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amuse me

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Since we had decided to spend our time looking around Central Asia, we started with the Jami Mosque of Andijan: Like so many buildings in this part of the world, it seemed like a new structure that was supposed to look old: Even more so on the inside: And parts of this “new old” were […]


hey ho, let’s get a color copy!

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My plan to get a tourist visa for Turkmenistan was still in effect. I had found a very capable travel agent from Ashgabat. His name was Babageldi, and he seemed like a great guy. I felt optimistic. But all I could do now was wait. And I wasn’t alone. She had come to Uzbekistan to […]


the ten thousand

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If you like food, Tashkent is the best place in Uzbekistan. Sure, other areas have their own specialties, but only the big city offers such a large variety of different flavors to choose from, including Korean, Georgian, and Vietnamese. So we ate and we ate. Sometimes we had exotic foods, sometimes we tried local stuff: […]


next pahlava in Baku?

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Today was good. There was only a tiny hint of sadness, because I found out that the Azeri food joint where I would get my dosage of pahlava until just a few months ago had been closed and demolished: This was something typical of cities in this part of the world (China included) – everything […]


darker than… her

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Today was Bukhara’s big day: The Silk And Spice Festival. It seemed as though the whole town had shown up. Plus a bunch of student volunteers in white shirts and white caps. There was a music show going on, and some people in the audience were dancing as well: By loading the video, you agree […]


stuff to do

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There’s an end to everything … even the sweetest summer vacation. So, upon returning to Changji today, I decided to finally get rid of my shoes: Remember how sad I was when I had to say good-bye to the Caboose? Well this time, I wasn’t very unhappy at all, mainly because those shoes and me […]


monsters

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There is a shuttle bus network to take individual visitors and travel groups alike around the scenic spots in the park. The first place we went to this morning was just breathtaking. There was a delicate layer of hoar frost on all things: …and the sun was just coming up to start melting it all away: […]


the world needs more John Muirs

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This morning, we got on a plane to one of the most remote areas of the country: Kanas – bordering Kazakhstan in the West, Mongolia in the East and Russia in the North. There was a large red flag at the tiny airport, reminding us of the fact that we were still in China: We […]


word cascades

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We took a trip to the mountains south of Changji today. It took us almost three hours to get to where we wanted, which was… …a little waterfall. Surprisingly enough, there was a whole tourist infrastructure built around that thing: The writing of the word “parking lot” on this sign fascinated me: You see, the Chinese […]


back to the deep place

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Today, we got in a car and went to Turpan in the South. It felt weird to be going 100 km/h in those places where I had been silently walking and suffering almost exactly two years ago. Anyway, today it was all about sightseeing! We visited the famous Grape Valley 葡萄沟: This is a totally commercialized […]


jade lake of heaven

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We went to a place called Tianchi today. It’s a mountain lake situated in the east of Ürümqi: This is one of the most famous places in all of China, and I had always been wanting to see it, especially since Wu Jiang (is this the end?) had shown me pictures of his own trip […]


her… …again

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outage

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When I wanted to update my site today, there was – nothing. My web host had decided to take my server offline, apparently because I was “causing too much traffic”. Here’s my mind: – a total blank. What do I know about all this stuff? I had originally come up with a site-design that I […]


the last beach

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Yalong Bay 亚龙湾 is probably the most famous beach in Sanya: Luckily though, its location 15km east of town seem to be able to shield it off from the tourist masses that usually crowd up other beaches like Dadonghai (russians too): Some parts of Yalong Bay are actually very quiet and have an almost deserted […]


Monkey Island I & II

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Play them! … We took a trip to a place called Monkey Island 猴岛 today: …which is not really an island btw. Lots and lots of little monkeys there though – some of them enslaved… …and others just chillin’: I failed to find out the total number of free monkeys that were residing on the […]


the good, the bad & the ugly

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This is a leaf from the rain forest: This is a weird fruit from the rain forest: And here’s a huge spider, also from the rain forest: I think including its legs it was about as large as my hand (not just my palm!), but I didn’t go near to take a more exact measurement. […]


cute as a button

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We took a boat to a place called Wuzhizhou Island 蜈支州岛 today: What a haven of serenity – where the ocean likes to gently play with the shore… …Juli’s tan is slowly getting darker and darker… (yeah I know, it’s hard to see it from here) …and my belly is rapidly getting fatter and fatter: […]


Russians too

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Remember I told you about the invisible russians before? Well, they’ve gotten pretty…visible now: Almost everything, every hotel and restaurant at Dadonghai 大东海 sports a sign in Russian and Chinese. …and then there are even some places that seem to cater only to Russians: There are some cultural differences though. For instance, the Russians seem […]


who’s reading Anna Seghers?

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I was feeling a lot better today, so we went out: Ah yes, that’s right: We went to a very nice place… There were even some stranded jellyfish: We took a walk along the beach when we got to an artificial island called Phoenix Island 凤凰岛 – they’re planning to build a multiple star hotel […]


three dreams

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Upon arrival in a perfect holiday location, the first thing I do is I get sick. Just my kind of luck. … When I woke up this morning my arms felt really heavy, and I had this headache as if someone had knocked me over with a two-by-four. Juli obviously thought I looked like shit, […]