On the road. The Longest Way

I like to take walks

October 18th, 2016

Chinese tour group saga “Neuschweinstein”

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 […]

July 30th, 2016

The Wheel – start in Khorgas

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 […]

July 31st, 2003

Walk from Paris to Bad Nenndorf

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 […]

March 19th, 2015

Three years of presentations

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 […]

June 18th, 2012

My first coffee table book “China Zu Fuß”

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. […]

November 11th, 2015

Kyrgyzstan photos in a book

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 […]

October 8th, 2015

Life and Death on Weibo

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, […]

April 24th, 2015

Russian edition of “The Longest Way”

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 […]

August 1st, 2014

My first Chinese book “Chinese Characteristics”

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 […]