Tag Archives: taking care of stuff

seventh and eighth circle

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I woke up in a hotel room that had a nice colorful wallpaper: Ah, I thought, today is starting just right! Then I went to meet up with my friend Virgil. We were armed with a bunch of signed documents we had received at the police station and at the court the day before: So […]


circles three through six

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So the person behind the window (it had been window number 4) had told us to go to a certain address the next morning. The next morning – that was today. So we went to this building that looked like it was from Soviet times: And within the building, it seemed to be just corridors: […]


first and second circle

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Okay, so this entry is actually not only about today, but also about yesterday. For once I had arrived at Avrazia, I decided to hitch a ride to the border right away. So I went to the other side of the road and stood there for a while: Hitchhiking turned out to be harder than […]


papyrophobia

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I rarely say this, but today was not nice. It all had to do with bureaucracy. The thing is, I am on a 30-day visa here in Kazakhstan. This visa was going to run out on the 27th of August. Today being the 23rd, I figured I would not be able make it to the […]


three to one

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Today was going to be one of those days to run around town, taking care of things. First I needed camera lens filters. I had brought the wrong kind from Germany. Someone pointed me in a certain direction, so I went there. I noticed that Kazakh drivers usually stopped for pedestrians at crosswalks: …and that […]


last interview in the ü

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I finally got my visa extension today. Yay! 🙂 And these guys made an interview with me for a paper from Ürümqi: They were utterly charming, and I found it very interesting to hear their views on the media. Anyway, we were getting ready to leave this place. “More walking?” they asked. “Airplane!” I said.


Germans looking at dancers

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My visa wasn’t ready yet. No big deal, just one more day of waiting. We walked around in South Lake Park 南湖公园 for a while: The municipal administration was there: Some apartment buildings: And a couple of horses that we initially mistook for cows: Later that night, we met up with my good friend Zhu […]


where did my hair dresser go?

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The visa application had been accepted. All we could do was wait. So we wandered around town, much like these guys: Went to Erdaoqiao 二道桥, the Grand Bazaar that I had visited two years ago and seen from afar four years ago: And this time, we decided to climb the tower and get an overview […]


#1002

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First thing in the morning: Go to the central police station and grab a number. Being number 2 on the list, it seemed as though I was much luckier this time than the last time I had tried to get a visa extension here. We spent the rest of the day walking around central Ürümqi. […]


spare

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It was nice to just hang out and read until night time. The next day I read some more, then I went out and got a new spare tire for the Caboose: So I got me a serving of Lanzhou Lamian and some lamb sticks. I had also acquired a nice little cantaloupe melon: Life […]


guanxi

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Here’s part two of my use of relations (certificate of participation): Yesterday in the afternoon I received a call, telling me things were being taken care of. So today I waited outside of the hotel/stadium, when a black limousine pulled up. It was two dudes who were there to take me to the police station. […]


certificate of participation

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Having been rejected by many a hotel the night before, I eventually managed to find an awesome place that offered room and board in a stadium: Awesome. There was a school competition going on right outside of my window, so I tried to capture a time-lapse of the preparations: (Hint: flag salute at 0:17, puking […]


Thankyoustan

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I went back to the municipal police station to extend my visa. I needed nothing fancy, just a few weeks more to do some traveling inside of the country, until I would hop on my plane back to Germany on October 13th. Easy as pie, I figured. After all the troubles in the Western regions, I was […]


quod erat demonstrandum

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Mr. Wang showed up in my room again this morning. I was surprised, because today was a major holiday, and I figured he would have liked to spend the day with his family instead. But he had work to do, so we continued our interview. I was nervous. “When is this going to be over??” […]


worlds away

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What a bad night – hardly any sleep at all. I had done some research about the possible outcome of my situation the evening before, and it looked pretty serious: One foreign dude caught on a stroll with his GPS in Henan 河南 three years ago had apparently been detained for several months before being […]


life is like…

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a box of chocolates – sometimes you just pick an unpalatable one. … The phone woke me up this morning – it was the police. When I opened the door, I was looking at five middle-aged men and a police badge. They were wearing regular clothes and had stern expressions on their faces. I knew […]


Yahximusiz!

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I am on a 30-day tourist visa now, but I might need a few extra days on top of that later. So I figured I’d try to get an extension for my visa today: They told me to come back another day… … So I went and had some roasted baozi: And some noodles: And […]


down in a hole

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I went outside and bought a pair of gloves because it was getting cold: The more people I saw, the more lonely I felt. No way to sleep. No way to eat. [PS: please don’t comment on this. Thank you.]


desert Caboose 1.1 (new & improved)

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Mr. Luo 罗先生 had agreed to give the Caboose a general makeover today: But first we had to go to a bike shop… …and get a new set of wheels: I asked for old steel frames with thick ball bearings, and I think we managed to find something durable this time. Then Mr. Luo got […]


tea & cookies

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The first time in 48 hours that I see the light of day – and it is so bright that I might have to put these glasses on: I went all over town today, looking for a repair shop to give the Caboose a general makeover: When I finally found one, me and the owner […]