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There, met a young Dutch woman....
We spoke. I talked more with her friend, but noticed something really sweet about Kim. Her friend, homesick, went back to The Netherlands the next morning, leaving Kim traveling alone. June 2003, Dingle, Ireland
I have to learn all-new key combinations in order to use the Dutch version of Notepad, Kladblok. A chatty page August 2003
I got a job working part-time at a bakery in Nijmegen August 2003
The day before yesterday, it rained all night and most of that day. The grass in the park had been almost all crisp yellow-brown, and dusty in spots. 30 August 2003
Kim and I went to Amsterdam 6 September 2003
Kim bought a Laptop from Megapool 7 December 2003
I didn't feel like going to work.... 28 September, 2003
Paris New Year, 2004
I worked for a while at Café Helder Winter 2003-2004
Mushrooms in Amsterdam February 2004
A very Dutch job interview at De Postduif bakery Spring 2004
I went back to Kilkenny, Ireland. But Kim needed me so after six weeks, I returned to Nijmegen. (2 March - 16 April.)
Kim met me in Maastricht April 2004
I went back to the bakery Spring 2004
I need to do something 25 April 2004
"This last winter, Kim became very depressed, and one of the things she cried about was that I'm not legal. That is a big problem, in Holland. We were living in a tiny room, and with me working under tenuous circumstances (and then barely at all,) I thought I'd better do something. I had a vague plan that I'd go to Ireland, save money, come to the U.S. and apply for legal status, either in Ireland or Holland. As I said, it was a vague plan, based only upon thin information and the feeling I had to do something."
From an email to a friend, 18 May 2004
Watching the TV documentary "Waterstof revolutie" (Hydrogen revolution,) and beginning to understand spoken Dutch. June 2004
"Not-listening;" pretending not to, while trying to learn, overhearing conversation July 2004
"Solicitatiebrief" aan Arend... "applying" [bureaucratic reasons] for a job at the bakery where I was working 14 July 2004
Holland is strangely traditional August 2004
I was by a canal in Zwolle when my boss called me with some news 9 August 2004
We sent a letter to CWI (Centrum voor Werk en Inkomen, an official employment agency) 11 August, 2004
Letter from CWI on 17 August, 2004.
The chance to become legal in Holland via work at the bakery is a great opportunity" 21 August 2004
We sent a letter to Center for Work and Income 22 August 2004
I forgot to set aside a ball of sourdough; this was an important error there at the bakery.... 22 August 2004
CWI prepared to allow a 6-month work permit... 22 August 2004
24 August 2004 banking, tax number, this tiny room....
Not sleeping 25 August 2004
Reality has a strange aspect....
We argued on Friday at the park. What did we argue about then? Neither separatist Chechnya, Abu Ghraib, nor anthro-centric scientific mysticism.... 25 August 2004
I was angry that A_ had decided not to use the provisional work permit that the Dutch government had allowed us.... August 2004
Kim doesn't believe in me. This isn't something to fight against. Ditto, Arend; He doesn't believe in me either.... 1 September 2004
What are we going to do with it (the work permit?) Nothing.... 2 September 2004
The provisional work permit is here but I'm not sure we're going to use it.... an email to Mom and Dad, 11 September 2004
...But I don't know if I can leave Kim.... 15 October 2004
No organized leftist politics anywhere December 2004
Refused to speak English in a shop 18 December 2004
"Steve. You're single? Come to Kilkenny." ...
I've had to quit speaking English 31 December 2004
I'm going to Kilkenny December 2004
Nijmegen to Kilkenny, January 2005