Tag Archives: Kazakhstan

sizes of things

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When I woke up, the train was still rumbling along: The kids had been quiet for most of the night, so that was good. The hostel I usually stayed at in Tashkent didn’t have any rooms, so I did what I had been wanting to do since I came to Tashkent for the first time […]


funny looks

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Had a burger today: A bearded dude in a chic restaurant having a fancy burger. Hipster status achieved? Then I went to the train station: I was going to board the night train to Tashkent (the one that I had taken in the other direction two months earlier), but when I got there, a group […]


some nerdy stuff about maps

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I went to a food court today: The above picture looks more fancy than it really is. The food is simple and cheap. This is what I got: Then I did something I had been wanting to do for a long time – I updated the Google Earth file: It’s strange to think that this […]


popcorn and lollipops

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Walked around town and tried to buy a train ticket to Tashkent today. It took a while until I found the right ticket bureau. I’d tell you which one it was, but I forgot. Ha! Anyway, Almaty was nice in late summer: Once I had my ticket I went to a large shopping mall and […]


fear smothered in cake

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I wasn’t going to fly to Tashkent if I could avoid it. You might remember how I suddenly came to the realization that flying was bad for the environment a while ago. But I hated buses. So I decided to go to Almaty and take a train to Tashkent from there. Only first I went […]


a ride through last September

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I grabbed my stuff and went to the bus station. Having taken the marshrutka to the Kyrgyz border several times before, I knew my way around pretty well. But I was surprised to find these posters advertising the border area of Khorgas (the one that I had previously crossed on my shitty little bicycle) as […]


tears of a hooligan

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Rain in Almaty: So I stayed in. And I learned two things. 1) Remember the big fat black cat Sarkozy, the one who had been my sworn enemy the last time I stayed here? Well, there were more of his kind now, and they were actually quite nice: 2) Remember the little kid from last […]


one thing bout tacos when they hit you feel no pain

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I arrived in Almaty at around nine in the morning: I went to the hostel where I had been staying almost a year ago. I was a bit worried that the people there wouldn’t be able to recognize me with my beard and all, but they just smiled and said: “Oh, it’s you!” Then they […]


meeting with me

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Went to Tashkent railway station today: In Uzbekistan, you are told to arrive forty minutes before your train departs. I usually try to be there at least an hour early. So I hung out in the waiting hall until the train arrived: I felt excited – how would our train pass the border? Would we […]


numismatics

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Back to Tashkent. I regretted buying plane tickets. There is a train from Tashkent to Almaty and back, a train which I should have taken. Better for the environment. Better for me. More stuff to see out of the window. Sometimes I am just baffled by my own ignorance. Anyway, here I was, with my […]


buffer day

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I had come to Almaty to get my new Uzbek visa, and that was it. But before, when I was still in Germany, and I didn’t know yet how long it was going to take, I had left an extra day before my flight back, just in case things didn’t go as planned. That day […]


another great success

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Today, after three hours of waiting and paying fees in different places like I had before in Bishkek last November and in Almaty this January, I finally got my new Uzbek visa: Considering that the last one I had gotten in Germany had only been granted for a mere 17 days, I felt very relieved […]


no work on workers day

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I had come to Almaty to get my next Uzbek visa, so I went to the Uzbek embassy right away. I knew where it was, because I had been there before in January with my brother Ruben. So I walked around a little: I noticed that there were decorations for Workers’ Day up in some […]


tragic satsivi

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I left Tashkent on a sunny afternoon: …and landed in Almaty on a cloudy evening: (The above picture is the stadium that I had seen when it was still under construction more than a half year ago.) When I went out to get something to eat, it felt as if Almaty had not changed at […]


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.