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self-reflection

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Yes, the rain had come: I decided it would be my last day of therapy: Wanted to go to an outdoor store and ended up in a shop full of guns: Bought a knife: The handle was supposedly made from birch wood, and I immediately fell in love with it. I also got some additional […]


my friend Shawn and my mortal enemy Sarkozy

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Just a few more days of physiotherapy for me. I didn’t feel quite there yet. My back was better, yes. But it wasn’t 100% fine. I figured it didn’t need much more therapy, it just needed time. And I wasn’t supposed to lift heavily. So I went and had a nice club sandwich: Then I […]


smoke in my head

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Today I saw rain come to Almaty: It wasn’t quite there yet, but it would be here soon. I could only hope that I wouldn’t get too much rain when I was walking. Sure, the Caboose was waterproof, so there wouldn’t be much of a problem there, but my backpack and my camera bags weren’t. […]


a man’s hand

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Really felt like taking pictures today. So I took my cameras and my tripod and went to Republic Square: There was a big monument, the Statue of Independence: And at the foot of the statue, as I had noticed three weeks ago, an imprint of the (alleged) hand of Nursultan Nazarbayev, first President of Kazakhstan: […]


extreme living

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Went to a local university today. It’s called KIMEP, and classes there are almost exclusively taught in English. It was quiet in some places: And not so quiet in others: Lots of pretty girls from what I could tell. The whole place somehow reminded me of an article I had read a few years earlier. […]


Plombir

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Went to the post office today: I didn’t just send my books to people. Some of you might remember how during the initial walk in 2008 I was always obsessing about sending my photos home on DVDs. Well, the DVD thing is over. I am using SD-cards now. And since Kazakhstan doesn’t seem to be […]


talking points

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Had an interview today. An interview where I talked and talked and talked. In fact I talked so much that in the end I felt a bit sorry for the journalists. Later they would have to listen to all of it again on their dictaphones, and then they would have to write it up into […]


Big Almaty Lake

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Went to another lake today: This one is called Big Almaty Lake. I guess it’s big, and it’s near Almaty. So it’s Big Almaty Lake. I hadn’t come alone though. My friend and fellow photography enthusiast Nazira was showing me around: And while we were there, we made friends with some young people from Taraz, […]


döner

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Time does what it does: it passes. I don’t feel that much better about my back yet. Guess it needs more time. So I went and had a döner today, at the Number 1 Döneria: It was okay. Not likely to win any accolades in Berlin or Hamburg… …but it was okay. Fall was coming […]


an amoeba

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Every day feels the same. I get up. I buy two yoghurts and a bottle of water. I go to my therapy. I find something to eat. I write, sort pictures, do things, meet up with friends. Then I go and find more things to eat. Like an amoeba. It’s not like all of this is […]


Artbat

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I like it when my blog posts are up to date. I mean, this is the internet, and it feels nice to know that everything we read about just happened or is still happening, as opposed to, say, reading articles in magazines or newspapers that are days or even weeks old. But there is a problem with being up to date. Yesterday […]


the rant

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Today I woke up, had two yoghurts and a bottle of water, and then I went and did my physiotherapy. It was good. After this I walked around a little, until at some point I started thinking about a discussion I had had a while ago with an American dude I know. Something about “Islam […]


the pokemon

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So I started my therapy sessions today: Actually it wasn’t just one kind of therapy, it was a whole bunch of different things we did: heat therapy ultrasound therapy electronic spider-like massage thing therapy manual massage therapy And then there was… …the stretcher! Now I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I already feel […]


no back no pain

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Remember I told you about my friends who invited me to Esik a few days ago? Well, one of them is a physician. “Is there something wrong with your back?” She asked me a few times. No, I tried to lie. I am a bit of a hypochondriac, so it’s hard for me to trust […]


ode to an eggplant

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The medication doesn’t seem to help. Maybe I don’t have a cold at all. Could it be that I am allergic to something out here? To walking…? … Anyway, I ordered some food and decided to get on the road again the next day, no matter what: I forget what this dish was called, but there […]


hats off to all writers of big fat books

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Guess what, I am still in my hotel room: It’s spacious and comfortable, and I got it for pretty cheap, so it’s okay. I am trying to get some words written down while I am here. Walking 1000km is definitely easier than writing 100 pages…


tied down

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Seeing that this was my summer vacation, I wasn’t very happy when I realized that my cold was going to tie me to a boring hotel room for the time being: I decided to take it easy and get some work done. … I treated myself to a massive bowl of Xinjiang Tangfan 新疆汤饭: This […]


achromaticity limpidity beef noodle additive

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I woke up feeling terrible. Maybe the cold had finally caught up with me? So here I am talking about food. There’s a typical dish in the Northwest of China, it’s called Lanzhou Noodles 兰州拉面, or just Beef Noodles 牛肉面: I have mentioned that I really like this dish before, only at that time I didn’t […]


wieners

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My hotel seems almost completely deserted during most of the day: There’s a KTV-karaoke place on the second floor: Sometimes I can hear people sing, but I never go in. Rather I’d hang out in the little shop next door: Look at shelves full of wieners: And because I’m so bored, I created a Google […]


cold

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See the white stuff on top of the fruit-stands? The snow is back, and the cold is back – and I got myself just that: I got a cold. Using Chinese and Western medicine at the same time, I am somehow hoping that at least the disgusting taste might do some good for me: Why […]