After our shift we entered our marathon of meetings. We met today 3 people, each of them for an hour. We ended up being late to each of our appointments. The first person we met was a couple, family Kats. We already met Henk before at the afternoon of film screening but it was now also the occasion to meet his wife, mevrouw Kats. Both of them are a very active couple. They told us how they decided to move in this place while they were still young enough so that they could appreciate taking part of the organisation and activities. They bought two apartment together so that they could have more space. She has her office to work while he can be in the living room watching tv. Both are involved in the different committees of Nijlanstate. Along their life here they traveled a lot and are very active cyclist. They cycle still 3000 km a year. They are in their 80s, yet still feel full of energy. They are very proud about the system of the building, the cooperative and how care goes through that.
Our second meeting was with Meneer Werf. The one that called me while I was running under the rain. Meneer Werf lives in a small apartment with his wife. His wife is in a wheelchair and can’t hear much anymore. She can only recognize his voice when he speaks to her slowly and loudly. She sat close to the window looking at the sun and smiling from time to time. Meneer Werf took us for a small tour in his apartment, the apartment is made so that his wife can get all the cared she needs. He paints sometimes and he has quite a specific style, we both liked. He used to be a cook in the past but is happy now that the food is being provided. He cooked enough during his life. We had a long conversation about our stay here and about his life. He misses his house and feels sometimes a bit lonely here. That is also why he was happy to spend some time with us.
Our third meeting was with Mevrouw Bijsterveld and Mevrouw Veenstra, two women who live together already for 40 years. Both of them were more than 90 years old but they both looked still very active and very beautiful, like two independent women. Their apartment was classy and comfortable. Together we talked quite some time about politics and how people are getting more and more scared of strangers. We talked about Hungary, France and Netherland, comparing the situation in all three countries.
At the evening we went to see the glass house, where we will give our press conference later this week. After that we had a long talk about our progress. We realised that we should never forget that our performance is already started. Going from apartment to apartment with our trolley, creating little gestures of care we will offer back to our hosts to thank their invitations, working in the morning in the kitchen is already part of our 3 weeks performance at Nijlanstate. It is part of our work. It is our work.
We also had Jochem working with us that day on PR. He had several meetings where he spread the letter we wrote to care. This is also part of our performance as he performs our words from mouth to mouth, creating our rumor and legend in the city.
Today we worked with the kitchen shift. We really like this shift because it is quite chill. Mostly doing meditative actions. Last time we sorted the grapes and this time we had to place two witloof rapped in the smoked ham and cover it with cheese.
This time was also very nice because we could use our camera to film the specific routines of the kitchen. Since we introduced it slowly to everyone, it is now ok for us to film because people trust us. One good example of that is that we asked Jan the chef cook if we could stand on a little box to film the food distribution moment and he proposed us to use a ladder. We would have never dared to bring a ladder there from ourselves, we would think it is too exposing but like this we could have the best angle. The final image was kind of funny, Alice standing on a ladder in the middle of the kitchen with her apron on.