June 9, 2017
Ph.D. Update 2
It’s been two days since I returned back in Aberdeen and it already feels that my days in Greece were some sort of a dream, not only because my time there was short but mainly because Greece is so beautiful, it really felt like I was living in an actual dream!
I landed in Edinburgh on Wednesday early morning hours in the middle of a torrential rainstorm. Our landing felt a bit of an emergency situation since the pilot landed us in a runway miles away from the airport after making rounds and rounds above the sea waiting for the confirmation from the air traffic controllers. As I was walking to get the bus, my feet got soaked wet and a Scottish lady looked at me and said ‘you definitely didn’t come here for the weather’. Wise woman.
While I was buying my ticket she was (still) trying to understand why would someone leave Greece during summer to come in Scotland- she said my reasons must have been strong. I think she read my mind, or facial expression. Or both!
And so, I found myself in Aberdeen wearing turtlenecks instead of shorts, drinking tea instead of freshly squeezed orange juice and feeling lucky if it’s not rainy instead of having a great dose of sunshine above my head everyday. But above all I am trying REALLY hard to focus on thesis write-up and sadly my progress these past days has not been much satisfactory, which under these circumstances doesn’t surprise me at all!
The truth is, I had no desire to leave Greece. There I had my daily routine, my sister to take care of me, I had a bed to sleep, a house to stay and some peace of mind. Coming back to Scotland I have to deal with the lack of all the above plus sort out my accommodation and finances. But if there is one thing I am proud of is how easily I adapt to new situations. So if I had to come back to Scotland then here I am. There is nothing I can do than to accept it, keep working hard to finish this Ph.D. the soonest possible and start living life on my own terms.
Tomorrow is a new day and I am sure I will find my positivity again!
Here are a few things that keep me going::
-Seeing Cruz after 1.5 months is pretty much the only delight of my return. Being able to spend sometime with this little puppy, walk him around and let him sleep on the bed. He is such a bundle of joy and endless energy. Also, can we please all agree that he is the most beautiful Jack Russell on the planet, look at these stunning eyes!
-Hoping to start a new job. I have been applying for a few positions and I have secured myself two interviews, so here’s to hoping to get a job sooner than later.
-Wearing jeans again. Greece was so hot-no complaints at all-that my everyday outfits consisted of summer dresses and the classic combo of shorts and crop tops. It’s a good change to go back to jeans and leggings.
-A wedding party that I’ve been invited to attend one of the upcoming weekends. I have never been to a wedding in the UK and even though I am only invited to the party- since the actual wedding is happening as I am typing this somewhere in Spain- I am still so excited to attend!
-A weekend in Glasgow! I have been invited to review a hotel and stay there for a night so I am looking forward to visiting this bustling city and maybe meet with a few of my friends who live there.
As always I do not wish to end a post with negativity or spread any pessimistic vibes so here’s my current view-he is just about to fall asleep. I hope it makes you smile!