I am meeting a German visiting professor of architecture at Tsinghua University. We are chatting a bit about Beijing: – Ah, ok. So, you’ve just arrived. And, do you experience culture shock? – Not really, to be honest I feel everywhere at home. That’s the way I am. I experience a serious language barrier shock, though. This really feels weird. Hardly anybody speaks English here. … Continue reading Miiiiii- chaaaaa!
What is needed to significantly decrease traffic congestion in the centre of Beijing? Trump visiting China with its motorcade. Posts including such sarcastic remarks were obviously delated by the censorship, according to Free Weibo. The bitter truth is that catas-traffic starts again once the choreographed political visit ends. Millions of cars clog the capital every day. The government is racking its brain over the problem: relieving … Continue reading Catas-traffic
Never cold hands again First confrontation with the streets of Beijing after a sleepless 8-hour flight from Moscow. It’s 7 o’clock, but my biological clock is saying me that it’s high time to go to sleep (I am 6 time zones away from home). I gaze around, half aware of where I am. I get almost run over by a biker who is passing by … Continue reading Chinese bikerium
The very first thing I saw after a sleepless 8-hour flight from Moscow to Beijing was a weird mix of interdictions, ‘good advice’ and warnings, hanging on the toilet’s door: My first reaction was: OK, good to know. Then I noticed this: That’s a pity. There is no better thing in the world than hanging around, standing or sitting and watching people who are … Continue reading Caution. Mr. Xi is watching you!
Damaged face day I woke up quite early, at 6:30. I wanted to take it easy, have breakfast and set off. But I was immediately attacked by a horde of little insects which turned my life into hell. I covered my legs and arms straight away, put a lot of insect repellent on and did my best to pack everything as quickly as possible. I … Continue reading On bicheros, damaged face & epiphany (2)
When my last workaway employer was warning me of bicheros (Peruvian guys who have sex with foreign women for money) I was just laughing: Seriously? So, you have to pay for it? It was much less funny when I met one of them face-to-face… But I will start from the beginning: All my new friends left Cusco already while I was still ‘stuck’ there, waiting for … Continue reading On bicheros, damaged face & epiphany (1)
I fell in love with those snowy picks the very first time I saw them. Far and simply impressive, proud, unreachable and mystical. Every time I got closer to them they took my breath away. Also, literally: I could barely breathe while I was staring at them, freezing because of the cold wind. When you’re at 5000m. it already becomes difficult. The oxygen’s partial pressure … Continue reading À la recherche des glaciers perdus
Rocky chill out day Another chilly morning. We evacuated from the tent once it started ‘melting’. We found a shelter at a rocky island, having breakfast and spending ‘mountain’, countless minutes under your warm sleeping bag, letting the sun burn our faces. You must know that the mountain time zone follows completely other rules than our ‘human being’ agreed time zone. The time stretches or … Continue reading On beauty (2)
Dear Martin, It’s my non-farewell gift for both us so that we won’t forget this bjuuuuutiful time spent together in the Peruvian wilderness. Ghosts are just behind you It was hard to leave the predictable Cusco routine built at my comfy workaway apartment and headed to chilly mountains of Ausangate. Especially because I just started getting warm after the treks from last week. But it … Continue reading On beauty (1)
Although I didn’t really recover from the Savage Trail yet, I decided to spend some days exploring the Lares Valley. To make it a little bit easier for myself, I decided to skip the first part of the trek because it was just leading from one village to another anyway. And I obviously wanted to go directly into the wild. So, my starting point was … Continue reading La Ma Land