Tag Archives: Kyrgyzstan

3words: Donald Trump Resigns

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@DMM121PA – DMM121PA: Donald, Trump, Resigns. DMM121PA “Have you heard?” said Jesus. “Have I heard what?” asked God. “Donald Trump resigned.” “Donald Who did what now?” “Donald Trump, son of Fred, son of Friedrich, son of Johannes…” Jesus paused for a second, gathering his thoughts: “…son of… I think Johann! Yes, that Donald Trump. He […]


3words: stop him now

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@cassieholland – Cassie: Stop, Him, Now. Cassie The cameras had changed everything. The microphones. The lights. The directors. The crowds. THIS WILL BE GREAT FOR EVERYONE! There he was, his face beaming from one of the screens in the subway car. His makeup was so thick that he almost looked like a clown. But he […]


3words: isolation breathe water

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@galleryladyana – Ana: Isolation, Breathe, Water. Ana She woke up laying on her back, one hand and one foot dangling in the water. There was a moment of splashing and struggling when she tried to sit up and the board under her almost capsized. She managed to regain her balance and look around, and she […]


Pirates

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Every day I would do the same things. I’d take my picture: Then I’d have some tomatoes with some flat bread (and maybe a cookie), and I’d do some work until the early afternoon: Which was time for me to go to the lake and swim and read and be happy. I ran into some […]


overs the water

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See where this is going now? Or nah. Anyway, today I did something that I had always wanted to do. Well, not always. The first time I ever drank alcohol was when I was twenty-seven, so it couldn’t have been before that. Here it is: Find a way to work it out: We know where […]


how to throw a melon from a roof

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I don’t know if any of you remember, but once on my way through China, my brother and I had too many watermelons with us, so we decided to smash one of them. It was a hot day in the summer of 2008, and we filmed the whole thing. Of course it was awesome. So […]


how to eat a melon

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Took another picture: And had a melon: Did you know that the watermelon originated in Southern Africa, and that the pharaohs ate them thousands of years ago? That they (the melons) needed until the 10th century to reach China, which produces more than 60% of the world’s total output of watermelons today? Fun facts about […]


beard into lake

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Took a picture of myself like this, and then I cleaned my face and hopped into the lake: This is what the water looks like: And this is what the beard looks like when it’s in the water: Have I mentioned that my inflatable toy is a donut?


when KFC is new

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Got a pen today: A big fat permanent marker. Then I took a marshrutka back to Bishkek: I had some business left to take care of. I’ll tell you more about it later. And while I was in a shopping mall looking for a spoon and a pack of good green tea, I noticed this: […]


Gymnos

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There is something about Germans and nakedness. Ever since the beginning of time, Germans have loved being naked. All of us. There is no exception. An exception would be inconceivable. So I was very happy when I found this place up on the roof where I could be German: By the way, did you know […]


say hi to Issyk-kul

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I asked the people from the sanatorium if it was maybe possible to find a table for me to put in my room, because I needed to work. And five minutes later… …I was fully equipped: I stood on my balcony for a while: Then I decided to go down and pay the lake a […]


back to Kaji-Say

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Got into another marshrutka today: It was going to take me into the mountains and up to lake Issyk-kul. The ride took four hours, and this was my view out of the window: We stopped only once on our way up: And then I was finally there, in Kaji-Say, a small village on the Southern […]


98,0

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Took a walk through sunny Bishkek: It felt very different from the last time I had been there. There seemed to be more optimism in the air. I guess the sun and the blue sky made all the difference. I went directly to the Tsum (Цум), a large shopping center: I wanted to get a […]


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 […]


snow bus

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With my new Uzbek visa in hand, I went to the bus station: I was going to go back to Shymkent, the place where the Caboose was waiting for me: But first I had to wait. So I found a café and did some work: Mostly that meant just replying to tons of emails. I […]


when things go as planned

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Ten in the morning, and I was here: And behind those buildings, the embassy of Uzbekistan: There was no line. No waiting time. No hassle. Just a friendly lady behind a counter who asked me for my paperwork. Her English was better than my Russian. She told me to go to a certain bank and […]


wait, please!

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Tried to get my visa for Uzbekistan today. First the dudes working at the hotel reception helped me call the Uzbek embassy to ask for an appointment. I had all the necessary paperwork and a Letter Of Invitation: “Please call back at four!” we were told. It was ten in the morning. So I waited. […]


soup makes happy

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I had arrived in Bishkek late at night. And by “late at night” I mean “early in the morning”. So I slept a little, and when I woke up I looked out of the window and saw the snow in the light of day: I went outside looking for food: It was cold but not […]


beautiful from above

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Got up, had breakfast, went down to the metro: Reached the airport in time. Everything went smoothly: I took a plane to Istanbul: And another one to Bishkek: It was a low-cost airline where you had to pay extra for food and drinks on the plane. There was no onboard entertainment system. The seats seemed […]


flying is bad for the environment

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Took a plane today. Felt terrible about it. First of all I wanted to keep walking. The weather was good. My legs were good. My back was good. Everything was good. But I had to go back to Germany. My new book was out (which was great), and I had to promote it (which was […]