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(ancient) ruins

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I woke up at five thirty in a hotel room, looked out of the window, saw that it was raining in the dark, and went back to sleep. When I started walking it was already nine thirty, the rain had stopped, and the road was very quiet: There was a dead dog in a puddle […]


a tyrant who hides and a beggar who doesn’t

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When I started walking in Gori I turned to the north, towards the white mountains in the distance: And when I had left the city behind me, I continued walking in that direction for another half hour or so: It was then that I realized that I wasn’t going to find him. Stalin. He had […]


Stalin’s birthplace

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Both my pairs of long pants were in the laundry, so I went out in my shorts with a pair of long johns underneath: It looked ridiculous, and children would point at me in the street, but at least I didn’t have to go far – the Stalin Museum was only a few blocks away: […]


viruka

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The good news: My big fat winter sleeping bag was with me, so the night hadn’t been too cold for me. The bad news: everything was wet. The tent, the sleeping bags, the therma-rest – it was all covered in dew: I decided to start the day with some sightseeing. So I bought a ticket […]


1-1-0-0-0

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For some odd reason, this had been a formidable night. I felt refreshed and happy when I got up and went to the kitchen to boil some water for my tea: Nino and Nugsari, the owners of the guesthouse, showed me a place with pictures of their son Ramazi, who had been hit by a […]


just as lost

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The world was still wet, but at least it had stopped raining. So I said goodbye to one of my favorite churches ever and got on the road: It was quiet. There was hardly any traffic. There were hardly any people. Even the villages seemed empty: Once I saw a cross by the roadside: And […]


the end of a journey

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The tiger. He destroyed his cage. Yes. I left the apartment at about ten in the morning: Got the Caboose from her garage, loaded her up, and got on the road. Tbilisi was doing its best to show that it was a big city: I passed a monument of some horse-riding dude: And then, after […]


The Story Of The Longest Way

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“Chris, why do you walk, and what’s the story?” The answer to the first question is a bit tricky. I tend to give different reasons every time people ask me, depending on my mood and the way things are going. But I think the most precise answer is this: I walk because I like to […]


bike lane

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I had been wanting to stay longer, and I had been meaning to extend my stay, but I had recently developed a propensity towards indecision. And so in the end someone else had ended up renting the apartment, which meant that I had to leave. Luckily, I had managed to find a new place. So […]


the eleventh day

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November the ninth. I don’t know how many of you have read the start of this journey eleven years ago, but I started walking in Beijing on this day in 2007. It was my 26th birthday. Today I am in Tbilisi, Georgia, and I am 37: So I went and had Lebanese soup and hummus: […]


a walk through Azerbaijan

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I had been making my daily videos for a while now, and the footage was piling up. So, looking back at the stuff I had captured in Azerbaijan, I decided to compile some of it into a short video made up of time-lapses and drone footage. I gave it the witty title “A Walk Through […]


spirited away

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I was going to move to my secret hideout today. So I said goodbye to my friends, got out the Caboose from under the stairway, and then I loaded her up and told her that the road was waiting for us once more: What I didn’t tell her: it wasn’t going to be that much […]


patched

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My tests had come back, and the results were good. Or rather: for me they were somehow disappointing, because they showed that I was healthy, which meant that there was no minor problem that a bit of medication would be able to cure. No, I was told, apparently I was just exhausted. And it was […]


hail the mushroom building

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It was strange that still, after all this time, I was feeling weak and sickly. This had been going on for a while now – ever since maybe the time when I had made it to Sheki. I wanted to know what was going on, and since I was at the hospital every few days […]


always agree on a price beforehand

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My pants were still in pretty bad shape. So I made the most awesome breakfast for myself: And then I took the pants (and my hat, which also had a hole in it) to the tailor: The owners agreed to put patches on them, then they went back to their game of backgammon, and I […]


no makeup

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I walked around a little bit more today. There was a viewing platform onto which someone had sprayed the words U ARE UGLY NOBODY LOVES U: There seemed to be EU flags all over town: And one time, I noticed an ad that featured the other Georgia: Annoyingly enough, this American Georgia seemed to pop […]


collision of cultures

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I had managed to arrive in Tbilisi on time, which meant that I had gotten my second rabies shot, and now was my time to rest. So I went outside and had another donut: Boston creme – the best kind. Then I walked around a little. Tbilisi seemed to have a strong meme game going […]


Tbilisi

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When I woke up, I noticed two things. Firstly, there was a mysterious new hole in my pants: And secondly, the bath salts that I was carrying around in a zip bag looked like something out of Breaking Bad: And then there was supposed to be Tbilisi. At first it was just a road sign: […]


what would Jesus do

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When I left the house in the morning, I knew it was going to be a long day. It was Friday, and I would have to be in Tbilisi on Sunday in order to get my next rabies shot. Tbilisi was still about 70 kilometers away, so today I needed to cover some distance. Shota […]


winehouse

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The hotel had turned out to be not actually that expensive (about 50 euros per night), but still, it had a very posh vibe too it. Word had it that there was a pool, that there was a spa, and that there was also a golf course. I only saw the gate to a place […]