Humans of FASoS

Laura Barendregt’s European adventure

Because the Netherlands is in isolation due to the coronacrisis, I am unable to meet my ‘victims’ (as most of them call themselves) for a coffee at Banditos. Rather, I simultaneously drink coffee with them over Skype.

My next victim is originally from Australia but has Dutch roots: teaching assistant Laura Barendregt.


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Geert Somsen is human (and tells stories)

“It’s nice to be considered ‘human’ once in a while”, Geert Somsen writes to me in an email when I invite him to be the next person to be interviewed for the humans of FASoS. When I ask him what he exactly means by that when I meet him at Banditos, he laughs.


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Carnival enthusiast Miranda van den Boorn

Leading up to the Carnival break, I met with FASoS’ true Carnival spirit. She is colourful, musical and creative: study adviser Miranda van den Boorn.


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Vincent Cordewener travels the world

A couple of days ago I met with ‘the other Vincent’, Vincent Cordewener, Facility Manager at FASoS. The one who mistakenly receives emails on library services (which Vincent Lagendijk chairs) while he should be receiving messages on facilities at FASoS.

Coincidentally, we met on his birthday. I promised not to mention what age he had turned, but let’s just say he found the sound of it quite daunting. This turn-of-his-life event was a good opportunity to reflect on the life he had had so far.


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FASoS’ first human to be interviewed: Vincent Lagendijk

Vincent Lagendijk is assistant professor in history at FASoS. What he does in his free time? He goes cycling, running, and occasionally plays basketball (which might not be surprising to those who know him).

I met Vincent for a coffee at Banditos. Once I poured sugar in my cappuccino, Vincent gasped: “why would you do that?” It immediately became clear to me that I had stumbled upon a real coffee lover.


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