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speed is your life

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Again I needed to write something. This time it was for my German publisher, they wanted a foreword for a book about traveling. I had been struggling with this text for a little while, until I remembered the way I had written my books before: in the early mornings, with my phone and the computer […]


Thanks, Mr. Shroom!

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When I woke up I felt frustrated for several reasons. The newspaper had sent me a reply with the words “it’s very nice, but…”, and the part that came after that meant that I would have to basically rewrite the thing. I would have to cover a lot of distance (about 110km) within just four […]


ye olde Caravanserai

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There were expensive hotels, and there were cheap ones. After a bit of searching I had found an affordable room in an historical building, the old Caravanserai of Sheki: The rooms were a bit run down, but they were spacious, and when it turned out that the shower in my room didn’t work, I got […]


earplugs

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My last day in Fereydunkenar. I had finished my work and sent everything to the publishers. I used a hotspot I had set up on my cellphone to do this, because local Wifi connections were almost always terrible in Iran. The LTE coverage wasn’t so bad though. When I was done, I went into the […]


one goal to unite them

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It seems as though many countries on the planet are dealing with the issue of increasing economic inequality: a few people are amassing ever more wealth, while the vast majority feels left behind. Iran is no exception, and you can see it very clearly in the streets. Some Iranians are driving big, fat, imported German […]


The Pinkest Way

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So I would basically just sit there, drink tea, and type stuff into the computer. One of the numerous things I wanted to take care of was a problem that had arisen over on my YouTube channel. Long story short: I had ended up sending a box of cookies to YouTube because I wanted them […]


work-life balance

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I still had a lot of stuff to do. I needed to come up with a bunch of captions for my photo book: But. But. But there was also the beach. And there was the sea. There was the sound and the smell of water. I went in and took a selfie with the waves: […]


who knocked over the goddamned swing?

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There was a little playground on the beach. Or rather: it was just a swing and a slide. I didn’t care about the slide, because I was too big for it. But I liked the swing. Generally I enjoy sitting on swings, and I like using their frames to stretch my back. Strangely enough, someone […]


a motel on Chamran street

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The motel was located right next to the beach. And I mean literally right next to it. It was even closer to the Caspian Sea than the sanatorium in Kaji-Say had been to lake Issyk-kul one year earlier. When I wanted to go down to the beach, I would step out of my room and […]


snow pains

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Went outside to a park. It had snowed a little the night before, but by now it was almost all gone: Germany didn’t have a plan for the next legislative period. A train had derailed near Seattle, prompting the President of the United States to complain about the infrastructure (he had proposed to cut rail […]


gin and the cat

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The night had turned into a night out: I ended up in a bar in the city center. The name of the bar has been lost in a stream of vodka and gin, but I remember talking to some people from the UK there. They were very sad about Brexit, and they said they were […]


ugliness

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I took a little stroll outside to test the replacement camera that I had just received: Walking around Luxembourg felt good. It was a clean and pretty place. Parts of its university campus were nice to look at as well. But definitely not all of them. There was a certain Ikea-ness here and there: And […]


VR dude

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Remember how I went and played virtual reality games when I was in Taiwan, but then I got nauseous from them? Well, I was invited to a VR lab in Bielefeld today, and it was amazing! They let me paint in virtual space: And paint I did: Seriously, you have to try this. It is […]


a question and an answer

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Went to see my grandma today. She lives in a small town about two hours away. There were cookies, and there was tea. When we went out for a walk, we passed by these graffiti that someone had sprayed on a wall: WHY SO SERIOUS? one of them wanted to know. UGLY, said another one. […]


Slower Slap

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Spent the whole day editing pictures for the new weird beard video that I wanted to make: And I realized that some of those pictures were of some pretty damn happy moments. I mean: daaaaayyyuuuum. Oh, and I wrote up another vodka review from Tajikistan for SlowerPulse. And a travel book review for BookSlap. A […]


the s-word

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As is the habit of snow in this part of Germany, it had all but melted in a matter of days: It was a sad sight to behold, but Feivel and I went out anyway, and we looked around and some of us peed and pooped a lot, and we could see the grass and […]


curating my life

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I was starting to feel a bit annoyed. The snow was nice: The dwarf beeches were nice: But sitting around at home, waiting for my Iranian letter of invitation wasn’t very nice. I’d get things done, sure. Taxes, invoices, photos, and whatnot. But it felt like I was merely a sort of curator of my […]


stroll in the snow

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Another day, another stroll in the park. We walked past the dwarf beeches… …and into the forest: It started snowing when we got there: And it was quite pretty: I filmed another Let’s Walk test video in which I talked about Trump’s recent attack on the free media: Oh, and I figured that my camera […]


malfunction

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Went back to the dwarf beeches. A few years earlier, the town had decided to put up a collection of photographs of them. They looked very nice, but I still don’t quite understand why they would place them right next to the actual trees: I mean, it’s not like Bad Nenndorf doesn’t have any other […]


times without mystery

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Another walk, another Christmas tree: This time we saw two distant lights in the forest (probably just some other people walking their dogs): I started wondering about the absence of mystery on the planet we inhabit today. Everything seemed to have a reasonable explanation. There were no ghosts, no demons, no supernatural beings. Maybe I […]