My prayer to my body had some effect, had my best night since returning. Now on 4,5 hours of sleep, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. So I really felt like having lunch, at the famous Music Centre, with three of the few people I still know from 'the old' PPGH agency, before the takeover by UW. Almost all have moved, and that within half a year. But these three are among my favorites. Listened to their stories. Must say I feel very detached from it all. But detached is my middle name at the moment, as I told them. Don't feel I'm really back in Holland, yet. The only thing I try to focus on in between sneezing and sniffing is the book. Have been at the new library today, was trying to take a few pictures for you but my battery was dead again. Worked for a few hours, slowly. Pictures will show next week, have taken 7 books with me for the weekend, and will stay in tomorrow again.
Have made contact with the media library in Hilversum. I admire the service level librarians give you. I sent a mail and got a long reply immediately, offering some explaining and service. And now, there will be a few books waiting for me when I go there next week. And at the Amsterdam Central Library a great woman even gave me a guided trip around her floor. And they all look very proud to be in this new building.
You can say what you want about Dutch service levels: visit any library and feel embedded in optimism, there is hope for a better future.