My last day home, and I still hadn’t gotten all my things in order. I was backing up files to different hard drives, washing clothes, charging batteries, etc. etc. I soon found out I needed to go to the city to buy some things. And what a fine day it was: When I arrived in […]
Remember I told you a few months ago that I like the color pink? Well, today Bad Nenndorf was very pretty: Just lots and lots of pink: And more pink: Pink everywhere: Now remember how I told you a few days ago about the nazis that come here once a year? Yeah.
new pants and the survival of the inner city
Central Asian societies didn’t enjoy short pants very much. A man had to wear long pants, period. So I had gotten an additional pair of long pants, only to find out that I needed to get them trimmed to the length of my legs. I ended up taking them to a tailor shop: Remembering the […]
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
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.
Had some Turkish food in Hamburg: It was delicious. Too much, but delicious. Then I got on a train home. Maybe Turkey was going to be full of delicious food? I had been there before, but not very consciously. Sometimes developing a wish needs time. Turkey was high on my wishlist now, a place that […]
paper which has been seen
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 […]
Started to prepare for my return to Central Asia. And for that, I needed money. So I counted what I already had: I had some Euros, Uzbek Som, Kyrgyz Som, Kazakh Tenge, Chinese Yuan, American Dollars, and Swiss Franks. But of course it was never enough.
Another day, another walk with Feivel: And finally, time to write a new review on my travel book blog: I was still tired.
Rarely have I felt this tired in my life. I got up and had several bowls of bircher muesli: Then I got on a train home. And when I was home, I went out with Feivel, the dog: It didn’t feel as though this tired feeling would ever go away.
speaking in Aachen & in Düsseldorf
Today was going to be tough. Two presentations in one day. I got up at six thirty. Then I had breakfast. Then I hopped on a train to Aachen. My first presentation was to take place in a movie theater: The thing about movie theaters is this: most of them are not designed for public […]
I don’t like the Antifa
Another day off. Time to update the blog. Time to upload some high res pictures of the presentations to a flickr account I made. Time to read a book. Time to think. I thought about whether I thought it was okay to punch a nazi or not. You know, with the things going on in […]
speaking in Krefeld
Another day, another gig. And just like in Bochum a few days ago, it took place in a concert hall: They told me Agnostic Front had apparently just played here a few weeks earlier: I was amazed. And the presentation, of course… …was great fun!
speaking in Mönchengladbach
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 […]
speaking in Münster
Münster has a lovely old town center: I didn’t hang out, though. I went swimming, then I showed up at the venue, which for some reason happened to be in an all-girls school. The team set up the screen: While I was busy taking pictures of myself with the screen: Then they made me pose […]
speaking in Bochum
Took a train to the outskirts of Bochum today. Had to cross under a bridge: And then I was there: It was a venue where they usually hosted rock shows! Eläkeläiset were going to come and play here later: Also the mighty Terror, whom I had seen in concert just a year earlier, and Agnostic […]
A day off. So I went swimming, and then I walked around town looking for food. I ended up in this place that only served one thing: Goulash, they called it, Hungarian stew. And it was good. But apparently, the Hungarians didn’t call it goulash. They called it pörkölt or paprika. I didn’t argue. It […]
speaking in Cologne
Finally, the last leg of my presentation tour! I took a train to Cologne: Got a hotel room that overlooked the railroad tracks: Arrived at a fairly large venue, prepared my books and my gunny sacks and waited: The place filled up rather quickly: In the end, we had to turn some people away because […]
Got my cameras back today: Both of them had been damaged in my accident last December. Today I got them back from the repair shop. I was very happy. Probably almost as happy as this group of young people who were hanging out in the sun outside: It was a hot April day.
Right before the last time I started walking in China in July last year, I had taken a timelapse video, meaning a series of 400+ individual pictures. These pictures needed to be aligned, otherwise the resulting video would appear jumpy. Of course there were software routines that could take care of this, but they turned […]