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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 […]


desert songs

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I took my brother to the airport this morning: He was gone all too quickly, and after he was, I had no idea what to do with myself. So I just remained in the humongous halls looking at people moving around: It seemed like everything had lost a bit of its taste… …or maybe its […]


Thai

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We hung out for a while, then we finally went to the market: There was so much fun stuff to buy: I even got a new pair of flip-flops – possibly the best I’ve ever had – at a bargain price of only 15rmb! … When we went out for our last dinner that night, […]


bothering people at work and some thoughts about chicken

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We went to one of my favorite restaurants in Beijing and had the old foreigner’s favorite: Kungpao Chicken 宫爆鸡丁 – maybe the best in town. Actually, very few chefs can make this dish right; some put cucumbers in it or carrots or peas, while others opt for other completely unimaginable things. None of this has […]


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 […]


the film on my skin

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We got up at five for a last visit at the sand dunes of the Crescent Moon Spring Indiana Jones). The sunrise was supposed to be very beautiful. …but when we got there, the weather was absolutely nasty, and so were the people at the ticket counter: “No student discounts for foreigners!” What the hell? […]


regret

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There’s a pagoda in the city, it’s called White Horse Pagoda 白马塔: Having spent an entire day doing nothing, we felt that we owed it to ourselves to go on a final sightseeing tour… …because good things are always over too soon. We passed by the ancient city walls: …and we had to find our […]


sightseeing overkill

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There were going to be some serious changes during the next couple of days, so we couldn’t just continue walking through the desert. Even though we would have liked to very much. We called up our favorite cab driver again (please please swallow) and devised a route that would take us to some places that […]


cucumbers for sale

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It was about time to get rid of the broken Cucumber, so we went looking for some kind of second-hand market. We never made it there though. It was a long way, and we would often stop to make offers and listen to counter offers: We had originally paid 680rmb back in Yumen (Cucumber II), […]


Indiana Jones

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My friend Steven from Canada had come to the motherland, so he decided to stop by for a visit: We had a good time checking out the Mogao Grottoes together: I had actually been to this place before in the summer of 2006: What a strange feeling. …I remember back in 2004, when I was […]


please please swallow!

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I wanted the GPS-track that I had lost a couple of days ago (the best of all melons), so we took a cab and got it back. It’s a bit silly, I know that, but I just couldn’t stand the thought of my long red line showing a gap of 25km. We rode back to […]


pull back the curtains

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Hey, check it out: I think we’re in the desert! Robozwerg says: “Whaaat?”


Dunhuang

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In the morning, Robozwerg‘s eyes were much better, but the bike was much worse. It seemed like it was just kind of slowly falling apart: The weather had changed for the better though – there was absolutely no wind today. So we joined in our efforts to push the Cucumber and the Caboose together: By […]


if you can’t fight it – jump on it

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Yesterday had been a disaster, but little did we know that today was going to be even worse. Robozwerg‘s eyes were a mess: a funny pink color, all swollen up, and constantly watering. The poor dude couldn’t even blink. So we figured he best take some antibiotics and apply an ointment, and then put on […]


the best of all melons

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We knew things weren’t going to be easy during the next 120k, so we had made some preparations: – 24 cans of congee 八宝粥, – 30l drinking water + 1 extra water gallon, – 2 plastic chairs, – 1 huge sun shade, – a large mat to lay down on, – lots and lots of […]


whey yuh a seh!

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Yaga yaga, coo pon dat bwoy: A fe mi bredda: Ya nuh see? No kya weh im tun, im flex fayva bad mon, nuh true? A so im tan. We a-go lef inna di morrows. Mo’time! Robozwerg says: Fa real.


wildstyle

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We were still hanging out, and even though we knew that we needed to get some things for our next walking days, we were not planning on leaving the house. Not today: So what did we do instead? – We watched some funny TV-series. – We laughed at Snoop Dogg destroy some dudes in a […]


the fruit basket

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I think some of you have been with me long enough to know what I like to do once I get to a city after a few days of hard walking: Precisely… nothing. Robozwerg says: “…and I have nothing to add to this.”