Wanna know why my friend Teacher Xie (Teacher Xie) is hauling more than 50 pounds of old metal through the desert? It’s because he can sell it once he gets to the city in a few days. … We had gotten up early and were hanging around the place chatting and having food and drink […]
You remember my dear Teacher Xie (Teacher Xie), right? Well, we had always been staying in touch, and a little while ago he had told me he was already on his way back from the West just now, planning to go south before it got too cold during the winter. That called for a reunion […]
walkin sux, srsly, les jus tek da train
I stored my Caboose in a shop within the hotel: Then I went and got a train ticket back to Jiayuguan (Jiayuguan): I said good-bye to my dear Teacher Xie (Teacher Xie) and waited for the train: I got on the train: The train was was full of different faces going to different places: We […]
a natural fool
We broke camp and started our last walking day together: …another day through the extensive Long 陇, the province of Gansu Gansu): We rested in the shade of a gas station along the way, and both of us fell asleep while the dude who was working there kept a watching eye over us: Then we […]
I’ve had some problems with my Internet connection during the past few days, so I’ve only been able to update the Google Earth file with the track log. So here’s the blog version, four days later. Today’s summary: some of the most stunning landscapes I’ve ever laid eyes on. I think it had to do […]
overlooked & unexpected
The desert was so beautiful when we woke up and started walking: I’ve never pretended to be a big camper. Sleeping outside in a wobbly tent with the wind going and the rain making its drip-dropping sounds on top of everything isn’t the best way to get a good night’s rest for me. But still, […]
if we’re going into the same direction at the same time, why don’t we just go together?
Today I crossed paths with my old self. …I had walked a day’s worth of the Great Wall west of the city back in the summer of 2006, and now there I was again: Only this time I was going in a different direction – heading west into the grand spaces of Central Asia: People […]
when known becomes unknown
I had been to this place before, in the summer of 2006, although that time, I had comfortably taken the train: There’s a direct train from Beijing, and it takes only about 30 hours. I had stayed in a small, run-down guesthouse near the train-station: I remember thinking: why are there no people in this […]
I had to get up at six and run outside if I wanted to see the Olympic Torch Relay pass through. My friend Teacher Xie (Teacher Xie) was there too: …and so was a multitude of volunteers in green T-shirts: We roamed about the place for a little bit, but there was no way anyone […]
I stayed in my room all day. Had to, all my clothes were in the laundry. Teacher Xie (Teacher Xie) was also in town. Later that night, when I had my clothes back, we went out to the park. I chose not to bring my camera.
I once used to have a teacher whose last name was Xie 谢. He held class on Thursdays, and we called him Teacher Xie 谢老师. Teacher Xie, though a gifted cinematographer and a household name in the Beijing advertisement industry, seemed like a very angry young man. His favorite words during class were “Fuck! 我肏!” […]