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IT'S IN TIEL

24 August 2005

We've found a new home! Incredibly, in the span of a few short days, we've found and claimed a most charming cornerappartment in the midst of a centre of a medium-sized city. It's large enough to house me and two of my friends (one of whom I've been living with for almost a year), it's near the Waal river and has an absolutely enchanting area of shops and old buildings.

The appartment itself is a bit dilapidated but perfect for students. I'm looking forward to patching it up and giving it a lick of paint so it becomes a beauty again. The moving cost me a lot of stress and quick arrangements so I'm glad that's over. And since this house is truly OURS (we're renting, but there's no landlord or anything), I won't find myself in a situation of having to move in only two weeks anymore. A relief.

The city itself is a bit to the south of the land, further away from the place to be than I had hoped, but it's accessible enough by train. It's actually a nice compromise between living in the forensic Randstad area of crowdedness and happenings, and in rural Brabant that was my home in former years and birthing province.

There are probably vinyards here. Applegardens at the very least. The place even has a mascot, 'Flipje van Tiel'. He looks like a giant mutated raspberry with a cooking hat and naked arms and legs. He's famous, and I'm scared to death. Nightmares are sure to follow. Flipje van Tiel. There'll be hell to pay.

Roderick.