birdienl: (Academia)
I submitted my PhD thesis yesterday! Four years of work on paper and now out of my hands :-S



The thesis will now be read by the so-called 'reading committee' of 5 professors. And then I will have to have the thesis designed and printed as a booklet. And then there's the thesis defence date at the 21st of June. So, I'm not completely done, but this is one big step nonetheless!
(No more writing and editing, no more evening and weekend work in the coming time, more time to read and relax!)
birdienl: (Jane Eyre)
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)

1. Hello everyone, I hope you´re all doing well and enjoying autumn! My life is rather busy and stressfull at the moment (see 2), but here and there I've been finding time to enjoy the beauty of this season, if only during my commute to and from work! Here, have a picture of the view from my livingroom window, it's quite nice if I say so myself!
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birdienl: (Autumn)
       Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows
book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. sharing
exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they've encountered during the week etc.)

1.Next weekend, one of my best friends is getting married and so I needed some festive clothes. Now I really, really don't like clothes shopping and I haven't had to buy special/festive clothes for years, so I was dreading this a bit. Luckily, a sweet friend of mine went along and I bought a lovely dress. Mission accomplished, now I can just look forward to the wedding day!

More! )
birdienl: (History castle)
Here are some pictures of my recent trip to Edinburgh and Southern Scotland. Hope you enjoy my pictures and stories!

Day 1: Travelling. Didn't arrive in the Argyle Backpackers hostel until 11 o' clock and had to get into bed (in a strange room, with 5 strange people sleeping around me) in the dark. Luckily I brought my little reading light!

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More of Edinburgh, Stirling, Loch Lomond, St Andrews etc. under the cut! )
birdienl: (Default)
I love traditions. The older or more ceremonious they are, the better! Traditions are a sort of time-machine, you feel connected with history through all the years these traditions have been performed in the same way. 

Last week was the 376th Dies Natalis (meaning birthday) of the university I work at. One of the nice things of working as a PhD is being part of a centuries old scientific tradition, so I like to visit the Dies-celebrations. Below the cut are some pictures and explanations of some of the traditions involved in this yearly ceremony. (The pictures are actually not from this year, as I didn't have a very good seat from which to take pictures. These pictures are from a few years back, but the nice thing with traditions is, nothing changes!)

Io vivat! Io vivat! Nostrorum sanitas! )

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