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!

Scottish sunset

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!

UK bloggers with dogs, Mini Jack Russell dog

-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.

UK bloggers with dogs, Mini Jack Russell dog

UK bloggers with dogs, Mini Jack Russell dog

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!


Anastasia x


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  • Alessandra
    June 10, 2017

    Hi Anastasia,
    this is my first comment here but I have been reading your blog for almost a year now and I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoyning
    your PhD posts!
    I am Italian and I am currently studying for a MA in History (by distance learning, as I have a full time job here in Italy). I am really enjoying it, dreaming of a PhD (it seems that at Birmingham and Aberdeen you can do a PhD by distance! Yeah!) and I am finding you so inspiring in your determination and enthusiasm. Also, I am enjoying so much your English, natives’ English sometimes is so…intricate 😉 : for some strange reason my daily English is not so good as my academic English and reading you is a great exercise 🙂
    Well, that’s all. Have a nice week end!

    • Anastasia
      June 11, 2017

      Hi Alessandra,
      Thank you so much for your comment and for your kind words!

      It’s been a while now that I thought of posting my PhD updates on the blog. My PhD takes over the biggest part of my life but because it is irrelevant with the Natbee’s brand I thought no one would really care about these updates. However, I am pleased to see people’s positive responses, which makes me think to post here more regularly.

      Good luck if you ever decide to do a PhD (how exciting!), I hope you pick up your subject wise because you really have to love it!

      Thank you for your comment once again and have a nice weekend too x

  • Steff
    June 10, 2017

    I know how hard it can be to return to rainy Scotland from sunnier climes, even my trip to London last week felt like I was in another land it was so sunny and warm! I hope finishing your phd goes smoothly and I am sure a bright future awaits you wherever you land 🙂 xx p.s. Cruz is so adorable snuggling in his blanket!

    • Anastasia
      June 10, 2017

      Oh Steff, you can certainly understand me! It’s been tough but in a way it makes me want to graduate asap so I can go back and enjoy the last bit of summer in Greece! I hope you had a lovely time with your mother and please let’s go for a coffee one day xx

  • Becky Sanderson
    June 10, 2017

    Darling Anastasia I am so sorry to hear how much you’re struggling upon your return to Scotland. I have been an avid reader of Natbee’s for many years now and ‘ve always admired your efforts to make your dreams come true. Just so that you know, not many people have your courage and strong character, and for this I personally admire you! I am looking forward to reading your wonderful life stories after your graduation.

    Take care,

  • Chloe
    June 10, 2017

    Your pup is so super cute!

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    • Anastasia
      June 10, 2017

      Thank you Chloe, he brightens my days 🙂

  • Vicky Reynolds
    June 10, 2017

    Love reading your PhD updates Anastasia!
    I am still on the 1st year of my PhD, the writing mania will come in 2020, but I plan to write a significant amount of my introduction soon as I will need it for my nine months report. Did you do the same or did your subject change along the way so writing an introduction was a waste of time?
    Good luck with your writing, I think blogging is a great thing to do as it has helped you with writing regularly even if it is about other subjects. It’s good to have a break from science every now and then isn’t it?

    Best of luck, V

    • Anastasia
      June 10, 2017

      Thank you for your comment Vicky. My subject hasn’t changed but new studies have been published so by the time you will submit your thesis your 9 month’s report introduction will be outdated. However, I find it an excellent idea to start writing up asap. x