Tag Archives: Kazakhstan

hovering

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When it comes to entering or leaving countries, airports are usually a lot easier than land borders. People stand nicely in line. The atmosphere is professional. You don’t have to stand around outside. So today was a total breeze. We hopped onto a flight: Hovered in the air for a little while: And then we […]


ace of the damn base

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We wanted to go to Tashkent. But when we looked at our options, we found out that it was going to take us 26 hours to get there by train. Twenty-six hours and a border crossing where you had to wait for hours. Hm, we thought, then how about a bus? But we were told […]


Robo

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Remember this dude? My brother Ruben. Yes! He’s back, and he’s bigger and badder than the last time we walked together almost nine years ago. In the afternoon, we wandered around town for a while, looking for the Uzbek embassy. First we found this tree: Then we found the embassy: Three hours later we had […]


four kay man

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I spent the day trying to make a promotional video out of some of the footage I had collected over the last five months: Here’s one thing I can tell you though: editing 4K on a notebook sucks. Big time. Oh, and when I went to a book store to get one of my books […]


from A to A

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There is a young Chris in me somewhere who thinks that walking should just be from point A to point B. That there should be no intermissions and no trips off the chosen route. None, ever. It’s the same Chris who walked from Paris to Bad Nenndorf in the summer of 2003, without ever stopping […]


Zhuangzi’s smoothie

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Had a smoothie today: It was smooth, yet also not smooth. A Zhuangzi-esque start into the year. I liked it.


one

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Good news, everyone! I still had one pomelo left from the year before.


pomegranate + the v

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I slept for a long time, and then I went out: Astana was nice around Christmas: the lights, the dry cold, the sound of crunching snow. I went and found a place where you could have food and make drawings on the tablecloth at the same time: So I ordered a crêpe with mushrooms… …and […]


one fourth of everything

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Woke up, packed my stuff and went outside to hitch a ride back to Baht, the place where I had parked the Caboose the night before. Some of you might remember from a few months back that I suck at hitchhiking, so I ended up standing there for a while, holding out my arm, trying […]


Tashkent

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Woke up and brushed my teeth next to the road: You can see the border to Uzbekistan right be hind me. Then I changed some Uzbek money and got this ridiculously large wad of cash: Inflation is the name of the game. Had some cookies and some ice-tea, watched some “Modern Family” on my phone […]


a perfect bench and a Caboose in pain

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Everyone got up pretty early, when it was still dark outside. We had some tea and some bread, then we said good-bye: Yerik introduced me to his neighbor, a blind gentleman who really loved the idea of walking around with the Caboose: I was a bit worried though, because the ball bearings on one of […]


the worst kind of rain

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Woke up, had some tea with Nurzhan, and then I got on my way again. Nurzhan’s dad had been telling me about an uphill slope I was going to have to tackle. And he was right, it sucked. But there was a reward at the end: The Caboose very much liked it: But I was […]


out of shape

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It’s always the same: Whenever I am about to embark on a journey, I feel nervous. This time was no exception. I hadn’t walked in more than a month, a new country lay ahead, winter was coming. I hated it. But there is always an upside: it can feel pretty nice to just do things […]


FC

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Stayed in again. Finished up a bunch of blog entries. Sorted some stuff. Made a short video of some of the footage I had taken in Astana: Then I went down to the hotel restaurant and had a large meal. Looked up to the TV and noticed that a game was on. It was a […]


our bar

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So the snow had eventually followed me all the way to Shymkent: I stayed in and compiled some of the footage from Turkistan into a short clip: No anti-flicker and no effects. Enough work as it was. Then I went to a bar called Our Bar Наш Бар: It was a sort of rock/metal place […]


cold Dubai

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Astana feels like a cold Dubai. The buildings are high, there are glittering lights everywhere, and nothing is old or imperfect. So I was very happy when I saw this little library/café: Maybe there will be more charming places like this in the future. Went to a pyramid and found out it was closed: Okay, […]


the Death Star

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So today I was shown around Astana. First thing I saw was ice in big fat blocks: They were apparently going to be part of some installation. Now if you can have ice just laying around without having to worry about it melting, that means it’s pretty cold around you. And yes, the river was […]


holy water to the capital

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Took a cab today: Charming car, friendly driver. We went to a place called Otrar (or Farab) about an hour away from Turkestan. It was a ruin city: I didn’t know much about the place apart from the fact that Al-Farabi, an important philosopher from the 10th century, had been born here. I remembered that […]


pleasant praying place

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I got up early in the morning because I wanted to capture the sunrise near the mausoleum: But alas! I failed. What I did manage to capture was the pollution though: See the layer of smog in this picture? I was told that it came from a local heating plant. That’s why it was usually […]


Tamerlan’s first

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Hopped on a marshrutka to an ancient city called Turkestan today: The ride took about three hours, and once I was there, I saw stuff that looked old and suspiciously new at the same time: So I walked around a little until I found the main attraction of the place: The Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed […]