Met up with an old friend at the Beiaard cafe in Enschede tonight. It’s one of a range of conversations I am having these months with people I know but haven’t spoken to for a long time. Out of curiosity for their work, their experiences, and the things they care about. As a source of inspiration and ideas.

As a student I spent a lot of time at the Beiaard, first at the location opposite their current spot, and when it was still called Brandpunt. It was one of the places we used as meeting point for the cigar smoking club we both helped found at university. (We had our own brand of cigars, sold at selected pubs we frequented)

It was good to catch up, and talk about our lives. We hadn’t met in probably 20 years. And we had a drink at our old watering hole.

Meeting an old friend in Enschede

One reaction on “My Old Watering Hole

  1. A busy week but not hurried.

    Several conversations with companies involved in narrative inquiry.
    Spent a day in Groningen for conversations, visiting the local modern art museum on the way back to the rail station
    Spent an evening in Enschede meeting an old friend from university
    Our cat was found after three days being lost out in the cold. Because she has a RFID tag, the people who found her could contact us. Spent some time nursing her back to health.
    Worked on benchmarking provinces on their open data efforts
    Worked on procurement conditions for open data
    Worked with Elmine on mutually helping each other to be more effective in our work
    Helped plan a session for small municipalities on open data, next month

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