I had about a week left before my next presentation, so I decided to take a train to Luxembourg and stay there for a few days: Luxembourg. One of the smallest countries on the planet. I had walked through it once, on my summer stroll from Paris to Bad Nenndorf in 2003: And now I […]
Speaking In Darmstadt
First time in my life that I got to wear my hair in a pony tail: I somehow ended up looking like a jerk, though. So I decided to let my hair loose and put on my Beavis & Butt-head shirt, then I went to the venue to give my first TLW-presentation of this season: […]
the tenth day
November 9th. Again. It felt as if I had just started walking yesterday, and not ten years earlier, on the morning of my 26th birthday. One of my best birthdays ever. And last year? I had started this leg of the walk when I was 34. I had walked through Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan for a […]
a lion called Fyodor Mikhailovich
Went to the doctor today. You’re supposed to get your skin checked out by a dermatologist every other year or so. So I did that: Then I went to the dentist to have them check out the filling I had gotten in Kyrgyzstan two months earlier. They said it looked pretty, and that it was […]
about Wonder Woman
So I was home. Time to do some laundry (not only my sleeping bag was in dire need of a wash), time to open some unread mail, time to start worrying about doing my taxes. Time to catch up on the blog: I was almost a month behind, and it didn’t feel right. Okay, maybe […]
words to live by
I had been dreading this day. I was going to have to: fly to Dubai overnight, wait there for a few hours, then fly to Frankfurt, wait for another few hours, then finally take a train to my home town. And the worst thing: I was going to leave Taiwan. There were so many things […]
I want to sit next to me
I ended up packing my stuff in the morning. When I got to the airport, the lady at the counter told me that I didn’t have a flight from Hannover via Moscow to Samarkand. I had a flight from Hannover to Moscow and another flight from Moscow to Samarkand. Can’t tell the difference? Well, there […]
My last day home, and I still hadn’t gotten all my things in order. I was backing up files to different hard drives, washing clothes, charging batteries, etc. etc. I soon found out I needed to go to the city to buy some things. And what a fine day it was: When I arrived in […]
Remember I told you a few months ago that I like the color pink? Well, today Bad Nenndorf was very pretty: Just lots and lots of pink: And more pink: Pink everywhere: Now remember how I told you a few days ago about the nazis that come here once a year? Yeah.
new pants and the survival of the inner city
Central Asian societies didn’t enjoy short pants very much. A man had to wear long pants, period. So I had gotten an additional pair of long pants, only to find out that I needed to get them trimmed to the length of my legs. I ended up taking them to a tailor shop: Remembering the […]
Easter Sunday. I was home with my dad, watching The West Wing: This is a TV show from the early 2000s where people basically just walk around in the corridors of the White House, shooting witty lines of dialogue at each other. It’s great, but given the current political situation it’s also pretty sad. I […]
TLW – Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan
Stayed inside and worked on my video some more: And here it is: The Longest Way – Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan. It’s supposed to give you an idea of what it was like the last half year or so, walking from China to Samarkand.
Had some Turkish food in Hamburg: It was delicious. Too much, but delicious. Then I got on a train home. Maybe Turkey was going to be full of delicious food? I had been there before, but not very consciously. Sometimes developing a wish needs time. Turkey was high on my wishlist now, a place that […]
paper which has been seen
Got up very early today and hopped on a train: I had to go north if I wanted to get a visa for Iran: So I went to Hamburg, and when I got there, it felt a bit like home: It was just like in many of the other places where I had lived for […]
Started to prepare for my return to Central Asia. And for that, I needed money. So I counted what I already had: I had some Euros, Uzbek Som, Kyrgyz Som, Kazakh Tenge, Chinese Yuan, American Dollars, and Swiss Franks. But of course it was never enough.
Another day, another walk with Feivel: And finally, time to write a new review on my travel book blog: I was still tired.
Rarely have I felt this tired in my life. I got up and had several bowls of bircher muesli: Then I got on a train home. And when I was home, I went out with Feivel, the dog: It didn’t feel as though this tired feeling would ever go away.
speaking in Aachen & in Düsseldorf
Today was going to be tough. Two presentations in one day. I got up at six thirty. Then I had breakfast. Then I hopped on a train to Aachen. My first presentation was to take place in a movie theater: The thing about movie theaters is this: most of them are not designed for public […]
I don’t like the Antifa
Another day off. Time to update the blog. Time to upload some high res pictures of the presentations to a flickr account I made. Time to read a book. Time to think. I thought about whether I thought it was okay to punch a nazi or not. You know, with the things going on in […]
speaking in Krefeld
Another day, another gig. And just like in Bochum a few days ago, it took place in a concert hall: They told me Agnostic Front had apparently just played here a few weeks earlier: I was amazed. And the presentation, of course… …was great fun!