Tag Archives: Xinjiang

bye-bye Zhongguo

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It all started with a hangover. I woke up feeling terrible. So I just lay there for a while. The ceiling was there. The room was there. The hotel was there. Everything was there. Nothing was missing. I was ready to go. Yet I didn’t really want to. I made the decision to leave around noon. That’s when […]


used things

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My friends Lin Bo and Dennis Wu came back to see me today: They took me to a place where my new tent had been delivered (it was actually not new but used, “95% new” the vendor had said). I went to the border and asked if I could walk through, but they said no. […]


bye tent

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Bad news. I just realized that I lost my tent. It must have happened on one of those flights: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube So I ordered a new one, and I spent the remainder of the day buying things and putting them into […]


shooting

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Today I spent in Khorgas shooting with my friends Lin Bo 林波… …and Dennis Wu: We took some shots near the border: And then we filmed the process of loading up the Caboose: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube


flights

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Four years later, and here I am – back in Khorgas. It took a lot of flying to get here: Hanover – Istanbul Istanbul – Beijing Beijing – Karamay Karamay – Yining …and then a car ride to Khorgas. Most of the time it looked somewhat like this: By loading the video, you agree to […]


master of the wind

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Today was going to be my last walking day this summer: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube So, with our new identification papers in our pockets, we waltzed out of town. On our way to the border. We Passed architectural wonders: …flowers… …and a dude […]


how we became approved

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We left the town of Huocheng, which was bigger than we had thought: Passed a wedding ceremony on the way: And gradually gained back the countryside: And then I crossed my own way. It happened here: I had come from the opposite direction a bit more than a week ago, when I was walking on […]


new old things

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When the sun came out, we left the regiment and started out walking through fields: Our goal was to take dirt roads as much as we could: And so we walked: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube …past fires… …past spectators… …past pink houses… …past […]


corn snake

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Today we started to walk. I was happy that the Caboose seemed to get along quite well with my good friend Dario: (It would have been hard if I had to choose between them.) We took a different way out of Yining, and we passed by something that looked old: I’m saying that it “looked […]


night markets

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This is my friend Dario: He decided to accompany me on the last leg of my trip to the border of China and Kazakhstan. It was only a few days’ walk, but first, we needed to eat: So we found a place, and we ate: …and ate: …and ate: …and ate: The way we saw […]


what teahouse?

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You know how guide books often tend to say retarded things like dive into, intoxicate yourself, hang with the locals, etc. etc.? Well, that’s just one side of it. My friend and I wandered around Yining today, looking for fun things to do. So we dived into a cab, yelled “temple!”, and ended up in […]


who wants to stay in Stalin street?

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When I stepped out into the morning, the first thing I noticed was a flat tyre on the Caboose. I messed around with it for a while, trying not to feel bothered by the bystanders. “Look, it’s broken,” they would say to each other. “He’s trying to fix it.” Yeah well, it didn’t help. I […]


pig head

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After yesterday’s 50k, I didn’t feel like walking anymore. So I spent a quiet day in the regiment. Strolled through its parks… …through its streets: …through its living quarters: …and through its back alleys: One time I got to a market: I looked at spices… …at toys… …and at pig heads: And given the awesome […]


look down look up

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I wasn’t going to walk very far today. At least that was the general idea when I set out: The road was quiet and nice: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube …until I had to switch back to the freeway: I didn’t like walking in […]


look closer

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Sometimes we have to look a bit closer in order to find what we’ve been looking for: (Note that it says “hotel 旅社” in the window over the door.) I left the shop/hotel in the morning, even though the owners were urging me to stay. They knew walking wasn’t very easy for me, since I […]


Eiffel Tower bridge

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If you will, please take a look at the map above: see the knot in the long red line? … I said good-bye to Lake Sayram early in the morning, when only the birds and the dogs were awake: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube Then […]


sheep wars

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Today, the sky was blue again. I decided to wander around in the mountains, and I felt that the only way to do this properly was with baroque in my ear. So CPE Bach it was. I walked slowly: Sometimes what I saw reminded me of the Alps: And sometimes it reminded me of something […]


the rolling of the clouds

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When I peaked outside my window, it was rainy: Heavy clouds came rolling over the mountains: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube I was glad I had chosen to stay in for the day.


Bazinga!

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Said good-bye to the Mongols and to Whitey. Left the yurt. Started walking along the lake: Two truck drivers stopped and gave me tomatoes: Made a video of myself saying things: By loading the video, you agree to YouTube’s privacy policy.Learn more Load video Always unblock YouTube But most of this blabla wasn’t even the […]


dirty pearl

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I was going to stay in my yurt all day: But there was the presence of that massive body of water nearby. The lake. So I stepped outside and left the yurt camp: I came to a gate in front of the lake, three dudes were there. They were selling tickets: 40RMB. I shrugged, paid […]