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Vrienden in Nederland

De tweede keer dat meneer Gardini naar Nederland kwam namen zijn sociale contacten een andere vorm aan. Om te beginnen waren veel van de vrienden die hij in 1977 had achtergelaten ook korte termijn migranten en waren velen er niet meer. Samen met zijn vrouw werd hij wel betrokken bij vriendenkringen van Italiaanse en niet-Italiaanse expats.

"Most of the friends I had in ’75 had left. Because we had also a lot of visitors, I was working with visiting scientist. And they also had a short term contract so they went back to Italy and to other countries. But then when Geo came to Holland of course we were a family, and it’s different. It’s different because okay, we had met again a lot of Italians. And it was a nice group of friends. She also got involved in the International House in Leiden. Leiden University had a kind of institution for foreigners, foreigner students. There were lot of PhDs in Leiden in those days. Several Americans but from all over the world. And so they had an international, in Rapenburg one of the houses over there, it was, now they sold it I think. But they had a small studio for visiting scientists and things like that. So it was a very nice group we met. We had very nice friends. We met there. It was very active so they were organising a lot of things from language course to almost everything. It was very nice, a very nice interesting community."

Meneer Gardini onderstreept vervolgens het multiculturele karakter van deze gemeenschap. "It was a much larger, larger community." Ze hadden behalve Italiaanse vriendschappen ook vrienden uit bijvoorbeeld Duitsland, Iran en Amerika. Sommige van deze vriendschappen zijn langdurig gebleken. Veel van hen bleven echter slechts enkele jaren in Nederland. Meneer Gardini vond het ‘extremely interesting from a cultural point of view, very, very, lively’.


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