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avoid the sun

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When I left Ziadin in the morning, I saw a lot of people on the road: Most were waiting for rides: There were young women with parasols: And old ladies in colorful outfits: And there were European campers, a lot of them. Sometimes it was just motor home after motor home. Some of the drivers […]


weld grind burn

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So I went back to the road, tripod or not. It took a while to get back to Mirbazar, after all it was more than 100km from Samarkand. I took a cab, and on the way there I slept. When I looked out the window once, I saw rain outside. And then I was in […]


night train

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Walked into this charming gentleman at the hostel where I was staying: We introduced ourselves and then talked for quite a long time, so long in fact that when I realized that I had forgotten his name it seemed somehow impolite to ask. He was from Germany, he traveled solo, and his beard was much […]


refusal to steam

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The next country I wanted to walk through was Turkmenistan. I didn’t know much about it, except that there were fast horses and beautiful carpets. And there was another thing that I knew: with the Caspian Sea to the West of Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to its East, there was no way around it. Alas, I […]


our photos

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When I got back to the restaurant where the Caboose had spent the night, the first thing we all did was take photos together: Lots and lots of photos: And because everyone felt sorry that I hadn’t been able to spend the night there, I got treated to a very nice breakfast of chicken tabaka: […]


little dudes and eggs and soap

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Juma having no hotel and Uzbekistan having a rule that foreigners had to stay in hotels in order to register could mean only one thing: I had parked the Caboose overnight, hopped in a car back to Samarkand, slept there and then taken a taxi back to Juma in the morning. It was all very […]


green again

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Loaded up the Caboose in the morning, and she was ready to go: I had added some reflective tape for extra visibility in the dark: And then we were on our way. Finally. After more than three months! Samarkand was looking her finest: We walked past traffic: And more traffic: One time there was an […]


flat matt

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When morning dawned, it was time to look the truth in the eye: I had failed. The Caboose was still very rusty. I was told to get diesel oil to get rid of the rust, so I ventured outside with a glass jar, trying to find diesel oil: In the end a taxi driver knew […]


red hair in a black box

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So the Caboose was still healthy: But she was dirty: And she was rusty: So I figured I had to clean her: I’d gotten two sponges and a bottle of fanta: When I was done I didn’t exactly feel happy with the results. But I decided to go visit Tamerlan’s grave anyway, for I had […]


…and my chair

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I arrived in Samarkand early in the morning, and the first thing I did was check on the Caboose: Then I went to sleep in a calm and dark room of the hostel where I was staying: And then, in the late afternoon, I took a little walk around town. Samarkand was so much prettier […]


West Wing

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Easter Sunday. I was home with my dad, watching The West Wing: This is a TV show from the early 2000s where people basically just walk around in the corridors of the White House, shooting witty lines of dialogue at each other. It’s great, but given the current political situation it’s also pretty sad. I […]


TLW – Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan

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Stayed inside and worked on my video some more: And here it is: The Longest Way – Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan. It’s supposed to give you an idea of what it was like the last half year or so, walking from China to Samarkand.


paper which has been seen

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Got up very early today and hopped on a train: I had to go north if I wanted to get a visa for Iran: So I went to Hamburg, and when I got there, it felt a bit like home: It was just like in many of the other places where I had lived for […]


speaking in Mönchengladbach

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Took all my stuff to a hotel in Düsseldorf. I was going to stay there for the next few days and go to my presentations from there. A few thoughts on what’s about to happen next: The venue for tonight’s presentation was in a posh building in Mönchengladbach. It made me feel a little bit […]


vegetarian

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Nothing better than looking at an empty inbox. Unfortunately, I was a looooooooooooooong way from that. So I spent all day replying to emails. Then I went out and had dinner in a vegetarian place next door: The food was perfect: good and cheap. Still, I missed the days when I was just walking around […]


speaking in Freiburg

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Gave my presentation in a hall by the lake tonight. It was good: Actually Freiburg is always good. And because it was so good, I asked the people in the audience if they wanted to say hi to my good friend Teacher Xie: Turn the subtitles on if you don’t speak Chinese.


speaking in Zurich

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I was going to call this one “back to the circle”, because the whole ordeal reminded me of the bureaucratic hell I had to go through when I ended up before a judge in Kazakhstan several months ago. But then I figured I might as well tell it like it was, and then focus on […]


I love the EU

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I had a bunch of my own books at my place: I was going to take them to Switzerland and sell them at my presentations: But this turned out to be a lot more complicated than I had initially thought. You see, Switzerland is not part of the European Union (or the EU is not […]


Chinese shirt

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When I was on the road in Uzbekistan, when the Caboose got destroyed and I was scared of jackals, I would say to myself: “once I am in Germany, right before my tour through Switzerland, I am going to take it easy and do NOTHING for a while.” Yeah, it didn’t really work out that […]


old maps

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Today I got asked by an elderly relative where Uzbekistan was. I said Uzbekistan was below Kazakhstan. “Can you show me on a map?” she said and handed me a book that looked suspiciously old. It was an atlas from before World War II, from before World War I even. The Russian Federation was still […]