August has been a time of transition between completing the final elements of my PhD programme and starting work in a new environment. I finished the editing for my final thesis submission, completing all the paperwork for my employment, and setting up my work-from-home office and ‘virtual classroom’. New iMac I bought a new, […]Read more "New office and classroom"
The past seven days have been very special and unforgettable. I am very proud of myself for successfully defending my thesis and for passing the viva with minor corrections! On top of this, I have been appointed to a teaching position at one of the UK’s excellent universities. I am writing many thank you messages, […]Read more "I passed my PhD viva"
This is my short, personal note about my memories of Lake Leman (Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman), which is the second-largest freshwater lake in Europe. In 2013 and 2014 I was staying in Montreux, Switzerland, by the lake. I would wake up at 6 am and get a fabulous view of the lake from the […]Read more "My memories of Lake Leman"
Five years ago, I read an old French book, “Docteur, pour la première fois, nous avons parlé le même langage” dit Christina (“Doctor, for the first time, we spoke the same language”, Christina said). The book tells a true story of a female in-patient, Christina, in a hospital ward in France, describing dialogues between her […]Read more "“Doctor, we spoke the same language.”"
There are three weeks left until my PhD viva, and my stress level is rising every day. I have now read four general viva guidebooks as well as re-read my thesis. The guidebooks are helpful, and it’s nice to read many different variations and stories. The format of the viva seems to vary depending on […]Read more "Needn’t worry about future"
Creamy risotto is my all-time favourite meal. Because it is very easy and simple to cook in one pot, this is certainly a go-to meal on weekday evenings. This is my basic mushroom risotto recipe. I love adding ham or prawns to it, which gives a rich flavour. On one occasion, I cooked it without […]Read more "Creamy Mushroom Risotto [recipe]"