where did my hair dresser go?
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
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 […]
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
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
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
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?
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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!
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
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]