this sticker somehow stood out: Oh, how I liked the sticker!


serious stare

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If you see me stare into the camera like this… …please don’t assume that I’m sad or stressed. I could be. Sometimes I am. But most of the time I’m just trying to maintain a neutral expression over several shots. On a side note: being aware of the fact that I look more and more […]


reboot

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This is what I was looking at today, for a seemingly endless stretch of time: Remember how I told you that I needed to get injections for my back? Well, my first shot was going to be today at 09:15 in the morning. It was a 200km drive, so I got on the road at […]


pie

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Being at my grandparents’ house meant a warm place on the couch, it meant the yellow light of a reading lamp, it meant some voices of concern (“you have lost so much weight!”) it meant food and drink, and it meant pie: Actually, it meant lots of pies. And cakes. And cookies. This was good […]


the absence of snow

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Heavy snow is bad for walking, at least if you’re pulling a Caboose. But a little snow, as long as it’s not too much, is still better than a cold rain. Now that I wasn’t walking, it didn’t seem to make much of a difference to me either way. I was in the German North, […]


recycle me

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Tons of food and drink later, I was still wearing the same Santa hat (it was actually the one from the year before): Sometimes it seemed strange to think that just ten days earlier I had still been in the Caucasian mountains, pulling the weight of the Caboose. And yet here I was. Where were […]


boridorable

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I had been feeling a bit conflicted about coming home for Christmas. There was a part of me that thought I should rather be on the road, no matter what. Either way today was Christmas Eve, so I put on a nice shirt and a Santa hat: Then I went to the supermarket to do […]


the head of my enemy

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Sometimes it so happens that I notice something nice on the road, and sometimes I decide to pick it up and take it home. Like this Audi badge from the Kazakh Steppe more than two years earlier: Like this Pride badge I found somewhere in Iran: Pride is an Iranian brand of cars. It’s manufactured […]


traditions

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The good thing about having sore feet is that most people will be very understanding if you choose to spend a lot of time in the bath tub. The bad thing about being 192cm (about 6’3″), though, is that most bath tubs tend to be a bit small: But I’ve told you about that before. […]