Tag Archives: Uncle Shen

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 […]


eeny, meeny, miny, moe

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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 […]


Xinjiang wins

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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 […]


the pink train

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My friends Wang Chan and Ding Bo from Kuytun invited me to their pediatric counseling center today. It was awesome: I really needed some counseling actually, because I was being constantly worried about my passport problem: the stupid visa was about to expire within two days! And even though I wasn’t going to walk anymore […]


earthworm and anaconda

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So… I guess some of you already knew what was going to happen, with the Caboose and all… I was going to take a few days off this summer to pick up where I left off and add a tiny bit of length to the long red line. 😉 Well, this morning my Uncle Shen […]


the beloved one

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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 […]


prelude, interlude, or leisure?

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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 […]


friends

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Uncle Shen and Zhu Hui (poor dogs and lucky dogs) were there. They both tried to cheer me up a little. Of course it didn’t really work, though. And then, when I had finally made up my mind, they took me to the airport and said good-bye: I was going to fly back to Beijing. […]


figured out

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I used to believe that I would be able to figure some things out during this walk… …but now I’m not so sure anymore.


the cut

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Uncle Shen took me to the hair salon today: I was too weak to put up any resistance.


downfall

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My dear readers, my dear friends. This is going to be the last one: 11,9km. For now. — My friend Uncle Shen (fire in the hole) is here, taking good care of me. He guided me through the city to find a good place to stay. All I had to do was keep walking, and […]


blown away

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When I got up and looked out of the door, the other guys were preparing to go to work, and the wind had come: …the wind that everybody had been talking about. You see, it’s what they call a wind gap 风口 – the area between two mountain ranges where the winds have a natural […]


Mozart, please help me with your violins!

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Oh, had I only known about my friend Uncle Shen’s snoring habits before! Last night the man fell asleep right away, and then he went at it like a gang of chainsaws in the virgin forest, making it virtually impossible for me to get any sleep at all. When I got up I felt like […]


out with Uncle Shen

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I got back on the long red line going west today: There was some pretty crappy weather out there – strong winds and rainfall – and the distance to the next town seemed somewhat overwhelming, but I had Uncle Shen with me, who was slowly riding his bike along… …so at least it didn’t get […]


choo-choo

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How come my feet are so dirty? Well, we went to the place where they offload coal today… …and that’s where we saw… her: 8195 – what a boring name for such a beautiful old locomotive: I think they should have named her after a girl, or some big old lady. Not just a number. […]


fire in the hole

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If you’ve read yesterday’s post, you know that I came here with basically no expectations at all. …that being said, now please allow me to present to you the best hotel I’ve ever stayed at: Doesn’t look like much, does it? That’s exactly what I thought at first, and I’m not going to make too […]


misled

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I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. But first things first… Allow me to introduce Shen Zhouyu 申周玉, 60year-old pensioner from Ürümqi 乌鲁木齐, who likes riding his bike all around China: We battled it out taking pictures of each other – what a charming guy though! We exchanged numbers and became friends. I […]