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Chinese tour group saga “Neuschweinstein”

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I was in Kazakhstan on the day this one came out. So I felt a bit jealous of my editors and basically of everyone else who was able to hold it before I did: “Neuschweinstein” is the story of how I went on a trip around Europe with a Chinese tour group. I wanted to […]


The Wheel – start in Khorgas

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Finally I was back on The Longest Way, this time setting off at the border of China and Kazakhstan, the place where I had stopped walking the last time four years ago. Here’s how it came to pass. It all started with a hangover. I woke up feeling terrible. So I just lay there for […]


Kyrgyzstan photos in a book

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Yay, some of my photographs from Kyrgyzstan have made it into a book! It is called “Abenteuer” (“Adventure”), and it is a coffeetable book produced by the guys from the European Outdoor Film Tour and National Geographic. Let me tell you one thing though: the other people portrayed in this book are so awesome, to be featured […]


Life and Death on Weibo

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Here’s how I became one of the most influential foreigners on the Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, and how I died on it.   I set up my account in April 2011. At that time, I had a dozen followers by default. I composed a greeting message, hit “send” and waited. Nothing happened. Four years later, […]


Russian edition of “The Longest Way”

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My book “The Longest Way”, which has been doing pretty well in Germany and China, is finally out in Russia, too! And it has such a cool title: Самый большой дурак под солнцем! Now I am not very good at Russian, but even I know that this means something along the lines of “The biggest fool under the sun”. Never ever […]


Three years of presentations

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Plzen, Czech Republic. This was the last one for now. And it was a good one. In the last three years, I have traveled to cities in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, China and the Czech Republic, and I have given more than 30 presentations in 3 different languages. The presentations were always about the same topic: The […]


My first Chinese book “Chinese Characteristics”

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This is the first book I have ever written in Chinese. It’s called 《中国,特色》 – “Chinese Characteristics”, and there is no foreign language version of it out (yet). Now when I say “book”, it makes it sound like some kind of novel or novella. But it really isn’t. It’s a collection of articles that I wrote for Chinese […]


Video “The Longest Way 2.0 – Back to Xinjiang”

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I am so happy to be able to finally show you my second TLW video! As you might already know, The Longest Way is a project that I started in the fall of 2007 – the original idea was to walk home from Beijing to Bad Nenndorf in Germany. I never made it. Or rather: I haven’t made it […]


Chinese edition of “The Longest Way”

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So my German book “The Longest Way” (don’t ask me why its title is in English, that’s just how we roll in Teutonia) finally has a Chinese edition. This one is called《徒步中国》(“Walking through China”), it was published by the Beijing-based cultural media company CS-Booky, and it has been a lot of fun so far. Before you ask: I […]


The Triumph – stop in Khorgas

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This was the day I finally arrived at my first border crossing: Khorgas, a small town dividing China and Kazakhstan. I had walked for four weeks to get here from Usu, and I had made about 500km. Much to my surprise, it had felt easier than ever. Of course not physically. Some of the mountain ranges had […]


The Fear – start in Usu

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It was the summer of 2012. My books “The Longest Way” and “China Zu Fuß” had just come out, and there was only one place where I wanted to be: on the road. I felt very scared though, mainly because of that episode with the police in Usu back in 2010. I talked to my friends about it, […]


My first coffee table book “China Zu Fuß”

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This one is also in German. I wrote it at the same time as I did “The Longest Way”, because I felt that it was important to tell the story in two different ways. Here’s the difference: while “The Longest Way” is raw and personal at times, this one is more about the aesthetic aspects of the journey. […]


My first book “The Longest Way”

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Wow, this one took a while. Two years to be exact. I wrote it in German, so please don’t get confused: “The Longest Way” is not an English book, it’s in German! Why the English title then, you ask? Good question. I think it’s because we thought it was ubercool like that. Yes, that’s why. Anyway, it took me two […]


The Rage – stop in Usu

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The original plan was to walk for a few weeks, then stop and return to Germany. After all, I still had university classes to go to and two books to write. So, after being on the road for about 500 km, I was ready to call it quits. But I really wasn’t prepared to have […]


The Pain – start in Ürümqi

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It was the summer of 2010. I was in the process of writing “The Longest Way” (German) and “China zu Fuß”, and I had just spent a few weeks in Vladivostok in Russia’s Far East. Writing had turned out to be much harder than walking. You could walk badly and still make it to your destination […]


Video “The Longest Way 1.0”

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Yay, I am finally able to show you the absolute final version of the TLW-video! In case you didn’t know: TLW stands for The Longest Way, a project which saw me attempt to walk home from Beijing to Germany in 2007/08. I didn’t make it. I did, however, walk for a year, during which I let my hair and […]


The Beard – stop in Ürümqi

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This was the last day of The Longest Way. It was October 25th 2008, almost one year after I had started my walk home from Beijing to Germany. It was a Saturday, and it was the day of my unraveling. I had just arrived in Ürümqi, the capital of Xinjiang, which is the most northwestern part of […]


The Mammoth – start in Beijing

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Behold, my first walking day! Or rather, the day that I started to walk from Beijing, a major city in China, to Bad Nenndorf, a minor, eh… city in Germany. Walk home for a few years. What an ambitious idea! What a ridiculous idea! What an embarrassing idea! What a brilliant idea. I had fought hard with it, with the idea of trying to […]


Walk from Paris to Bad Nenndorf

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This is the diary I kept during my walk from Paris to Bad Nenndorf in Germany in the hot summer of 2003. I started out with my buddy Knarf and with Puk, the family dog. Knarf had to leave us after about a week, so Puk and me continued on our own. It took us 23 […]