Tag Archives: resting

memento

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Remember how we tried to see one of the world’s oldest surviving copies of the Qur’an, but we failed? That was more than two weeks ago. Today we came back, and we triumphed! First we bought tickets, then we inserted some money into this strange looking machine: I thought it was a dispenser for chewing […]


Hungry Steppe by train

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We had to leave. So I asked the owners of the hotel if there was any way I could store my Caboose with them for a few months. “Sure”, they said. Then they showed me a place under a staircase in the yard: There was a large basement just under the hotel, and it was […]


honeycomb of expectations

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I have to be honest: I was a bit scared of Samarqand before I came here. Not scared as in scared of the police or scared of a bear. But scared of my own expectations. I had been dreaming about Samarqand for almost a decade by now. Would the city let me down? Short answer: […]


wealth of fog

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We were still staying in, innocently celebrating our newfound affluence: When we went out for dinner, a thick fog was covering Jizzakh: Anyway, we managed to find the place we usually went to. It was called Smile: So we sat down and ordered a bunch of fast food: When we were done, the fog was […]


broke/unbroke

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We were broke. So we took a cab to some obscure place: And then we weren’t broke anymore. We decided to celebrate with pizza for lunch: And burgers for dinner: Oh, and we watched a lot of Simpsons, too.


smashing subaquatic soup

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More unwellness meant more staying in the hotel. Well, we left our room once to go to a restaurant nearby. It had a sort of underwater theme, and the music was really fucking loud: We were not sure if we liked this or not (we kinda did: check out the soundtrack of the day), but […]


I like pink

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We stayed in today. Watched some Simpsons. Read a little. Ruben was feeling unwell, so he wasn’t up to much. I had an interview scheduled, but since the internet in this place was so slow, we had to resort to sending voice messages back and forth via messaging app. It took a while. Enough time […]


learn from the ram

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Took a little walk around Tashkent today: And just after a few minutes outside, we found a banknote on the ground: 200 Uzbek Som. Not that much. Then we went to a place called Hast Imam Complex in the northwest of town: It was one of those places that looked old and new at the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


the red bell and the blue bell

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I wasn’t quite ready to leave yet. Not without a Santa hat. So I went to a bazaar around the corner from my hotel, which was where I bumped into the next president of the United States of America: …but it turned out to be just a wealthy chicken. I left the president/chicken and proceeded to […]


photo of a blue chip

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Tashkent was beautiful today: Light snow and sky that was blue: I decided to take the metro to an old part of town: I liked the ticket that I got very much, and I liked the metro itself as well. There are only two subway systems in this part of the world, the other one […]


cucumbers

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Sometimes I forget which day of the week it is. Today was Sunday anyway. And it was still snowing/raining/being generally shitty outside. So I stayed in and wrote some blog posts: Had some cup noodles: And some cucumbers: The cucumbers reminded me of the days when I was in the Gobi desert with my brother […]


holidays and the mall

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Did some laundry today: Then I started uploading my Let’s Walk videos: It felt like being catapulted back to the early 2000s, the internet was so slow. Not sure if that’s a general issue here or if it’s just this hotel, or just this time. Anyway, it was slow. The hotel people were busy preparing […]


millionaire meets Pushkin

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I was still not over the whole money issue: Hilarious. And sad. At the same time. Went out to a blue sky over Tashkent: Saw more Pepsi ads: Had some ice-cream: And saw a monument to an awesome dude: Pushkin. One of the greatest writers of all time. Of Russian, German, Scandinavian and Cameroonian descent. […]