Tag Archives: Germany

the bishop

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A long car ride later… …and I was in Prague. I wasn’t there by myself, and I wasn’t there without drinks, either: That night I ended up with my friends, having overpriced alcohol, looking at women taking their clothes off: Not the worst kind of life.


pay to be alone

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Rode a train to Munich today. I needed to go to Prague for my next presentation on Saturday, and I was going to go there with a friend who was driving from Munich. My train ticket was so cheap I upgraded to First Class, which meant a little more space and a lot less people […]


bigly

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I think the time to consider ourselves “above politics” is over. When the fringes of society are making themselves heard on the internet, then the people in the center can’t just stay quiet and pretend their silence is loud enough. So I decided to become Donald Trump’s bigliest fan on Twitter: It’s simple. The man […]


limbo

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Haven’t been doing much walking lately. Sometimes I feel like I’m in limbo: between presentations, between continents, between yesterday and tomorrow. So I went and took a walk with Feivel today: Tried to clear my head. Failed.


authenticity

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Went to the city today, and when I was there, I decided to have lunch in a food court: Sometimes I wonder about the authenticity of foreign food. I mean, I used to think Chinese food in Germany was just that: Chinese food. Until I went to China, where the food turned out to be […]


baking

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Tried to bake a cake today. I would… tell you the recipe but I’m really just too lazy to translate it, sorry. The cake was good, though.


flag or no flag

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It’s always the same: I tell myself that I want to relax, but then I end up doing all kinds of things. Mostly I sit there replying to emails and paying bills and writing bills and applying for visa and wading through a bureaucratic swamp and wondering why, why, why. So at some point I […]


turns

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Went to Hamburg today. Had a night that went this way and that way… …but ended up being very good.


who’s got the gun

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Took a long train ride home today: I tried to reply to emails, and I tried to update the blog as far as I could: Oh, and I did my best to show my undying support for President-Of-The-World Donald J. Trump! Once it was time to get out of the train, three little kids got […]


speaking in Freiburg

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Gave my presentation in a hall by the lake tonight. It was good: Actually Freiburg is always good. And because it was so good, I asked the people in the audience if they wanted to say hi to my good friend Teacher Xie: Turn the subtitles on if you don’t speak Chinese.


running into Stefan

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Went to an Irish pub tonight. They seem to be all over the place in Europe, and not only here. Kazakhstan has Irish pubs, too, at least in the big cities. And even Tashkent in Uzbekistan had one when I was there. Anyway, I had a few beers: And I had them with this guy: […]


Futurama is better than the Simpsons

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Took a long ride on a train today, all the way from Dresden in the East to Freiburg in the Southwest of the country: I tried working on the train. Tried reading. Ended up sleeping most of the time. Oh, and I watched a few episodes of The Simpsons. I remember loving The Simpsons and […]


speaking in Dresden

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The day started peacefully. I woke up around nine in the morning, thinking I had quite a bit of time left to get to Dresden for my next presentation. Most shows started in the late afternoon or at night anyway. I turned on my phone and received a text message from the organizers reminding me […]


speaking in Jena

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Came to Jena today, a town in the former East of Germany. I had spoken there before on one or two occasions. It was great being there again: Once I was done, I received a present in the form of a license plate thingie that spelled something along the lines of “stroller” or “promenader”: It […]


personal chocolate

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With my tour through Switzerland behind me, I took a train back to Germany. In my hand I held a bar of Swiss chocolate. There was a picture on it, an edible photo of the crew and me together: Good chocolate, good memories. When I arrived in Frankfurt, there was Gin Tonic and Thai food: […]


speaking in Zurich

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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

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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

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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 […]


2TB

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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

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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 […]