Back with the cleaning team Olivia and me get split one more time. I go with Daniel, Fabien and Paul. Olivia goes with Robin's team. I am happy to be back with Paul since we know each other from last year. We clean two areas that are not really dirty.
The guys explain to me that the new system, the “ipad”, is not so logical on different aspects: the places it selects for them to clean, the way it counts the time in each places etc. There seem to be some conflicts between the men and the “robot” that tell them what to do. I can also feel the difference from last year. One of the guys tells me that it is a try out system and that it will most probably get slowly better.
We talk about Amsterdam north, kids, Surinam, France, football and so on. We are in a quiet moment in the cleaning waves of the year. Therefore tchitchating is important.
We then pass by the supermarket to buy some food as part of our everyday ritual.
It is raining today. The guys are being protective towards us and do not want us to work too much. I am this time with Robin, Fabien and Rut. Olivia is with Paul and Martin .
The system sends us exactly to the same place we were at yesterday. The guys complain because this time there is really nothing to clean. They explain to me one more time the many issues of the Ipad. Just before the break we get a complaint added to our mission. In front of one of the supermarket. We are all happy to finally get out of the car and clean. From dirty diapers, to red bull cans, to balloons, to candy packages. Nothing finds its way out.
We meet there Olivia’s team. Olivia is getting sick from the car, she would also like to work more. At 7am cleaning the streets is also a meditative way to wake up.
I have the chance this time to explain again the reason we are here to the guys. They seem more and more curious. Fabien even explains to the others what he remembers from what I said the day before. Something about encounters. We end up talking about politics, dutch culture and art. Robin comes to me later on to suggest that maybe one day we will write a book about them.
After the usual supermarket ritual we go back.