Tag Archives: Lilu

Pete and the Lama

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Incense… Sunday, August 28th 2005: an unsuccessful attempt to hold back my tears at the Hanover Airport. A short flight, some dead time at another airport, then a long flight. 16 hours later I was there. The day when I first got to China: I remember being in a state of shock, finding my body […]


the scent of subversion

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We went to the 798 Art District 798艺术区 today, a 1950s factory compound northwest of the city that had been taken over by the art community in the mid-nineties. Everyone here knows it, and especially the foreign crowd seems to enjoy the subtle ‘scent of subversion’ in the air. A fun place: But there have […]


China can ROCK

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Today’s post has 3 parts: tickets, the visa, and ROCK. 1) tickets: Lilu and I had devised a brilliant plan: buy black market tickets! “There are people selling them virtually everywhere,” friends had told us, “just go to the venues and look around!” So we did – but when we got to the volleyball stadium […]


remember the time when…

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The city seemed like it was about to drown in heavy rain again today: And since I was waiting for the final phone call confirming my new visa (priorities) every second now, I chose to stay in and spend the day inside: I was happy that my flatmate Lilu was there too. We always had […]


where is it different?

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Does Beijing feel that much different now that the Games are on? I mean, of course there’s a lot of stuff going on around the venues – and I envy everyone who has a ticket to the competitions – but what about the city itself, where is it different? I’ve been wondering about this question. […]


eight

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We didn’t have any tickets for Olympic competitions, and of course we didn’t have any tickets for the opening ceremony either. So we got a bunch of friends together and went to Ditan Park 地坛公园 in the east part of the city: Behind a gate with a security scan and some police, there was a […]


priorities

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Remember my passport/visa problem (silly asinine)? Here’s the low-down: I have a German passport that expires in October 2009. And I have a Chinese visa that’s about to expire by the end of this month. No way I can walk home with a passport like that, and I can’t get out of China by the […]


only the brave

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Munich is definitely renown for its beer garden culture: large people sitting around large tables drinking ridiculously large beers. I have spent two years in this town before, but I’ve never really been to a Biergarten before: It just never seemed like my kind of thing. Nevertheless, today my good friend Louise decided to take […]