Tag Archives: Hebei

role-models

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I decided to stay for another day, because my friends, the Yang Brothers, wanted to take me to a place called Dazhai 大寨 in the south of Yangquan: I don’t think that a lot of young people in China know about this agricultural showcase from the 60s and 70s anymore. For the older generations though, […]


choice

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Sick of me going off about all the terrible sins against the environment? Well, things went a slightly different path today. But first things first. A frosty morning: I decided to take a small detour to see the famous Stone Village of Yu 于家石头村 that lies south of the highway. So I got up early […]


bird and man, milkshake and blood

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Back on G307, I saw something unexpected: Beautiful. No idea what kind of bird this was, but I thought: majestic wings over the gates of hell. Now why would I think that? Remember I used the phrase “nature bleeding away” yesterday? Well, I found some of her blood today: A deep red rivulet, barely streaming […]


definition of hurt

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I woke up and went down the hallway to brush my teeth: Then I put on my backpack and started walking on that long winding road. – I didn’t know yet about the suffering I would see today. – For everything, there’s a first. Here’s my first prison in China: At least that’s what people […]


out like a soldier

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I walked west today. That’s a good thing, because west is where my home is. No more walking south for a while. On the way out from the city I found out something I thought was interesting: why were there so many hookers in this place? The answer: Shijiazhuang is a major military base, there […]


living large in the dust

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I stayed in the city today. “Civilization”, as someone put it. But first, I opened another door in my advent calendar: 5 doors open, 5 pieces of chocolate eaten, 19 to go – and then it’s CHRISTMAS! In the early afternoon I went out for lunch and stepped right into this scene: Now you’d think […]


templicity

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For all those who might have been wondering what my room (my cold room) looked like last night: The thing that seems kind of like a glowing disc is the electrical heater I paid 8rmb for yesterday. It will scold you if you touch it, but it doesn’t really seem to be designed as a […]


history lessons

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War! I woke up this morning because I could hear a military conflict going on outside: gunshots, detonations, laughter… Laughter? You might have already guessed it: Someone was throwing a wedding party in the hotel I was staying at. Chinese are the kings of fireworks, no kidding. I got out of bed. People had been […]


easy yokes

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I said good-bye to my friends in Xinle today. Life in the spa was very pleasant, but eventually I had to get going, no matter what. On the road I saw someone who seemed to be carrying a lot heavier than me. The official retiring age in China is sixty. Many a good man is forced to […]


advent

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Where I am from, Christmas is on the evening of December 24th. Today is not Christmas. —But for me it is— I’m still chillin’ when Haozi rings me up and says: “Where you at, we’re coming over!” You guessed right, they’re coming to bring me back… …my one… …and only… …priceless… …beloved… …my wide-angle lens! But […]


leather & art

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Today saw me hanging out with my friend. He knew someone in the leather business, so we went and checked out a manufactory: I enjoyed the place: the colors, the light, the shade. Even the noise and the smell. Only downside was I was wearing slippers (to get some relief for my feet), so I […]


faces and the birth of man

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Today was all about people. I wandered around fairly relaxed, except for my feet that have still not quite healed up. And because I was hurting and because I like resting more than walking, I took some time to sit down every once in a while. To have a chat with some of the old […]


good news

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My hotel room has orange curtains. They make everything orange in the room. I like it, because it feels warm. I have spent a whole day in this orange light, writing my blog, sorting my pictures, watching a TV show, waiting for my foot to heal up a bit. Once I went out to get […]


farewell in blue

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The sky was azure and looked like Indian summer today. Clean air, golden sun rays, cold in the shadows, warm in the sun. I thought: is this the last day before winter? I opened my jacket and I opened my sweater, then I let in the warmth… …and then I slowly limped through the town gate, […]


class

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At 9am I looked at my breath: a white miniature cloud dispersing into the quiet cold of my hotel room. The inside of my sleeping bag was cozy and warm. I closed my eyes. Sleeping felt like the best thing. The best thing… The best… The… When I woke up again I painfully realized that it was […]


no love today

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The reason for today’s title is right here in the first picture. “No love today” 今日不爱 (the translation is a bit rough, I know). Actually, this is supposed to say something like: “if you don’t love your roads today, there will be no roads tomorrow” – but now all that is left is no love […]


the fog

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I couldn’t see. Everything was white, and it wasn’t snow. Holding the land in its soft embrace, the fog brought destruction to the ones who drove hastefully. I counted 4 massive accidents today. From what I could tell, there was much damage, but nobody had been seriously hurt. But to me, the one who was […]


back on the map

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I woke up and I continued to walk. There was not much to see on the way. Mainly because of the fog. It was a misty day that made buildings look like submarine boats. MY FEET WERE OKAY, but it was just too regrettable I didn’t have my beloved wide-angle lens. I missed her. It […]


play day (the donkey shuffle)

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Today was a day of leisure, and today was the first time I ever had my own personal business card. In Chinese and in English! I decided I needed this because I always found myself scribbling on little pieces of paper whenever I had taken someone’s picture. You wonder what I have done to my […]


bad news

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This is my room number in the basement hotel I am staying at. As I am writing this, the night guard just blasted out intestinal gas that I could hear on top of his TV and through two closed doors. Awe-inspiring! I didn’t move much today. Instead I went to an internet café and stayed […]