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常常搞不懂荷蘭人的辦事效率跟行政邏輯, 說真的, 就連荷蘭人也搞不懂! 還在台灣的時候, 為了跑文件常常跟學校抱怨, 譬如說: 辦簽證需要提供銀行存款證明, 裡面必須清楚列出簽證單位需要的各種資訊, 格式跟內容一定要達到他們(莫名又不統一)的標準, 為了一張紙把我搞到每天跑銀行哀求, 最後動用關係才拿到學校首肯. 在跟學校爭論的過程中, 他們也承認: "啊我們也知道你有困難, 他們(簽證單位)就是那樣要求, 我們也覺得很蠢呀!"

每個人都知道官僚主義, 可是沒有人可以解決, 荷蘭人應付的方式就是: 大笑就好!

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Last week I took an excursion to a national park in Germany along with Steve. We decided to escape the very flat Netherlands and get closer to mountain areas which we are both more familiar with. One thing I didn't expect was that it was freaking cold out there and I didn't have enough gears to protect me from bone-chilly coldness. Other than that, everything was perfect: fine weather, decent affordable foods, gorgeous scenery, and we saved 40 Euros by taking sloooooow train back to Amsterdam.

Location: Saxon Switzerland (in Germany) and Bohemian Switzerland (in Czech)

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Couple weeks ago i met Anna from a swing dance floor. The lovely australian girl told me that she's going to lead 350 people to dance Charleston in the mesuenplein on 24 OCT.  I was planning for being part of the 350, alas, it seems like I might be travelling in Germany at that time.

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www.350.org provides me more information of what I can do if I end up in cities outside Amsterdam. I see a global wave of self-organization for the concern of climate change. Many years ago Petra Kelly referred to Joanna Macy and said that the primary goal of Green politics is an inner revolution, it is "the greening of the self." Yet in our current 2009, the revolution is no more inner and self. Part of the reason is because of the Internet, and the other part reflects a sad fact that climate change is no more consciousness but already a crisis now.

How can the Internet help turn information into actions? That's sth I am attempting to know and do more.

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