My friends Lin Bo and Dennis Wu came back to see me today: They took me to a place where my new tent had been delivered (it was actually not new but used, “95% new” the vendor had said). I went to the border and asked if I could walk through, but they said no. […]
Bad news. I just realized that I lost my tent. It must have happened on one of those flights: So I ordered a new one, and I spent the remainder of the day buying things and putting them into the Caboose: And walking around this little border town (which apparently aspires to become the next […]
Today I spent in Khorgas shooting with my friends Lin Bo 林波… …and Dennis Wu: We took some shots near the border: And then we filmed the process of loading up the Caboose:
Four years later, and here I am – back in Khorgas. It took a lot of flying to get here: Hanover – Istanbul Istanbul – Beijing Beijing – Karamay Karamay – Yining …and then a car ride to Khorgas. Most of the time it looked somewhat like this: Blurry. There was one exception though. I […]
At around 10 in the morning, I said goodbye to Uncle Shen and got on the train to Kuytun. We gently rolled on, and the Gobi desert passed by the window: It felt weird to be there: A few hours later, I had arrived at my destination: Kuytun. The place where I had many friends, […]
eeny, meeny, miny, moe
Uncle Shen and I went to get a train ticket today: We stopped at a roadside stall that was serving Niubi Liangfen 牛B凉粉. This was interesting not because of the food itself (liangfen is a dish of cold mung bean starch jelly), but because of the name: niu 牛 means “cow”, and the B stands […]
The next morning, Uncle Shen came over to pick me up. He was still riding his bike around (this time it was a foldable bicycle): …and I was happy to see that Lulu the dog was still there too: Ürümqi actually felt a bit more relaxed than the last time I was here. We went […]
no one waiting
I arrived at Ürümqi airport late at night. People were there, waiting for their loved ones: A kind soul gave me a lift to my hotel.
the beloved one
Let’s see if you remember this place: Not quite? Well, how about now: That’s right. “Hey, you’re the German guy with the long hair and the beard – the walking dude!” they said when I came in, smiling like a Cheshire cat. Then they gave me another haircut. … Well this was nice and very […]
…is it safe to be here?
Some people might be wondering if it’s safe to be here in Ürümqi after the deadly riots a year ago. Well, I think it’s okay. There is some military patrolling the streets: But apart from that, everything seems nice and normal. I hope it stays this way.
prelude, interlude, or leisure?
Just how am I going to tag this post? I guess I am in the process of preparing for something. First things first though: I had been in Vladivostok for a month, and now I was back in China, in Changchun 长春. So this morning I took a cab to the airport, because I wanted […]