Beginning the Work

Today, I begin my work here–at the Universiteitsbibliotheek.

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It’s a beautiful building directly between our home and city center, a short five-minute bike ride. Students weave their bikes in and out of the bike garage underneath the library and I joined in–just observing how the locals do it most efficiently. Sure, time one, it’s slow for me, but I’ll get the hang of it quickly.

I didn’t have the credentials, initially, to enter because I don’t have my university card at the moment, but I was able to show my employment agreement letter and they let me in. The library is made of many corridors and lots of sitting rooms to study. The books reach the full two floors in most of the rooms. There is a lot of knowledge floating around in this building, much of which is in the students’ brains as they prepare for winter exams–yes, after the winter break.

My own work begins with this kind of work, trying to get back into blogging (it’s been four years since really being focused on it–of course, I’ve been up to a lot in the last four years, but still…) and working on making my various websites more friendly to visitors, expanding content. Today, I’ve been reading a lot–mostly, I’ve been reading my mentor’s works and findings. I need and want to pick her brain directly, of course, but from what I can see, a lot of our issues of cruelty are the same: lots of links to absent parenting as well as poverty issues and more. It’s been good work for the day and it’s not yet noon.

It’s true, I’m here to talk to students. That will come. I’ve already reached out to neighbors to get me in touch with favorite teachers of their own. I’m days away, I hope, from my first school visit. My official paperwork meeting with the university is on Thursday. The work is picking up: no, not the direct work with students, but the work to make that happen.

2 thoughts on “Beginning the Work

  1. Everything about this opportunity for you and your family to experience a new culture, language etc is just fantastic. I really enjoy all of your content Dave, so keep it up. I have been to many European countries and have always come away with an immense appreciation for the chance to get a glimpse into what life is like in other parts of the world. I find that my perspective is changed through meeting people in other countries and seeing how different, yet similar our lives are. It makes me wish more Americans would travel with an open mind, less myopic, less American-centric, if you will, as this would be very helpful insight as to the impact of the U.S. in other areas of the world. It sounds like you are embracing the bike/pedstrian culture, which is great to see, as this is one of my favorite aspects of European living. From all in West Michigan we look forward to reading more! John

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    • John, you’ve hit it on the head as far as I’m concerned. I’m so pleased to be able to give this gift to my own daughters. So far, so good here! Thanks for the comment on the content, too. I’m not a business man by trade, so I sometimes feel I’m putting too much out there, but–I believe in what I’m doing and people can choose to look at it or not, right? Best! David

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